As often happens when you have kids at home, I saw more Curious George yesterday than news. So it was quite a surprise when I saw Romney endorse McCain on the nightly news. The surprise was turned to reason quickly when I remembered the volume of calls to talk radio from Romney supporters saying they would now vote for anyone else besides McCain. Romney simply made a tactical move to not only unify the party but also set himself up as a party favorite for the VP or other nomination.
I have said before that Romney reminds me of a boss, he is only interested in results. When he left the primary, the party became fractured with conservatives looking for an alternative, even asking for a third party. Now, by endorsing John McCain, Romney sets himself up as a unifying force in the Republican party. McCain can still unify Independents and Republicans behind the America before the party sentiment but now Romney can unify the party for America. Results that no McCain supporter can truly ignore.
As far as the VP nod, Romney may have become a consideration yesterday and set up an alliance of convenience. McCain and Romney do not see eye to eye and there may be better candidates for VP to sway more conservatives, but McCain will have to consider how much Romney helps his nomination going forward. If Huckabee starts getting fewer votes and less delegates as a result of Romney’s intervention, can a VP consideration be tossed aside by McCain? Romney may not accept even if he is offered the post, deciding instead to prepare for 2012 or 2016, but his influence will not be forgotten by the party. If Romney does accept, McCain gains another point with voters afraid of his age (despite his vitality) because there will be a strong a “youthful” VP at his side.
Romney’s business is taking risks and producing results. The risks are few in supporting McCain but the results are huge for Romney. McCain is already the front-runner so Romney’s support is just another endorsement toward the inevitable nomination. The result of the support however, gives Romney an edge in all future political considerations.