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So why isn't anybody writing about...

...Romney throwing himself on his sword?

Anybody think this is part of a deal to get himself on the ticket as veep?


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Feb. 7th, 2008 09:08 pm (UTC)
Really? The rest of my f-list is writing about it, so I don't have anything to add. Other than, oh, "yay!" and "I totally saw that coming."
Feb. 7th, 2008 09:19 pm (UTC)
I don't think there's any way on earth McCain is going to pick Romney.
Feb. 7th, 2008 09:23 pm (UTC)
This is the first I've heard of it - admittedly, I'm at work and don't look at my flist very frequently.

This is a little surprising - I'd have expected Huckabee to drop out before Romney. Looks to me like Romney is trying for the VP slot, though I think the only way the evangelicals will come out to vote the way they did for Bush is if Huckabee or another of his ilk is on the ticket.

Cute how Romney is only "suspending" his campaign so that he can continue to collect donations. Must be tough having to spend $35 million of your own money.
Feb. 7th, 2008 11:19 pm (UTC)
"suspending" a campaign actually allows you to keep paying workers who are cleaning out your offices and stuff like that. Yeah, he can take donations too, but very few donations will come in after this. The news were all over this to explain it when Edwards suspended his campaign.
Feb. 7th, 2008 09:24 pm (UTC)
I think after all the bickering, after all the "You said the word 'timetable!'" "No I didn't!" "Yes you did!" there's no way in h*** that McCain is gonna pick Romney. And Romney wouldn't shore up the right wing base, anyway.
Feb. 7th, 2008 09:51 pm (UTC)
Romney is the candidate that the right-wing pundits have been pimping, though.

Could this perhaps be a sign that the current right-wing pundits are in decline?
Feb. 8th, 2008 01:39 am (UTC)
Please dear universe I hope so...they are embarassments to us "centrist" Republicans...
Feb. 7th, 2008 09:34 pm (UTC)
The speculation in Crooked Timber is that Huckabee and McCain have already done a deal, and that Huckabee was staying in mainly to take votes from Romney. What Romney is doing is positioning himself for 2012 (which is why he's still collecting money).
Feb. 7th, 2008 09:49 pm (UTC)
I heard the McCain/Huck speculation a few days ago.
Feb. 7th, 2008 09:37 pm (UTC)
Havn't really been keeping up. Didn't care much for the movie "Dumb and Dumber" either.
Feb. 7th, 2008 09:42 pm (UTC)
McCain / Hackabee for '08, because it is time we have an idiot standing in line for the Presidency instead of the other way around.
Feb. 7th, 2008 09:50 pm (UTC)
Feb. 7th, 2008 09:45 pm (UTC)
I suggested that in a friends LJ a month or so ago and was shot down. Apparently there is no love lost between those two candidates.

But politics does make strange bed fellows, so you never know.
Feb. 7th, 2008 09:50 pm (UTC)
No way McCain would pick Romney, especially when he's already got Huckabee lined up. I agree with Cheryl, this is to position for 2012 (but he's already lost that gambit).
Feb. 7th, 2008 10:42 pm (UTC)
Suddenly, I have this vision of "certain political figures" literally throwing themselves on swords, or even being thrown onto one.

It's enough to make a manticore weep.

Seriously, I think everyone knows McCain is bound for the republican ticket, and most of the real interest is in Clinton -vs- Obama... Personally, I wish more media attention were placed on votung machines, with as much risk of fraud there is there.
Feb. 8th, 2008 01:52 am (UTC)
The touch screen voting machines suck. I do not for the life of me understand why so many people find it so hard to use a machine that is not that hard to use, and I also find it hard to understand why they even invested in machines with such horrible reliability.

Admittedly, I live in Nebraska, not a huge population...but they have been using the same machines since the early 1990's(at least, that is when I started voting here). It is JUST like taking standardized tests in school, you fill in the little bubble with a pencil. And then they take all of the papers from each voting place, and take them to the reader machine for that district. And, each sheet has an id number on it, which they write down in pen next to your name when you go to vote, and you sign your signature next to it...So, anyone who graduated High School, or even took the standardized tests in 6th grade, you can figure out how to vote.

I also find it very very telling that the major company who promotes the video voting is based in Omaha, Nebraska, and yet, the state has NOT adopted it. They were offered a TRULY amazing cost deal on the machines, and chose to test them out 1 year(one of the off years) in 2 locations: a rural spot in western Ne, and 1 voting location in 1 district in the capitol city, Lincoln. They had so many problems, that the state voting authority has vowed NEVER to use them. To check the reliability, they asked all the folks voting to also fill out a regular form (essentially voting 2x, to see if they would match). The data was lost in some cases, and corrupted in others. Horrible reliability.
Feb. 7th, 2008 11:08 pm (UTC)
I didn't hear about this till you mentioned it.

Romney and McCain are nearly identical in ideology, their big difference is in looks and credibility. I doubt he'll be a Veep choice, McCain would have a problem with someone who dropped out of Stanford just as he was about to turn 19 to become a missionary in France, which allowed him to evade the draft. After the Vietnam draft was over, Willbur Mitchell Romney returned to college, but to BYU instead of Stanford.

That and the Armorall hairdo.

I think we'll see Giuliani as GOP Veep candidate.
Feb. 7th, 2008 11:21 pm (UTC)
Having heard part of Laura Ingrams' introduction of Romy, and the first part of Romy's speach this morning, there is absolutely no way in hell (or high water) he'll be running mate.

McCain holds grudges.
Feb. 8th, 2008 03:03 am (UTC)
Looking back at those pictures of him hugging Bush, I'd say he doesn't hold onto them hard enough...
Feb. 8th, 2008 05:32 am (UTC)

Mitt's been spending money like it grows on trees. Problem is, most of that has been _his_ money and he's too much the smart businessman to not realize he's financing a losing proposition. So, he's cut his loses. Positioning for 2012? Perhaps. Gunning for the Veep slot this time around? Probably not.

McCain doesn't need someone like Romney. McCain did well in the Romney's backyard so he doesn't need the Mitt to bring those sort of voters into his fold. And Mitt doesn't have traction with Republican conservatives. Romney is more the "Country Club" Republican than a true-blue conservative one. That's one of the many reasons the conservatives never really warmed to him.

As to Huckabee getting the Veep nod, I doubt it. Sure, the guy is the darling of the Evangelicals and that is no small chunk of voting change. But, such a moniker is also bad news outside of the South and the Bible Belt. Naming Huckabee as Veep would most likely cost McCain about as much, if not more, votes then it'd gain. There are plenty of Republicans who view Huckabee's frothing religiosity as an anathema and want to keep such a preacherman as far from the White House as possible.

Fred Thompson would be might nice but not likely. Fred doesn't have th ability to bring in any key states or massive demographic. His campaigning abilities have a demonstrated history of being weak - he didn't run for the office, he walked... - and the guy is about as old as McCain. Not good combos here.

Rudi would just be magnifying how moderate McCain is and that'd drive away the conservatives that McCain truly needs. So, no Rudy for Veep.

I don't know who is currently residing under the GOP's Big Tent that McCain could put the tap on.

One possible strategy would be for him to name Condi as his running mate. Pandering? Who, McCain? Oh goodness me, certainly not! :) Such a combo would present the Democrats with a damn near impossible dilemma. This, no matter whether it be Hillary or Obama. Condi's got the qualifications for the job but whether she's got the skills is something and again. She's a wonk, not a politician and that office requires huge political skills. Still though, it'd be an awesome pairing and, given how old the guy is even now, were McCain to konk out once in office, then that'd mean we'd have our first female and first black president all at once.


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