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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To be fair, Reid is very unpopular among Mormons in NV.

Raquel Pinkbullet on February 14, 2012 at 6:54 PM

No matter, the SEIU has the contract for handling the voting machines in Las Vegas.

slickwillie2001 on February 14, 2012 at 11:00 PM

Well, United Solar Univonic just went Chapter 11, and will be closing their factory nearby. More “green jobs” biting the dust. (was Michigan’s 2 term Dem Governor’s legacy before she termed out in 2010 and was replaced by the GOP “nerd” businessman Rick Snyder).

karenhasfreedom on February 14, 2012 at 11:07 PM

I’ve seen links in the comments to the MTV and Live versions of the Cars song, but no one mentioned the picture caption that AP used… it’s a line from the song…

New Romney ad: Who’s going to drive you home tonight, Michigan?
Feb 14, 2012 4:50 PM by Allahpundit
You can’t go on thinking nothing’s wrong.

Clever, AP!

ITguy on February 14, 2012 at 11:29 PM

You don’t win elections by treating the base with contempt.

tom on February 14, 2012 at 8:35 PM

I thought the base was The Establishment? And the 30% support Romney has maintained has been The Establishment.

You must mean he isn’t pandering to the fringe portion of the GOP who think that calling Obama names and arguing with the media is the way to win elections.

csdeven on February 15, 2012 at 12:45 AM

Schadenfreude on February 14, 2012 at 5:28 PM
Your obsession with me isn’t healthy. In all honesty, it’s flat out creepy. I have no idea why people need to focus so much on motives and on the other commentators instead of debating the issues instead. The reason there’s so much nastiness and name-calling – I was accused of being
a) drunk
b) ugly
c) lesbian
d) paid by the Romney campaign
e) paid by the Obama campaign
f) Christian-hater
g) stupid
h) ignorant
i) liar
several times in the last few days.

A bit less focus on personalizing the attacks on other commentators would help a better discussion.

Now I’ll go back to ignore your multiple posts about me.

joana on February 14, 2012 at 5:36 PM

I was not sure about b)…but you mean to tell me the rest of it isn’t true?
Oh!
Wow!
Shocked!
I think you have a sister here too!

KOOLAID2 on February 15, 2012 at 12:53 AM

You mean get nasty like csdeven saying she wonders where Jesus hangs his skin suit when he is God? You mean that kind of nasty?

right2bright on February 14, 2012 at 8:39 PM

It is just like you to take that conversation out of context.

Someone, probably you, was calling Mormons a cult because they believed weird stuff. My response was to ask that person if they understood that eating flesh and drinking blood was pretty extreme. And that a body that had been dead for three days would be in very bad condition, yet he expects people to believe that body would just rise up in perfect shape was very weird also. And to top it off, expecting people to believe that God was a Ghost, a Spirit, and a has a body was a stretch also. I then asked you to explain what God does with his Jesus skin suit when he wanted to be Ghost God or spirit God.

The entire comment was to lead you to realize that you had no standing to criticize ANY religious belief when you yourself believe some very weird stuff.

Yeah, trying to get you to be less judgmental (IE remove the beam from your eye etc) before criticizing others. Especially when you were using it as a religious test for the office of POTUS.

csdeven on February 15, 2012 at 12:56 AM

I think you have a sister here too!

KOOLAID2 on February 15, 2012 at 12:53 AM

Speaking of the devil! Look up joana!

KOOLAID2 on February 15, 2012 at 12:57 AM

Now I’ll go back to ignore your multiple posts about me.

joana on February 14, 2012 at 5:36 PM

They can’t help it. You live in their heads 24/7/365! I’m a bit jealous because I used to live there.

csdeven on February 15, 2012 at 1:45 AM

Excellent ad from Romney.

Romney is going to win it all, despite the fact that the media is rooting for the bigot Santorum, a guy we all know would lose to Obama in a landslide.

Go Mitt!!

bluegill on February 15, 2012 at 5:31 AM

Excellent ad from Romney.

Romney is going to win it all, despite the fact that the media is rooting for the bigot Santorum, a guy we all know would lose to Obama in a landslide.

Go Mitt!!

bluegill on February 15, 2012 at 5:31 AM

The delusion is very strong with you. If Romney is the nominee Obama is going to put the chain of Bain Capital around his neck and drags him in the mud like the ancient gladiators dragged their defeated opponents behind their chariots… It would such a crushing defeat for Romney that it would be remembered forever in the history of American politics. Romney and his supporters are too delusional to see this, they live in a parallel universe totally disconnected from reality.

mnjg on February 15, 2012 at 9:45 AM

We can do better with a candidate who will have capitalism hung around his neck that a guy with a lot of social engineering ideas and liberal votes in his past!

AnnaS on February 15, 2012 at 10:12 AM

Sorry for typo–than not that.

AnnaS on February 15, 2012 at 10:15 AM

AnnaS:

In the mind of the vast majority of voters Bain Capital is not capitalism and is not free market. With time you will discover this the hard way.

mnjg on February 15, 2012 at 10:25 AM

Someone, probably you, was calling Mormons a cult because they believed weird stuff. My response was to ask that person if they understood that eating flesh and drinking blood was pretty extreme. And that a body that had been dead for three days would be in very bad condition, yet he expects people to believe that body would just rise up in perfect shape was very weird also. And to top it off, expecting people to believe that God was a Ghost, a Spirit, and a has a body was a stretch also. I then asked you to explain what God does with his Jesus skin suit when he wanted to be Ghost God or spirit God.

csdeven on February 15, 2012 at 12:56 AM

All religions share one fundamental truth it being that they are false. They inform believers that they must accept the most absurd yarns without proof. Be it meat and blood or golden tablets only seen by a con artist people are free to believe whatever they wish but should leave it out of politics.

Although I could not support him for other reasons, Romney does not seem to be evangelizing on the trail. Santorum, on the other hand, is indeed offensive and would lose a lot more than the atheist vote were he the nominee.

Annar on February 15, 2012 at 10:33 AM

All religions share one fundamental truth it being that they are false. They inform believers that they must accept the most absurd yarns without proof. Be it meat and blood or golden tablets only seen by a con artist people are free to believe whatever they wish but should leave it out of politics.

Although I could not support him for other reasons, Romney does not seem to be evangelizing on the trail. Santorum, on the other hand, is indeed offensive and would lose a lot more than the atheist vote were he the nominee.

Annar on February 15, 2012 at 10:33 AM

So atheism is false. Well, I already knew that.

tom on February 15, 2012 at 11:48 AM

Romney out of the race is one of the better things happening in America these days!

Sparky5253 on February 15, 2012 at 1:55 PM

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