Ben Smith reports that “CPAC embraces the New Mitt Romney.” Apparently, this “new” Mitt is a big hit as he gears up for the 2012 race.
But, there’s potentially a new hurdle for Mitt. And, it comes from that new GOP star from Massachusetts, Scott Brown, according to The Hill. Yep, it’s Mitt vs. Scott. And, the Romney people are taking it seriously enough to do some trash talking of Brown:
Former advisors to Romney’s presidential campaign have talked down the likelihood and viability of a Brown bid for White House.
“Scott Brown’s going to be a great senator and run for re-election,” said one former Romney adviser.
A second Romney advisor said Brown would present “the wrong profile to compete against [President Barack] Obama.”
The source said it would be difficult for Republicans to argue that Obama should be replaced by a “celebrity phenom with no experience,” especially considering the GOP strongly criticized Obama’s celebrity and lack of experience in 2008.
The Brown people aren’t exactly backing down. And, quotes like this one, albeit anonymous, sure make it sound like they’ve already given some thought to the idea:
But the adviser noted his appeal on the national stage.
“A Republican from the South doesn’t stand out but a Republican from New England does stand out. He’s an attractive all-around charismatic personality and that helps anyone as a candidate. Anyone who wants for president has those qualities.”
Mitt’s been busy creating “the New Mitt Romney” (but his position on DADT remains unchanged.) And, Mitt thinks he created Scott Brown. This could get ugly. An intra-party, intra-state, intra-mentor/mentee battle could be fun to watch.