Mitt Romney

Romney as Rambo: Will Mitt’s Offensive Cause Collateral Damage?

The Romney campaign has been in full attack mode all week, mercilessly trashing its latest mortal enemy, Newt Gingrich. Every couple of hours a new email arrives from the Romney campaign with a subject line like, THIRD TIME’S A CHARM: GINGRICH IS RELIABLY UNRELIABLE ON THE RYAN PLAN (that one landed at 8:02 a.m. this morning, recapping …

Mitt Romney’s New Hampshire Nightmare

There are growing signs that the Republican primary campaign might be a long and muddy slog, a slow grind to accumulate delegates that doesn’t produce a nominee until spring or even summer; a contest more in the World War I style …

Mitt Romney’s Return to Negativeland

Romney campaign strategist Stuart Stevens wrote a fine book about his work for George W. Bush on the 2000 presidential campaign, and he aptly describes the moment in just about every big-ticket campaign when the candidate opts to go negative. “You resolve to endure pain to inflict pain. It’s Serb vs. Muslim, Hatfield vs. McCoy, Spy vs. …

How Mitt Romney Can Still Win Iowa

The 2012 Republican nomination will be decided largely by whether Newt Gingrich runs a disciplined and well-executed campaign over the next several weeks. This, of course, is somewhat like expecting Lindsay Lohan to be punctual and dignified, but stranger things have happened. Even assuming that Gingrich doesn’t implode (something he …

As Newt Rises, the Romney Campaign Remains Restrained in Iowa

West Des Moines, Iowa

Chris Christie had barely begun his pitch for Mitt Romney when the familiar refrain cut in. “Mic check! Mic check!” shouted some two-dozen protesters, several of whom sneaked onstage behind the New Jersey governor for this campaign rally at the corporate headquarters of Kum and Go, a Des Moines-based gas and …

Mitt Romney’s Nuanced Evolution on Immigration

It’s well known that Mitt Romney has changed his position on certain issues over time: cap-and-trade, abortion, gay rights, gun control. In all of these areas Romney toed (or leapt) rightward as he transitioned from the politics of blue Massachusetts to the national stage. But—beyond unceasing allegations of general …

Is Bachmann Angling to Be Romney’s Veep?

Michele Bachmann abruptly canceled scheduled events in Iowa on Tuesday to do nine conservative and Christian radio programs. Her No. 1 topic? Newt Gingrich’s soft stance on immigration. Which candidate does this most help? Mitt Romney.

Throughout the summer and fall, Romney has hardly needed to attack any of his rivals; Bachmann has …

The Romney Advantage

He’s the early-state, polling and fundraising leader, who may be poised to win both Iowa and New Hampshire and end this thing early, without a serious challenge from anyone.

But no non-incumbent of either party has won a …

Decoding Mitt Romney’s Best Debate Answer

Rick Perry’s astonishing and tragic brain freeze was last night’s most enduring debate moment. But given that it makes Mitt Romney all the more likely to be the Republican nominee, it’s worth returning to an answer he gave about perhaps his greatest vulnerability–that he’s a shameless flip-flopper–and which told us a lot about his …

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