If you’re supporting Mitt Romney in his quest for the President of the United States in 2008, and have been following the race at all, you know that he has had a number of positive occurrences happening in May that most aspirants for public office would love to have. For instance,
n In the first debate near the beginning of May, held at Simi Valley, California, Romney was generally regarded by friend and foe, pundit and observer, as the clear victor at that event. In my “humble” opinion, his remarks were the sharpest, most insightful and best delivered, and the television political “talking heads” were all discussing his forte’ that evening, and simultaneously wondering aloud, perhaps rhetorically, “Where’s this guy from”?
n In the second debate, held this last week in Charleston, South Carolina, Romney was again considered the clear winner. Adding at least some degree of measurement to this claim was the fact that the results given by callers on Fox News Network’s call-in poll (Fox News Network sponsored and managed the debate, questioning, etc.) showed Romney way ahead of the 2nd place finisher, Ron Paul.
n At least in part due to the above mentioned debate efforts, Jay Leno has been a guest on The Tonight Show with Jay Leno, the lead story on Sixty Minutes, and on the cover of Time. Quite a bit of publicity, with most or all of it showing him in a very positive light.
n Finally, and as a result, Romney has now made substantial gains in public opinion among voters – obviously, the most important group of people. He is either tied or leads in such early caucus/primary states as Iowa, New Hampshire, Nevada, South Carolina, and Michigan.
By comparison, the other two “front runners” for the 2008 Republican nomination for president are faltering, at best. Rudy Giuliani continues to not have a clear and consistent response on the subject of abortion (having given different responses in the two debates), and as a result his national poll results have dropped markedly. The other “front-runner”, John McCain, continues to have troubles among the Republican primary electorate because of his lackluster stand on terrorism, his increasingly unpopular opinion regarding the war in Iraq (even among some Republicans), and his age/energy levels/excitement,
Among the “second tier” of Republican hopefuls, none have made any significant numerical or perceptual gains to date, and given their relative shortfalls in terms of message, organization, money raised, etc., are not expected to.
As many of my fellow Gatherers know, I have predicted and supportive of Mitt Romney for some time now. However, and as always, I wholeheartedly invite your comments – agree or disagree. I can’t wait to hear from you!!