McCain: Don’t blame Romney for his losses yesterday; it was the low voter turnout

posted at 7:55 pm on February 8, 2012 by Tina Korbe

Yeah, that’s it. Voters in Colorado, Missouri and Minnesota really want Romney as their nominee, which is why many of them had no motivation to go to the polls at all and those who did venture out to make their voices heard threw their support to … Rick Santorum! Gotta love this establishment spin:

“I think this really was very small numbers of people that turned out and I respect their views, but I don’t believe they are representative of the broad majority of Republican voters,” McCain said Wednesday in an interview set to run on CNN’s “John King USA.” “I really believe that when you have 1% of the registered voters turning out that that’s not a very good indicator.”

Romney lost Colorado, Minnesota and Missouri, all which experienced lower voter turnout than in 2008, to rival candidate Rick Santorum.

McCain, the 2008 Republican presidential nominee and Romney supporter, said voters in the three states did not feel they would have a “significant direct impact” on the race of the White House.

Low voter turnout is indicative of the truth that Republicans aren’t (or haven’t been heretofore) overly excited by any of their options — and, I’d wager, least of all by their presumptive nominee. After last night, though, voters might be more energized, as Rick Santorum’s midcountry domination serves as a powerful reminder that this race is not yet run. As I wrote yesterday, the delegate math still favors Romney at this point, but Santorum’s triple victory was definitely a watershed moment in the GOP race, and the former Pennsylvania senator stands to pick up more and more momentum as the primaries continue.

John McCain got one thing right in his interview with King, though: He said he thinks endorsements are vastly “overrated.” Unfortunately for Romney, McCain’s endorsement of him does little more than remind voters that the former Massachusetts governor might follow in the pattern of the failed GOP nominee — and reinforce the impression that Romney has been the frontrunner for much of the race because of his establishment credentials.

Santorum, however, continues to win the approval of those who look to the candidates’ stances on the issues — and the way they’ve conducted their campaigns — to determine who they’ll support. As Ed wrote in his endorsement of Santorum, for example, he’s the only consistent candidate in the race — and he possesses a rare personal integrity that appeals to man’s highest impulses — not crude class envy. That was evident in his victory speech last night, when he voiced his desire to work for 100 percent of Americans, expressed his faith in the intelligence of the American public and appealed to the personal honor of those who would support him.


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He said he thinks endorsements are vastly “overrated.

That senile old curmudgeon McCain’s endorsement was very useful in confirming how suspect a choice Romney is.

CorporatePiggy on February 9, 2012 at 7:34 AM

Sounds to me that a lot of folks are looking for a principled man who will shut up about God and morality -someone unlike our forefathers. Lots of luck with finding an honest man that doesn’t listen to his conscience about the natural law his Creator instilled in each of us.

Maybe the other party will suit some folks better -but then theres that problem with them staying out of your wallet….hmmmm?

Don L on February 9, 2012 at 8:28 AM

Maybe having the last loser in his corner is what’s holding Mitt back. That is a terrible image, having the guy you lost to who went on to lose the election taking up your slack.

Kissmygrits on February 9, 2012 at 10:25 AM

Hey Presdient McCain,

Bite me!!!

patch on February 9, 2012 at 12:11 PM

If Obama has a billion, I want our guy to have a billion, and know how to use it.

Mr. Arkadin on February 8, 2012 at 8:45 PM

Based upon Romney’s spend rate and rate of vote return, I seriously question your assumption that Romney knows how to use it.

Now if you were to compare it to the damn the torpedos full-spend ahead of the Democrats… that I would believe…

…and is not the type of character I want signing off on a budget (if they ever decide to produce one again).

dominigan on February 9, 2012 at 12:31 PM

McCain… Will the GOP ever get rid of this loser? He is “blood on the floor”. Arizona – PLEZ help us out next election!!!

He is also the Republican half of the American hemmorhoid. You have McCain on one side – and Jimmy Carter on the other. Both are painful – - – and just keep hanging around.

Michael73501 on February 9, 2012 at 2:49 PM

Well, in all fairness, John McCain doesn’t believe that he lost the election of 2008 in the sense of “being defeated”. In John’s mind, the problem was that simply not enough people turned out to vote for him…

Mahdi on February 9, 2012 at 3:40 PM

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