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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Willard would do wonders for all of the Thetans of Massachusetts. More Scientologists should run for public office.

simplesimon on August 26, 2009 at 10:27 PM

— not something a guy who’s already suspected of RINOism is wont to do.

Wont (rhymes with front) means “accustomed” (cf. Ger. gewöhnt).

Tzetzes on August 26, 2009 at 10:39 PM

Romney’s lowest ever approval rating while in office was 43%. The current Govenor, Patrick is in the 20‘s. There is nothing that has changed about Romney which has somehow changed this or makes him unelectable. Those changes were a media creation during a presidential campaign. He is probably the only one that could beat a Kennedy anointed candidate.

Resolute on August 26, 2009 at 10:43 PM

I know Allah doesn’t get it and I see his point.

However – if any Republican has a shot at the seat – it’s Mitt. He should run.

But …

I doubt he will.

He’ll be a junior Senator – and there are some clueless clowns that would be more senior to Mitt – like – (LOL) Grassley (LOL).

I’d be doubtful that he’ll run – Mitt’s an ego.

We’ll see.

HondaV65 on August 26, 2009 at 10:47 PM

Might as well. I seriously hope we have better options in 2012. I really don’t care for Romney for President. But I mean anything is better than the sack of crap that is occupying the white house now.

cubbieblue25 on August 26, 2009 at 10:53 PM

No, He should not run. Let a Dhimmicrat have it. Better yet, if a Kennedy runs, Massachussets GOP should back back him/her. If the balance of power shifts we are true obstructionists, if it doesn’t and they keep their 60 seat majority they cannot say we are blocking legislation, they got the seats to pass any legislation they want!

Better yet, Caroline Kennedy, please! It’d like you know, be great!

Holger on August 26, 2009 at 11:13 PM

YeS!

If Romney is a team player, he’ll win that Senate seat for the GOP.

And for those of you who think I’m saying this cause I can’t stand him, your wrong.

He would also set himself up for 2012.

He’ll of course lose the Cuda, but at least he’d have that seat in the GOP hands.

Do it MITT!!!

Sapwolf on August 26, 2009 at 11:19 PM

High risk, but if the stars align he has some incredible reward for him.

The race will be high profile. The favorite will be the Democrat, the circumstances might be ripe for a revolt against Obama that would work to his favor.

What Mitt does…
1 – Win with a huge platform that paints him as a “New Republican” which is a rather generic ideal held up to the Founding Fathers. In fact he should quote them as much as possible, especially the Boston ones.
2 – Spend the year campaigning for Republicans as a Senator with a vision. That being the same vision he runs his campaign on. The rest of the time spend mingling with the Senate and writing a book.
3 – Announce in 2011 that America is needing a vision we seem to have lost so long ago, but that through his advocacy he has seen people inspired and together we can work towards a more perfect union. He may just be a freshman Senator, but since when has that been a problem? This one was also an executive of something a little more substantial then a voter registration group.

amazingmets on August 26, 2009 at 11:38 PM

Romney has been a CEO and a governor. Being one of a hundred narcissist blowhards, part of the near-impotent minority party, junior to John Kerry…it doesn’t strike me as a career move that would appeal to him.

I don’t know if he’ll take another run at President. But his stated aversion to jobs like VP and cabinet secretary, and the reasons behind it (his father’s experience in the Nixon cabinet) and his stint as governor, suggest he’d no longer interested in the Senate.

sulla on August 26, 2009 at 11:42 PM

Let him show us just what he’s made of. If he can take a Massachusetts US Senate seat then I for one will stand up and cheer. A journey of a thousand miles starts with a single step.

etaoinshrdlu on August 26, 2009 at 11:46 PM

Sure. Bet all the Romney Boyz will be geeked.

THE CHOSEN ONE on August 26, 2009 at 11:59 PM

1 – Win with a huge platform that paints him as a “New Republican” which is a rather generic ideal held up to the Founding Fathers. In fact he should quote them as much as possible, especially the Boston ones.
2 – Spend the year campaigning for Republicans as a Senator with a vision. That being the same vision he runs his campaign on. The rest of the time spend mingling with the Senate and writing a book.
3 – Announce in 2011 that America is needing a vision we seem to have lost so long ago, but that through his advocacy he has seen people inspired and together we can work towards a more perfect union. He may just be a freshman Senator, but since when has that been a problem? This one was also an executive of something a little more substantial then a voter registration group.

amazingmets on August 26, 2009 at 11:38 PM

No offense, but that sounds too much like pablum. It might play well in the NE, but not nationally.

ddrintn on August 27, 2009 at 12:32 AM

Would it be good to be a Senator for only two years and then run for President? Has anyone ever done that before? hmmmmmm

WyoMike on August 27, 2009 at 1:05 AM

Why did Sarah quit?

TimeTraveler on August 26, 2009 at 7:29 PM

So she could spend every waking moment kicking Obama’s ass, which she has been doing quite well. That loser had to go on vacation just to try and get her out of his head!

She pwned him with her Facebook Page!

You forget the last time she “quit” a job, she ended up taking down the entire Alaskan Republican party, including the sitting Governor.

That bunch of hard core crooks were a whole lot tougher than this wimp Obama.

Once she actually decides to get dressed and come down to the lower 48, Obama will be finished.

Take that to the bank!

gary4205 on August 27, 2009 at 2:34 AM

I’m glad others are thinking like me. I’m not a big fan of Willard’s anyway.

I think he should run for the Senate, and stay there. He’ll most likely win. He cannot win POTUS. Not going to happen. Too liberal. But compared to Teddy K, he’s Ronald Reagan. It’s the very best outcome out of Mass.

Even better, if the dems lose that seat, one they’ve held for decades, it would just destroy Obama. And that is the key anyway.

2010 is going to be an absolute bloodbath. They are going to lose the House. Dick Morris, who has been known to overreach, is saying they may lose 100 seats. That would destroy Obama.

And with about 1/3 of the Senate seats truly up for grabs, it won’t be pretty. Not at all.

So put Willard in the swimmer’s seat, and then lets get Sarah in the white House, and turn this nation around.

gary4205 on August 27, 2009 at 2:47 AM

Would be a good idea except that anyone with an R next to their name can’t win anything in Massachusetts. It’s like our amsterdam.

EMR on August 27, 2009 at 3:22 AM

Regardless of who runs the open MA Senate seat, BO will be very, very beatable in 2012….things are not going very well for his administration and the 2010 mid-terms will help cripple it even more.

Romney would crush BO in any debate and not all the Soros money in the world could spin that. Several GOP candidates on the radar could squash BO as well so we do have a pretty deep bench.

Romney and Palin have the advantage of name recognition AND they don’t currently hold office so they could devote full-time to a campaign. POTUS is far more important than the MA Senate seat. I’d hate to see us ‘redshirt’ a quality player in a near-meaningless game only to lose the eligibility down the road when it really counts. I think Romney will definitely be at least part of a 2012 ticket.

Yeah, he’s got RomneyCare and that early pro-choice weight around him and Palin is a little bit ‘radioactive’ to some and isn’t as well-versed in some areas as others BUT…have you looked at the opponent????

JetBlast on August 27, 2009 at 3:36 AM

Ummm, sure, why not?

It’s not like he can’t afford to run.

notropis on August 27, 2009 at 4:17 AM

Nope.

If he is there they will use “Romneycare” as the basis for a new bill and we will get a healthcare bill with republican votes.

The 41′st vote in the senate isn’t worth it (and he Would win over any democrat in the state if he runs).

More here.

petertheslow on August 27, 2009 at 7:57 AM

Glad to see the poll agrees with me! A winning strategy is the only strategy and a candidate can’t win if they are not “in it.”

Why not see if the loss of the last Kennedy brother and the over-reach of the Obama administration have given Democrats wobbly legs? It’s not like the Democrats (especially in MA) are going to be nice to Romney, no matter when he runs for whatever.

ExpressoBold on August 27, 2009 at 8:26 AM

If he loses, it’ll be the end.

AnninCA on August 27, 2009 at 8:32 AM

Mitt Romneycare won’t be running for anything until 2012. He doesn’t want or need the Senate, and he doesn’t need any publicity right now, thank you. He’s been in hiding for the last few months, waiting for this pesky socialized medicine debate to blow over.

james23 on August 27, 2009 at 8:35 AM

If he loses, it’ll be the end.

AnninCA on August 27, 2009 at 8:32 AM

If he wins, it’ll be the end as well. See my post from yesterday at 9:33pm…

glennbo on August 27, 2009 at 8:37 AM

BO was only in his senate office for 2 years before he campaigned for president, Mitt might as well do it too.

NickelAndDime on August 27, 2009 at 8:41 AM

Romney sold his house in Belmont, so I’m not sure if he qualifies any longer. Also, some folks that supported him are bitter that he didn’t do more to promote Muffy as his successor, thus leaving the state at the mercy of that unspeakable twit Deval Patrick.

plum on August 27, 2009 at 8:56 AM

Romney is McCain with nice hair. Go back to Mass and get into the Senate, make friends with the people bankrupting the nation in exchange for votes.

Out of 300,000,000 people in this country we can’t find one person with honor, intelligence, an understanding of our Constitution, AND common sense? Really?

archer52 on August 27, 2009 at 10:41 AM

archer52 on August 27, 2009 at 10:41 AM

Well stated and right on the money.

Dare I feel hopey & changey about the GOP?

Bruno Strozek on August 27, 2009 at 11:23 AM

Am I the only one that remembers that he already ran for this seat and lost in 1994 during our glorious Republican Revolution? He got close but Kennedy beat him.

Joey1974 on August 27, 2009 at 2:51 PM

In the 1994 U.S. Senate election in Massachusetts, Kennedy faced his first serious challenger, the young, telegenic, and very well funded Mitt Romney. Romney ran as a successful entrepreneur and Washington outsider with a strong family image and moderate stands on social issues, while Kennedy was saddled not only with his recent past but the 25th anniversary of Chappaquiddick and his first wife Joan seeking a renegotiated divorce settlement. By mid-September 1994, polls showed the race to be even. Kennedy’s campaign ran short on money, and belying his image as endlessly wealthy, he was forced to take out a second mortgage on his Virginia home. Kennedy responded with a series of attack ads, which focused both of Romney’s shifting political views and the treatment of workers at a paper products plant owned by Romney’s Bain Capital. Kennedy’s new wife Vicki proved to be a strong asset in campaigning and Kennedy won a key October debate against Romney as he reconnected with his traditional bases of support. In the November election, despite a very bad result for Democrats overall, Kennedy won re-election by a 58 percent to 41 percent margin, the closest re-election race of his career.

Joey1974 on August 27, 2009 at 2:55 PM

Yes. Mitt already has a warchest plus personal wealth and massive name recognition. None of the potential Dem candidates have those things, since no Dem would dream of challenging Teddy for his Senate seat. It’s a built-in advantage that he should jump on, rather than taking his chances with the POTUS battle in 2012. (Seriously, he ran once already and didn’t get the nom. There’s no guarantee he’ll get it the next time either, and twice-failed candidates don’t get a third hearing.)

alwaysfiredup on August 27, 2009 at 3:00 PM

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