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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Keep Digging Mitt!!!!

get a longer shovel

ted c on February 20, 2012 at 11:38 AM

“Mitt, you’re fired!”

trigon on February 20, 2012 at 11:38 AM

…and thank you very much…..
/Rick “Not Romney” Santorum

ted c on February 20, 2012 at 11:39 AM

Romney is toast – desperate, tragic toast.

Pork-Chop on February 20, 2012 at 11:39 AM

Just a wee bit out of touch.

kingsjester on February 20, 2012 at 11:40 AM

Houston, we’ve got two problems.

ElectricPhase on February 20, 2012 at 11:40 AM

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.

No kidding. What the hell is Mittens thinking? Trump got traction last spring for one reason only. He was the only one at the time taking it to Obama. But Newt and Santorum have picked up the slack in that area. Plus the birther stuff made him look like a joke to many and frankly his act is getting tired. Who does Trump really appeal to at this point besides reality TV junkies?

Doughboy on February 20, 2012 at 11:40 AM

ANYBODY but Mitt. Seriously.

*except for Obama of course.

I WILL vote for Mitt if he wins the nomination but I won’t like it.

HotAirian on February 20, 2012 at 11:41 AM

OH MY GOD

youknowit on February 20, 2012 at 11:42 AM

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

echosyst on February 20, 2012 at 11:43 AM

Desperation can cause men to do very strange things.

Mord on February 20, 2012 at 11:44 AM

Santorum and his battle over the HHS mandate and the media narrative about contraception.

Are you now being paid by the Santorum campaign, Ed?

Santorum destroyed the battle over the HHS mandate by turning the public attention towards the merits of contraception and of Grisweold vs Connecticut.

joana on February 20, 2012 at 11:44 AM

joana on February 20, 2012 at 11:44 AM

You’re sounding as desperate as your candidate.

kingsjester on February 20, 2012 at 11:46 AM

Trump doesn’t carry a lunch pail to work?

But Romney probably thinks all workers love loudmouths. ‘Cause, you know, they’re workers .

Seth Halpern on February 20, 2012 at 11:46 AM

I like it.

freedomplow on February 20, 2012 at 11:46 AM

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

echosyst on February 20, 2012 at 11:43 AM

Care to provide a quote or are you just trolling?

Doughboy on February 20, 2012 at 11:47 AM

No bible thumpers.

freedomplow on February 20, 2012 at 11:48 AM

First, McCain as a surrogate on the Sunday shows. And McCain didn’t disappoint: He reminded us that he is a pathetic old man who didn’t have the guts to take it to Obama in ’08, and instead ran a media-approved “honorable” campaign.

Now, Trump as his surrogate in Michigan. This is a guy who does take it to Obama in a way that Romney never will, thus reminding us how genteel, nice, and weak Romney is.

You don’t have to be a Santorum fan to appreciate that this guy is taking it to Romney and Obama. The dweeb in the sweater vest is showing more guts than Romney has so far. And he’s scoring points, while Romney is swinging wildly.

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

EMD on February 20, 2012 at 11:49 AM

Good I hope this idea will make people less likely to vote for Mitt (who wants to kill off small business). Mitt is the person who wanted to index min. wage to inflation which will kill off small business.

BroncosRock on February 20, 2012 at 11:51 AM

Mittens needed to fight back, as losing Michigan would sink him completely. But Trump? Seriously?!?

I swear, Mitt has to be one of the most tone-deaf “serious candidates” I’ve seen in years.

teke184 on February 20, 2012 at 11:51 AM

What does backfire smell like?

JPeterman on February 20, 2012 at 11:51 AM

No bible thumpers.
freedomplow on February 20, 2012 at 11:48 AM

78% of Americans are Christian.
The Heartland does not seem to have a problem with Santorum.
They do, however, seem to have one with Romney.

kingsjester on February 20, 2012 at 11:51 AM

No bible thumpers.

freedomplow on February 20, 2012 at 11:48 AM

Mitt wishes people would think of him as a Bible thumper.

portlandon on February 20, 2012 at 11:51 AM

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

I like Trump, in a perversely charmed sort of way, and I liked how he forced Zero to prematurely use his I-Killed-Osama card to hide the birth certificate scandal. That said, asking him to actually campaign is an insanity redefined: the guy couldn’t uphold message discipline if his sexual life depended on it.

Archivarix on February 20, 2012 at 11:54 AM

No bible thumpers.

freedomplow on February 20, 2012 at 11:48 AM

OK….Which religious beliefs are acceptable?

Deafdog on February 20, 2012 at 11:54 AM

Romney has the momentum. Romney wouldnt do it unless he had polling data and a message the he knew worked.

It ridiculous for Ed to mock Romney’s tactics after he has beaten down a half dozen anti-Romney surges. Its Santorum who is starting to make his backets look like fools.

Whats Trump going to say? Women should keep an aspirin between their knees. The entitlemeny expanding, Sotomayor backer, union stooge porker is starting to fade.

swamp_yankee on February 20, 2012 at 11:55 AM

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

gryphon202 on February 20, 2012 at 11:54 AM

ROTFLMAO!

ElectricPhase on February 20, 2012 at 11:56 AM

Mittens needed to fight back, as losing Michigan would sink him completely. But Trump? Seriously?!?

I swear, Mitt has to be one of the most tone-deaf “serious candidates” I’ve seen in years.

teke184 on February 20, 2012 at 11:51 AM

He’s a phony. If he does have a core set of principles(and I’m starting to suspect he doesn’t), it certainly isn’t conservative. And he has to be the worst panderer I’ve ever seen too. He either botches the scripted lines given to him(“I’m not concerned about the very poor”) or he goes off on tangents that make him look like he’s having a stroke(the infamous “I love cars and trees” clip).

Doughboy on February 20, 2012 at 11:56 AM

Romney has the momentum. Romney wouldnt do it unless he had polling data and a message the he knew worked.

It ridiculous for Ed to mock Romney’s tactics after he has beaten down a half dozen anti-Romney surges. Its Santorum who is starting to make his backets look like fools.

Whats Trump going to say? Women should keep an aspirin between their knees. The entitlemeny expanding, Sotomayor backer, union stooge porker is starting to fade.

swamp_yankee on February 20, 2012 at 11:55 AM

The irony of a post like this after months of seeing people accuse Ed of being a Romney shill is just deeeeeeeeee-lishus!

gryphon202 on February 20, 2012 at 11:57 AM

What does backfire smell like?

JPeterman on February 20, 2012 at 11:51 AM

Brylcreem.

steebo77 on February 20, 2012 at 11:57 AM

swamp_yankee on February 20, 2012 at 11:55 AM

What momentum?

I wish you could have heard the after-church lunch discussions in Dixie yesterday.

LOL.

kingsjester on February 20, 2012 at 11:58 AM

Trump is right in his statement that Santorum would be a gift to the Democrats and beaten easily. Elections are won or lost state by state so the national head to heads are meaningless. Santorum loses the women badly and Romney wins the women in a big way. We need the women to win in the general.
I know Romney will keep getting beaten up here … Mittens to you 3rd graders… and on talk radio 6 hours a day and will have to overcome it all. I hope he can or we all lose in November. Thank you Hannity for being fair.

BobScuba on February 20, 2012 at 11:58 AM

What does backfire smell like?

JPeterman on February 20, 2012 at 11:51 AM

Brylcreem.

steebo77 on February 20, 2012 at 11:57 AM

A little dab’ll do ya!

gryphon202 on February 20, 2012 at 11:59 AM

The entitlemeny expanding, Sotomayor backer, union stooge porker is starting to fade.

swamp_yankee on February 20, 2012 at 11:55 AM

Ouch. I almost forgot that. The guy who voted to confirm Wise Latina shouldn’t be throwing any read-meat rocks.

Archivarix on February 20, 2012 at 11:59 AM

When was the last time Michigan went GOP for president?

DanMan on February 20, 2012 at 12:00 PM

I know Romney will keep getting beaten up here … Mittens to you 3rd graders… and on talk radio 6 hours a day and will have to overcome it all. I hope he can or we all lose in November. Thank you Hannity for being fair.

BobScuba on February 20, 2012 at 11:58 AM

Need Preparation H for that butthurt, Bob? You know what the “U” in SCUBA stands for, right? UNDERWATER, which is where Romney’s polling numbers are going to be after he loses in Michigan! HAH!

/UberSnark

gryphon202 on February 20, 2012 at 12:00 PM

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.

Well, gee…

Ya think?

Mittens is a walking gaffe machine. He’ll never be president. Ever. And if he runs against Obama, Obama will cut him up into tiny little pieces.

Typhoon on February 20, 2012 at 12:00 PM

What does backfire smell like?

JPeterman on February 20, 2012 at 11:51 AM

Like Santorum’s grafts..

rich801 on February 20, 2012 at 12:00 PM

Mitt, and his opportunist surrogates, will predictably bring on a false mudslinging attack against Santorum. Dishonest, ask Huckabee. Back off!

He rises, just a little bit, only when others fall. His rise in FL was far from that people were in love with him, it was because he pulled out all the stops in totally trashing Newt. Tell him not to do the same thing to Santorum.

anotherJoe on February 20, 2012 at 12:00 PM

Boy, this place is pretty much all-in on Santy now, eh?

changer1701 on February 20, 2012 at 12:02 PM

Boy, this place is pretty much all-in on Santy Romney now, eh?

changer1701 on February 20, 2012 at 12:02 PM sometime last year

gryphon202 on February 20, 2012 at 12:04 PM

Romney has the momentum.

There is no momentum for Willard.

Last week’s 15-point margin for Santorum in Michigan in the PPP poll was an outlier. The latest PPP poll shows Willard within 3 or 4 points, much like the other Michigan polls.

Going from a questionable polling result to better numbers isn’t momentum, it’s statistical noise.

Romney wouldn’t do it unless he had polling data and a message the he knew worked.

What Willard does is, by definition, dishonest. Willard has claimed victory when he didn’t win, in Iowa. Willard has claimed victory when not all the votes were in, in Maine.

Willard’s got nothing.

Emperor Norton on February 20, 2012 at 12:04 PM

Mitt who wants to kill of small business ( I get this from idea of only giving tax cuts to the middle class.) If we make $250,000 under Mitt you will be force to pay a lot more in taxes.

BroncosRock on February 20, 2012 at 12:05 PM

Boy, this place is pretty much all-in on Santy now, eh?

changer1701 on February 20, 2012 at 12:02 PM

He’s starting to grow on me. Maybe if some folks on here would quit getting into hysterics over predicting 45-state landslide losses or trashing social conservatism as if it’s suddenly unpalatable to 90% of the electorate and actually listen to what the man is saying(EVERYTHING, not just 15-second excerpts selectively edited by the media), you might understand why he’s gaining traction with voters while Mittens’ numbers are sinking.

Doughboy on February 20, 2012 at 12:05 PM

gryphon202 on February 20, 2012 at 12:04 PM

Hardly. There’s never been a pro-Romney bias here.

changer1701 on February 20, 2012 at 12:06 PM

Willard’s got nothing.

Emperor Norton on February 20, 2012 at 12:04 PM

Not quite true. He’s got raw naked ambition, and he’s not afraid to use it.

gryphon202 on February 20, 2012 at 12:06 PM

changer1701 on February 20, 2012 at 12:02 PM

Just dropping in from the Mittbot Meltdown echo chamber Michigan thread?

kingsjester on February 20, 2012 at 12:06 PM

Romney is sending Trump in because no one does ridicule better than Trump (well, except for Barry), and Santorum has a little ridicule coming his way after sinking the campaign into a dogmatic debate over birth control. Trump will return the message to the economy, while at the same time taking some punches to Santorum that Romney can’t take and painting him as a fringe candidate. “It’s the economy, stupid” combined with “Rick from the fringe” is a strong argument to make in the week before Michigan.

Rational Thought on February 20, 2012 at 12:07 PM

Hardly. There’s never been a pro-Romney bias here.

changer1701 on February 20, 2012 at 12:06 PM

Not among the commentariat. But you know as well as I do that the accusations flew recklessly last year that Ed was a Romney shill, true or not.

gryphon202 on February 20, 2012 at 12:07 PM

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

78% of Americans are Christian.
The Heartland does not seem to have a problem with Santorum.

kingsjester on February 20, 2012 at 11:51 AM

Does Pennsylvania counts as “Heartland”? Or the biggest loss for an incumbent senator in the history of the union doesn’t count as a “problem”?

joana on February 20, 2012 at 12:08 PM

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

And how.

gryphon202 on February 20, 2012 at 12:08 PM

Maybe if some folks on here would quit getting into hysterics over predicting 45-state landslide losses or trashing social conservatism as if it’s suddenly unpalatable to 90% of the electorate and actually listen to what the man is saying(EVERYTHING, not just 15-second excerpts selectively edited by the media), you might understand why he’s gaining traction with voters while Mittens’ numbers are sinking.

Doughboy on February 20, 2012 at 12:05 PM

My opinion of him is higher than Romney because he’s got some fight in him, willing to call the media and Obama out on their bullsh!t like their pillorying him over his supporter’s aspirin joke vs. refusing to treat Rev. Wright as a legit issue for Obama in 2008.

Him pulling votes from the Rust Belt states away from Romney, who was thought to be the favorite there, reinforces my position because this election will be won in the Rust Belt. Flipping some combination of Michigan, Wisconsin, Indiana, Ohio, Pennsylvania, etc., will be a major blow to Bambi’s re-election chances because those states are worth so many votes.

teke184 on February 20, 2012 at 12:08 PM

Does Pennsylvania counts as “Heartland”? Or the biggest loss for an incumbent senator in the history of the union doesn’t count as a “problem”?

joana on February 20, 2012 at 12:08 PM

Apparently not to the people who have made their intentions to vote for Santorum clearly known. YMMV.

gryphon202 on February 20, 2012 at 12:09 PM

This is why Palin needs to run

ChuckTX on February 20, 2012 at 12:09 PM

joana on February 20, 2012 at 12:08 PM

I’m speaking about the primary race. You need to catch up, precious. It’s 2012.

kingsjester on February 20, 2012 at 12:09 PM

It’s lapses in judgement like this one, that so many have noted, that make me wonder–again!–why anyone ever thought Mitt was electable, never mind the best candidate in the field. Really?

Ed Snyder on February 20, 2012 at 12:09 PM

“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.”

Oh please, didn’t Trump try to do just that himself? Irony is so ironic. LOL

Deanna on February 20, 2012 at 12:10 PM

Romney is sending Trump in because no one does ridicule better than Trump (well, except for Barry)

Rational Thought on February 20, 2012 at 12:07 PM

I think Newt does it pretty well too.

BakerAllie on February 20, 2012 at 12:10 PM

…then perhaps the electability issue is more open than some would think.

On what basis? Your meandering, illogical predictions of what the voters think of Trump and therefore by extension…Romney?

Give me a break.

Marcus Traianus on February 20, 2012 at 12:10 PM

The only message el dondo could have for the ALWAYS DEMOCRAT (100% since Reagan) – BIG UNION state of Michigan is his anti-Chinese stance (rant) and the devastation it has caused to the American worker. While I agree with the sentiment in 2012, jobs have been leaving this country starting back into the 1960s with electronics – and manufacturing has followed that pace since that time. But you still go after votes.
You want upward mobility of the lower and middle income earners ? Manufacturing has always been that vehicle. Not sure if that is still the case, but without that hope- they are screwed – You want their support in an election ? Donny can red-meat them with the Chinese- because….. Jobs are still an important argument to fight for and Ocommie is and has no clue how to deal with this part of the American life.
And Richard can only give the candidate platitude.

FlaMurph on February 20, 2012 at 12:10 PM

Trump is NO kind of conservative and anybody that thinks he is needs to go back and do Conservatism 101 all over again.

Axion on February 20, 2012 at 12:11 PM

I was on a pro-Mitt site last week and they were trashing the PPP poll that had Santorum up by double-digits, calling it a pro-Democrat site and not to be believed.

Now that Mitt has risen in PPP’s poll, it is gospel truth.

Although they ARE disappointed not to see Rick Santorum going down in the polls.

I can’t wrap my head around this logic.

Marybeth on February 20, 2012 at 12:11 PM

Does Pennsylvania counts as “Heartland”? Or the biggest loss for an incumbent senator in the history of the union doesn’t count as a “problem”?

joana on February 20, 2012 at 12:08 PM

It does count. But then I remember that Santorum was re-elected once as Senator and I wonder why Romney wasn’t re-elected at all as governor. It’s another case where both candidates have warts…the issue is a push.

Deafdog on February 20, 2012 at 12:11 PM

On what basis? Your meandering, illogical predictions of what the voters think of Trump and therefore by extension…Romney?

Give me a break.

Marcus Traianus on February 20, 2012 at 12:10 PM

Or if you do want to go by an objective standard, Romney is in even bigger trouble than Ed thinks.

gryphon202 on February 20, 2012 at 12:11 PM

Marcus Traianus on February 20, 2012 at 12:10 PM

You have heard that Romney is behind…nationally. Haven’t you?

kingsjester on February 20, 2012 at 12:11 PM

Santorum, Gingrich, Romney? Frankly I think they all lose against Obama if the election were held today. In that light I wouldn’t mind having Obama run against the Republican candidate that would wound him the most. The one who leaves the afterthought after the election that he really is an incompetent President going into his second term. I would prefer a Republican majority in both Houses of Congress able to send him legislative initiatives that he would have to publicly veto without the cover of Reid and Pelosi who in the past made sure that no tough decisions reach Obama’s desk. There is no way Romney is gonna beat Obama.

DaveDief on February 20, 2012 at 12:12 PM

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

Do you think that maybe polls were conducted to see just how Popular Trump is in Michigan? And, do you think they found out that YES, he is? After all, Trump does have a program that has been successful for a few years now. The You’re Fired theme is popular. And, maybe.. just maybe.. the Romney camp has noted that Michigan is one of those regions that hits high on the charts for viewing this show? Ya think, maybe this is possible?

Or that maybe Michiganders were polling high for the Donald when he was toying with running? Strategy sometimes eludes blinded by ‘my candidate’ is the one and only.

uhangtight on February 20, 2012 at 12:13 PM

Santorum, Gingrich, Romney? Frankly I think they all lose against Obama if the election were held today. In that light I wouldn’t mind having Obama run against the Republican candidate that would wound him the most. The one who leaves the afterthought after the election that he really is an incompetent President going into his second term. I would prefer a Republican majority in both Houses of Congress able to send him legislative initiatives that he would have to publicly veto without the cover of Reid and Pelosi who in the past made sure that no tough decisions reach Obama’s desk. There is no way Romney is gonna beat Obama.

DaveDief on February 20, 2012 at 12:12 PM

I’d feel better about a Republican congress if it weren’t for Obama’s demonstrable tendancy to ignore congress and rule by fiat as he legislates from the Oval Office.

gryphon202 on February 20, 2012 at 12:13 PM

Hope those that can listen to Rush are doing so. The Establish Republicans are blaming the Conservatives are mucking things up. They are in turmoil about Romney may not win the nomination and may not win the election even if he does. WOW, undies in a twist, LOL

They don’t want any previous Candidates. They are against Santorum, Newt & Paul.

Guess they don’t like the voters choice.

TURMOIL!!!!

bluefox on February 20, 2012 at 12:13 PM

Guess they don’t like the voters choice.

TURMOIL!!!!

bluefox on February 20, 2012 at 12:13 PM

I don’t mind causing a bit of chaos every now and again. But it’s nice to be able to do so without breaking the law.

gryphon202 on February 20, 2012 at 12:15 PM

Trump? Seriously?

Mitt would have better off having a famous working man like Jerry Sandusky camp it up with him.

CorporatePiggy on February 20, 2012 at 12:15 PM

Hope those that can listen to Rush are doing so. The Establish Republicans are blaming the Conservatives are mucking things up. They are in turmoil about Romney may not win the nomination and may not win the election even if he does. WOW, undies in a twist, LOL

And how is it the Conservatives’ fault that Romney can’t catch on with moderates?

If they say “Newt’s Bain Capitol ads”, they’re morons because the Obama side would have trotted out that kind of stuff in October.

teke184 on February 20, 2012 at 12:15 PM

I was on a pro-Mitt site last week and they were trashing the PPP poll that had Santorum up by double-digits, calling it a pro-Democrat site and not to be believed.

Now that Mitt has risen in PPP’s poll, it is gospel truth.

Although they ARE disappointed not to see Rick Santorum going down in the polls.

I can’t wrap my head around this logic.

Marybeth on February 20, 2012 at 12:11 PM

What “pro-Mitt site” was that?

Rational Thought on February 20, 2012 at 12:16 PM

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

Yeah, it must be class solidarity between those richies. How many OWS signs do you own?

By the way, from the department “all them evil riches are equal”:

How about bringing in a far more controversial venture capitalist who’s claim to recent fame is in firing people on national television?

Trump is now a venture capitalist? Ed Morrisey still has no clue what venture capital is.

joana on February 20, 2012 at 12:16 PM

My opinion of him is higher than Romney because he’s got some fight in him, willing to call the media and Obama out on their bullsh!t like their pillorying him over his supporter’s aspirin joke vs. refusing to treat Rev. Wright as a legit issue for Obama in 2008.

teke184 on February 20, 2012 at 12:08 PM

I do like that he has fight in him, but honestly it’s not even that that’s gotten me more receptive to his candidacy lately. He just articulates fiscal conservatism effortlessly. And he does it with topics that could sink a candidate who doesn’t believe or understand what he’s saying.

Just look at the clip from late last week where he defends income inequality in our society. He absolutely knocked it out of the park. Can you imagine Mittens making it through a remark like that without stumbling badly? And don’t tell me this won’t be important in the general election when class warfare is what Obama will be primarily running on.

Doughboy on February 20, 2012 at 12:16 PM

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

rich801 on February 20, 2012 at 12:12 PM

You have no idea whom Foster Friess is, nor the tremendous amount of good he does for his fellow countrymen through his charitable foundation, do you?

If he’s a religious “not”, I wish there were more just like his.

kingsjester on February 20, 2012 at 12:16 PM

I can’t wrap my head around this logic.

Marybeth on February 20, 2012 at 12:11 PM

That’s funny…don’t try to put logic into a zealots head, it won’t fit, they don’t have room.
Truly it is the most zealous group of people, Mitt supporters, I have ever seen, it way eclipses his last run…more rude, devious, lying people I have ever witnessed.
What is strange, is that he say (or at least used to, they kind of gave this up) they support Mitt because of his character, but look who he attracts?

right2bright on February 20, 2012 at 12:16 PM

nut.

kingsjester on February 20, 2012 at 12:17 PM

Are you now being paid by the Santorum campaign, Ed?

Santorum destroyed the battle over the HHS mandate by turning the public attention towards the merits of contraception and of Grisweold vs Connecticut.

joana on February 20, 2012 at 11:44 AM

Ed is a Santorum supporter. His threads will have a Santorum bias.

csdeven on February 20, 2012 at 12:17 PM

What does backfire smell like?

JPeterman on February 20, 2012 at 11:51 AM

Howard Dean? LOL

bluefox on February 20, 2012 at 12:17 PM

I still miss Steinbrenner :(

Seth Halpern on February 20, 2012 at 12:17 PM

bluefox on February 20, 2012 at 12:13 PM

Thanks for the tip. I always have the radio on in the morning but often forget when he’s on.

BakerAllie on February 20, 2012 at 12:18 PM

Am having a hoot over all the arguments about “He was BORN there — can he WIN there?”

Let’s see who else fits the meme: Paul & Gingrich are originally from the region of Pittsburgh PA, and Santorum was born in Virginia ..
Ooops.

/.

CaveatEmpty on February 20, 2012 at 12:18 PM

This is fun. It’s a Mittbot Meltdown Monday.

kingsjester on February 20, 2012 at 12:18 PM

We’re all Santorum now, LOL

Go Newt. I see he’s up a couple of points!!

We better watch Paul. I think he and Rommey are going to tag team against Santorum.

bluefox on February 20, 2012 at 12:18 PM

He’s starting to grow on me. Maybe if some folks on here would quit getting into hysterics over predicting 45-state landslide losses or trashing social conservatism as if it’s suddenly unpalatable to 90% of the electorate and actually listen to what the man is saying(EVERYTHING, not just 15-second excerpts selectively edited by the media), you might understand why he’s gaining traction with voters while Mittens’ numbers are sinking.

Doughboy on February 20, 2012 at 12:05 PM

Well, there are genuine concerns about his electability. You can’t deny that he’s seen as a theocrat, and it’s fair to wonder how well that will play. Even if he doesn’t emphasize that stuff, his opponent surely will.

I don’t think it’s his ideas that have led to his surge…he’s simply the last viable NotRomney still standing, and beating Mitt to many is the most important goal. Just a few months ago, he was dismissed as a mere curiosity and not taken seriously as a contender.

changer1701 on February 20, 2012 at 12:19 PM

What does backfire smell like?

JPeterman on February 20, 2012 at 11:51 AM

Howard Dean? LOL

bluefox on February 20, 2012 at 12:17 PM

I think it smells like these really stinky farts I used to let rip in my younger years while I chugged beer and chowed down on buffalo wings and onion rings — all in the same night.

gryphon202 on February 20, 2012 at 12:20 PM

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

gryphon202 on February 20, 2012 at 11:54 AM

He’s under the desk with Romney:-)

bluefox on February 20, 2012 at 12:20 PM

Am having a hoot over all the arguments about “He was BORN there — can he WIN there?”

Let’s see who else fits the meme: Paul & Gingrich are originally from the region of Pittsburgh PA, and Santorum was born in Virginia ..
Ooops.

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CaveatEmpty on February 20, 2012 at 12:18 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

Rick is doomed, Trump is in town…Mitt is getting desperate…

right2bright on February 20, 2012 at 12:20 PM

Just a few months ago, he was dismissed as a mere curiosity and not taken seriously as a contender.

changer1701 on February 20, 2012 at 12:19 PM

Can’t argue there. But that has changed. And we can argue about the reasons until we’re both blue in the face. But it has changed.

gryphon202 on February 20, 2012 at 12:20 PM

I find the anti-Mitt crowd is getting out hand on this one, Trump knows that a Santorum’s record on capitalism related issues is, shall we say, “suspect”. It forces Santorum, and by default his crowd, to sound more like Obama and the OWS’ers complaining about success in the free market. That’s never a good thing when running for the GOP nomination.

Tater Salad on February 20, 2012 at 12:22 PM

If Newt does drop out soon, has he given any hints on if he will endorse Santorum or stay out of it entirely? I know people think most of his supporters will swing to Santorum, but I have my doubts.
A Romney/Paul vs. Santorum/Gingrich cage match sounds interesting in any case.

BakerAllie on February 20, 2012 at 12:22 PM

Does Pennsylvania counts as “Heartland”? Or the biggest loss for an incumbent senator in the history of the union doesn’t count as a “problem”?

joana on February 20, 2012 at 12:08 PM

You have to quit listening to that blowhard Trump. Santorum was nowhere near the biggest loser for an incumbent Senator, in fact more than 20 have lost by wider margins. That stalwart Repub Jacob Javits has the claim to fame as being the biggest loser. And even Gingrich’s attempt to claim Santorum is the worst in PA is not true.

As for Pa, I live here and the winds are changing. Even the Dems elected like Casey are more Conservative on many issues and Repubs have defeated several popular Dems. When Santorum lost he was up against Casey, a name that is next to a deity in PA.

Deanna on February 20, 2012 at 12:22 PM

None of this crap matters.

All that matters is the economy the next nine months.

If the economy recovers, Marco Rubio in a Reagan suit couldn’t beat Obama. If the economy tanks, RON PAUL could win in a landslide.

The biggest threat to the economy? Gas prices.

The biggest threat to gas prices? Iran’s behavior.

Watch that, not the Birth Control Sideshow the media wants you to watch.

playblu on February 20, 2012 at 12:23 PM

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