Romney Fundraisers point to fear of Palin, Huckabee, Evangelicals
From: The Tree of Mamre
This is an excerpt from the new book, Inside the Circus, by Evan Thomas and Mike Allen:
[O]n March 14 and 15, Romney had raised over $3 million in New York and Connecticut. … The Romney campaign had a clever pitch for the event. Schmoozing with his money pals before the events, a Romney fund-raiser pointed out that “slightly more than half the delegates” to the GOP convention at Tampa “are evangelicals.” These true-believer conservatives are averse not only to Romney but to semi-reasonable types like Chris Christie and Mitch Daniels. As a result, said this fund-raiser, the “responsible Republican guys” are “starting to realize” that at a brokered convention “it’s not going to be Paul Ryan and Marco Rubio or Jeb Bush and Paul Ryan, a ticket they could really love. It’s probably Huckabee-Palin or Palin-Huckabee.” That was enough to scare the Wall Street crowd into getting out their checkbooks.
(H/t Katrina Trinko)
Two quick points: First, even if there were a brokered convention, Sarah Palin and Mike Huckabee are out of the action for this season. In order to be considered at a brokered convention, there has to be some organizational support from somewhere, and neither Palin nor Huckabee have this, even if they are loved by many in the GOP. Would, for example, Gingrich and Santorum bow out and throw their support behind outsiders such as Palin or Huckabee? This is simply not going to happen.
Second, is there anything more reprehensible than the idea of holding out evangelicals as the boogeyman? We expect this from liberals and the left, but from the GOP nominee for president? It is not just that Romney is ignoring social conservatives, but that he is actively campaigning against them and using the fear of social conservatives in his fundraising drives. Why should we ever trust him or give him our support?
Well said, Right On!!!