It is widely accepted at this point that the GOP presidential nomination will come down to a contest featuring former Massachusetts governor Mitt Romney and Senator John McCain of Arizona. Mitt Romney’s exploratory committee has a lovely website up at www.mittromney.com, as was detailed in the previous post. It would be expected that the Senator would have developed a counterpart site, and purchased all the pertinent domain names long ago. Alas, www.johnmccain.com is, well, check it out for yourself. In this day and age of high-tech political warfare, that is a dreadful mistake! Indeed, this revelation supports the premise of the previous post, which puts Romney as the early frontrunner in the 2008 race.

Meet Mitt

Former Massachusetts governor Mitt Romney would like you to think he is the clear frontrunner to carry the GOP banner in 2008. Senator John McCain would hope you believe otherwise, as would the other potential hopeful Rudy Giuliani. Romney’s camp has engaged in highly publicized fundraising in order to craft this frontrunner image, recently netting $1 million in a one-day blitz (Boston Globe). 

Romney faces some key obstacles in his bid for the GOP nomination, and even beyond if he gets the nod. The stigma that his Mormon faith holds for many will be a factor, as will his past stances gun-control (Boston Globe) and abortion (Spectator). These concerns do not escape Romney’s notice. His approach has been highly proactive, perhaps best exemplified by the informal summit he hosted at his home last November with various national religious leaders (Boston Globe).

A very slick web site is up at www.mittromney.com, where the public is invited to meet Romney through MittTV.  Among other things, the Mitt propaganda seeks to highlight his principled pro-marriage stance in the state of Massachusetts, where battle have raged over gay marriage.  A strong position on national security is also prominent. The strong push to win over the GOP base is clear, and Mitt’s message will likely present a strong alternative to John McCain, who maverick image may concern some of the more staid GOP faithful. ah, but lest we forget the aforementioned Mormon issue. Bottom line, early analysis shows Mitt with perhaps an early lead in the contest, but once McCain engages the tables are liable to turn quickly, provided no strong latecomers join the mix. See some MittTV here: