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  •  Romney/Huckabee (4+ / 0-)
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    Greenfinches, indie17, Deep Texan, Matt Z

    Mittens needs to bring the Evangelicals back to the voting booth. Huckabee is the most seasoned and credible politician from that wing of the party.  Plus he's southern, does well on TV, etc.

    •  Squirrel! n/t (2+ / 0-)
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      milkbone, Matt Z

      Float like a manhole cover, sting like a sash weight! Clean Coal Is A Clinker!

      by JeffW on Sun Jan 29, 2012 at 09:19:04 PM PST

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    •  if Romney needs to appeal to Evangelicals (2+ / 0-)
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      ColoTim, Matt Z

      with his VP pick he's already lost the general election.

      •  Yes and No. It used to be that to accuse some- (2+ / 0-)
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        MNGrandma, Matt Z

        ... one of being "a Massachusetts liberal" (outside West Virginia which - improbably and against the odds at the time - embraced JFK) killed their chances in the south and southwest. I think that's what Newt was going at when he called Romney a "Massacusetts moderate."

        I think Romney will clinch the GOP nomination only by running more with Tea Party goers and maybe hinting at what he's looking for in a VP. Yes, he has to be careful with Newt over there being farther and farther out and Right-er, but I think Mitt must start catching that base. The way he does this is to align himself with every board-certified Far Right nut he can find because he, The Mitt, really is the moderate in the GOP. (Yes, this is relative. But that sure is what the GOP hard core base thinks of him.)

        In the general election, the top of the ticket has to get the whole base out, not only for its own good but for all the downticket offices, a duty many of us Kos commenters ignore. But the professional GOP doesn't.

        Obama and strong Democratic majorities in 2012!

        by TRPChicago on Mon Jan 30, 2012 at 07:43:25 AM PST

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        •  i understand the tactical logic (3+ / 0-)
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          my point was that still needing to employ intra-party considerations to that level ("needing" to pick Huckabee for VP in order to shore up the evangelical vote) is a sign that Mitt hasn't sealed the deal with his base. and as long as that is the case, he's playing defense, spending more time and effort on the fringes of his own party than with swing voters.

          that's the difference between Romney 2012 and W 2000. W had the whole party behind him then. he didn't need a tactical pick. he only needed something that would assuage general election considerations that he was up to the job. Chenney reassured the swing voters that the ticket was "experienced" enough, and shored up W's foreign policy weaknesses to boot. (long time ago, wasn't it?)

          i maintain that if Romney picks Huckabee, its a sign that he's not confident enough about either the South or the evangelical vote to do otherwise.

          •  There's no doubt about that...You saw South (0+ / 0-)

            Carolina.....They HATE Romney....Seriously....Hate him....

            Turnout will be low in the South....only motivated by removing Obama from office....

            With the wrong VP pick, South Carolina AND Georgia could be in play...!!!!

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