Romney’s surprising virtual tie with underdog Rick Santorum may have been enough to upset the apple cart for Romney that it did become necessary for McCain to endorse Romney in the days leading up to the New Hampshire primary and in the end it will probably will have at most, a minimal benefit for Romney come primary night.
However, some of the drawbacks to a McCain endorsement that we noted back in December, were immediately highlighted by the mainstream media in the wake of the anticipated endorsement. The main criticism was the hypocrisy involved in what is an ironic flip-flop for Romney by McCain.
At the time, White House 2012 even produced a video documenting the hypocrisy with clips that offer some of the reasons why Romney should not want an endorsement from McCain and why McCain shouldn’t want to endorse Romney.
Ultimately, the McCain endorsement will probably not help Romney much. Romney should be winning New Hampshire primary regardless of what McCain did. But there is an underlying risk that Romney takes by receiving John McCain’s seal of approval. As the perceived moderate, establishment Republican, the approval of another perceived moderate, establishment Republican does little more than reinforce what is an image problem for Romney in this anti-establishment atmosphere.
To put it another way, given the existing mood in the Republican Party, whose endorsement would you rather have……..John McCain’s or Sarah Palin’s. In my humble opinion, I think the Mama Grizzly would be far more beneficial than the G.O.P.’s establishment, liberal “Maverick”.
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