lunes, 30 de junio de 2008

Romney, Portman o Thune

Mike Allen nos cuenta que el ex Gobernador Mitt Romney, de Massachusetts, está en lo más alto de la lista de John McCain para acompañarle como candidato a Vicepresidente. Dos argumentos se imponen a la falta de química que pueda existir entre ambos hombres: se cree que Romney podría ayudar a recaudar unos 50 millones de dólares en dos meses, y no parece haber escándalos ni puntos oscuros en su historial -si los hubiera ya habrían sido destapados durante las primarias. Las otras dos alternativas que McCain estaría barajando son el ex Congresista Rob Portman, de Ohio, y el Senador John Thune, de Dakota del Sur.

Es interesante saber que Thune podría estar entre los tres finalistas, ya que su nombre apenas ha sido mencionado a pesar de ser uno de los más brillantes republicanos del Senado. Candidato deseado por muchos para 2012, ofrecería carisma, imagen, juventud y vitalidad. Ya lo coloqué hace cinco meses como uno de los favoritos, por detrás del Gobernador Mark Sanford, de Carolina del Sur, que parece definitivamente descartado por no haber apoyado públicamente a McCain antes de la primaria de su estado. Romney tops McCain veep list

(...) In a surprise to many Republican insiders, former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney is at the top of the vice presidential prospect list for John McCain. But lack of personal chemistry could derail the pick.

“Romney as favorite” is the hot buzz in Republican circles, and top party advisers said the case is compelling.

Campaign insiders say McCain plans to name his running mate very shortly after Barack Obama does, as part of what one campaign planner called a “bounce-mitigation strategy.”

The Democratic convention is in late August, a week ahead of the Republican convention. That means McCain can size up the opposing ticket before locking in his own. (...)

(...) But there’s one big problem: Despite the buddy-picture choreography of a McCain-Romney campaign swing, McCain remains less than enamored with Romney.

And it’s not just the candidate. Some of McCain’s closest confidants evince little enthusiasm for Romney, feelings that are owed in part to lingering bad blood from the GOP primary, a genuine skepticism that such a conventional pick could bolster the ticket in a grim year for the GOP and concerns about whether his Mormon faith could imperil McCain in Southern states that Obama hopes to put into play. (...)

5 comentarios:

Anónimo dijo...

It appears that it’s all down to Alaska Gov Sarah Palin or Mitt Romney, and team Romney fears Palin now has the best shot, so Romney camp is mounting a blogosphere-wide assault via Politico.

The tip-off that Politico is just a “promote Romney” piece is that it mentions EVERY NAME in the next two tiers of Veep prospects EXCEPT SARAH PALIN!!! — even names far more unlikely than Palin (since Romney camp knows Palin is the ONLY ONE who tops — I’ll say tops by far — Romney as McCain’s best pick).

Bottom line, Romney and Politico fear Palin most — as do the Dems and the MSM. (By the way, the Dems and MSM do not fear Romney the most — which says a lot.)

AOL, a main on-line pro-Obama/pro-Dem player, is now carrying the Politico piece promoting Romney buzz.

Clearly AOL wants McCain and the GOP to lose the general elction — hence they gladly promote Romney (no mention of Palin).

Also, CNN had Romney — kind of out of the blue — attacking Obama. Again, CNN, wanting McCain and the GOP to lose, gladly promotes Romney (to attempt to avert the Palin threat).

All the media frenzy which will surround the remarkable Palin “story” — essentially free to McCain — will be worth millions and millions of dollars of coverage and PR (more money than Romney would provide anyway).

Antxon G. dijo...

Yes. I think Governor Palin might just be what John McCain needs to pick up a lot of the lost Hillary vote in many battleground states, including Ohio, Pensylvannia, Michigan or New Hampshire. Specially if Obama picks a man.

She's young, well spoken, she's in many ways just as much a star as Obama, she's well known for her attacks on corruption and waste.... and HOT!! xD

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