Romney Now Officially The GOP Establishment Candidate
As if this was a surprise to anyone:
“A lot of us who normally would have been in this presidential race a long time ago, have been waiting for Christie to make a decision,” said Georgette Mosbacher, a Republican uber-fund-raiser and finance co-chair of the Republican National Committee who was among a group of Republican bundlers hoping to convince Christie to enter the race. “I think tomorrow, we’ll be contacting one another and probably put something together with Romney.”
“I’m going to go with Mitt Romney,” said John Catsimatidis, another donor who had been intrigued with Christie, in a brief phone interview this afternoon.
These people seem to think that the general election is tomorrow and that they have to decide based on what we know right now:
Mosbacher conceded there was “some disappointment” at Christie’s decision, but said the public flirtation with Christie wouldn’t make it tougher to raise for Romney, especially with Texas governor Rick Perry suddenly slipping in the polls after a couple of disastrous debate performances.
“Look, we’ll raise the money that’s necessary to beat Obama,” she said. “It’s not going to be any harder than it would have been a month ago, or two months ago, or six months ago. Now it’s pretty clear. Perry has dropped pretty quickly. And I would say that the race is now Romney and Obama. Quite frankly, the enthusiasm wasn’t there at the outset. He’s less conservative than a lot of us would like. However, our first and foremost goal is to defeat Obama. And we do believe Romney, in terms of independents, will be a strong candidate. We will coalesce behind him now.”
Mosbacher said the big bundlers in her circle “do not consider a Perry factor.”
“I don’t think Perry has it in him to do it,” said Catsimatidis. “He’s a lot better than Sarah Palin, but not a lot lot better. The danger is in the South, if the South fights the North all over again.”
Over at the PJ Tatler, Bryan Preston makes the obvious point:
At this point in 1991, Bill Clinton was only two days into his run for the presidency. At this point in 2007, Rudy Giuliani led in the polls and the money race. Mosbacher knows the latter, surely, because she backed Giuliani at the time.
It’s quite simply too early to decide on a candidate, so the only real reason that these people are doing this is because Perry and Cain are just too conservative for their northeastern “moderate” Republican sensibilities–which can best be described as “Obama’s policies, but slower and nicer,” or, if you prefer, “compassionate conservatism.”