Romney’s campaign down to $7.7 million cash on hand

posted at 8:30 pm on February 20, 2012 by Allahpundit

Proof that he’s sputtering or much ado about nothing given the realities of modern campaign finance? He had $19 million in the bank at the end of December and raised another $6.5 million on top of that in January. (By comparison, back in January 2008, The One raised $36 million. Obvious difference, though: The economy was vastly better then.) Fast forward a month and there’s only $7.7 million left, which means his cash flow right now is completely unsustainable unless he either (a) discovers a brand new supply of wealthy donors to tap very quickly or (b) starts funding his own campaign with the vast Romney fortune, which seems increasingly likely. His strategy last month, presumably, was to spend whatever he needed to spend in hopes of crushing Gingrich and Santorum in the early states and locking up the nomination early. He almost succeeded, too: He won big in New Hampshire and then snuffed Newt’s momentum in Florida, which in most cycles would have decided the race. If only he’d spent a bit more on the “meaningless” contests in Colorado, Missouri, and Minnesota, he might have snuffed Santorum once and for all and finally broken the base’s spirit in hoping for a Not Romney to emerge. Too late now, and the money’s running out with Super Tuesday just two weeks away.

As I say, though, does it matter? Revisit this post from last week about whether Mitt’s running out of dough. His campaign might be straining because rich donors are capped on how much they can contribute, but there’s no cap on giving to the Super PAC. It raised $6.6 million in January and is sitting on $16 million in cash on hand — thanks, of course, to some very wealthy Romney fans:

The pro-Romney group began February with about seven times as much in the bank as a super-PAC supporting former House Speaker Newt Gingrich, Winning Our Future, which had $2.4 million left to spend as February began. Almost all of its $11 million in donations last month came from billionaire casino executive Sheldon Adelson and his wife, who gave $5 million each, and Texas billionaire Harold Simmons, who donated $500,000.

The super-PAC backing Romney raised most of its money, $5.8 million, from 40 donors who gave at least $50,000 each, according to a filing submitted today by the group to the Federal Election Commission. Bruce Kovner, co-founder of the New York-based hedge fund Caxton Associates LP, and two other people gave $500,000 each.

His Super PAC spent $13.5 million last month, which means the entire Romney 2012 operation dropped a cool $32 million on the race in January alone. And yet here they are, eight days before Michigan and Arizona, scrambling to avert a catastrophic Santorum sweep. The good news for Romney fans is that he only needs a handful of wealthy buddies to help keep the death star in orbit and firing negative ads. The bad news is that if he loses next Tuesday and then underperforms on Super Tuesday, he might run out of wealthy buddies soon too. In fact, even his wealthy buddies are struggling to keep up the pace: According to the WSJ’s Neil King, Romney’s campaign and Super PAC combined raised only $1 million more last month than McCain’s campaign alone did in January 2008.

There’s only one man who can save Mitt now, my friends:

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…

On Tuesday he will call into the “Ron Jolly Show” on WTCM in Traverse City. On Wednesday it’s the “Paul Smith Show” on WJR in Detroit. And on Thursday, Trump will talk to Michael Patrick Shiels, host of a drive-time radio program on WJIM in Lansing.

Via Breitbart TV, listen below to Trump dumping all over Santorum on WSGW in Michigan this morning. A quote from the same interview not captured in the clip: “Obviously if [Romney] wins, I’m not running. If he doesn’t — and I hope that doesn’t happen — I would say that there’s a good possibility that I would do something, yes.” So there’s Mitt’s new best friend hinting that he’ll kneecap the GOP in the fall if his guy isn’t the nominee. Ed wondered this morning why Romney would want a billionaire known for the catchphrase “you’re fired” helping his retail effort in a blue-collar state like Michigan. The answer, I think, is that Trump actually does hold some appeal for the working class, or at least he does by the usual standards of the Romney campaign. Where Mitt seems aloof and awkward, the supposed country-club Republican who can’t relate to average people, Trump is colorful and familiar. Between his accent, his populist pandering, and his over-the-top tough-talking alpha-male charm in flaunting his wealth, he acts like a guy who came from a blue-collar background and succeeded through sheer balls alone. (He didn’t.) Team Mitt is trying to leverage that appeal plus the perception among some of Trump’s fans that he has the midas touch. (Also untrue.) If a businessman as successful as The Donald is willing to invest his political capital heavily in Romney, there must be something valuable that he sees in President Mitt, right?

Exit question: Speaking of awkward surrogates, can someone let Romney know that he shouldn’t rip Santorum for voting to raise the debt ceiling while standing next to a supporter who voted to raise the debt ceiling?


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I could live with a Jindal candidacy. But, I think a brokered convention is an incredibly bad idea.

changer1701 on February 20, 2012 at 10:17 PM

No, it’s not the best of ideas, but we really are left with a pretty nightmarish set of options.

Reggie1971 on February 20, 2012 at 10:20 PM

Reggie1971 on February 20, 2012 at 10:19 PM

I found his show very repetitive too. It also struck me how bad he is at arguing his positions, given that his job is to argue his positions all day long. If he didn’t control the board, I think a lot of his liberal callers would win their arguments.

EricW on February 20, 2012 at 10:22 PM

There is a chink in Mitt’s armor.

SparkPlug on February 20, 2012 at 9:35 PM

Stop trying to Stir-fry up the thread…!

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Seven Percent Solution on February 20, 2012 at 10:22 PM

No wonder why the carpet bombing has stopped…….

liberal4life on February 20, 2012 at 8:34 PM

Maybe in your basement! Not here in Michigan.

KOOLAID2 on February 20, 2012 at 10:23 PM

Nice strategy. Mitt needs more though.

Judge Judy could probably turn out votes and is Tyra Banks a republican? Oh, Ryan Seacrest!

BoxHead1 on February 20, 2012 at 10:23 PM

Mittbot Meltdown Monday continues…

Pass the popcorn.

kingsjester on February 20, 2012 at 10:24 PM

bw222 on February 20, 2012 at 9:57 PM

Nope, add jan3, same thing.

Bmore on February 20, 2012 at 10:24 PM

How does a guy whose best hope to win the nomination lies in “breaking the base’s spirit” ever hope to win in November?

ddrintn on February 20, 2012 at 9:08 PM

There’s a lot of Mittbots I assume that suggest I am smoking something when I say that Rick S will galvanize the base, and raise huge $$, like even more than O raised last time, a $ billion +. I know I would donate, and if you support Santorum now, you would donate. Mitt has had trouble tapping into the large base of small contributors, and it is small contributions that fueled O’s record haul.
There’s something about Rick that is inspiring passion in the crowds. This is the passion that will lead to donations en masse. We know it.
Interesting, according to Rasmussen, in a 1 on 1 between Mitt and Rick, it is Santorum 55% to Romney 34%. You can expect that is an excited 55%, and a lukewarm 34% for Romney. (A sidenote is that in the 1 on 1 vs Newt, it is Romney 47% to Gingrich 38%. So the unambiguous rationale for coalescing around Santorum as the Not Romney is there in this poll.)
No, I’m not smoking anything. A large fraction of conservatives and independents — scores of millions — will be excited to donate, often significant amounts, to the Santorum campaign. Not Romney.
And on the issues, a clean contrast is needed to break inertia favoring The One. Mr “I Won’t Say Anything Incendiary about Obama” will put potential small contributors to sleep.
I know there is a tendency to gravitate to what the libs will make us think is the “safe” choice. But if safety is in numbers, it is Santorum that will bring money, and victory.

anotherJoe on February 20, 2012 at 10:24 PM

Certainly, I’m not wild about Mitt, but I don’t understand the sort of vitriol he inspires among conservatives.
EricW on February 20, 2012 at 10:02 PM

A few reasons to get you started:

1) Assault weapons ban
2) Abortion – he made abortion a tax-funded “health care benefit” in his state mandated socialized medicine plan. EVIL!
3) Global warming hoaxer
4) RomneyCare
5) Pink homosexual pandering flier
6) Appointment of radical judges
7) Liar — claimed he is a lifelong varmint hunter,
8) Flipper
9) Use of filthy tactics against his opponents both in 2008 and again this campaign
10) Squishy defense of Social Security as sacrosanct
11) Treatment of Boy Scouts
12) Lies regarding handling of gay marriage in Massachusetts (he forced clerks to issue licenses to gays but lies about it)
13) Refusal to support Bush tax cuts
14) Claim that coal plants kill people
15) He remains naive about the dangers of Islam
16) He lied about his father marching with MLK
17) He lied about marching with MLK himself
18) He lied about having the NRA endorsement when he ran for governor
19) BOSTON GLOBE: “‘I have a gun of my own. I go hunting myself. I’m a member of the NRA and believe firmly in the right to bear arms,’ Romney said. Asked by reporters at the gun show Friday whether he personally owned the gun, Romney said he did not.” http://www.boston.com/news/local/articles/2007/01/14/romney_retreats_on_gun_control
20) He’s not a likeable human being

If you need more, please let me know.

Stayright on February 20, 2012 at 10:31 PM

The extremist BIGOT Rick Santorum We will NEVER nominate a sick extremist LOSER like Rick

bluegill on February 20, 2012 at 9:14 PM
Anyone ever see bluegill and c.s. deven in the same padded room at the same time?

bw222 on February 20, 2012 at 9:57 PM

They’re in there now, trying to figure out with the establishment- how to get their Mitts on the 10 million Newt just found in his pockets!

KOOLAID2 on February 20, 2012 at 10:31 PM

I found his show very repetitive too. It also struck me how bad he is at arguing his positions, given that his job is to argue his positions all day long. If he didn’t control the board, I think a lot of his liberal callers would win their arguments.
EricW on February 20, 2012 at 10:22 PM

Thank you! His show is insanely boring. I don’t know many conservatives that really like him. He is still trying to play the outsider card when he is the epitome of the establishment. He is stuck in 2005.

iwasbornwithit on February 20, 2012 at 10:42 PM

:)

Seven Percent Solution on February 20, 2012 at 10:17 PM

I saw my error..own it fully. Might be an Obamabot, though, not you, the other dude.

Keep bishop in his bunker…though wouldn’t mind fighting at the barricades, with you and him.

Schadenfreude on February 20, 2012 at 10:44 PM

I remember when Hannity used to repeat Reagan’s “bold colors, no pale pastels” line ad nauseum on his radio on TV programs. For some reason, he hasn’t said that lately.

iwasbornwithit on February 20, 2012 at 10:45 PM

Don’t use Reagan to whitewash Mitt’s decisions as governor.

INC on February 20, 2012 at 10:15 PM

why not…he is the record holder of highest tax increases in the history of the state… He endorsed a $1 billion per year tax increase, that’s probably the equivalent to some $17 billion tax increase today – an enormous amount equal to a third of state revenues at that time. The top income tax rate was raised from 7 percent to 10 percent, the sales tax rate went from 3 percent to 5 percent, the bank and corporate tax rate went up from 5.5 percent to 7 percent, and the inheritance tax rose from a range of 2 percent to 10 percent to a range of 3 percent to 15 percent.

jimver on February 20, 2012 at 10:47 PM

Don’t use Reagan to whitewash Mitt’s decisions as governor.

INC on February 20, 2012 at 10:15 PM

to be sure I was talking about Reagan’s record as the governor of cali :-)…

jimver on February 20, 2012 at 10:49 PM

Go Santorum 2012!!!!

U bet… With all the RINO’s left in the race… Got to go with the least RINO of them all…

Santorum – Social Conservative about 25% RINO but constant with his views… And would give Obama a great fight on ORomneyCare & Religious freedoms…

Gingrich – 50% RINO with to much baggage & ready to mimic liberal dogma if it helps him win…

Paul – Talks a great monetary game but has a blind spot the size of a 777 when it comes to keeping us safe at home…

Romney – I don’t want to offend RINO’s by calling Romney one… Romney core values shift by location & by goal… He is build on the same mold as Kerry… He will wait for the dust to settle before he will give u his opinion on something… Just ask the House in 2011′s debt ceiling debate… The only thing he will support & protect to the death is MANDATES….

Y314K on February 20, 2012 at 11:04 PM

He’s, also, the evil 1%

Wow.
When did Republicans decide that making money is evil? Abortion is evil.Balancing the budget is evil. Small government is evil. I’ve lost track of the latest list of what you think is evil. Evidently I’m evil because I’m an Independent. Well not to worry- you won’t be getting any of those evil votes next November.

you sound like a bunch of Democrats more and more who have been made over into some strange crazed concoction I no longer recognize.
If Gary Johnson is on the ballet he’ll get my vote, otherwise I’m staying home.

c.j.ammenheuser on February 20, 2012 at 11:06 PM

Abortion is evil.

c.j.ammenheuser on February 20, 2012 at 11:06 PM

Abortion actually is evil. You do get that, don’t you?

joe_doufu on February 20, 2012 at 11:15 PM

Fools and their money have been parted.

Valiant on February 20, 2012 at 11:21 PM

bluegill on February 20, 2012 at 9:14 PM

I bet you’ll vote Obama in November. Go away Rubin.

Flapjackmaka on February 20, 2012 at 9:15 PM

I knew she posted here! I smelled her vile stench from the moment I was brought on board.

What we see here is the result of Willard Fillmoure Romneycare’s turning this entire primary into a blood feud.

I know mittbots – it’s not like your bot had much of a choice – seeing as how Mitt Ken Doll Romney is a Democrat that voted for socialized health care, trampled on gun rights, packed the Mass. courts with lib-tard judges, spent like a well-fare momma at Walmart, and went all in on the global warming scam…

With a record like that Obama can run to the right of the idiot… no wonder he’s sinking millions and millions into attack ads… he certainly can’t talk about a single thing He’s actually DONE in office west of the Missouri River and not risk getting tarred and feathered….

SilverDeth on February 20, 2012 at 11:25 PM

I found his show very repetitive too. It also struck me how bad he is at arguing his positions, given that his job is to argue his positions all day long. If he didn’t control the board, I think a lot of his liberal callers would win their arguments.
EricW on February 20, 2012 at 10:22 PM

Thank you! His show is insanely boring. I don’t know many conservatives that really like him. He is still trying to play the outsider card when he is the epitome of the establishment. He is stuck in 2005.

iwasbornwithit on February 20, 2012 at 10:42 PM

I used to listen to Hannity on my way to work, but he wore very thin very quickly. In my area, he’s on right after Rush, so the minute I hear the opening notes of his theme song, the radio goes to another station. I wonder if he realizes that the lyrics and refrain to “Let Freedom Ring” is not what he probably wishes it was about — promoting freedom and liberty in America. I don’t know how Martina McBride feels about her song being taken out of context, but it annoys me that he does it and it’s an additional reason for me not to listen any more.

PatriotGal2257 on February 20, 2012 at 11:35 PM

I’ve said before that if Romney is going to be the nominee, he has to show an electability advantage. Today a poll of VA is out and it shows Santorum ahead of Obama by 4 pts (46-42) and Romney ahead by 3 (46-43).

gumbyandpokey on February 20, 2012 at 11:44 PM

Brokered convention looks more likely, even if Newt drops out.

So he won’t drop out.

Also, THE ONE will struggle to raise cash as well.

fatlibertarianinokc on February 21, 2012 at 12:02 AM

“Today a poll of VA is out and it shows Santorum ahead of Obama by 4 pts (46-42) and Romney ahead by 3 (46-43).”

Today a poll told me the my sister’s dog will learn how to talk and eventually use her cuteness to take over the world. Please will all of you just quit relying a bunch of loons asking slanted questions so they may affect public opinion.

One of them will win, I don’t care who as neither of the front runners are anywhere near conservative. This is the anyone but Obama campaign, frankly I don’t see why all of you are tearing each other apart.

Romney has plenty of money, it just depends how bad he wants this!

Africanus on February 21, 2012 at 12:04 AM

OMIGOD. I just saw the most HILARIOUS anti-Romney ad EVER!!!!!!!! I think Rick Santorum’s campaign released this ad. They show someone in a suit in an empty commercial type of factory, hiding behind pillars, with a paint gun. Then they show a life size cutout of a smiling Rick S, and the paint ball shots missing him and splattering the wall behind him. This ad is totally making fun of Romney hiding from his record, Romneycare, etc, and taunting Romney’s campaign that smearing mud won’t work anymore, the voters have wised up.

Immediately after that ad, another Romney smear ad pops up against Santorum, I think at least the 5th ad in this half hour. Romney has completely unloaded his entire weapon supply in local ads against Santorum.

karenhasfreedom on February 21, 2012 at 12:05 AM

PatriotGal2257 on February 20, 2012 at 11:35 PM

Even worse is the stupid Toby Keith song: “We’ll put a boot in your ass, it’s the American way…” Way to reinforce negative stereotypes about conservatives in your attempt t appeal to the lowest common denominator. What is with the country music anyway? It is almost insulting…like this New York guy thinks that conservatives would like this redneck crap.

iwasbornwithit on February 21, 2012 at 12:06 AM

OMIGOD. I just saw the most HILARIOUS anti-Romney ad EVER!!!!!!!! I think Rick Santorum’s campaign released this ad.

karenhasfreedom on February 21, 2012 at 12:05 AM

Yeah, it was brilliant. Hot Air had a post about the ad.

Consider this: Romney spent more than half his money, I think about $15 million, and ravaged his own “favorables” polling, using a barrage of negative ads to beat Newt in one state – Florida. He unloaded his entire clip, apparently, destroying himself in the process. That trick wouldn’t work twice. See how effortlessly the Santorum campaign figured out that Romney had created a giant vulnerability for himself? See how quickly they realized that humor would be an effective weapon?

Romney’s only trick cost him everything and still was only able to work once. And this is the guy they say is some kind of genius at campaigning.

joe_doufu on February 21, 2012 at 12:10 AM

What is with the country music anyway? It is almost insulting…like this New York guy thinks that conservatives would like this redneck crap.

iwasbornwithit on February 21, 2012 at 12:06 AM

Speak for yourself, RINO.
Or we’ll put a boot in yer… nevermind.

I think PatriotGal was referring to the fact that Martina McBride’s song was not about the United States but about a woman achieving brutal personal justice.

joe_doufu on February 21, 2012 at 12:13 AM

joe_doufu on February 21, 2012 at 12:10 AM

I haven’t stayed current with the threads here, so I missed that one about this ad. It was totally hilarious, had me laughing out loud. And what made that ad even more effective, is it neutered the anti Rick ads that followed in the rest of the half hour.

I don’t think moderate RINO Mitt ever has heard of the concept of moderation. They are carpet bombing here and have bought up all of the space available on the local shows. AND they are robo calling several times a day. They are ANNOYING the voters to death in Michigan and according to his interviews here last week, it is PERSONAL for him.

Well when he pollutes MY space on the phone and carpet bombs my tv with negative ads, it gets PERSONAL for me. I cast my ballot for Rick today and mailed it back in.

karenhasfreedom on February 21, 2012 at 12:21 AM

joe_doufu on February 21, 2012 at 12:13 AM

I am speaking for myself. Is someone else speaking for you? I know what the Martina McBride song was about. I don’t dislike Toby Keith or country music, I just don’t like how Hannity uses it.

iwasbornwithit on February 21, 2012 at 12:24 AM

I bet Rick has a funny red outfit at home.

No one ever expects the Spanish Inquisition.

IlikedAUH2O on February 21, 2012 at 12:27 AM

Was anyone else reminded of Hillary’s campaign following Romney’s failures in the “‘meaningless’ contests in Colorado, Missouri, and Minnesota”?

Crispian on February 21, 2012 at 12:36 AM

stupid Toby Keith song … appeal to the lowest common denominator … almost insulting … redneck crap
iwasbornwithit on February 21, 2012 at 12:06 AM

I don’t dislike Toby Keith or country music, I just don’t like how Hannity uses it.
iwasbornwithit on February 21, 2012 at 12:24 AM

Sorry if I misunderstood your first post. You can see why one might have. I live in Los Angeles and listen to country music – there are at least two thriving country radio stations here. Did it ever occur to you that Hannity might like the music?

joe_doufu on February 21, 2012 at 12:37 AM

If you need more, please let me know.

Stayright on February 20, 2012 at 10:31 PM

nice post. you can add “He said he was not a Reagan republician” Tried to run to Teddy’s left in his senate campaign.

Makes john Kerry look like a stable guy and a man of his word.

unseen on February 21, 2012 at 12:59 AM

Mitt using Trump just shows that he doesn’t “get it” flying in a billionaire to try to win over blue collar workers is not a smart call. Mitt should be using someone like Nikki Haley in MI or even Chrisite. chrisite might play the best of his supporters in MI to the blue collar crowd.

either way even if Mitt wins he has been crippled and will never be POTUS now. If Mitt was a patriot he would withdraw from the primary.

unseen on February 21, 2012 at 1:03 AM

Someone suggested an ad against Mitt on one site that had Kerry and Mitt walking on the beach and Kerry taking off his flip flops and handing them to Mitt. That is about what has happened. Funny how the Romneybots will not recognize he has flip flopped on more issues than Kerry which is hard to believe.

Just like Romney’s campaign is now sending out emails to people like me and I definitely never signed up for his campaign this time or in 2008. Didn’t like him in 2008 and like him less this time.

Romney is making a joke out of himself bringing in a fellow wealthy person to campaign in a state with high unemployment and lots of areas of Detroit are vacant and run down. Romney has no idea what makes regular people tick.

I hate ads on my TV — doubt if Romney runs many in OK. I only want the Santorum ad with the mud. That says it all. I still crack up when I see the ad.

PhiKapMom on February 21, 2012 at 1:54 AM

Funny how the Romneybots will not recognize he has flip flopped on more issues than Kerry which is hard to believe.

PhiKapMom on February 21, 2012 at 1:54 AM

If they really are paid supporters, I bet they’ll notice when his checks start flopping.

joe_doufu on February 21, 2012 at 2:01 AM

Well, if worse comes to worst, Mittens could write a check to himself.

If he really wants the job, he ought to not mind risking a few bucks of his own. I heard he has a good bit of money put away.

LegendHasIt on February 21, 2012 at 2:09 AM

Santorum is a fiscal liberal. It will be fun to see self proclaimed Tea Partiers contort themselves into pretzels justifying their support for him.

scotash on February 21, 2012 at 2:18 AM

Santorum is a fiscal liberal. It will be fun to see self proclaimed Tea Partiers contort themselves into pretzels justifying their support for him.

scotash on February 21, 2012 at 2:18 AM

Watch…

He was against TARP , the stimulus , the auto bailout, and the Fannie-Freddie bailout.

* Voted NO on the Clinton tax hike in 1993
* Voted YES on the capital gains tax cut in 1997
* Voted NO on a cigarette tax hike in 1998
* Voted YES on repeal of the Alternative Minimum Tax in 1999
* Voted YES on the 2001 Bush tax cuts
* Voted YES to repeal the Death Tax in 2002
* Voted YES to the 2003 Bush tax cuts
* Voted YES to extend the Bush tax cuts in 2006

The National Taxpayers Union (NTU) has been rating members of Congress for 20 years. NTU is an independent, non-partisan organization that — per its mission statement — “mobilizes elected officials and the general public on behalf of tax relief and reform, lower and less wasteful spending, individual liberty, and free enterprise.” Steve Forbes serves on its board of directors.

Santorum’s GPA placed him in the top 10 percent of senators, as he ranked 5th out of 50. He was also one of only 7 senators who never got less than a B. Moreover, while much of the Republican party lost its fiscal footing after George W. Bush took office — although it would be erroneous to say that the Republicans were nearly as profligate as the Democrats — Santorum was the only senator who got A’s in every year of Bush’s first term. None of the other 49 senators could match Santorum’s 4.0 GPA over that span.

A fiscal liberal? BS.

You are projecting Romney’s faults onto Santorum.

sharrukin on February 21, 2012 at 2:30 AM

If we’re actually going to nominate Santorum, I’ll just go home, put a paper bag on my head, and tell everyone I voted Democrat for this cycle.

tkyang99 on February 21, 2012 at 3:17 AM

Romney’s Next speech in MI.

Thanks my fellow Michiganites for coming. (whisper from a close handler) I meant thanks my fellow Michiganders, for coming out tonight. Alot has been said that I’ve been doing negative ads. And I don’t do that. Some would say Santorum loves earmarks and will force his values on you all. I’m not gonna say that. That’s beneath me. Some would say Santorum isn’t electable or doesnt have the cash for a campaign against obama. But thats not from me.

I’m bringing in my close friend Donald Trump to help spread the word that we are for the blue collar workers of this state. I know some of you may not care for Mr Trump, and he may not know the tree height’s of this state like I do. (whisper from a puppeteer) or lakes I forgot about those.

Some people took what I said about me not be concerned about the poor out of context. I relate to the poor very well. I’m down to 7.7 million now for my campaign. I’m struggling like many Americans now. And as my last words I stand by my Romneycare. If obama used my template. Good for him, its like and endorsement from a President. Plus Ted Kennedy gave me a standing ovation!
Thanks for your time Michigan. GO SOX!

Gedge on February 21, 2012 at 3:26 AM

sharrukin on February 21, 2012 at 2:30 AM

Just so we are clear. In 2006, his last year in office, he was ranked the 3rd most corrupt Senator. He also has said multiple times in off the cuff remarks that he sees a need to essentially restrain liberties. Restraining liberties is a code phrase for increasing government control which happens with more government. He is not opposed to big government, just liberal big government. True Tea Party supporters would never pick Santorum. The principles that united the Tea Party was that of a fiscal message, and Santorum’s record is worse than all the other candidates.

Just so that I am clear, Santorum is not a fiscal conservative because he continues to advocate for government interference in individual liberties which equates to big government. The only way you could consider him a fiscal conservative is if you consider balancing a big government budget as being fiscally responsible. The responsible thing to do would be to cut the budget, not just balance it.

ArkyDore on February 21, 2012 at 3:57 AM

Just so we are clear. In 2006, his last year in office, he was ranked the 3rd most corrupt Senator.

Just so that I am clear, Santorum is not a fiscal conservative because he continues to advocate for government interference in individual liberties which equates to big government.

ArkyDore on February 21, 2012 at 3:57 AM

ArkyDore wins the HA Idiot of the Day Award.

That garbage in 2006 came from the Soros front CREW. They list a few token Democrats and then list every Republican they can make up charges against. Santorum was the number 3 guy in the Republican Senate, which made him a target for CREW clowns.

Santorum argues for a moral position, but you seem clueless about that and fall for the “theocracy” farce designed to fool weak minds.

Watch…

He was against TARP , the stimulus , the auto bailout, and the Fannie-Freddie bailout.

* Voted NO on the Clinton tax hike in 1993
* Voted YES on the capital gains tax cut in 1997
* Voted NO on a cigarette tax hike in 1998
* Voted YES on repeal of the Alternative Minimum Tax in 1999
* Voted YES on the 2001 Bush tax cuts
* Voted YES to repeal the Death Tax in 2002
* Voted YES to the 2003 Bush tax cuts
* Voted YES to extend the Bush tax cuts in 2006

The National Taxpayers Union (NTU) has been rating members of Congress for 20 years. NTU is an independent, non-partisan organization that — per its mission statement — “mobilizes elected officials and the general public on behalf of tax relief and reform, lower and less wasteful spending, individual liberty, and free enterprise.” Steve Forbes serves on its board of directors.

Santorum’s GPA placed him in the top 10 percent of senators, as he ranked 5th out of 50. He was also one of only 7 senators who never got less than a B. Moreover, while much of the Republican party lost its fiscal footing after George W. Bush took office — although it would be erroneous to say that the Republicans were nearly as profligate as the Democrats — Santorum was the only senator who got A’s in every year of Bush’s first term. None of the other 49 senators could match Santorum’s 4.0 GPA over that span.

A fiscal liberal? BS.

You are projecting Romney’s faults onto Santorum.

sharrukin on February 21, 2012 at 2:30 AM

Well said, sharrukin.

WhatNot on February 21, 2012 at 4:27 AM

I remember when Hannity used to repeat Reagan’s “bold colors, no pale pastels” line ad nauseum on his radio on TV programs. For some reason, he hasn’t said that lately.

iwasbornwithit on February 20, 2012 at 10:45 PM

LATELY?! He hasn’t used it and has been licking Romney’s boots since Sarah Palin said No. Unlike Mark Levin, Hannity always falls into establishment place when all is said and done.

Marcus on February 21, 2012 at 6:42 AM

He was against TARP , the stimulus , the auto bailout, and the Fannie-Freddie bailout

So he says. In reality, he took no position, and now says the “he didn’t support them. Weasel words, just like most of his fiscal policy statements.

Priscilla on February 21, 2012 at 7:09 AM

Amazing how many of you are asking the FRONT RUNNER to get out or that it is over IF he loses ONE State. Yeah, it is MI but I repeat is NOT his HOME state and yet even OUR OWN SIDE has painted this as some terrible thing if he loses it…I understand why some in OUR C(MSM) do because they want RS. MI typically goes to the DEMS anyway in the Fall. Romney will still pick up hundreds of delegates and multiple states over the next little while.

Let me ask this then:
IF Romney wins MI AND AZ, does RS and Gingrich quit the race? If not, why not? This is what you are asking the CURRENT FRONT RUNNER to do. Ridiculous argument by some on our side.

g2825m on February 21, 2012 at 7:10 AM

Well said, sharrukin.

WhatNot on February 21, 2012 at 4:27 AM

What and Sharrukin need to see what Erick Erickson has posted on Santorum’s voting record. It will surprise you how many COMPASSIONATE conservative projects he voted for and the billions they cost…

Wasn’t the point of the Tea Party about cutting gov’t spending and taxes? and we are thinking of one of the biggest porkers in Congress? Also what about his flips that he says he wont vote as POTUS if elected? Isn’t he now a flip flopper? A guy all for unions, voted AGAINST right-to-work, etc but but but if I am elected then I’ll vote how I am saying I’ll vote right now as a POTUS candidate.

g2825m on February 21, 2012 at 7:15 AM

Keep spending on those negative ad’s on Republican’s Willard…flush those funds!

insidiator on February 21, 2012 at 7:32 AM

Let me ask this then:
IF Romney wins MI AND AZ, does RS and Gingrich quit the race? If not, why not? This is what you are asking the CURRENT FRONT RUNNER to do. Ridiculous argument by some on our side.

g2825m on February 21, 2012 at 7:10 AM

Rick Santorum is done after he loses in Michigan and AZ. Sure, he’ll continue on for a while, wasting his billionaire sugar daddy’s money and attacking the other candidates with his incredibly whiney voice, but he has peaked already. Still, I say let’s play along and pretend that Santorum can actually win in those states… then, when he loses, it will be an even more crushing defeat for the sick bigot Rick Santorum, who would lose in a landslide to Obama.

No one truly believes this man Rick Santorum is a true fiscal conservative… at least no one who is familiar with his voting record. SEE HERE – FACTS about Santorum’s liberal voting record – Rick Santorum is no fiscal conservative.

Yes, many already knew that Rick Santorum was a theocrat bigot who wants to impose his values on others, but many more are now also learning what a fraud Rick Santorum really is when it comes to fiscal matters.

VIDEO: Here’s the bigot Rick Santorum badmouthing the Tea Party and small government conservatives.

Rick Santorum = Bigoted Extremist who also loves Big Government. What a guy! No wonder the Democrats are Rick Santorum’s biggest cheerleaders right now. They know that Rick Santorum would be the easiest to beat.

bluegill on February 21, 2012 at 8:16 AM

Kudos to Mitt Romney for being a successful business man – as are Donald Trump and George Soros. But I’d never want them for president either. This goes to show that message trumps buying your way to the top. I’m all for successful capitalism, but Romney’s a corporatist anyway, and it’s good to see someone like Rick Santorum with a winning message.

mozalf on February 21, 2012 at 8:24 AM

Keep spending on those negative ad’s on Republican’s Willard… flush those funds!

insidiator on February 21, 2012 at 7:32 AM

It’s the Republican version of redistribution of wealth, from the campaign to the media.

Fallon on February 21, 2012 at 8:37 AM

He’ll never get a penny of my money . . .I hope his well goes completely dry . . . just as dry and empty as his ideas and (no) principles. . .or maybe he’ll call upon his deep well of ‘severe conservatism’ to Mandate that we all donate to his campaign! What a putz!

Go Rick and Newt!

Pragmatic on February 21, 2012 at 8:38 AM

Hey, guys, it looks like the bigot Rick Santorum’s lead in Michigan is quickly evaporating.

We all knew that the fraudulent bigot Rick Santorum would sink in the polls once people learned more about his liberal voting record and his disgusting and extremist social positions, but did anyone think that Rick Santorum would fade THIS quickly?

Dang, even former flavors of the months Herman Cain and Newt Gingrich lasted longer than the bigot Rick Santorum. I guess there was a reason that the unelectable theocrat Rick Santorum was the LAST of the bunch to get his momentary rise in the polls, after all.

bluegill on February 21, 2012 at 8:47 AM

Rick Santorum = Bigoted Extremist who also loves Big Government. What a guy! No wonder the Democrats are Rick Santorum’s biggest cheerleaders right now. They know that Rick Santorum would be the easiest to beat.

bluegill on February 21, 2012 at 8:16 AM

How come you don’t know who Newt is anymore…nitwit?
Same lines…different name..a month ago…Newt loves big government…blah blah blah..

KOOLAID2 on February 21, 2012 at 8:49 AM

why Romney would want a billionaire known for the catchphrase “you’re fired” helping his retail effort in a blue-collar state like Michigan. The answer, I think, is that Trump actually does hold some appeal for the working class, or at least he does by the usual standards of the Romney campaign.

Proving how disconnected Allahpundit is from understanding what he terms the blue-collar working class.

What an ass. Walk into a machine shop, Allap, and substantiate that “appeal” you claim Trump has with people who manually build the infrastructural mechanically technical devices that make possible our varied livelihoods.

Go figure.

You want to make ’12 the ugliest destruction ever that the Republican Party has ever suffered, put Romney on the GOP POTUS Ticket. Being Obamalite, Mitt’s just another divider.

And on divisive natures, Santorum is insufferable as well.

Those two candidates, in their own ways, top the self-righteous judgmental scale, bickering and mandating more federal interventionism in our lives.

maverick muse on February 21, 2012 at 9:00 AM

Mitt is the worst candidate of them all and if really loved America he would bow out and ask Ryan or Jindal to step in…..why doesn’t he ‘primary’ Obama, since he’s a Democrat and all the Democrat I know think he’s a Democrat working undercover (they say that any guy who was governor of Massachusetts has to be a democrat at heart)!

Pragmatic on February 21, 2012 at 9:00 AM

I sure would like to see this hypocrite Mittens RomneyCare go down hard and in a burst of flames.

So far – I’m enjoying with great delight this fall.

HondaV65 on February 21, 2012 at 9:01 AM

KOOLAID2 on February 21, 2012 at 8:49 AM

And before that he was relentlessly bashing Perry. I have seen nothing but posts spewing venom at every candidate in the field from this one. My guess is this is an Occupier or Organizing for America plant. It must have snuck in during the last open registration.

bitsy on February 21, 2012 at 9:02 AM

Mittens sucks and so does Romneycare and Obamacare!

Pragmatic on February 21, 2012 at 9:02 AM

Newt loves big government…blah blah blah..

KOOLAID2 on February 21, 2012 at 8:49 AM

Newt Gingrich is more a true conservative than the bigot Rick Santorum is.

I can’t see any self-respecting Newt Gingrich supporter going for the unelectable bigot Rick Santorum.

bluegill on February 21, 2012 at 9:12 AM

Drudge is doing a lot of damage to Santorum already. Romney does not need all that money when the main conservative news source is in the tank for him

liberal4life on February 21, 2012 at 9:17 AM

bluegill on February 21, 2012 at 9:12 AM

So… I’m getting the vibe you don’t like Catholics?

Fallon on February 21, 2012 at 9:20 AM

bluegill on February 21, 2012 at 9:12 AM

Morning! I stopped by a few threads last night and I have to ask you…..

How does it feel living inside the Romney haters heads 24/7/365? lol

I don’t even remember these deranged idiots names, but all they do is talk about you, MJ, me, and several others ALL NIGHT LONG.

They certainly do owe their grammy’s for her opening up her basement for them. :-)

csdeven on February 21, 2012 at 9:21 AM

There is nothing wrong with Romneycare and Obamacare. Both constitutional and both the right thing to do…

liberal4life on February 21, 2012 at 9:22 AM

New poll from Mitchell/Rosetta Stone shows Romney has caught up and now leads Sanctorum 32% to 30%.

Mitt Romney doesn’t step on toes. Mitt Romney steps on necks.

csdeven on February 21, 2012 at 9:24 AM

any guy who was governor of Massachusetts has to be a democrat at heart)!

Pragmatic on February 21, 2012 at 9:00 AM

Hence, any Governor of Massachusetts does not represent the Republican Party, undeserving the Republican POTUS Ticket.

Acknowledged or not, Rockefeller Republicans run on their own fascistic Corporatist RR ticket.

“Promise them anything; just get their votes!” Mitt’s ’08 speeches in Michigan, begging/bribing votes with empty promises, was promoting “trust” in his Business Credentials that combine/unite government with industry. On the one hand he promised “good jobs” but with the other he insisted that America kiss manufacturing good-bye forever because those jobs will never be part of Romney’s American vision. Mitt’s “prosperity” is all on paper; and proves entirely false as soon as the house of cards implodes or is blown away. Even Mitt’s experience with the SLC Olympics Fraud relied on acquiring and spending federal tax funds, not creative finance funding from private investors.

Our nation’s leaders have chosen foolish policies, exporting real industries that validate an economy with real goods. Today we rely on produce and military alliances from authoritarian nations (Vietnam!). Since Nixon/Kissinger, Republican Neoconservatives vaulted Communist China to MOST Favored Nation. Exactly who profits?! How long do your appliances made in China work before breaking, costing as much to repair as to replace? How trustworthy are the foods and medicines imported from China? How well do those fabricated shoes wear? Most important of all, why would Americans consciously choose to finance slave/prison labor that China practices? (As with criminal American employers who save themselves money by hiring illegal employees, when all things are considered, that “savings” cost Americans more than we’ve proven capable of financing since Reagan’s folly.) In the long run, outsourcing everything costs far too much, subsequent to losing American Liberty and Constitutional Governance, our national identity.

maverick muse on February 21, 2012 at 9:33 AM

nothing wrong with Romneycare and Obamacare. Both constitutional

No. The US Constitution does not authorize the federal government power to mandate a purchase from every citizen.

Stupid is as stupid does, liberal4life.

American History: British Stamp Act compounded with Monarch/Parliament refusal of Colonial representation led to the American Revolution, after which, the US Constitutional Government.

Also, subsequent to revisionism, a modern liberal is not a Classical Liberal.

maverick muse on February 21, 2012 at 9:41 AM

Watch…

He was against TARP , the stimulus , the auto bailout, and the Fannie-Freddie bailout.

* Voted NO on the Clinton tax hike in 1993
* Voted YES on the capital gains tax cut in 1997
* Voted NO on a cigarette tax hike in 1998
* Voted YES on repeal of the Alternative Minimum Tax in 1999
* Voted YES on the 2001 Bush tax cuts
* Voted YES to repeal the Death Tax in 2002
* Voted YES to the 2003 Bush tax cuts
* Voted YES to extend the Bush tax cuts in 2006

The National Taxpayers Union (NTU) has been rating members of Congress for 20 years. NTU is an independent, non-partisan organization that — per its mission statement — “mobilizes elected officials and the general public on behalf of tax relief and reform, lower and less wasteful spending, individual liberty, and free enterprise.” Steve Forbes serves on its board of directors.

Santorum’s GPA placed him in the top 10 percent of senators, as he ranked 5th out of 50. He was also one of only 7 senators who never got less than a B. Moreover, while much of the Republican party lost its fiscal footing after George W. Bush took office — although it would be erroneous to say that the Republicans were nearly as profligate as the Democrats — Santorum was the only senator who got A’s in every year of Bush’s first term. None of the other 49 senators could match Santorum’s 4.0 GPA over that span.

A fiscal liberal? BS.

You are projecting Romney’s faults onto Santorum.

sharrukin on February 21, 2012 at 2:30 AM

That is impressive; I might have to take another look at Santorum.
My stumbling block with him is that he pretended to live in an
empty house in order to get indistrict tuition for his children.

I can forgive Newt’s marital difficulties as “personal” and ignore
the bogus ethics charges which were proven in the end to be
phoney by even the IRS, however, this “tuition” scam with Santorum is very troubling.

I also have angst with his social conservatism that seems to be
out front in his campaign. My opinion is that most of it is not
the federal government’s job. Additionally, our economy, energy
independence and national security should be first and foremost
in the campaigns.

Amjean on February 21, 2012 at 10:06 AM

So there’s Mitt’s new best friend hinting that he’ll kneecap the GOP in the fall if his guy isn’t the nominee.

Amazing. I might be pulling the lever for Donald Trump come November.

He’s at least slightly less nauseating than Santorum.

Vyce on February 21, 2012 at 10:14 AM

I wonder if he realizes that the lyrics and refrain to “Let Freedom Ring” is not what he probably wishes it was about — promoting freedom and liberty in America. I don’t know how Martina McBride feels about her song being taken out of context, but it annoys me that he does it and it’s an additional reason for me not to listen any more.

PatriotGal2257 on February 20, 2012 at 11:35 PM

Kinda like how Rush transposed the meaning of The Pretenders’ “My City Was Gone,” which was an anti-suburban sprawl and environmental screed by Chrissie Hynde, into his enduring theme song. Rush has often said that he chose the song because he simply liked the beat, THEN found out after the fact the irony of his selection.

And FWIW, even Chrissy’s parents are fellow dittoheads – she revealed that after resolving a 1999 dispute between her record label and Rush (along with syndicator Premiere Radio Networks).

Rush now pays $100,000 in royalties per year to use the song, and Chrissie donates that $100K over to PETA.

Myron Falwell on February 21, 2012 at 10:32 AM

Pragmatic on February 21, 2012 at 9:00 AM

I love Jindal, but there’s a reason he decided not to run this time. Although it would have been fun watching the governor rip apart Obama like none other on his purposeful non-stop golfing during the BP oil spill fiasco. I’d bring the popcorn…

Myron Falwell on February 21, 2012 at 10:37 AM

nothing wrong with Romneycare and Obamacare. Both constitutional

No. The US Constitution does not authorize the federal government power to mandate a purchase from every citizen.

Stupid is as stupid does, liberal4life.

American History: British Stamp Act compounded with Monarch/Parliament refusal of Colonial representation led to the American Revolution, after which, the US Constitutional Government.

Also, subsequent to revisionism, a modern liberal is not a Classical Liberal.

Well said. Anyone that does not understand how devastating this issue is, and the potential ramifications of it, is a fool. Obamacare is the sort of thing civil wars are made of.

Willard Fillmoure Romneycare says it’s no big deal of course…

SilverDeth on February 21, 2012 at 10:49 AM

Mitt will have this all under control soon.

WhatNot on February 20, 2012 at 8:43 PM

LMAO!!! You made my morning LOL!

Can.I.be.in.the.middle on February 21, 2012 at 11:18 AM

bluegill on February 21, 2012 at 9:12 AM

Morning! I stopped by a few threads last night and I have to ask you…..

How does it feel living inside the Romney haters heads 24/7/365? lol

I don’t even remember these deranged idiots names, but all they do is talk about you, MJ, me, and several others ALL NIGHT LONG.

They certainly do owe their grammy’s for her opening up her basement for them. :-)

csdeven on February 21, 2012 at 9:21 AM

Hey a Troll gathering talking to itself.

SparkPlug on February 21, 2012 at 11:27 AM

Romney rode a Horse and turned it into a RINO.

SparkPlug on February 21, 2012 at 11:32 AM

Rick Santorum = Bigoted Extremist who also loves Big Government. What a guy! No wonder the Democrats are Rick Santorum’s biggest cheerleaders right now. They know that Rick Santorum would be the easiest to beat.

bluegill on February 21, 2012 at 8:16 AM

How come you don’t know who Newt is anymore…nitwit?
Same lines…different name..a month ago…Newt loves big government…blah blah blah..

KOOLAID2 on February 21, 2012 at 8:49 AM

Very appropriate nickname. You do remember why RINOs, err, Republicans, got rid of Newt, right? For being a fiscal conservative who had either balanced or surplus budgets (for the first time in how long?) and would not stand for big government and graft that RINOs are still so fond of. Just ask Graham and Boehner what and why they did to Newt, do not repeat absolute BS as your nickname implies. Stop drinking CoolAid. At least Graham had the balls 2 weeks ago to admit to his mistake, too bad so called “conservatives” on this blog and elsewhere either missed that interview on Hannity or are too stupid to understand what was said.

Santorum is just a mild version of Romney, same sh$t, different day. Do not judge anyone by what they SAY, judge them by what they DO. And Newt has a record to prove it, much better record than the rest of the field combined and then some.

riddick on February 21, 2012 at 12:04 PM

Mitt Romney created the phrase “ignorance is bliss” so the other candidates don’t have to feel so bad.

csdeven on February 21, 2012 at 12:16 PM

This Michigander is voting for Newt. The DNC and the unions are telling all their voters to get out and vote in our lovely /s open primary and to vote for Santorum. Tells me all I need to know.

totherightofthem on February 21, 2012 at 12:32 PM

Gah! My eyes! Please don’t make me look at close ups of Trump. I cant change the channel fast enough whenever I see him on tv or hear him the radio.

juliesa on February 23, 2012 at 11:49 AM

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