Nancy, Towery (who also noted that “everyone is talking about a Romney candidacy”) is not the only one heralding Gov. Romney these days. On Friday, John McIntyre of Real Clear Politics wrote in an extraordinary post that the governor’s “stock continues to rise in the pre-season nomination phase we are currently in for 2008.” He continued:
Romney is fast emerging as the alternative to the two moderate heavyweights McCain and Giuliani. Allen’s bigger problem (who in many ways was poised to become the conservative choice in the race) is the reality that the country is not exactly pining for another southern, folksy-talking politician wearing Cowboy boots. So, Macaca or no Macaca, 2008 was probably not going to be George Allen’s year, simply because he reminds people too much of George W. Bush and he appears to be not seasoned enough, especially when compared to Giuliani, Romney and McCain.
But back to Romney: If the Mormon issue wasn’t floating around in the background, he would almost certainly be the clear frontrunner for the nomination [SEE THE REST OF OUR SITE FOR WHY THIS SHOULD NOT BE AN ISSUE TO EVANGELICALS--CM]. Expect to see Romney’s stock continue to rise as many conservatives unhappy with the prospect of McCain or Giuliani start to line up behind the Massachusetts Governor.