October 31, 2009
Weighed in the balance and found wanting...
What do you find most often in the middle of the road? Road kill. Mitt Romney, who hopes to be the GOP's next presidential nominee, couldn't bring himself to endorse anyone in New York state's�contentious 23rd congressional� district special election.
The contest, which features a liberal Republican, Dede Scozzafava, and a conservative one, Doug Hoffman, has been a flashpoint for a party in search of its identity. An all-star lineup of national party leaders has weighed in, allowing themselves to be defined by whose side they're on. But not Romney. The former Massachusetts governor passed, and this could have serious ramifications down the road.
The cliche about the two parties and their presidential selection process is that Democrats "want to fall in love" — and the GOP "falls in line."� The donkeys have emotion-filled knock-down-drag-out affairs involving passionate characters who — win or lose — leave a dramatic mark for decades. The GOP dutifully takes note of who came in second the last time and, well,�the odds are that he'll be the candidate in the next go-round.
Based on that tradition, Romney should be the favorite for the 2012 nomination...
Sorry Mit. I've always liked you, but "defining moment" and all that. You'll make a great Secretary of Treasury. Be nice to Sarah!Posted by John Weidner at October 31, 2009 9:25 AM