Friday, December 01, 2006


Make sure to check back this afternoon for the Cooler's thoughts on Krusty's post regarding McCain staff and some additional Iowa buzz.

In the meantime--- check out the battle between McCain and Romney on everything from illegal immigrant gardeners in Romney's yard to Governors meetings in Florida. We bet Rudy's happy he's sheltered from the crossfire.

Aside: Our favorite part of the gardener story is that the Boston Globe-Worker uses the word "toiled" in the headline.

Also Jonathan Martin reports that Gov. Tim Pawlenty of Minnesota (McCain) and Matt Blunt of Missouri (Romney) will sign on to their respective teams in the near future. Pawlenty has been widely speculated as a potential Veep for McCain, Blunt is the youngest Governor in the country and son of Minority Whip Roy Blunt.


Anonymous Anonymous said...

I wonder what Gov. Pawlenty thinks about McCain now that Terry Nelson is working for him. Nelson cost Pawlenty a $800,000 campaign fine in '02.

10:43 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I hear Barbour is backing Romney? Can the cooler confirm if that is true?

10:54 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Romney was to ask Haley to be his running partner. Don't know if Haley agreed or not.

11:23 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Why is Pawlenty working for McCain???

12:07 PM  
Blogger Cancer Man said...

$800k?!?!?! Holy shit.

12:09 PM  
Blogger Caucus Cooler said...

Earlier in the summer the buzz was that Barbour was leaning towards McCain actually. But those whispers have been quieter of late.

We're sure that both Mitt and McCain are pushing hard for Barbour.

12:51 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Mitt needs Barbour if he wants to win the southern baptists.

1:28 PM  
Blogger Cancer Man said...

McCain has been talking about Lyndsey Graham as a good future VP for at least the last year now. I doubt Barbour goes with McCain knowing the VP slot is already spoken for. That and he wants to go with a winner and given that this is a GOP primary and not a independent primary, it appears Mitt is the man.

2:08 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Cancer Man get real. McCain would never pick Lindsay Graham as VP. That would be like Rudy picking Pataki or Mitt picking Orrin Hatch. Just silly.

3:04 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Cancer Man likes to have his cigarettes and smoke them too. Just a few threads ago he was saying we couldn't expect Mitt to win the straw poll, now it appears Mitt has the best organization. Which is it? You are worse than your wife Cancer Man (you know what I mean).

9:06 AM  
Blogger Brent Oleson said...

GOP strategists: Impact of Romney's Mormonism exaggerated
By Thomas Burr
The Salt Lake Tribune
Salt Lake Tribune
Article Last Updated:11/30/2006 04:06:41 PM MST

Posted: 12:36 PM- WASHINGTON - The Mormon problem for Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney's expected presidential run has been overblown, a panel of Republican strategists said Thursday.
"The Mormon issue is way overstated," said Mark McKinnon, a former chief media adviser to President Bush's 2004 campaign and a strategist now aligned with Arizona Sen. John McCain. "In the end, it won't be much of an issue." The comment was echoed by David Kensinger, a strategist for GOP Kansas Sen. Sam Brownback, who is expected to announce his White House bid soon. "The country will be ready for this [a Mormon president] at some point," he said.
Romney's membership in The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints is expected to be one of the largest hurdles of his potential campaign. Several polls have shown a large section of voters who wouldn't consider voting for a Mormon presidential candidate. Some evangelicals don't consider Mormons to be Christians.
During a conference on elections in Washington on Thursday, a panel on the 2008 presidential race discussed Romney's Mormon issue. The event was sponsored by the National Journal and the Center for Politics at the University of Virginia.
Jan van Lohuizen, a pollster for Romney's Commonwealth political action committee, said at one level, people deeply involved in politics - those running campaigns, covering them as journalists or activists on both sides - are going to get sick of the question by August.
"We're already down to underwear," van Lohuizen said, referring to a Web posting by a columnist about the Mormon garments. "The question will wear itself out." As for regular voters, van Lohuizen said polls have been mixed on concern about a Mormon candidate, but his religion is not what the potential campaign would be about.
"We're not going to run on the Mormon ticket," he said. "We get it." Romney is expected to announce his White House intentions in January. Panelists all said that Romney was in the top of the field of GOP candidates.
The elite include McCain, Romney and former New York City Mayor Rudy Guiliani, said Alex Vogal, a consultant to outgoing Senate Majority Leader Bill Frist, who said this week he won't run for president.
Rich Galen, a strategist for former House Speaker Newt Gingrich, also a potential 2008 candidate, went even further.
"It's a two-way contest between McCain and Romney," he said.
McKinnon, also a senior adviser to Bush's 2000 campaign, pointed out the front-runner status also can be dangerous politically.
"Being front-runner is like being the lead mole in Whack-a-Mole," he said

Cancer Man says that Mitt is the front runner and that McCain can't win without independents (which would be nice to have in a general election, but I understand that people like Cancer Man only want the purist of the pure conservative voter). For once, I believe Cancer Man and would say it is Mitt's to lose.

9:16 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Does anyone really think this "Romney hired a landscaping company that hired illegals who claimed to be legal" thing will have any impact at all?

12:04 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...


4:59 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

What else are they going to say Max? Could McKinnon really say during a panel, "the fact that he's a Mormon is a huge deal- America would NEVER elect a Mormon."

Obviously he couldn't say that, making the whole article worthless.

5:37 PM  
Blogger Cancer Man said...

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5:45 PM  
Blogger Cancer Man said...

Are republicans going to support the biggest pain in the ass to the Bush administration over the last six years?

What is wrong with the Bush tax cuts John? That question is going to get asked time and again no matter how many staffers from ITR you pay.

5:46 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

The "biggest pain in the ass to the Bush admin."


So when John McCain was travelling the country helping Bush in areas where he wasn't popular in 2004 where was Governor Romney?

5:54 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Anon 5:54 --

Doing his job and governing!

7:51 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

751- Like he was this year when instead of governing he was advancing his own personal ambition and agenda in Iowa, South Carolina, and New Hampshire?

3:05 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Romney utterly abandoned his Lt. Gov. and refused to campaign for her until the last days, and even then it was a half-hearted effort that saw her lose in a landslide.

3:05 is right. He was too busy buying votes, or so he thought, in Iowa, NH and SC.

He was the worst president of the Republican Governors Ass'n. Ever. His selfish ambition kept him out of his state and failed to get Republican governors elected elsewhere.

A pathetic record.

9:52 AM  

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