Wednesday, October 18, 2006

Political Radar


Mitt Romney predicted a Democrat majority in statehouses yesterday. Currently R's hold 28 Governor's seats to D's 22.

We'll certainly lose the lead," added Romney. When asked if there will be a majority of Democratic governors when the dust settles on election night, Romney responded, "Oh sure. Oh sure. I don't think there's anyone who has looked at the poll numbers who doesn't think that will happen."

One would think that at some point Romney will be criticized for the losses in Governorships, though, given the political climate, there is not much he could do. But it's one of those things about politics, if you are going to put yourself in a position, as RGA Chair, to get credit for things that go well you have to be willing to take some blame if (when) it goes poorly.

But if things don't get brighter for R's in the next 20 days, we at the Cooler are confident about one thing... There will be plenty of blame to go around.

16 Comments:

Blogger murphy said...

What will be interesting is whether any GOP governors actually say Romney didn't help them enough.

His job is fundraising. He's out-raised the democrats and previous RGA chairs by millions.

Maybe people looking for reasons to not like Romney will blame him for the political climate. I'm just grateful for his contributions...without them, November could have been even worse for governors than it's going to be.

5:06 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

The real Iowa blog action is on krustykonservative.blogspot.com

5:53 PM  
Blogger Caucus Cooler said...

Why do people try to create this rivalry with Krusty. The Cooler loves Krusty, we read Krusty religiously, and we link to Krusty when he writes on 08ers.

HK is doing the lords work focusing on Nussle, Lamberti, Whalen, the House, and the Senate..

We're just trying to do our caucus thing.

So we encourage everyone to read Krusty and the Cooler. And Iowa Ennui and the real sporer, and Johnson Co. GOP and Kay Henderson and Dave Price's blog for that matter.

6:46 PM  
Blogger Caucus Cooler said...

Murph-
Nobody's blaming Romney for the Climate, but when you are the head of the RGA and we lose a large number of Governor's seats- we'd imagine some folks will point the finger. For the most part it will be unfair, but you have to take the good with the bad as RGA chair.

6:47 PM  
Blogger murphy said...

Woah, Cooler, I didn't think you were blaiming Romney. You were perfectly clear.

7:46 PM  
Blogger Caucus Cooler said...

"Maybe people looking for reasons to not like Romney will blame him for the political climate."

Sorry thought you were referring to us. Looks like we agree! Yay, we like agreement.

9:46 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

People will certainly look to the $1 million RGA spent in Mass with ads that focused 45 of 60 seconds on Mitt Romney as a selfish move to improve weak Romney 2008 numbers in New Hampshire.

9:58 PM  
Blogger murphy said...

anon,

From what I recall, Romney recused himself from RGA distributions that involved the MA governor's race.

As for Healey ads that had Romney's face all over them, what would you expect from a sitting governor more popular than his hopeful successor?

Not much of a story here...

10:58 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

The real question is why didn't Romney run for reelection after only serving one term? The truth is that he probably wouldn't have won. The election has turned into a referendum on the Romney-Healey administration and polls indicate the voters were not impressed. Much is made here that Massachusetts is a dem state but the truth is that since 1990 it has had 4 straight Republican Governors. So it's not that difficult for the GOPer to win there.

It's no secret Mitt didn't run for reelection becasue it would interfere with his all consuming presidential ambitions. Instead he agreed to lead GOP Govs to defeat for the first time in over 20 years. The Romney family track record on the ballot is not very impressive. Between Mitt, his mom and his sister there have been far more defeats than victoies. I for one am not sure I am ready to bet the White House on such a spotty unproven record. I'd have far more confidence in Mitt if he had stood for reelection and won.

6:57 AM  
Anonymous Paul S said...

Romney must have spoken directly to Gordon B. Hinckley, head of the Mormon Church, to get this prognostication. After all, Hinkley is a Prophet, who speaks directly with the resurrected human from another planet the Mormons believe is the God of Earth, anytime he needs to.

8:56 AM  
Blogger texas_tyrant8 said...

anon 6:57

Romney is already being critisized for spending too much time out of state. While he has not officially announced his candidacy for pres '08 yet, it's not really a huge secret. Do you think the voters in Mass would put him back into the gov's office knowing he'll only be spending more time out of state over the next two years, then abandoning the gov's office if he wins? That might work in Arkansas even after the gov lied saying he wasn't running. Or in Texas when the gov was forthcoming about his intentions. Texas loved Bush at the time and we put him back into office with an overwhelming majority hoping to start his pres camaign with as much momentum as possible.
It's pretty obvious that Gov. Romney's conservative social positions have put him at odds with his own state's voters and the last thing they want is to put their stamp of approval on his presidential aspirations. It's a no-win situation for him. I take him at face value when he says he got everything done in one term that he wanted or was able to do. Why spend another four years warming the seat having your vetos overruled at every turn? It's not like he's getting a paycheck out of it. I for one see his negative ratings in Mass as a point for the plus column. That's my take though.

9:11 AM  
Blogger texas_tyrant8 said...

Paul,

Since you apparently know how to use a computer I find it hard to beleive you're really as dumb as your comments make you seem. Just in case you're not a disguised McCain/Huckabee/Guliani(insert candiate of choice here) drone and you really are that dumb, I invite you to click your little mousey thingy on www.mormon.org to find out what Mormons really beleive. If you can read, you'll find out that it's pretty irrelevant as pertains to politics.

9:32 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Wow prez pac staff are really jittery about Mitt it seams, wonder why they are attacking him so early?

Mitt is a Rock Star.

9:49 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Seams to be the case . . . sew bee it.

3:45 PM  
Anonymous Paul S said...

Peter,
Sorry, but reading a site set up by a cult does little to shed light on the things they want to hide. I'd suggest readers visit the Southern Baptist Convention site www.sbc.net and
search "cults."

Here's what you'll find:

Major Cults and Sects in North America:

The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints
(Mormons)
Jehovah’s Witnesses
United Pentecostal Church
Unitarian Universalist Association
Reorganized Church of Jesus Christ of Latter
Day Saints (RLDS)/Community of Christ
Christian Science
Unity School of Christianity

What is a Cult or Sect?

Different definitions of the terms “cult” and “sect”
are used by researchers, writers, and speakers in various
fields of study. Most secular experts rely primarily on
sociological, psychological, or behavioral factors and
usually do not consider doctrinal or theological issues
when evaluating specific religious movements.
Christian discernment ministries, however, normally
begin with a careful examination of a group’s stated doctrinal
beliefs before considering other significant factors.
They usually agree that the following are common characteristics
of movements designated cults or sects.
Cults or sects are religious movements, churches, or
other organizations that have all or some of the following
characteristics:

1. Cults and sects usually claim to be biblically–based, Christian organizations. For example, The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints (LDS) maintains that it is a Christian church centered on Christ and His teachings. The Christian Science church also often refers to itself as a
Christian movement.

2. All cults deny or redefine any or all essential Christian doctrines. Jehovah’s Witnesses, for
instance, absolutely deny the deity of Jesus Christ. The LDS redefines the Trinity to mean the Father, Son, and Holy Ghost are three separate personages or gods.

3. Sects may adhere officially to essential Christian teachings while exhibiting other
characteristics of cults or sects. The International Church of
Christ, for example, adheres to traditional views about God and Christ, but members regard their
movement as the only one
proclaiming the true message of salvation today.

4. Cults and sects usually claim to be led by divinely inspired leaders. They usually believe
their leaders are capable of receiving direct revelation from God or have a special, inspired
understanding of the Bible. One example is Rev.Sun Myung Moon, founder and leader of the
Unification Church. His followers regard him as “Lord of the Second Advent,” a position equal to
that of Christ. The LDS believes its president is a “living prophet, seer, and revelator” who can receive direct revelation from God (Daniel H. Ludlow, ed., Encyclopedia of Mormonisim, Vol. 3
[New York: Macmillan Publishing Company, 1992],p. 1126).

5. Cults and sects usually claim to possess a new and inspired written scripture that supplements
or supersedes the authority of the Bible. Christian Science teaches that Mary Baker Eddy’s Science and Health with Key to the Scriptures is an inspired adjunct to the Bible. Likewise, Scientologists regard the writings of L. Ron
Hubbard as the works of a genius who discovered the keys to understanding life and death.

9:25 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

If I wanted to know what a baptist believes, I'd ask a baptist. If I wanted to know what a lutheran believes I'd ask a lutheran. If I want to know what a mormon believes I'd ask a mormon. Mormons have no reward or benefit of lying about what we believe, so there's no reason not to ask us.

Asking a baptist what a mormon believes is as silly as asking a mormon what a baptist believes.

I've always been willing to discuss my religion and answer questions about what I believe via email -- huh, funny no one has ever asked -- if this mormon thing was a huge deal I'd expect at least one person would want to know.

9:45 AM  

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