New Romney ad: Who’s going to drive you home tonight, Michigan?

posted at 4:50 pm on February 14, 2012 by Allahpundit

A visual reminder to the locals that he’s got a Michigan automotive pedigree that Senator Sweater Vest can’t match. Surprised to see him so positive here? Don’t be. The attacks are coming:

The Pennsylvania Republican will “be defined by two things,” the [Romney] advisor said.

The first is a comparison to Barack Obama: “He’s never run anything,” said the advisor. The Pennyslvanian’s experience is limited to roles as a legislator and legislative staffer. “The biggest thing he ever ran is his Senate office,” he siad.

The second is a challenge to Santorum’s Washington experience.

“They’re going to hit him very hard on earmarks, lobbying, voting to raise the federal debt limit five times,” said the advisor. “The story of Santorum is going to be told over the next few weeks in a big way.”

I don’t know. Lack of executive experience and Beltway insider-ism are two different things, but when you’re pushing them both simultaneously, I wonder if they won’t inadvertently cancel each other out. The attack on his experience is essentially an argument that he’s too green to run the ferocious federal machine efficiently … except that, as a two-term senator, he actually knows how the federal machine works better than Romney does. I think they’re better off trying to tear him down for being a big-spending RINO — and indeed, that attack’s coming too.

You’re also starting to see closer scrutiny of Santorum in conservative media commensurate with his national surge. Go read Philip Klein on RS’s “big-government parochialism” — when it came to steel tariffs, blocking “right to work” laws, and of course earmarks, he was a true blue Pennsylvanian — and Conn Carroll arguing that Santorum’s paternalism makes him a (shudder) “David Brooks Republican” prone to government social engineering efforts. (Er, can the mastermind behind RomneyCare really make that argument?) An interesting thought experiment: If, if, if we end up in a brokered convention with most delegates split between Romney and Santorum, would RS’s paternalistic streak tip Ron Paul’s delegates towards Mitt? Remember, Romney and Paul are on good terms and Paul’s said in the past that he likes the fact that Mitt has a business background. Santorum, as a passionate culture warrior, will alienate libertarians more than Romney will — unless Mitt lets Santorum drag him so far to the right on social issues that he’s not only compromised in the general but potentially compromised among moderates and libertarians if/when this becomes a two-man race. He’s not going to out-social-con Santorum so I don’t know why he bothers trying. Hit him on his fiscal heresies, over and over.

According to Rasmussen, Santorum now leads in Michigan by three among likely voters. That’s good news for Romney given yesterday’s hair-raising PPP poll putting the margin at 15. The bad news is that Santorum’s base seems to be more committed than Romney’s is, and the really bad news is that the more Gingrich becomes an afterthought in these races, the greater the risk that his money will dry up and he’ll be forced to drop out. Byron York sees Arizona and Michigan as a pair of one-on-one contests between Mitt and Newt and Mitt and Rick, respectively, but if Romney’s destined to lose in Michigan, I wonder if he’d actually prefer to lose in Arizona too in order to keep Gingrich in the game. Anything he can do to stave off the consolidation of the conservative vote is good for him; his nightmare scenario, I think, is that Santorum wins big in Michigan on February 28 while Newt gets crushed in both states, whereupon Gingrich is suddenly a nonfactor the following week on Super Tuesday while the press is buzzing about Santorum. Even the Romney Super PAC death star would be tested by that.


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A very dumb ad from a very dumb candidate.

Romney sucks!

Go Rick!

Pragmatic on February 14, 2012 at 4:52 PM

Mr. President!

therightwinger on February 14, 2012 at 4:52 PM

If Mitt loses in his homeground of Michigan, he should drop out and let Newt and Santorum compete for the nomination.

Masih ad-Dajjal on February 14, 2012 at 4:54 PM

Santorum’s paternalism makes him a (shudder) “David Brooks Republican” prone to government social engineering efforts.

Newt should hit him on ‘right wing social engineering’. That’ll get him back in it.

forest on February 14, 2012 at 4:54 PM

Why do people keep citing PPP? It’s a Democratic poll. They want Santorum. He’d get about 46% of the vote.

therightwinger on February 14, 2012 at 4:54 PM

“They’re going to hit him very hard on earmarks, lobbying, voting to raise the federal debt limit five times,” said the advisor.

So in other words, Romney is going to make the case for Ron Paul! The only limited government candidate in the race.

abobo on February 14, 2012 at 4:54 PM

What the hell does Rick Santorum know about Michigan except that the unions want more money and power — and he’s got just the record to give it to ‘em!

Rational Thought on February 14, 2012 at 4:55 PM

Hot Air pimping for Santorum again. Wow, total surprise.


Salem Communications Inc., Shilling for Santorum Since Early 2012

ConservativeLaw on February 14, 2012 at 4:55 PM

if this election cycle has taught us anything, it is what goes up often comes down just as fast… 2 weeks is forever given how this race has gone…

gatorboy on February 14, 2012 at 4:56 PM

Mittens,is Ozzie Nelson without the cool.

celtic warrior on February 14, 2012 at 4:56 PM

“They’re going to hit him very hard on earmarks, lobbying, voting to raise the federal debt limit five times,” said the advisor. “The story of Santorum is going to be told over the next few weeks in a big way.”

And what is Romney going to say in order to build up his own candidacy? Because if he tries the scorched earth strategery again with Santorum, his negatives will go up even more and the electability argument goes right out the window.

Doughboy on February 14, 2012 at 4:57 PM

Goooo Mitt!

Roymunson on February 14, 2012 at 4:57 PM

Who’s gonna drive me home? I’ll take Ric Ocasek for the win Alex. Sorry Mitt.

waterytart on February 14, 2012 at 4:57 PM

Millionaires don’t drive their won cars…At least my Boss doesn’t

liberal4life on February 14, 2012 at 4:57 PM

ConservativeLaw on February 14, 2012 at 4:55 PM

And they’re a member of the Illuminati, too! You didn’t know?
**snort**

kingsjester on February 14, 2012 at 4:57 PM

More money and effort wasted not going after Obowma…

Seven Percent Solution on February 14, 2012 at 4:57 PM

*own

liberal4life on February 14, 2012 at 4:57 PM

I thought the Ad was good. I hope he just goes positive from now on. Leave it to those nasty PACs to point out Santorums record in Washington and lack of executive leadership.

Natebo on February 14, 2012 at 4:58 PM

Michigan is Mitt’s home state.
Utah is Mitt’s home state.
Mass. is Mitt’s home state.
etc.
Why is all this familiar to me?

KOOLAID2 on February 14, 2012 at 4:58 PM

Nobody under 30 remembers what a Rambler is Mitt.

portlandon on February 14, 2012 at 4:59 PM

The Cars – Who’s Gonna Drive You Home

Now that song brings back some memories…

Seven Percent Solution on February 14, 2012 at 5:00 PM


If Mitt loses in his homeground of Michigan, he should drop out and let Newt and Santorum compete for the nomination.

Masih ad-Dajjal on February 14, 2012 at 4:54 PM

Are you insane!!! Romney has more candidates than all of the other candidates put together.

Natebo on February 14, 2012 at 5:01 PM

The problem is: will the conservative media – that may have a vested interest on an Obama victory as John Ziegler explains in the article linked in the headlines – allow the scrutiny of Santorum’s record on fiscal and economic issues?

Because it’s borderline bizarre to present an union stooge with a big government record on pretty much everything an any sort of “conservative alternative to Romney”.

Santorum is the moderate alternative propelled by socially conservative economic populists (pro-union anti-free trade, more welfare, medicare expansions, tax credits to some economic sectors, etc.) with Romney being the center-right alternative propelled by socially moderate bizcons.

The conservative media, which, out of either Limbaugh’s delusions or a cynical economic desire to keep the primaries going and to have Obama re-elected to preserve their job security, have largely stifled the obvious reality that Mitt Romney (prior to the developments of the past few weeks) was the only declared candidate with a legitimate chance to beat Obama.

Read more: http://www.americanthinker.com/2012/02/thanks_to_conservative_issues_obama_now_holds_all_the_cards.html#ixzz1mObo8iwz

joana on February 14, 2012 at 5:01 PM

How in the tank does your campaign have to be, to be losing the state that your Dad was Governor of?

kingsjester on February 14, 2012 at 5:02 PM

Oh, the Mittbots are angry tonight!

Lanceman on February 14, 2012 at 5:02 PM

good ad, Mitt. Forget the negative ads- haters gonna hate you no matter what you do.. Let ‘em

drballard on February 14, 2012 at 5:02 PM

From: That state up north

Dear Mitt,
Not your fake truck driving behind.

RickB on February 14, 2012 at 5:02 PM

Millionaires don’t drive their won cars…At least my Boss doesn’t

liberal4life on February 14, 2012 at 4:57 PM

No! JugEars sold his Escape a while ago!
He’s probably forgotten how to drive already, like he forgot how to use his credit card!

KOOLAID2 on February 14, 2012 at 5:02 PM

And what is Romney going to say in order to build up his own candidacy? Because if he tries the scorched earth strategery again with Santorum, his negatives will go up even more and the electability argument goes right out the window.

Doughboy on February 14, 2012 at 4:57 PM

If the alternative is Santorum, Romney needs a dead girl/live boy situation to lose the electability argument.

joana on February 14, 2012 at 5:03 PM

Hang in there Newt…!!!

(sits back eargerly waiting for the Mittens vs Ricko supporters blood bath)

Seven Percent Solution on February 14, 2012 at 5:03 PM

I didn’t think the ad was bad. It was designed for Michigan so the appeal may not be there for people outside of MI. I traveled there a lot in 2009 and it was very bleak in MI. Very bleak.

earlgrey133 on February 14, 2012 at 5:03 PM

In 2008 McCain basically shot himself in the foot when he said something like “there are jobs aren’t coming back to Michigan” That and Romney was the lesser of two evils contributed to his win in MI in 2008. I think MI could be close. Right to life is huge in MI, and I don’t think folks completely trust Mitt’s record on pro-life issues.

schmitty on February 14, 2012 at 5:03 PM

“Cars” and “Drivers”…and “ditches”…sooooo Obama.

Schadenfreude on February 14, 2012 at 5:03 PM

See, i was expecting him to actually use that Cars song, and now i’m disappointed because that would have been great, still an ok ad though.

clearbluesky on February 14, 2012 at 5:04 PM

Why is all this familiar to me?

KOOLAID2 on February 14, 2012 at 4:58 PM

H.W.? The common man’s Reagan?

Lanceman on February 14, 2012 at 5:04 PM

Mitt Romney the man who did not mind being on the receiving end of earmarks for the state of Mass and the Olympics is going to attack Santorum on…..earmarks. Great strategy Mitt!

While you are at it you might as well paint Santorum as a big government spending ….oh wait that stupid Romneycare thing is peeking out of the closet again…quick shut that door!!!!

PuritanD71 on February 14, 2012 at 5:04 PM


And what is Romney going to say in order to build up his own candidacy? Because if he tries the scorched earth strategery again with Santorum, his negatives will go up even more and the electability argument goes right out the window.

Doughboy on February 14, 2012 at 4:57 PM

It is what it is. You need to win the nomination first. Isn’t this fun watching our candidates beat their brains in so we can have a prolonged process.

SARC

Natebo on February 14, 2012 at 5:04 PM

Need. Another. Debate.

Syzygy on February 14, 2012 at 5:05 PM

Good ad. Mitt from the Mighty Mitten of Michigan.

echosyst on February 14, 2012 at 5:05 PM

Hot Air pimping for Santorum again. Wow, total surprise.

Pimping for Santorum by linking Philip Klein’s and Conn Carroll’s takedowns of him?

Note to self: Some commenters don’t actually read the posts.

Allahpundit on February 14, 2012 at 5:05 PM

Millionaires don’t drive their won cars…At least my Boss doesn’t

liberal4life on February 14, 2012 at 4:57 PM

They didn’t win them. They stole them, from the toils of the taxpayers.

May all you looters/leeches, suffocate from what you do.

Schadenfreude on February 14, 2012 at 5:05 PM

In 2008 McCain basically shot himself in the foot

schmitty on February 14, 2012 at 5:03 PM

End it there.

Lanceman on February 14, 2012 at 5:06 PM

No! JugEars sold his Escape a while ago!
He’s probably forgotten how to drive already, like he forgot how to use his credit card!

KOOLAID2 on February 14, 2012 at 5:02 PM

JugEars had a Chrysler 300, but that was a lease rather than a purchase.

And what does that say about our country that we’ve got someone who leases a car in the White House trying to fix our national budget?

teke184 on February 14, 2012 at 5:06 PM

PERRY!

El_Terrible on February 14, 2012 at 5:07 PM

If the alternative is Santorum, Romney needs a dead girl/live boy situation to lose the electability argument.

joana on February 14, 2012 at 5:03 PM

Read this

http://hotair.com/headlines/archives/2012/02/14/poll-obaam-49-romney-42-obama-49-santorum-44/#comments

RickB on February 14, 2012 at 5:07 PM

This primary season has been so destructive to our party–it’s depressing.

Our party is divided into two camps. Camp #1 is the group who has “settled” on Romney as the only electable candidate in the race. Camp #2 is the group who hates Romney and who gloms onto an endless series of “not-Romney” candidates (see, e.g., Tim Pawlenty, Michele Bachmann, Rick Perry, Herman Cain, Newt Gingrich, Rick Santorum). And so now we find our candidates slinging mud at each other and our party bitterly divided.

That’s the dynamic that makes this primary cycle distinct from the Obama v. Hillary fight of 2008. In that race, Obama supporters loved Obama and Hillary supporters loved Hillary, and while they fought hard, they fought because they really believed in their respective candidate. In this race, most Romney guys don’t really love Romney, and I question how genuinely all these “not-Romney” people truly believe in their “not-Romney” candidates.

Very sad.

Outlander on February 14, 2012 at 5:07 PM

KOOLAID2 on February 14, 2012 at 4:58 PM

Amen, and thank you. Regardless of what the chattering class and media are trying to get us to believe, Romney is the son of a Gov that most voters have forgotten. We don’t claim him, and trying to paint him as Michigan’s great white hope is just kind of silly.

waterytart on February 14, 2012 at 5:07 PM

Note to self: Some commenters don’t actually read the posts.

Allahpundit on February 14, 2012 at 5:05 PM

How many QOTDs and you’re just now figuring this out???

Lanceman on February 14, 2012 at 5:07 PM

A very dumb ad from a very dumb candidate.

Romney sucks!

Go Rick!

Pragmatic on February 14, 2012 at 4:52 P

You should really turn your post into a rubber stamp. You could reach out to so many more threads to say the same thing…Oh wait. you already say the same thing.LOL

rich801 on February 14, 2012 at 5:07 PM

Lanceman on February 14, 2012 at 5:06 PM

heh. Truth.

schmitty on February 14, 2012 at 5:08 PM

Zeigler is right- the low info voters skip from one flavor of the month to another. They say “how come romney can’t get above 30%” rather than “where did Newt’s/Bachmans/Perry’s/Cains support disappear to?” If those guys, who they were so enamoured with, were so great, why did their support disappear at the first sign of trouble? Mitt has had the kitchen sink thrown at him(Mitt’s too good of a capitalist was my favorite), yet his support stays steady. Why is that not the narrative?

drballard on February 14, 2012 at 5:08 PM

We are going to get clobbered in November. All our candidates suck. So long America it was nice while it lasted

steel guy on February 14, 2012 at 5:08 PM

joanna is not for anyone on the R side.

Schadenfreude on February 14, 2012 at 5:09 PM

What the heck is he going to be doing next? Working in an auto-factory?

Willard has no shame I tell ya. He has been running for president for 6 years and still cant get above the hump

social-justice on February 14, 2012 at 5:09 PM

joana is not for the R-side.

Schadenfreude on February 14, 2012 at 5:09 PM

By the way, the ad was fairly decent and different from Mitt…agree about the Cars song would have been good.

PuritanD71 on February 14, 2012 at 5:09 PM

drballard on February 14, 2012 at 5:08 PM

Because the heartland does not care for Romney.

kingsjester on February 14, 2012 at 5:10 PM

$5.00/gal gasoline, soon!

Schadenfreude on February 14, 2012 at 5:10 PM

I haven’t watched the ad yet. Is there a dog strapped to the top of his car?

steebo77 on February 14, 2012 at 5:10 PM

Real unemployment is way over 10%.

Schadenfreude on February 14, 2012 at 5:10 PM

Pimping Detroit, unions and Govt Motors.
And this is supposed to prove he’s conservative?
LOL!

What’s next, an ad touting the awesomeness of teachers unions?

angryed on February 14, 2012 at 5:10 PM

We are going to get clobbered in November. All our candidates suck. So long America it was nice while it lasted

steel guy on February 14, 2012 at 5:08 PM

The average life expectancy of a free republic is about 200 years.

Lanceman on February 14, 2012 at 5:10 PM

steel guy on February 14, 2012 at 5:08 PM

Two words: “Obamacare” “15.3 T deficit” Winning campaign!!!

PuritanD71 on February 14, 2012 at 5:11 PM

Name 4-5 core beliefs of his and why one should follow Romney.

Schadenfreude on February 14, 2012 at 5:11 PM

Pimping for Santorum by linking Philip Klein’s and Conn Carroll’s takedowns of him?

Note to self: Some commenters don’t actually read the posts.

Allahpundit on February 14, 2012 at 5:05 PM

Remember when Fred Thompson dropped out in defeat last time and several commenters blamed you?

Similar thing here.

There must be a 100% pro-Mitt echo chamber all of the time or it’s bad.

amerpundit on February 14, 2012 at 5:11 PM

Nobody under 30 remembers what a Rambler is Mitt.

portlandon on February 14, 2012 at 4:59 PM

I’m closer to 40 than 30 and I have no clue what it is either.

angryed on February 14, 2012 at 5:12 PM

“From Diapers to Depends” — Obama 2012

“America is Beautiful” — Romney 2012

Would you vote for either?

Schadenfreude on February 14, 2012 at 5:12 PM

If the alternative is Santorum, Romney needs a dead girl/live boy situation to lose the electability argument.

joana on February 14, 2012 at 5:03 PM

Read this

http://hotair.com/headlines/archives/2012/02/14/poll-obaam-49-romney-42-obama-49-santorum-44/#comments

RickB on February 14, 2012 at 5:07 PM

At various points Rick Perry and Newt Gingrich were polling better than Romney too. Romney has been under intense attack from part of the GOP and from Obama/Dems for months now. Of course his popularity is going to take a it: that was always the goal of those who will benefit financially from a longer primary – it will make everybody unelectable. Read this:

http://www.americanthinker.com/2012/02/thanks_to_conservative_issues_obama_now_holds_all_the_cards.html

On the other hand, Santorum’s vetting hasn’t even started yet. Wait till his record and views are more well-known.

joana on February 14, 2012 at 5:12 PM

The average life expectancy of a free republic is about 200 years.

Lanceman on February 14, 2012 at 5:10 PM

I wish that made me feel better

steel guy on February 14, 2012 at 5:13 PM

Real unemployment is way over 10%.

Schadenfreude on February 14, 2012 at 5:10 PM

If you calculated it using the October 2009 participation rate (the month when unemployment supposedly peaked), the real rate would be 10.1%.

If you calculated it using the January 2009 participation rate (the month Obama took office), the real rate would be 11.0%.

If you calculated it using the October 2006 participation rate (the month we hit a low unemployment rate of 4.4%), the real rate would be 11.7%.

And all of that’s not even counting the underemployed.

steebo77 on February 14, 2012 at 5:13 PM

Allahpundit on February 14, 2012 at 5:05 PM

Awww, cheer up eeyore. We just do it to tweak you sometimes. But yeah, the comment section where a lot of us like to just hangout and shoot the sh!t, like a sports bar for the computer bound.

abobo on February 14, 2012 at 5:13 PM

The problem is: will the conservative media – that may have a vested interest on an Obama victory as John Ziegler explains in the article linked in the headlines – allow the scrutiny of Santorum’s record on fiscal and economic issues?

joana on February 14, 2012 at 5:01 PM

Erm, with the exception of a few blogs and talk radio hosts, the “conservative” media – the “old hand” pundits, NRO, etc are all firmly in the tank for Romney. Not to mention the MSM which has also been critical in helping his “Death Star” deliver the negative media payloads.

Romney has EVERY advantage here, so it’s an indication of how widely he is disliked that he’s struggling to maintain his frontrunner status. The super-geniuses running the GOP should be taking notice of this, but either they’re too dim to notice or they’re more focused on trying to eliminate the Tea Party as a competitor.

Doomberg on February 14, 2012 at 5:14 PM

A very dumb smart ad from a very dumbsharp candidate.

Romney Sanatorium sucks!

Go Rick Mitt!

ObamatheMessiah on February 14, 2012 at 5:14 PM

Millionaires don’t drive their won cars…At least my Boss doesn’t

liberal4life on February 14, 2012 at 4:57 PM

You’ve become a parody of yourself. And you obviously don’t know many millionaires.

angryed on February 14, 2012 at 5:14 PM

I would rather hammer nails through my scrotum than vote for any of these clowns. What a cluster**k.

Centerfire on February 14, 2012 at 5:14 PM

Nobody under 30 remembers what a Rambler is Mitt.

portlandon on February 14, 2012 at 4:59 PM

I’m closer to 40 than 30 and I have no clue what it is either.

angryed on February 14, 2012 at 5:12 PM

I’m in my 30s and the only reason I know is because of the song “Beep Beep”, and that’s because I’m a fan of novelty songs.

From what I can tell, you’d probably have to be in your 50s to know if you weren’t a car nut.

teke184 on February 14, 2012 at 5:15 PM

Two words: “Obamacare” “15.3 T deficit” Winning campaign!!!

PuritanD71 on February 14, 2012 at 5:11 PM

Problem is our side doesn’t control the media

steel guy on February 14, 2012 at 5:15 PM

Mittens strategy of smearing and carpet bombing his opponents, will backfire. The more he does it, the more polarization I see among us ABR supporters and Romney supporters. No matter who wins the nomination, this will result in a lot of people staying home.

Raquel Pinkbullet on February 14, 2012 at 5:15 PM

“From Diapers to Depends” — Obama 2012

“America is Beautiful” — Romney 2012

Would you vote for either?

Schadenfreude on February 14, 2012 at 5:12 PM

Which guy is gonna pay my mortgage and fill my gas tank again? That one.

angryed on February 14, 2012 at 5:15 PM

Romney will not play well with blue-collar voters in Michigan.

Pragmatic on February 14, 2012 at 5:16 PM

but if Romney’s destined to lose in Michigan, I wonder if he’d actually prefer to lose in Arizona too in order to keep Gingrich in the game. Anything he can do to stave off the consolidation of the conservative vote is good for him; his nightmare scenario, I think, is that Santorum wins big in Michigan on February 28 while Newt gets crushed in both states, whereupon Gingrich is suddenly a nonfactor the following week on Super Tuesday while the press is buzzing about Santorum. Even the Romney Super PAC death star would be tested by that.

Very well summed up. How schadenfreudig it is that he needs to keep the guy who’s lard/blood/flesh he exposed, by beating him to a pulp, alive now.

Schadenfreude on February 14, 2012 at 5:16 PM

“Divide and destroy” is not working.

May Romney and his capos get theirs, as much as I wish it on Obama and his.

Schadenfreude on February 14, 2012 at 5:17 PM

Damn straight Mittens- “This is personal ” – Go get ‘em
.
Mitt don’t worry about those Michigan democrats voting against you… they need the practice…..
.
How we doing in the closed Republican Arizona primary kids ??

FlaMurph on February 14, 2012 at 5:17 PM

We are going to get clobbered in November. All our candidates suck. So long America it was nice while it lasted

steel guy on February 14, 2012 at 5:08 PM

What he said.

creeper on February 14, 2012 at 5:18 PM

How in the tank does your campaign have to be, to be losing the state that your Dad was Governor of?

kingsjester on February 14, 2012 at 5:02 PM

…and his dad was a very good govenor…no matter what the Mitt hater’s will say. If he does become the nominee…I hope he has some of the old man’s better genes.
So far, he does stuff like papa did when he was going to run for President. “They!” brainwashed me about Viet Nam!”
Maybe that’s why Mittens was afraid of his own voice while for two years JugEars, the Democratic House and the Democratic Senate-gang banged the American taxpayers!
That’s why many people here…think Mittens is just going to be another observer, like he was the years Palin fought… instead of being the morning after pill we need…to offset the results of the gang bang!

KOOLAID2 on February 14, 2012 at 5:18 PM

What the hell, folks? Romney will beat Obama- I have to agree with Jon Stewart at least once- Romney is the guy who answered the republicans Match.com ad. For years we’ve wanted a private sector guy with limited public sector expirience, that was a great family guy, no skeletons, and articulate to boot. What the hell is wrong here? I know, theres stuff in Romneycare I hate, but I hated Reagans pulling out of Beirut, and deficit spending. And pro abortion stand. And no fault divorce law. Well, I still loved reagan. Stop looking for the candidate that you want to have a beer with, or talks like one of the guys. Sh!t, when did we become the party that envied success?

drballard on February 14, 2012 at 5:18 PM

At various points Rick Perry and Newt Gingrich were polling better than Romney too. Romney has been under intense attack from part of the GOP and from Obama/Dems for months now.

joana on February 14, 2012 at 5:12 PM

Not really. Romney’s dished out far more than he’s taken. As for Ziegler’s idiotic piece, of COURSE Romney would’ve cruised if he had been kept behind glass and not touched. People like Palin though never had that luxury, so Romney shouldn’t get it either.

ddrintn on February 14, 2012 at 5:18 PM

Pimping for Santorum by linking Philip Klein’s and Conn Carroll’s takedowns of him?

Note to self: Some commenters don’t actually read the posts.

Allahpundit on February 14, 2012 at 5:05 PM

The Mittbots are becoming unhinged.

Raquel Pinkbullet on February 14, 2012 at 5:18 PM

steebo77 on February 14, 2012 at 5:13 PM

Thank you. I sincerely appreciate your statistical/analytical skills. Always did, in spite of our occasional differences :)

Schadenfreude on February 14, 2012 at 5:19 PM

Pimping Detroit, unions and Govt Motors.
And this is supposed to prove he’s conservative?
LOL!

What’s next, an ad touting the awesomeness of teachers unions? health care mandates?

angryed on February 14, 2012 at 5:10 PM

FIFY. :-)

Just Sayin on February 14, 2012 at 5:19 PM

Does Willard really drive a Detroit, union made, govt owned POS car? If he does then that in and of itself is reason not to vote for him.

angryed on February 14, 2012 at 5:19 PM

Remember when Fred Thompson dropped out in defeat last time and several commenters blamed you?

amerpundit on February 14, 2012 at 5:11 PM

Sure, but that time it was true.

Hollowpoint on February 14, 2012 at 5:19 PM

Hot Air pimping for Santorum again. Wow, total surprise.

Salem Communications Inc., Shilling for Santorum Since Early 2012

ConservativeLaw on February 14, 2012 at 4:55 PM

So, running an honest blog, posting real news, and not kissing Mtt’s azz 24/7 is pimping.
Who knew.

katy the mean old lady on February 14, 2012 at 5:19 PM

If my name is Rover, it won’t be Romney!

Pragmatic on February 14, 2012 at 5:20 PM

Mittens strategy of smearing and carpet bombing his opponents, will backfire. The more he does it, the more polarization I see among us ABR supporters and Romney supporters. No matter who wins the nomination, this will result in a lot of people staying home.

Raquel Pinkbullet on February 14, 2012 at 5:15 PM

Yep that’s it in a nutshell, and I’ve been a Romney supporter. He acts as though the nomination is the real goal with his scorched earth campaign. In the process we will lose the general and get 4 more years of you know who.

steel guy on February 14, 2012 at 5:20 PM

How in the tank does your campaign have to be, to be losing the state that your Dad was Governor of?

kingsjester on February 14, 2012 at 5:02 PM

Mittens dad was a big fan of Alinsky, enough said.

Raquel Pinkbullet on February 14, 2012 at 5:20 PM

Because it’s borderline bizarre to present an union stooge with a big government record on pretty much everything an any sort of “conservative alternative to Romney”.

joana on February 14, 2012 at 5:01 PM

What’s flat-out bizarre is to describe Romney as a “fiscal conservative”.

ddrintn on February 14, 2012 at 5:21 PM

The Mittbots are becoming unhinged.

Raquel Pinkbullet on February 14, 2012 at 5:18 PM

Their and his nastiness are being repaid in kind. Mitt started the turdfest and now the perfumed prince has to dwell with the whiff.

May he and his capos pay the big price. He is in this just for himself. Otherwise he’d have convinced the majority to be on his side. Instead he left some for dead, but made no progress.

Were the land not on such a pivot it w/b down right fun to observe.

Schadenfreude on February 14, 2012 at 5:21 PM

I don’t think Rick’s earmarks equal Mitt’s support of TARP…I don’t think Rick’s union support, equals Mitt’s embracing of government takeover of business, with the unions as partners with the Government.
Whatever Mitt tries to pin on Rick, he has done bigger and worse…Mitt, like the contest with Obama, will just prove his own shortcomings.

right2bright on February 14, 2012 at 5:21 PM

I couldn’t give a sh!t whether or not I “like” a pol- what is this, 3rd grade?

drballard on February 14, 2012 at 5:21 PM

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