Tough new Santorum ad: Let’s face it, Romney = Obama

posted at 7:20 pm on January 16, 2012 by Allahpundit

It’s tough, but it doesn’t feel tough, does it? This is Romney 101, stuff that every conservative who hasn’t been in a coma for the past two years already knows and dislikes about Mitt. But since there are in fact plenty of near-comatose (or, per the polite euphemism, “low-information”) voters, it might actually move the needle once it starts airing in SC. Consider it payback for the Romney Super PAC ads that have Santorum so worked up today.

Just one question: If this spot does end up hurting Romney, is Santorum the likely beneficiary? Over to you, Newt:

Despite having earlier suggested an loose alliance with his “junior partner” Rick Santorum, Newt Gingrich seemed eager to put further distance between himself and the former Pennsylvania senator in the lead-up to Monday’s GOP debate, warning conservatives that siding with Santorum was a vote for rival Mitt Romney.

If you vote for Sen. Santorum, in effect, you’re functionally voting for Gov. Romney to be the nominee. The only way to stop Mitt Romney, for all practical purposes, is to vote for Newt Gingrich. It’s a fact. It’s a mathematical fact,” Gingrich said to reporters after an event in Myrtle Beach, according to the Wall Street Journal…

“Evangelical voters would like to have a nominee that will win a general election, and somebody who set the all time Pennsylvania record for the size of their defeat has a harder case to make as to why they could be elected,” Gingrich said.

I don’t know what he means by “mathematical fact.” True, Santorum has slid in South Carolina since his post-Iowa bounce and now trails Gingrich, but if Newt’s supporters defected to him en masse, he’d still have a fantastic shot at surprising Romney. What Newt really means to say, I think — and maybe he’ll say this bluntly tonight — is that Santorum’s still widely thought of as a boutique social-issues candidate whereas Gingrich is known for being a policy polymath. If you’re an independent thinking of rolling the dice on Obama’s opponent, who are you more likely to take a chance on: The guy who, according to the media caricature, is obsessed with abortion and gay marriage or the guy who’s known for being able to debate about nearly anything? This is going to be Gingrich’s message for the next week, I think, especially at the debates — that Romney can’t beat Obama and Santorum can’t beat Romney, therefore there’s only one truly, frankly, profoundly, fundamentally electable option still on the table. Turns out it’s the guy who finished fourth in both Iowa and New Hampshire. Who knew?

Says Mark Halperin, “Amazing to think about what would have happened if this ad had been run in Iowa for all of December with real money behind it.” Ah, but that would have required even a single semi-competent candidate besides Romney to be running this year.

Update: A good point from Bill Kristol about Newt’s supposed electability: It ain’t Rick Santorum whose favorables are nearly 30 points underwater.


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This guy santorum is an Anti-Capitalist. He needs to be educated about how our capitalist system works, right bots?

james23 on January 16, 2012 at 7:22 PM

Moooofassaaaa!

Roy Rogers on January 16, 2012 at 7:22 PM

Love it when we have arguments between big government statists…

PierreLegrand on January 16, 2012 at 7:23 PM

I’m still trying to understand why people think Santorum is electable. A fiscal liberal coupled with a social conservative in the same person has to be polling really low at this point in history.

aniptofar on January 16, 2012 at 7:24 PM

Go Newt!

astonerii on January 16, 2012 at 7:25 PM

This might have been more effective before the Bain attacks threw up a defensive wall around Romney. As it stands, it’s boilerplate that will be brushed off.

Marc Thiessen’s right; Gingrich pretty much handed Romney the nomination on a silver platter by running to his left.

KingGold on January 16, 2012 at 7:25 PM

Well Romney did move to the left of Tedd Kennedy when he was running for Senate

liberal4life on January 16, 2012 at 7:26 PM

james23 on January 16, 2012 at 7:22 PM

Mandates from the government are capitalism, because a capitalist thought it up. War is peace. Freedom is slavery.

WhatNot on January 16, 2012 at 7:26 PM

That’s a very good ad and goes right to the point – beat Obama.

gophergirl on January 16, 2012 at 7:27 PM

Santorum’s larger point is dead on.

While Romney is no leftwing radical like Obama, he is very much a status quo candidate…and the status quo right now is Obama.

Expect Romney to keep pretty much the whole panoply of Obama policies in place if elected.

So the question you should ask yourself before voting is, am I happy enough with government and economy as they are with a better manager, and vote Romney, or do I want to see real movement on issues that conservatives care about, in which case you should vote for Santorum.

18-1 on January 16, 2012 at 7:27 PM

Santorum isn’t a fiscal liberal. He’s always been pro-tax cuts, pro-social security reform, pro-welfare reform, and for free market solutions to heralthcare.

I can’t beliebve how smarmy the Romney hacks are. Dishonest to the core.

Dr. Tesla on January 16, 2012 at 7:27 PM

Walking Onion Wearing a Little Suit 2012

Bishop on January 16, 2012 at 7:27 PM

The race is over before the conventions. Our side will provide enough ads for the other side to finish destroying our only viable candidate after we`ve done as much damage as we could.

ThePrez on January 16, 2012 at 7:27 PM

It’s really decision time. Is this a social issues campaign or an economic one? I personally support Santorum and wish this was his year but it is not. The compelling issues are not social. With an effective unemployment rate of somewhere around 20% (when all those who get ignored because they stopped looking), this is not the year to nominate a candidate who is more into social issues. R

Happy Nomad on January 16, 2012 at 7:28 PM

Romney Supporter 101: can’t argue with the message so attack the messenger.

29Victor on January 16, 2012 at 7:28 PM

I’ve noticed the those calling Santy a fiscal lib never go into detail or try to refute me when I present the facts about his record.

Dr. Tesla on January 16, 2012 at 7:28 PM

Let’s face it, Romney = Obama

Gingrich and Santorum are now sounding as stupid as their supporters on Hot Air.

Basilsbest on January 16, 2012 at 7:29 PM

Santorum isn’t a fiscal liberal. He’s always been pro-tax cuts, pro-social security reform, pro-welfare reform, and for free market solutions to heralthcare.

I can’t beliebve how smarmy the Romney hacks are. Dishonest to the core.

Dr. Tesla on January 16, 2012 at 7:27 PM

I notice you didn’t say, “pro-Medicare reform.” That wouldn’t be because he marshaled support for Medicare Part D, would it?

KingGold on January 16, 2012 at 7:29 PM

“If you vote for Sen. Santorum, in effect, you’re functionally voting for Gov. Romney to be the nominee.” – Newt

The not-Mitts go after each other. Real bright idea, that.

whatcat on January 16, 2012 at 7:29 PM

It’s really decision time. Is this a social issues campaign or an economic one? I personally support Santorum and wish this was his year but it is not. The compelling issues are not social. With an effective unemployment rate of somewhere around 20% (when all those who get ignored because they stopped looking), this is not the year to nominate a candidate who is more into social issues. R

Happy Nomad on January 16, 2012 at 7:28 PM

WHy is Romney a better economic conservative than Santorum? He implemented RomneyCare which is a monument to fiscal liberalism and big government.

You don’t make logical points.

Dr. Tesla on January 16, 2012 at 7:29 PM

Gingrich by default.

I still can’t believe this is the field we have going up against the biggest failure in modern history. Hopefully a late entry saves the GOP.

Meat Fighter on January 16, 2012 at 7:30 PM

And you just know Romney isn’t going to lift a finger to repeal Obamacare.

sbvft contributor on January 16, 2012 at 7:30 PM

http://www.redstate.com/jeff_emanuel/2012/01/11/rick-santorum-a-massively-expanded-welfare-state-is-the-genuine-conservatism-our-founders-envisioned/

This kind of stuff is why I can’t support Santorum

Now, consider these two quotes from Santorum’s 2005 book It Takes a Family: Conservatism and the Common Good, both of which are very telling:

What was my vision? I came to the uncomfortable realization that conservatives were not only reluctant to spend government dollars on the poor, they hadn’t even thought much about what might work better. I often describe my conservative colleagues during this time as simply ‘cheap liberals.’ My own economically modest personal background and my faith had taught me to care for those who are less fortunate, but I too had not yet given much thought to the proper role of government in this mission.

gophergirl on January 16, 2012 at 7:30 PM

Hmmmmmmmmm…so South Carolina voters have a couple of options:

1. Suck it up and vote for Mittens

or

2. Unite around a candidate who is not throwing nuclear bombs at their fellow GOP’ers.

From the radio and TV ads I’ve seen here in South Carolina, the only candidate who is running positive ads is Rick Perry. Will SC voters do a late stage rally around Perry?

*I, for one, will NOT be voting for Perry after all that “vulture capitalist” rhetoric. However, I just found out that one can’t write-in a candidate in the primary (that really sucks!). I am truly at a loss as to who will get my vote outside of Rick Perry.

SouthernGent on January 16, 2012 at 7:30 PM

The not-Mitts go after each other. Real bright idea, that.

whatcat on January 16, 2012 at 7:29 PM

Imagine that, candidates going after each other in a primary. You live in some fantasy Disney world, brother.

Dr. Tesla on January 16, 2012 at 7:30 PM

A vote for Santorum is a vote for Romney, which is thus a vote for Obama. And Romney lost to McCain, who lost to Obama. Hence, a vote for Santorum is both a vote for and against Romney, McCain, and Obama, which cancels itself out and makes you the flip-flopper, not Romney. Hence, you only help Romney when you don’t help him directly, which helps Obama. You wouldn’t want that, right?

doorsxp on January 16, 2012 at 7:31 PM

The next President will almost certainly appoint two, if not three, new judges to the US Supreme Court. Who do you trust to do that?

RBMN on January 16, 2012 at 7:32 PM

Yeah it’s pretty sad, 300 million people to pick from and our choices come down to Community Organizer-Rolling Disaster and some guy you would feel uncomfortable buying a used car from; awesome and then some.

Bishop on January 16, 2012 at 7:32 PM

I’m still trying to understand why people think Santorum is electable.

Looking at the field you’ve got

1) A leftwing former MA Governor who gave us Obamacare v1.0

2) A damaged former house speaker who has been all over the place since leaving the house, including strongly anti-conservative stances on some issues

3) A communication challenged Texan governor who has a good record that would be played as Bush III

4) A full spectrum conservative who was a leader in the welfare reform and budget fights of the 90s who followed Bush down the “compassionate conservatism” rabbit hole and has since recanted

I’d vote for #4 in the primaries, certainly #3 in the general, and maybe #2.

But if we nominate the leftwinger I’ll find a conservative to vote for in the general.

Remember, the objective is to beat Obama’s policies, not Obama the man.

18-1 on January 16, 2012 at 7:33 PM

This kind of stuff is why I can’t support Santorum

Now, consider these two quotes from Santorum’s 2005 book It Takes a Family: Conservatism and the Common Good, both of which are very telling:

What was my vision? I came to the uncomfortable realization that conservatives were not only reluctant to spend government dollars on the poor, they hadn’t even thought much about what might work better. I often describe my conservative colleagues during this time as simply ‘cheap liberals.’ My own economically modest personal background and my faith had taught me to care for those who are less fortunate, but I too had not yet given much thought to the proper role of government in this mission.

gophergirl on January 16, 2012 at 7:30 PM

I could take you more seriously if Santorum has a liberal record on fiscal issues, but he doesn’t, and you weren’t supporting big government Romney, but you are. You are a raging hypocrite, a hack for Romney. You are intellectualy dishonest.

The RedStaters are shilling for Perry who has no shot now, but since he announced at their event in Charleston, they are going down with the ship.

Dr. Tesla on January 16, 2012 at 7:33 PM

This is obviously an attack on Capitalism, because Mitt invented capitalism.

boogaleesnots on January 16, 2012 at 7:33 PM

Question: If Romeny is the nominee and he loses in November, who is next in line for the Republicans in 2016?

GeorgiaBuckeye on January 16, 2012 at 7:34 PM

A vote for Santorum is a vote for Romney, which is thus a vote for Obama. And Romney lost to McCain, who lost to Obama. Hence, a vote for Santorum is both a vote for and against Romney, McCain, and Obama, which cancels itself out and makes you the flip-flopper, not Romney. Hence, you only help Romney when you don’t help him directly, which helps Obama. You wouldn’t want that, right?
doorsxp on January 16, 2012 at 7:31 PM

Heh, I’m getting dizzy

residentblue on January 16, 2012 at 7:34 PM

Dishonest to the core.

Dr. Tesla on January 16, 2012 at 7:27 PM

Coming from you that is effing meaningless.

http://conservativesamizdat.blogspot.com/2011/03/list-of-conservatives-who-have.html

CW on January 16, 2012 at 7:35 PM

Question: If Romeny is the nominee and he loses in November, who is next in line for the Republicans in 2016?

GeorgiaBuckeye on January 16, 2012 at 7:34 PM

Chelsea Clinton.

RBMN on January 16, 2012 at 7:35 PM

Santorum = Huckabee in a sweater vest

fed-nad on January 16, 2012 at 7:35 PM

Question: If Romeny is the nominee and he loses in November, who is next in line for the Republicans in 2016?

GeorgiaBuckeye on January 16, 2012 at 7:34 PM

That’d be Jeb Bush, if the Bush family has anything to say about it.

Jeddite on January 16, 2012 at 7:36 PM

Romeny

Romney

GeorgiaBuckeye on January 16, 2012 at 7:36 PM

Mitt attacked capitalism when he implemented RomneyCare.

Don’t make this guy out as Defender of the Free Markets.

Dr. Tesla on January 16, 2012 at 7:36 PM

I could take you more seriously if Santorum has a liberal record on fiscal issues, but he doesn’t, and you weren’t supporting big government Romney, but you are. You are a raging hypocrite, a hack for Romney. You are intellectualy dishonest.

The RedStaters are shilling for Perry who has no shot now, but since he announced at their event in Charleston, they are going down with the ship.

Dr. Tesla on January 16, 2012 at 7:33 PM

LOL I’m a hack for Romney. That’s funny. Want to try again smart guy?

gophergirl on January 16, 2012 at 7:36 PM

WHy is Romney a better economic conservative than Santorum? He implemented RomneyCare which is a monument to fiscal liberalism and big government.

And let’s not forget when Santorum and Newt were reforming welfare and fighting the government shut down battle with Bill Clinton, Romney was running as the more liberal candidate in his race against Ted Kennedy.

If you object to Santorum’s good, but far from perfect, record on financial conservativism, how on earth can you support Romney?

18-1 on January 16, 2012 at 7:36 PM

Why not just come out and say that a vote for Romney is a vote for buttsecks?

pedestrian on January 16, 2012 at 7:36 PM

1) A leftwing former MA Governor who gave us Obamacare v1.0

18-1 on January 16, 2012 at 7:33 PM

So you too do not understand the Constitution. I am amazed and an embarrassed.

Just who can you truly support?

http://conservativesamizdat.blogspot.com/2011/03/list-of-conservatives-who-have.html

CW on January 16, 2012 at 7:36 PM

Romney needs to quash the sup PAC ads and speak for himself. Rick needs to come to grips with the fact that he can’t beat Obama.

jeanie on January 16, 2012 at 7:36 PM

The not-Mitts go after each other. Real bright idea, that.
whatcat on January 16, 2012 at 7:29 PM

Imagine that, candidates going after each other in a primary. You live in some fantasy Disney world, brother.
Dr. Tesla on January 16, 2012 at 7:30 PM

Oh Gawd, I hope you’re going to spare us from your sharing more of your fantasies involving burly gay guys and handcuffs.

whatcat on January 16, 2012 at 7:37 PM

I’ve never seen such unattractive pics of either man. Extremely good gut-shots by Mr. Santorum. I wonder if this, coupled with the SoCon endorsement over the weekend (that only someone named Newt or Rick could win) signals that Mr. Romney should be wearing his bulletproof Brylcreem at tonight’s debate.

Ladysmith CulchaVulcha on January 16, 2012 at 7:37 PM

“Why would we vote for someone who’s just like Obama?” Romney isn’t “just like” Obama. Not even close. For one thing, Romney believes American businesses should be profitable. That’s just one small teensy-weensy difference.

Rational Thought on January 16, 2012 at 7:37 PM

Mitt attacked capitalism when he implemented RomneyCare.

Don’t make this guy out as Defender of the Free Markets.

Dr. Tesla on January 16, 2012 at 7:36 PM

Which of course is the same as slavery./

You do realize your are a tool right?

CW on January 16, 2012 at 7:37 PM

Romney needs to quash the sup PAC ads and speak for himself. Rick needs to come to grips with the fact that he can’t beat Obama.

jeanie on January 16, 2012 at 7:36 PM

What is it that you think is so great about Obama?

RBMN on January 16, 2012 at 7:38 PM

These doofs are saving demorat research money for them, all the oppo stuff will be readily available on YT to use against the eventual GOP nominee.

I’d feel better if the candidates would lay out their concrete plans for their administration and start hitting PBHO hard, rather than nit-pick on one another. The GOP has created a pick the best of the worst scenario rather than having any of these guys create real support.

Bishop on January 16, 2012 at 7:38 PM

Santorum = Huckabee in a sweater vest

fed-nad on January 16, 2012 at 7:35 PM

Except Huckabee was for higher taxes, Santy consistently against tax hikes and for tax cuts.

Huckabee was for amnesty, not Santy.

Huckabee global warming guy, not Santy.

Huckabee for springing criminals for jail, not Santy.

So other than abortion and gay marriage, which is the reasons you no doubt disliked Huckabee, Santy is nothing like Huckabee.

Dr. Tesla on January 16, 2012 at 7:38 PM

Has Newt challenged Santorum to a 90 minute Lincoln-Douglas debate yet?

JPeterman on January 16, 2012 at 7:38 PM

…goes right to the point – beat Obama.

gophergirl on January 16, 2012 at 7:27 PM

We’re so caught up in our circular firing squad it appears we keep forgetting that, doesn’t it?

Flora Duh on January 16, 2012 at 7:38 PM

Question: If Romeny is the nominee and he loses in November, who is next in line for the Republicans in 2016?

GeorgiaBuckeye on January 16, 2012 at 7:34 PM

Boehner or McConnell. We’ll have the establishment telling us that Rubio or Rand Paul aren’t ready yet, so sit down and shut up!!

Meat Fighter on January 16, 2012 at 7:39 PM

Oh and another point to consider.

The worst case scenario on a Santorum administration is that he would try and take the government back to the size and scope of 2006. Keep in mind if successful this would make him the most successful financial conservative since Coolidge.

The best case scenario with Romney is that Mitch McConnell and John Boehner strong arm him enough into actually putting up have a fight on some of Obama’s policies.

18-1 on January 16, 2012 at 7:39 PM

LET’S NOMINATE THE MOST CONSERVATIVE NOMINEE POSSIBLE, AND THEN IN 2013 WE CAN HAVE SENATORS SHARRON ANGLE AND CHRISTINE O’DONNELL HOLD THE BIBLE FOR HIM AT HIS SWEARING-IN.

REMINDER:

SHARRON ANGLE AND CHRISTINE O’DONNELL BOTH DEFEATED LESS CONSERVATIVE RIVALS TO WIN THE GOP NOMINATION – AND THEN BOTH LOST THE GENERAL ELECTION DESPITE IT BEING A HUGE GOP YEAR.

IF THE GOP NOMINATES SANTORUM OR NEWT, THEN RESULT WILL BE THE SAME AS THEN AND NOT MUCH BETTER THAN IF THE GOP WERE TO NOMINATE RON PAUL.

I THINK THIS IS WHY O’DONNELL HAS ENDORSED ROMNEY.

And Ayotte and Haley and Coulter and Thune and Bolton and Issa … and so on…

reliapundit on January 16, 2012 at 7:40 PM

Rick Santorum endorses Mitt Romney for president

Washington D.C., Feb 2, 2008 / 01:14 am (CNA).- Mitt Romney scored a victory in the political endorsement battle today, as Rick Santorum, a former Republican senator from Pennsylvania known as a strong conservative, gave him his backing.

Flip Flopper .

CW on January 16, 2012 at 7:40 PM

Which of course is the same as slavery./

You do realize your are a tool right?

CW on January 16, 2012 at 7:37 PM

A tool is a somebody like you who gets all excited about a politician who wants to force people to buy a commodity and regulate your healthcare decisions. There is some comparison to slavery there, yes, and you are all for it b/c you think Romney is sooooo handsome.

Dr. Tesla on January 16, 2012 at 7:40 PM

We’re so caught up in our circular firing squad it appears we keep forgetting that, doesn’t it?

Flora Duh on January 16, 2012 at 7:38 PM

Yep. He’s the real enemy here. Much easier to picture yourself voting for a candidate you aren’t crazy about when you think of the alternative.

At least for me it is.

gophergirl on January 16, 2012 at 7:41 PM

The next President will almost certainly appoint two, if not three, new judges to the US Supreme Court. Who do you trust to do that?

RBMN on January 16, 2012 at 7:32 PM

The man who has Robert Bork as his senior legal adviser, that’s who.

Namely, Mitt Romney.

KingGold on January 16, 2012 at 7:41 PM

Dr. Tesla on January 16, 2012 at 7:38 PM

And Santy endorsed Romney last time.

Hmmm

You’re as thick as our liberal trolls.

CW on January 16, 2012 at 7:41 PM

So you too do not understand the Constitution. I am amazed and an embarrassed.

Says the man supporting the socialist with an R next to his name.

The Republican party, it appears, did not learn the lesson of 2010 or 2004, or 1994, or 1988, etc.

So let’s by all means run yet another Me Too! Republican. It worked so well in 2008 after all.

18-1 on January 16, 2012 at 7:42 PM

Washington D.C., Feb 2, 2008 / 01:14 am (CNA).- Mitt Romney scored a victory in the political endorsement battle today, as Rick Santorum, a former Republican senator from Pennsylvania known as a strong conservative, gave him his backing

Seems like the media and Mitt thought a Santy endorsement was a conservative and a good one. :)

Dr. Tesla on January 16, 2012 at 7:42 PM

IF WE WANT THE CONSERVATIVE MOVEMENT TO GROW, THEN WE SHOULDN’T ATTACK PEOPLE WHO HAVE CHANGED AND BECOME MORE CONSERVATIVE AND WHO HAVE JOINED OUR RANKS.

ATTACKING ANY & ALL BUT THE MOST CONSERVATIVE PERSON COMPETING FOR A GOP NOMINATION IS HOW WE NOMINATED CHRISTINE O’DONNELL AND SHARRON ANGLE.

MITT ROMNEY WON’T SUFFER THEIR FATE BECAUSE HE WILL HAVE AN EASIER TIME CONVINCING NON-CONSERVATIVES AND NON-REPUBLICANS TO VOTE FOR HIM AND AGAINST OBAMA THAN ANY OTHER CANDIDATE IN THE FIELD.

reliapundit on January 16, 2012 at 7:42 PM

Beat Obama!!!

Just don’t mention Obamacare, Porkulus, Gulf Oil Spill, Golf Handicap, Recess Appointment, Halloween Extravaganza, Fast and Furious, Holder DOJ, et al.

Roy Rogers on January 16, 2012 at 7:42 PM

Question: If Romeny is the nominee and he loses in November, who is next in line for the Republicans in 2016?

GeorgiaBuckeye on January 16, 2012 at 7:34 PM

2016 ?
What’s happening in 2016 ?

burrata on January 16, 2012 at 7:42 PM

Santorum does wear a mean sweater vest though, and you have to appreciate that style because not many people can pull it off.

Bishop on January 16, 2012 at 7:43 PM

This kind of stuff is why I can’t support Santorum

Now, consider these two quotes from Santorum’s 2005 book It Takes a Family: Conservatism and the Common Good, both of which are very telling:

What was my vision? I came to the uncomfortable realization that conservatives were not only reluctant to spend government dollars on the poor, they hadn’t even thought much about what might work better. I often describe my conservative colleagues during this time as simply ‘cheap liberals.’ My own economically modest personal background and my faith had taught me to care for those who are less fortunate, but I too had not yet given much thought to the proper role of government in this mission.

gophergirl on January 16, 2012 at 7:30

I could take you more seriously if Santorum has a liberal record on fiscal issues, but he doesn’t, and you weren’t supporting big government Romney, but you are. You are a raging hypocrite, a hack for Romney. You are intellectualy dishonest.

The RedStaters are shilling for Perry who has no shot now, but since he announced at their event in Charleston, they are going down with the ship.

Dr. Tesla on January 16, 2012 at 7:33 PM

Thank you, Doctor.

KickandSwimMom on January 16, 2012 at 7:43 PM

And Santy endorsed Romney last time.

In 2008 we could withstand another status quo liberal like Romney, who was marginally to the right of McCain.

You realize things have changed a bit since 2008, right? Perhaps you’ve heard of Obamacare for example? Your guy Mitt knows it very well…

18-1 on January 16, 2012 at 7:43 PM

And Santy endorsed Romney last time.

Hmmm

You’re as thick as our liberal trolls.

CW on January 16, 2012 at 7:41 PM

You got your nose so far up Mitt’s behind you can’t think logically about the issues.

I’m a mechanical engineer and I know I earn more money than you do, so you call me thick all you want while you make your 10 bucks a hour at some factory job.

There’s nothing smart about voting for Mitt. He’s a big governemnt guy who still stands behind RomneyCare, a monument to big government.

Dr. Tesla on January 16, 2012 at 7:44 PM

…goes right to the point – beat Obama.
gophergirl on January 16, 2012 at 7:27 PM

We’re so caught up in our circular firing squad it appears we keep forgetting that, doesn’t it?
Flora Duh on January 16, 2012 at 7:38 PM

The candidate who’s focused on sticking it to Obama instead of other candidates is the one who comes out on top.

whatcat on January 16, 2012 at 7:44 PM

A tool
Dr. Tesla on January 16, 2012 at 7:40 PM

No a tool is someone like you that ignores the Constitution while they lie and distort. A tool compares slavery to a health care mandate. Hey dimwit did you read the link about Rubio and the rest and their support of Romney? Keep ignoring it. I know it will make you feel better about your toolishness.

CW on January 16, 2012 at 7:44 PM

I can’t believe I am saying this, but this election is boring me. After twelve years of obsessive, political discussion, viewing, listening, writing, arguing, etc., I am bored to tears. The 32 GOP debates and the horrid candidates have beaten my passion of politics into mush. I can’t even make myself watch the debate tonight. Too much. Sad.q

carbon_footprint on January 16, 2012 at 7:45 PM

What Santorum should have said is that you can vote against Obama and not be called a racist by voting against Romney.

they lie on January 16, 2012 at 7:45 PM

Has Newt challenged Santorum to a 90 minute Lincoln-Douglas debate yet?

JPeterman on January 16, 2012 at 7:38 PM

That is a great idea.

conservative pilgrim on January 16, 2012 at 7:45 PM

Mitt does have that “executive” look, he looks like an executive. You know, that look. Like an executive should look.

Bishop on January 16, 2012 at 7:45 PM

Gophergirl is not a shill for Romney. For pete’s sake, DT keep up. And your hatred of Red State clouds your judgment.

jazzuscounty on January 16, 2012 at 7:45 PM

You got your nose so far up Mitt’s behind you can’t think logically about the issues.

I’m a mechanical engineer and I know I earn more money than you do, so you call me thick all you want while you make your 10 bucks a hour at some factory job.

There’s nothing smart about voting for Mitt. He’s a big governemnt guy who still stands behind RomneyCare, a monument to big government.

Dr. Tesla on January 16, 2012 at 7:44 PM

Someone is feeling inadequate. Sorry I made you feel uncomfortable.

CW on January 16, 2012 at 7:46 PM

Crap politics at its finest.

Jaibones on January 16, 2012 at 7:47 PM

6. Marco Rubio:

Marco Rubio, a rising star in the Republican party, has also defended RomneyCare. Here’s what he had to say about it:
“It’s a work in progress,” Rubio says, speaking of the Bay State program. “There are major distinctions between that and what Obama is trying to do in Washington. For one, it didn’t raise any taxes. Number two, it is not adding to our deficit. That is my biggest objection to Obamacare, although there are many others. My number-one objection to Obamacare is that we can’t afford it, even if it was the greatest idea in the world.”

Oh noes.

CW on January 16, 2012 at 7:47 PM

I’ve noticed the those calling Santy a fiscal lib never go into detail or try to refute me when I present the facts about his record.

Dr. Tesla on January 16, 2012 at 7:28 PM

Do you stand by Santy’s European-like policy for child tax credits?

MeatHeadinCA on January 16, 2012 at 7:47 PM

If you separated out the Romney supporters who simply want to have sex with him to those that agree with him on the issues, there would only be like two left.

He is our Obama in a lot of ways, people are projecting their own beliefs on him that his record doesn’t match. He’s so smart though and he can talk. And he’s handsome.

Dr. Tesla on January 16, 2012 at 7:47 PM

There’s nothing smart about voting for Mitt. He’s a big governemnt guy who still stands behind RomneyCare, a monument to big government.

Dr. Tesla on January 16, 2012 at 7:44 PM

Indeed. If you want to save Obamacare, vote for the one Republican in the race not fundamentally opposed to it. If you want to repeal it support any of the other candidates, but the time has come to coalesce around one.

18-1 on January 16, 2012 at 7:47 PM

I can’t even make myself watch the debate tonight. Too much. Sad.q

carbon_footprint on January 16, 2012 at 7:45 PM

Same here. Tired of the lousy candidates and the assault on Conservative candidates from the Left and Right. We have a bunch of duds again, and the election is a fait accompli for Romney, I fear. It is 2008: the Remix.

conservative pilgrim on January 16, 2012 at 7:47 PM

Santorum does wear a mean sweater vest though, and you have to appreciate that style because not many people can pull it off.

Bishop on January 16, 2012 at 7:43 PM

Like this guy?

Flora Duh on January 16, 2012 at 7:48 PM

Oh noes.

CW on January 16, 2012 at 7:47 PM

Haven’t been a big fan of Rubio … for quite some time.

MeatHeadinCA on January 16, 2012 at 7:48 PM

Says the man supporting the socialist with an R next to his name.

18-1 on January 16, 2012 at 7:42 PM

So now he’s a socialist. You whackos are hilarious.

CW on January 16, 2012 at 7:48 PM

Do you stand by Santy’s European-like policy for child tax credits?

MeatHeadinCA on January 16, 2012 at 7:47 PM

Isn’t that a minor, trivial issue compared to RomneyCare? You seriously voting for Romney over Santorum b/c of that? If so, don’t tell me you are a conservative.

I know why you dont like Santorum. It’s not complicated, but it does sound absurd when I force you to say it, doesn’t it? :)

Dr. Tesla on January 16, 2012 at 7:49 PM

Dr. Tesla gets that way when confronted by irrefutable fact.

Roy Rogers on January 16, 2012 at 7:49 PM

Gingrich and Santorum are now sounding as stupid as their supporters on Hot Air.

Basilsbest on January 16, 2012 at 7:29 PM

Exactly. All these so called “Republicans” involved in the attacks on Romney have completely jumped the shark. If you don’t believe me just look at the 2 stories today on this site that show his poll numbers rising!

Roymunson on January 16, 2012 at 7:49 PM

Good ad, late though. The debate tonight and thursday will matter more then these ads anyway. Lets just see how it goes.

nswider on January 16, 2012 at 7:49 PM

If you separated out the Romney supporters who simply want to have sex with him to those that agree with him on the issues, there would only be like two left.

He is our Obama in a lot of ways, people are projecting their own beliefs on him that his record doesn’t match. He’s so smart though and he can talk. And he’s handsome.

Dr. Tesla on January 16, 2012 at 7:47 PM

You realize you are telling everyone a whole lot more about your self than anyone else. I am amazed at your debating skills I have to say.

Now about that list of cons who have supported Romney ..,…..

CW on January 16, 2012 at 7:50 PM

So now he’s a socialist. You whackos are hilarious.

CW on January 16, 2012 at 7:48 PM

RomneyCare is socialized medicine. It’s not illogical to see Romney as some kind of socialist. He’s a healthcare statist, still defends the idea.

Dr. Tesla on January 16, 2012 at 7:50 PM

I’m a mechanical engineer and I know I earn more money than you do, so you call me thick all you want while you make your 10 bucks a hour at some factory job.

Well by Gaia that’s some conservative vibe right there, lording yourself up while criticizing people who don’t have your mighty skills.

You would feel right at home in the Manhattan cocktail clique, discussing Kant and Niebuhr while firing disdainful looks at the hired help picking up your empty champagne flutes.

Bishop on January 16, 2012 at 7:50 PM

Beat Obama!!!
Just don’t mention Obamacare, Porkulus, Gulf Oil Spill, Golf Handicap, Recess Appointment, Halloween Extravaganza, Fast and Furious, Holder DOJ, et al.
Roy Rogers on January 16, 2012 at 7:42 PM

WoW, despirate much? Halloween Extravaganza wow!!!! SMH

residentblue on January 16, 2012 at 7:51 PM

So now he’s a socialist. You whackos are hilarious.

CW on January 16, 2012 at 7:48 PM

I’d suggest you look at Mitt’s record instead of posting inane drivel.

You might find it enlightening.

18-1 on January 16, 2012 at 7:51 PM

Isn’t that a minor, trivial issue compared to RomneyCare? You seriously voting for Romney over Santorum b/c of that? If so, don’t tell me you are a conservative.

I know why you dont like Santorum. It’s not complicated, but it does sound absurd when I force you to say it, doesn’t it? :)

Dr. Tesla on January 16, 2012 at 7:49 PM

It’s tripling down on status quo tax policy, that’s what it is. It’s statism. It’s big government at its finest. Oh, and it doesn’t really work!

MeatHeadinCA on January 16, 2012 at 7:51 PM

Gophergirl is not a shill for Romney. For pete’s sake, DT keep up. And your hatred of Red State clouds your judgment.

jazzuscounty on January 16, 2012 at 7:45 PM

Thank you. I thought that was quite funny to be honest.

gophergirl on January 16, 2012 at 7:51 PM

Too many GOP debates too early caused the lazy media to focus on those stupid Q & As vs. reporting on each candidates’ positions. America’s 6.9 second attention span and love for image over substance was the accomplice in this crime.

I will support Obama for another 4 year term with GOP Congress to keep him check while our nation continues to take on water. I will not elect Romney (Obama lite) and set our GOP back another 30 years on principle.

Deep Timber on January 16, 2012 at 7:52 PM

From the Bill Kristol article……………

So, there are three candidates at +4 percent, +2.5 percent, and -4 percent, all well within competitive bounds of one another. Newt Gingrich? He’s at 28 percent favorable to 58 percent unfavorable in one poll, 27 percent to 56 percent in the other—averaging -29.5 percent. Yes, -29.5 percent.

***snort***

JPeterman on January 16, 2012 at 7:52 PM

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