Elect Mitt Romney in 2008

Governor Mitt Romney is the person to lead the Republican Party to victory in 2008. This blog is dedicated to making it happen.

Monday, September 25, 2006

The Wall Street Journal highlights a certain governor

Gov. Romney get props from yet another corner. Everyone who sees our man Mitt just can't help but walk away impressed.

And then there is the charisma and poise that Mr. Romney seems to exude naturally. "Many people say he certainly looks like a president--sort of a cross between Ronald Reagan and John F. Kennedy," says Genevieve Wood, who founded the conservative Center for a Just Society. Anyone who draws comparisons to those political genes merits further watching.

Sunday, September 24, 2006

O'Reilly pronounces Romney the frontrunner!

My co-blogger at electromneyin2008.com found a VERY interesting article today over at the Michigan Republican Party Blog. Bill O'Reilly, he of the highest rated show in cable news, gives Romney the edge to be our next president.

I'm not the biggest fan of O'Reilly personally (he's too populist for my taste), but his voice on the right is unmistakably strong. We're expecting a groundswell of momentum to begin soon. If O'Reilly starts repeating these views on his television or radio shows, we might very well remember this day as a key step into realizing the Romney Administration.

O'Reilly Gives Early Edge To Romney
(TRAVERSE CITY) — Fox News commentator Bill O'REILLY told a gathering here today that Massachusetts Gov. and former Michigander Mitt ROMNEY is his early favorite to win the 2008 presidential election over U.S. Sen. Hillary CLINTON (D-N.Y.) in what he sees now as the likely head-to-head race.

Speaking at the Michigan Future Forum, sponsored by the Michigan Chamber of Commerce, O'Reilly said former frontrunner U.S. Sen. John McCAIN (R-Ariz.) will be hurt for his "soft" positions on the terrorist interrogation and border security issues.

The host of the "No Spin Zone" and the "O'Reilly Factor" added that another top-tier Republican candidate, Rudolph GUILIANI, the former New York City mayor, is being hurt by his inability to handle the press and his mushy positions on issues. Former U.S. House Speaker Newt GINGRICH and U.S. Sen. George ALLEN (R-Va.) round out the top five candidates on the GOP side.

But in the last two weeks, O'Reilly said he's seeing a lot of reasons to give Romney an edge.

"He's photogenic. He's articulate. He's got money. New Hampshire likes him. This guy . . . you watch him," O'Reilly said.

The commentator made famous for his unabashed conservative lean said Clinton is far and away the favorite on the Democratic side. She has more money than any other presidential candidate at this point in history, he said. The problem is that while 35 percent of the people love her, a strong 44 percent of people don't like her and wouldn't vote for her if she was running against Osama Bin LADEN, he quipped.

Former President Bill CLINTON had the personal charm to change people's opinion of him. His wife does not. She is not engaging with the public. She doesn't give press conferences. That's a "huge negative," O'Reilly said.

U.S. Sen. John KERRY (D-Mass.) is spending a lot of time in Iowa these days, a clear sign that he's running again after losing in 2004 to Bush. Why else would a millionaire spend time in Iowa, he pointed out. The Democrats' 2000 presidential nominee, Al GORE, insists he's not running, but insiders have their doubts. Either way, O'Reilly didn't give the global warming crier much of a chance.

In a head-to-head match-up between Clinton and Romney, O'Reilly gives the edge the Romney unless the economy collapses. If terrorists hit the United States again, this country is going to "take a dramatic turn to the right," he predicted.

"If we're attacked again, the Democratic Party can go away," O'Reilly said. "People are so angry underneath."

That would hurt McCain, who does not support President George W. BUSH's position that terrorists are exempt from having to be detained and treated under Geneva Convention rules because they do not represent a country and are not soldiers in a traditional sense.

McCain, a former prisoner of war, also doesn't agree that interrogation techniques that some would consider torture, such as "water-boarding" should be used against terrorist suspects. O'Reilly said allowing the president to OK water submersion under "extraordinary circumstances" works and has stopped 12 attacks, including a suspected terrorist plot in Los Angeles.


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Saturday, September 23, 2006

Romney chats up Congress

Hotline has the story:



As Sen. John McCain struck a deal with the administration on torture policy today, MA Gov. Mitt Romney was also busy on the Beltway circuit. Romney first gave a speech this morning, discussing his much-ballyhooed initiative on health insurance to a downtown crowd at the Mayflower.

He then headed up to the Hill and joined the House GOP's "Theme Team" for their regular lunch meeting. Chaired by House Conf Vice- Chair Jack Kingston (R-GA), the Team consists of about 85 mostly conservative House GOPers who gather to hatch strategy and gin up ideas on how to get their message across. About 25 members attended today and heard Romney speak about his record in the Bay State, including the health care plan, his efforts on education and the difficulty of being Red in the heart of Blue America. One House source in attendance said that while he did not explicitly discuss '08, he made it "clear he's going to run." After making his pitch, Romney took questions about where he came down on issues ranging from Iraq to stem cell research. The word from those on the Hill is that he answered the questions effectively and made a positive impression on the members.

This is not the first time Romney has sat down with congressional GOPers, nor has he been the only '08'er to begin the courtship process, but, as we said the other day, is it still only '06?

Btw, Romney is overnighting in DC as he speaks to another group of conservatives, the Family Resarch Council, tomorrow morning. Also addressing FRC's Values Voter Summit are AR Gov. Mike Huckabee (R) and Sens Sam Brownback (R-KS) and George Allen (R-VA).

Romney/McCain snapping up the talent in Iowa

The Washington Post blog "The Fix" has makes note of Gov. Romney's organizational advances.

The only other candidate with such breadth of political experience in the Hawkeye State is Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney (R), who announced a 50-person Iowa advisory committee in June. Romney's lead strategist in Iowa is Doug Gross, the party's 2002 gubernatorial nominee and a former aide to Branstad as well as former Gov. Robert Ray.

Remember that the major fight right now among aspiring presidential candidates is for staff talent -- specifically in key early states like Iowa, New Hampshire and South Carolina. The more talent McCain and Romney are able to scoop up before the midterm elections, the more difficult it will be for any other Republican candidate to seriously compete with the two frontrunners in Iowa and beyond.


Remember, there was good reason Sen. McCain ran away from Iowa last time out.

Wednesday, September 20, 2006

Chavez call Bush "The Devil"

Gotta love the kind of people the left associates themselves with.

If we had any sense we'd take him and Ahmadinejad seriously. But we seem to be sticking our heads in the sand lately.

Sunday, September 17, 2006

Romney takes on McCain and terrorists

The big news the last few days has been Sen. McCain and the usual suspects (A.K.A. Sen. Graham and the Democrats) pushing forward a crappy bill that would severely weaken the CIA's ability to interrogate terrorists and even try them later on.

Yesterday Gov. Romney went to Sen. Graham's backyard and threw in his $.02:

"I'm foursquare behind the president on this," Romney said. "We need to provide to the interrogators the definitive rules that they need" and "not be subject to lawsuits" that might come from their work.

"The people we are facing are individuals who have no interest in the Geneva Convention," Romney said. "They slit the throats of our servicemen. They target civilian populations for terror and destruction."


Pretty much on the money. He might have added that the Geneva Convention is not applicable to a bunch of guys who get together and decide to kill innocent civilians...but he's already mentioned that.

Wednesday, September 13, 2006

There's always someone who says this

This article by Ramesh Ponnuru has been getting some play today. Sorry, I don't see it.

If we lose the Senate, we lose our ability to confirm strong judges that will prevent liberal policies from being miraculously found within the Constitution. If we lose the House, the open borders crowd wins by default and 70% of America will be ignored.

If we maintain, we will retain the presidency with Gov. Romney or whoever (against Sen. Clinton we have an easy run) and, with the retirement of President Bush, likely will regain most of the seats we'll lose this time around.

Like the optimism...but wrong

This article by Ramesh Ponnuru has been getting some play today. Sorry, I don't see it.

If we lose the Senate, we lose our ability to confirm strong judges that will prevent liberal policies from being miraculously found within the Constitution. If we lose the House, the open borders crowd wins by default and 70% of America will be ignored.

If we maintain, we will retain the presidency with Gov. Romney or whoever (against Sen. Clinton we have an easy run) and, with the retirement of President Bush, likely will regain most of the seats we'll lose this time around.

Thursday, September 07, 2006

Video

The Political Pit Bull has the video of Gov. Romney's appearance on O'Reilly.

Click me!.

Wednesday, September 06, 2006

Terrorist Snubbed

In case you weren't aware, we have a visitor in the U.S. from the man who, until only last year, was president of the face of the Axis of Evil. Mohammed Khatami was scheduled to speak at Harvard University on September 10 (obviously, they figured doing it a day later might have been disrespectful). As a former head of state, Khatami is usually granted certain privilidges including a police escort and VIP treatment.

Gov. Romney says "no".

Everybody smile.