Romney for RNC Chairman
Ever since former Massachusetts Governor Mitt Romney dropped out of the race for President it seems he's pivoted to another race: the one for Vice President. Whether he is floating his own name (a common political move) or there is actual interest there from the McCain camp, this is one bandwagon I'm not jumping on. As a candidate for President, Romney never truly garnered a groundswell of support (the eleventh hour rally from popular conservatives like Sean Hannity, Ann Coulter and Laura Ingraham was more of an anti-McCain push than pro-Romney, and appeared as such). Evangelicals were suspicious of his Mormon faith. Social conservatives were uneasy about his past positions, and fiscal conservatives worried about the legitimacy of his tax cutting, anti-spending credentials. He spent an estimated $97 million dollars, $43 million of it his own, and made little headway until the primary trail took him to Michigan, where he road his father's coattails. I don't think McCain will pick him, nor should he. McCain shouldn't pick any of the primary contenders. If they were strong candidates then they would be in McCain's position right now. But as the presumptive leader of the Republican party McCain is able to select Romney for the position of Chairman of the Republican National Committee. This makes sense because of the two crucial qualities that are RNC requirements: money and message. As a fundraiser, Romney is effective. His venture capitalist background provides financial channels to deep pockets. He's also a great spokesperson. He's telegenic, attractive and can deliver a disciplined message. Plus he's an excellent manager, which is what the ailing GOP needs: a leader who gets everyone singing off the same song sheet with a theme that works. The sooner McCain appoints Romney the better. Then maybe we can stop listening to him dodge questions about the vice presidency that he "doesn't want" and start providing answers to questions about the future of the party that we desperately need.
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