October 16, 2007

SWIFT-BOATING HIMSELF:

The Dean Wing of the Republican Party (Debra Saunders, 10/16/07, Real Clear Politics)

It's pretty clear that Mitt Romney made a big mistake over the weekend when he told voters that he speaks for "the Republican wing of the Republican Party." Romney handed rivals Rudy Giuliani and John McCain the opportunity to remind GOP primary voters about the Old Romney, who was pro-abortion rights and courted gay voters when he ran unsuccessfully for the U.S. Senate, then successfully for governor of Massachusetts. That's the Romney, who while debating Sen. Ted Kennedy in 1994, proclaimed: "I was an independent during the time of Reagan-Bush. I'm not trying to return to Reagan-Bush."

Of course the Romney sound bite backfired -- it borrowed a page from the failed strategy of Howard "Democratic wing of the Democratic Party" Dean.

Team Romney does not concede that it erred.


Of course, the Romney campaign is also running the anti-GOP ad in NH that cost him ten points in the polls.

Posted by Orrin Judd at October 16, 2007 4:59 PM
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