Romney-mentum is go! Willard has announced the formation of an exploratory committee! Tragically, lamestream media vultures like the Atlantic Wire have already been allowed to sully the “Mitt 2012: Under Normal GOP Traditions It’s His Turn” pre-campaign by noting that his “imagery is not exactly minty-fresh.” (Most hurtful, I suspect: Pointing out that Romney’s ‘Believe in America’ slogan was previously used by John Kerry. Willard consolidated his inherited millions as a venture/vulture capitalist; picking over carcasses for scraps is the basis of his MBA-friendly appeal.)
I have the impression that David Plouffe slept a little more soundly tonight.
Gail Collins already covered the dynamics of this kabuki theatre when Pawlenty beat Mitt to the punch:
… These days you don’t just throw your hat in the ring. You put the hat on a coat rack in the general vicinity of the ring, and then you have your supporters move the coat rack closer and closer, until it is finally time to take the hat down, put it right next to the ring and wait for a strong gust of wind.
In a big news moment this week, the Pawlenty campaign released a stirring video filled with shots of smiling workers, Ronald Reagan, farmers harvesting wheat, flags and golden retrievers in which T-Paw talks about taking back America and then, to a triumphant swell of music, concludes: “That’s why today, I’m announcing the creation of an exploratory committee.”….
If neither of these Republican candidates seem flavorful enough for your jaded palate, Dave Weigel also reports that Ron Paul is getting closer to his third presidential bid, because Ryan’s budgetary jihad doesn’t go nearly far enough to gut our national safety nets.
Also, as a further inducement to attention-getting antics from the last failed Republican vice-presidential candidate, Joe McGinniss has started a blog. With comments!