"Romney is the guy to beat," said Mark McKinnon, a campaign strategist for former President George W. Bush. "He's been around the track before. He's got money, a focused message on the economy and a well-oiled machine. But his perch is very fragile, and he's vulnerable. He's the establishment guy in an anti-establishment environment."
Mark McKinnon. Refused to attack Obama with the McCain campaign because he thought an Obama election "would send a great message to the country and the world." I don't trust him.
Former GOP Chairman Ed Gillespie says leading Republicans, some of whom have urged more candidates to get in the race, increasingly are ready to choose among those who have already jumped in.
"After the Haley-Huckabee-Daniels' decisions, I think the mentality of most Republican donors and activists is, 'We need to get behind somebody who's out there.' "
That's why we have primaries. That's why we have the Ames straw poll before that. That's why we have the speeches at the Mackinac Conference in the fall. Everybody was waiting on Fred Thompson who was supposed to be the alternative to the so called front runners derisively nicknamed "Rudy McRomney" (and add Huckabee on fiscal) due to their liberal views. Thompson crashed and burned at his speech from what I have heard there, and that ended it.
Former New Hampshire Gov. John Sununu, in some campaigns a kingmaker in the Granite State, was in the crowd but not necessarily as a supporter. He said he hasn't decided between endorsing Romney and former Minnesota Gov. Tim Pawlenty.
If I had to choose between Romney and Pawlenty, I'm voting Pawlenty. If others take off, I'll look at them as well. Right now, I'm almost already in the Stop Romney mode. He's unelectable. I repeat. He's unelectable. Why is he unelectable?
A. Social issue problems. Flip-flopped on abortion and many other issues. Neither side trusts him. Is he going to yap about "I'm conservative too. I oppose gay marriage" all the time? I was at that Mackinac speech and it was rather insulting to my intelligence.
B. Fiscal conservatives won't like Obamacare.
C. Gun grabber. That's one of the few issues where his actions are consistent. Consistently bad.
D. He tied his dog to the roof of his car and drove 12 hours. I'm not a animal rights guy, but that's just wrong. You don't do that to your best friend, or any live animal. Even worse, it's an Irish setter. That's often a hunting dog. If you think Sarah Palin's predator control of wolves pissed off a lot of suburban women, this is going to piss off 90% of the dog owners when this makes the rounds.
No 2008 retreads.