Bleak? (OR Mental preparedness)

Via Matt, comes this story from Politico.com.

The gist: Mitt Romney tops Sen. McCain’s VP list.

The facinating paragraph:

Campaign insiders say McCain plans to name his running mate very shortly after Barack Obama does, as part of what one campaign planner called a “bounce-mitigation strategy.”

Is it just me or does “bounce-mitigation strategy” sound like something one does to keep from losing too badly?

If Sen. McCain has settled on Romney (which is certainly not clear), shouldn’t he announce early, get the fundraising boost he expects, and have two people campaigning against one? Shouldn’t this be the sort of place where an individual who wrapped up the nomination press his advantage?

Sen. McCain has had 2+ more months as the “presumptive nominee”…  doesn’t that mean he’s had 2 more months to think about his VP choice? Shouldn’t he take advantage of this and make Sen. Obama worry about “bounce-mitigation?”

I just get the sense that Sen. McCain’s campaign advisers are working more to keep their reputations from being completely tarnished than actually getting their candidate elected. I can almost hear it now: “At least we did better than Mondale against Reagan…”

 

 

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4 Responses to Bleak? (OR Mental preparedness)

  1. Ted says:

    The tip-off that Politico is just a “promote Romney” piece is that it mentions EVERY NAME in the next two tiers of Veep prospects EXCEPT SARAH PALIN!!! — even names far more unlikely than Palin (since Romney camp knows Palin is the ONLY ONE who tops — I’ll say tops by far — Romney as McCain’s best pick).

    Bottom line, Romney and Politico fear Palin most — as do the Dems and the MSM. (By the way, the Dems and MSM do not fear Romney the most — which says a lot.)

  2. Piper says:

    Don’t jinx us, Shane! McCain could still win.

  3. Ted says:

    All the media buzz which will surround Palin — essentially free to McCain — will be worth millions and millions of dollars of PR (more money than Romney could provide anyway).

    It appears that it’s all down to Palin or Romney, and team Romney fears Palin now has the best shot, so Romney camp is mounting a blogosphere-wide assault via Politico.

    The tip-off that Politico is just a “promote Romney” piece is that it mentions EVERY NAME in the next two tiers of Veep prospects EXCEPT SARAH PALIN!!! — even names far more unlikely than Palin (since Romney camp knows Palin is the ONLY ONE who tops — I’ll say tops by far — Romney as McCain’s best pick).

    Bottom line, Romney and Politico fear Palin most — as do the Dems and the MSM. (By the way, the Dems and MSM do not fear Romney the most — which says a lot.)

    AOL, prime on-line pro-Obama/pro-Dem player, is now carrying the Politico piece promoting Romney buzz.

    Clearly AOL wants McCain and the GOP to lose the general elction — hence they gladly promote Romney (no mention of Palin).

    Also, CNN had Romney — kind of out of the blue — attacking Obama. Again, CNN, wanting McCain and the GOP to lose, gladly promotes Romney (to attempt to avert the Palin threat).

  4. Jenny says:

    From what I understand Palin isn’t interested in DC politics. She likes Alaska too much.

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