New Romney strategy in Michigan: Try to Trump Santorum

posted at 11:35 am on February 20, 2012 by Ed Morrissey

What’s the prescription for a famously brilliant venture capitalist who has trouble connecting with blue-collar voters in his native state?  How about bringing in a far more controversial venture capitalist who’s claim to recent fame is in firing people on national television?  What could go wrong?

With just over a week to go before Michigan voters head to the polls, Mitt Romney is enlisting the help of one of his highest-wattage surrogates: Donald Trump.

The real estate mogul is preparing to spread his pro-Romney, anti-Rick Santorum message in a series of radio interviews this week on local stations from Traverse City to Detroit. …

In recent interviews, Trump has not been shy about his distaste for Santorum, who appears to be locked in a close race with Romney in Michigan — a high stakes contest for both candidates.

“All of a sudden, he says, ‘let’s become president?’ Trump said in an interview with Fox News’ Greta Van Susteren earlier this month. “Give me a break.”

When Romney embraced Trump in Nevada while winning the mogul’s endorsement, I thought at the time that it was a smart move for a one-time event.  It got Trump out of position to make a third-party run, and it only cost Romney a single day of people reminding us of Trump’s fascination with Barack Obama’s birth certificate.  After the Nevada endorsement two weeks ago, Trump has been out of sight, and the Romney camp should have counted its blessings.

Now the Romney camp is explicitly linking itself to Trump, and in the strangest place imaginable.  The auto bailouts aren’t as popular in Michigan as some would like to think, but neither is Wall Street.  Romney has spent the last week emphasizing his roots in Michigan, with some limited success, but still finds the blue-collar vote elusive.  Sticking Donald Trump in the forefront as his surrogate isn’t going to help Romney connect with those voters, and it’s likely to help Santorum strengthen his lock on that vote.  Plus, if Trump goes off message and starts spouting off about birth certificates and his theories about Obama’s origins, it’s going to make Romney look like the candidate who can’t stay on message, not Santorum and his battle over the HHS mandate and the media narrative about contraception.

If this is a preview of the kind of strategy we’d see in a general election from Team Romney, then perhaps the electability issue is more open than some would think.


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Before Mitt Romney was born, there were no rainbows.

csdeven on February 20, 2012 at 12:33 PM

Jesse Jackson would be surprised to learn that.

Annar on February 20, 2012 at 1:50 PM

Oh, you forgot to answer why Romney never ran for re-election.

ToddPA on February 20, 2012 at 1:05 PM

Because he succeeded in the goals he set out to do. He balanced the budget, created a rainy day fund and solved the issue facing the state because Reagan signed EMTALA into law. It was going to be either a single payer or a free market approach. He got the free market approach through and the people of MA were, and are, very happy with Romneycare. AND, he had his eye on the 2008 race for POTUS after his appearance at the 2004 RNC.

So his poll numbers had less to do with his single term than you would like us to believe. He felt 2008 was the time to run for POTUS.

csdeven on February 20, 2012 at 1:51 PM

BradTank on February 20, 2012 at 1:28 PM

I think this has to do with the HHS mandate. It covers more than “contraceptives”. Perhaps Santorum has read the mandate. Remember it is also called Women’s Healthcare. Perhaps this testing is included. It would be good if we could read all that it contains.

bluefox on February 20, 2012 at 1:52 PM

Now the Romney camp is explicitly linking itself to Trump, and in the strangest place imaginable.

I agree. I’m curious to know why Romney went from treating Trump as a liability in Nevada (he and his wife seemed quite uncomfortable with the endorsement) and bringing him in now.

I’d also love to know what Trump has up his sleeve.

INC on February 20, 2012 at 1:52 PM

Bringing up this comparison…

Trump endorsing Willard again simply proves that, when push comes to shove, those plutocrats always stick together.

Emperor Norton on February 20, 2012 at 12:07 PM

You mean like Friess backing Santorum…Like a religious nuts to another?

rich801 on February 20, 2012 at 12:12 PM

does not equate to bigotry as this does:

But I’ll tell you who the religious nut is. Willard. He’s the Mormon in the race, remember?

He’s the guy who eschews all alcohol and coffee, despite the proven science about their health benefits. He has personally baptized the dead in a Mormon ritual. He believes Jesus and Satan were brothers. He believes that God was once a man, and that when he, Willard, dies he will become a God with his own planet to rule over.

And he wears sacred underwear. Yow!

Now, that’s nuts.

Emperor Norton on February 20, 2012 at 12:29

Let me get this straight…insulting Santorum’s Christianity is fine.

Bringing up Romney’s Mormonism is out of bounds.

Isn’t that perhaps just a wee bit disengenuous?

kingsjester on February 20, 2012 at 1:37 PM

Try to stay up sparky..

rich801 on February 20, 2012 at 1:53 PM

……………TRUMP is a Progressive Scam on the GOP.

PappyD61 on February 20, 2012 at 1:53 PM

They campaigned against Santorum – his visit to Terri Schiavo’s deathbed (travelling on WalMart’s corporate jet), for example – but what would be the difference anyway?

Can you name a couple of items of Bush’s agenda that Santorum didn’t support while in Senate?

NCLB? Medicare bribe? Over-spending? Energy Act? Highway bill? Subsidies?

The only difference is that Santorum was an union stooge.

joana on February 20, 2012 at 12:59 PM

Merciful teapot!!

So much nonsense packed into a few sentences.

ToddPA on February 20, 2012 at 1:05 PM

Is it?

Then do us all a favor and explain what exactly the nonsense is.

It seemed that you quickly started deflecting by talking about something else.

What’s the nonsense? That he traveled to Schiavo’s deathbed in a Wal Mart jet and that was used against him? Or me questioning you to name name a couple of items of Bush’s agenda that Santorum didn’t support while in Senate?

I’d be very thankful if you could elaborate. I’m sure that you aren’t the kind of person that will just throw a “that’s nonsense” smoke-bomb and then run away.

joana on February 20, 2012 at 1:55 PM

Try to stay up sparky..
rich801 on February 20, 2012 at 1:53 PM

I’m not only up. I’m way ahead of you. Skippy.

kingsjester on February 20, 2012 at 1:55 PM

Let there be bigots among us…And his name is Emperor Norton…

rich801 on February 20, 2012 at 1:34 PM

I wouldn’t use the word bigot. There are strange Religions in the world.
Do you know that what Emperor Norton stated is not their beliefs? If so, please state them. We all would like to know.

bluefox on February 20, 2012 at 1:56 PM

Big up to Ed Morrissey for endorsing the MOST sincere and genuine conservative left running – Rick Santorum. Ed you’re gonna sleep better now and even write better because your conscience WON’T bother you for endorsing the country club liberal establishment wall street Republican Mitt Romney that doesn’t relate well to the average person…

apocalypse on February 20, 2012 at 1:56 PM

I very much dislike this association with the reality show windbag. I thought that was just a one-hour nose-hold and it would be over forever. Yuck.

kunegetikos on February 20, 2012 at 1:56 PM

gryphon202 on February 20, 2012 at 1:22 PM

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My point, albeit clumsy, was to point out that history has irrefudably proven that your next president won’t give you tingles. either.

FlaMurph on February 20, 2012 at 1:57 PM

Mitt Romney is not going to let a groundhog decide when spring is coming. It’s coming when he says it’s coming.

csdeven on February 20, 2012 at 1:57 PM

Much respect for Ed Morrissey for listening to his conscience and endorsing Rick Santorum

apocalypse on February 20, 2012 at 1:57 PM

Trump will be be Mitt’s VP.

BoxHead1 on February 20, 2012 at 1:38 PM

Trump is not stupid and neither is Romney. And if they should do this, you can depend on the electorate not to be:-)

bluefox on February 20, 2012 at 1:58 PM

bluefox on February 20, 2012 at 1:47 PM

The Pauls and Romneys are friends. I’ve also found it curious that some of Ron Paul’s recent remarks don’t quite mesh with his image as a pro-life candidate. I’ve wondered what was up with him.

INC on February 20, 2012 at 1:58 PM

Mitt Romney doesn’t know which direction he’s taking to work in the morning, until he licks his finger and sticks it in the wind.

kingsjester on February 20, 2012 at 1:58 PM

I just don’t understand WHY he wants to talk about issues that even if he were to win the White House, he’s not going to be able to change. An example, Santorum just came out recently against prenatal testing. Why even go there? Whatever your view on this is, can we not all agree it’s a STUPID move for a Presidential candidate to bring up?

I have opinions on all sorts of hot-button topics, but I’m smart enough to know when to keep my mouth shut. Sanotrum doesn’t have that ability, which is why he lost his last election by 20 points.

BradTank on February 20, 2012 at 1:28 PM

Exactly. He needs to keep his responses to questions short and to the point. His answers tend to start out OK, but then he’ll ramble on and include a nugget like the prenatal testing thing. Or that birth control is harmful to women.

You don’t think that Santorum would do a better job than Obama?????????

Good grief, any of the R Candidates would do that. That statement came from Left field.

bluefox on February 20, 2012 at 1:42 PM

I didn’t say I felt that way, but I’m wondering what would compel those who wouldn’t be predisposed to vote against Obama to go with Santorum. What does his resume offer, exactly?

changer1701 on February 20, 2012 at 1:59 PM

In 2013, Csdeven will still be in the corner of his foamed room muttering “president romney.. president romney”

Flapjackmaka on February 20, 2012 at 2:01 PM

Mitt Romney is not going to let a groundhog decide when spring is coming. It’s coming when he says it’s coming.

csdeven on February 20, 2012 at 1:57 PM

Uh, that would be B.O.:-)

bluefox on February 20, 2012 at 2:03 PM

There is NOTHING worse than celebrities who make decisions for more fame

apocalypse on February 20, 2012 at 2:04 PM

bluefox on February 20, 2012 at 1:47 PM
The Pauls and Romneys are friends. I’ve also found it curious that some of Ron Paul’s recent remarks don’t quite mesh with his image as a pro-life candidate. I’ve wondered what was up with him.

INC on February 20, 2012 at 1:58 PM

I posted some info regarding this in the past couple of days. I’ll see if I can find it and repost here. I don’t recall seeing you online at the time. Yes I agree something is going on between those two.

bluefox on February 20, 2012 at 2:05 PM

But next time endorse the most conservative candidate before M. Malkin… peace

apocalypse on February 20, 2012 at 2:09 PM

Thanks.

INC on February 20, 2012 at 2:10 PM

Mitt Romney doesn’t abide by the laws of physics. The laws of physics abide by Mitt Romney.

csdeven on February 20, 2012 at 2:13 PM

At least Romney doesn’t blame the nation’s problems on Satan Obama like Santorum does. Good luck with THAT strategy.

echosyst on February 20, 2012 at 11:43 AM

FIFY. Is Romney still calling Obama a “nice man”?

P.S. I’m beginning to think that there’s some truth to the theory that Satan and Obama (the Democratic Jesus) are brothers.

Gladtobehere on February 20, 2012 at 2:15 PM

Trump already made a huge mistake… He took Paul,Sr over Paul,Jr without carrying what their history is… Trump can go fire himself…

Y314K on February 20, 2012 at 2:15 PM

Mitt Romney csdeven doesn’t abide by the laws of physics sanity. The laws of physics sanity abide by Mitt Romney csdeven.

csdeven on February 20, 2012 at 2:13 PM

Please get help. Please.

Gladtobehere on February 20, 2012 at 2:19 PM

bluefox on February 20, 2012 at 1:42 PM
I didn’t say I felt that way, but I’m wondering what would compel those who wouldn’t be predisposed to vote against Obama to go with Santorum. What does his resume offer, exactly?

changer1701 on February 20, 2012 at 1:59 PM

Instead of Romney/Newt/Paul? I think that would be due to what issues he is addressing. He’s sincere and he’s a Conservative. A lot of the social issues are due I think to this HHS mandate. He is not backing down when challenged by anyone. He’s out and about talking to the voters. Whatever it is he is connecting with the voters and the polls reflect that.
He is definitely a hard worker as his campaigning has shown. I think it is all of that. Also remember he was a Senator, not a Governor, nor did he have any Leadership role. Most House & Senate members will vote with their Party. We’ve seen that with Boehner in the House & the Senate under McConnell with few exceptions.

I’m a Newt supporter and I think he would be the best Candidate. Whether he can make a comeback will remain to be seen. Romney’s negative ads hurt Newt and he also made a few mistakes in responding to them. So he has to overcome that.

That’s what I see at this time. But it’s been an “Unconventional” election as Sarah said:-)

bluefox on February 20, 2012 at 2:20 PM

Mitt Romney rearranged the stars and created the constellations on his way back from kicking outer space alien 8utt.

csdeven on February 20, 2012 at 2:29 PM

if Trump goes off message and starts spouting off about birth certificates and his theories about Obama’s origins, it’s going to make Romney look like the candidate who can’t stay on message,

The Mexican Mormon and the British Subject with Kenyan roots both fail to qualify as natural born. Quit playing stupid ed.

abobo on February 20, 2012 at 2:29 PM

The Mexican Mormon and the British Subject with Kenyan roots both fail to qualify as natural born. Quit playing stupid ed.

abobo on February 20, 2012 at 2:29 PM

Evidence to support your assertions can be found here.

csdeven on February 20, 2012 at 2:35 PM

Trump is not stupid and neither is Romney. And if they should do this, you can depend on the electorate not to be:-)

bluefox on February 20, 2012 at 1:58 PM

Right, Mitt would never do it but don’t you think Trump is thinking about it?

BoxHead1 on February 20, 2012 at 2:35 PM

Mitt Romney rearranged the stars and created the constellations on his way back from kicking outer space alien 8utt.

csdeven on February 20, 2012 at 2:29 PM

Evidence to support your assertions can be found here.

Gladtobehere on February 20, 2012 at 2:39 PM

Yep. Religious zealots like Sanctorum are hated by the vast majority of bible believers. But of course the bible thumping zealot bigots think they are representative of most Christians.

csdeven on February 20, 2012 at 12:24 PM

right,… and you are such an authority on what Christains all think.. I must’ve missed your newsletter telling me what my opinion should be.

Santorum is a “zealot” to the Romney fanatics desperately trying to bail out this sinking rowboat of a campaign. In my neighborhood of Ohio, Rick is going to win big, and no,.. dude,… that doesn’t make us bible thumping religious zealots, it makes you..

a hysterical crank..

I’m still waiting to see why it’s ok for the Mitler youth to scream about Santorum’s supposed religious extremism,, (oooooowww Cathilics are soooo scarey)….. while just mentioning the word Mormon causes Mittbots to have an immidiate nuclear meltdown.

why is that?

Either Romney’s faith is fair game, or Santorum’s is not.. you don’t get a two faced free pass card on this kind of hypocrisy.

mark81150 on February 20, 2012 at 2:44 PM

Mitt Romney has single-handedly saved the Panda from extinction by hugging each and every one.

csdeven on February 20, 2012 at 2:48 PM

csdeven on February 20, 2012 at 2:29 PM

Can I play?

Mitt Romney doesn’t cause the sun to rise, he orders the rooster to make it happen.

MJBrutus on February 20, 2012 at 2:49 PM

Either Romney’s faith is fair game, or Santorum’s is not.. you don’t get a two faced free pass card on this kind of hypocrisy.

mark81150 on February 20, 2012 at 2:44 PM

When Romney makes his faith an issue, then we will see. As of now, the religious zealotry that informs much of what Sanctorum says as reasons to vote for him, have left him wide open for criticism. Sanctorum open himself up to it because he cannot help himself.

csdeven on February 20, 2012 at 2:51 PM

Mitt Romney doesn’t cause the sun to rise, he orders the rooster to make it happen.

MJBrutus on February 20, 2012 at 2:49 PM

Of course you can play!

Good one!

csdeven on February 20, 2012 at 2:51 PM

csdeven on February 20, 2012 at 2:35 PM

Why would smart men, like Ed and yourself, intentionally pretend to not know what natural born citizen means and insist on confusing it naturalized citizenship? As for the foil beanie, I happen to use colloidal silver as my preferred means of fighting off extraterrestrial-zionist-masonic-mormon mind-control devices. Works internally too!!

abobo on February 20, 2012 at 2:51 PM

I just don’t understand WHY he wants to talk about issues that even if he were to win the White House, he’s not going to be able to change. An example, Santorum just came out recently against prenatal testing. Why even go there? Whatever your view on this is, can we not all agree it’s a STUPID move for a Presidential candidate to bring up?

I have opinions on all sorts of hot-button topics, but I’m smart enough to know when to keep my mouth shut. Sanotrum doesn’t have that ability, which is why he lost his last election by 20 points.

BradTank on February 20, 2012 at 1:28 PM
Exactly. He needs to keep his responses to questions short and to the point. His answers tend to start out OK, but then he’ll ramble on and include a nugget like the prenatal testing thing. Or that birth control is harmful to women.

changer1701 on February 20, 2012 at 1:59 PM

This is part of why more debates would be bad for the Republicans. Santorum holds true to his beliefs, even when they are unacceptable to many voters. On the plus side, you know where he really stands. On the minus side, sometimes you ahve to use some finesse to win an election, particularly against Obama and his media minions. But if you try to hold too much in, you come off as lacking authenticity-like Romney.

talkingpoints on February 20, 2012 at 2:52 PM

Mitt Romney has single-handedly saved the Panda from extinction children who would’ve been aborted by hugging each and every one during his time as Massachusetts governor.

csdeven on February 20, 2012 at 2:48 PM

Gladtobehere on February 20, 2012 at 2:58 PM

Mitt Romney doesn’t know which direction he’s taking to work in the morning, until he licks his finger and sticks it in the wind.

kingsjester on February 20, 2012 at 1:58 PM

What’s really funny is watching old youtube videos of Romney before he decided to run for POTUS. Here’s a video of Romney on the subject of abortion while running for governor of Massachusetts. Notice the same slight nervousness, eager pandering, and dismissal of facts that we see in Romney today.

One of the other posters on HA suggested this article, The Romney Scorecard: Rino. It’s actually pretty good. I haven’t checked out everything, but it jibes with what I know about Romney.

Gladtobehere on February 20, 2012 at 3:12 PM

Regardless of who wins in November,political and civil discourse will cease, and the real action will begin.Folks this will be who we are and where we want to go type of election.

celtic warrior on February 20, 2012 at 3:22 PM

Why would smart men, like Ed and yourself, intentionally pretend to not know what natural born citizen means and insist on confusing it naturalized citizenship?

abobo on February 20, 2012 at 2:51 PM

Someone posted this link to an article which examined this issue. What it comes down to is whether Mitt’s father was a U.S. citizen. His grandparents lived in Mexico for many years, which by the standards of that time meant they were no longer considered Americans. Still, when they came back to the U.S. during the Mexican Civil War, everyone regarded them as Americans, and Mormons even received aid from Congress. I don’t know how the courts would handle this or even bother about it. You might be right, but it’s one of those things where the letter of the law isn’t followed.

Gladtobehere on February 20, 2012 at 3:28 PM

Time to get off. Bye.

Gladtobehere on February 20, 2012 at 3:31 PM

Try to stay up sparky..
rich801 on February 20, 2012 at 1:53 PM

I’m not only up. I’m way ahead of you. Skippy.

kingsjester on February 20, 2012 at 1:55 PM

Thank you. The ‘moron’ ‘cretin’ nomenclature is as jarring as it is ineffectual.

wolfsDad on February 20, 2012 at 3:32 PM

I think Republicans need to stick with “It’s the economy, stupid!”. All this religious bashing is going to lead us to defeat. Religion has its place in our lives, but what we are doing right now in the Republican party is absurd. The American people want somebody who can turn this country around economically. Obama has moved this country away from capitalism and is moving it towards European Socialism. I think Romney is better prepared to do that.

WyoMike on February 20, 2012 at 3:54 PM

celtic warrior on February 20, 2012 at 3:22 PM

I disagree. Mitt Romney is no radical and has proven that he can work with both sides. He is not a nasty or mean politician and will do much to improve the poisonous political environment and marginalize the whack jobs on both the left and the right.

MJBrutus on February 20, 2012 at 3:55 PM

Trump is not stupid and neither is Romney. And if they should do this, you can depend on the electorate not to be:-)

bluefox on February 20, 2012 at 1:58 PM

Trump was never going to run third party, either. It wasn’t lucrative enough to give up his TV show and to fully open his books.

The definition of an attention whore has Trump’s picture next to it. ;o)

kakypat on February 20, 2012 at 4:05 PM

Plus, if Trump goes off message and starts spouting off about birth certificates and his theories about Obama’s origins, it’s going to make Romney look like the candidate who can’t stay on message, not Santorum and his battle over the HHS mandate and the media narrative about contraception. Ed M

Rick Santorum aide gaffe: Obama’s ‘radical Islamic policies’

So is Morissey’s candidate now off message?

Basilsbest on February 20, 2012 at 4:10 PM

Romney’s campaign is robocalling many times a day in MI. People are going to vote against the guy just out of annoyance alone. LOL

karenhasfreedom on February 20, 2012 at 4:19 PM

Selective quoting to prop up your candidate?

Pure genius here LOL.

JPeterman on February 20, 2012 at 1:14 PM

This never gets old. :-)

Just Sayin on February 20, 2012 at 4:31 PM

reminding us of Trump’s fascination with Barack Obama’s birth certificate.

Not much to be fascinated with there. It’s not even a good forgery.

VorDaj on February 20, 2012 at 4:46 PM

Only morally unfit people can not see the Emperor’s fine new clothes.

VorDaj on February 20, 2012 at 4:47 PM

Rick Santorum aide gaffe: Obama’s ‘radical Islamic policies’

So is Morissey’s candidate now off message?

Basilsbest on February 20, 2012 at 4:10 PM

I think Hussein Obama’s policies are pretty mainstream Islamic.

VorDaj on February 20, 2012 at 4:48 PM

Did Paul, Gingrich, or Santorum have a popular father that was elected Governor of Pennsylvania or Virginia?

teke184 on February 20, 2012 at 12:20 PM

Dude, Mitt Romney’s father was elected governor of Michigan in 1963. The Vietnam War wasn’t even underway, for God’s sake. You’d have to be 75 years old to remember the Romney years in Michigan. “A popular father”? Most Michiganders today have never even heard of the guy, and no one in that state thinks of Mitt Romney as the hometown boy. That’s just media nonsense. Michigan is important because it carries 30 delegates, not because it’s Romney’s “home state.” That’s nonsense.

Rational Thought on February 20, 2012 at 4:58 PM

Rick Santorum aide gaffe: Obama’s ‘radical Islamic policies’

So is Morissey’s candidate now off message?

Basilsbest on February 20, 2012 at 4:10 PM

The meltdown begins. The guy and/or his surrogates just cannot keep their damn traps shut with the religious stuff. Zealotry does that to people. Makes them brain dead.

Rational Thought on February 20, 2012 at 5:01 PM

Rational Thought on February 20, 2012 at 5:01 PM

You mean like calling Rick a liberal fiscal, when the National Taxpayers Union gave him an A all 12 years, and the only Senator to receive an A all four final years of Bush?
Pal, zealots, some are vocal, some are quiet…look at what they believe…Rick believes that Obama is not leading the nation wisely, you apparently do…meanwhile the person you are supporting praises Obama…to me, you have to be a pretty big zealot to support someone who is trying to take the job away from a man he is praising….good grief.

right2bright on February 20, 2012 at 5:24 PM

That’s just media nonsense. Michigan is important because it carries 30 delegates, not because it’s Romney’s “home state.” That’s nonsense.

Rational Thought on February 20, 2012 at 4:58 PM

Well, a few weeks ago Mitt stated that Michigan felt like his home state, and it was good to be home…so which is it, your take or what Mitt says?
You make the call…

right2bright on February 20, 2012 at 5:25 PM

Rick Santorum aide gaffe: Obama’s ‘radical Islamic policies’

So is Morissey’s candidate now off message?

Basilsbest on February 20, 2012 at 4:10 PM
Pal, don’t be a fool…Rick never said that, get it? He never said what you accused him of…so try to promote your candidate without telling lies…
Do you know what would happen if HA imposed a 24 hours moratorium on lying to promote Mitt?…the “halls” would be empty of Mitt supporters.

right2bright on February 20, 2012 at 5:29 PM

Mitt’s at 65% in his home state.

Basilsbest on February 20, 2012 at 5:29 PM

Rick Santorum aide gaffe: Obama’s ‘radical Islamic policies’
So is Morissey’s candidate now off message?
Basilsbest on February 20, 2012 at 4:10 PM

The meltdown begins. The guy and/or his surrogates just cannot keep their damn traps shut with the religious stuff.
Rational Thought on February 20, 2012 at 5:01 PM

We’ve seen it before – a not-Romney rises only to trip and fall whilst attempting to withdraw foot from mouth.

whatcat on February 20, 2012 at 5:29 PM

You mean like calling Rick a liberal fiscal, when the National Taxpayers Union gave him an A all 12 years, and the only Senator to receive an A all four final years of Bush?
Pal, zealots, some are vocal, some are quiet…look at what they believe…Rick believes that Obama is not leading the nation wisely, you apparently do…meanwhile the person you are supporting praises Obama…to me, you have to be a pretty big zealot to support someone who is trying to take the job away from a man he is praising….good grief.

right2bright on February 20, 2012 at 5:24 PM

Like I said, brain dead.

Rational Thought on February 20, 2012 at 5:32 PM

Pal, don’t be a fool…Rick never said that, get it? He never said what you accused him of…so try to promote your candidate without telling lies…
Do you know what would happen if HA imposed a 24 hours moratorium on lying to promote Mitt?…the “halls” would be empty of Mitt supporters. right2bright on February 20, 2012 at 5:29 PM

Do you have reading comprehension problems? I never said Santorum said anything. My post clearly says his aide said it. I was having some fun with Morrissey who ridiculously claimed that if Trump said something stupid about Obama’s birth certificate it would mean Mitt was failing to stay on message.

Basilsbest on February 20, 2012 at 5:38 PM

The Donald is a very rich practioner of the world’s oldest profession. Souls are such a cheap commodity these days.

Don L on February 20, 2012 at 5:44 PM

I’d love to hear a so-called Republican strategist explain this mess.

EMD on February 20, 2012 at 11:49 AM

Paging Karl Rove. Karl Rove, please pick up the white courtesy phone.

gryphon202 on February 20, 2012 at 11:54 AM

How long before Rove, Coulter, Krauthammer, Will, Cheney, Ingraham, Noonan and Christie come to his aid and Palin-iz him?

Don L on February 20, 2012 at 5:55 PM

INC on February 20, 2012 at 1:58 PM
I posted some info regarding this in the past couple of days. I’ll see if I can find it and repost here. I don’t recall seeing you online at the time. Yes I agree something is going on between those two.

bluefox on February 20, 2012 at 2:05 PM

This HA thread and my comment @5:50 PM:
http://hotair.com/archives/2012/02/18/gingrich-the-other-guys-backed-out-of-the-debate-because-theyre-afraid/comment-page-3/#comments
Also:Mr. Arkadin on February 18, 2012 at 6:11 PM
bluefox on February 18, 2012 at 6:42 PM
Mr. Arkadin on February 18, 2012 at 7:58 PM
bluefox on February 18, 2012 at 8:31 PM
Mr. Arkadin on February 18, 2012 at 9:03 PM
bluefox on February 18, 2012 at 10:37 PM

I think it is a possibility of an alliance with Romney & Paul.

bluefox on February 20, 2012 at 6:15 PM

That to me is more evidence of a Paul/Romney tag team coming up against Santorum. Remember when Paul came out with a couple of hard hitting ads against Newt right before Iowa and Romney was also? Yep, some behind the scenes alliances going on:-)

bluefox on February 20, 2012 at 1:47 PM

So what? Paul is 100% correct on individual liberty and keeping government out of our lives as much as possible. If he thinks Romney’s the guy, more power to him. I’d call it a damn good endorsement.

Rational Thought on February 20, 2012 at 6:54 PM

Where’s bluegill?
There’s no fish smell here!

KOOLAID2 on February 20, 2012 at 7:09 PM

So what? Paul is 100% correct on individual liberty and keeping government out of our lives as much as possible. If he thinks Romney’s the guy, more power to him. I’d call it a damn good endorsement.

Rational Thought on February 20, 2012 at 6:54 PM

You missed the point. Read the comments & the articles I linked to for INC. That is the point.

bluefox on February 20, 2012 at 7:15 PM

Where’s bluegill?
There’s no fish smell here!

KOOLAID2 on February 20, 2012 at 7:09 PM

I don’t either, LOL Maybe Bishop caught it:-)

bluefox on February 20, 2012 at 7:17 PM

Like I said, brain dead.

Rational Thought on February 20, 2012 at 5:32 PM

And like I said…facts mean nothing to a zealot…I gave you Ricks National Taxpayers grade, an A every year, and the only A all four years of Bush’s last term…now what was Romney’s score?
You can say “brain dead” all day, and plug your ears, but the facts are still out there, the most conservative person, by far, running right now is Rick…and the only person running who has received straight A’s for his fiscal conservative voting record…kind of makes the “he’s a big gov. liberal” a little foolish when you can’t come up with any facts to back up what you say…I have the facts.
But facts don’t matter to you…but they will to the smart ones.

right2bright on February 20, 2012 at 8:44 PM

But facts don’t matter to you…but they will to the smart ones.

right2bright on February 20, 2012 at 8:44 PM

I just finished reading that on another thread you posted it to. Quite impressive. But you are correct, many don’t want to acknowledge any facts that would detract from their preconceived opinions.

I do appreciate all of the facts and your comments that put down the lies and distortions that continue to appear.

bluefox on February 20, 2012 at 10:44 PM

Maybe he willrun the chirp Sarah for VP. Santorum=loser. BTW does his wife talk or just skulk in the background. All worn out from not using contraceptives, probably.

AReadyRepub on February 21, 2012 at 1:05 AM

I’m glad Romney is using his stooge, Trump. What a repulsive person and the more he shoots his mouth off, the more he turns people off to Romney. And Ron Paul is also sounding more and more unhinged and the more he spouts off the more it’s helping Santorum. What a circus!

mozalf on February 21, 2012 at 12:15 PM

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