Romney Scales Down Iowa Plans
There is an article out in the Boston Globe this morning that starts out:
ALGONA, Iowa -- Republican presidential hopeful Mitt Romney said yesterday he has scaled back plans for a straw poll in Iowa next month that two chief rivals are bypassing.
He said he hopes to do well, but "we're not trying to overshoot dramatically." That means reducing the budget for the straw poll Aug. 11 in Ames and the number of supporters his campaign plans to bus in to the event.
"I think initially we planned to bring in a very large number of folks from across the state for the straw poll," Romney told reporters. "We've cut back on our target from that standpoint to a level where we think we can win, but we're not trying to overwhelm anybody."
Give me a break! "We're not trying to overwhelm anybody!?" It sounds like Romney senses the huge groundswell below him, flowing in Dr. Paul's direction. He's already starting to spin his poor showing/defeat. Step 1) (Now) "We're pulling back. We don't want to overwhelm anybody." Step 2) (After the defeat) "We didn't realize that our last minute pullback would have such a significant impact on the outcome." Step 3) (Post-Iowa spin) "Well, Iowa isn't that important anyway."
So what's up with Mitt? He's been preparing for Iowa for years. He's so well prepared that Rudy McCain decided not to even show. Why pull back now? Why not go for total victory!
Maybe he's sensed the change in the air as well. If Romney is pulling back, it sound like now is the time for Paul supporters to step it up!!!