Romney for Senate?

With the speculation that Mitt Romney might run to replace the late Ted Kennedy in the United States Senate, I thought it useful to look at some of the polling on the former Republican Governor from the commonwealth of Massachusetts.

Heading into his 2006 reelection campaign -- which he bowed out of rather than face the voters of Massachusetts again -- Romney trailed all of his potential Democratic rivals. Come election day 2006, Romney's approval rating was the third worst of any Governor in the nation -- behind even the scandal-plagued Ernie Fletcher and Matt Blunt, behind, too, Katrina-tarnished Kathleen Blanco -- with an awful 34 percent positive/65 percent negative rating. The next year, with Romney spending tens of millions of his own dollars on an unsuccessful White House bid, Rasmussen Reports pitted Romney against Hillary Clinton in a hypothetical Bay State match up, which Romney lost by a margin not too dissimilar to his earlier approval rating, 60 percent to 34 percent.

I'm sure there are more numbers on Romney out of Massachusetts, but this smattering of polling culled from some quick googling is likely not unrepresentative of the general dislike Massachusetts voters hold towards Romney. He's really the person the GOP would want to run to replace Kennedy?

Tags: MA-Sen, Massachusetts, Mitt Romney (all tags)



Re: Romney for Senate?

He won't do it 2002 was a different time with a Shannon O'Brien weak from a lengthy primary, she was primed for defeat. He would have to bet on a similar scenario in order to take this Democratic stronghold.

by olawakandi 2009-08-26 05:18PM | 0 recs
I thought he wants to be President

A loss would be fatal, and a win would be awkward for a Presidential run.

by John DE 2009-08-26 05:37PM | 0 recs
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Well considering that he is now living in La Jolla, California, I suspect that he is more focused on running for President in 2012.

by Charles Lemos 2009-08-26 06:20PM | 0 recs
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He's clearly hoping that in the current political environment, he would have a good chance.

But you can't run in Massachusetts from San Diego.
And it might be a good time to run against Romneycare.

by esconded 2009-08-26 06:27PM | 0 recs
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I read the article as well as the one from U.S. News and World Report...  all of it is incredible speculation at best with no signs coming from the Romney camp at all...  So, it seems like pretty wishful thinking...

Wishing for it to happen doesn't make it so... Maybe it could happen.  Maybe Romney wants 2016... although, the Republicans are already pre-celebrating 2012, so may he doesn't want to chance it...

I don't know...  He left Massachusetts on a pretty sour note... Hopefully, someone from the state chimes in...

by LordMike 2009-08-26 06:47PM | 0 recs
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At the risk of being called hypercritical, I have to say Jonathan, this post is nowhere near up to your usual standards.

[quote]... this smattering of polling culled from some quick googling is likely not unrepresentative of the general dislike ... [/quote]

This is the kind of statement I would expect from some lazy MSM "journalist" looking to meet a deadline with minimal work. You say you are sure there are some more numbers. You seem to imply that those numbers are more recent, or more directly applicable to the Senate race, but you don't really say. Then, rather than go find those "more numbers", you gave us two year old gubernatorial performance numbers, and the above quoted mega-equivocation.

by itsthemedia 2009-08-26 06:47PM | 0 recs
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The lack of completeness of the polling is not a result of lack of trying but of difficulty of searching. While there is a whole lot of polling on Romney, most of it is on his Presidential bid and thus not localized to Massachusetts. What I found appears to be a good chunk of what's out there. But did I catch everything? Probably not.

by Jonathan Singer 2009-08-26 07:54PM | 0 recs
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Peter Roff argues that this would be the ideal platform for a presidential run, claiming: "If he did [become Senator], Romney would then have a platform to actually introduce legislation modeled on the proposals he put forward as a presidential candidate in 2008 and planned to put forward in 2012. No guesswork. No empty rhetoric. Real ideas, on the Senate floor, that could be evaluated, debated, and perhaps even voted on." Puh-lease. Let's ask someone who actually knows what they're talking about: "The votes you're going to have to cast, whether it's guns or whether it's abortion or whether it's any one of the hot-button items, finishes you as a national political leader in this country. You just can't do it. It's not possible." Sen. Ted Kennedy, quoted in The Battle for America 2008, advising then Sen. Barack Obama to run for president sooner rather than later. (Quote taken from

by thesleepthief 2009-08-26 07:07PM | 0 recs
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So, he would be senator for one year and then run for President?  How does that help him at all?  If anything, it would be a distraction...  I can see it if he were running for 2016, and that is a possibility...

But, once again, this article is pure wishful thinking... there have been no rumors and even hints coming from the Romney camp...

by LordMike 2009-08-26 07:16PM | 0 recs
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I expect a ginned up poll by Rasmussen on Monday showing Romney with an insurmountable lead....

by LordMike 2009-08-26 07:17PM | 0 recs
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If Romney wants to run, there's not much the GOP could do about it.  He's still a bigger deal in MA than any other Republican.  

by Endymion 2009-08-26 07:19PM | 0 recs
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If Romney were to run and win in Massachussets at the federal level, the Democratic party would be about to go the way of the Whigs.  This would be like Democrats picking up freakin' Orrin Hatch's seat.  

by Kent 2009-08-26 07:55PM | 0 recs
Which is exactly why

he'd never win, so I don't know why we're even having this conversation.

by DTOzone 2009-08-26 09:14PM | 0 recs
Re: Which is exactly why

It allows Kent to speculate on the democratic party going the way of the whigs, so it's at least a good handle for his tired old saw.

by lojasmo 2009-08-27 04:18AM | 0 recs
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Kent you are not from MA are you.  Romney has about as much chance of picking up Ted Kennedy's seat as I do. In order for Mittons to get the seat he would yet again have to swing to being a moderate like he was as governor. At some point even MA voters get dizzy watch him swing from one pole to the other.

by jsfox 2009-08-27 06:30AM | 0 recs
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He won't run why would he? not gonna happen. Why get into a bloody match in the ring when you can announce the fight.

by The1stTruth 2009-08-26 09:07PM | 0 recs
Please, please, please

if this happened, Sarah Palin would be a lead pipe cinch for 2012.  This would enrage conservatives as she would probably lose worse than McCain even if the president's negatives were driven up.

I've been a good boy this year, Santa, can I get this for Christmas, pretty please?

by AZphilosopher 2009-08-26 11:06PM | 0 recs


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