Mitt mitigates expectations for today

posted at 5:25 pm on February 7, 2012 by Tina Korbe

Ed asked earlier whether today could be a big day for Rick Santorum. The question could just as easily be phrased: Could today be Mitt Romney’s small day? The Romney campaign itself senses that it’s likely to face at least one loss tonight — probably in Missouri, probably to Santorum — and has sought to tamp down expectations accordingly.

In a memo released by the campaign this morning, Romney political director Rich Beeson reminded readers that the contests today produce no delegates to the nominating convention.

“[T]here is no way for any nominee to win first place in every single contest — John McCain lost 19 states in 2008, and we expect our opponents to notch a few wins too,” the second paragraph of the memo states.

The remainder of the document — topped with the subject line “The Road Ahead — A Reality Check” — bears no hint of nervousness, though. With an emphasis on Romney’s organizational strength, Beeson outlines the former Massachusetts governor’s path to the nomination:

Speaker Gingrich’s and Senator Santorum’s campaigns have resource challenges. The remaining February states may not be kind to them, and their hopes for a comeback in March may be very difficult and based on an incomplete understanding of the delegate selection rules. Even “success” in a few states will not mean collecting enough delegates to win the nomination.

In contrast, Governor Romney will be competing across the country and collecting delegates in state after state, even if other candidates pick up some wins. This is exactly the sort of methodical, long-haul campaign we planned for, and we are well on the way to victory.

That Romney has begun to take notice of Rick Santorum through surrogates like Tim Pawlenty shows that Romney still sees Santorum as a threat, especially in the middle states — but the overall thrust of the memo underscores a reality about presidential campaigns that is easy to forget in the excitement of debates and early states: Organization does matter, and Romney — alone of the current candidates — has been running for president for at least four years. A drawn-out race will favor him, and, in the end, each candidate’s delegate count does matter more than any symbolic show of support in Iowa, Missouri or elsewhere. Santorum stands a very real chance of unseating Newt Gingrich as the leading not-Romney today — but Romney is still the only Romney. That is, he’s still the only candidate who has been the frontrunner more often than not. Beeson is right: Romney can afford to lose one or two states today, no sweat. At this point, a small day for Romney is a big day for Santorum or Gingrich — in both senses of that sentence. What Santorum or Gingrich have to hype, Romney can do with or without. Iowa and South Carolina aside, might Mitt Romney be inevitable after all?


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This is pathetic really. I know Willard will still win but the fact that he still cannot connect with conservatives is really pathetic

liberal4life on February 7, 2012 at 5:28 PM

That Romney has begun to take notice of Rick Santorum through surrogates like Tim Pawlenty shows that Romney still sees Santorum as a threat, especially in the middle states

Put on your raincoats……here comes the mud.

Tim_CA on February 7, 2012 at 5:29 PM

i honestly don’t know why anyone votes in a beauty contest that counts for nothing? Waste of time.

if the party of stupid wants to nominate their guy, fine with me. I can see why they don’t want the Paul.bots, and ows types voting on their delegates…i get it.

r keller on February 7, 2012 at 5:30 PM

But…I heard just yesterday that the entire primary was over and that our winner was Mitt Romney.

Could that be another lie?

joekenha on February 7, 2012 at 5:30 PM

Romney may end up being the nominee.

I still suspect the fact that he has been running for years, as you note, and still can’t quite close the deal with the base, portends very badly for him in the primary- and for us in the general, should he be the nominee…

cs89 on February 7, 2012 at 5:31 PM

Newt we hardly knew ye. Rick is the new anti-Mitt.

hanzblinx on February 7, 2012 at 5:31 PM

Methinks Mitt wishes he had a Jedi mind trick up his sleeve.

Stoic Patriot on February 7, 2012 at 5:32 PM

The Romney camp can downplay this as much as they want, and I would expect them to do so. But if Santorum emerges with two victories today, and perhaps a second place finish in Colorado, the sights of the Romney hit squad will immediately turn away from Gingrich and toward Santorum. Except extremely vile mudslinging to begin in short order.

I hope Santorum is up to the challenge.

Shump on February 7, 2012 at 5:32 PM

mitigate what? there are no delegates selected today.

jimver on February 7, 2012 at 5:33 PM

I expect full scale assault on Santorum in the coming days. No one gets in the way of the establishment

liberal4life on February 7, 2012 at 5:34 PM

Are these open or closed primary contests? If there open, what can anyone really take away from them?

FlaMurph on February 7, 2012 at 5:35 PM

But…I heard just yesterday that the entire primary was over and that our winner was Mitt Romney.

Could that be another lie?

joekenha on February 7, 2012 at 5:30 PM

If you heard it from the media, chances are, it was a lie.

Aizen on February 7, 2012 at 5:35 PM

Vote for Mitt, annoy a Conservative!

portlandon on February 7, 2012 at 5:35 PM

Mr Personality comes up small again.

james23 on February 7, 2012 at 5:35 PM

This is pathetic really. I know Willard will still win but the fact that he still cannot connect with conservatives is really pathetic

liberal4life on February 7, 2012 at 5:28 PM

I think he has a stronger connection than your mouth does to your brain…and pathetically…from your brain, to your bowels!

KOOLAID2 on February 7, 2012 at 5:36 PM

“[T]here is no way for any nominee to win first place in every single contest — John McCain lost 19 states in 2008, and we expect our opponents to notch a few wins too,” the second paragraph of the memo states.

Direct opposite of Newt who keeps stating he will win Colorado and every state he is running in….

And, yes, Organization does matter, doesn’t it, Newt?

uhangtight on February 7, 2012 at 5:36 PM

“[T]here is no way for any nominee to win first place in every single contest

That’s true. And just as true is that the Obamamedia will spin a Santorum win in a meaningless state as a huge rebuke of Romney’s candidacy. The Romney camp is just pre-spinning it. Nothing wrong with that. Romney will get the nomination, and he’ll go on to beat Barack Obama quite handily. Barack Obama knows this. Why don’t you folks?

Rational Thought on February 7, 2012 at 5:36 PM

“I will buy this election…and you will like it! After all,I’m..uh..lectable”-Mittwit

SMACKRUNNER on February 7, 2012 at 5:37 PM

Vote for Mitt, annoy a Conservative!

portlandon on February 7, 2012 at 5:35 PM

A-friggin’-men

(dammit)

Tim_CA on February 7, 2012 at 5:37 PM

You have to at least enjoy the fact Romney’s logo has oblamer “turned over on its side”

FlaMurph on February 7, 2012 at 5:38 PM

Romney is a good loser, like McCain.

FloatingRock on February 7, 2012 at 5:38 PM

I expect full scale assault on Santorum in the coming days. No one gets in the way of the establishment

liberal4life on February 7, 2012 at 5:34 PM

…and what happens then?

KOOLAID2 on February 7, 2012 at 5:39 PM

liberal4life on February 7, 2012 at 5:34 PM

Thankfully, no one cares what you expect…or think.

catmman on February 7, 2012 at 5:39 PM

liberal4life on February 7, 2012 at 5:28 PM

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Breaks your heart – don’t it ?

FlaMurph on February 7, 2012 at 5:39 PM

This is pathetic really. I know Willard will still win but the fact that he still cannot connect with conservatives is really pathetic

liberal4life on February 7, 2012 at 5:28 PM

I’d have used the word “understandable” rather than “pathetic”……but I’m a dissapointed conservative.

Tim_CA on February 7, 2012 at 5:40 PM

Thankfully, no one cares what you expect…or think.

catmman on February 7, 2012 at 5:39 PM

You didn’t care yet still you responded…

liberal4life on February 7, 2012 at 5:40 PM

Per InTrade; the expectation is for Romney to easily win 2 of 3, with a fighting shot at winning all three.

Losing 1 would be a dissapointment.
Losing 2 would be a disaster.

I hope he loses 2, but I know if it will be a longshot.

Norwegian on February 7, 2012 at 5:41 PM

Are these open or closed primary contests? If there open, what can anyone really take away from them?

FlaMurph on February 7, 2012 at 5:35 PM

MN is open and non-binding.

Count me out. Not worth the trouble to show up.

Hollowpoint on February 7, 2012 at 5:41 PM

Romney will Mittigate Obummer in November.

FlaMurph on February 7, 2012 at 5:42 PM

I expect full scale assault on Santorum in the coming days. No one gets in the way of the establishment

liberal4life on February 7, 2012 at 5:34 PM

Oh you’re right about the full-scale attack…but it will originate from the Romney-Camp.

Tim_CA on February 7, 2012 at 5:42 PM

This is pathetic really. I know Willard will still win but the fact that he still cannot connect with conservatives is really pathetic

liberal4life on February 7, 2012 at 5:28 PM

Because unlike liberals, we are committed to our beliefs, not our purported leaders.

How many countless ways did Obama fail you or sell you out since 2008? The PAC flip flop is just the latest doozie. Yet you continue to throw your panties at his feet and defend him at all costs.

I’ll take a pathetic candidate over what you do any day.

Chuck Schick on February 7, 2012 at 5:43 PM

Sorry, Romney, the race has just begun and you’re not setting the course just as yet.

The Nerve on February 7, 2012 at 5:46 PM

Breaks your heart – don’t it ?

FlaMurph on February 7, 2012 at 5:39 PM

Nope it doesn’t.

Obama is 50% in the polls thats all that matters. The Godfather of Obamacare has no chance

liberal4life on February 7, 2012 at 5:47 PM

Methinks Mitt wishes he had a Jedi mind trick up his sleeve.

Stoic Patriot on February 7, 2012 at 5:32 PM

He does, that is how he got all of those “conservatives” to join the race to split the “conservative” vote.

He will keep them in the race until his victory is assured.

Go Darth Mitt!!!!

Gunlock Bill on February 7, 2012 at 5:47 PM

Romney — alone of the current candidates — has been running for president for at least four years.

Ron Paul has been running for over four years, too.

J.S.K. on February 7, 2012 at 5:47 PM

MN is open and non-binding.

Count me out. Not worth the trouble to show up.

Hollowpoint on February 7, 2012 at 5:41 PM

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Thanks. What IS the point then ? So lets say Santorum has a better day than he has had in the past. Is it possible that Democrats voted for him in a big way ? – Dems supporting him over Romney? What is the point of determining the Republican impact on a caucus in a Blue state then anyway ? It does seem like a “Hollow” victory for the winner.

FlaMurph on February 7, 2012 at 5:47 PM

Vote for Mitt, annoy a Conservative religious bigot like portlylandon!

portlandon on February 7, 2012 at 5:35 PM

There, fixed it for you.

Gunlock Bill on February 7, 2012 at 5:50 PM

Per InTrade; the expectation is for Romney to easily win 2 of 3, with a fighting shot at winning all three.

Losing 1 would be a dissapointment.
Losing 2 would be a disaster.

I hope he loses 2, but I know if it will be a longshot.

Norwegian on February 7, 2012 at 5:41 PM

I don’t see any numbers for Missouri on intrade. Do you?

hanzblinx on February 7, 2012 at 5:50 PM

Norwegian on February 7, 2012 at 5:41 PM

Romney had pretty much conceded MN and MS, he hardly campaigned there. But MN and MS are non-binding caucuses, and he is likely to win AZ and MI.

galtani on February 7, 2012 at 5:50 PM

Obama is 50% in the polls thats all that matters. The Godfather of Obamacare has no chance

liberal4life on February 7, 2012 at 5:47 PM

sorry partner….Obama’s gone.

Start rooting for the psuedo-conservative who best matches your world-view, and plug him through the Repub primaries.

It really is your only hope.

Tim_CA on February 7, 2012 at 5:51 PM

Ron Paul has been running for over four years, too.

J.S.K. on February 7, 2012 at 5:47 PM

No, he hasn’t.

And Mitt was loved and praised by the talk-radio morons in ’08, while Ron Paul was savaged by all the haters.

Aizen on February 7, 2012 at 5:52 PM

The votes in MI and MO are meaningless beauty contests. Go ahead Santo, knock yourself out.

MJBrutus on February 7, 2012 at 5:52 PM

It’s too bad that Republicans cannot unite around Romney. As for Romney being the establishment? Really? With Rush, Hannity, Fox News, Mike Gallagher, etc…all against Mitt, where is the establishment?

I am proud, and there are plenty like me that have been for Mitt Romney the whole time, unfortunately, blogs like this one, and so many more media outlets just cannot believe it.

As the bashing continues…only one person gains, and that is Obama. His recent poll numbers prove it. Real Clear Politic rankings prove it also.

It is time to face it…Because people like Rush Limbaugh who started the we (anti-establishment) vs they (establishment) cannot have their perfect candidate, they’ll bash the only chance we have to beat Obama to prove a point.

The only point proven…the Republican Brand is being trashed.

mark cantu on February 7, 2012 at 5:52 PM

Romney isn’t the best candidate for people concerned about the economy, it wasn’t him that warned America about the debt bubble back in ’08, it was Ron Paul. Romney was at all those debates and he didn’t have a clue. Romney may know how to run a business but it doesn’t mean he has any special wisdom about the worlds economy, in fact the evidence suggests otherwise.

Another point of evidence: Romney’s answer on the minimum wage.

If people are concerned about the economy Romney is not the proven leader, Ron Paul is.

FloatingRock on February 7, 2012 at 5:52 PM

The votes in MI MN and MO are meaningless beauty contests. Go ahead Santo, knock yourself out.

MJBrutus on February 7, 2012 at 5:52 PM

Gotta learn my state abbreviations :-)

MJBrutus on February 7, 2012 at 5:52 PM

sorry partner….Obama’s gone.

Start rooting for the psuedo-conservative who best matches your world-view, and plug him through the Repub primaries.

It really is your only hope.

Tim_CA on February 7, 2012 at 5:51 PM

Barack Obama to be re-elected President in 2012

Event: 2012 Presidential Election Winner (Individual)
60.1%

liberal4life on February 7, 2012 at 5:53 PM

Nope it doesn’t.

Obama is 50% in the polls thats all that matters. The Godfather of Obamacare has no chance

liberal4life on February 7, 2012 at 5:47 PM

The secret poll with the secret partisan breakdown? Ask yourself why a newspaper and broadcast news outfit that are 100% in the tank for Obama would hide the partisan breakdown of a poll that shows their guy “suddenly’ surging ahead. The Washington Post/ABC News know Barack Obama is going to lose in 2012. Why don’t you?

Rational Thought on February 7, 2012 at 5:54 PM

Thanks. What IS the point then ? So lets say Santorum has a better day than he has had in the past. Is it possible that Democrats voted for him in a big way ? – Dems supporting him over Romney? What is the point of determining the Republican impact on a caucus in a Blue state then anyway ? It does seem like a “Hollow” victory for the winner.

FlaMurph on February 7, 2012 at 5:47 PM

MN wanted to get in on the “early state” action so they moved it earlier. Not much point to it at all aside from bragging rights and getting slightly more national prominence in the primary process.

There’s no party registration in MN. Technically you’re supposed to agree with the principles of the party of the caucus you participate in, but that’s obviously unenforceable.

I expect turnout to be very low.

Hollowpoint on February 7, 2012 at 5:55 PM

liberal4life on February 7, 2012 at 5:53 PM

uh huh….I know.

Wait for the general, when the bumbling messiah is forced to face his dismal record…..he won’t survive it.

Trust me. He’s gone.

Tim_CA on February 7, 2012 at 5:56 PM

Barack Obama to be re-elected President in 2012

Event: 2012 Presidential Election Winner (Individual)
60.1%

liberal4life on February 7, 2012 at 5:53 PM

You know, Team Obama just might find enough dead people/fictional characters to push them over the finish line, so you’ve got a point. /

Look for these names voting Obama in 2012:

Donald Duck
Bugs Bunny
Porky Pig
Fred Flintstone
George Jetson
Homer Simpson
Peter Griffin
Naruto Uzumaki
Mickey Mouse
Son Goku
Hello Kitty
SpongeBob SquarePants

Aizen on February 7, 2012 at 5:57 PM

What is the point of voting in a “beauty contest”? REPITITION! How do you get to Carnigie Hall?

SMACKRUNNER on February 7, 2012 at 5:58 PM

The only point proven…the Republican Brand is being trashed.

mark cantu on February 7, 2012 at 5:52 PM

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I don’t think there isn’t a single R who hasn’t been thrown under the bus by another R. Is anyone unscathed?
Get on the Bus? Impossible – since everyone is underneath the bus. And the wheels are starting to go round and round.

FlaMurph on February 7, 2012 at 6:00 PM

I expect full scale assault on Santorum in the coming days. No one gets in the way of the establishment

liberal4life on February 7, 2012 at 5:34 PM

why, what’s it to you?

jimver on February 7, 2012 at 6:00 PM

Get on the Bus? Impossible – since everyone is underneath the bus. And the wheels are starting to go round and round.

FlaMurph on February 7, 2012 at 6:00 PM

Just like every other election. After the primaries, we pick up the bus, and carry it toward the finish line.

Tim_CA on February 7, 2012 at 6:02 PM

liberal4life on February 7, 2012 at 5:53 PM

If that helps you sleep at night, good for you.

If you’re interested in reality, however, just look at where we are in this race. PBHO just came of delivering his SOTU. He has the entire government assembled with all the ceremony, majesty and pomp and circumstance that entails. Romney has been mired in a food fight with the likes of Newt. He has to dispense with a few turkeys before he can soar with the eagles.

Time is on Mitt’s side. As it becomes clearer that he is the nominee he’ll grow in standing. By the time he’s accepting the nomination at the convention, all the petty complaints about him will be long forgotten. He’ll have a lot of balloons and ceremony around him. That’s when the race begins.

But consider, that even at this date, when Mitt is at his most difficult point in the process, polls show him within the MoE vs the incumbent. I love his chances and if I were you, I would keep on doing what you’re doing. Try not to think about it, it will only depress you.

MJBrutus on February 7, 2012 at 6:03 PM

In the mail today, Mitt Romney used John McCain to ask me for money – so he can slander candidates more conservative than himself. At least that is what the outside of the envelop indicated before I added it to the recycling bin.

The unmitigated gall of Mitt and his stooges — thinking that I am going to send them money or support them in any way beyond holding my nose in November. He can have his supporters use their winsome charm on independent voters, since he will not get a cent from me.

Maybe I can send Mitt a lead brick with his postage paid envelop….

WhatNot on February 7, 2012 at 6:03 PM

why, what’s it to you?

jimver on February 7, 2012 at 6:00 PM

Anarchy of course.

Tim_CA on February 7, 2012 at 6:04 PM

Turnout here in Missouri is about 20%. We’re really enthused!

Vince on February 7, 2012 at 6:04 PM

uh huh….I know.

Wait for the general, when the bumbling messiah is forced to face his dismal record…..he won’t survive it.

Trust me. He’s gone.

Tim_CA on February 7, 2012 at 5:56 PM

That is as close to a certainty as any election has been in my lifetime. I live in a very liberal college town surrounded by very liberal people, many of them young people. I know it’s a media meme to say that liberals are disappointed in Barry because he hasn’t been liberal “enough,” but in my little corner of the world they just think he’s an incompetent embarrassment and a corrupt hack. I’m constantly crackin’ wise with the libs these days about “when Obama loses in 2012…” and “well, the new president after 2012 will…” and these folks just shrug and say, “Yeah. He’s gonna lose. He deserves to.” The GOP hasn’t even begun to tell the story of Obama (the one the MSM never tells), and he’s already lost. The question now is just by how much. I’m hoping for a landslide, but I’ll take 50.1 percent. In either case, he’s definitely gone.

Rational Thought on February 7, 2012 at 6:04 PM

It’s too bad that Republicans cannot unite around Romney.

mark cantu on February 7, 2012 at 5:52 PM

The Republican candidate is supposed to represent the Republican Party, instead we get a facsimile of Obama. Hope and Change under new management. It’s like the Price is Right when a contestant over/under bids another contestant by one dollar.

FloatingRock on February 7, 2012 at 6:05 PM

I hope this is the beginning of Mitt having to Mitigate a lot of expectations.

JellyToast on February 7, 2012 at 6:05 PM

Just like every other the 2008 and 1996 elections. After the primaries, we pick up the Rino, and carry it toward the finish line concession speech.

Tim_CA on February 7, 2012 at 6:02 PM

Southernblogger on February 7, 2012 at 6:06 PM

The Republican candidate is supposed to represent the Republican Party, instead we get a facsimile of Obama. Hope and Change under new management. It’s like the Price is Right when a contestant over/under bids another contestant by one dollar.

FloatingRock on February 7, 2012 at 6:05 PM

LMAO!

So sad, yet so true… :(

Aizen on February 7, 2012 at 6:07 PM

I expect turnout to be very low.

Hollowpoint on February 7, 2012 at 5:55 PM

and its winter time?? ya?
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Reminds me of the Johnny Carson shtick…”It was so cold… I saw politicians with their hands in their own pockets !!

FlaMurph on February 7, 2012 at 6:08 PM

Southernblogger on February 7, 2012 at 6:06 PM

Someone put on his cranky-pants this morning!

Tim_CA on February 7, 2012 at 6:08 PM

I see a good number of people projecting their hopes and beliefs onto Rick Santorum like liberals did to Barack Obama. That’s pretty scary.

jan3 on February 7, 2012 at 6:09 PM

I saw politicians with their hands in their own pockets !!

FlaMurph on February 7, 2012 at 6:08 PM

can’t seem to be able to come up with that mental picture :-)…

jimver on February 7, 2012 at 6:10 PM

I see a good number of people projecting their hopes and beliefs onto Rick Santorum like liberals did to Barack Obama. That’s pretty scary.

jan3 on February 7, 2012 at 6:09 PM

And I see alot of people dis-satisfied with the current front-runner, who are taking a closer look at the only consistent conservative currently in the race.

Now what?

Tim_CA on February 7, 2012 at 6:11 PM

JellyToast on February 7, 2012 at 6:05 PM

Hope all you want, but you’re just going to end up with Hope’s ugly offspring, Disappointment.

MJBrutus on February 7, 2012 at 6:11 PM

I hope this is the beginning of Mitt having to Mitigate a lot of expectations.

JellyToast on February 7, 2012 at 6:05 PM

how, there are no delegates selected…

jimver on February 7, 2012 at 6:14 PM

and its winter time?? ya?
.
Reminds me of the Johnny Carson shtick…”It was so cold… I saw politicians with their hands in their own pockets !!

FlaMurph on February 7, 2012 at 6:08 PM

Yeah, but it’s been a ridiculously mild Winter this year. It’s currently 28F (practically t-shirt weather for MN in February) so the weather isn’t really a factor so much as lack of interest.

Hollowpoint on February 7, 2012 at 6:14 PM

And I see alot of people dis-satisfied with the current front-runner, who are taking a closer look at the only consistent conservative currently in the race.

Now what?

Tim_CA on February 7, 2012 at 6:11 PM

There are no consistent conservatives currently in the race.

That’s what.

Ronnie on February 7, 2012 at 6:16 PM

And I see alot of people dis-satisfied with the current front-runner, who are taking a closer look at the only consistent conservative currently in the race.

Now what?

Tim_CA on February 7, 2012 at 6:11 PM

Given his history as a “big government conservative” who couldn’t get enough of that sweet taxpayer funded pork, he’s not been a consistent conservative on fiscal matters.

Social issues? Sure.

Hollowpoint on February 7, 2012 at 6:17 PM

Ronnie on February 7, 2012 at 6:16 PM

You’re so right Ronnie…I forgot:

1. SantorumCare
2. Rick sitting on the couch with Nancy
3. Santorum’s flirtation with abortion rights

oh wait…..

Tim_CA on February 7, 2012 at 6:19 PM

Given his history as a “big government conservative” who couldn’t get enough of that sweet taxpayer funded pork, he’s not been a consistent conservative on fiscal matters.

Social issues? Sure.

Hollowpoint on February 7, 2012 at 6:17 PM

If “bringing home the pork” makes you “Big Government”….then I guess you’re right….Santorum and virtually every member of congress is “big government”.

Grow the frig up.

Tim_CA on February 7, 2012 at 6:22 PM

You’re so right Ronnie…I forgot:

1. SantorumCare
2. Rick sitting on the couch with Nancy
3. Santorum’s flirtation with abortion rights

oh wait…..

Tim_CA on February 7, 2012 at 6:19 PM

You forgot a lot.

Ronnie on February 7, 2012 at 6:25 PM

You forgot a lot.

Ronnie on February 7, 2012 at 6:25 PM

Exactly the response I’d expect.

You’re a master-debater my friend.

Tim_CA on February 7, 2012 at 6:26 PM

Santorum and virtually every member of congress is “big government”.

Tim_CA on February 7, 2012 at 6:22 PM

I know! Let’s nominate someone who hasn’t been a Congress critter. You know, like Mitt Romney for instance.

MJBrutus on February 7, 2012 at 6:27 PM

Exactly the response I’d expect.

You’re a master-debater my friend.

Tim_CA on February 7, 2012 at 6:26 PM

Don’t flatter yourself. You’re way too stupid to be my friend.

Ronnie on February 7, 2012 at 6:28 PM

Every time Romney wins well there’s more states.
when someone other than Romney wins its a game-changer.

gerrym51 on February 7, 2012 at 6:29 PM

If “bringing home the pork” makes you “Big Government”….then I guess you’re right….Santorum and virtually every member of congress is “big government”.

Grow the frig up.

Tim_CA on February 7, 2012 at 6:22 PM

His final term he was one of the biggest spenders in the Senate. It wasn’t just earmarks and advancing Bush’s policies, either. Overall he was average at best on fiscal policy..

If you believe otherwise, I suggest you take a closer look at his record- particularly the period after the GOP took the Senate. It’s not that of a small government, fiscally conservative Senator.

Or you can just pretend that he’s something that he never was, which I suspect is the more likely alternative.

Hollowpoint on February 7, 2012 at 6:29 PM

MJBrutus on February 7, 2012 at 6:27 PM

lol

nice one.

Tim_CA on February 7, 2012 at 6:29 PM

Just like every other election. After the primaries, we pick up the bus, and carry it toward the finish line.

Tim_CA on February 7, 2012 at 6:02 PM

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I’ve got a feeling not everyone is gonna get back on board though.

FlaMurph on February 7, 2012 at 6:31 PM

Every time Romney wins well there’s more states.
when someone other than Romney wins its a game-changer.

gerrym51 on February 7, 2012 at 6:29 PM

Newt’s already having his “41 States to Go” signs printed. Dude should just get dry erase boards.

Ronnie on February 7, 2012 at 6:31 PM

Speaker Gingrich’s and Senator Santorum’s campaigns have resource challenges. The remaining February states may not be kind to them, and their hopes for a comeback in March may be very difficult and based on an incomplete understanding of the delegate selection rules. Even “success” in a few states will not mean collecting enough delegates to win the nomination.
In contrast, Governor Romney will be competing across the country and collecting delegates in state after state, even if other candidates pick up some wins. This is exactly the sort of methodical, long-haul campaign we planned for, and we are well on the way to victory.

Sounds pretty nervous to me, considering the main caveat is “well, we cant win them all”

And that same strategy was used in 2008…

i.e. “Look, these guys dont have the cash for the long haul, we do – so by default Romney should be your choice”

Weakness personified.

Odie1941 on February 7, 2012 at 6:32 PM

know! Let’s nominate someone who hasn’t been a Congress critter. You know, like Mitt Romney for instance.

MJBrutus on February 7, 2012 at 6:27 PM

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Solutions to problems are rarely generated and implemented by the same people that created the problems in the first place. Rarely.
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Hence “outside” the box. Just sayin.

FlaMurph on February 7, 2012 at 6:35 PM

Or you can just pretend that he’s something that he never was, which I suspect is the more likely alternative.

Hollowpoint on February 7, 2012 at 6:29 PM

I’m not pretending anything hollow, santorum is the clear conservative choice in this election…..by miles.

I’m a conservative (borderline libertarian).

Would I vote Romney if he get’s the nod – of course…but I’m not going to “pretend” he’s a conservative.

Tim_CA on February 7, 2012 at 6:35 PM

Oh, so today the race really isn’t over and yet no delegates are being awarded. The mediots need to get back on their meds–stat!

stukinIL4now on February 7, 2012 at 6:35 PM

Maybe I can send Mitt a lead brick with his postage paid envelop….

WhatNot on February 7, 2012 at 6:03 PM

Fishing sinkers.

katy the mean old lady on February 7, 2012 at 6:40 PM

Romney is right on plan. Nothing to see here. Romney will be the republican nominee. Then, he will be elected president of the U.S.

Thats it. Nothing to see here folks. The Mitt Man is just working the crowds…keeping expectations realistic like Reagan did. Like Andy Jackson did. Like Abe Lincoln did.

Vote for Mitt…annoy a geek!

Jailbreak on February 7, 2012 at 6:40 PM

FlaMurph on February 7, 2012 at 6:35 PM

Yeppers. In this case the box is DC. I remember way back when. Back in the land of forgotten time. As far back as this last Summer, people were marching and shouting about the need for a Washington outsider. It didn’t matter who as long as they didn’t serve in DC. Remember Herman Cain? I know, I’m asking folks to really put the pedal to the medal on their wayback machines. He was entirely clueless, but he was an outsider and that fact alone propelled him to the top of the polls. But times do change.

MJBrutus on February 7, 2012 at 6:42 PM

Vote for Mitt…annoy a geek!

Jailbreak on February 7, 2012 at 6:40 PM

Hey man, we geeks love Mitt!

MJBrutus on February 7, 2012 at 6:48 PM

I’ve got a feeling not everyone is gonna get back on board though.

FlaMurph on February 7, 2012 at 6:31 PM

And by default throw away a vote to remove the worst President in their lifetimes (if not American history)?

I doubt it.

Chin Up!

Tim_CA on February 7, 2012 at 6:48 PM

Put on your raincoats……here comes the mud.

Tim_CA on February 7, 2012 at 5:29 PM

That’s not mud they’re flinging.

Piss off MJBrutus/Jailbreak vote third party.

RickB on February 7, 2012 at 6:53 PM

MJBrutus on February 7, 2012 at 6:42 PM

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And yet election after election…..year after year – our government performs flawlessly….. without the help of anyone from outside the beltway of corruption.
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Good luck with that.

FlaMurph on February 7, 2012 at 6:55 PM

You’re so right Ronnie…I forgot:

1. SantorumCare
2. Rick sitting on the couch with Nancy
3. Santorum’s flirtation with abortion rights

oh wait…..

Tim_CA on February 7, 2012 at 6:19 PM

This morning I decided to give Santorum a closer look, I was taken aback when I came across this.

Pro-life Santorum voted for govt subsidies to Planned Parenthood

Flora Duh on February 7, 2012 at 6:56 PM

Flora Duh on February 7, 2012 at 6:56 PM

Wow – thanks – hadn’t seen this.

Not a deal-breaker for me but disconcerting given his platform.

Appreciated!

Tim_CA on February 7, 2012 at 7:01 PM

Tim_CA on February 7, 2012 at 7:01 PM

Kinda interesting reading, but it really makes no difference to me and I doubt to most others outside of the hard core so-called SoCons. Abortion and the other social issues is off the radar. I’m no fan of Santo, but this doesn’t move a bit one way or the other.

P.S. On your swipe at Romney (SantorumCare), unless you believe that Mitt will fail to live up to one of his most emphasized commitments to see it repealed it’s a non-issue as well. Any of the 3 candidates (Ron Paul doesn’t count, he’s Ron Paul) would do that, along with greatly increasing domestic fossil fuel production.

MJBrutus on February 7, 2012 at 7:07 PM

Mistakes by the media on Mitt, tonight on Special Report, A.B. Stoddard said that Mitt Romney was in favor of a morning after pill voted on by the legislature. That was incorrect, it was a veto with an over ride by the legislature.

Another mistake by the Media on Special Report tonight was showing a chart with lower turnout and one of the commentators saying it is because the voters were not excited about Romney. He pointed to an above average turnout for Gingrich in SC.

So, MItt is supposed to get Newt’s voters all excited and out to the polls for him now?

Newt has had a poor showing, and LOW TURNOUT or he would have won by now. Santorums turn out is depressed too…it’s sad. If there people would turnout, turnout would be above average!!!

Fleuries on February 7, 2012 at 7:11 PM

Abortion and the other social issues is off the radar.

Agreed. This is unboubtedly an “it’s the economy, stupid” election.

unless you believe that Mitt will fail to live up to one of his most emphasized commitments to see it repealed it’s a non-issue as well.

This is where I get nervous. Bad Policy to begin with….and he’s never really backed off of it (from a “state” standpoint) – he’s also less than truthful about its viability and costs.

I just don’t trust him on healthcare.

Tim_CA on February 7, 2012 at 7:14 PM

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