Attn Mitt Romney: The future Ambassador to Vanuatu can’t be bought or sold!

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Attn Mitt Romney: The future Ambassador to Vanuatu can't be bought or sold!

“Those two have known each other since Jack (Kennedy) was three years old. The pres­i­dent lived next door to Austy (Austin O’Connor). He likes him. Not only that, but I brought Austy in three times dur­ing the cam­paign. The first time he gave twenty-​five thou­sand dol­lars. The sec­ond time he gave twenty-​five thou­sand dol­lars. The third time he gave fif­teen thou­sand dol­lars. That’s sixty-​five thou­sand dol­lars he con­tributed.” (1960 dol­lars btw)

“Sure” said (Kenny) O’Donnell, but he wasn’t with us until after West Virginia.”

Tip O’Neill Man of the House 1987 pp 80

One of the things I’ve noticed about the Rom­ney cam­paign is that other than the good folks at Kacio clean­ers (who absolutely LOVE him) it’s very hard to find peo­ple who like Rom­ney because they…like Romney.

Last night at the Twin City Tea Party peo­ple dur­ing a seg­ment Rom­ney was men­tioned, and sup­port for him was expressed based on him hav­ing “the best chance to win”.

Rom­ney has also used the inevitabil­ity argu­ment. I sus­pect it has helped him get many an endorse­ment from peo­ple who might oth­er­wise have been expected to sup­port dif­fer­ent can­di­dates (Nikki Haley for exam­ple). Fat cats don’t want to risk being on the out­side like Austy O’Connor dur­ing a Rom­ney Admin­is­tra­tion because they were on the wrong side dur­ing the pri­maries, and as Stacy McCain notes, after Florida many thought it was a done deal:

Show of hands: Who thought Mitt would have had the nom­i­na­tion prac­ti­cally locked up by now? Who expected Rom­ney would have to fight like hell just to win his home state? After Mitt won Florida and Nevada, I thought he might be on the verge of run­ning the table

Even worse con­sider the point he makes in his Amer­i­can Spec­ta­tor column:

If the more mod­er­ate Rom­ney is really a stronger can­di­date, why has he strug­gled to close the deal with vot­ers of his own party here in his native Michi­gan? It hardly adds to Romney’s “elec­tabil­ity” argu­ment that — even with the back­ing of Michigan’s top Repub­li­can offi­cials — he would con­sider him­self for­tu­nate to escape Tues­day with 40 per­cent of the vote and a nar­row win over Santorum’s low-​budget cam­paign. Even if Rom­ney wins Michi­gan, one of Santorum’s top advis­ers told CNN Mon­day, “We have already won. No mat­ter what the results are, we’ve won. This is Romney’s home state.… The Rom­ney cam­paign is spend­ing a for­tune they never expected to spend in Michi­gan, and every dol­lar they spend in Michi­gan is a dol­lar they don’t have on Super Tuesday.”

What has really struck me has been the use of sur­ro­gates to do his dirty work. I remem­ber Rom­ney all the Palin snip­ing from the Rove school before the field had come out. Every day I see peo­ple I fol­low on twit­ter relent­lessly attack­ing Rick San­to­rum while never mak­ing a pos­i­tive case for Mitt Rom­ney and the “dirty tricks” lines com­ing from the Mitt Camp is…interesting Stacy again:

How much has Mitt Romney’s cam­paign used dirty tricks in the 2012 cam­paign? A lot, I’d say. While I always sus­pected that the sex­ual alle­ga­tions against Her­man Cain were pushed to the media by the Rick Perry cam­paign, oth­ers whose knowl­edge I trust have since assured me that Team Mitt was behind it.

Take that with a grain of salt, if you wish, but it’s some­thing I’ve kept in mind the past three weeks as I’ve watched Rick San­to­rum being hounded by the media over “con­tro­ver­sies” that looked for all the world as if they were ginned up by a cer­tain rival cam­paign with a notable apti­tude for “the dev­as­tat­ing oppo hit.”

Mitt has a lot of money and hasn’t been shy about spend­ing it, I would be very sur­prised if the incred­i­ble vol­ume of Anti-​Santorum stuff get­ting out there and the incred­i­ble amount of time some folks are giv­ing to it didn’t come with some kind of remu­ner­a­tion. Or to put it another way, I would think peo­ple who were sup­port­ing Rom­ney because they sup­port Rom­ney would be able to mix a pos­i­tive rea­son or two to vote for their man.

Now I have not received a penny from the San­to­rum Cam­paign (although blog/​radio ads and Tip Jar hits Will be hap­pily accepted as this is what I do for a liv­ing these days) but I endorsed him at a time when such an endorse­ment elicited laugh­ter and deri­sion. As for Robert Stacy McCain, I directly asked him today if he was on the pay­roll of the San­to­rum Cam­paign. He answered decisively:

Who would say such a thing?…The future ambas­sador to Van­u­atu can not be bought or sold!

That might explain the bums rush he got at the Rom­ney HQ in Michi­gan.

All the empir­i­cal evi­dence I’ve seen sug­gests Romney’s sup­port is solely based on three fac­tors: his inevitable vic­tory, the match-​up vs Obama and who he can buy, except for Maria at Kacio’s. Mitt what­ever she sees in you. I sug­gest your team needs to iso­late and bot­tle it; STAT!

Now given Obama vast appeal, I sub­mit even this real­ity would not stop Mitt Rom­ney from win­ning the gen­eral elec­tion (bar­ring some­thing REALLY stu­pid) but given Romney’s inabil­ity to moti­vate the base while run­ning for pres­i­dent for 5 years, to the point where win­ning his home state would be a major vic­tory, do you want to risk it?

And much more seri­ously while it’s been sug­gested that Rom­ney at the top of a ticket might help Scott Brown is he really going to be a help down the ticket in swing dis­tricts where the big issue for many races is the repeal of Obamacare?

I don’t.

Update: Well this explains a lot:

The Polit­i­cal Wire asks, Did San­to­rum Regain Momen­tum in Michigan?

I guess we will see if Romney’s guar­an­tee is as good as Broad­way Joe’s almost feel sorry for the guy.

“Those two have known each other since Jack (Kennedy) was three years old. The president lived next door to Austy (Austin O’Connor). He likes him. Not only that, but I brought Austy in three times during the campaign. The first time he gave twenty-five thousand dollars. The second time he gave twenty-five thousand dollars. The third time he gave fifteen thousand dollars. That’s sixty-five thousand dollars he contributed.” (1960 dollars btw)

“Sure” said (Kenny) O’Donnell, but he wasn’t with us until after West Virginia.”

Tip O’Neill Man of the House 1987 pp 80

One of the things I’ve noticed about the Romney campaign is that other than the good folks at Kacio cleaners (who absolutely LOVE him) it’s very hard to find people who like Romney because they…like Romney.

Last night at the Twin City Tea Party people during a segment Romney was mentioned, and support for him was expressed based on him having “the best chance to win”.

Romney has also used the inevitability argument. I suspect it has helped him get many an endorsement from people who might otherwise have been expected to support different candidates (Nikki Haley for example). Fat cats don’t want to risk being on the outside like Austy O’Connor during a Romney Administration because they were on the wrong side during the primaries, and as Stacy McCain notes, after Florida many thought it was a done deal:

Show of hands: Who thought Mitt would have had the nomination practically locked up by now? Who expected Romney would have to fight like hell just to win his home state? After Mitt won Florida and Nevada, I thought he might be on the verge of running the table

Even worse consider the point he makes in his American Spectator column:

If the more moderate Romney is really a stronger candidate, why has he struggled to close the deal with voters of his own party here in his native Michigan? It hardly adds to Romney’s “electability” argument that — even with the backing of Michigan’s top Republican officials — he would consider himself fortunate to escape Tuesday with 40 percent of the vote and a narrow win over Santorum’s low-budget campaign. Even if Romney wins Michigan, one of Santorum’s top advisers told CNN Monday, “We have already won. No matter what the results are, we’ve won. This is Romney’s home state.… The Romney campaign is spending a fortune they never expected to spend in Michigan, and every dollar they spend in Michigan is a dollar they don’t have on Super Tuesday.”

What has really struck me has been the use of surrogates to do his dirty work. I remember Romney all the Palin sniping from the Rove school before the field had come out. Every day I see people I follow on twitter relentlessly attacking Rick Santorum while never making a positive case for Mitt Romney and the “dirty tricks” lines coming from the Mitt Camp is…interesting Stacy again:

How much has Mitt Romney’s campaign used dirty tricks in the 2012 campaign? A lot, I’d say. While I always suspected that the sexual allegations against Herman Cain were pushed to the media by the Rick Perry campaign, others whose knowledge I trust have since assured me that Team Mitt was behind it.

Take that with a grain of salt, if you wish, but it’s something I’ve kept in mind the past three weeks as I’ve watched Rick Santorum being hounded by the media over “controversies” that looked for all the world as if they were ginned up by a certain rival campaign with a notable aptitude for “the devastating oppo hit.”

Mitt has a lot of money and hasn’t been shy about spending it, I would be very surprised if the incredible volume of Anti-Santorum stuff getting out there and the incredible amount of time some folks are giving to it didn’t come with some kind of remuneration. Or to put it another way, I would think people who were supporting Romney because they support Romney would be able to mix a positive reason or two to vote for their man.

Now I have not received a penny from the Santorum Campaign (although blog/radio ads and Tip Jar hits Will be happily accepted as this is what I do for a living these days) but I endorsed him at a time when such an endorsement elicited laughter and derision. As for Robert Stacy McCain, I directly asked him today if he was on the payroll of the Santorum Campaign. He answered decisively:

Who would say such a thing?…The future ambassador to Vanuatu can not be bought or sold!

That might explain the bums rush he got at the Romney HQ in Michigan.

All the empirical evidence I’ve seen suggests Romney’s support is solely based on three factors: his inevitable victory, the match-up vs Obama and who he can buy, except for Maria at Kacio’s. Mitt whatever she sees in you. I suggest your team needs to isolate and bottle it; STAT!

Now given Obama vast appeal, I submit even this reality would not stop Mitt Romney from winning the general election (barring something REALLY stupid) but given Romney’s inability to motivate the base while running for president for 5 years, to the point where winning his home state would be a major victory, do you want to risk it?

And much more seriously while it’s been suggested that Romney at the top of a ticket might help Scott Brown is he really going to be a help down the ticket in swing districts where the big issue for many races is the repeal of Obamacare?

I don’t.

Update: Well this explains a lot:

The Political Wire asks, Did Santorum Regain Momentum in Michigan?

I guess we will see if Romney’s guarantee is as good as Broadway Joe’s almost feel sorry for the guy.