Carol Platt Liebau: No Time for Leaving

Wednesday, January 09, 2008

No Time for Leaving

Commentators like this one amaze me in their eagerness to push Mitt Romney out of the race based on his second place showings in Iowa and New Hampshire.

What they don't seem to grasp (or maybe they do, all too well) is that a Romney departure will mean that a traditional, social and economic conservative -- who is pro-life (unlike Giuliani) and neither a tax-raising populist (like Huckabee) or an effectively open borders, tax-cut-opposing, campaign finance legislating proponent (like McCain) -- will have no one to vote for.

The rationale for a Romney candidacy remains strong. What's more, he's the only candidate on either side who has any real world business experience. If Michigan goes south, it may be time for some hard decisions. 'Til then, there's no reason for anyone to hurry out of what looks to be a protracted and hard-fought nomination battle.

3 Comments:

Blogger Rightwingsnarkle said...

Well, Mitt's also pulled his FL/SC paid ads.

Note also that this piece says, "Many Michigan voters fear their middle-class lifestyles will be lost as they watch foreign companies threaten to take over the No. 1 spot held by General Motors Corp. The war in Iraq is important, too, but they're focused on the economy — jobs and health care."

I'm betting they're more interested in what the Huckster tells them than in anything Mitt says.

Yeah, I'm liking the idea of a MadJack McCain v Huckster death match. It'll be very fun to watch.

(I see that you don't engage much in the comments, Carol. Why not?)

7:38 PM  
Blogger Mr. Twister said...

Just for anyone who may have missed the news, Mitt Romney is pulling his commercials from South Carolina and Florida. He is making his last stand in Michigan.

The most recent poll in Michigan (by the Republican leaning Strategic Visions) has the race McCain/Romney/Huckabee at 29/20/18. I'm not sure another silver is going to help Mitt out or not.

The rationale for a Romney candidacy remains strong. What's more, he's the only candidate on either side who has any real world business experience.

I'm not so sure, Carol. I think the voters in Michigan want their candidate to remind them of the guys they work with--not the guys who laid them off.

7:45 PM  
Blogger Greg said...

I already like the Romney candidacy. The left's consistent hostility toward him only strengthens my support for him.

Still, this is a win-win situation for me. The Democratic Party doesn't have a viable candidate in their entire field regarding National Defense. Any of the Republican candidates - except for Ron Paul - would get my full support in the general election.

Right now, I hope that Republican is Mitt Romney.

7:11 AM  

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