A little pick-me-up

posted at 9:42 am on January 30, 2008 by Bryan

I didn’t like 300 much, but I might have to re-evaluate it after what happened in Florida.

Here’s why I’m not quite ready to make nice.

In my attempts to self-soothe in the wake of Romney’s Florida defeat, I’m poring over the details of the exit polling in search of encouraging morsels, thus far with sporadic success. Mitt beat McCain soundly among conservatives (37-29), among “issues” voters (35-27), and even edged him out among voters for whom terrorism was the most important issue (29-26).

One of the features of the Florida primary that was supposed to distinguish it from the other contests to date was that it was a closed primary, meaning only party-registered voters could vote in their respective primaries. This was one of those alluring intangibles that hinted at a Romney advantage relative to the earlier open primaries.

And indeed, the exit polling suggests that Romney likely matched McCain among Republicans in Florida (rounded to the nearest percentage point). From where I’m sitting, it appears Mitt Romney Mitt-Romney-MBA Sep-07 might’ve won the Florida primary.

First, we conservatives are the bedrock of the GOP and, pundit betrayals and spin notwithstanding, our values are the party’s engine. They’re the party’s future. They’re worth fighting for, even if we’re outnumbered by the influx of independents in what was supposed to be a closed primary, and even if we end up with an imperfect party nominee because of that.

So we fight on. Conservatism isn’t Sparta. It’s America.


Related Posts:

Breaking on Hot Air

Blowback

Note from Hot Air management: This section is for comments from Hot Air's community of registered readers. Please don't assume that Hot Air management agrees with or otherwise endorses any particular comment just because we let it stand. A reminder: Anyone who fails to comply with our terms of use may lose their posting privilege.

Trackbacks/Pings

Trackback URL

Comments

Comment pages: 1 2

Where in the world is Harry/Apocolips? Kind of mis’em :(

jerrytbg on January 30, 2008 at 11:47 AM

thirteen28 on January 30, 2008 at 11:45 AM

oh, SO true!!

jerrytbg on January 30, 2008 at 11:50 AM

You know, everyone has said that Mitt is now on his game. He’s speaking with more fire, he’s coming out swinging. If this stays up, Romney might be able to pull it off.

We can’t just roll over and die just yet. I agree, we REALLY need to reform the primary system so we don’t have what, Iowa-NH-Michigan-Florida, all of which have had huge independent votes. That’s turning our party over to people who aren’t in it. Also known as idiocy.

Mitt’s won the “Conservative” primaries handily so far. Wyoming, Nevada. So handily that McCain and others didn’t even contest them. As for Connecticut’s poll…. yeah, I’m not surprised that McCain is in front. There’s no functional republican party there that I know of.

Vanceone on January 30, 2008 at 11:52 AM

Vanceone on January 30, 2008 at 11:52 AM

Mitt’s won the “Conservative” primaries handily so far.

That is percisely why I say, wait to tues.

jerrytbg on January 30, 2008 at 12:00 PM

What influx of independents? This was indeed a closed primary. Only registered republicans voted for McCain. (Not that I’m happy about that.)

G. Charles on January 30, 2008 at 12:17 PM

Since the DNC sanctioned FL and the Dem votes meant nothing in their own nomination process, it’s a no-brainer to try to vote in the other primary, and thus, McCain.

hulbstar on January 30, 2008 at 12:27 PM

Unsanctioned, not sanctioned.

hulbstar on January 30, 2008 at 12:52 PM

What influx of independents? This was indeed a closed primary. Only registered republicans voted for McCain. (Not that I’m happy about that.)

G. Charles on January 30, 2008 at 12:17 PM

It’s becoming apparent that people were allowed to register for that party right there at the polling places, and many did.

Given the possibility that as much as 20% of the 2 million GOP votes cast today came from independents and Democrats (enough to change the outcome), I think we do now need some answers.

20%?!

Michelle’s got more.

Redhead Infidel on January 30, 2008 at 1:47 PM

Why is the lie that Mac is good on security allowed to be propagated? Border security is National Security and he cares f#ck all about that! He would be a horrible CiC, he wouldn’t listen to the Generals, he would build a dias in the Oval Office and issue decrees. He would close Gitmo and hobble all of our forces in the fight. Handcuffs would probably have to be fur lined for the terrorist’s comfort and the troops fighting and dieing wouldn’t even get a reach around, all to help him banish his own nightmares. Can you imagine the ROEs that he would issue??

TBinSTL on January 30, 2008 at 4:21 PM

let Freedom ring… and to the bringers of Freedom, eternal life in the hearts of free men and women every where.

Kaptain Amerika on January 30, 2008 at 8:23 PM

I wondered how this film would play here in Greece. In fact, it’s been a total hit!

Tzetzes on January 31, 2008 at 7:08 AM

Comment pages: 1 2