Campaign 2012 begins: Mitt to form PAC to elect Republican candidates

posted at 5:45 pm on March 13, 2008 by Allahpundit

He’s gone this route before as prep for a presidential run, first with his Commonwealth PAC and then as chairman of the Republican Governors Association, whose biggest contributions had a curious habit of going to key primary states like Iowa, Michigan, and Florida. Didn’t do him much good last time. Second time’s a charm?

According to two Republicans with knowledge of his plans, Romney, at some point during the next few weeks, intends to establish a new political action committee to help elect Republican candidates.

“We’re thinking about what new entity can be created to allow Governor Romney to remain politically active so he can raise money and campaign for Republicans, and advocate for the issues he cares about,” Eric Fehnrstrom, Romney’s long-time aide, said in an e-mail message…

Other Republicans close to Romney said that Romney was looking for ways to position himself as the ideas factory for the Republican party over the next four years, contributing policy to John McCain, if he’s in the White House, or to Republicans in Congress, if McCain is not.

That’s the best thing he could do to convince conservatives that his metamorphoses on abortion, immigration, etc, are bona fide and not just creatures of expedience — although it’ll be interesting to watch whether and how, assuming the political landscape shifts left (which is likely no matter who wins in the fall), Mitt recaptures some of the “nuance” of his previous, more centrist positions on those issues. Exit question: Huckabee’s got the same problem Romney does in convincing conservatives his tack to the right this year is for keeps. What’s his move?


Related Posts:

Breaking on Hot Air

Blowback

Note from Hot Air management: This section is for comments from Hot Air's community of registered readers. Please don't assume that Hot Air management agrees with or otherwise endorses any particular comment just because we let it stand. A reminder: Anyone who fails to comply with our terms of use may lose their posting privilege.

Trackbacks/Pings

Trackback URL

Comments

That’s the best thing he could do to convince conservatives that his metamorphoses on abortion, immigration, etc, are bona fide and not just creatures of expedience —

Nail on the Head, AP.

jaime on March 13, 2008 at 5:50 PM

Well, Mitt has the dough to put his money where his mouth is… if his money helps elect a bunch of Conservatives, good for him.

Vanceone on March 13, 2008 at 5:51 PM

Since Huckabee has said that he isn’t interested in the Senate run, I really don’t know where he goes. What was his original intention as a presidential candidate? I doubt that he thought he would have as much a chance as he did. Maybe he just ends up getting ten times as many paid speaking engagements? Is it possible that the man who lost so much weight still really digs airline food?

NeoconNews.com on March 13, 2008 at 5:51 PM

chosen one goes batfrisch in three…two…one…

sulla on March 13, 2008 at 5:51 PM

Romney. Meh.

aero on March 13, 2008 at 5:51 PM

That’s the best thing he could do to convince conservatives that his metamorphoses on abortion, immigration, etc, are bona fide and not just creatures of expedience

Unless one takes the time to look at his actual record as Governor. He Governed the most liberal state in the country in a suprisingly Conservative manner.

EJDolbow on March 13, 2008 at 5:58 PM

Romney has a mixed bag right now. Let him spend a few more hundred million dollars on ‘righting’ the country again and then we’ll talk in 2012.

NeoconNews.com on March 13, 2008 at 6:05 PM

I agree, EJDolbow.

I would have liked to see Romney, not McCain but more people voted before me to make a difference. I think he would be a good president and is a hell of a lot more electable than McCain. We might just get a one term democrat starting on 08, so this makes perfect sense for him to prepare for this now.

wise_man on March 13, 2008 at 6:07 PM

My gosh, the 08 isn’t over with yet and now we are getting into 12? Having 24/7 with mess is putting my finger in arthritis doing the mute dealing when the candidates come on.
L

letget on March 13, 2008 at 6:10 PM

Mitt’s the man. This is the best thing he could be doing and will go a long way (I hope) to convincing some people about his genuineness. (Is that a word?)

Geronimo on March 13, 2008 at 6:12 PM

There we go. A nice comfortable position for Mitt and the boyz far, far, away from the White House.

THE CHOSEN ONE on March 13, 2008 at 6:14 PM

It seems Mitt’s $ fundraising would not be for “conservative” agenda so much as for the “compassionate” socialist GOP direction. Cultivating constitutional selectivity in goals will prove him a conservative. Bailing everyone out ends up bulldozing the homefront. But maybe he’ll learn to not attempt to please everyone all of the time since that’s written on the wall as the way to eventual failure. That democrats get away with that flap only rouses anger in taxpayers who pay everyone’s piper.

What a statement Ferraro would make in the line up of this POTUS campaign season’s totem pole level of public acceptability factors. No surprise, PC never gave the Mormon white man the edge granted Obama and the white women. It’s the offensively incessant knocking on the door and invasion of privacy more than the doctrine, though they combined to create what was an insurmountable barrier for him this year. But there’s no telling where public sentiment will be tomorrow. Geez, Obama and his chosen preacher outlasted Mitt!!! Different party, same press.

maverick muse on March 13, 2008 at 6:16 PM

Sounds like a Republican Party with Superdelegates to me… UGH!

upinak on March 13, 2008 at 6:18 PM

When did Huck tack right? Isn’t he still a Social Gospel Progressive?

apollyonbob on March 13, 2008 at 6:20 PM

If he really funds true conservatives especially over Rinos in primaries then he really will boost up his conservative credibility.

azcop on March 13, 2008 at 6:20 PM

Paging Toomey…paging Pat Toomey. Isn’t Specter up for re-election in 2010?

SouthernGent on March 13, 2008 at 6:33 PM

Exit question: Huckabee’s got the same problem Romney does in convincing conservatives his tack to the right this year is for keeps. What’s his move?

Get involved in a prostitution ring in order to ultimately launch a music career.

BKennedy on March 13, 2008 at 6:34 PM

it’ll be interesting to watch whether and how, assuming the political landscape shifts left (which is likely no matter who wins in the fall), Mitt recaptures some of the “nuance” of his previous, more centrist positions on those issues.

Don’t count on it.

Buy Danish on March 13, 2008 at 6:43 PM

AP thanks for bringing us the update. It will be great to see “whatever became of…” posts from time to time. I have big hopes for Mitt Romney.

RushBaby on March 13, 2008 at 6:49 PM

Hey look more sandbagging from AP on Romney too bad he is not intelligent enough to actually research anything. What would be his change on immigration? Not to allow state troopers to detain illegals?

Romney Allows Massachusetts State Troopers to Detain Illegals (FOXNews)

Oh wait what was his change on Abortion? Oh he said he would not change the status quo when running for Governor but never voted in favor of abortion once? Interesting how bad AP wants to lie about Romney.

Poptech on March 13, 2008 at 6:50 PM

Romney has the ability and credibility to raise money. Granted, he spent a lot of his money as well, but you never heard of his campaign red-lining. Before his early departure, he was out-raising all the other R’s. He’ll do a good job getting not only McCain some much needed caysh, but he’ll get some money for the undercard as well. McCain has been lackluster in his fundraising, Romney will help fill in the gaps.

Cold Steel on March 13, 2008 at 6:58 PM

Didn’t do him much good last time. Second time’s a charm?

You don’t quit when you fail. You lean from the failure and try again.

Rod on March 13, 2008 at 7:09 PM

Mike Huckabee’s campaign weblog is still chugging along promoting that media whore. I wouldn’t be surprised if he doesn’t shut it down and keeps it going for a 2012 run (assuming McCain loses).

seanhackbarth on March 13, 2008 at 7:13 PM

Like I said, you “learn” from your mistakes and try again.

Rod on March 13, 2008 at 7:13 PM

Other Republicans close to Romney said that Romney was looking for ways to position himself as the ideas factory for the Republican party over the next four years, contributing policy to John McCain, if he’s in the White House, or to Republicans in Congress, if McCain is not.

This just occurred to me – Didn’t Newt set himself up as an ideas factory with his American Solutions? I wonder what Newt thinks of this move – will he welcome it?

Buy Danish on March 13, 2008 at 7:15 PM

He can’t win southern states, get over it. There are many others to pin hopes on for 2016 not 2012, you better hope McCain wins. New judges that the dems put in can’t be replaced. Judges on the court can often be more important than who is president. Think of it gun rights, abortion etc.

KBird on March 13, 2008 at 7:17 PM

Go Mitt Go!

Speakup on March 13, 2008 at 7:33 PM

If Romney can help mobilize a successful conservative counterattack in the Congress+state legs+governorships, then he’ll be sitting pretty for ’12.

Romney + Jindal + wave of successful conservative electoral victories == Unstoppable force in 2012.

The next four years are about reeducating the American electorate on the necessity of conservative fiscal/foreign policy. The culture war can be fought independently of those two, though synergy among the three is entirely possible (indeed likely) if needed. A backdrop of bungling policy and incompetence on the part of a Democrat Oval Office will help to make that a reality, though it’s a sickening thought that we’d be surviving (literally) in the meantime on the bureaucratic inertial forces set into motion by BushCo.

spmat on March 13, 2008 at 7:36 PM

Here’s a hint for you Mitt…give it a rest, help the Republicans stay in power…you have never shown much support for your fellow Republicans in the past, now you can, hold off for a few months and direct your energy towards something important.
But then he does have that mostly unused RV sitting in his driveway and a few kids out of a job…
hey, maybe one of his kids will join Prof. Blather…naaaawww

right2bright on March 13, 2008 at 7:43 PM

Huckabee’s best bet would be to stay in the public eye. As much as I disagree with him, I can’t deny he’s a charismatic and well-spoken guy.

Honestly, I hope he avoids the cable-show route. There are too many of those to really stand out. If he’s serious about his conversion on immigration reform, I think he’d make a good RNC chair.

Slublog on March 13, 2008 at 7:48 PM

This is exactly the route Mitt should take to make him 2012 nominee. Can’t wait to see what other things he comes up with. As for Hickabee, maybe he can produce some new movies on promoting religious bigotry.

MITT 2012

Greenhorn on March 13, 2008 at 8:31 PM

Here’s a hint for you Mitt…give it a rest, help the Republicans stay in power…you have never shown much support for your fellow Republicans in the past, now you can, hold off for a few months and direct your energy towards something important.
But then he does have that mostly unused RV sitting in his driveway and a few kids out of a job…
hey, maybe one of his kids will join Prof. Blather…naaaawww

right2bright on March 13, 2008 at 7:43 PM

You do realize the entirety of your first statement applies to both Maverick and “Shiite Republicans” Huckabee as well, right?

The second part is just more class warfare and rank idiocy ala John Edwards, served in a way only r2b can provide.

BKennedy on March 13, 2008 at 8:32 PM

Hasn’t Willard already learned that money doesn’t buy elections?

SaintOlaf on March 13, 2008 at 11:48 PM

BKennedy on March 13, 2008 at 8:32 PM

Oh BK, you guys are so tough behind a keyboard. Always calling posters names…knowing you don’t have to answer to anything but a written word.
You see, the RV was a jab at your buddy who always hollered about Fred and his red truck, and Fred’s kids being on the dole…nothing about class warfare (playing the class card are we, learning from the liberals I see). And a jab at his kids who claimed they were serving the country the same as the soldiers in Iraq by campaigning for their dad. You may see that as being equivalent, I don’t. You are a fool, you read what you want to read. But then you are a Mitt supporter so expectations can be lowered for you.
In retrospect, seeing as you are a Mitt supporter, I understand now how you have a problem understanding simple posts.
You weren’t being mean, just stupid…AKA a Mitt-wit.

right2bright on March 14, 2008 at 1:34 AM

Smart people support Mitt.

Domino on March 14, 2008 at 2:38 AM

Yes, we do have our religious bigots out in force denigrating the idea that Republican ideas should get more support, simply because they come from “the Mormon.”

I don’t see where any conservative should be dismissive: Romney managed to win in Massachuessetts, why wouldn’t him promoting other Conservative ideas be bad? Ah, because “He’s Mormon! I’d rather be hung upside down on a bed of rusty nails and tortured by Kerry, Kennedy, and Obama jumping on my chest than ever, ever, ever hint towards anything good possibly coming from any connection to a Mormon!!!!”

Seriously, it’s one thing to not like Mitt for policy reasons. Take Hollowpoint: probably the very first anti-Mitt poster here. But Hollowpoint, as far as I know, never once breathed out a bunch of stuff about how Mormonism is ____ (Fill in blank with smear here) like most anti-mitt posters here.

Vanceone on March 14, 2008 at 3:27 AM

Original post (“offensive” parts:)

The second part is just more class warfare and rank idiocy ala John Edwards, served in a way only r2b can provide.

Let me break it down: I was attacking your methodology of posting, not you personally.

You, however:

Oh BK, you guys are so tough behind a keyboard. Always calling posters names…knowing you don’t have to answer to anything but a written word.

[...]

You are a fool, you read what you want to read. But then you are a Mitt supporter so expectations can be lowered for you.
In retrospect, seeing as you are a Mitt supporter, I understand now how you have a problem understanding simple posts.
You weren’t being mean, just stupid…AKA a Mitt-wit.

It’s called civility r2b. Give it a try some time.

If you really want me to take the bait and actually insult you, two sentences will be sufficient:

I don’t need to lower expectations for you. I learned long ago that you fall beneath them every time.

BKennedy on March 14, 2008 at 5:47 AM

Mitt 2012!

davenp35 on March 14, 2008 at 10:30 AM

We can do better than Romney, who isn’t that great anyway.

I like how when he started a year early, everyone called him a flip-flopper, then all of the sudden people start thinking he’s Jesus Christ himself.

We had a true conservative in the race. His name was Fred Thompson. Every single person who said Fred was “lazy” and “too late” fell for the media mind trap- the power of suggestion.

Sir Andrew on March 14, 2008 at 11:27 AM

Mitt 2012, go for the gold!

hanzblinx on March 14, 2008 at 12:14 PM

Sir Andrew on March 14, 2008 at 11:27 AM
Fred’s platform was pretty close to Mitt’s, they were relatively equal as far as who was more conservative. However, Fred poked a hole in the constitution, something Mitt never did…aka supported McCain’s campaign finance reform and helped get it passed.

Conservative Voice on March 14, 2008 at 2:33 PM

BKennedy on March 14, 2008 at 5:47 AM

Don’t you love how she has to always explain her posts ( when called on crap like being anti-mormon or using class envy ), and insult the reader on how stupid they are for not reading what she meant versus what she actually said? r2b, practice better writing skills instead of insulting those who actually take the time to respond to your posts.

Conservative Voice on March 14, 2008 at 2:37 PM