Tim Skubick: New book details Romney's home-state struggles - Boston News, Weather, Sports | FOX 25 | MyFoxBoston

Tim Skubick: New book details Romney's home-state struggles

Posted: Updated:
  • Tim SkubickMore>>

  • Mark Schauer says he will not sign the 'no tax pledge'

    Mark Schauer says he will not sign the 'no tax pledge'

    Tuesday, July 29 2014 7:13 PM EDT2014-07-29 23:13:01 GMT
    The Democratic candidate for governor Mark Schauer says he will not sign the no tax pledge, and says he probably would have sent Detroit in bankruptcy if he had been governor. 
    The Democratic candidate for governor Mark Schauer says he will not sign the no tax pledge, and says he probably would have sent Detroit in bankruptcy if he had been governor. 
  • Mark Schauer details proposal to help women in the workplace

    Mark Schauer details proposal to help women in the workplace

    Wednesday, July 23 2014 5:59 PM EDT2014-07-23 21:59:06 GMT
    Gubernatorial candidate Mark Schauer is looking to win over the female voters in the upcoming election. He's proposing five points to help women in the workplace.
    Gubernatorial candidate Mark Schauer is looking to win over the female voters in the upcoming election. He's proposing five points to help women in the workplace.
  • The curse of Michigan's Lt. Governor

    The curse of Michigan's Lt. Governor

    Tuesday, July 22 2014 6:25 PM EDT2014-07-22 22:25:25 GMT
    No kid ever grows up wanting to be lt. governor, the second banana in state government.In Michigan there is a rich history of the second-in-charge wanting to use the office as a stepping stone to the top job as governor. Turns out it’s been a slippery stone as only two of twelvel.g.'s actually made it.The two winners were lt. governor John Swainson who served as the right-hand man to Gov. Soapy Williams and when he decided to retire, Mr. Swainson ran and won.Lt. Governor Bill Milliken served...
    No kid ever grows up wanting to be lt. governor, the second banana in state government.In Michigan there is a rich history of the second-in-charge wanting to use the office as a stepping stone to the top job as governor. Turns out it’s been a slippery stone as only two of twelvel.g.'s actually made it.The two winners were lt. governor John Swainson who served as the right-hand man to Gov. Soapy Williams and when he decided to retire, Mr. Swainson ran and won.Lt. Governor Bill Milliken served...
LANSING, Mich. (WJBK) -

The Mittster and his Mrs. have recently emerged from their self-imposed post election cocoon and are making the media rounds once again.  And they must take some pleasure in the polls suggesting if the election was held today, Mr. and Mrs. Mitt Romney would be measuring the drapers in the White House.

Maybe next time.

But in the meantime, a new book is out, "Double Down" by Mark Halperin and John Heilemann revisiting the Mitt Romney the nation came to love and loath last year during his ill-fated attempt to send Mr. Obama to the unemployment line.

A section of it focuses on the Michigan presidential primary and come to find out, he almost stiffed  his use-to-be home state as he came close to pulling out of the race, not once, but twice.

"Is it winnable?" a frurstrated faux-native son asked his pollster. If it wasn't winnable he showed his love for the state by suggesting, "why spend a million dollars just to lose."  

Recall that GOP underdog Ricky Santorum was nipping at Mr. Romney's heels and unbeknownst to him, others in the GOP continued a search for ABR..Anybody but Romney.  On that list: Gov. Chris Christie and Gov. Mitch Daniels from New Jersey and Indiana respectively.  They obviously did not get in.

But it underscored how poorly Mr. Romney was doing including in his ex-home state where his first commercial boasted about him being the favorite-son.

That dog did not hunt.  He had not been in the Michigan for forty years; given a chance to pick the Tigers over the Boston Red Sox, he stiffed the Tigs; sure his daddy had been governor, but all those supporters were pushing up Daisies.

So when they did the focus groups, they discovered the commercial backfired. "Voters here either didn't care he was a Wolverine native, didn't believe it, or resented the suggestion.  They told researchers, "If you're from here, where have you been?'

Michigan voters are parochial to a fault and can spot a phoney a mile away even if his wife owned two Cadillacs.

In the midst of all this, the candidate wonders, "Maybe we should just pull out?"

Mrs. Romney wasn't doing much better. Fed-up with the "media that loves Barack Obama" she confessed during a luncheon in Midland, "I'm so mad at the press, I could just strangle them!"

Then came election night with an upset in the cards.  The anxious Romney family waited it out in suburban Detroit hoping against hope that maybe some of George Romney's voters for just one night would come back from the grave and vote early and often.

41% to 38% was the final count and the Mittster stated the obvious as he dodged the Michigan bullet, "We didn't win by a lot, but we won by enough."

And with that, he left the state on his private jet.

  • Download the FOX 2 Apps


  • FOX 2 News Five-Day Forecast
  • PoliticalMore>>

  • US, UN announce deal on Gaza cease-fire

    US, UN announce deal on Gaza cease-fire

    Thursday, July 31 2014 6:00 PM EDT2014-07-31 22:00:10 GMT
    The United States and United Nations are announcing that Israel and Hamas have agreed to a humanitarian cease-fire to start Friday morning for 72 hours.
    Israel and Hamas have agreed to a humanitarian cease-fire to start Friday morning for 72 hours, the United States and United Nations announced Thursday.
  • Congress races to finish VA, highway bills

    Congress races to finish VA, highway bills

    Thursday, July 31 2014 5:41 PM EDT2014-07-31 21:41:02 GMT
    Congress is racing to wrap up legislation addressing chronic problems at the Veterans Affairs Department and a shortfall in highway money ahead of its five-week summer break.
    Congress ran full-tilt into election-year gridlock over immigration Thursday and staggered toward a five-week summer break with no agreement in sight on legislation to cope with the influx of young immigrants flocking...
  • USDA overhauls decades-old poultry inspections

    USDA overhauls decades-old poultry inspections

    Thursday, July 31 2014 3:32 PM EDT2014-07-31 19:32:38 GMT
    The Obama administration is overhauling poultry plant inspections for the first time in more than 50 years, a move it says could result in 5,000 fewer foodborne illnesses each year.
    The Obama administration is overhauling poultry plant inspections for the first time in more than 50 years, a move it says could result in 5,000 fewer foodborne illnesses each year.
Powered by WorldNow

25 FOX Drive
Dedham, MA 02026

Phone (781) 467-2525

Didn't find what you were looking for?
All content © Copyright 2000 - 2014 Fox Television Stations, Inc. and Worldnow. All Rights Reserved.
Privacy Policy | Terms of Service | Ad Choices