Tagg Romney mulling Senate special-election run in MA? Update: “The timing is not right for me…”

posted at 12:01 pm on February 4, 2013 by Ed Morrissey

With Scott Brown backing out of the special election to the Senate in Massachusetts, some wondered whether former Governor and erstwhile presidential candidate Mitt Romney might take a shot at filling the rest of John Kerry’s term in office.  Instead, the Boston Herald reports that the task might go to the next generation of Romneys:

Tagg Romney is considering a run in the special Senate election now that Scott Brown has opted out, the Truth Squad has learned.

Calls for Romney, 42, to join in the short campaign to replace Secretary of State John F. Kerry have increased since the Herald first reported heavyweight Republicans are urging both Romney and his mother, Ann, to get in.

The eldest son of former governor and presidential candidate Mitt Romney already has statewide name recognition and could quickly ramp up the campaign infrastructure for a short, five-month race.

The Romney brand sells well in Massachusetts — not in presidential races, of course, but Mitt won a statewide run in 2002 and acquitted himself reasonably well in one term.  Tagg has worked on his father’s campaigns over the last five years, taking an increasingly public profile as a surrogate for his father.  It would make sense for Mitt Romney to pass the torch at this point, although the elder Romney is hardly too old for the job.  He will turn 66 before the election, but that’s practically the junior varsity in a chamber known for its aging members.

One other big Republican name has decided to take a pass.  William Weld, who served for six years as governor, announced today that he won’t run in the special Senate election, either:

Former Massachusetts Gov. William Weld says he won’t run in the June 25th special election to succeed John Kerry in the U.S. Senate.

The Republican said in a statement Monday that he was grateful for the encouragement he’s received, but that he wouldn’t be a candidate.

Neither will former state Senate minority leader Richard Tisei:

Richard Tisei, one of the Republicans’ best hopes for the now-longshot Massachusetts Senate special election after Scott Brown took a pass, announced Saturday night that he too will sit out the race.

“I believe it’s imperative that the Republican party put forward a strong candidate who can help bring much-needed change to Washington,”the former State Senate minority leader said in a statement.

Tagg Romney could end up being the only big name on the Republican side of the ballot … if he decides to run.  ABC News says he’s not considering it (via Twitchy):

Well, we’ll see.  It wouldn’t be the first time in politics that a trial balloon has gone up with some denials attached.  The field has certainly cleared for Tagg at this point.  Politico reports that some have called for Mitt’s wife Ann to run, but while she became a great asset to Mitt’s campaign, she has health issues that would probably keep her from choosing a political career for herself.  Undoubtedly, she will prove just as valuable to Tagg as she did to Mitt as a powerful surrogate on the campaign trail — if a third generation of Romneys decides to pursue politics in this special election, where money and name recognition have the best chance to sway voters.

Update: Say, remember that Tagg Romney for Senate boomlet?  Good times, good times:

“I have been humbled by the outreach I received this weekend encouraging me to become a candidate for the US Senate.  I love my home state and admit it would be an honor to represent the citizens of our great Commonwealth. However, I am currently committed to my business and to spending as much time as I can with my wife and children.  The timing is not right for me, but I am hopeful that the people of Massachusetts will select someone of great integrity, vision, and compassion as our next US Senator.”

It probably won’t be a Republican, though, especially if one won’t run for the seat.


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Why is there a picture of Elliot from E.T. instead of Tagg Romney? Oh wait.

Doughboy on February 4, 2013 at 12:06 PM

I really hate the clans, all of them – NO more Clintons, Bushs, Kennedys, Romneys, Obamas.

The Land used to be so much better off without them. The US doesn’t need kings and queens.

Schadenfreude on February 4, 2013 at 12:06 PM

Jeebus. Save us from the entitled RINOs.

The Romney brand sells well in Massachusetts — not in presidential races, of course,

Lol Ed seriously please stop.

celticdefender on February 4, 2013 at 12:07 PM

Just breed him with Meghan McCain for the Ultimate Rino spawn.

Archivarix on February 4, 2013 at 12:07 PM

Does he really really want to run?

vityas on February 4, 2013 at 12:08 PM

Tagg Romney mulling Senate special-election run in MA?

Family political dynasties are very un-American and particularly disgusting. This is even aside from the fact that we seem to get the most mediocre (at best) families that establish these retarded dynasties. Enough, already.

ThePrimordialOrderedPair on February 4, 2013 at 12:08 PM

He’s so electable!

Naturally Curly on February 4, 2013 at 12:10 PM

Uniquely unqualified.

He is not a Vietnam Hero like Halp us Jon Karry and he hasn’t drowned his Secretary like Teddy.

CorporatePiggy on February 4, 2013 at 12:10 PM

I was really hoping Weld would run.

emz35 on February 4, 2013 at 12:14 PM

And the New Aristocracy continues.

Just say no to political dynasties. Wish the Romneys would just go away.

JohnTant on February 4, 2013 at 12:14 PM

Offspring are automatically qualified.

portlandon on February 4, 2013 at 12:15 PM

While I enthusiastically voted for Mitt, No-just NO on this.

annoyinglittletwerp on February 4, 2013 at 12:16 PM

Chelsea Clinton for president, 2016…if it all were not so tragic it w/b risible.

Schadenfreude on February 4, 2013 at 12:22 PM

Obama brats for president 2024.

Schadenfreude on February 4, 2013 at 12:23 PM

What is Tagg’s qualification for the office, aside from being named Romney?

rbj on February 4, 2013 at 12:25 PM

Tagg

…you’re it!

KOOLAID2 on February 4, 2013 at 12:27 PM

Gee, I wonder if Karl Rove’s new “Conservative” PAC will waste millions on this?

idesign on February 4, 2013 at 12:27 PM

I can’t imagine why Tagg Romney would want to jump back into this brutal game after seeing how his father was trashed so viciously by Democrats and the news media (hmmm, that’s repetitive).

For everyone criticizing the idea as another example of a would-be political dynasty, nepotism, etc. – hey, do YOU want to run? We need a candidate. The best choices of our very limited options have all said no. It would be a shame if we just forfeited the seat to the Dems by running no one. If nothing else, we need to sop up some of their money advantage nationwide by making them spend a few bucks in MA. Running for the Senate is very, very expensive. If you don’t have the name recognition to raise money you have to be either wealthy enough to self-fund or have the charisma & brilliance to become an instant star. Do we have a Ron Johnson or a Ted Cruz or a Marco Rubio laying around in MA?

If not, then don’t knock a team member who may decide to take his chances in the shark tank to represent us.

Jill1066 on February 4, 2013 at 12:32 PM

Is he 1/32 Cherokee?

ToddPA on February 4, 2013 at 12:33 PM

For everyone criticizing the idea as another example of a would-be political dynasty, nepotism, etc. – hey, do YOU want to run? We need a candidate. The best choices of our very limited options have all said no. It would be a shame if we just forfeited the seat to the Dems by running no one. If nothing else, we need to sop up some of their money advantage nationwide by making them spend a few bucks in MA. Running for the Senate is very, very expensive. If you don’t have the name recognition to raise money you have to be either wealthy enough to self-fund or have the charisma & brilliance to become an instant star. Do we have a Ron Johnson or a Ted Cruz or a Marco Rubio laying around in MA?

If not, then don’t knock a team member who may decide to take his chances in the shark tank to represent us.

Jill1066 on February 4, 2013 at 12:32 PM

I would LOVE to run, sadly Karl Rove has decreed that I’m unelectable or something.

Besides, based on the Logic of the Establishment, even if the Republican does win the seat he’ll have to govern as a Democrat anyway (lest he become “unelectable”), so I fail to see the point of donating money or supporting someone who thinks of me as the enemy.

JohnTant on February 4, 2013 at 12:37 PM

I really hate the clans, all of them – NO more Clintons, Bushs, Kennedys, Romneys, Obamas.

The Land used to be so much better off without them. The US doesn’t need kings and queens.

Schadenfreude on February 4, 2013 at 12:06 PM

So… no Duncan Hunter? No Rand Paul?

JohnGalt23 on February 4, 2013 at 12:37 PM

or a Marco Rubio laying around in MA?

Jill1066 on February 4, 2013 at 12:32 PM

Bite your tongue! Rubio is worm.

And your argument skirts the issue. Family political dynasties are absolutely awful things and more destructive to America than losing a seat here or there. You are being penny-wise and pound-foolish, especially in arguing for this particular family of mediocre center-lefties to continue with their asinine dynasty in the GOP name (which is damaged more than enough, already).

ThePrimordialOrderedPair on February 4, 2013 at 12:38 PM

Hey, its Mass. With other pubs refusing to run, just go for it. Atleast give it a shot.

tommy71 on February 4, 2013 at 12:39 PM

tells you something about our party when this is what our A Team fields…

Steven McGregor on February 4, 2013 at 12:45 PM

The Romney brand sells well in Massachusetts

Huh? “The Romney brand”? What is that, exactly? He won one term — barely — against a lame no-name and polls showed him fading at the end. Bill Weld is another story. He won two terms by large margins, even wider in the second.

rrpjr on February 4, 2013 at 12:46 PM

I would LOVE to run, sadly Karl Rove has decreed that I’m unelectable or something.

Besides, based on the Logic of the Establishment, even if the Republican does win the seat he’ll have to govern as a Democrat anyway (lest he become “unelectable”), so I fail to see the point of donating money or supporting someone who thinks of me as the enemy.

Well, Karl Rove doesn’t have a foolproof record. If you want to do it, go for it. If the Senate seat seems too out of reach, try a lower office. Everybody who wants in that game has to start somewhere.

I doubt a Republican could be re-elected to the Senate seat in a regular election season because there’s so many reflexive Democratic voters in MA. But if you didn’t care, it could be a fun 2 years and you could do some good.

Jill1066 on February 4, 2013 at 12:46 PM

If you want to do it, go for it. If the Senate seat seems too out of reach, try a lower office. Everybody who wants in that game has to start somewhere.

Jill1066 on February 4, 2013 at 12:46 PM

Where did Tagg Romney start in politics, besides in Ann Romney’s womb? ;)

Indelicate, I realize, but it’s still a valid point. Rove’s big money donors are the chokepoint, and they are what keeps giving us milquetoast dynastic candidates.

JohnTant on February 4, 2013 at 12:53 PM

Offspring are automatically qualified.

portlandon on February 4, 2013 at 12:15 PM

Kind of like the Kennedy clan..

rich801 on February 4, 2013 at 12:54 PM

So… no Duncan Hunter? No Rand Paul?

JohnGalt23 on February 4, 2013 at 12:37 PM

Fine by me. See Al-Gore, like in Al-Jezeera…I hate clans. It’s un-American.

Schadenfreude on February 4, 2013 at 12:56 PM

Bite your tongue! Rubio is worm.

And your argument skirts the issue. Family political dynasties are absolutely awful things and more destructive to America than losing a seat here or there. You are being penny-wise and pound-foolish, especially in arguing for this particular family of mediocre center-lefties to continue with their asinine dynasty in the GOP name (which is damaged more than enough, already).

Your criticism of Rubio misses my point. Marco Rubio is a gifted speaker with a charismatic personality and a compelling story to tell. He also had held prior elective office and won supporters that way. He was able to win his Senate seat by a lot of hard work AND being a very gifted politician. Such people are not littering the ground on the GOP side in MA. What you think of his positions since then is a separate matter.

Regarding your point about family political dynasties and penny-wise vs. pound-foolish – I’m not suggesting that Tagg Romney jump into the race or saying that anyone should jump through hoops to support him. It’s not clear to me that he has any background to build a case for his candidacy. I’d rather we didn’t have political dynasties. It would be nicer if ordinary citizens could more easily run for and win seats. Current circumstances make that very hard for someone who’s not independently wealthy and/or a gifted natural politician.

I disagree about the pound-foolish part too. It’s highly unlikely we’ll win the seat now even in a special election. MA is too blue, and our bench is too thin. But we should make them spend cash to take it. It helped Obama enormously to be able to ignore his hopeless last-minute substitute Senate opponent and run around the country building name ID and collecting political chits. We shouldn’t let that happen again anywhere.

My main point is that we shouldn’t trash anyone on our team regardless of whether they hail from the one end of the conservative spectrum to the other. Disagree with, support others, have principles objections to: fine, but let’s not eat our own while the Dems are so eager to pass us the salt.

Jill1066 on February 4, 2013 at 12:59 PM

Regarding your point about family political dynasties and penny-wise vs. pound-foolish – I’m not suggesting that Tagg Romney jump into the race or saying that anyone should jump through hoops to support him. It’s not clear to me that he has any background to build a case for his candidacy. I’d rather we didn’t have political dynasties. It would be nicer if ordinary citizens could more easily run for and win seats. Current circumstances make that very hard for someone who’s not independently wealthy and/or a gifted natural politician.

Jill1066 on February 4, 2013 at 12:59 PM

Fair enough, but there is also a very entrenched faction within the GOP that is against giving an “ordinary citizen” support because such a person is viewed as “unelectable.”

Even Reagan had to play the game by agreeing to George Bush as VP.

JohnTant on February 4, 2013 at 1:04 PM

Chelsea Clinton for president, 2016…if it all were not so tragic it w/b risible.

Schadenfreude on February 4, 2013 at 12:22 PM

Nope. Sorry to say but it will be Mooch Obama in 2016.

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Key West Reader on February 4, 2013 at 1:05 PM

If you want to do it, go for it. If the Senate seat seems too out of reach, try a lower office. Everybody who wants in that game has to start somewhere.

Jill1066 on February 4, 2013 at 12:46 PM

Where did Tagg Romney start in politics, besides in Ann Romney’s womb? ;)

Indelicate, I realize, but it’s still a valid point. Rove’s big money donors are the chokepoint, and they are what keeps giving us milquetoast dynastic candidates.

Beats me. I couldn’t pick the guy out of a lineup from the other Romney sons. The only advantages I can see that he would have is name recognition (surely a double-edged sword in this case), and possibly fund-raising ability. I wouldn’t reject him out of hand, but assuming he wanted to try he’d have to make a serious case to get support.

Rove likes to win. He believes that you win by picking candidates that have shown some ability to win in the past and may be able to win over 51% of the voters in their states in a general election. An example would be Mike Castle, ex-Governor of Delaware, running for the Senate in 2010. He’d have been a pretty liberal Republican in office, but we’d have had some support on big issues like Obamacare. He wasn’t a great choice, but reaching for a more reliable conservative who wasn’t a high quality candidate cost us any chance at the seat. Now there’s a very reliable Dem in it. If we’d had had a high quality candidate like Pat Toomey of PA waiting in the wings, that would have been different.

Rove isn’t always right. When he sees that he adapts quickly. Show him quality conservative candidates, and I suspect he & his donors will be more open-minded to supporting them.

Jill1066 on February 4, 2013 at 1:12 PM

Fair enough, but there is also a very entrenched faction within the GOP that is against giving an “ordinary citizen” support because such a person is viewed as “unelectable.”

Even Reagan had to play the game by agreeing to George Bush as VP.

JohnTant on February 4, 2013 at 1:04 PM

We have to find people who are gifted enough to overcome this and then support them. It’s one of the reasons I greatly admire Ron Johnson, Ted Cruz, and Pat Toomey. They were gifted but also did the heavy lifting necessary to win over grass roots support.

It’s possible to win seats being very conservative even in states that aren’t dark red, but the candidate has got to be very high quality. We can’t afford any more foolish and undisciplined people like Todd Akin. We can’t afford another guy like Richard Mourdock who was just plain careless.

Deep blue states are normally out of reach – but we should still try to contest them even with candidates that might be deemed “RINOs”. Every dollar Dems spend defeating a “RINO” is a dollar that isn’t spent in a race we have a better chance at winning.

Jill1066 on February 4, 2013 at 1:19 PM

Rove likes to win. He believes that you win by picking candidates that have shown some ability to win in the past and may be able to win over 51% of the voters in their states in a general election. An example would be Mike Castle, ex-Governor of Delaware, running for the Senate in 2010. He’d have been a pretty liberal Republican in office, but we’d have had some support on big issues like Obamacare. He wasn’t a great choice, but reaching for a more reliable conservative who wasn’t a high quality candidate cost us any chance at the seat. Now there’s a very reliable Dem in it. If we’d had had a high quality candidate like Pat Toomey of PA waiting in the wings, that would have been different.

Rove isn’t always right. When he sees that he adapts quickly. Show him quality conservative candidates, and I suspect he & his donors will be more open-minded to supporting them.

Jill1066 on February 4, 2013 at 1:12 PM

Really?….Kaye Bailey Hutchinson

workingclass artist on February 4, 2013 at 1:39 PM

Does he really really want to run?

vityas on February 4, 2013 at 12:08 PM

Does he have the desire to run?

LOL… You beat me to it.

Fallon on February 4, 2013 at 1:46 PM

Bite your tongue! Rubio is worm.

No, he is actually an electoral genius.

Part of his Amnesty deal involves a legal obligation that the entire population of Mexico votes for the GOP.

CorporatePiggy on February 4, 2013 at 1:53 PM

Kind of scary, though. .. Forget the “though” actually. Just scary. We don’t want a face around all the time to constantly remind us of the horror that was his dad & his dad’s campaign.

No, spare us. If Tagg runs, root for the Democrat. Seriously.

anotherJoe on February 4, 2013 at 2:00 PM

That picture of Tagg makes him look like a genetic hybrid of Mitt Romney and Michael Dukakis.

portlandon on February 4, 2013 at 2:19 PM

anotherJoe on February 4, 2013 at 2:00 PM

.
Keep letting the media do your thing for you……

rooting for the Democrats is the only way to go.

FlaMurph on February 4, 2013 at 2:20 PM

Nope. Sorry to say but it will be Mooch Obama in 2016.

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Key West Reader on February 4, 2013 at 1:05 PM

Agreed. It will be the legal way for BO to remain in the WH. Just think. They could run as a true co-presidency and not that fake one Bill & Hill had. Besides, the liberals couldn’t pass up the possibility of having the first black woman for president. Heck, I’m willing to bet that the dems will never run anything other than a black or at least a minority in the future.

Dr. Frank Enstine on February 4, 2013 at 2:21 PM

Rove likes to win.
Jill1066 on February 4, 2013 at 1:12 PM

We all like to win. But that’s not quite good enough.

“Karl Rove and his investors were the biggest losers on Election Day.

The Republican strategist created the model for outside money groups that raised and spent more than $1 billion on the Nov. 6 elections — many of which saw almost no return for their money.

Rove, through his two political outfits, American Crossroads and Crossroads Grassroots Policy Strategies, backed unsuccessful Republican presidential contender Mitt Romney with $127 million on more than 82,000 television spots, according to Kantar Media’s CMAG, an ad tracker based in New York.

Down the ballot, 10 of the 12 Senate candidates and four of the nine House candidates the Rove groups supported also lost their races.”

http://www.dallasnews.com/news/politics/national-politics/20121108-karl-roves-strategies-didnt-pay-off-in-many-election-day-victories.ece

rrpjr on February 4, 2013 at 3:05 PM

Didn’t even know Weld was still alive. Just checked and he is. 67 to be exact.

Del Dolemonte on February 4, 2013 at 3:14 PM

Why not?

Tagg follows a long line of family tradition that pretty much spans the entire time this nation has been around.

For instance, his Dad was politician who was born to a rich politician. Dad get’s wealthy off Ivy League Education … but mostly off his Daddy’s “Roll-O-Dex”. About the same thing for Willard’s Dad.

Also – like all of the Willards before him, Tagg has saw fit to do the more important work of evangelizing the Mormon regliong – while completely shirking any military duty.

And … like all the Willards before him … Tagg is woefully out of touch with middle America.

I’d say that Tag is an establishment candidate that GOP Ayatollahs can be damn PROUD of!

HondaV65 on February 4, 2013 at 3:23 PM

We can’t afford any more foolish and undisciplined people like Todd Akin.

Jill1066 on February 4, 2013 at 1:19 PM

But we can afford bad squish RINO’s like Snott Brown and Carly Fiorina? LMFAO

HondaV65 on February 4, 2013 at 3:26 PM

Somebody put up a fight.

Show the last vertebra of the withered spine of the GOP, at least.

profitsbeard on February 4, 2013 at 3:43 PM

I really hate the clans, all of them – NO more Clintons, Bushs, Kennedys, Romneys, Obamas.

The Land used to be so much better off without them. The US doesn’t need kings and queens.

Schadenfreude on February 4, 2013 at 12:06 PM
So… no Duncan Hunter? No Rand Paul?

JohnGalt23 on February 4, 2013 at 12:37 PM

No John Quincy Adams? No Frederick the Great? No Pliny the Younger?

KW64 on February 4, 2013 at 3:45 PM

We can’t afford any more foolish and undisciplined people like Todd Akin.

Jill1066 on February 4, 2013 at 1:19 PM

But we can afford bad squish RINO’s like Snott Brown and Carly Fiorina? LMFAO

Scott Brown winning that Senate seat in MA sent a shock wave through the Dem establishment. That’s why they jammed the Senate version of Obamacare through the House instead of trying to get a new version through. They’d lost the ability to prevent a filibuster. Now the monstrosity still made it through the House, but had he been reelected we’d have had a vote to repeal at some point in the future.

Carly Fiorina didn’t get elected so we get to deal with Barbara Boxer. Carly Fiorina was pro-life, and I thought that was one of the key things to check the box of being a “real conservative”. I’m pro-choice, and I was happy to support her over Barbara Boxer.

I hope you didn’t get hurt during that “LFMAO” episode you had! :)

A GOP candidate that will be with us 80% of the time is not an enemy. A GOP candidate like Todd Akin that might have voted our way 100% of the time does us no good if he’s too stupid to express his views in a positive way and too arrogant to keep his mouth shut. Particularly, when he taints the whole team as misinformed on reproductive science and insensitive to rape victims.

How hard is it for someone to say “I don’t believe in punishing the child for the sins of its father”?! I don’t even agree with Todd Akin, but I can think of a better way to proclaim his position than Mr. Junk Science “it doesn’t happen very often”…

If you think someone is a squish, don’t support them, but don’t trash them either. Any Republican who hops into the snake pit of politics to face off against Democrats and their media allies deserves to not be knifed by his own team.

Jill1066 on February 4, 2013 at 3:53 PM

The Republican Party needs to learn the importance of developing a strong bench of future potential candidates IN EVERY STATE.

Republicans need to have a list of candidates who are prepared and willing to run whenever a special election for a Senate, Congress or State office provides the opportunity.

Developing the candidate Farm Team should be a primary responsibility of every State Republican Party Chairperson.

And the Chairperson of the National Republican Party should be making sure every state level Chairperson is working on developing their farm teams.

wren on February 4, 2013 at 4:04 PM

I say “no thanks.”

Mr. Arrogant on February 4, 2013 at 5:35 PM

“The timing is not right for me…”

No, really? Have anything to do with the fact that your dad just lost the state by more than 20 points?

besser tot als rot on February 4, 2013 at 5:42 PM

The Romney brand sells well in Massachusetts — not in presidential races, of course,

Totally. That’s why Mitt ran for reelection there …

besser tot als rot on February 4, 2013 at 5:44 PM

Do we have a Ron Johnson or a Ted Cruz or a Marco Rubio laying around in MA?

Jill1066 on February 4, 2013 at 12:32 PM

If we did, the Karl Rove/Dick Morris/”UnSkewedPolls.com”-wing of the party would just spend the entire campaign relentlessly sabotaging their efforts, as always. SSDD.

Kent18 on February 4, 2013 at 5:45 PM

The Romney brand sells well in Massachusetts

How did Mittens do in Massachusetts last year, Ed? Remind me.

Kent18 on February 4, 2013 at 5:46 PM

The Romney brand sells well in Massachusetts

Is that the same brand that showed Mitt getting destroyed in gubernatorial reelection polling (and hence why he left after 1 term)?

Stoic Patriot on February 4, 2013 at 5:48 PM

Rove likes to win.

Jill1066 on February 4, 2013 at 1:12 PM

Darned shame he sucks so badly at it, then.

I daresay Joe Biden would like to be renowned as one of the world’s leading intellects. Rebecca Black would like to record a modern-day White Album. Lena Durham would like not to be the female equivalent of the Elephant Man. People in Hell would like cherry Slurpees.

Kent18 on February 4, 2013 at 5:55 PM

Update: Say, remember that Tagg Romney for Senate boomlet? Good times, good times:

Whew, dodged a bullet there…

sauldalinsky on February 4, 2013 at 5:58 PM

A GOP candidate that will be with us 80% of the time is not an enemy.

Jill1066

It depends on the 20%. If he’s with us on things like naming post offices, but against on things that matter like amnesty, open borders, cap and trade, obamacare, etc, then he absolutely is an enemy of the GOP AND the country.

xblade on February 4, 2013 at 6:12 PM

Updated Taggline: Just like dad, Tagg ‘wanted to be President Senator less than anyone I’ve met.’

:)

Fallon on February 4, 2013 at 6:13 PM

A GOP candidate that will be with us 80% of the time is not an enemy.

Jill1066 on February 4, 2013 at 3:53 PM

It’s always so genuinely creepy, watching someone spirit channel Olympia Snowe or Lisa Murkowski.

Kent18 on February 4, 2013 at 6:16 PM

With everyone else passing on running, I guess the Massachusetts GOP is left with Kerry “Muffy” Healey.

Say hello to Senator Ed Markey.

cool breeze on February 4, 2013 at 6:40 PM

With everyone else passing on running, I guess the Massachusetts GOP is left with Kerry “Muffy” Healey.

Say hello to Senator Ed Markey.

cool breeze on February 4, 2013 at 6:40 PM

As much as Jeff and Jodie may pray, Muffy Mouse will not run this day.

God help anybody who gets that. State Rep. Dan Winslow probably the likeliest candidate now, I guess.

Gingotts on February 4, 2013 at 6:52 PM

“The timing is not right for me…”

“It takes time to have your last name legally changed from ‘Romney’ to something more realistically electable… like ‘Gein,’ or ‘Gacy.’” ;)

Kent18 on February 4, 2013 at 6:58 PM

Mort Zuckerman?

monalisa on February 4, 2013 at 7:11 PM

The Royal Families of the republicans.

Rockefeller, Bush, Romney, etc.

PappyD61 on February 4, 2013 at 7:26 PM

I would have loved to have seen Tagg Romney run.

It is funny seeing all of these whiny haters with their knee-jerk reactions to the news of a possible Tagg Romney Senate campaign.

The HotAir comment section has become too predictable. Just a bunch of complaining and moaning from people who never offer any alternative.

bluegill on February 4, 2013 at 8:51 PM

his Dad was politician who was born to a rich politician. Dad get’s wealthy off Ivy League Education … but mostly off his Daddy’s “Roll-O-Dex”. About the same thing for Willard’s Dad.
Also – like all of the Willards before him, Tagg has saw fit to do the more important work of evangelizing the Mormon regliong – while completely shirking any military duty.
And … like all the Willards before him … Tagg is woefully out of touch with middle America.
HondaV65 on February 4, 2013 at 3:23 PM

Sounds like the blathering bigmouth little person of HotAir, known as HondaV65, is going on and on with his typical class envy nonsense. HondaV65 is one of those jealous losers who resents the wealthy. Tagg Romney has more class in one finger than HondaV65, the whiny spammer of HotAir, will ever hope to have.

bluegill on February 4, 2013 at 9:00 PM

in all honesty, who wants the abuse- and to have to pay for it too? what relatively decent person who isn’t a lying scumbag wants to be personally shredded and lose to the likes of princess lily white lying commie?

the demonrats were blind sided by brown that first time- so they cranked up the Union machine here in Hacktopia Central and put one of the worst senate candidates in recent memory over the top – ahead of a likable guy everyone recognized as doing a good job for the state. warren has all the charisma of nails on a chalkboard and is a complete fraud- apparently that’s the kind of leadership democrats now cannot get enough of. total lying commie frauds- just like Dear Leader who apparently has lowered the bar for the foreseeable future especially in a blue state.

mittens on February 4, 2013 at 9:10 PM

A GOP candidate that will be with us 80% of the time is not an enemy.

Jill1066 on February 4, 2013 at 3:53 PM

It’s always so genuinely creepy, watching someone spirit channel Olympia Snowe or Lisa Murkowski.

Kent18 on February 4, 2013 at 6:16 PM

They’re not enemies. They’re unreliable allies.

Consider this: I’m a pro-choice Republican. I would never bother running for office because I could only win a GOP primary (maybe) in a blue state. I stay with the GOP because abortion is less important to me than fiscal conservatism, judicial conservatism, and a muscular national security policy. The Dems are awful on these issues and just flat out untrustworthy. I regularly donate money to and vote for socially conservative Republicans because I agree with them on my most important issues. I’m not an enemy just because I’m not a social conservative. Joe Miller was the candidate I donated to in Alaska the last time, and it’s a shame that Murkowski risked the seat just to keep her grasp on power. However, she won fairly and legally. As long as she stays with the caucus on most things, I say leave her alone for now and concentrate on getting rid of Mark Begich in 2014.

Enforce rigid party ideology in red states and have a sliding scale for the bluer states. Letting the Dems win seats that will stay in their hands for a generation is not preferable (in my opinion) to having a less conservative Republican get them. Strong conservative candidates do not win deep blue or light blue states unless they have other qualities that allow them to communicate their ideas in a way that has broad-based appeal even to a much more liberal electorate. Such candidates are rare.

Jill1066 on February 4, 2013 at 9:14 PM

Heartache

But lets face it, when the Taggster decides he’s ready, he’ll have the GOP fail machine at his disposal.

james23 on February 4, 2013 at 9:15 PM

Enforce rigid party ideology in red states and have a sliding scale for the bluer states. Letting the Dems win seats that will stay in their hands for a generation is not preferable (in my opinion) to having a less conservative Republican get them. Strong conservative candidates do not win deep blue or light blue states unless they have other qualities that allow them to communicate their ideas in a way that has broad-based appeal even to a much more liberal electorate. Such candidates are rare.
Jill1066 on February 4, 2013 at 9:14 PM

Thank you for posting a rare sensible comment on this site!

bluegill on February 4, 2013 at 9:18 PM

HondaV65 on February 4, 2013 at 3:23 PM

bluegill on February 4, 2013 at 9:00 PM

Shouldn’t you two be adding stench to a dumpster somewhere right now?

Yes. Yes, you should.

M240H on February 4, 2013 at 9:23 PM

Tagg is good looking and has great hair so he is eminently qualified according to HA harpy standards.

bw222 on February 4, 2013 at 9:36 PM

Rove likes to win.
Jill1066 on February 4, 2013 at 1:12 PM

Only 2 of the 12 GOP Senate candidates that Karl Rove and Crossroads America backed won last November. That’s poor, even by Detroit Lions standards.

bw222 on February 4, 2013 at 9:40 PM

But lets face it, when the Taggster decides he’s ready, he’ll have the GOP fail machine at his disposal.

james23 on February 4, 2013 at 9:15 PM

Karl Rove, Mike Murphy and Kevin Madden can hardly wait to design a losing campaign for the Taggster.

bw222 on February 4, 2013 at 9:43 PM

MARCO RUBIO…..a tanner, younger JEB BUSH (with a combover).

No more Bushes…….or their Cuban American proxies.

PappyD61 on February 4, 2013 at 10:07 PM

Shouldn’t you two be adding stench to a dumpster somewhere right now?

M240H on February 4, 2013 at 9:23 PM

Funny, but be careful, that could be construed as “you should be decomposing in a dumpster.”

…not that the world would be any poorer for the loss of them.

MelonCollie on February 4, 2013 at 10:16 PM

Hopefully, Sarah will move to Boston and be swept into the Senate in a landslide. Then, after leading the GOP back into a Senate majority, she will springboard into the White House in 2016. I will pray to God this will happen.

greataunty on February 4, 2013 at 10:20 PM

The timing will NEVER be right for you.

Go.

Away.

Dunedainn on February 4, 2013 at 10:37 PM

Hopefully, Sarah will move to Boston and be swept into the Senate in a landslide. Then, after leading the GOP back into a Senate majority, she will springboard into the White House in 2016.
greataunty on February 4, 2013 at 10:20 PM

Is that comment meant as satire? I sure hope so. Palin couldn’t even win a Republican Senate primary in Alaska.

She for herself:
SHOCK POLL: Palin Would Lose Primary… in Alaska!
http://conservativeintel.com/2013/01/31/palin-in-u-s-senate-poll/#

Palin can’t win a primary today in Alaska, she can’t win a national election and she SURE AS HECK can’t win in Massachusetts.

bluegill on February 4, 2013 at 10:42 PM

It is funny seeing all of these whiny haters RomneyBots with their knee-jerk slavish reactions to the news of a possible Tagg Romney Senate campaign.

The HotAir comment section has become too predictable. Just a bunch of complaining and moaning shameless worship from people who never offer any Conservative alternative.

bluegill on February 4, 2013 at 8:51 PM

FIFY.

Dunedainn on February 4, 2013 at 10:42 PM

Palin can’t win a primary today in Alaska, she can’t win a national election and she SURE AS HECK can’t win in Massachusetts.

bluegill on February 4, 2013 at 10:42 PM

Keep telling yourself that. Tool.

Dunedainn on February 4, 2013 at 10:42 PM

HondaV65 on February 4, 2013 at 3:23 PM

bluegill on February 4, 2013 at 9:00 PM

Shouldn’t you two be adding stench to a dumpster somewhere right now?

Yes. Yes, you should.

M240H on February 4, 2013 at 9:23 PM

…no!…they should get a room…and exchange syphilis!

KOOLAID2 on February 4, 2013 at 10:49 PM

It will be former Judge and current State Rep, Dan Winslow. He is announcing tomorrow. It would be a miracle if he won, but he’s a very solid and articulate conservative. He will at least make it entertaining and interesting, especially when debating [insert moonbat].

cdog0613 on February 4, 2013 at 10:52 PM

Palin can’t win a primary today in Alaska, she can’t win a national election and she SURE AS HECK can’t win in Massachusetts.

bluegill on February 4, 2013 at 10:42 PM

Translation: “Sarah Palin turns men’s heads; I turn men’s stomachs.”

bw222 on February 4, 2013 at 10:54 PM

She for herself:
SHOCK POLL: Palin Would Lose Primary… in Alaska!
http://conservativeintel.com/2013/01/31/palin-in-u-s-senate-poll/#

Palin can’t win a primary today in Alaska, she can’t win a national election and she SURE AS HECK can’t win in Massachusetts.

bluegill on February 4, 2013 at 10:42 PM

I dunno. It looks pretty close to me, considering Palin has made no intentions known and considering the bad press she’s constantly being subjected to. I mean, Parnell’s never been accused of inciting mass murder, has he?

ddrintn on February 4, 2013 at 11:01 PM

Hopefully, Sarah will move to Boston and be swept into the Senate in a landslide. Then, after leading the GOP back into a Senate majority, she will springboard into the White House in 2016. I will pray to God this will happen.

greataunty on February 4, 2013 at 10:20 PM

Hopefully, Mitt will get that Death Star fired up and ready to go by 2016.

ddrintn on February 4, 2013 at 11:04 PM

From that same poll:

Palin trails Begich 40%-47%. Palin wins among Men (46%-42%) but trails Begich with Women (51%-36%). Begich enjoys stronger support among Democrats (90%) than Palin does among Republicans (68%). Independent and third party voters prefer Begich (52%-34%).

Uh oh, things not looking good for Palin.

In head-to-head matchups against Democratic Senator Mark Begich, Parnell is the only Republican who starts out with a lead (Parnell 46%, Begich 40%). Parnell’s strength is among younger voters 18-to-35 and 36-to-45 years old who pick Parnell 43%-38% and 51%-36% respectively.

Young voters do not seem to like Palin.

bluegill on February 4, 2013 at 11:11 PM

Heartache

But lets face it, when the Taggster decides he’s ready, he’ll have the GOP fail machine at his disposal.

james23 on February 4, 2013 at 9:15 PM

LOL…

ddrintn on February 4, 2013 at 11:12 PM

Uh oh, things not looking good for Palin.

In head-to-head matchups against Democratic Senator Mark Begich, Parnell is the only Republican who starts out with a lead (Parnell 46%, Begich 40%). Parnell’s strength is among younger voters 18-to-35 and 36-to-45 years old who pick Parnell 43%-38% and 51%-36% respectively.

Young voters do not seem to like Palin.

bluegill on February 4, 2013 at 11:11 PM

Well, she hasn’t announced a candidacy. The poll also says that the only prospective candidate who allows Begich to hit 50% is Joe Miller. Not Palin, sweetie. Miller.

ddrintn on February 4, 2013 at 11:14 PM

Update: “The timing is not right for me…”

If only his dad had realized the same thing. LOL

ddrintn on February 4, 2013 at 11:18 PM

Update: “The timing is not right for me…”

If only his dad had realized the same thing. LOL

ddrintn on February 4, 2013 at 11:18 PM

.
Name a more accomplished, intelligent, decent, charitable man who has had the life experiences Romney has, whom is able to lead this country at this time.

You can’t.

Romney is 10 times more the man the your commie Marxist Community Organizing Grifter with the secret past.

Just because a huge portion of the American electorate is uneducated and easily bribed is not a reflection on the quality of man Romney is.

But you already knew that.

FlaMurph on February 4, 2013 at 11:35 PM

Name a more accomplished, intelligent, decent, charitable man who has had the life experiences Romney has, whom is able to lead this country at this time.
You can’t.
Romney is 10 times more the man the your commie Marxist Community Organizing Grifter with the secret past.
Just because a huge portion of the American electorate is uneducated and easily bribed is not a reflection on the quality of man Romney is.
But you already knew that.
FlaMurph on February 4, 2013 at 11:35 PM

Brilliantly put.

bluegill on February 5, 2013 at 12:46 AM

Name a more accomplished, intelligent, decent, charitable man who has had the life experiences Romney has, whom is able to lead this country at this time.

You can’t.

Romney is 10 times more the man the your commie Marxist Community Organizing Grifter with the secret past.

Just because a huge portion of the American electorate is uneducated and easily bribed is not a reflection on the quality of man Romney is.

But you already knew that.

FlaMurph on February 4, 2013 at 11:35 PM

Herman Cain had 10x the life experiences Romney had. Meaning he actually had to work his way up to the position he held.

End of story.

Dunedainn on February 5, 2013 at 12:56 AM

Brilliantly put.

bluegill on February 5, 2013 at 12:46 AM

I know, right? I mean, if we didn’t know better, we’d think he was, like, your sock or something.

You guys’ve got the synergy, man.

Dunedainn on February 5, 2013 at 12:57 AM

If only his dad had realized the same thing. LOL

ddrintn on February 4, 2013 at 11:18 PM

You’ve no idea how many times I’ve wished that…

Dunedainn on February 5, 2013 at 12:59 AM

Consider this: I’m a pro-choice Republican.

Jill1066 on February 4, 2013 at 9:14 PM

Consider this: you’re a Democrat.

Kent18 on February 5, 2013 at 1:12 AM

Name a more accomplished, intelligent, decent, charitable man who has had the life experiences Romney has, whom is able to lead this country at this time.

FlaMurph on February 4, 2013 at 11:35 PM

“NEXT YEAR ON KOLOB!!!”

Kent18 on February 5, 2013 at 1:16 AM

… meanwhile, here in the real world: the hapless, hopeless Mittens Romney — even with the incalculable twin advantages of having run a six-year-long campaign for the presidency, and [w/Rove's PACs included] a nearly one b-i-l-l-i-o-n dollar war chest — could not even win his own birth state (Michigan) OR the one, sole state in which he’d previously governed (Massachusetts).

Total. Crap. Candidate. As so many of us tried so desperately, repeatedly, to point out to Mittens’ shrill, sycophantic, Tiger Beat-esque online shill squadron.

Period. End of sentence. End of paragraph.

Kent18 on February 5, 2013 at 2:23 AM

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