Andrew Romano

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  • Romney’s Last-Ditch Pitch

    By Suzanne SmalleyJohn McCain is opening his lead in the polls, and cementing the impression that he may well emerge from Super Tuesday as the Republican Party’s presumptive nominee. Which makes life especially challenging at the moment for McCain’s principal rival, Mitt Romney. As he heads into the final stretch before some 22 states make their preferences known, Romney’s aides say the former Massachusetts governor is benefiting from a tide of anti-McCain Republicans coming his way-and making inroads with backers of Mike Huckabee, who are suddenly panicking at the idea of a McCain presidency. That message was very much in evidence, as Romney scampered across the delegate map. He woke up Monday morning in Tennessee and flew to Atlanta; plans call for him to then board a plane for Long Beach, California, where he’s scheduled to attend a rally before flying back to West Virginia overnight. He’ll stump in Charleston Tuesday morning, before Romney and the weary press corps traveling...
  • The NEWSWEEK Lineup

    Your one-stop shop for this week's political exclusives.WHAT THESE EYES HAVE SEEN (Evan Thomas)He's endured the unendurable, and survived. Inside the mind and heart of John McCain.'YOU STICK TO WHAT YOU BELIEVE IN' (Evan Thomas and Holly Bailey) On Super Tuesday eve, McCain traces his turnaround. CRACKUP? NOT SO FAST (Karl Rove)Calm down. The GOP's demise isn't as imminent as some would have it. WHEN IT'S HEAD VERSUS HEART, THE HEART WINS (Sharon Begley)Science shows that when we are deciding which candidate to support,...
  • The Filter: 2.2.08

    A round-up of this morning's must-read stories.OBAMA IS RACING AGAINST THE CLOCK(Alec MacGillis and Anne E. Kornblut, Washington Post)The compressed primary calendar presents a challenge for all of the...
  • Back to the Big Apple

    Hey everyone: After spending 25 of the last 30 days on the road, I'm about to board a plane from Los Angeles to New York to spend some time at home. Updating Stumper from 35,000 feet will be tough, so don't hold your breath for the next few hours. I'm sure you're crushed. I'll be back tomorrow at the latest. Best,Andrew
  • The Filter: 2.1.08

    A round-up of this morning's must-read stories.Brooks on McCain. Hayes on Obama. Krugman on Edwards. ...
  • Ad Hawk: Freefallin' with Hillary

    Using metaphors in political advertising is tricky. When effective, they can serve as a catchy way to sum up an opponent's weaknesses, like in 2004, when the Bush campaign reinforced the stereotype of a flip-flopping John Kerry with footage of him tacking left and right while windsurfing; providing viewers with a memorable image is much more effective than simply slinging mud. Or they can seem embarrassingly overwrought and convoluted. A recent Mitt Romney ad called "Ocean," which sees Romney comparing our culture to "a cesspool of violence, and sex, and drugs, and indolence, and perversions" over sunset shots of children frolicking in the breakers, is a perfect example. It was creepy.The Clinton campaign--which is out this week with two new spots touting its candidate's economic credentials--rarely gets creative with its advertising. Most of its commercials are like "Can Do": soft shots of smiling, multiracial citizens crosscut with a coiffe...
  • The Filter: 1.31.08

    A round-up of this morning's must-read stories--live from the San Fernando Valley in Southern California.*If you haven't already, make sure to check out Suzanne Smalley's Stumper item "Cracks in the Romney Facade." "THE F-WORD(Holly Bailey, Newsweek) still refuses to use the F-word—front runner, that is. Boarding his campaign plane early Wednesday, the morning after his big win in ,...
  • McCain: Is Arnold Next?

    Contributed by Karen Breslau and Holly BaileyJohn McCain will soon be basking in the glow of an endorsement from former New York City Mayor Rudy Giuliani. But is another powerful supporter about to climb aboard the Straight Talk Express? California Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger will officially endorse McCain after Wednesday night's GOP debate, sources close to both men hint. Both the governor's office and McCain's campaign are maintaining an official silence on the subject. But if the Governator does pat Mac on the back, it would only add to McCain's momentum. Schwarzenegger maintains public approval ratings in his state in the 60s, and California is one of the biggest prizes on Super Tuesday. The two have formed a mutual admiration society over their respective efforts on climate change. Schwarzenegger's endorsement could permanently change the climate of the GOP race. UPDATE, 7:30 p.m.: Romano here. I was trailing Huckabee in Orange County when Karen and...
  • Welcome to the O.C., Huck

    NEWPORT BEACH, Calif.--Swimming pool. Tennis court. Lakefront vista. Bottle blondes. Valets in tuxedos parking Audis, Lexuses, Benzes and BMWs. Bartenders serving wine and champagne at 11:00 on a Wednesday morning. People actually wine and champagne at 11:00 on a Wednesday morning--instead of, you know, working. In the street, a woman wearing britches and designer sunglasses led a gorgeous chestnut mare by the reins. Nearby, Hispanic laborers picked crabgrass from the close-cropped lawns. In the immortal words of Luke Ward: "Welcome to the O.C., b***h." Or a Mike Huckabee fundraiser.   Newport Beach is not exactly Huckabee's scene. To put it mildly. As one of the poshest communities in America, it's a poor fit, in theory, for a Southern-fried Arkansan whose mother grew up with dirt floors and whose father never finished high school. "You're pretty sophisticated out here," he noted. (Eat your heart out, Ryan Atwood.) But when Huck arrived this mor...
  • Edwards Says Sayonara

    So much for all the talk of playing kingmaker at a brokered convention. ...
  • The Filter: 1.30.08

    A round-up of this morning's must-read stories—live from the San Fernando Valley in Southern California.MCCAIN DEFEATS ROMNEY IN FLORIDA VOTE(Michael Cooper and Meghan Thee, New York Times)The results were a decisive turning point in the Republican race,...
  • The Florida Primary: Romney Won't Stop Believin'

    By Suzanne Smalley Mike Freese, a 59-year-old St. Petersburg resident and Romney supporter who is trying to start a movement he calls Red Necks for Romney, had already gotten two posters with the slogan signed by Romney at events over the past few days. Imagine his disappointment when Romney's advance staff stopped him from bringing a third handmade Red Necks for Romney sign into their election night event in St. Petersburg's grand Mirror Lake Lyceum, an event hall here. Freese said that while Romney has chuckled at his message each time he's autographed one of the signs, last night the staff told him only official Romney manufactured signs were allowed. How very Romney. Truth be told, the Romney folks could have used a few more signs last night. The hall at Mirror Lake was too big for the crowd of just a couple hundred, leaving about a quarter of the seats in the balcony overlooking where Romney gave his bittersweet concession speech empty. The bar was deserted all...
  • The Florida Primary: McCain Wins! Adrian!

    With 54 percent of precincts reporting, McCain leads Romney 36 to 31 percent--which is good enough for the win, according to the networks. Here's what I wrote earlier on McCain after Florida: More to come.
  • The Florida Primary: Sunshine State Update

    I just landed at Dallas-Fort Worth airport for a brief layover before flying out to Los Angeles for this week's final pre-Feb. 5 debates. A few quick thoughts before "wheels up":On Ron Paul: After posting items earlier today on what's next for Huckabee, Giuliani, Romney and McCain after Florida, I was bombarded with emails (some of them angry) asking why I was ignoring Ron Paul. "Why, sir, no mention of Ron Paul?" wrote "Mike C." "He is in better shape than some of the others, yet your blog and 99% of all the other MSM outlets omit him. Is the MSM scared of this guy? Are you scared of him?" To answer Mike: I'm not a particularly courageous guy, but, no, I'm not scared of Ron Paul. In fact, I think he's one of the most interesting things to happen to American politics in a long time. I even wrote an article about it. And you're right, Mike--the good doctor is doing better than, say, Giuliani. But here's the...
  • After Florida: Mike Huckabee

    Final Pre-Primary Polling Average: Fourth Place, 12.9 percent (1.8 behind Giuliani, 17.2 behind Romney, 17.8 behind McCain)Current National Polling Average: Third Place, 18.8 percent (1.5 behind Romney, 7.5 behind McCain)Mike Huckabee won't win Florida. He won't finish second. But the...
  • Let the Sunshine In

    ST. PETERSBURG, Fla.--Another day, another completely unpredictable presidential contest. Two weeks ago, it looked like the Florida primary would be a four man free-for-all: Mitt Romney vs. John McCain vs. Rudy Giuliani vs. Mike Huckabee. Since then, the field has narrowed, and as the voters of Florida finally head to the polls today, it appears they'll choose either Romney, the economic Mr. Fix-It, or McCain, the national security flyboy. That said, no one has any idea which of the two they'll choose; the latest surveys show the frontrunners neck-and-neck at about 30 percent. The stakes couldn't be higher--whomever caps the bitter Sunshine State battle with a win will ride into Super Tuesday with the last, precious piece of momentum, and in such a fractured, overdrawn field, the Big Mo could make all the difference. With the trail largely deserted, I'll spend the day posting short analyses of what's next for Romney, McCain, Giuliani and Huckabee. Stayed...