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Wednesday, March 7, 2007
posted by Justin Hart | 5:40 PM | permalink


I love the Evans-Novak report but there are numerous errors in today's issue:
Giuliani had absolutely no presence there whatsoever. Not a single sticker, sign, T-shirt, or visible volunteer was present for Giuliani at CPAC. Yet somehow, without trying, he succeeded.
It's true there were no PRINTED stickers, signs or t-shirts... but there were numerous volunteers.

Proof... you want proof eh?

This was right in the lobby. There was a guy standing right there organizing things. Later he did some news interviews with news crews.

OK... more Evans Novak chicanery:
Romney's young volunteers -- he bussed in and paid for scores of students, many or mostly Mormons -- were ubiquitous carrying his signs and passing out his stickers. His speech, delivered in his typical staccato style, was not bad. He also pleased conservatives with specific promises for keeping down government spending and repealing McCain-Feingold. But much of the applause in the room was clearly driven by the volunteers, who were carefully placed throughout the large ballroom at Washington's Omni Shoreham Hotel.
I'm not even sure where to begin.
  • The Romney "busses" with "scores" of students amounted to 3 vans that the campaign paid for. Each van could hold about 7 people. This but hardly qualifies as the exaggerated "SCORES".

  • As for the "Mormon" thing that is pure conjecture. You can judge for yourself here. I for a fact that 3 of them were not Mormon. Is anyone else uncomfortable with the Evans/Novak overtones here?

  • As for the "applause" from the "carefully placed" volunteers. Nonsense. Watch the video. I pan the crowd several times. The entire front section didn't have a single Mitt-wearing t-shirt but they gave him a standing-O just the same. Just to get into the event you had to be there an hour ahead of time. There was not strategic placement. This is pure animus in my book.
More junk from E/N:
Unlike Romney's cash-rich operation, Brownback's homespun campaign just had to make a strong enough showing at CPAC to prove that he does not belong in the second tier of candidates.
  • Again, go listen to the students here. This not manufactured. Many of these people were local DCers. Many of the people I spoke to did not choose to go on camera because they work for local consevative think tanks.

  • As Matt Lewis pointed out:
    Some people will tell you that Mitt Romney didn't deserve to win (because he bussed in College Republicans to vote for him). That's like saying George W. Bush didn't deserve to win because he raised more money than his opponent. Romney's ability to organize, inspire, and transport college students to the conference is precisely why he did deserve to win! A campaign that has the organizational ability to bus in college students has the organizational ability to do a lot of other things, too. The rules allow for it, so what's wrong with Romney doing what he has to do (within the rules) to win?
    I sense a lot of anger and anti-Romney rhetoric in the report.

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21% Mormons at CPAC???!?!? From Havard, S.C., Georgia, Chicago, Minnesota, Indiana, Ohio? Where are the Mormons? I guess there are so many LDS in there areas then Romney has it in the bag. Talk about about NoFacts, I mean Novaks. It sounds like a convenient rationalize of Romney's victory.

I guess the student that Howard Fineman wasn't a evangelical???

By Anonymous Anonymous, at March 7, 2007 at 6:57 PM  

I guess the RNC Insider Poll is really all Mormons too? And all the congressman that are endorsing are all Mormons? How insulting and bigotted is that?

By Anonymous Anonymous, at March 7, 2007 at 7:01 PM  

If this solely Mormon support, then how come Hatch didn't do as well in CPAC when he ran? I am amazed how lazy the analysis is in this piece!

By Anonymous Anonymous, at March 7, 2007 at 7:03 PM  

Oh good grief, this is just so much more BOO HOO-ing from someone not as interested in a factual rendition of what happened as he is in projecting his wishful thinking, a type of therapy for him perhaps. Clearly. Thanks for pointing the guy out as a charlatan, haven't read his stuff before. Will skip it in the future as well.

By Anonymous Anonymous, at March 7, 2007 at 7:03 PM  

Another MSM classic of writing a story to fit their pre-conceptions. Facts? We don't need no stickin' facts.

By Anonymous GeorgiaMom, at March 7, 2007 at 8:33 PM  

I subscribe to the Evans-Novak Report and usually enjoy it. I find it very informative and I think he offers some very objective analysis. Maybe he had an especially busy week, however; since it seems he didn't have enough time to do some real research.

Novak is the greatest trash talker in the Republican party. It would be helpful if he could just get over it and become a Democrat. He wouldn't do any more damage to Republicans and he would end up being more honest. My understanding is that Novak was a Democrat at one time, and we ought to encourage his return--the sooner the better.

Assuming your bus calculations are correct, that's 21 votes. Remove them from the final tally and Romney still wins by 3%. When will the liberal (and many conservative) voices stop with the 'Romney wins the CPAC poll but. . .' comments!

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