Skip to comments.Mitt Romney's Rivals Don't Have Time On Their Side [Reality Check for Romney Challengers!]
Posted on 01/14/2012 9:54:48 PM PST by Steelfish
Mitt Romney's Rivals Don't Have Time On Their Side The front-runner has spent years and plenty of money firmly setting his national infrastructure in place. If a serious challenger emerges, that candidate would have to build a national campaign operation on the fly.
By Michael Finnegan January 14, 2012
Five Republicans are fighting mightily to deny Mitt Romney a quick coronation as the party's presidential nominee. But if one of them emerges as his top challenger, a monumental task lies ahead: building a national campaign operation on the fly.
For Rick Santorum, Newt Gingrich or any other successful insurgent, the state-by-state scramble for delegates would require quick hiring of staffers scattered across the country first and foremost in Florida, where Romney could essentially lock up the nomination in the Jan. 31 primary.
Offices must be rented, cellphones purchased. Endorsements must be lined up and scores of surrogates deployed. A deluge of media inquiries will gush in not just from the national media, but also from far-flung local news outlets, many of them in strategically vital regions that cannot be ignored.
Simultaneous challenges abound: new TV ads to be produced and tested with focus groups, polls to be taken, brochures to be printed, and databases to be culled to target voters susceptible to persuasion through phone calls and mail.
Seasoned advance staff must navigate the candidate through multiple events a day in diverse and unfamiliar towns. Trivial missteps can escalate instantly into YouTube nightmares.
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Hey! Mike!! Yada, yada, yada!!!
Yes, and all that organization and planning comes with leadership and vision which apparently the others do not have.
My Grandmother, bless her soul, did not know but three or four words in english. She did, however, love to watch Jack Lord. She referred to the show as Bokuom.
People sure do forget quickly.
Sarah Palin’s old network is still in existence, I bet. She throws in with whoever finally gets the Conservative brass ring and smashes Mitt flat, then that network can be activiated.
Bachmann leads, attacks...
Cain leads, attacks...
Perry leads, attacks...
Newt leads, attacks...
Santorum Leads, attacks...
Romney leads, time is running out for the others...
Thank heaven we have a free press unlike Pravda in the U. S. S. R. /s
It has become a real toss-up which is worse Pravda or the U. S. Press.
For the U. S., the U. S. press being corrupt as it can be is definitely more dangerous for the well being of the U. S.
That reminds me of my great grandmother from Austria. She used to sit on top of her set like it was dyeing out.
Forget it. People around here are no longer interested in reality. If you don’t subscribe to what they really, really WANT to be true, then you must be a Romney supporter.
This should be a warning to us, and a lesson learned. THIS time around we should have found our conservative candidate and rallied behind him before the game started. We believed we had the luxury of a primary that would give us all a say in OUR nominee.
How can we have countless posts about ‘they’ choosing ‘our’ nominee, and not realize the race was being decided on the ground before the first vote was cast in Iowa?
What’s even loonier is that people here have been MOCKING Romney for “living in Iowa and NH”—uh, yeah, THAT’S why he won there. That should have woken us up and gotten us going.
I hate to say this (really) but my respect for Sarah Palin has dropped like a rock these past few weeks, because we have seen the damage she did by leading on her supporters for so long. As late as September, FReepers were posting ‘Keep your powder dry, Sarah’s going to announce by the 14th” or whatever. While we were standing around checking our watches and she was flirting with the idea of running, Romney was doing the on-the-ground hard work WE should have been doing to stop him.
Facts are stubborn things. Too bad people here are starting to get like Obamaniacs, thinking they can still wish away Romney’s march to the nomination by damning facts they don’t like.
I’ll have to agree with you on this. Groundwork for a serious candidate should have begun last June at the very latest.
Sorry, Laz, but no sound on the computer. We don’t know why - it only fails when I’m on. (Stupid machine!)
Romney better realize he doesn’t have the conservative vote.
Somehow I don't forsee anything until someone has it locked up.
Whatever happened to Cain by the way?
What is he waiting for?
And they don’t have the deep pockets of LDS inc either.
Sandy, all other things being equal (Romney’s record) would you still be backing him if he wasn’t LDS?
.....and TONS of money.
Problem with your theory is that, IIRC, Reagan didn’t get the nomination in ‘76 ;)
This is the problem with so many non-Romneys instead of one. Until such time, if ever, there is ONE, there won’t be the money or organization without which there is just no way to get the nomination, much less win the general election. That’s true even with as vulnerable an incumbent as Obama who, if nothing else, has money and organization. And anyone who doesn’t think that’s important doesn’t know bupkus about national elections.
True- Palin screwed the primary entrants.Bachman did not have a chance in hell and nor does Perry who should have dropped out after NH.