A Masterpiece In The Making? February 29, 2012Posted by Fritz in Yachts and other things that float.
Tags: Arizona, Marco Rubio, Michigan, Republican nomination, Romney
A big night for Mitt Romney. Winning a close one is his home state of Michigan was far more important than the substantial victory he won in Arizona. The optics of losing your home state would have added an unwanted and unneeded complication to an already hard fight. A fight that has been made difficult by Romney himself. As I said in an earlier post, prior to the primary season kicking off, I believed Romney only had to do two things to lock up the nomination and the presidency; admit RomneyCare was a mistake and pick the right VP running mate.
So far Romney has defended his Massachusetts healthcare mandate and that has killed him with the conservatives. Yes he says he will repeal Obamacare and while that’s enough for me to move on with the issue, it has stuck in the craw of the Tea Party and other hard core conservatives.
Romney’s calculated plan to stay as centrist as possible while trying to win the Right’s nomination is a risky proposition. He is well aware that everything he says and does during the nomination race can and will come back to bite him when Obama unleashes the hounds. Romney and his people know he needs the Independents to break his way by at least 10% if he’s going to have a chance at beating Obama.
It’s a precarious tightrope walk indeed. The fact he hasn’t broken out against the republican challengers is testimony to how close he is to that line. But that is politics. As ugly and unseemly a profession, when done correctly, it can be an art form.
So is Mitt painting a masterpiece or a clever forgery?
I recommended Paul Ryan as a running mate in my earlier post. My first choice, Marco Rubio, had already come out strongly against accepting anyone’s VP nod so I left him out. But this is war and we need the best of the best on the field when the battle to beat Obama begins. I think a Romney/Rubio ticket is our best team. I really can’t find any negatives. Rubio brings so much to the table and fills the weak chinks in Romney’s armor (Hispanic vote, Tea Party vote, guaranteed Florida win). Add the fact they both are well spoken, exude confident leadership and they and their families are easy on the eyes and you’ve got a ticket that must be giving David Axelrod some sleepless in Chicago nights.
It’s never over till it’s over but when Mitt accepts the nomination in Tampa this summer and names his running mate, we’ll know if this work in progress is the real deal or just a fancy paint-by- numbers facsimile.
Don’t let this art critic down Mitt.