When you list front-runners in the 2012 race, there's none higher than Mitt Romney. With a national campaign already behind him, it's going to be difficult for any opponent to make a dent in the early goings of the presidential horse race. Their best hope for is a John Kerry moment.
Campaigning across the country in '06, Kerry was vilified for telling students at one rally to study hard or risk getting "stuck in Iraq." It was a bad joke Kerry meant as an indictment of the Bush policies, but it was criticized in the days running up to the midterms as an attack on the troops.
Romney announced yesterday that he'll be on the road for the next two months, stomping in 25 states for GOP candidates. As one of the early primary states, South Carolina is certain for a visit. Where will you find the new iRomney 12? It would appear he may take a page from Obama and visit one of Charleston's beautiful front porches instead of the stuffy 2008 banquet hall campaign stops.
"Some of (his advisers) are hoping that Romney’s laid-back summer lifestyle will survive Labor Day and endure onto the campaign trail, helping to erase the impression many voters have had of a wealthy candidate almost animatronically focused on winning."
Like Kerry, Romney is also going to have to worry about high-profile support that he counted on in '08, including Sen. Jim DeMint (who could mount his own long shot campaign) and GOP gubernatorial candidate Nikki Haley (who could head in one of several directions with her 2012 endorsement).