The stars at night, shine big and bright, deep in the heart of Texas. Sing it with me. Governor Romney secured the republican nomination for President last night; winning 90 of the 155 delegates up for grabs in the Texas primary. That brings the Governors’ total to 1198, with only 1144 needed to become the nominee of his party. So it’s official, Willard Mitt Romney is the republican nominee for President of the United States. If he doesn’t get a handle on his newest big money donor, presidential nominee is the highest title the governor will ever get.
The Donald has become a big time spokesman for the Romney campaign. His first effort in that regard came on the day Romney clinched the nomination. Trump trotted out the old birther issue. This was a mistake on so many levels.
First of all Trump is a bit of a kook and his dogged pursuit of an issue long laid to rest by the government of the state of Hawaii is only cementing the kook persona. The Donald went at it on CNN with Wolf Blitzer Tuesday; trading blows over the absurdidty of the birth certificate released by Hawaii. Trump maintains it’s a fake and claims a lot of prominent people agree with him. When Blitzer pressed Trump on who exactly agrees, Trump pulled the old “I don’t name names” line. Tough to name names when you don’t know any. Keep in mind Trump is an entertainer and, as the President put it, a carnival barker. This is all upside for the Donald, and all downside for Governor Romney.
To me the bigger issue is the mud. The President was the first to crawl in it with all the attacks over the dog, the alleged bully incident, and the inaccurate Bain Capital attacks. The Governor should have let the Obama campaign wallow in the muck by themselves. Romney should have been happy to let the President have all that low ground to himself. The President and his campaign did a masterful job in 2008 building up Obama’s person as an enlightened, above the fray guy. Someone that high has a long way to fall and the thud will be loud. Once more, the President’s own campaign seemed eager to get the fall rolling with all the idiotic moves they made early on. Romney didn’t even have to work for it, they were tripping themselves.
Ultimately Trump is a carnival barker who always works himself to the center of any spotlight, good or bad. He believes in the axiom of any press is good press. Maybe when you’re trying to get ratings, but votes are different. Romney has hooked his wagon to a carnival barker with no filter and an ego unmatched in human history. Not sure I like that combo. If I was advising the Governor I would tell him to use Newt’s line, yes that Newt. Gingrich said yesterday “….we believe this is a American born, job killing, President.” I would have Romney word it differently, make it more declarative. He needs to say “I have no doubt that President Obama was born in America, just as I have no doubt he has been wrong for America and here’s why.” Boom. End the birther issue and pivot to your economic message in one easy sentence. You’re welcome Governor.
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Rarely do the gaffes associated with a campaign originate with the nominee himself. This is one of those cases but Romney will get tagged with it for a week, maybe two. His campaign sent an iPad/iPhone app to Apple. It’s supposed to be an advertisement and a campaign tracking app all in one. Problem: the app’s opening page has the slogan “A Better Amercia”. It happens, it’s embarrassing, it’ll go away by next week, especially with Trump on board. And there is the one up side of embracing Trump, any gaffe your campaign or you make will be quickly overshadowed by The Donald’s antics.
Good luck Governor, I think you’ll need it now.
With the nomination all sewn up, the primary voting tracker and delegate tracker on the right side of Frank’s Place will be removed. In it’s place will eventually be opinion and polling trackers. These will become more significant after each party has its national nominating conventions late this summer.