It would make no sense for Mitt Romney to rebrand himself as the New John McCain. That is apparently what his first instinct is to do. He has let that be known to the Utah delegation recently. Mr. Romney has donned several stances as a politician and one more change would not make or break him. Is there a better strategy he could use? The writer of this article thinks so.
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A fun leftover from this Friday profile of Romney’s sureshot Senate campaign in Utah. News broke this afternoon that he was treated successfully for prostate cancer this past year, a personal detail that doubtless would have remained private unless he was about to reenter public life and wanted any information that might give voters pause disclosed early, before his next campaign begins in earnest.
He’s getting in. And he’s going full anti-Trump.
“There’s got to be somebody who can stand up to the president,” Romney told members of the Utah congressional delegation in recent weeks, according to a person with knowledge of his comments. “Who’s going to stand up to Trump?”…
“I’ve been told that Romney has said he wants to be a McCain-like figure in the Senate,” says Dave Owen, a longtime Utah Republican strategist who doesn’t count himself a Romney supporter.
It’s hard to think of a phrase about Republicans that would make grassroots righties shudder more than “McCain-like figure.” But don’t get too excited: He’s not really going “full anti-Trump.” Especially not during the campaign itself.
But while Romney has clandestinely mulled the McCain model, it is not expected to be part of his likely campaign, which he’s expected to launch in the coming weeks. Sensitive to the national attention that …..
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