The moderator of Meet the Press gives his analysis of the Romney decision, and who is helps the most.
HH: And joining me to talk about the day’s events on the political side and all the other news is Chuck Todd, host of Meet The Press. I want to begin by thanking him for having me on his show last week, which Chuck, congratulations, the show did very well, and I’ve been telling people all week that with you and Kareem Abdul-Jabbar there, I felt like Chuck Nevitt on the background there the way that he must have felt on the Lakers’ bench in ’85.
CT: I don’t know. I kind of feel like it was, I’ll take the role of Magic. I feel like you were my James Worthy.
HH: Oh, well, that, I’ll go with Worthy, but Kareem was something to watch, and quite an interesting interview. And I’m sure you’ve been getting feedback on that interview all week long.
CT: No, it was, I definitely have, and you know, everybody’s got Hugh Hewitt buzz around here. It’s like oh, who broke the news? Who’s got it? So you know…
HH: Well, let’s talk about that news. I was genuinely surprised. Were you surprised?
CT: You know, this morning, I was surprised. Three weeks ago, it never made sense to me, I’ll be honest with you. I didn’t, you know, I didn’t see it. I just, you know, because I thought that this was, I just couldn’t imagine him wanting to go through this gauntlet again. And ultimately, my gut is, and you know, that this was, I think he did a sober analysis of this, and said is the cost of going through this primary gauntlet worth it? And it was going to be, it was going to take a heavy toll. I mean, it was going to be not a fun three or four months for him, I think, if he got in, because there would have been a lot of, he would have had to have dealt with a lot of negative feedback first – look who didn’t sign up with him again, look who’s not fundraising. You know, they were would always be a, and oh, my God, the poll numbers are eroding, which of course would have been just natural as more candidates got in the race. But you know, it would have been a rough period, and the question is where would he be by Labor Day? And would he be in a position, you know, did he have it? Could he do what John McCain did, right, which is you know, go from hero to zero and back up again? And in a field like this, it would have been tough to do. Continue Reading