The trial balloons begin: Romney to replace Kennedy?

Peter Roff, over at U.S. News & World Report, has floated the following:

It would be an intriguing thing if, after waiting a day or two out of respect for the late senator, [Mitt] Romney were to downshift and announce he will be a candidate in the upcoming election to fill [Ted] Kennedy’s vacant Senate seat.

Such an announcement would likely be embraced immediately by the Republicans, who would like almost nothing more than to deny Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid of Nevada his new, hard-won, 60-vote, filibuster-proof majority.

As a self-funding candidate who has already been elected once statewide, Romney has nearly 100 percent name ID. And, in an environment where President Obama seems to be dragging the Democrats down, he would be a serious threat to the Democratic hegemony in Massachusetts’s congressional delegation. Meaning Romney likely would win….

From the Senate floor, Romney could show his fellow Republicans, and the country, just what kind of president he would be. How he would approach national problems.

As an added political benefit, it would give him the opportunity to establish true conservative bona fides allowing him to finally overcome the suspicions many conservatives in the GOP’s primary electorate still harbor about him. Rather than tie him down, Romney could actually use the Senate seat to lock up the GOP [presidential] nomination in 2012.

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49 comments Add your comment

Greg Brown

August 26th, 2009
5:15 pm

As Romney was my guy in the Republican primary, I would like to see him go this route. I don’t think it will happen, but it is an interesting thought, as you layed it out.

DW

August 26th, 2009
5:26 pm

Romney going from the presumed GOP front-runner to a Senator with less seniority than Al Franken and John Kerry? Intriguing idea, but it won’t happen.

MARCUS CLEMENTS

August 26th, 2009
6:05 pm

Go for it Mitt!!!!!!!!!

James

August 26th, 2009
6:17 pm

I don’t see how this works politically. Romney has changed his core convictions on so many issues that he is not the same guy he was when he won that state’s governor’s race. He says he is now conservative (in order to run for President). For him to win that Senate seat he would have to flip flop flip back to being a liberal. Then to run for President in a couple of years he would have to flip flop flip flop back to being conservative. That would be more zigging and zagging that even Zell ever did (and surely impossible).

NA

August 26th, 2009
6:22 pm

Mitt Romney seemed to be the guy that should have been running for President last year. If this elevates his recognition to the rest of the country, he should do this. Also if this helps deny Harry Reid of his fillibuster majority, this is even another reason he should do it.

cletus T. rockafella

August 26th, 2009
6:29 pm

This is it? This is the best anyone can think of replacing the drunk? Another liar who forced mandatory health care on the state’s population? No, what Mass & many other states need is a new world order Mussolini, a true dictator who engages the public, executes his rivals and gets the applause. The voters and most citizens of this nation are lower than morons. They continue to vote the same crap in. Wonder why it never gets better. Anyone, and I mean anyone, supporting the cast of crap politicians we have running today should either be FORCED to move to china, or run over by a Mack truck. Either way, we win. We, being, those whose interest is beyond the garbage politico’s we have and those who will uphold the Constitution and Bill of Rights.

Healthcare Worker

August 26th, 2009
6:39 pm

Are you kidding? You obviously don’t know anything about Mass. politics. There’s not a chance in hell that Romney would be re-elected in Massachusetts. Do your homework.

atlpaddy

August 26th, 2009
6:43 pm

That U.S. News and World Report writer is huffing way too much glue.

Political Foreskin

August 26th, 2009
6:49 pm

I think a Kopechne should be appointed. Teddy didn’t kill all of them, did he?

RGB

August 26th, 2009
7:14 pm

Obviously you know nothing about history.

Kennedy’s closest margin of victory came in 1994 against Mitt Romney, when he won 58 percent of the vote. Romney came closer to defeating Kennedy than anybody. Since then, Romney expanded his familiarity with voters, including those in MA, with his presidential bid.

Do your homework.

Dean Wormer

August 26th, 2009
7:24 pm

Teddy has proven that you can get to at least 77 by going “through life Fat, Drunk and Stupid!”

Kevin

August 26th, 2009
7:26 pm

Mitt would be a great Senator. He should have been our President; look at the mess we are in now; after months of this presidency we have more debt then 8 years of Bush. 9 Trillion and counting; there is now way he is going to stick to his No taxes pledge below a certain level; a change you can believe in…….same old political @#$%^.

clyde

August 26th, 2009
7:39 pm

First it’s going to be interesting to see if they bend the rules and appoint an interim senator so as not to lose Kennedy’s vote on health care.

emjay

August 26th, 2009
7:44 pm

I hope Mitt Romney runs in 2012. He is smart enough NOT to pick a VP candidate who will become a national joke.

jconservative

August 26th, 2009
7:51 pm

Which Mitt Romney will run? (There are two of them you know.) The conservative who campaigned for the 2008 Republican nomination? Or the liberal who was governor of Massachusetts?

And hey, didn’t he move to California back in the summer?

Jake

August 26th, 2009
7:57 pm

Romney 2012!!!! Romney/Barbour would be a good ticket.

THE TRUTH

August 26th, 2009
8:03 pm

The GOP is a joke

JB

August 26th, 2009
8:09 pm

I agree with you THE TRUTH – They are a joke and A#### H#####

JM

August 26th, 2009
8:11 pm

Obama may be dragging the democrats down, but in Massachusetts nothing much can drag Democrats down. I could be wrong, but unless the Democrats nominate a complete moron I imagine Kennedy’s seat will stay democratic.

JM

August 26th, 2009
8:12 pm

Or the liberal who was governor of Massachusetts?

Oh it’ll be the liberal … he’d never win otherwise. Not that I think he stands much of chance either way. He’s either a conservative or a wanna be liberal and the people of Massachusetts don’t want either one of those. They want a true blue liberal.

JM

August 26th, 2009
8:13 pm

The GOP is a joke

Ain’t that the truth, THE TRUTH!

mike

August 26th, 2009
8:20 pm

i think you are so stupid to even consider the great state of MA going to one of you idiot republicans

frank

August 26th, 2009
8:23 pm

the republican party is going to be punished at the polls for the next generation thanks to Bush and Cheney.

SuperB

August 26th, 2009
8:24 pm

Writer Peter Roff must be on drugs. Mitt Romney showed was a mean-spirited man he actually is in the last election– negative to a fault! He just needs to go away, maybe go fishing with another former governor– Sarah (Death Panel) Palin.

Dennis

August 26th, 2009
8:45 pm

I’m from Massachusetts originally, have family up there…people are sick of their governor, Cadillac Deval Patrick. His approval ratings are extremely low. They’re trying to amend the rules so that he gets to appoint someone instead of holding an election. Romney did a lot of good, cut a lot of fat cats & cronyism while in Mass. He is probably the smartest politician out there WITH a track record – UNLIKE the current president, who had none. That being said, Universal Healthcare will even get him the seat or lose him it. He passed a universal-type healthcare program in Mass which is tanking.

Political Foreskin

August 26th, 2009
8:55 pm

HAHAHAHHAHA the libs are Bush. This is too funny. You guys are completely disconnected. Things are looking good for the GOP in 2012. By the way I am serious, I think a Kopechne should take Sen. Lush’s seat. Kennedy was a crook. His father was a crook.

MHS4

August 26th, 2009
9:02 pm

They need Alec Baldwin or Sean Penn to satisfy the liberal blue-necks. Only Obama and maybe John Kerry were to the left of Teddy.

George BUSH

August 26th, 2009
9:11 pm

can’t i run foe VEEP now id run with him

luckydog

August 26th, 2009
9:30 pm

Are there no blacks capable of filling Kennedy’s seat?

Dawgdad

August 26th, 2009
9:30 pm

You guys are forgetting the Dancing Queen, Barney Frank. He will be the Dems choice I’m sure.

Todd

August 26th, 2009
9:31 pm

Yeah – I wish Romney had half a chance at winning that senate seat – but it is the longest of long shots. The People’s Republic of Massachusetts would elect Castro or Marx before a Republican. It is the most backwards of all states. Romney winning governor in 2002 or whenever it was – that was a total fluke.

Bill Mack

August 26th, 2009
9:53 pm

Once more: additional evidence in many of these comments that liberalism is a mental ilness.

Jimmy the Dawg

August 26th, 2009
10:48 pm

Bill Mack… when insulting such a huge number of people you should at least spell correctly. I guess that is too much to expect from a conservative! LOL

Aaron Burr V. Mexico

August 26th, 2009
11:09 pm

And I kind of think Bill Mack’s comment proves the exact opposite in that it isn’t liberals who are the mentally ill ones.

dgroy

August 27th, 2009
8:11 am

Go Mitt Romney……the whole country’s counting on you. You should be our president now instead of that bobble headed idiot from Kenya

Bankerrkt

August 27th, 2009
9:20 am

I think someone from Mary Jo Kopechne’s family should fill Sen Kennedy’s Senate seat. Perhaps then the family would finally get a bit of justice.

Roger Brackett

August 27th, 2009
9:21 am

Go Mitt. It will give the Democrats a view of what is coming in 2010. Teddy is no longer with us here on earth, but he now has eternal problems to deal with in front of his eternal judge. Call the next witness to the stand – Mary Joe Kopeckne.

clyde

August 27th, 2009
9:30 am

Senator Barmy Frank.What a repulsive thought.

ann muthig

August 27th, 2009
9:36 am

I wonder how many of these commentators would run for public office – or if they are even registered to vote.

David S

August 27th, 2009
10:03 am

Trading one socialist for another. That would be the Massachusettes way.

David S

August 27th, 2009
10:04 am

Fortunately for the Massachusettes governor, he can make the republicans happy and his own party happy since the republican party has so many socialists/fascists to choose from.

Aaron Burr V. Mexico

August 27th, 2009
11:18 am

Really, all this empathy by conservatives for Mary Jo Kopechne’s family.

Well if someone from her family should get Ted Kennedy’s seat, let’s seize all of George W. Bush’s and Dick Cheney’s assets and distribute them to the families of the veterans who died in the war in Iraq.

Fair is fair right?

good grief

August 27th, 2009
1:13 pm

Its amazing to me that a Mormon could win an election in any state besides Utah. I am not saying that I would vote against a Mormon based on his religion, but I am surprised so many could look past it.

Judith Ruggles

August 27th, 2009
1:33 pm

Dear Good Grief,

Whatever do you mean about a Mormon winning an election in any state besides Utah. What religion do you think Harry Reid is? Yes, that’s right, Mormon! And, Democrat!

Several congressmen from California are Mormons, also. And, several from other states, in addition. Do your homework before you state such obvious mistakes.

Judith Ruggles

August 27th, 2009
1:38 pm

PS: Just in case you don’t know what state Harry Reid is from, it is Nevada!

good grief

August 27th, 2009
1:48 pm

Judith, I didn’t say it doesn’t happen. I wrote that I am surprised that it does.

Aaron Burr V. Mexico

August 27th, 2009
1:57 pm

Indeed. Harry Reid is mormon and is proof that there can be spineless weasels who happen to be Mormons whether you’re a Republican or a Democrat.

There happen to be Mormon politicians who do not think voting against SCHIP is ‘the doorway to socialized medicine.’

Just because Harry Reid and Mitt Romney are disgusting, doesn’t mean all Mormons are.

good grief

August 27th, 2009
4:15 pm

I am not sure how my comment could have been misconstrued to the point that I was condemning Mormons. My comment was more that I am surprised that enough voters out there can look past religion.

I am surprised that enough voters in those states were able to look past his mormonism. If he was Muslim and elected, I would be equally surprised.

Bankerrkt

August 27th, 2009
4:21 pm

Aaron Burr V. Mexico ….. there are wars going full throttle in both Iraq and Afghanistan that Obama is directing as Commander in Chief. Do you also want to sieze all of Obama and Biden’s assets and distribute them to the families of the veterans who died in the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan.

Fair is fair right?