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Mon Jul 16, 2012, 02:25 PM

Get ready for Romney to Shake Up the Race

In an effort to change the campaign dialog Mitt is about to get wild and crazy. Friends tell the New York Times that he has decided on his running mate, and it may be announced as early as this week.

Now, I will grant that if Mitt picked Joe the Plumber or Snookie from Jersey Shore or Flava Flav or even a true freak-show pick like Condaleeza Rice, that would push Baingate to the back burner quite effectively.

But since Romney's headline grabbing pre-convention stunt VP pick will be Tim Pawlenty it's hard to see how it could change the dialog for more than about four hours.

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Reply Get ready for Romney to Shake Up the Race (Original post)
cthulu2016 Jul 2012 OP
BamBamBane Jul 2012 #1
BumRushDaShow Jul 2012 #10
arely staircase Jul 2012 #2
RedStateLiberal Jul 2012 #3
valerief Jul 2012 #9
Scuba Jul 2012 #4
backscatter712 Jul 2012 #5
Life Long Dem Jul 2012 #6
WilliamPitt Jul 2012 #7
cthulu2016 Jul 2012 #11
Rosa Luxemburg Jul 2012 #8
arely staircase Jul 2012 #14
Segami Jul 2012 #12
Johnyawl Jul 2012 #13
1-Old-Man Jul 2012 #15

Response to cthulu2016 (Original post)

Mon Jul 16, 2012, 02:27 PM

1. Go for it, Willard

Mercury is Retrograde.

'nuf said.

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Response to BamBamBane (Reply #1)

Mon Jul 16, 2012, 02:34 PM

10. !!!!

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Response to cthulu2016 (Original post)

Mon Jul 16, 2012, 02:30 PM

2. and the sun will not set on the first news cycle before

said VP pick is askd if he/she will release multiple years of tax returns like every other VP candidate. regardless of the answer it will reflec poorly on rmoney.

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Response to cthulu2016 (Original post)

Mon Jul 16, 2012, 02:32 PM

3. I know the perfect running mate for Rmoney.

Bain Capital. After all, corporations are people my friend.

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Response to RedStateLiberal (Reply #3)

Mon Jul 16, 2012, 02:33 PM

9. Bain is already running for president. Didn't you know Rmoney is just a hollow doll? nt

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Response to cthulu2016 (Original post)

Mon Jul 16, 2012, 02:32 PM

4. I'm betting on Ken Lay.

 

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Response to cthulu2016 (Original post)

Mon Jul 16, 2012, 02:32 PM

5. Our "liberal" channel MSNBC is already breathlessly covering Rmoney's VP search...

They're desperately trying to roll Bain off the headlines...

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Response to cthulu2016 (Original post)

Mon Jul 16, 2012, 02:33 PM

6. Baingate is not going anywhere

 

Along with his tax returns.

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Response to cthulu2016 (Original post)

Mon Jul 16, 2012, 02:33 PM

7. Rob Portman

 

is my bet.

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Response to WilliamPitt (Reply #7)

Mon Jul 16, 2012, 02:40 PM

11. Portman would change the dialog for five hours instead of four

Because the first hour of coverage would be, "Who the hell is Rob Portman?"

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Response to cthulu2016 (Original post)

Mon Jul 16, 2012, 02:33 PM

8. I guess he had better pick his VP before the Olympic scandal

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Response to Rosa Luxemburg (Reply #8)

Mon Jul 16, 2012, 03:32 PM

14. +1 nt

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Response to cthulu2016 (Original post)

Mon Jul 16, 2012, 02:45 PM

12. Romney's AWOL TAX RETURNS should KEPT on the front burning stories.

 

A Romney ' earlier than expected VP choice announcement ' should be seen as nothing more than a 'WAG THE DOG' republican strategy. A panic strategy to SHIFT the damaging TAX RETURN discussion off the map. Democrats must be vigil and continue demanding MITTS TAX RETURNS as a lead story daily. If Mitt doesn't release his tax returns, he has wagered his shot at the presidency and republicans know this well.

The TAX RETURN story is a big win ' Democratic club ' we should use everyday. The Tax return story will expand sideways with new developments and sprout new tentacles of information the Romney Campaign will be forced to address.

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Response to cthulu2016 (Original post)

Mon Jul 16, 2012, 03:10 PM

13. It's too early...


...yeah, an unexpected pick will knock Bain and the tax returns off the news cycle for a couple of weeks, but the Obama team has 4 months to reinsert this topic into the election conversation. And they will.

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Response to cthulu2016 (Original post)

Mon Jul 16, 2012, 03:42 PM

15. Romney needs to carefully pick a VP just to lock down what should be his own base

He will wait until the convention because if he doesn't then there really isn't much reason to have a convention. Of course at the moment what he's got is a very skittish base. The born agains aren't wild for him, the anti abortion crowd doesn't fully trust him, he's got big money arrogance and tax problems baggage that doesn't endear him with conservatives either. There's that lingering "mormon" problem that will definitely cost him some Religious Right votes and the demographics of the southwest are changing. Romney's got problems and a good VP pick might sooth the rebels.

That said, he still doesn't want to have his VP pick known any sooner than necessary. Less time means less scrutiny.

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