Skip to comments.Iowans Miffed at a Noncommittal Mitt Romney (and that's putting it mildly)
Posted on 11/19/2011 9:35:20 AM PST by Cincinatus' Wife
DES MOINES -- On Saturday afternoon at a megachurch in Des Moines, the Republican presidential candidates will gather -- with a notable exception.
....To add insult to injury, he [Mitt Romney] will be spending the day in New Hampshire.
"Governor Branstad has enormous respect for Governor Romney, but he has decided it's time to hold his feet to the fire," Albrecht said.
Steve Scheffler, head of another Iowa social conservative group, the Iowa Faith and Freedom Coalition, also hosted six candidates -- but no Romney -- at a forum last month. "I think he's arrogant," Scheffler said bluntly in an interview.
"It's becoming irritating to a lot of people that he's not showing up to things," said Scheffler, who is also the state's Republican National Committeeman. There were 1,200 attendees at his event, he noted, all of them likely caucus-goers. Hundreds also attended the Republican Party of Iowa's Nov. 4 Reagan Dinner, and hundreds are expected at Saturday's two events.
Scheffler vowed that the conservatives of Iowa would not take Romney's disrespect lying down, and indeed, anger at Romney appears to be the cause that unites the two pillars of the Iowa GOP -- the business-oriented establishment, represented by Branstad, and the social-conservative grassroots, represented by the FAMiLY LEADER, whose head, Bob Vander Plaats, ran against Branstad in the 2010 gubernatorial primary.
"For him to deliberately shun these events is an insult to Iowans," Scheffler said. And despite early polls showing Romney near the top of the pack, Iowans, he vowed, will have their revenge.
"There is a really strong desire among people who don't want to see Romney win this state," he said. "Don't discount the possibility that people will coalesce around one or two other candidates just to ensure Mitt Romney doesn't win the state by default."
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I am not a political strategist, but I am puzzled why Romney would deliberately kick sand in the face of Iowa Voters. Can any of you experts out there tell me the logic in this?
because he knows he can’t win it, and he doesn’t want to make it sound like he tried and lost, it’s better in his mind to have refused to participate and lose.
The Current FReepathon Pays For The Current Quarters Expenses?
Pretty big gamble. If he stmbles in NH after losing Iowa, he’s gone, because he wont win SC and FL is a coin flip.
I think you nailed it. Romney is setting up the spin as to why he won’t do well in Iowa, as he is putting all his eggs into the New Hampshire primary basket.
yep, Rudy played the same game in 2008 and crapped out.
You have to fight for every state.
Last time Romney went all in on Iowa spending millions and lost badly. He doesn't want to waste time and money to again look like the fool he is. If Gingrich can kick is ash in NH he is finished.
Cain wins IA
Gingrich wins NH
Cain wins SC
Cain wins FL
Maybe then the MSM will stop calling Romney the “frontrunner”.
——why Romney would deliberately kick sand in the face of Iowa Voters——
So he can make a mind blowing triumphal comeback in New Hampshire
Last time Romney all but lived in Iowa for a year, still lost big time.
Whatever state Romney wins, the MSM will say it shows he’s the frontrunner and it gives him momentum going forward to the nomination. Whatever state Cain, Gingrich, Perry or Paul win the MSM will ignore or write off on the way to Romney’s inevitable nomination.
“Oh Iowa was never in play for Romney, he’ll take the rest though!”
"To be sure,........"
Which seems to try and cover your question.
But it may also be due to comments in this article:
"You can't win this state without showing up," said Phil Stone, a retired high school history teacher and current Perry city councilman. The lifelong Republican favors former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney,....
...........Neither the tea party nor evangelical Republicans have made much of a splash in Perry. "That's mostly the mega-churches over in Des Moines," Pattee said.
Bob VanderPlaats, the minister and evangelical activist who organized Saturday's Thanksgiving Family Forum in Des Moines, doesn't play well in Perry [Iowa]."....Source
What to do? What to do?
gotta love his dilemma.
hopefully it'll be bye bye for the wooden candidate
Make no mistake about it. Mitt Romney is a flip flopping liberal. Why else do you think the Media and Press do not attack him?
Whoever the Media and Press attack politically in this race, then you can bet that candidate is a conservative. However, once the Republican candidate is decided... Expect the Media and Press to attack them and defend Obama.
Screw Iowa - all the state has given us is ethanol mandates...
......"We dont need to have government picking winners and losers in this business, Perry said during a news conference in Des Moines. Let the folks get out there with the regulations off their back. I have a good idea that the farmers in Iowa can compete with anybody in the world........
You’ve pegged that 1000% right!