....Romney’s new headquarters is an attic. Until a couple weeks ago, there was no air conditioning. His three paid staffers work on folding plastic picnic tables.Read the full story HERE.
If it doesn’t seem like Romney’s playing to win here, that’s by design. The former Massachusetts governor, widely considered the national front-runner for the GOP’s 2012 presidential nomination, is waging a stealth campaign in the nation’s first caucus state.
Romney is engineering low expectations so that if he finishes second or third — or worse — it won’t set him back. Yet he also wants to be in position to pounce if he sees an opportunity.
Even his harshest critics here say an opportunity exists, with the field still fluid and Pawlenty, Rep. Michele Bachmann (Minn.) and a half-dozen others competing for the social conservative base. No candidate has shown strong appeal on Romney’s Iowa turf — the Rotary Club set and GOP establishment types — although Texas Gov. Rick Perry could do so if he runs....
Couple of thoughts:
1. If Perry gets in and competes in Iowa, does that present a divide and conguer scenario there. Will the socon vote be so split that Romney could pull off a win or strong second?
2. If Governor Brewer decides to move Arizona's primary to late January and Perry gets in and concentrates on Arizona hoping for a win and momentum from there, what would the scenario look like with early wins for Bachmann in Iowa and Perry win in Arizona? Assuming Romney has NH sewed up, wouldn't it put a lot more importance on Nevada and South Carolina?
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