That is the signal effect that Donald Trump has had on the campaign the last few days. Mitt Romney wants to, in particularly strong language, indict President Obama for dithering over Syria, and Romney has the backing of strong voices within the Republican Party to do so.
Romney wants stories to be written pegged to likely clinching, mathematically speaking, of the Republican nomination tonight in Texas, perhaps with a few mentions of how adroitly his campaign turned back the challenge from that state’s governor, and typically the political media would obligingly do so.
And Romney wants to be talking about Solyndra, the failed solar-energy company that took $535 million in federal loan guarantees, which could help inoculate him from attacks on his career at Bain Capital — and the facts regarding the coziness between Democrats and Solyndra should allow him to do so.
Instead, the conversation has dwelt largely on Trump, the joint appearance he’s making with Romney and Newt Gingrich tonight in Las Vegas, and why Romney won’t abjure some of Trump’s wing-nut insistences.
He’s got a lot of strong voices in his own party, the political media, and the facts waiting for him to do so.
— Jim O’Sullivan
NATIONAL JOURNAL PRESIDENTIAL RACE REPORT
Was 2008 a Blip or the Leading Edge of Change?
[National Journal, 5/29/12] Obama’s decisive 2008 win marked the emergence of a new electoral map, and in 2012, that new map will be put to the test. National Journal’s Naureen Khan explores whether this year’s battleground, which encompasses 16 states, was a fluke arising from a nationwide outburst of discontent with the party in power or something more permanent. Democratic strategist Mark Mellman and Republican strategist Glen Bolger weighed in with their views of the battlegrounds.
Math Adds Up to GOP Victory for Romney
[Associated Press, 5/29/12] By the end of today, if all goes as expected, the former Massachusetts governor will finally have a mathematical lock on the Republican presidential nomination. Romney commented on the GOP primary in Texas, "I'm looking forward to good news."
Will A Hard-Power-Loving Obama Sell?
[National Journal, 5/29/12] The New York Times and Newsweek have just come out with extensively reported articles demonstrating how personally and deeply involved Obama is with killing terrorists, an issue that could tip the scales on an extremely close race come November.
Romney Courts Trump’s Dollars, but Shuns His Message NEW!
[New York Times, 5/29/12] Although Romney thought Donald Trump would tone down his Obama conspiracy theories, Trump on Tuesday eagerly embraced the discredited birther movement once again. He declared on CNBC, “there are some major questions here that the press doesn’t want to cover.”
Romney: Obama Policies Have Hurt Coal-Dependent Areas
[National Journal, 5/29/12] Appearing in Colorado’s coal country, Romney on Tuesday sought to make the case that Obama’s energy policies have hurt communities like these — in the face of evidence indicating otherwise. Romney told a crowd of more than 800 people that Obama’s policies have been responsible for the problems in Craig, located in the state’s rural northwest corner.
Romney to Officially Clinch GOP Nomination Tuesday
[Washington Post, 5/28/12] Romney is about to retire the “presumptive” in his title. With Tuesday’s Texas primary, he is poised to secure the 1,144 delegates required to clinch the GOP nomination: Romney currently is short just of 60 delegates from that magic number; Texas has 155.
Secretive Conservative Front Group Funds Political Attacks NEW!
[National Journal, 5/29/12] Each day brings stunning evidence of how the U.S. campaign finance system, in the wake of the Supreme Court's Citizens United decision and its legal descendants, is permitting secret donors to spend millions of dollars to furtively influence the outcome of American elections
Romney to Meet With Adelson
[CBS, 5/29/12] Mitt Romney is reportedly meeting Tuesday in Las Vegas with Sheldon Adelson, the casino mogul who bankrolled the super PAC behind Newt Gingrich. Adelson had previously said he would support whomever is the eventual GOP nominee.
Romney Campaign Hits Obama on Solyndra
[National Journal, 5/29/12] In his latest bruising Web video, Romney is hitting President Obama on his track record on green energy, zooming in on the solar-energy company that filed for bankruptcy after receiving $535 million in loan guarantees from the government.
Ron Paul Supporters Organizing Pre-Convention Festival NEW!
[ABC News, 5/29/12] Ron Paul supporters are organizing Paul Festival to be held at the Florida State Fairgrounds in August. The day after it ends, the Republican National Convention is scheduled to begin-- only eight miles across town.
Trump Fundraiser Carries Political Risk For Romney
[Bloomberg, 5/29/12] Romney will join billionaire Donald Trump on Tuesday night in Las Vegas for a fundraiser just days after the real estate mogul sought to re-ignite debate about Obama’s birthplace. The appearance brings some political risk for the presumptive GOP nominee – and no real advantages. Meanwhile, the Obama campaign is hitting Romney for his ties to Trump.
Michelle Obama Cookbook: First Lady Releases 'American Grown'
[Huffington Post, 5/29/12] Michelle Obama released her new book, "American Grown: The Story of the White House Kitchen Garden and Gardens Across America," on Tuesday. The book tracing the garden's growth from her first planting day at the White House has come out just in time for Obama's reelection campaign.
Romney: Economy Improving 'in Spite' of Obama
[Politico, 5/29/12] Romney told a group of locals and bused-in coal-miners in Colorado on Tuesday, "Things are getting a little better in a lot of places in this country, but it's not thanks to his policies." He claimed that Obama is looking for someone to blame in regard to the economy.
The Buzz Around Portman, the Un-Palin
[Wall Street Journal, 5/28/12] In the eyes of a campaign already famous for its methodical approach, the one thing Romney can’t afford to do is replicate his party’s 2008 vice-presidential nominee choice of Sarah Palin. And if the goal is to avoid a Palin-like experience, the “vanilla” Rob Portman is the un-Palin of 2012: His resume is sterling, and there is little chance he would hurt the ticket.
Romney Marks Memorial Day With Call for Continued Military Strength
[National Journal, 5/28/12] On Memorial Day, Romney steered clear of partisan politics, but expressed concern over the world’s security while singling out countries that he contends pose a threat to it. Sen. John McCain, R-Ariz., who, unlike Romney, is a veteran, introduced the candidate at the event.