Tuesday, February 27, 2007

The Romney Strategy Via the Boston Globe

We at the Caucus Cooler think this article from the Boston Globe is a must read.

"Here are some views of Mitt Romney causing concern inside his campaign: His hair looks too perfect, he's not a tough war time leader, and he has earned a reputation as "Slick Dancing Mitt" or 'Flip-Flop Mitt.'

Romney and his advisers have identified those perceptions as threats to his bid for the 2008 Republican presidential nomination, according to an exhaustive internal campaign document obtained by the Globe.

The 77-slide PowerPoint presentation offers a revealing look at Romney's pursuit of the White House, outlining a plan for branding himself, framing his competitors, and allaying voter concerns about his record, his Mormon faith, and his shifts on key issues like abortion."

Did we tell you this article is a must read? Just checking.

14 Comments:

Anonymous Anonymous said...

That one is pretty tough on Mitt, I guess most of us hadn't noticed his hair.

Here's another juicy one for all to read:

McCain's Campaign Collapses

Dick Morris & Eileen McGann
Tuesday, Feb. 27, 2007

The John McCain candidacy, launched amid much hope, fanfare, and high expectations, may be dying before our eyes.
Even worse, it may go out with a whimper instead of a bang.

It may not end in an Armageddon style primary defeat, but just dry up from lack of support, money, or interest.....

The rest of the article is on Newsmax this morning.

What say the very talented folks running his Iowa campaign? Is Dick correct in his assessment? Is this reflective of Iowa for McCain?

10:11 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

This is bad news.

The trends in some key primary states also bode badly for maverick McCain, whose support for stem cell research, lukewarm opposition to abortion and gay marriage, support for campaign-finance reform, and perceived lack of reliability on tax cuts already has him in trouble with his party's conservatives.

I forgot he voted against the tax cuts.

It's the economy stupid. We have a rip roaring magnificent economy because of the tax cuts. Heck, even the democrats are getting more tax revenue to spend like drunken sailors.

He voted against the tax cuts??????? They are responsible for the great economy.

10:20 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Maybe since the big guys are faltering, Huck will have a chance.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FazJu0vYs6g

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=j6IDmv9aOm0

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=j6IDmv9aOm0

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RM0_8hhmz0A

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=N2lQpEwuMlQ

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kuRHnaQAYR0

Great biography of him on youtube in six parts.

10:23 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

From the NewsMax article. If I was McCain I'd be getting in my expense reports pretty quickly:

But even when McCain was polling well, he wasn't raising the money he needs for this campaign.

In the last quarter of 2006, during a time when he was tied for
front-runner status in the GOP and doing well in general election
matchups against likely Democratic rivals like Hillary Clinton, he
raised only $1.7 million according to his filing with the Federal
Elections Commission.

Even worse, he had less than $500,000 on hand, pocket change in a presidential race and barely adequate for a run for Congress.

Part of McCain's problem was that he wasn't raising money. But the other part has been that he is spending money too rapidly - and not on reaching voters but on paying political consultants. One top Republican operative from the old Reagan campaign commented, "McCain has hired every consultant he can find. He has all the top names, but no money."

10:43 AM  
Blogger murphy said...

Uh, Cooler...check your font.

Anyway, seems like Team Romney has their finger on the pulse of the political climate. No big surprises.

11:46 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

This came out today too. Bunches of bad news for McCain today:

http://www.bloomberg.com/apps/news?pid=20670001&refer=us&sid=apd2RFSXUc6E

a highlight:

Lindsey Graham, a South Carolina Republican who is one of McCain's closest friends in the Senate, said ``the biggest change is that John now is trying to establish himself as the leader of a party, and not just a movement.''

That effort is complicated by leftover hard feelings from McCain's previous race, and his years in the Senate. Some party activists still haven't forgiven him for criticizing television evangelist Jerry Falwell in 2000, backing stem-cell research, opposing President George W. Bush's tax cuts and pushing a proposal that would give undocumented immigrants a path to citizenship.

``He has to make the case that he's a true Reaganite and the best Reaganite,'' said Grover Norquist, a Republican activist who heads Americans for Tax Reform, a Washington-based anti-tax lobbying group, and who has expressed doubts about McCain's faith in tax-cutting."

Scrutiny on Abortion

McCain has found his opposition to abortion under especially close scrutiny. Though he says he is philosophically opposed to abortion, McCain in his first White House run opposed repealing Roe v. Wade, the 1973 Supreme Court ruling that gave women the right to terminate a pregnancy. He said that ``thousands of young American women would be performing illegal and dangerous operations.''

This year, as McCain has tried to make his peace with evangelical leaders, he has said Roe should be overturned."

At least he has evolved on the issue.

12:21 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Question of the day:

How does one simultaneously be FOR stem cell research and be PRO-Life? They go together in my mind. How does one reconcile those two positions?

Am I getting this right? Is he saying this? "I believe in destroying human embryos as long as it's for weird medical science experiments and we pay the poor woman for her embryos, but I'm against abortion."

Hello - they are the same thing!

Splain that one to me lucy or marlys. Serious question. How does the very pro-life staff of McCain's Iowa team get ok with that dichotomy? Help the rest of us understand this position of McCain's.

12:27 PM  
Blogger murphy said...

Anon 12:27,

Perhaps they think it's ok to kill human life if there's a research grant involved benefiting scientists and their families.

Or perhaps it's not moral philosophy that guides that judgement, but political expediency. This would explain why McCain promised not to ever overturn RvW in 1999, why he promises to overturn it in 2007, and why he hasn't condescended to explain what motivated his flip. It would also explain his recent statement w/r/t the religious right: "What's wrong with sucking up to everyone"?

12:56 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

1221- The part of that article you left out was about how McCain has a strong organization in South Carolina..

2:37 PM  
Anonymous I am all things to all people said...

If you liked Bill Clinton and triangulation, then you are going to LOVE Mitt Romney's extreme makeover!

3:12 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

This is so cute! All the Mittsfits out in full force attacking McCain when it was a Romney posting all along. Does this say anything about your train-wreck of a candidate?
Bash on losers, but update your resumes while you do it!

5:31 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

12:27,

Help the rest of us understand ANY of Mitt's positions on ANYTHING! You're just pissed because you know you purchased a ticket on the Titanic. Romney's going down; again!

Oops, I didn't realize how funny that was until I remembered he is pro-gay! Hahahahahahaha

11:20 PM  
Blogger Kristine said...

I rather agree with the blog, mymanmitt, on this one:

The Boston Globe's Scott Hellman loves to swing at Romney. Any tidbit he can find about the man, the campaign, and the race is grist for his mill. So when some outside consultant hands him a PPT deck laying out a supposed roadmap for Governor Romney's campaign... he calls for a mop and salivates. OK.. That was a bit over-dramatic... but you get the point.

So first thing to note... this is NOT the campaign's roadmap. It's doubtful the Governor ever saw it. This type of analysis comes in unsolicited all the time. It's silly to think that Spencer Zwick has this laminated in his coat vest.

10:12 AM  
Blogger Peter said...

It may be helpful to note that losing things seems to be the fad for campaigns this election season.

10:27 AM  

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