After an unsuccessful attempt at convincing Republicans of the vast differences between RomneyCare and ObamaCare last week, Mitt Romney has found himself on the receiving end of some outrageously pessimistic political predictions. George Will claimed on Sunday that only three people are capable of winning in 2012: President Obama, Tim Pawlenty, or Mitch Daniels. The New Republic’s Jonathan Chait is calling Romney a “longshot.”
Romney certainly has his flaws, but we continue to maintain that Massachusetts’s health-care reform will not be the be-all-end-all for Republican primary voters that political commentators make it seem. The economy will be the most important issue in 2012, and Romney is seen as a successful businessman. As a reminder, he’s also the only person actually running (unlike Mike Huckabee and Donald Trump) to lead a poll this entire year, and upcoming polls without Huckabee and Trump will probably show him with a big lead over the rest of the field. In addition, not incidentally, he can raise a ton of money.
Exhibit A: Yesterday, Romney and over 700 of his closest friends (and Cindy Crawford, for unexplained reasons) filled the Las Vegas Convention Center in a dialing-for-dollars event that brought in $10.25 million in eight hours. It would probably take Tim Pawlenty about a month to raise that much, especially with all the time his phone-bank volunteers would spend explaining to potential donors who Tim Pawlenty is. It was a display of fund-raising muscle-flexing that should remind both his opponents and his media doubters that, far from a longshot, Romney is still the front-runner.
Mitt Romney’s money machine cranks up [Politico]