Thursday, September 27, 2007



Alex Gage, Strategist for the Romney Campaign, sent out a memo to Team Romney giving a thumbnail of where we are and what to expect. No real revelations, just sound, "gut-check time," advice. [The full memo can be read here.] The bottom line: NOW IS THE TIME we have less than 100 days before Iowa and if you were looking to get involved, well, WE NEED YOU. Contributions are great, but what your Mittiot truly needs is the commitment to get yourself to the Michigan primary - to answer the calls when the pollsters ring - to become a VOCAL advocate for Mitt Romney - to talk to your neighbors and write into the paper. NOW IS THE TIME.

Listen, here's how it's gonna play out. Your Mittiot is still not convinced there will be a joint primary with the dems this January 15th. As such, going it alone - and allowing the dems and left-leaners to dink around in our GOP primary - is not on the table. If the dems pull-out, and I believe there's a better than 50/50 chance they will, we need to be ready to go with a GOP State Nominating Convention January 29th (so hold that date). We're in good shape if we do go to the convention back-up, as highlighted by the Mackinac Conference. HOWEVER, we need to collectively keep working the delegates.

Now, your Mittiot knows not all GOP faithful are as enlightened as we Mitt-backers, BUT your Mittiot also knows that Giuliani is the least favorite choice of the tried and true conservative. The second, item in the "play out" scenario is that this race is shaping up to be one between Romney and Giuliani (and Paul. . . no not really). Hear me out: Thompson never should have entered the race and his "I'm in now" bump has all but evaporated in the EP states, the fact that Newt is looking to get in should be an indication of Thompson chances. Leaving McCain and Giuliani and the rest of the guys.

McCain has had a "surge" according to the Media but the truth is he's nearly out of cash and individuals aren't popping open their pocket books, again, or "this time" with the looming, large, shadow of doubt cast upon the chance of a McCain victory. As one former McCain-backer said to me, "we're looking to jump, we're just not sure where to land." Glad to say, he's now on the Romney Train.

Newt may get in, but he faces a similar problem Thompson witnessed. If he does jump in, it better be real soon to take advantage of Fred's disappointment and McCain's sinking ship. He's looking to have pledged 30 million, and I believe Gingrich won't try to fool himself into thinking he has a chance unless he actually does have 30 million lined up.

Though the Media might like to see Huckabee be more of a player, 100 days out is not enough time to really mount a campaign to victory (which is also a disincentive for Newt). Hey, you can come in a strong second in Iowa and New Hampshire and Michigan and South Carolina and at the end of the day. . . your still not any state's first choice. Your Mittiot understands Huckabee is looking for a Dobson bump (as is Brownback) but Mr. Dobson, too, has to recognize how near we are to the big dance and the time to be corting a candidate that needs to cover ground was back in August. In addition, we are getting dangerously close to ensuring a Giuliani win by dividing the conservative vote. I am certain Mr. Dobson and GOP leaning interests groups are getting a little antsy. The NRA, for one, has already indicated they'd like to have a say in the primary - I'm thinkin' Rudy's not "in their sights" so to speak. Is Mitt? He should be, it'll be one or the other representing the GOP come November.

A bit back The Daily Mittiot ran a blog that gave the "insiders" projection. They smartly identified then this would be a Romney/Rudy race and that's exactly how it is shaping up to be. The question is, which of those individuals do YOU want to be our candidate?

Your Mittiot can tell you who the Media wants - who the left-leaners want - who the Hufficrats want: It's Rudy Giuliani, for obvious reasons. I can also tell you who the dems, Media, and Hufficrats fear most: Mitt Romney.

For your Mittiot, it's been mostly anecdotal that Romney is being piled on at every given turn. However, within the Gage Memo what your Mittiot figured to be true has been substantiated:

"So what can we expect to see over the final stretch? To start, we know that Gov. Romney will continue to be attacked from all sides. Some of our GOP rivals began their attacks in the run-up to the Ames straw poll in Iowa; the Democrats also have not waited to begin their assault on Gov. Romney. Since the start of this year, the DNC has put out 81 releases attacking Gov. Romney, 22 more than any other Republican candidate. The attacks will only intensify over the next few months, but we continue to be prepared to respond." -Alex Gage

Mitt Romney has the experience, the record, the message, the charisma, the family, the financial backing, the TEAM, and the strategy to become President of the United States. Sometimes its worth judging the strength of a candidate by how hard the OPPOSITION seeks to weaken them.

Mitt Romney is the candidate and NOW IS THE TIME.

~so asketh the Mittiot


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