By Matthew Hoh |
The Mitt Romney campaign snowball is quickly growing, historically taking New Hampshire and Iowa. It is unlikely that any of the Republican candidates have the organization or the fundraising capacity to stop Romney in South Carolina and Florida.
Former Sen. Rick Santorum and former Gov. Jon Huntsman placed in the top three in Iowa and New Hampshire respectively because they decided to make them their second homes. Looking at Santorum, his campaign failed to place in New Hampshire because he put all of his cards on the table in Iowa. The same outcome is likely for Huntsman because he is viewed as a more liberal Republican heading to very conservative South Carolina.
The only thing that can stop Mitt Romney now is Romney himself. The "I like being able to fire people" comments he made were taken completely out of context and used against him. He successfully beat them back in New Hampshire, but now has to contend with the Gingrich Super PAC in South Carolina funding ads regarding his stewardship of Bain Capital.
How Romney responds to the South Carolina attack ads will either help or hurt him. So far, he has correctly used a disappointed tone against attacks before the New Hampshire primary. However, by acknowledging the attacks against him during his victory speech, he has telegraphed that his campaign is sensitive to them and that they can have devastating impact.
A positive, forward-looking Romney who promises to take the fight to Obama while expressing disappointment against "unfair" attack ads will help him seal the deal in other primary states.
About Ron Bonjean Former Chief of Staff for the Senate Republican Conference
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