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.