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    Is Romney the new Rudy?

    Is Romney the new Rudy?

    Rudy famously waited too long in 2008, by skipping Iowa, New Hampshire and South Carolina, assuming he would win big in Florida.  He didn’t, because by the time the primaries arrived in Florida, Rudy was an also ran.

    Back in July I suggested that Mitt Romney may be hurting himself by allowing others to grab the spotlight and appearing to sit back and wait for others to burn out, How long can Romney wait?

    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?

    The strategy appeared to be working like a charm, until Rick Perry entered the race.  Romney’s laid back strategy continued:

    It’s not that they don’t take Perry seriously. Rather, Romney’s supporters  believe the Bay Stater’s tortoise-like strategy will play to one of his  essential strengths — durability over the long haul — and show Republican  primary voters that he’s best prepared to go up against a vulnerable incumbent  president.

    Now that Perry has surged to the lead, has Romney pulled a Rudy and let time pass him by?

    Or has Romney been there before, as with Mike Huckabee in 2007, facing someone who will not have electoral legs?


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    Juba Doobai! | August 25, 2011 at 8:55 am

    Nobody’s paying attention but the LSM and political junkies like us. The election season hasn’t fully begun yet. All that happening now is thue thinning of the pack and blah-de-blah over the flavor of the week. The Big Dog hasn’t entered the race yet, and nothing means much until she does.

    MaggotAtBroadAndWall | August 25, 2011 at 10:04 am

    Now Romney is trying to partially walk back his earlier support for AGW.

    This guy does more flips and flops than a fish out of water.

    JEBurke | August 25, 2011 at 3:33 pm

    Not at all alike. Rudy was running against McCain who was just dandy with the Republican voters of the kind Rudy might have attracted. Romney may have a moderate past record but he does not have the conspicuously liberal stands on key social issues that marked Rudy as NYC Mayor. Romney has wide and deep financial support which is crucial to staying power in a campaign; Rudy never acquired that. Anyway, Romney is not skipping NH; he is banking on it.

    That said, it may be that Perry sweeps all before him. It may also be that he has had a great week or so with a high profile, gobbling up most media attention and taking poll straws away not only from Romney but from Bachmann and others too. It is a long campaign.

    BannedbytheGuardian | August 25, 2011 at 9:09 pm

    Perry is making wrinkles quite sexy again.

    A subtle touch up is fine but Biden is taking it to extremes.

    In the 60s girls used to iron their hair to straighten it (bangs /fringes were the cutting edge of bravery ) -today older celebs look as if their whole faces have been ironed AND starched.

    Yes I am shallow but I was a pol sci major.

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