Rasmussen in NH: Romney 37, Paul 17, Hunstman 15

posted at 11:00 am on January 10, 2012 by Ed Morrissey

Rasmussen took its last survey of the New Hampshire primary race on Sunday, and the results are … not terribly surprising, at least at the top.  As has been the case for weeks, Mitt Romney maintained his 2-1 lead over the nearest competitor, which continues to be Ron Paul, 37-17.  Jon Huntsman has moved up to third, though, and Rick Santorum barely edges Newt Gingrich for fourth:

Mitt Romney, the former governor of neighboring Massachusetts, remains well ahead of his nearest rival in Rasmussen Reports’ final survey of the New Hampshire Republican Primary race.

Romney earns 37% support, with Texas Congressman Ron Paul a distant second with 17% of the vote in the latest telephone survey of Likely Republican Primary Voters taken Sunday night. Former Utah Governor Jon Huntsman is now in third with 15%, up slightly from 12% late last week.

Former U.S. Senator Rick Santorum, coming off his photo finish with Romney in last week’s Iowa caucuses, picks up 13% of the vote, unchanged from the previous survey. Former House Speaker Newt Gingrich also has made a modest gain, moving from eight percent (8%) support among likely primary voters last week to 12% now.  Perry, who is counting on the January 21 South Carolina Primary to determine the fate of his candidacy, remains in the cellar here with one percent (1%). Another one percent (1%) prefers some other candidate in the race, and three percent (3%) remain undecided.

Basically, with just five points separating the four candidates behind Romney, it’s a virtual tie for second place in the Rasmussen poll.  On Intrade, bets on Huntsman finishing second pushed up to 45% over the last couple of days, but bets on him winning the nomination declined from 6.6% to 5.6% in the same period.  So far, none of the also-rans have gained any real separation over the others, except for Perry, who got separation in the wrong direction.

Santorum’s finish here looks surprising.  The media meme in the last 24 hours is that Santorum has acknowledged that New Hampshire is not Iowa, which I doubt Santorum would have argued in the first place, and NPR argued that Santorum is “slipping” in the Granite State.  An argument could be made that he’s not gaining momentum since last week, but finishing in a virtual tie for second among four candidates in a state that wasn’t supposed to like his social conservatism hardly strikes me as slipping.  Gingrich has campaigned non-stop here for the last few days and has gained a little, but it’s surprising to see him still behind Santorum in NH, even if by a single point.

Meanwhile, as I was writing this post, Suffolk University sent me their final tracking poll results for the primary, which mostly matches the Rasmussen results:

Mitt Romney is primed to complete the political perfecta of winning both the Iowa caucus and the New Hampshire primary, according to the final two-day Suffolk University/7News tracking poll of likely voters in New Hampshire.

Romney (37 percent) led Ron Paul (18 percent), Jon Huntsman (16 percent), Rick Santorum (11 percent), and Newt Gingrich (9 percent), while Rick Perry and Buddy Roemer each had 1 percent, with 7 percent undecided.

“Mitt Romney may beat his closest competitor by a two- to-one margin,” said David Paleologos, director of the Suffolk University Political Research Center in Boston. “With two solid debate performances, Romney weathered the storm earlier this week, while no opponent made a serious run at him.”

This includes polling taken yesterday as well as Sunday, which takes into account some of the last-minute attacks on Romney’s Bain experience. It seems to have had little effect. The biggest move between Sunday and Monday was that Huntsman outpolled Paul on the final day, but that came from improved draw from independents (26%) rather than Republicans (9%).

I’ll predict that Romney will hit 40%, with Jon Huntsman coming in second at 17%, Paul at 15%, and Santorum at 13%. If Paul falls to third in New Hampshire, there’s not much in the near future of the primaries — save the binding caucuses in Nevada, perhaps — where he can score a significant finish. Huntsman is a dog that won’t hunt in South Carolina, and with Santorum, Gingrich, and Perry splitting the conservative vote there, Romney could be in position to run the early table. Earlier today on Radio Row, Debbie Wasserman Schultz made an appearance on WBZ’s morning show to try to argue that anything short of a majority for Romney in New Hampshire was a failure. That sounds as though the Democrats are already starting to worry about Romney being the nominee.


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Only 37%??

Mittens needs to go to General Quarters… anything less than 40% is a HUGE LOSS!!

Khun Joe on January 10, 2012 at 11:02 AM

Huntsmentum! Feel it!

Abby Adams on January 10, 2012 at 11:04 AM

I would prefer that Paul come in 2nd rather than Huntsman. Any future vote for Huntsman in SC or FL comes out of Romney’s pocket.

Similarly, I despise that both early contests allow independents voting, which skews the results and invites trouble.

matthew8787 on January 10, 2012 at 11:05 AM

Hey wonder why Paul is still doing so well? Could it be that he is actually talking about the sort of solutions that people want? Nah they are all Paulians voting for that old racist eh?

After all how many conservatives want to:
Abolish the Dept Of Edu
Abolish the Dept of Energy
Audit the Fed
Cut spending drastically…
Get our freedoms back…

That is why Paul is popular…republicans ignore those desires at their peril. Hey why isn’t Hot Air showing that poll that shows Paul within a point of Obama?

PierreLegrand on January 10, 2012 at 11:05 AM

So, if 325,000 vote, as they expect, Mitt will receive 118,400 votes. The catch is, there are Democratic elections going on in NH at the same time.

kingsjester on January 10, 2012 at 11:06 AM

Let the Romey bashing commence. Oh, and it looks like class warfare was a loser for Newt and Perry.

andy85719 on January 10, 2012 at 11:06 AM

Well, Romney’s been campaigning there since 2008.
How would the delegates split up then since NH cut itself? I imagine delegates dont get big till Nevada or so. I think Huntsman will go over Paul.
Like Iowa, I think there will be low turnout because the field sucks.

Flapjackmaka on January 10, 2012 at 11:06 AM

HUGE problem for the RINOs if Mittens can’t hit 40% tonight

HUGE

Eph on January 10, 2012 at 11:06 AM

That sounds as though the Democrats are already starting to worry about Romney being the nominee.

I think most Republicans are, too.

Malachi45 on January 10, 2012 at 11:06 AM

The over-under among commentators for the Romney narrative is 37%. That said, I am hopeful that Romney hits 40% tonight.

matthew8787 on January 10, 2012 at 11:07 AM

Let the Romey bashing commence. Oh, and it looks like class warfare was a loser for Newt and Perry.

andy85719 on January 10, 2012 at 11:06 AM

Well Perry didn’t campaign in NH.

gophergirl on January 10, 2012 at 11:07 AM

We have absolutely GOT to ensure that the spineless, milktoast, lily-livered Romney does not win the nomination. This is insanity that the conservatives are splitting the vote while Romney wins the plurality! Wake up Republicans before it’s too late! Do we really want another RINO running for President (like McCain was)?

jfs756 on January 10, 2012 at 11:07 AM

It’s kind of nice not worrying about the primary tonight.

Let everybody else duke it out on here.

gophergirl on January 10, 2012 at 11:08 AM

If he salutes and says reporting for duty….

I QUIT!

golfmann on January 10, 2012 at 11:08 AM

There goes that “weak frontrunner” again, doing what no Republican has done in decades. If Mitt can’t get 80% in a 6 man race, he should quit. Giggle.

echosyst on January 10, 2012 at 11:09 AM

Well Ed, according to Donna Brazile, the Dems are hoping to face Romney….doncha know?

BettyRuth on January 10, 2012 at 11:09 AM

It’s kind of nice not worrying about the primary tonight.

Let everybody else duke it out on here.

gophergirl on January 10, 2012 at 11:08 AM

Amen. Though I would love to see Huntsman upstage Romney with a really close second.

Malachi45 on January 10, 2012 at 11:09 AM

Evangelicals Looking For A Conservative President Choose Ron Paul Not Fox News Or Rush Limbaugh Candidate

For some its easy to see what’s going on. For others it’s not. What was isn’t any longer. We must ask why?

Fed Up on January 10, 2012 at 11:10 AM

Santorum: Sweater-vest. Romney: Pinstripe suit vest. Perry: Orange hunting vest. Gingrich: Suicide vest.

andy85719 on January 10, 2012 at 11:10 AM

Better Romney than Paul. I think that’s a common sentiment. If Romney wins the nomination, he might have Paul, and the pollsters, to thank.

RBMN on January 10, 2012 at 11:10 AM

That is why Paul is popular…republicans ignore those desires at their peril. Hey why isn’t Hot Air showing that poll that shows Paul within a point of Obama?

PierreLegrand on January 10, 2012 at 11:05 AM

We don’t ignore the desires. We agree with most of them. It’s the vehicle we can’t take seriously.

trigon on January 10, 2012 at 11:10 AM

I think Mitt hits the brick wall in SC.

http://conservatives4palin.com/2012/01/stephen-k-bannon-interviews-the-makers-of-the-new-anti-romney-film.html

Bannon interviews about the film. Worth watching.

stenwin77 on January 10, 2012 at 11:10 AM

The Dems don’t want Romney, look at the polls. He has the best shot at beating Obama. He WILL get a large portion of the independent vote, a claim Newt and Santorum can’t make.

echosyst on January 10, 2012 at 11:11 AM

Oh, and Ron Paul: Straitjacket

andy85719 on January 10, 2012 at 11:11 AM

Picking up 40% with a seven candidate field is rather significant.

Washington Nearsider on January 10, 2012 at 11:12 AM

NH is also an open primary.

This has to change.

stenwin77 on January 10, 2012 at 11:12 AM

Earlier today on Radio Row, Debbie Wasserman Schultz made an appearance on WBZ’s morning show to try to argue that anything short of a majority for Romney in New Hampshire was a failure. That sounds as though the Democrats are already starting to worry about Romney being the nominee.

Steve Doocey said as much to her this morning during her appearance on Fox & Friends.

Her words said no, but her eyes said yes.

Flora Duh on January 10, 2012 at 11:12 AM

i can’t anymore with this circus of fleas. tonight i will be scarfing down snacks watching the fatties get weighed in on the biggest loser. yes, i only break out the snacks the second they line up to get weighed.

GhoulAid on January 10, 2012 at 11:14 AM

Let the Romey bashing commence. Oh, and it looks like class warfare was a loser for Newt and Perry.

andy85719 on January 10, 2012 at 11:06 AM

Romney is a capitalist! Get him!

forest on January 10, 2012 at 11:14 AM

This is the best endorsement in the U.S. to those of us who understand and care about our economy and our country. The country’s greatest business mind:

http://www.breitbart.tv/jack-welch-romney-is-most-qualified-ever-to-run-for-president-in-my-lifetime/

Jailbreak on January 10, 2012 at 11:17 AM

Amen. Though I would love to see Huntsman upstage Romney with a really close second.

Malachi45 on January 10, 2012 at 11:09 AM

If Huntsman wasn’t so smug I could see myself being okay with him.

He reminds me too much of Obama in that regard.

gophergirl on January 10, 2012 at 11:18 AM

This is the best endorsement in the U.S. to those of us who understand and care about our economy and our country. The country’s greatest business mind:

http://www.breitbart.tv/jack-welch-romney-is-most-qualified-ever-to-run-for-president-in-my-lifetime/

Jailbreak on January 10, 2012 at 11:17 AM

That is a pretty good endorsement. Jack Welch knows his stuff.

gophergirl on January 10, 2012 at 11:18 AM

We have absolutely GOT to ensure that the spineless, milktoast, lily-livered Romney does not win the nomination. This is insanity that the conservatives are splitting the vote while Romney wins the plurality! Wake up Republicans before it’s too late! Do we really want another RINO running for President (like McCain was)?

jfs756 on January 10, 2012 at 11:07 AM

I have felt way for the last three years until around the time I woke up this morning. I have had time to reflect and sleep on the shameless class warfare anti-capitalism crap that the other candidates are engaging in and Michelle Malkin is right: If the Not Mitts are so stupid and inept that they can’t attack Mitt on the myriad of things that don’t also constitute an attack on conservative ideals, they aren’t worth voting for. I am having a hard time digesting this, but I think Mitt has won the competency primary hands down. It has been a complete and total annihilation in fact.

I’m not quite prepared to go all in for him, but I think if he wins SC, I will. Because if he can’t be stopped there, he can’t be stopped. He is not my dream candidate, but he is 100 times better than Obama and I want Obama gone. If that makes me a candy ass rino or whatev, I’m good with that.

Kataklysmic on January 10, 2012 at 11:18 AM

Must keep Romney under 30%, come on, Abner Huntsman!

Bmore on January 10, 2012 at 11:20 AM

I’ll predict that Romney will hit 40%, with Jon Huntsman coming in second at 17%, Paul at 15%, and Santorum at 13%. If Paul falls to third in New Hampshire, there’s not much in the near future of the primaries — save the binding caucuses in Nevada, perhaps — where he can score a significant finish.

Gee, then I wonder why you’re predicting Paul in third when something like 59 out of 60 different polls have shown Paul above Huntsman in New Hampshire (ARG being the lone exception.)

TheDriver on January 10, 2012 at 11:20 AM

That sounds as though the Democrats are already starting to worry about Romney being the nominee.

I think most Republicans are, too.

Malachi45 on January 10, 2012 at 11:06 AM

Ring-a-ding-ding. The more-cynical among us realized that was inevitable 4 years ago.

Steve Eggleston on January 10, 2012 at 11:20 AM

He is not my dream candidate, but he is 100 times better than Obama and I want Obama gone. If that makes me a candy ass rino or whatev, I’m good with that.

Kataklysmic on January 10, 2012 at 11:18 AM

Well said. If/when Perry drops out – I’m fine with Romney.

gophergirl on January 10, 2012 at 11:21 AM

According the the poll headlined on Drudge it sounds like Romney and Ron Paul are the most electable candidates against Obama at this point in time.

That means that the Fox News RINO elite are wrong when they say Ron Paul is unelectable.

And Ron Paul is not a “fringe” candidate, it is the corporatists that are on the far right, not Ron Paul. It is Ron Paul and small-gov that attracted the most independents and Democrats in Iowa, far exceeding any of the other candidates.

I hope NH will forget about the propaganda being spread by the Fox News establishment Republicans and turn out for Ron Paul, who is in fact the most mainstream candidate running for the nomination.

FloatingRock on January 10, 2012 at 11:21 AM

HUGE problem for the RINOs if Mittens can’t hit 40% tonight

HUGE

Eph on January 10, 2012 at 11:06 AM

Yeah.
Obviously, the Paul voters and the Huntsman voters have Rick Santorum as their second choice.

/sarc

thuja on January 10, 2012 at 11:22 AM

Huntsmentum! Feel it!

Abby Adams on January 10, 2012 at 11:04 AM

It’s interesting. Huntsman defended his role in Obama’s administration. Perhaps he can make the argument that he answered the call of his country because he was serving in a narrowing niche of foreign policy far removed from Obama’s domestic nonsense and other foreign-policy shenanigans. Yet, Skip went on to praise Obama fawningly. He sent Obama some letters that nearly amounted to love letters.

Meanwhile, didn’t NH GOP voters previously have a U.S. senator who entertained an appointment to Obama’s cabinent and who, after kicking the tires, realized that Obama was really serious about “fundamentally tranforming” the country? What was his name? Sen. Judd Gregg?

In the end, I admired Gregg for his stand in declining. I don’t admire Huntsman for his Obama-gushing.

BuckeyeSam on January 10, 2012 at 11:22 AM

I saw that Jack Welch interview this morning- What an awesome endorsement! How long before the haters start calling him a senile old fool?

BettyRuth on January 10, 2012 at 11:23 AM

I would not be surprised at all to see Romney first, Paul second and Huntsman third in New Hampshire.

If Huntsman can manage to swing at least third place, he can kick his campaign down the road for another couple of weeks. Florida though would be his last hurrah however.

For Gingrich, Santorum and Perry, New Hampshire is irrelevant, more so for Santorum and Perry; though if Gingrich does worse than Santorum in NH, I think that could be a forecast for him.

It will be interesting to see how many and who drops out of the race following South Carolina and then Florida.

Perry, Gingrich, Huntsman and Santorum are all on the table. Paul isn’t merely because he wouldn’t even if angel wrote it out for him on a wall. “Romney, Romney, Santorum, Paul”

Logus on January 10, 2012 at 11:23 AM

Debbie Wasserman Schultz made an appearance on WBZ’s morning show to try to argue that anything short of a majority for Romney in New Hampshire was a failure. That sounds as though the Democrats are already starting to worry about Romney being the nominee.

Hey Debbie I’d sooner pay attention to your beauty tips than what you think about the GOP primaries. This isn’t any of your business you stupid partisan cow!

Happy Nomad on January 10, 2012 at 11:25 AM

Well said. If/when Perry drops out – I’m fine with Romney.

gophergirl on January 10, 2012 at 11:21 AM

Yeah, I think we are going to have to be. I could see Perry, Newt, or even Huntsman governing better than Mitt would, but based on how they have run their campaigns, I don’t see them making it. If they can’t get on a state ballot or take out their primary competition without destorying conservatism, how are they going to fare against a Chicago thug with a billion dollar war chest and the whole of the MSM in his pocket? Doesn’t bode well.

Kataklysmic on January 10, 2012 at 11:26 AM

As far as Romney beating Obama polls..

One has to stop and consider the effect of the 99% vs. the 1% (Romney). Also the fact that most conservatives, although preferring any Republican candidate over Obama, find it difficult to support a Romneycare candidate.

It was Ron Paul who received most the independent votes in Iowa. I expect the same in New Hampshire, and it will be interesting to see how they vote. The youth of course, over 40% of them, vote for Ron Paul (Iowa). They have a deep concern for our future. They got hoodwinked by Obama. They now turn to Paul, not Romney.

Fed Up on January 10, 2012 at 11:26 AM

Earlier today on Radio Row, Debbie Wasserman Schultz made an appearance on WBZ’s morning show to try to argue that anything short of a majority for Romney in New Hampshire was a failure. That sounds as though the Democrats are already starting to worry about Romney being the nominee.

THIS!

Anybody who thinks the Dim-o-crats aren’t worried about facing Romney in the general need to stop and re-evaluate.

cicerone on January 10, 2012 at 11:27 AM

Honestly, are these people the best candidates the Conservatives can put up?
We are sooo screwed.

bigdicksplace on January 10, 2012 at 11:27 AM

Huntsmentum! Feel it!

Abby Adams on January 10, 2012 at 11:04 AM

Fox News has been trying their best to manufacture some for him, that’s for sure.

FloatingRock on January 10, 2012 at 11:28 AM

Anybody but Romney! The fix is in for Romney, it’s obvious, but the people are waking up and his money may not be any good enough for too much longer. Especially if this is the best he can do so far in NH. It’s kind of fun to see Karl Rove and Dick Morris squirming because their arrogance and know-it-allness is actually being challenged and they don’t like it. They may actually be dead wrong this time around so it’s definitely worth it going against the establishment to see those 2 sweat. Plus, the democrats and their media flunkies would love nothing better than Romney because then they can spook people by showing that with coming republican majorities in the House and Senate and an Obama-wannabe republican running, a 1-party majority may not be such a good idea. So these socalled “independents” will end up going for the real democrat instead of a republican-lite. We need bold colors to contrast with this disasterous administration not pale pastels and a milquetoast candidate. On to South Carolina!

mozalf on January 10, 2012 at 11:28 AM

That is why Paul is popular…republicans ignore those desires at their peril. Hey why isn’t Hot Air showing that poll that shows Paul within a point of Obama?

PierreLegrand on January 10, 2012 at 11:05 AM

The only difference between a Paul supporter and an OWS supporter is that the OWS crowd is sleeping with the rats in DC while the other group is supporting the rat.

Paul isn’t looking to shrink the size of government, he is seeking to gut the military, engage in what can most diplomatically be called “naive” isolationist policies, and (of course) legalize anything that is a problem so the “problem” is solved.

Happy Nomad on January 10, 2012 at 11:29 AM

I hope NH will forget about the propaganda being spread by the Fox News establishment Republicans and turn out for Ron Paul, who is in fact the most mainstream candidate running for the nomination.

FloatingRock on January 10, 2012 at 11:21 AM

I like your use of mainstream. I can now say that my views on abortion are mainstream at Hotair.

“When I use a word,” Humpty Dumpty said, in rather a scornful tone, “it means just what I choose it to mean—neither more nor less.”

thuja on January 10, 2012 at 11:29 AM

Maybe Gingrich can run as Obama’s running mate now that he is one of the 99%ers.

Tater Salad on January 10, 2012 at 11:29 AM

The problem with Fox News Channel is that it’s in NY. While most of us out here in the hinterlands are anybody-but-Romney, at FNC most of them are anybody-but-Paul. And it shows.

FloatingRock on January 10, 2012 at 11:29 AM

Huntsman spent so much time there…I think he had time to sleep with every voter.
Poor Perry… I hoped for a surprise.

KOOLAID2 on January 10, 2012 at 11:30 AM

NEWT…..NEWT…..WO BIST DU?

timberline on January 10, 2012 at 11:30 AM

Of course to the Paulbots, their man losing 37/17 to Romney is categorical evidence that he actually won…or something.

Trafalgar on January 10, 2012 at 11:30 AM

Yeah, I think we are going to have to be. I could see Perry, Newt, or even Huntsman governing better than Mitt would, but based on how they have run their campaigns, I don’t see them making it. If they can’t get on a state ballot or take out their primary competition without destorying conservatism, how are they going to fare against a Chicago thug with a billion dollar war chest and the whole of the MSM in his pocket? Doesn’t bode well.

Kataklysmic on January 10, 2012 at 11:26 AM

I think Perry would make the best President hands-down out of the bunch. I think he would make some much needed changes and really get the government out of our lives. The problem is getting him to that point. The campaign has not been great to say the least.

If Mitt is our nominee – he needs to just have a full throttle, give em hell speech IMO. Show people he has fire in the belly and that he believes in conservatism. I think he does to the most part but he’s so worried about saying the wrong thing – he doesn’t show it.

I just want to beat Obama. That’s all I want.

gophergirl on January 10, 2012 at 11:30 AM

Debbie Wasserman Schultz made an appearance on WBZ’s morning show to try to argue that anything short of a majority for Romney in New Hampshire was a failure. That sounds as though the Democrats are already starting to worry about Romney being the nominee.

So she and Newt have the same talking points… got it..

gatorboy on January 10, 2012 at 11:31 AM

sounds as though the Democrats are already starting to worry about Romney being the nominee.

Keep telling yourself that, champ. Steelers 20-7.

Abobo’s prediction:
Mitt 29%
Paul: 21%
Huntsman: 19%
Newt: 11%
Santorum: 8%
Perry: A better than expected 2%

abobo on January 10, 2012 at 11:31 AM

Well Ed, according to Donna Brazile, the Dems are hoping to face Romney….doncha know?

BettyRuth on January 10, 2012 at 11:09 AM

Really starting to think this whole we want Romney by the dems is one big head fake. Act like they want him so that we don’t,but in reality they don’t want him. Reverse psychology, anyone?

msupertas on January 10, 2012 at 11:32 AM

The problem with Fox News Channel is that it’s in NY. While most of us out here in the hinterlands are anybody-but-Romney, at FNC most of them are anybody-but-Paul. And it shows.

FloatingRock on January 10, 2012 at 11:29 AM

Actually an awful lot of their political coverage is based in DC. That doesn’t take away from your point, just sayin’

Happy Nomad on January 10, 2012 at 11:33 AM

thuja on January 10, 2012 at 11:29 AM

I’m not sure what your views on abortion are so I’m not sure how to interpret your comment, but in my case what I meant by “mainstream” is that Ron Paul seems to have the most appeal to the middle of American politics.

FloatingRock on January 10, 2012 at 11:33 AM

Kataklysmic: a President Romney must govern right-center consistent with his mandate, or he will invite a fatal challenge from the Right in 2016. He will pay particular care with judicial appointments, fiscal and economic policy, and national defense. My point: you dance with those who brung you in this business, and it is in Romney’s self-interest to govern conservative.

Moreover, Romney is not stupid – he knows that if he doesn’t enact conservative economic policies, he will never get re-elected, because more of this Keynesian nonsense from Obama is not going to work. We are broke.

matthew8787 on January 10, 2012 at 11:33 AM

FloatingRock on January 10, 2012 at 11:21 AM

Hate to burst your bubble, but there’s no way he takes South Carolina or Florida.

Hell, if those polls hold, he won’t even show.

Flora Duh on January 10, 2012 at 11:34 AM

Ew. Perry is doubling down on anti capitalism in new comments. Not good.

andy85719 on January 10, 2012 at 11:34 AM

If Mitt is our nominee – he needs to just have a full throttle, give em hell speech IMO. Show people he has fire in the belly and that he believes in conservatism. I think he does to the most part but he’s so worried about saying the wrong thing – he doesn’t show it.

I just want to beat Obama. That’s all I want.

gophergirl on January 10, 2012 at 11:30 AM

Well, I don’t know if Mitt has it in him to give a fire in the belly speech but I’ll be happy if he slices and dices up Obama with his Superpacs the way he did his primary competition. He’s a finger in the wind rino, but at least he likes America and Capitalism. Sad that that’s enough to trump the incumbent by 100 fold.

Kataklysmic on January 10, 2012 at 11:36 AM

Santorum: Sweater-vest. Romney: Pinstripe suit vest. Perry: Orange hunting vest. Gingrich: Suicide vest.

andy85719 on January 10, 2012 at 11:10 AM

Heh. And, sporting a FannieMae Beanie.

Trochilus on January 10, 2012 at 11:36 AM

Happy Nomad on January 10, 2012 at 11:29 AM

Trafalgar on January 10, 2012 at 11:30 AM

Care to debate your candidate versus mine (Ron Paul)?

I’m sure it would be an easy thing for you to do, I mean point out all the flaws of Ron Paul versus the strengths of your candidate?

It’s easy to throw darts when you don’t open yourself up to criticism by debating the issues of your candidate versus Paul.

Fed Up on January 10, 2012 at 11:36 AM

matthew8787 on January 10, 2012 at 11:33 AM

Let’s hope so.

Kataklysmic on January 10, 2012 at 11:37 AM

I think Mitt hits the brick wall in SC.

stenwin77 on January 10, 2012 at 11:10 AM

Probably brought to you by the same “Republicans” who tried their best to destroy Nikki Haley. It didn’t work then and it won’t work now. The real question is: Why don’t they want to beat Obama?

cicerone on January 10, 2012 at 11:38 AM

Flora Duh on January 10, 2012 at 11:34 AM

Oh, I thought it was NH voting today. So you’re saying that FNC is downplaying Paul so far today because they’re covering SC and Florida instead? Why, are they trying to conceal something?

FloatingRock on January 10, 2012 at 11:40 AM

Really starting to think this whole we want Romney by the dems is one big head fake. Act like they want him so that we don’t,but in reality they don’t want him. Reverse psychology, anyone?

msupertas on January 10, 2012 at 11:32 AM

I’ve been thinking that too, until this morning when she was on FOX. Rather than just listen to her blathering, I watched her facial expressions. Not saying she’s at the hair on fire stage, but you could tell, she’s worried.

Flora Duh on January 10, 2012 at 11:43 AM

It’s easy to throw darts when you don’t open yourself up to criticism by debating the issues of your candidate versus Paul.

Fed Up on January 10, 2012 at 11:36 AM

It’s not worth debating Ron Paul supporters because they do nothing but repeat strident nonsense. You people and your OWS co-conspirators surrounded Santorum and his family last night for no reason to make a nuisance of yourselves and disrupt his campaign (an undemocratic tactic IMO). Why “debate” with someone so ill-informed that they would openly support a racist homophobic isolationist? It isn’t worth my time because there is nothing you could add to what has been heard time and time again.

BTW, I am less set on a particular candidate than I am in the fact that the only “Republican” I will never vote for is the anti-American military hating fool that you adore over any of the sane choices.

Happy Nomad on January 10, 2012 at 11:46 AM

Oh, I thought it was NH voting today. So you’re saying that FNC is downplaying Paul so far today because they’re covering SC and Florida instead? Why, are they trying to conceal something?

FloatingRock on January 10, 2012 at 11:40 AM

I was responding to this:

That means that the Fox News RINO elite are wrong when they say Ron Paul is unelectable.

And Ron Paul is not a “fringe” candidate, it is the corporatists that are on the far right, not Ron Paul.

FloatingRock on January 10, 2012 at 11:21 AM

Got it? Good.

Flora Duh on January 10, 2012 at 11:49 AM

Got it? Good.

Flora Duh on January 10, 2012 at 11:49 AM

Got what? Are you saying that you’re some kind of kook that can predict the future?

FloatingRock on January 10, 2012 at 11:54 AM

Jack Welch is great, but in 2008 he had lots of nice things to say about Obama. He (like Brooks, Frum and Noonan) probably voted for Obama. He didn’t change his tune until March 2009…when the stock market dropped to 6000. Many of us were way ahead of Mr. Welch.

monalisa on January 10, 2012 at 11:57 AM

Happy Nomad on January 10, 2012 at 11:46 AM

So…you’re a chicken hawk then…

This is the response I got 4 years ago when taking Paul versus any of the other candidates. You ended up with McCain who knew nothing about economics. If you can’t debate, then you might as well hand over the election to Obama now since Ron Paul is the only candidate who can win over independents and peace loving democrats.

Fed Up on January 10, 2012 at 11:57 AM

Romney will break 40% easy. The Welch endorsement is huge too. I worked for Jack Welch for several years and have the most respect for him.
Newt is a complete fool dragging down the party by using class warfare. He should throw in the towel. So should Huntman. His candidacy has been a disaster.
Romney/Rubio 2012!

ObamatheMessiah on January 10, 2012 at 11:58 AM

Paul and Huntsman getting their votes dominately from the 40% non-Republican’s voting in the NH primary.

Why do Republican’s pay ANY attention to NH? If we allow it to mean more than the nothing than it is, then we allow the Dem’s too much control in whom they will face.

Carnac on January 10, 2012 at 11:58 AM

So…you’re a chicken hawk then…

Fed Up on January 10, 2012 at 11:57 AM

I don’t even know what that is supposed to mean. Clearly an insult but I’m comfortable enough in my positions in values that I don’t get upset when a Ron Paul supporter spews the usual dosage of ignorance and military hating idiocy.

Happy Nomad on January 10, 2012 at 11:59 AM

the huntsman love on the lsm

bleh

cmsinaz on January 10, 2012 at 12:01 PM

Got what? Are you saying that you’re some kind of kook that can predict the future?

FloatingRock on January 10, 2012 at 11:54 AM

Called a “kook” by a Ron Paul supporter? Thanks, you’ve made my day!

Flora Duh on January 10, 2012 at 12:02 PM

The youth of course, over 40% of them, vote for Ron Paul (Iowa). They have a deep concern for our future. They got hoodwinked by Obama. They now turn to Paul, not Romney.

Fed Up on January 10, 2012 at 11:26 AM

It was the same stupid “youth” that got bamboozeled by Obama that are now being bamboozeled with Paul.

Youthful idiots should not be allowed to vote.

I’m all for a constitutional ammendment that raises the voting age to 25. Or if you have a full time job and are “paying” taxes or are a home “owner” “paying” taxes.

D-fusit on January 10, 2012 at 12:06 PM

Tell me again why New Hampshire matters? King County Washington has 1.9 million people and the ENTIRE state of NH has 1.3 million. It irritates me when soooo much value is placed on such a small portion of the population.

MomInLatteland on January 10, 2012 at 12:06 PM

Called a “kook” by a Ron Paul supporter? Thanks, you’ve made my day!

Flora Duh on January 10, 2012 at 12:02 PM

Hey, you’re the one that implied you could predict the future and that therefor there was no point in Fox News pretending to be fair and balanced about Ron Paul.

FloatingRock on January 10, 2012 at 12:06 PM

Really starting to think this whole we want Romney by the dems is one big head fake. Act like they want him so that we don’t,but in reality they don’t want him. Reverse psychology, anyone?

msupertas on January 10, 2012 at 11:32 AM

I’ve been thinking that too, until this morning when she was on FOX. Rather than just listen to her blathering, I watched her facial expressions. Not saying she’s at the hair on fire stage, but you could tell, she’s worried.

Flora Duh on January 10, 2012 at 11:43 AM

You DID mean to say “hair on fire”, didn’t you? That’s too good. She resembles that remark.

msupertas on January 10, 2012 at 12:09 PM

I wonder if the so called Conservative talking heads will be asking for Santorum to drop out if he finishes 5th like they were calling for Perry/Bachmann to drop out. C’mon people let’s get behind a Conservative with a real record. Perry 2012!!

jrfromdallas on January 10, 2012 at 12:10 PM

Debbie Wasserman Schultz made an appearance on WBZ’s morning show to try to argue that anything short of a majority for Romney in New Hampshire was a failure. That sounds as though the Democrats are already starting to worry about Romney being the nominee.

So she and Newt have the same talking points… got it..

gatorboy on January 10, 2012 at 11:31 AM

Hey, come on! He was the Dems designated FannieMae “go-to guy” on how to get around Republicans.

So, they’ve “shared” some talking points with him.

I mean, fair is fair . . . Right?

Trochilus on January 10, 2012 at 12:12 PM

That sounds as though the Democrats are already starting to worry about Romney being the nominee.

But…but…Donna Brazille said (with a wink)…

rhombus on January 10, 2012 at 12:13 PM

Hey, you’re the one that implied you could predict the future and that therefor there was no point in Fox News pretending to be fair and balanced about Ron Paul.

FloatingRock on January 10, 2012 at 12:06 PM

Go back and read my initial response to you and quit being so obtuse. Not even you can be as dense as you’re appearing to be.

But then again…

Flora Duh on January 10, 2012 at 12:13 PM

For all the Ron Paul , Israel haters out there..

Read Gen. 12:1-3

Shain1611 on January 10, 2012 at 12:14 PM

You DID mean to say “hair on fire”, didn’t you? That’s too good. She resembles that remark.

msupertas on January 10, 2012 at 12:09 PM

One of the first things my husband and I noticed was that her hair was flat, by DWS standards anyway. I’m guessing it was because she was standing out in the cold in NH, and not under hot studio lights or in the humidity of Florida.

Flora Duh on January 10, 2012 at 12:17 PM

Kataklysmic on January 10, 2012 at 11:18 AM

Well stated. Michelle Malkin nailed it last night. The ongoing anti-capitalism clown circus (in particular a 27-MINUTE video!)sunk my regard for Gingrich/Perry/Huntsman. Kudos to Santorum for staying clear of this nonsense. I think someone will remember Santorum’s class act when its important.

DrStock on January 10, 2012 at 12:17 PM

I don’t even know what that is supposed to mean. Clearly an insult but I’m comfortable enough in my positions in values that I don’t get upset when a Ron Paul supporter spews the usual dosage of ignorance and military hating idiocy.

Happy Nomad on January 10, 2012 at 11:59 AM

Gingrich deferred and didn’t go to war in Vietnam and is a “chicken hawk.” You are the one throwing insults and then don’t back them up when challenged. Ron Paul is for a “strong national defense.” Have you seen our own borders? We’re protecting Japan still why? Germany why? Bankrupting our nation with over $750 billion to the military industrial complex when more and more are on food stamps? Something’s wrong with the direction our country is going. You want wars, you declare them, fight them, win them and come home. That’s what Ron Paul wants. It’s Constitutional, Article 1, Sec. 8. That’s not asking much is it? To obey the law of the land?

Fed Up on January 10, 2012 at 12:22 PM

It was the same stupid “youth” that got bamboozeled by Obama that are now being bamboozeled with Paul.

Youthful idiots should not be allowed to vote.

I’m all for a constitutional ammendment that raises the voting age to 25. Or if you have a full time job and are “paying” taxes or are a home “owner” “paying” taxes.

D-fusit on January 10, 2012 at 12:06 PM

So in your version of utopia, an individual has no rights until “of age” or has a job. What if I inherited 10 million from my parents? What if I am a stay at home mom or dad? What if I am in school to obtain my PhD, JD or MD? I could go on here, but your statements are somewhat out there…

Fed Up on January 10, 2012 at 12:29 PM

HUGE problem for the RINOs if Mittens can’t hit 40% tonight

HUGE

Eph on January 10, 2012 at 11:06 AM

After all the class warfare, I’m not sure who’s the RINO here.

haner on January 10, 2012 at 12:31 PM

For all the Ron Paul , Israel haters out there..

Read Gen. 12:1-3

Shain1611 on January 10, 2012 at 12:14 PM

Ron Paul was the only one to stick up for Israel when they bombed Iran during the Reagan administration, FYI.

Also, have you seen what Benjamin Netanyahu said? http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=12idqpxaujc

Try Galations 6:7
Leviticus 19:18

Fed Up on January 10, 2012 at 12:35 PM

After all the class warfare, I’m not sure who’s the RINO here.

haner on January 10, 2012 at 12:31 PM

Exactly. Who knew Mitt would wind up looking like the most conservative candidate after the debacle of the last few days.

Kataklysmic on January 10, 2012 at 12:35 PM

Kataklysmic on January 10, 2012 at 11:18 AM

+1

SomeCallMeJohn on January 10, 2012 at 12:55 PM

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