For the past few months, the Governor’s campaign has been dogged by chatttering class carping. A few fringe conservative activists have attacked the Governor’s conversion on abortion as “flip-flopping” and have even attacked his outstanding response to the Massachusetts same-sex marriage decision. Since the only real campaign “news” of the last few months has been the chattering clasess reporting on the status of their own chatter, the existence of an intra-conservative debate over Romney’s credentials has led to a parade of stories about his “rough” months.
Then, all of a sudden, some actual news occurs. The Governor blows away the field in fundraising and look what happens:
Latest New Hampshire telephone poll shows Romney’s support nearly doubles to 25 percent to tie McCain; Giuliani trails at 19 percent.
Former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney has rocketed to the top of the field of contenders for the New Hampshire Republican presidential primary crown, running dead even with Arizona Sen. John McCain at 25 percent each, a new Zogby International telephone poll shows.
In one week’s time, Governor Romney has gone from “interesting but least known top tier Republican” to the only Republican candidate who is matching Democratic fundraising efforts. Republicans want to win in 2008, and if the two standard-bearers with the most name recogntions (Rudy and McCain) can’t match the Dems, we’ll find someone who can.