Friday, January 05, 2007

The Big Dogs

It's been almost 2 weeks since the last line change and a lot has been happening on the Presidential front. Most of the movement this week doesn't happen at the top of the line, so here's a look at what's going on with them first.

  • McCain took a shot at John Edwards on Don Imus' show yesterday. He responded to Edwards' recent labeling of the troop surge in Iraq as the "McCain Doctrine."
    "I don't know if it is a doctrine or not, but it is a principle. . . I'm committing to accomplishing the mission. Maybe some others did not understand that when they voted to support the war," said McCain... Touche. H/T The Note
  • No longer thinking that it's "government by gimmickry" as his staff indicated in 2002, Gov. Romney signs Grover Norquists "no new taxes pledge." this time around.
  • And Dan Senor, advisor to Gov. Romney said that 10-15K troops may not be enough to stabalize in todays WSJ (password protected). And suggests more not less.

In light of the deteriorating situation in Iraq -- and the president's anemic poll ratings -- this may be his last opportunity to shift his Iraq policy for good. This means erring on the side of more troops, not fewer -- even if it is politically painful in the short run. If the president decides to add more troops, he will not score points at home for deciding on a smaller increase. Any size surge will be controversial. So he should go for a number that maximizes chances for success.

Gov. Romney has stayed out of the fray on the troops debate. If this is the tack he ends up taking that will bring a very interesting dynamic to this race.

Back with the line change shortly.


Blogger San Soucri said...

Nice blog...

I believe Gov. Romney will take it slow and take shots at fellow Republicans from a safe distance.

The war is such a hot issue not that I am sure Gov. Romney wants little do with its fall-out.

Romney did not have a vote on the war so it is in his best interest to let those who did take whatever praise or criticism it might draw.

- Politicians should never sign pledges of any sort.

9:44 AM  
Blogger Peter said...

Getting involved in the insider's mess will only do more to tarnish his supposed "outsider" image.

9:48 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Nor Did Nixon Vote on the Vietnam War --Romney needs to have a clue as to what to do -- He lacks experience in international affairs and has no connection to the SOCO base. I even here some of his supporter are now defecting to the huckabee and McCain camps. Look into this one CC. Here will be the big movement of 2007 Romney Falls like Patacki in 2006!

11:15 AM  
Blogger murphy said...

The phrase "government by gimmickry" came from Eric Fehrnstrom, not from Romney's lips.

What Romney said was:

"I'm against tax increases. But I'm not intending to, at this stage, sign a document which would prevent me from being able to look specifically at the revenue needs of the Commonwealth."

It's not a contradiction to refuse to sign such a pledge for MA in 2002, while being willing to sign such a pledge for the USA for 2008. The two scenarios are apples and oranges.

This seems like yet another Boston Globe attempt to paint Romney as a flip-flopper. Weak.

12:04 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

A candidate is reponsible for the comments of the spokesperson unless they retract.

12:47 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

"A candidate is reponsible for the comments of the spokesperson unless they retract."

Unless you are Jim Nussle that is.

2:08 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

These Government Pledges are alot harder to uphold because you asking not to raise State Fees (Like State Park Fees) which given the Democrat Lesigtive would be nearing impossible not to break.

5:49 PM  

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