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We recently reported of future President Willard “Mitt” Romney’s recent troubles with dog lovers.
But how is Mitt holding up with the rest of Republicans? We mean . . . how is he really? It’s hard to tell sometimes because, you know, he might be a robot.
Turns out, “Oven” Mitt Romney is doing pretty okay, thanks for asking.
After winning the votes of Mainers (or are they Mainiacs?) and the confidence of the Conservative Political Action Conference (CPAC – or are they maniacs?) over the weekend, he’s prepared to move onwards and upwards with confidence and even a little modesty.
“I hope to become our nominee, but I am not clairvoyant,” he told National Review Online.
Well, we knew that; this from the man who reckoned the Tea Party would find in him an “ideal candidate.” Smart move getting rid of that crystal ball . . .
In his speech at CPAC Romney tried to allay concerns that he is a “Massachusetts moderate,” as Newt Gingrich is fond of calling him, by stressing his own personal development as a conservative on a path that “came from my family, my faith, and my life’s work.”
At least two of those things have, so far stood as impediments to Romney’s appeal. It should be interesting to see how he assimilates them into a narrative that will melt the hearts of his most frigid skeptics on the right.
The most memorable part of his address to CPAC was, of course, a gaffe: Romney described himself as having been a “severely conservative” governor of Massachusetts – language that raised a few eyebrows among the afflicted and gave Paul Krugman plenty of jollies in Monday’s New York Times.
So: Noodle “Mitt” Ramen wants to be our boy. He knows he’s still the man to beat, but he’s also been talking like someone who has a reasonable estimate of the weight of that crown.
We’re still presuming that Romney will be the Republican nominee ( then again, we presumed President Obama would close Guantanamo as he promised). We wonder how wise is it for him to build up his image as an ultraconservative when that might distance moderate voters in the general election…a delicate balancing act for a robot.