Romney's Woes

Romney's Woes

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I doubt he’ll run out of money, but the following says a lot about his inability to gain true front runner status.

From The Huffington Post:

From a purely business point of view the past four weeks have marked an extraordinary setback for the Romney campaign.

Since January 1, 2007, the former Massachusetts governor has spent well in excess of $80 million, including at least $17.4 million of his own money, paying media fees in excess of $30 million, salaries of roughly $16 million, and consulting payments of more than $15 million.

Among Romney’s costly innovations this year has been putting more than 80 local conservative leaders in key states on his campaign payroll, in what amounts to a 21st Century revival of “walk-around money.”

And as the author points out, Romney got slapped around by the New Hampshire Union Leader when they published a scathing anti-endorsement against him on December 26. Trust me, it’s brutal.

So regardless of the image Romney has tried to portray, people think the guy is a poseur. And that’s enough to send conservative voters running for the hills…or Mike Huckabee.

  • JoelCannon

    This has been an interesting campaign for both Republicans and Democrats. In a week we will see if Romney’s gamble paid off. It seems like a smart strategy to me – better than playing the “how would Jesus vote” card (not that he even had the option), showing up late in the game, or skipping Iowa completely.

    And I don’t expect the Huffington Post to have much positive to say about the most competent candidate on the Republican ticket in many years.

  • Brian

    “Since January 1, 2007, the former Massachusetts governor has spent well in excess of $80 million, including at least $17.4 million of his own money, paying media fees in excess of $30 million, salaries of roughly $16 million, and consulting payments of more than $15 million.”

    Meanwhile, Ron Paul has grassroots support, people waving their signs and donating money to him. He has won more straw polls than Mitt Romney, has more meet-up groups and YouTube clips. And his campaign has zero debt.

    Is Romney we want someone managing the nation’s budget? The guy is your typical sleazy used car salesman.

  • David

    “And I don’t expect the Huffington Post to have much positive to say about the most competent candidate on the Republican ticket in many years.”

    Hmmm, perhaps he is competent, but he is a huge liar. Obviously that doesn’t bother republicans though.