Taking a cue from fellow RINOs, Giuliani and McCain, Mitt Romney is now pretending that the Ames straw poll taking place in Iowa next month is really not that significant, although traditionally it has been.
Republican presidential hopeful Mitt Romney said Saturday he has scaled back plans for a straw poll in Iowa next month that two chief rivals are bypassing. He said he hopes to do well, but “we’re not trying to overshoot dramatically.” That means reducing the budget for the straw poll Aug. 11 in Ames and the number of supporters his campaign plans to bus in to the event.
He’s bought straw poll results before, so this is an interesting strategy. This is called lowering expectations.
In June, former New York City Mayor Rudy Giuliani and Arizona Sen. John McCain bowed out of the decades-old nonbinding contest. Romney has put great resources into preparing for the event, which now shapes up as a contest involving several lesser-known contenders.
Just as before, Mitt’s sunk a significant amount of his dirty campaign funds into this straw poll, but now that RINO pals Giuliani and McCain aren’t playing, he’s got to pretend like this is no big deal.
“I think initially we planned to bring in a very large number of folks from across the state for the straw poll,” Romney told reporters. “We’ve cut back on our target from that standpoint to a level where we think we can win, but we’re not trying to overwhelm anybody.”
How noble, Mittens! But let’s translate this from Romney-speak.
If he wins, he can trumpet how great a candidate he is. If he doesn’t, he can claim it’s really not that important, because he didn’t even try that hard. This is called having one’s cake and eating it too. Once again Mitt Romney displays his uncanny ability to talk out of both sides of his mouth, without saying anything at all. Well played, Willard!
Why Ames has traditionally been important:
Republican-only straw polls have been held in every competitive presidential cycle since 1979. No candidate has skipped the event and won Iowa the following January.
So in reality, Mitt Romney is playing games word games here, being the seasoned, slippery politician that he is. And I bet that he’s more than likely going ahead with his plans to overwhelm the opposition, but he wants to hedge his bets in case he doesn’t do as well as conventional wisdom would dictate. Don’t let him fool you for a moment.
I’d prefer someone who says what he means and means what he says. That’s why I back Brownback, the principled, conservative Republican. And so should you.