THE GROFF/ELLISON POLITICAL REPORT

Now I Love You…Maybe

Posted in Uncategorized by groffellison on July 1, 2008

During the Republican presidential nomination contest Sen. John McCain and former Massachusetts Governor Mitt Romney did not get along. As the contest slowly developed into a mano-a-mano race between the two they lashed out at one another over conservative credentials and who’s experience matter more.

McCain won the contest and is now in process of picking a Vice Presidential running mate and the name that keeps bubbling to the top is none other than Romney’s. While some see it as a mismatch others see it as the best possible choice.

Romney, who exited the race gracefully and immediately started to campaign for McCain (memo to the other party’s wanna be), could infuse some much needed money into the McCain effort. Some insiders say that between $50 and 60 million dollars could be raised by Romeny, a chunk that would immediately put the Obama fundraising machine on its heels. But as important as the money is, especially for McCain, who trails Obama badly in that department,  running mates need to have chemistry and the veep nominee needs to add something to the ticket.

Maybe the monatary addition is enough and maybe they get along well enough that the pair would could work, but in a race that promises to be very tight for the first time in modern history maybe a Vice Presidential nominee will be required to carry or make a state competitive.

If that is the case McCain/Romney could work for the GOP since Romney has family roots in Michigan, he’s Dad was a Governor in the state and Romney beat McCain handily in the primary in mid-January. Michigan is shaping up as a toss up state which is bad news for the Democrats since they have won the state the last four elections in a row and Sen. John Kerry won the state in 2004 by four points. 

With Obama leading in the polls in Michigan by anywhere from two to nine points McCain has an opportunity to turn a blue state red in an election where one turned state could make all the difference, so maybe Romney doesn’t look so bad. 

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  1. Ted said, on July 1, 2008 at 9:24 am

    It appears that it’s all down to Alaska Gov Sarah Palin or Mitt Romney, and team Romney fears Palin now has the best shot, so Romney camp is mounting a blogosphere-wide assault via Politico.

    The tip-off that Politico is just a “promote Romney” piece is that it mentions EVERY NAME in the next two tiers of Veep prospects EXCEPT SARAH PALIN!!! — even names far more unlikely than Palin (since Romney camp knows Palin is the ONLY ONE who tops — I’ll say tops by far — Romney as McCain’s best pick).

    Bottom line, Romney and Politico fear Palin most — as do the Dems and the MSM. (By the way, the Dems and MSM do not fear Romney the most — which says a lot.)

    AOL, a main on-line pro-Obama/pro-Dem player, is now carrying the Politico piece promoting Romney buzz.

    Clearly AOL wants McCain and the GOP to lose the general elction — hence they gladly promote Romney (no mention of Palin).

    Also, CNN had Romney — kind of out of the blue — attacking Obama. Again, CNN, wanting McCain and the GOP to lose, gladly promotes Romney (to attempt to avert the Palin threat).

    All the media frenzy which will surround the remarkable Palin “story” — essentially free to McCain — will be worth millions and millions of dollars of coverage and PR (more money than Romney would provide anyway).


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