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Massachusetts Liberal

Observations on politics, the media and life in Massachusetts and beyond from the left side of the road.

Thursday, January 10, 2008

Myth marches on

Our man Myth is no quitter. So what if he's taken his gold and two silvers. It's on to his birth state and continuing to fight the good fight to preserve truth, justice and the American way.

Only trouble is, there are a lot of potholes on the road to the White House.

Let's start with the Romney voter. According to exit polling:
Romney won only among: those "enthusiastic" about the Bush administration; those wanting the next President to be "more conservative" than Bush; those who "strongly oppose" civil unions; those who want to deport all illegal immigrants; those whose household income is $200,000 or more; those who "strongly approve" of the Iraq War; and those self-described as "very conservative." Perhaps most important, Romney beat McCain 55-16 among those who said that immigration is the most important issue.
Great he's got the Bush vote locked up.

The twin losses in Iowa and New Hampshire were devastating, no matter how you try to spin it (sorry "senior strategist" Alex Gage) but you need independents to win the White House:
"Gov. Romney actually beat John McCain among Republicans" on Tuesday, 35 percent to 34 percent, Gage wrote, "and most of the upcoming primaries and caucuses attract an electorate far more Republican than New Hampshire's.
So that means reaching out to a wide variety of voters, say in South Carolina, where he once proclaimed that being Massachusetts governor was like being a vegetarian vegan at a cattle convention. Or take on Rudy Giuliani in Florida, where the former New York City mayor is making his first (and maybe last stand).


The money woes Romney has been trying to hide by declining to discuss his recent personal investment of cash, is on full view: Yanking ads in South Carolina and Florida is not the tactic of a flush campaign.

But fear not, the man of change is changing his focus again. He's going all out in Michigan by tapping into the memory of his father, the liberal former governor, and making a subtle appeal to Hillary Clinton voters.

“We’re going to make sure this state gets on the move again,” Mr. Romney said. “I care about Michigan. For me, it’s personal. It’s personal for me because it’s where I was born and raised.”

Earlier in the day, after hearing from a voter who recalled his father, Mr. Romney choked up momentarily, according to a pool reporter who was present. “He was a great man, and I miss him dearly,” Mr. Romney said.

That's what you have to love about Myth -- an authentic change agent. Hope he cares about Michigan more than Massachusetts.

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