Paul of powerlineblog.com: it may be quite difficult for Romney to seal the deal with Republicans unless either he gets significantly closer to Hillary in the head-to-head or Hillary pulls away from Giuliani and McCain
… “just for fun let’s assume that Romney wins in Iowa and New Hampshire, and let’s throw in another early state or two (say, South Carolina and/or Michigan). Would this make Romney unstoppable?”—asks Paul of powerlineblog.com in a post titled Is Romney’s dream scenario a winning scenario?
Lots of astute folks seem to think so, but I’m not sure. Much would depend, I suspect, on how Romney is faring in the head-to-head match-up with Hillary Clinton at that point. Right now, most polls show Clinton defeating Romney decisively, Giuliani and McCain do better. If that’s still the situation even after Romney wins a few primaries, one can easily imagine a backlash against Romney among Republican voters in other states …
… most Republicans really want to win in 2008, and so it may be quite difficult for Romney to seal the deal with Republicans unless either
[Romney] gets significantly closer to Hillary in the head-to-head
Hillary pulls away from Giuliani and McCain … etc.
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Our response to the issue of whether Romney is competitive against Sen. Clinton: Who bloody cares!? Our fear is not that a GOP-nominee Romney would lose to Sen. Clinton in the general election. Our one great fear is that Willard Milton Romney could possibly win in the general election. That would be disastrous. Why? Well, there’s this:
And: on a more visceral, emotional level, there’s this:
Regard: “… Marra was still interested in Edwards,” writes JS in a New Hampshire 2007 post titled, strangely, Nothing Could be Finer Than Being in Your Diner
She liked his “No Nukes” pledge. She did not like Romney, although I didn’t know why. We had only seen his local headquarters. She told me, “He’s mean.” She mocked his voice, “When Republicans start acting like Democrats, Republicans lose.” That’s from one of Romney’s NH ads. I guess it ran a few times on TV during the trip, and Marra nailed the text cold. I was finding that whenever any candidate spoke negatively about another candidate, she really picked up on that instinctively, and it turned her off. Pollsters will tell us that negative ads work. They never polled the pre-teen crowd …
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Even children don’t like Romney …