Matt Lewis

Some conservative leaders are now publicly opposing Mitt Romney's consideration for VP

This is from the Government is not God PAC website:

More than 20 leading social conservatives signed an open letter to Senator John McCain expressing their displeasure over the prospect of an “M&M” ticket being pushed by Karl Rove, Sean Hannity and others in the economic wing of the Republican Party.

Among the signers are those, such as Paul Weyrich of the Free Congress Foundation, who once supported Mitt Romney and now publicly regret it. 
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Note:  A trusted source tells me that the minute Romney endorsed McCain, Weyrich decided he couldn't stomach Mitt's decision, and promptly endorsed Huckabee.  

With the exception of Weyrich, who endorsed Romney, the signers all tend to be former Huckabee supporters.

One source, who was close to the Romney campaign, tells me this is an attempt to elevate Mike Huckabee as a possible VP pick: 
"Who has been talking about Huckabee as Veep?  Nobody.  I'd rather have Hannity and Ingraham saying good things about me to millions of people, rather than worrying about what this rag-tag group says about me."

It has been reported that this full-page ad will run tomorrow in various cities and towns where John McCain will be campaigning.  But I'm doubtful it will see the light of day in more than a few small publications (As Jim Geraghty writes, "This is absolutely fantastic news... for the advertising department of the Prescott Daily Courier."). 

If this organization were really serious, they would probably focus on targeted direct mail and phone calls.  Instead, this is more likely an attention-getting device to try to get some attention for the Huckabee for Veep movement.

Here are some an excerpts from the ad: 
FOR US THE BOTTOM LINE IS THIS: The unvarnished facts of Mitt Romney's record as governor of Massachusetts make him utterly unacceptable as a Vice Presidential choice.  

Governor Romney got no traction during the primaries simply because his recent “conversion” to conservative and pro-life principles is not credible.


Question:  Knowing what you do of McCain, do you think that these guys opinion of Mitt makes him more or less likely to pick Mitt based on their opinion?  ... My guess is that they have achieved the opposite of their supposed intent and in fact made Mitt more acceptable to McCain after their attacks.

... Hot Air has more.

... David Brody has more.

... Marc Ambinder has more.

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