Fox Gives Mitt a Lift

The Fox web site reports Mitt Romney as leading the Republican money race with $23 mill and then gives ol' Mitt a subtle little boost by claiming that Mitt is running third to Giuliani and McCain.

Nothing could be further from the truth. In the latest USA Today/Gallup poll, Mitt is tied for fifth with Sam Brownback behind Giuliani, McCain, Newt Gingrich and Fred Thompson.

For some reason beyond my ability to discern, media outlets like Fox have decided that Mitt Romney is a "first tier" candidate. But the poll numbers have never backed it up and Romney is now stuck in third tier status.

The Republican First Tier:
Giuliani
McCain

The Republican Second Tier:
Gingrich
Fred Thompson

The Republican Third Tier:
Mitt Romney
Sam Brownback
Tommy Thompson
Tom Tancredo
Duncan Hunter
Mike Huckabee
James Gilmore
Duke Cunningham

If Fred Thompson and Newt Gingrich run, all the third tier candidates are doomed.  Thompson and Newt are so media friendly that they'll form a kind of media screen preventing the less popular candidates from getting any attention.

If Thompson and Newt don't run, Romney would have to unleash a tsunami of negative advertising to lower Giuliani's or McCain's numbers.  At the same time, he would have to hope that all of the voters who peeled off from the front-runners would land in his lap.  It's not likely.  Fox and the other networks are doing Romney a favor by posing him as the "third" candidate, but his odds are very long indeed.

Tags: 2008, Fox, Mitt Romney, Republican nomination (all tags)

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