ComMITTed to Romney
Speech of Hon. Abraham Lincoln, Saturday, July 17, 1858. (Mr. Douglas Was Not Present.)
Governor Mitt Romney passed an important hurdle in his quest to become President. I know this because I read it in the New York Times (story HERE) and the Boston Globe which reported what he said without quoting him directly, lest we make up our own minds about what he said without proper editorial screening of what he meant. Nothing yet from the Cape Cod Times.
At least the NYT story gave Mitt a few quotes. A Breitbart story reported the same news,and gave all the quotes to Arkansas Gov. Mike Huckabee, who finished 9th! Bill Frist won, but this was expected, as the poll and conference was held in his home state of Tennessee, and over half the participants came from there. Rudy really needs a better publicist, as the 'buttons' used for voting said 'Gulliani for President' (Porcupine treasures a little gold pin that says 'I Love Celucci' - are Italian names THAT hard?). McCain antagonized all the participants by asking that anyone that supported him should vote for President Bush as a gesture of support at a difficult time. Some of the 2,000 participants thought that he might have made this show of support earlier, say by voting for any one of Bush's tax cuts, but Bush still finished 4th, in a tie with George Allen, the Governor of Virgina who should have trounced Romney in a southern setting. McCain finished 5th.
The Southern Republican Leadership Conference is an important bellwether for Romney because it is a poll of the heavily GOP southern base. Conventional wisdom said that he could not do well in the Baptist and evangelical south - that a Mormon wasn't regarded as a Christian by some denominations there. Further, he is known as a pro-choice Governor from Massachusetts (Porcupine frequents right-wing blogs, and assures you that this kind of talk is commonplace).
Instead, Romney's personal charisma and speech on pork busting carried the day with the Southern Republican Leadership Conference - and these are hard-core primary voters and workers. This is a still very early poll - Porcupine still has a 'button' from six years ago for - Sen. Elizabeth Dole. Oh, nothing is official yet, but this victory - second place though it may be - will probably be seen as a turning point when we look back on the Romney for President campaign in 2009.