May 7, 2005


No Romney in 2008? (Robert Novak, May 7, 2005, Townhall)

Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney in a recent secret Washington meeting with national political operatives signaled he probably will forego seeking re-election in 2006 in order to pursue the 2008 Republican presidential nomination.

Romney did not flatly reveal his future intentions, according to sources who were present. But he did say a presidential race would be difficult if he were concentrating on a 2006 campaign for governor and were still in that office in 2007-08.

I's not really acceptable to leave a governorship open and skip a rematch against Ted Kennedy if you want to lead the Party.

Posted by Orrin Judd at May 7, 2005 7:49 AM

Where's his constituency? What's his track record?

Posted by: bart at May 7, 2005 11:03 AM

A Republican from Massachusetts has to be Democrat-Lite to be elected in the state.

Romney has a zero chance of being a national Republican candidate for anything. Mass. has accumulated too many negatives around this nation in recent years for even a Republican there to be credible nationally.

Posted by: John J. Coupal at May 7, 2005 12:36 PM

MA politicians win NH. He's an automatic contender.

Posted by: oj at May 7, 2005 3:34 PM

Pat Buchanan enticed enough of those rubes from NH to vote for him in '92 and again in '96, but was he ever a "contender"? No. And neither was Tsongas.

The media might puff up Romney, just to annoy conservatives, but Mitt has a long way to go before the GOP in SC, TX, or even PA is ready to vote for him.

Posted by: jim hamlen at May 7, 2005 11:15 PM

Winning New Hampshire is almost as unimportant as winning the Iowa caucus. Both are completely unrepresentative of the American voting populace and the primary electorates even more so.

I'll wait till Super Tuesday to get excited.

Posted by: bart at May 8, 2005 7:58 AM

Makes you a contender

Posted by: oj at May 8, 2005 8:03 AM