First to Romney, Roll Call released an article this morning showing that Iowa GOP County Chairs are cool to McCain. (password protected, email us if you'd like to read the whole thing) While not mentioning him by name, Polk Co. GOP Chair and frequent Cooler commenter Ted Sporer was among those that expressed disenchantment with his candidacy. In fact only 6 of the 63 chairs were enthusiastically backing McCain, with another 15 expressing some interest in his candidacy. When asked blindly which candidate is firing up "the base," they said Mitt Romney. The Fayette County chair had particularly nasty comments on McCain saying she had "no use for him."
This article reflects the conventional wisdom we've been spouting at the Cooler for sometime. McCain clearly has hurdles in front of him when it comes to the partisans and far right wingers. These folks that are upset with McCain are Romney's targeted constituency. McCain's support, as reflected in the polls done in Iowa, come from a different group in the party. The article in a sense reflects everything that the Gang of 50 has said about this race from the start and reaffirms Romney's position on top of the Cooler line.
The other item going around comes courtesy of the good-folks at you-tube. This clip shows why Romney will have to use his entrenched advantages (money and organization) to keep hold of the right wingers like those in the article above that are cool to McCain. Because they might not like what the see here.
Take a look