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    How long can Romney wait?

    How long can Romney wait?

    Wait?

    He hasn’t waited, you say, he’s declared and raising more money than anyone else.  He’s simply playing the role of presumptive nominee, which explains his seemingly low-key public strategy.  Let other lesser contenders gain TV face time for now, the primaries are a long way off.

    But as reported by Byron York, that strategy has seen his popularity relative to other actual and potential candidates falter:

    A new  Gallup poll finds Mitt Romney still at the top of the Republican  presidential field, but with opponents closing in.  And in a sign of the  still-unsettled nature of the GOP race, Romney’s three closest pursuers aren’t  in the race.

    When Gallup included the names of potential candidates in surveying  Republican and Republican-leaning voters, the results show Romney leading, with  17 percent of those polled; Texas Gov. Rick Perry in second, with 15 percent;  Sarah Palin, with 12 percent, Rudy Giuliani, with 11 percent; Michele Bachmann,  11 percent; Ron Paul, eight percent; Herman Cain and Newt Gingrich, with three  percent each; and Tim Pawlenty, Jon Huntsman, and Rick Santorum, with two  percent each.  At the moment at least, Perry, Palin, and Giuliani are not  in the race.

    Among Republicans who describe themselves as conservative, Romney is tied  with Perry, at 18 percent.  Among Republicans who describe themselves as  moderate or liberal, Romney actually trails Giuliani, 14 percent to 16 percent,  and is tied with Palin.

    Has Romney’s absence from the public consciousness created a vacuum just waiting to be filled, or was there always going to be a vacuum so long as Romney was in the lead?

    What says you?

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    It’s early, for crying out loud!

    The fiscal matter hasn’t played out to a resolution.

    Others’ campaigns — Gingrich, Huntsman, and to some extent Pawlenty — are imploding.

    Palin hasn’t publicly revealed her decision on whether to run yet.

    Perry keeps winking and flirting, but hasn’t asked us out.

    Though he swears he’s not running, Christie went to Iowa to . . . well, I don’t exactly know why he went to Iowa.

    Even Jeb Bush says never say never.

    All is yet up in the air, so intentionally reaching out to make one’s self the story at this point would seem a bit ill-timed.

    Romney brings the most broadly-based experience to the table, so he can afford to wait longer than some others.


       
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      retire05 in reply to Trochilus. | July 27, 2011 at 1:21 pm

      And what did Romney bring to Massachussets? Per person common debt is $14,936.00. Debt to GDP is 25.56%. Unemployment is at 260,000 out of a population of 6,582,000.

      And what about Romneycare which was the basis for Obamacare?

      I really don’t think Christie will get in. He is having waaaay too much fun sticking it in the eye of the left in his state. As to Jeb Bush, he knows he doesn’t have a chance in hades. Maybe in 2016, but not this time.


         
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        Aarradin in reply to retire05. | July 27, 2011 at 6:23 pm

        Fox aired a trivia question on state flags today, I grew up in MA and tried to convince a co-worker that MA wasn’t the correct answer to the question. “The state flag of Taxachusetts is a Customs Officer with drawn sword taking the purse of a Citizen, against a background of colonists fleeing with all of their possessions. After all, if it wasn’t for the high taxes there the rest of the continent would never have been settled.” She thought I was serious for a minute (ok, she’s blond).

        “And what did Romney bring to Massachusetts? Per person common debt is $14,936.00. Debt to GDP is 25.56%. Unemployment is at 260,000 out of a population of 6,582,000.”

        This interests me. What is your source for this?

        Now that incurred federal governmental debt is a central focus of national attention, I think that one of the most powerful arguments local candidates can make this fall (and national candidates can at least try to make next spring) is that accumulated governmental governmental debt on a combination of national, state and local levels, has contributed mightily to the uncertainty in the markets and the lingering evidence of a recessionary economy, and that local officials should bear the brunt of their irresponsible contribution to the problem.

        For example, in my very small city of Lambertville, NJ (less than 3,800 residents), the Mayor and City Council, who are all Democrats, actually increased the debt load of the City five-fold over the 7 year from 2002 to 2009 — from less than 4.5 million to over 22 million. And they did so during a period of time when there was a Democrat governor who was very generous with “emergency” and “special” appropriations for the small city.


     
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    Juba Doobai! | July 27, 2011 at 3:56 pm

    Romney vacuum = waiting for Palin!

    Reagan announced his candidacy on November 13, 1979.


     
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    Aarradin | July 27, 2011 at 6:17 pm

    Where Obama is a Big Government Socialist, Romney is a Big Government Technocrat. They both believe the Government is the answer to everything. The only difference is that Romney believes it only works if you have a highly competent Administrator (himself, of course) running things while Obama is so devout a follower of Marx that he’s convinced socialism will just naturally work, creating utopia, as soon as the necessary laws are passed. So, Obama sees his job as being the salesman, the front man, making the case to get those laws passed – and then he goes play golf.

    2012 is going to be an Anti-Obama year, and Romney is NOT the Anti-Obama.

    2012 is also going to be about repealing Obamacare, and given Romney STILL standing up for the catastrophic failure of RomneyCare in Massachussetts, Romney can’t be the nominee based on this alone.

    There’s only 1 reason why he’s the current frontrunner: he’s the only leftover from last time around that’s announced his candidacy (Ron Paul doesn’t count, and never did). Its name recognition and nothing else.


     
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    huskers-for-palin | July 27, 2011 at 11:42 pm

    1995….”Where’s Waldo?”
    2011….”Where’s Mittens?”


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