December 16, 2007

THICK HAIR DOES NOT A CANDIDATE MAKE:

Don't Stop Believing: Romney's Swan Song?: Mitt Romney travels Iowa with his poll numbers down and seats going empty at his campaign events. What went wrong? (Jonathan Stein, December 15, 2007, Mother Jones)

Multiple polls have showed former Arkansas Governor Mike Huckabee leading Romney by double digits in Iowa, a state that Romney has devoted inordinate amounts of money and time to and has owned, poll-wise, for months. Polls also show that Huckabee has opened up a sizable lead over Romney in South Carolina and is gaining ground in Nevada, another early state. As Romney fixed himself onstage at the Carroll venue, Journey's "Don't Stop Believing" blared ominously over the speakers. Empty seats littered the back of the room, only filled by stragglers well after the event's official start time.

After speaking for only over fifteen minutes, during which he garnered infrequent and tepid bursts of applause, Romney received three questions before the crowd fell still and he had to prompt further discussion with the line, "Well, this is quiet here."

Posted by Orrin Judd at December 16, 2007 11:04 AM
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