December 26, 2007

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The Romney backlash: Conservatives are coming home (Manchester Union-Leader, 12/26/07)

THERE IS A reason Mitt Romney has not received a single newspaper endorsement in New Hampshire. It's the same reason his poll numbers are dropping. He has not been able to convince the people of this state that he's the conservative he says he is.

Like a lot of people in New Hampshire, we wanted to believe Romney. We gave him the benefit of the doubt. We listened very carefully to his expertly rehearsed sales pitch. But in the end he didn't close the deal for us. Now, two weeks before the primary, the same is happening with voters.

Republicans and right-leaning independents in New Hampshire gave Romney a chance. His events have not been sparsely attended. Nor have they been scarce. He's made more campaign stops here this year than any other Republican, even John McCain.

And after a year of comparing Romney to McCain, of sizing up the two in person and in the media, Granite Staters are turning back to McCain. The former Navy pilot, once written off by the national media establishment, is now in a statistical dead heat with Romney here.

Posted by Orrin Judd at December 26, 2007 7:22 AM
Comments

Making the claim that McCain is the conservative in the race is delusional, unless in NH being conservative means being Ted Kennedy's soulmate.

Posted by: AWW at December 26, 2007 8:47 PM

John McCain was hand-picked by Ronald Reagan for a political career and has voted like him for thirty years. He's the most conservative candidate.

Whether he's the best is a personal judgment.

Posted by: oj at December 27, 2007 8:17 AM
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