Thursday, November 16, 2006

McCain's Backyard

Evidently other possible candidates for the 2008 GOP Presidential bid are sensing that McCain's hold over Arizona may not be as firm as expected.

According to the The Business Journal:

Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney met with Valley(Phoenix Area) business and Republican leaders Monday, part of an effort to build a "network of people" in states with primary elections early in 2008.

That is tantamount to disrespect. Look for McCain to attempt to tighten his grip on the local party apparatus. It is far easier to fight for his home turf now before anyone else has a chance to gain momentum.

5 comments: said...

I'd prefer Romney over McCain or Guiliani simply because both of them are libs with much lib history to prove it. McCain is obviously better than Guiliani. But Romney's answers in that article were not at all impressive. First of all, why in the world would he be supportive of a McCain-Feingold campaign finance reform which was absolutely unconstitutional if he wants to attract the conservative base? Does he think that supporting campaign finance reform is so popular and such a pressing issue around the country that he must support it, or does he actually agree with it, which are both bad reasons for supporting the “Freedom of Speech Limitation Act” or the “Incumbent Protection Act?” Or does Romney think that since it already passed it’s moot point, and he doesn’t need to even go there? This wouldn’t make me happy either, but I guess this could be an acceptable reason.

Next, Romney’s weird way of defending the President's idiotic committee to decide what to do in Iraq is also disturbing. Why would the President have some outside committee decide the fate of the Iraqi people? And why would the President have this committee be so public? Hasn't Bush always said that decisions in Iraq were to be left to the generals on the ground? Well, I think that we've all known that this was just a catch-phrase with no value in truth whatsoever for a long time, but now Bush is fully going against this "catch phrase." "Let the generals decide" - my a**! We need to stabilize the area. This probably means that we need more troops in Iraq. Letting the generals decide would put more troops in Iraq, because most of them have been asking for more troops since before we even got there in the first place. A lot of our problems, the looting and other things would not have happened or could have been seriously reduced if we had more troops to begin with? Maybe Bush’s committee of suits will just decide to “Let the generals on the ground decide.” Romney needs to stay as far away from the brain-drain that seeps out of the White House these days.

The next problem with Romney from that article is the way that his views on illegal immigration are presented. Romney’s talk about the immigration issue is convoluted. What does he support? Conservatives want to know. Do we have to go for someone like Tom Tancredo or what are Romney’s bona-fides in the battle against illegal immigration? The article could have just been poorly written, but I want to know.

Romney has a good stump message, and I like many of his platforms, but Conservatives will want to know where he stands on the issues that are already being fought over in the halls of Congress and he needs to be in-line with enough of their Conservative views that he will be an acceptable alternative. Yes, Conservatives want a forward vision too, but we don’t want another Bush.

Romney might want Bush's supporters for a Presidential bid, but Bush doesn't have any hard-core supporters anyway. His supporters will easily trickle off in a number of directions: Evangelicals one way, Chambers of Commerce another, etc. But most Republicans yearn for the days of Ronald Reagan, and Bush is more LBJ than Reagan. Maybe Romney is banking on a Bush popularity turn-around. But Romney better learn very quickly that Bush cannot be trusted to support him. Plus, I don't think that Bush has ever made any kind of an inference that he will be supporting any Presidential candidate with the exception of letting McCain use many of Bush's fundraising people. What conservatives don't want is another Bush, and they really, really don't want McCain. But in many ways McCain would actually a conservative improvement compared to the lib Bush. So, Romney has the job of showing not only how he’s an improvement over the lib Bush but also over the lib McCain.

Framer said...

Romney is not in favor of McCain- Feingold. From the article:

"Romney supported the Bush tax cut, while McCain did not. He also isn't in favor of the McCain-Feingold finance reform bill, saying now "there's more money in politics, not less." "

I agree that it is clumsily worded in the article. I came off with the same impression the first time I read it.

Randall Holdridge said...

Romney was in Arizona to show his campaign flag to the Mormons.

And you can argue and compare policy positions all you want, I'm going to tell you right now that NO Mormon can carry hard-shell Southern Baptists and Church of Christers in Dixie. And without Dixie, there's not many electoral votes left. Giiuliani's public infidelity and divorce won't help down south either -- witness Newt and Bob Barr.

Of these three, only McCain can win, and that's iffy -- age, personality, confusing record. His miliary credentials are a plus, but the "maverick" thing ultimately won't wash.

George Allen is gone; Rick Santorum is out; Frist is a laughing-stock with legal problems at the SEC; Ahnold can't run.

So, you've got at least Lindsey Graham and, probably, Jeb Bush. Graham would be, I believe, the first never-married president since Buchanan -- no wife and kids to hold hands with as the balloons rain down at the convention.

So there's Jeb, another Bush -- and the Repubplican turn their lonely eyes to ... TA DA ... Holy Joe Lieberman, and count on Georgia and Florida to limp them through Dixie.

I'm just fooling around here, kinda.

GOPinsider said...

It's actually the second time Romney has been in Arizona recently. He was the speaker at the Trunk and Tusk dinner this past summer and he took the time to greet everyone personally as they entered the room - a great sign that he is running. He is very impressive in person and would be an excellent candidate if he gets the nomination. said...

I guess that I must have misread that. The article was pretty poorly written.