WSJ reporter Deborah Solomon speculates that Republicans may have difficulty holding on to some statehouses next year. Willard, she notes, has given his party a particularly uphill task in Massachusetts. So much for the conservative establishment’s confidence in Healey.
“By forgoing a re-election bid next year, the Republican dubbed ‘Matinee Mitt’ is free to seek his party’s 2008 presidential nomination. Winning a second term as Massachusetts governor might have been just as hard,” Solomon writes.
“Despite his good looks and cachet from leading a liberal “blue state,” Gov. Mitt Romney trailed two potential Democratic opponents in the polls before announcing Dec. 14 that he won’t run in 2006. His home-state plight underscores the challenge Republicans face next year in retaining governorships they have held for a decade,” Solomon adds.