December 24, 2007

THE DANGER OF PLAYING TO TYPE:

Romney slipping in New Hampshire (Maeve Reston, 12/24/07, Los Angeles Times)

As recently as last week, Republican presidential hopeful Mitt Romney seemed to be holding a secure lead in New Hampshire, even as he was losing ground to rival Mike Huckabee in Iowa.

But a Boston Globe survey released Sunday showed that the former Massachusetts governor's numbers were slipping in the Northeast as well: Romney, the poll said, now holds a three percentage point lead over Sen. John McCain, R-Ariz., in New Hampshire, down from 15 points in November.

The threat to Romney's early state strategy -- which aimed for a 1-2 victory in Iowa Jan. 3 and and New Hampshire Jan. 8 -- appears serious enough that Romney has started criticizing McCain by name at a time when most campaigns are trying to stay positive.


Maverick is running ads, like one featuring Curt Schilling, that play up his POW status and scrappiness, which meshes perfectly with his battling "comeback." For Mr. Romney to opt for the bitchy sense of entitlement theme seems dubious tactically.

Posted by Orrin Judd at December 24, 2007 10:09 AM
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