I'll skip the Kerry stuff (after the 2004 election, I can barely stand thinking about him). Of Romney she writes:
He (Yepsen) was even more positive about Romney.
In Massachusetts, the public is growing bored with Romney's undisputed mastery of engineering technicalities relating to the collapse of Big Dig ceiling panels. The local press is also starting to ask where Romney was for the last 3 1/2 years, while Big Dig problems were building up to the point of this summer's tragedy. But in Iowa, Yepsen notes that ``Romney wins good reviews for his can-do style and upbeat message."Yepsen labeled the Massachusetts governor ``the best organized of any of the GOP presidential candidates in Iowa." He said Romney's Mormon faith appears to be helping, not hurting him in Iowa. And he quoted a GOP activist who said Romney reminded her of Ronald Reagan.
``That Reagan standard is a tough one for any Republican to meet. If Romney's meeting it . . . he's well on his way toward winning the 2008 Iowa Republican caucuses," concluded Yepsen. It really doesn't get any better than that for a Republican presidential hopeful, does it?
Later she notes:
Could Iowa ultimately set up Kerry vs. Romney instead? Yepsen might be on to something.Great stuff from Iowa to Boston . . . thanks to Yepsen; actually, thanks to Romney.
As for Romney, there is something Reaganesque in his speech inflection. Unlike Reagan, Romney does not generally need cue cards. . . . But for now the Massachusetts governor exudes can-do confidence, especially when he is beyond Massachusetts and its hypercritical media.