The Romney strategists have been faced with a problem. Sure, their candidate is uniquely suited to pull in tons of fundraising money — and I mean that literally; his campaign currently has "$160 million cash on hand," which would weigh 1.2 tons in $100 bills — but he's kind of iffy on pretty much everything else. He lacks the commonality with humanity needed to identify a doughnut on sight, invented Obamacare and has a political record just to the left of Dennis Kucinich.
So, how do you boost a candidate's street cred with conservatives while simultaneously making him seem slightly more human? Well, I suppose this is one option…
Former Vice President Dick Cheney is using his popularity with Republican conservatives to give a boost to Mitt Romney, hosting a fundraiser for the party's likely nominee at a mountain valley resort as well as a private dinner at his Wyoming home…
Romney doesn't have a close relationship with the former vice president, a veteran of five Republican presidential administrations and a huge draw for GOP donors. While Romney speaks regularly with former President George H.W. Bush, he seldom refers by name to the most recent Bush to occupy the White House. On occasion he goes out of his way not to say Bush's name out loud and simply calls him "the predecessor" to Obama.
Smart move, I think, going with Cheney over that smoke and fire Balrog monster from the first Lord of the Rings movie. What he lacks in heart and relatability, he more than makes up for hard-nosed conservative ideals.
Plus, the former VP is a great example of how a strong politician can get anything he wants through Congress. That monster couldn't pass anything.
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