Should Romney run for Kennedy’s Senate seat?

posted at 7:10 pm on August 26, 2009 by Allahpundit

I don’t get it.

It would be an intriguing thing if, after waiting a day or two out of respect for the late senator, Romney were to downshift and announce he will be a candidate in the upcoming election to fill Kennedy’s vacant Senate seat.

Such an announcement would likely be embraced immediately by the Republicans, who would like almost nothing more than to deny Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid of Nevada his new, hard-won, 60-vote, filibuster-proof majority. As a self-funding candidate who has already been elected once statewide, Romney has nearly 100 percent name ID. And, in an environment where President Obama seems to be dragging the Democrats down, he would be a serious threat to the Democratic hegemony in Massachusetts’s congressional delegation. Meaning Romney likely would win.

Would he? Obama’s still near 60 percent approval in Massachusetts. Given the creepy dynasticism of the Kennedy cult, you can expect them to lend their weight to a campaign for the seat to stay Democratic (“Do it for Teddy!”). Romney’s not the same pol who won the governor’s race in 2002, either: Remember, his conversion to the pro-life cause came while he was in office so he’ll be demagogued inside the state as a cynical sell-out to the hard right today. And there’s more to lose in doing this than there is to gain. If he wins, he ends up stuck in the minority with the rest of the GOP with no way to pass legislation unless he compromises with the Democrats — not something a guy who’s already suspected of RINOism is wont to do. If he loses, it proves he’s a paper tiger who can’t even carry the moderate states to which he’s supposed to appeal as a potential Republican nominee.

Running and winning would lend him some extra gravitas and name recognition, which he’ll desperately need in a primary against Palin and media darling Huckabee. But even so … seems like a longshot with the potential for catastrophe. Let’s vote on it.



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I vote Megan McCain. Is she old enough?

dcwvu on August 26, 2009 at 7:43 PM

See, even troll903 agrees with me

Upstater85 on August 26, 2009 at 7:44 PM

portlandon on August 26, 2009 at 7:36 PM

So you agree with me that she doesn’t plan on running for president in 2012?

It was really heartbreaking when I learned that Mark Beigch won the election against good old steven…

They could have called for a special election that would eventually would’ve lead to Palin being named senator.

It’s pretty obvious that things would be looking quite positively for palin if this scenario would’ve played out…

TimeTraveler on August 26, 2009 at 7:45 PM

See, even troll903 agrees with me

Upstater85 on August 26, 2009 at 7:44 PM

Aww! Thanks, douche568.

dcwvu on August 26, 2009 at 7:45 PM

The key to winning the Presidency is not having a voting record in the US Senate. Obama handled that issue perfectly…he rarely voted and even more rarely spent time in the Senate. Only an incredible narcisist could be that discliplined, and Romney just ins’t that self centered.

DrW on August 26, 2009 at 7:46 PM

Jane Swift? Lolz…. As long as we’re digging ‘em up, how about Bill Weld? Where is Weldo these days anyway?

roy_batty on August 26, 2009 at 7:46 PM

Aww! Thanks, douche568.

dcwvu on August 26, 2009 at 7:45 PM

Now, that was a better come back. You need to teach the other trolls that!

I have to give you an 8/10 at least.

Upstater85 on August 26, 2009 at 7:46 PM

Mitt should go for the senate seat. If he wins stay there, lose stay home.

farright on August 26, 2009 at 7:47 PM

why not? He’s trying to figure out how to keep a high profile for a presidential run. This would be a great way for him to keep his campaign machine oiled up. He’d be in the spotlight.

I don’t think he’d win. I can’t figure out how he didn’t win New Hampshire. But I don’t think he’ll ever win the presidency either.

ThackerAgency on August 26, 2009 at 7:47 PM

I’d love Romney in the Senate. Absolutely love him. I wish he would go away as a presidential candidate.

ORconservative on August 26, 2009 at 7:48 PM

xax on August 26, 2009 at 7:40 PM

depends on what you are hunting.

.22 bolt action should be something everyone owns and learns on.

upinak on August 26, 2009 at 7:49 PM

Aww! Thanks, douche568.

dcwvu on August 26, 2009 at 7:45 PM
Now, that was a better come back. You need to teach the other trolls that!

I have to give you an 8/10 at least.

Upstater85 on August 26, 2009 at 7:46 PM

This one does rub his two brain cells together…he needs to teach troll class.

HornetSting on August 26, 2009 at 7:49 PM

I think Teddy intended for his wife, Victoria, to take over his seat, as if it just belongs to the Kennedy family. I don’t think there is going to be much trouble finding a Democrat to run for the seat.

myrenovations on August 26, 2009 at 7:49 PM

This one does rub his two brain cells together…he needs to teach troll class.

HornetSting on August 26, 2009 at 7:49 PM

to bad the cells are too soggy to create a spark.

upinak on August 26, 2009 at 7:50 PM

Why? Switching Teddy for Mitty won’t make the whole health-care thing go away. It’ll just be exchanging one evil for another.

Ryan Gandy on August 26, 2009 at 7:51 PM

Jane Swift.

ChrisB on August 26, 2009 at 7:38 PM
No way.

myrenovations on August 26, 2009 at 7:39 PM

She was so effective making the whole “Lipstick on a Pig” argument for Palin against Barry during the campaign.

ChrisB on August 26, 2009 at 7:51 PM

You would think that there would be at least one Kennedy left that didn’t have a checkered past of rape, murder, drug abuse, graft, corruption, or insanity to take Uncle Teddy’s seat…………

……….. oh, wait!

Seven Percent Solution on August 26, 2009 at 7:51 PM

This one does rub his two brain cells together…he needs to teach troll class.

HornetSting on August 26, 2009 at 7:49 PM

Agreed. Simon and Liberal4eva could learn something. I think crr69 is hopeless though. That’s one dumb troll. Maybe Sp@thi could take the sp-ed version…

Upstater85 on August 26, 2009 at 7:51 PM

You’ve got the wrong Romney.

It should be Tagg or one of the other boys. Whichever one has been working on campaigns all along, I think he lives in Massachusetts.

mngirl on August 26, 2009 at 7:51 PM

So you agree with me that she doesn’t plan on running for president in 2012?

TimeTraveler on August 26, 2009 at 7:45 PM

No. I have no idea what her plans are for ’12. She has remained silent on the issue like Romney,Huckabee, etc. No politician has ever said “I’m running for President” 4 years before the election.

She has my support if she runs. She has my support if she doesn’t run.

Either way, Palin is going to effect how the ’12 election is going to pan out as either a candidate or Kingmaker.

portlandon on August 26, 2009 at 7:51 PM

This one does rub his two brain cells together…he needs to teach troll class.

HornetSting on August 26, 2009 at 7:49 PM
to bad the cells are too soggy to create a spark.

upinak on August 26, 2009 at 7:50 PM

He’s a racist punk, just like his daddy Bury.

thomasaur on August 26, 2009 at 7:51 PM

Mitt should not run for the Senate. This is a diversionary tactic by his opponents within and outside the Party to derail a 2012 run.

misty

mistythestripper on August 26, 2009 at 7:51 PM

Only if the Dems nominate that Skakel kid.

TexasJew on August 26, 2009 at 7:53 PM

why not have Mitt run, who else are the GOP going to run? William Weld? If he wins, great! If he loses, he’s got 3 years to recover for 2012; it doesn’t risk a seat (nearly impossible in MASS. as there ARE no statewide office holders anyway). What’s to lose?

bopone on August 26, 2009 at 7:53 PM

What about Curt Schilling?

Or Mosi Tatupu?

Steven Tyler?

Mike D. on August 26, 2009 at 7:53 PM

Only if the Dems nominate that Skakel kid.

TexasJew on August 26, 2009 at 7:53 PM

Hey… I am still “waiting” for you.

upinak on August 26, 2009 at 7:53 PM

If a Republican can win that seat, he should go for it.

Terrye on August 26, 2009 at 7:53 PM

I vote for keeping the Dems away from 60 votes in the Senate. If Romney can do that, I’m for it. However, I doubt he’d win as its really apparent that he does flip flop. Would he run as a conservative in MA?

El_Terrible on August 26, 2009 at 7:54 PM

Yeah, that’s just what Romney needs to raise his profile… to be humiliated in an electoral bloodbath.

DaveS on August 26, 2009 at 7:54 PM

Curt Schilling!

Buddahpundit on August 26, 2009 at 7:54 PM

She was so effective making the whole “Lipstick on a Pig” argument for Palin against Barry during the campaign.

ChrisB on August 26, 2009 at 7:51 PM

You mean effective in the way she was able to remind male voters that women can be whiney and annoying?

myrenovations on August 26, 2009 at 7:55 PM

If Mitt has the best chance of winning . . .
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If Mitt truly wants TO SERVE by winning and giving the Republicans back the power to filibuster Or even just not allow Democrats to debase the rules and the American public through the nuclear option . . .
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THEN HE SHOULD RUN.

Simona on August 26, 2009 at 7:55 PM

There could me a wildcard in MA…heard speculation today that Curt Schilling could be considering a run. Wildly popular, conservative AND the name recognition.

Moses99 on August 26, 2009 at 7:56 PM

Curt Schilling!!

myrenovations on August 26, 2009 at 7:56 PM

There won’t be an election. The Mass legislature will reverse the 2004 law that takes the appointment away from the governor (put in place while Romney was governor), and Duvie Patrick will appoint a leftist.

iurockhead on August 26, 2009 at 7:56 PM

After the his 2008 presidential campaign where he turned conservative, I don’t think he can ever win in Mass.

terryannonline on August 26, 2009 at 7:57 PM

She was so effective making the whole “Lipstick on a Pig” argument for Palin against Barry during the campaign.

ChrisB on August 26, 2009 at 7:51 PM
You mean effective in the way she was able to remind male voters that women can be whiney and annoying?

myrenovations on August 26, 2009 at 7:55 PM

Jane showed such great family values when using the State Police chopper to race home to pick up her kids from day care.

ChrisB on August 26, 2009 at 7:59 PM

Does not the Democrat caucus in the US Senate practically have 60+ votes anyway given the 2 Republican senators from Maine?

ConScribe on August 26, 2009 at 8:00 PM

Curt Schilling!!

myrenovations on August 26, 2009 at 7:56 PM

Now THAT is not a bad idea.

HornetSting on August 26, 2009 at 8:02 PM

Jane showed such great family values when using the State Police chopper to race home to pick up her kids from day care.

ChrisB on August 26, 2009 at 7:59 PM

And great fiscal conservative instincts by using her staff as babysitters while on the government clock.

myrenovations on August 26, 2009 at 8:03 PM

There won’t be an election. The Mass legislature will reverse the 2004 law that takes the appointment away from the governor (put in place while Romney was governor), and Duvie Patrick will appoint a leftist.

iurockhead on August 26, 2009 at 7:56 PM

+1
By this time next week the legislature will have changed the law back so the governor will appoint a replacement and there will be no election.

mjzman on August 26, 2009 at 8:04 PM

The Curt Shilling campaign motto… Blood red, all the way down to my sock. Campaign poster… just a picture of the bloody sock. Campaign literature… baseball stats, mixed in with conservative principals.

myrenovations on August 26, 2009 at 8:05 PM

MITT IS NOT A RESIDENT OF MASS HE SOLD HIS HOUSE. PLEASE DO SOME FACT CHECKING BEFORE YOU EVEN SPEAK OF THE POSSIBIITY

Ricki on August 26, 2009 at 8:09 PM

State Senator Bob Hedlund of Weymouth.

ericdondero on August 26, 2009 at 8:09 PM

I like Mittens. I think he bought his hair helmet from the same place Rick Perry did tho.

bitsy on August 26, 2009 at 8:09 PM

If he wins, he ends up stuck in the minority with the rest of the GOP with no way to pass legislation unless he compromises with the Democrats — not something a guy who’s already suspected of RINOism is wont to do.


This is why I am glad Palin didn’t run for the Senate. For it would have been a mistake for the same reason.

lwssdd on August 26, 2009 at 8:10 PM

Ricki on August 26, 2009 at 8:09 PM

That’s all well and good Ricki but there are all sorts of names being floated for the job that don’t live in Mass. I am sure that only works for Dems but his son’s name has been suggested. You know the congressman fromRhode Island.

Cindy Munford on August 26, 2009 at 8:12 PM

As for Mitt running for the seat. I am Switzerland. Besides they will still change it and Gov. Patrick will appoint someone.

Cindy Munford on August 26, 2009 at 8:13 PM

they are trying to lure Mitt away from running in 12 I tell ya, or forcing him to run with another loss and a few less million

dont bite Mitt, take POTUS in 12 when the economy is sooo messed up everyone will equate Bain Capital founder Mitt with the saviour who was really needed, the Caeser rendering what is Caesers etc

they kept throwing SCOTUS at Hillary too to make her stop running…

ginaswo on August 26, 2009 at 8:16 PM

Thanks for the snark option, AP. That’s why we love you so.

TexasDan on August 26, 2009 at 8:16 PM

I hope Mittens saves himself for the Presidency. By 2012 the country will miss capitalism. Also, I would love to hear him debate Obama on the economy.

bitsy on August 26, 2009 at 8:18 PM

Of course Mitt should run for Senate. He doesn’t have a chance in hell of getting elected President – Conservatives have no enthusiasm for him. And Huck should run for Senate in ARK and Guiliani should run for Senate in NY. This could give the Republicans some real leadership in the Senate.

Let’s put some statesmen back in the Senate.

huckleberryfriend on August 26, 2009 at 8:19 PM

dont bite Mitt, take POTUS in 12 when the economy is sooo messed up everyone will equate Bain Capital founder Mitt with the saviour who was really needed, the Caeser rendering what is Caesers etc

ginaswo on August 26, 2009 at 8:16 PM

Haven’t you heard? The economy has been saved.

myrenovations on August 26, 2009 at 8:20 PM

I vote Megan McCain. Is she old enough?

dcwvu on August 26, 2009 at 7:43 PM

No.

U. S. Constitution, Article I, Section 3, Clause 3: Qualifications of Senators
“No Person shall be a Senator who shall not have attained to the Age of thirty Years, and been nine Years a Citizen of the United States, and who shall not, when elected, be an Inhabitant of that State for which he shall be chosen.”

ya2daup on August 26, 2009 at 8:22 PM

If you want to guarantee Obama/Teddycare, then of course Romney should run. He’s so proud of that Romneycare he saddled Massachusetts with.

mizflame98 on August 26, 2009 at 8:24 PM

It boggles the mind to think of how different the country would be today if the Republican Party had nominated Romney instead of McCain. His superior business acumen and personal success would have been the inspiration our sagging US economy needed. Instead we are on this strange and awful march into socialism under Obama. I guess elections really do matter.

leapsandbounds on August 26, 2009 at 8:25 PM

Of course Mitt should run for Senate. He doesn’t have a chance in hell of getting elected President – Conservatives have no enthusiasm for him. And Huck should run for Senate in ARK and Guiliani should run for Senate in NY. This could give the Republicans some real leadership in the Senate.

Let’s put some statesmen back in the Senate.

huckleberryfriend on August 26, 2009 at 8:19 PM

+1000

Though I prefer Rudy as Governor of New York. His talents would be wasted in the Senate.

Mitt Romney would be a FANTASTIC addition to the Senate. Probably no other person in that body has created more wealth than he has, or understands how wealth is created. Would be a bracing change from the Ted Kennedys and Dianne Feinsteins who either inherited their wealth or married it.

He has some baggage regarding his changes of positions in the Presidential race, but he can also spend $100 million to overcome that. It’s about damn time we get some self-financing Republicans and show the Democrats what it is like to run against someone with a bottomless wallet.

rockmom on August 26, 2009 at 8:27 PM

I hope Mittens saves himself for the Presidency. By 2012 the country will miss capitalism. Also, I would love to hear him debate Obama on the economy.

Exactly! I hope Mitt saves himself for 2012. He’ll ensure that Obama is a one term President.

Conservative Samizdat on August 26, 2009 at 8:27 PM

TimeTraveler on August 26, 2009 at 7:29 PM

Go F yourself.

Clyde5445 on August 26, 2009 at 8:27 PM

It would have the added bonus of draining funds from the DNSC and DNC when they were not expecting to.

If he did what would he first be called? Terrorist, racist?

jukin on August 26, 2009 at 8:31 PM

I’d love Romney in the Senate. Absolutely love him. I wish he would go away as a presidential candidate.

ORconservative on August 26, 2009 at 7:48 PM

I’d love him as the POTUS nominee but it has to be one or the other. He can’t pull an Obama and get elected to the Senate just in time to start campaigning for higher office.

highhopes on August 26, 2009 at 8:35 PM

Mitt would be a wonderful caretaker of the Kennedy legacy. We need a man to make sure that socialized medicine is done right!

Dr. ZhivBlago on August 26, 2009 at 8:37 PM

U. S. Constitution, Article I, Section 3, Clause 3: Qualifications of Senators
“No Person shall be a Senator who shall not have attained to the Age of thirty Years, and been nine Years a Citizen of the United States, and who shall not, when elected, be an Inhabitant of that State for which he shall be chosen.”

ya2daup on August 26, 2009 at 8:22 PM

Well for Megan’s supporters it is a good thing that is physical age not mental age. The spoiled brat will forever be 13 in her mind and views of the world. Which is why she’s perfect for the view. A token “Republican” without the the intelligence of Elizabeth.

highhopes on August 26, 2009 at 8:39 PM

Will he claim to be more liberal on abortion and gay rights than his Democratic opponents like he did in ’94?

Siobhan on August 26, 2009 at 8:42 PM

Mitt would be a wonderful caretaker of the Kennedy legacy. We need a man to make sure that socialized medicine is done right!

Dr. ZhivBlago on August 26, 2009 at 8:37 PM

Mass Congressional Delegation- Kennedy free since 2009. May the streak last for at least the next half century.

highhopes on August 26, 2009 at 8:42 PM

I don’t think he has a shot at winning the GOP primary in ’12, so Senator is his best bet.

Kafir on August 26, 2009 at 8:42 PM

I think Romney would be perfect for that seat. Given the recent polling trends for Republicans, his history there, and the unpopularity of Deval Patrick, Mitt has an edge. I think his history as a presidential candidate is something he has in common with Ted Kennedy that could help quite a bit. Name recognition and his perceived strength as a candidate. It would help Mitt Romney and help the GOP.

alliebobbitt on August 26, 2009 at 8:42 PM

Romney for Senate! The era of Reagan/Bush is over!

LevStrauss on August 26, 2009 at 8:43 PM

I’d love him as the POTUS nominee but it has to be one or the other. He can’t pull an Obama and get elected to the Senate just in time to start campaigning for higher office.

highhopes on August 26, 2009 at 8:35 PM

Why not? If he took Kennedy’s seat, it makes him more viable and competitive. He already has the fundraising and national contacts, as well. I’m not a fan, but I would like him better for this move.

alliebobbitt on August 26, 2009 at 8:45 PM

As presidential candidates go, Romney would make a great Senator.

Bat Chain Puller on August 26, 2009 at 8:45 PM

Likely win? Who knows.

Best chance? Probably.

- The Cat

MirCat on August 26, 2009 at 8:46 PM

I vote Megan McCain. Is she old enough?

dcwvu on August 26, 2009 at 7:43 PM

No, and neither are you. But she should run against Franken for comedic value.

alliebobbitt on August 26, 2009 at 8:47 PM

This would be a referendum against creeping Pelosi and Obamism. I think Romney could easily win. People are pissed off out there, even in Liberal Massachusetts.

Having lived in Mass, I can tell you that it aint that Liberal, and a good campaign would make Kennedy roll in his grave, and probably scare the White Obama (Kerry).

EMD on August 26, 2009 at 8:48 PM

Awright, folks, how about some sanity here.

Curt Schilling? Please. Yes, the guy is a conservative athlete, and maybe with a month or two of studying the briefing books, he could be made to be literate on the issues, but he’d end up as our side’s Al Franken. There’s got to be someone better out there.

And let’s keep in mind that Teddy’s death wasn’t exactly a surprise anywhere. There was serious question whether he’d be able to make it to the D convention, and that was a year ago. Whoever is interested in his seat has already expressed that interest to the powers-that-be, but is remaining quiet for a decent interval after Teddy’s death. Once they have him in the ground, whoever will run will start to make some noise. Give it a week.

azlibertarian on August 26, 2009 at 8:52 PM

Why did your mom marry her brother, TT?

HornetSting on August 26, 2009 at 7:33 PM

Sting!

1921 C DRUM on August 26, 2009 at 8:53 PM

Is Lucifer’s 60 vote Filibuster proof majority still intact?

Jerricho68 on August 26, 2009 at 8:56 PM

I’d love Romney in the Senate. Absolutely love him. I wish he would go away as a presidential candidate.

ORconservative on August 26, 2009 at 7:48 PM

+1

funky chicken on August 26, 2009 at 9:00 PM

I vote Megan McCain. Is she old enough?

dcwvu on August 26, 2009 at 7:43 PM

Well, she is big enough.

1921 C DRUM on August 26, 2009 at 9:02 PM

Fighting small battles wherever they can be waged drains the enemies’ resolve and resources. Go for it Mitt, even if you lose they’ll know they were challenged.

rplat on August 26, 2009 at 7:17 PM

+100

funky chicken on August 26, 2009 at 9:02 PM

Why not? If he took Kennedy’s seat, it makes him more viable and competitive. He already has the fundraising and national contacts, as well. I’m not a fan, but I would like him better for this move.

alliebobbitt on August 26, 2009 at 8:45 PM

Well I am a fan and would be disappointed if he did this. If Romney wants to make a run for the White House, he doesn’t need the Senate unlike a certain former Alaskan Governor or former NY Senator. He’s already on the radar screen.

highhopes on August 26, 2009 at 9:06 PM

they are trying to lure Mitt away from running in 12 I tell ya, or forcing him to run with another loss and a few less million

dont bite Mitt, take POTUS in 12 when the economy is sooo messed up everyone will equate Bain Capital founder Mitt with the saviour who was really needed, the Caeser rendering what is Caesers etc

ginaswo on August 26, 2009 at 8:16 PM

How many in the country know or care about Bain Capital? Lots more have heard of RomneyCare. Romney has a better shot at winning a Senate seat than the presidency, but I just don’t think a Republican will get Teddy’s seat. The Dems will burn the state down first.

ddrintn on August 26, 2009 at 9:07 PM

Actually, i’ll bet they appoint Kennedy’s wife. None of the powers that be give 2 shits about the law.

ORconservative on August 26, 2009 at 9:07 PM

Actually, i’ll bet they appoint Kennedy’s wife. None of the powers that be give 2 shits about the law.

ORconservative on August 26, 2009 at 9:07 PM

Or some other Kennedy relative or flunky.

ddrintn on August 26, 2009 at 9:11 PM

Mass Congressional Delegation- Kennedy free since 2009. May the streak last for at least the next half century.

highhopes on August 26, 2009 at 8:42 PM

But it doesn’t help when members of the GOP Lite get voted in either. They always keep whatever the Libs put in…maybe they just don’t fund them as much.

I’m still scratching my head when Newt talks about how the GOP Congress under Slick Willy “reformed welfare”…huh? It’s still there. We’re still paying for people to do NOTHING!!!

Dr. ZhivBlago on August 26, 2009 at 9:19 PM

I doubt even Romney’s fondest supporters thought he could win Massachusetts against the Obamessiah.

Speedwagon82 on August 26, 2009 at 9:26 PM

Is he still eligible for MA Senate without living there any longer?

I_C on August 26, 2009 at 9:28 PM

I voted yes, but not for the reason given…

More because it would keep him “in the news”, give him a chance to trumpet conservative thinking, and assume a very nice “bully pulpit”…

Mew

acat on August 26, 2009 at 9:29 PM

Sarah isn’t running and you know it… she just wants to be a lazy conservative celebrity.

TimeTraveler on August 26, 2009 at 7:27 PM

Sarah the Hockey Mom?

Speedwagon82 on August 26, 2009 at 9:31 PM

With Kennedy now out of the picture, the people of MA finally have their shot at electing someone other than a Donk to the Senate. Will they seize the moment or let it slip away for another 40 years? Your guess is as good as mine. Mitt could conceiveably run for Senator but I don’t think he wants that. Besides, it is too risky for him politically. If he loses he is toast as a presidential candidate. If he wins he’s locked in as a Senator because there will be too much pressure from the GOP for him to hold the seat and not give it back to the Dems.

glennbo on August 26, 2009 at 9:33 PM

but he’d end up as our side’s Al Franken. There’s got to be someone better out there.

azlibertarian on August 26, 2009 at 8:52 PM

I think he’s being mentioned as a Republican candidate, not Libertarian.

Buddahpundit on August 26, 2009 at 9:36 PM

Why? Switching Teddy for Mitty won’t make the whole health-care thing go away. It’ll just be exchanging one evil for another.

Ryan Gandy on August 26, 2009 at 7:51 PM

This sentiment is why we have been losing. Would Romney have voted for anyone Obama appointed to the Supreme Court? It would be a GIGANTIC blow to the Dims to lose a seat in Lefty Utopia.

Speedwagon82 on August 26, 2009 at 9:38 PM

Wow, the Romney thread is dieing on the vine. This guy can’t even draw the numbers on HotAir.

Sorry Willard, atleast you still have Michigan right?

portlandon on August 26, 2009 at 9:39 PM

I voted yes, but not for the reason given…

More because it would keep him “in the news”, give him a chance to trumpet conservative thinking, and assume a very nice “bully pulpit”…

Mew

acat on August 26, 2009 at 9:29 PM

He’s had nearly a year to trumpet conservative thinking, and the most he’s done is go on that Moderates On Tour thing. He’s been almost dead silent on ObamaCare, from what I can tell.

ddrintn on August 26, 2009 at 9:40 PM

I’m still scratching my head when Newt talks about how the GOP Congress under Slick Willy “reformed welfare”…huh? It’s still there. We’re still paying for people to do NOTHING!!!

Dr. ZhivBlago on August 26, 2009 at 9:19 PM

Don’t you remember? It used to be much worse. Clinton didn’t want any sort of welfare reform. He was forced into reform by the GOP majority in Congress but he signed the bill because it would have been worse for him politically if he got his veto over-ridden so early in his presidency. He made it clear that he was doing so under duress and he did not like it. But it worked and by the time the bastard ran for re-election in 1996 he was claiming it was all his idea.

As to the current situation, I would suggest that the “R” designation is not as important as the conservative credential. Olympia Snow is a Republican but most Republicans I know are really conservatives pissed off that the GOP pays more attention to idiots like John McCain than the base of the party. There is no realistic third-party option because the system makes it difficult so that means the conservatives need to take back the party from the Dem-lite contingent that has been running the agenda. It starts with a clear message like the one Newt was able to articulate in 1994.

highhopes on August 26, 2009 at 9:41 PM

Would Romney have voted for anyone Obama appointed to the Supreme Court?

Speedwagon82 on August 26, 2009 at 9:38 PM

Honestly? It’s hard to say, given his penchant for trying to be everything to everyone.

ddrintn on August 26, 2009 at 9:42 PM

If Mitt can’t win the Senate, he won’t win the White House.

Is Sarah Palin the only candidate in the GOP in with any cojones?

Bruno Strozek on August 26, 2009 at 9:43 PM

With Kennedy now out of the picture, the people of MA finally have their shot at electing someone other than a Donk to the Senate.
glennbo on August 26, 2009 at 9:33 PM

The MA Congressional delegation may finally be Kennedy free but that family is not out of the picture. This is a group case of Stockholm Syndrome and all the stupid people who kept voting for these people for decades need to be deprogrammed before the state is over the Kennedy mythology. It isn’t going to happen with this special election for Senate if the Dems can’t figure out how to simply make it an appointment.

I still think they can’t change the law now that Kennedy has died in office but this is Mass. and they are as corrupt as the filthy liar’s Chicago mafia.

highhopes on August 26, 2009 at 9:48 PM

Romney must stay near silent on RomneyCare because it is the model for ObamaCare.

Here is an interview Romney gave to Newsweek and his advice to Obama:

Q:What do you think needs to happen over the next couple of weeks if President Obama’s deadline for health-care reform is to be met?

Romney:I think the president ought to hit the reset button. I think it is critical that he have the participation, involvement, and support of people on both sides of the aisle, as well as people in various sectors of the health economy. If we are going to have a dramatic shift in the nature of so large a part of our economy, then it needs to be something that has been thoroughly vetted and has received great support. Out of a desire to move very quickly, while his support is highest, he has skipped the critical steps of educating, involving, and evolving his own plans to meet the perspectives of the great majority of our citizens.

Q:It sounds like you are encouraging the president to slow down. Aren’t there risks in delaying?

Romney:He’s in a very difficult position. We faced a very similar question [in Massachusetts] as we began our process. We spent over two years putting together a health-care plan and then building support for it on both sides of the aisle—working with hospitals, providers, doctors, business groups, labor groups, advocates for the poor. We involved all of these parties, and it took a long time, but what we ended up with was a bill that passed the legislature— if you combine the House and the Senate—198 to 2.

Q:What lessons can be gleaned from your experience in Massachusetts?

Romney:After we crafted the architecture of our plan, the first person I went to was Ted Kennedy. He and I met numerous times, and what we fashioned was not perfect in either one of our eyes. But we worked together, because only together could we know that we would have the support of all the parties necessary to make it work.

The states are laboratories of democracy. Well, our state passed a bill. It’s been in place now for several years. Have they studied it? Have they spoken with the Republicans and Democrats in Masssachusetts? Have they spoken with hospitals? Doctors? Have they sent the GAO there to take it apart to see what is working well and what is not? Nobody has given me a call, except Republicans. I’ve received no calls from Democrats saying what do you think about it? What would you do differently if you were to do it today? There’s a whole series of things I’d do differently. And yet, there seems to be such a rush to act. I understand that President Obama wants to get this done in his first term, but more important than getting it done in the first year is getting it done right, before he is out of office. There is time here to get it done right.

The less Romney speaks the better. He is smack dab in the middle of ObamaCare.

portlandon on August 26, 2009 at 9:49 PM

Not only should Romney run for the Senate in Ma, Huckabee should run against Blanche Lincoln in Arkansas and Giuliani should run for NY Governor. The faithful would appreciate the team play and if one of them wins, they get valuable exposure and a leg up for 2012 if they want to run.

Sitting on the bench for four years can make a politician stale

KW64 on August 26, 2009 at 9:52 PM

The GOP should take their very best shot at that seat, even if it’s a long shot. If Mitt Romney is that shot, he should take it. Remember, there was one reason to keep Teddy Chappaquiddik that will not apply to his successor: seniority. With no seniority, the argument for a Dem is reduced.

So long as Mitt can get 40% of the vote in LeftHeaven Taxachussetts, he will not disgrace either himself or the GOP.

njcommuter on August 26, 2009 at 10:07 PM

Everyone here seems to be laboring under the assumption that the Mass. Dems will actually allow a special election to go forward… They could still try to change the law so that Gov Patrick could appoint his own choice to the seat, or hell, they could just choose to ignore the current law and do it anyway.

Kevin71 on August 26, 2009 at 10:14 PM

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