November 14, 2008

THE FIRST NOTCH ON HER GUN BARREL:

Facing Palin Factor, Romney Mulls Political Future (GLEN JOHNSON, Nov. 14, 2008, AP)

The surprising ascendancy of McCain's eventual pick, Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin, and her popularity among some GOP conservatives have left Romney wondering whether he could wage a viable second campaign for the White House, according to friends and advisers.

The former businessman and one-time Massachusetts governor invested $47 million of his family fortune in this year's failed race, undercut by those wary of his Mormon religion and skeptics who questioned whether Romney's conversion to conservatism was genuine. Both points were highlighted by Mike Huckabee, the former Arkansas governor and Southern Baptist preacher who beat Romney in the Iowa caucuses and occupied the same political terrain since overtaken by Palin.

"While (Palin) may not be popular with the winning majority that Barack Obama put together, she's enormously popular with the losing minority that John McCain put together — and that pretty closely mirrors Republican primary voters," said Rich Bond, former chairman of the Republican National Committee.

Posted by Orrin Judd at November 14, 2008 7:26 AM
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