Thursday, January 11, 2007

Who is the decider? You are.

It's time for another installment of You Are the Decider, my occassional series on the race for president in 2008. Hence the graphic floating menacingly above this paragraph.

Former Massachusetts governor Mitt Romney formed an exploratory committee last week, which is a way for him to start running for president but hold off on an official announcement until people have begun to forget he's running for president, which he's not officially doing yet.

Romney is not alone in exploring a presidential bid. Others with exploratory committees are the 800-lb. gorilla John McCain, American Hero Rudy Guiliani, Sen. Sam Brownback of Kansas, Rep. Duncan Hunter of California, former Wisconsin Gov. Tommy Thompson and former Virginia Gov. James Gilmore III. I'm pretty sure Ben Affleck has one, too, but we should double check that.

Mitt, who was for a brief time my boss's boss, has also launched a schmancy new Web site titled "Mitt Romney: The Exploratory Committee." Take a gander at the art, which is quite presidential:

I can't help but think of the merchandising gag in Spaceballs -- Spaceballs: The Lunchbox. Spaceballs: The Coloring Book. Spaceballs: The Flamethrower!

Next, I can only dream of Mitt Romney: The Beverage! And maybe even Mitt Romney: The Dessert!

It will be interesting to watch the pendulum of the national media coverage on Romney. There's been plenty of Romney love, like this piece in The Economist, then this one in the LA Times that pretty much copied it verbatim. And you're beginning to see a little Romney hate, though it's still mostly home grown at this point. Well, as home grown as a story can be when it's datelined out of Suchitepequez, Guatemala.

Of course, what does the man in might not be the enterprising liberal media, but Mitt Romney himself, back when he was an enterprising liberal. There's plenty of print coverage of his 1994 defense of abortion rights, but it's another thing to see him say it himself. I think the Affleck people are behind the posting on YouTube.

I hope my Romney commentary was more insightful than Katie Couric's.

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Anonymous DJS said...

If the Church of Latter Day Morons aka the GOP nominates this guy, we're all in for big fun.

Mormon underwear, anybody?

January 11, 2007  
Blogger W said...

I think you are on to something with that merchandising idea. We could have Mitt's Grape Juice (for use in Mormon services or at home), the Romney Dark Suit/White Button-down and bland Tie brand (with matching "elder" name tag), and of course an entire line of caffeine-free drinks (can you imagine the joy of caffeine-free Mountain Dew?!).

Maybe, to start things off, Mitt's Exploratory Gel (for use in the privacy of your own home, whatever your sexual orientation).

January 11, 2007  
Anonymous holy moses said...

I can see where this is headed. The man who once defended gay marriage will be required, as a mormon President, to defend Polygamy as the only acceptable alternative. The real question is whether Karl Rove can package it to sell to Evangelicals who, to their credit, recognize they have no one to vote for on social issues. It could be called the Big Love strategy, causing Bill O'Reilly's head to explode as he tries to figure out how work the culture war angle on it. Pee-Wee's Big Top goes to Washington.

January 11, 2007  

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