Romney wins Wyoming caucus, Santorum poised for Washington win

posted at 9:50 am on March 1, 2012 by Ed Morrissey

Mitt Romney sailed to an easy win in Wyoming last night, capturing nearly 40% of the vote in the state caucus.  The victory provided Romney some claim to momentum after his Tuesday sweep in Arizona and Michigan:

Mitt Romney has won a nonbinding vote of Republican activists who turned out for precinct caucuses across Wyoming during the past two weeks.

The former Massachusetts governor was the favorite of 39 percent of the 2,108 caucus goers, while former Pennsylvania Sen. Rick Santorum finished second with 32 percent. Texas Rep. Ron Paul had 21 percent, and former House Speaker Newt Gingrich had 8 percent.

The caucuses also elected delegates to county conventions, which meet next week to select 12 delegates and 11 alternates to the Republican National Convention. Twelve county conventions will elect one delegate each, and the other 11 will each select an alternate.

The caucus was, as most are, non-binding.  No delegates got assigned from this vote, although the actual delegate assignment will take place more quickly in Wyoming than in other caucus states.  Iowa and Minnesota, for instance, won’t get around to officially assigning delegates until later in the spring, and even though Rick Santorum won both, the delegates to their state conventions have no obligation to vote for Santorum when they elect delegates to the national convention.

The next event on the Republican schedule is the caucus in Washington on Saturday, which Santorum is expected to win.  He will campaign there today, even as Super Tuesday looms:

Republican presidential candidate Rick Santorum will be in the Tri-Cities tomorrow. He will be speaking at the Red Lion Hotel in Pasco at 6 p.m.  It’s estimated 1,000-1,500 people will attend the event. The number of attendees will be capped at 1,500 and any additional people will be turned away.

Santorum comes off a tough loss in Michigan, but also off of a very successful fundraising month in February, raising $9 million.  A win in Washington won’t add any bound delegates to Santorum’s total, but it could give him an argument that he’s connecting better in tough-to-win places for Republicans.  My friend Eric Ostermeier at Smart Politics offers an interesting analysis of Santorum’s performance in the primaries:

Mitt Romney has won more contests than Rick Santorum, has received 740,000+ more votes, and has amassed approximately twice as many delegates in the early stages of the 2012 Republican primary season.

There is, however, one metric on Romney’s electoral scorecard in which he is losing quite badly to his chief challenger – a metric which perhaps symbolizes his inability thus far to unite Republican voters behind his campaign.

A Smart Politics tabulation of voting through the first 11 Republican primaries and caucuses of the 2012 presidential cycle finds that Rick Santorum has won more than twice as many counties (360) as Mitt Romney (145) and nearly 60 percent of all counties to date.

Five candidates have carried counties in the contests thus far, with Newt Gingrich in third with 79 (all but two from South Carolina and Florida), Ron Paul with 31, and Rick Perry with two.

Obviously, it’s votes that count and not counties, but it’s still an interesting look at the basis of support for both men.  At any rate, now that we’re pushing through to more actual primaries — seven of the ten Super Tuesday contests are binding primaries that directly produce delegate assignments — these caucuses will become much less important … as they should be.


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Yes, Santorum is winning tiny rural, uber-conservative counties, while Romney is cleaning up the larger, suburban counties.

At the end of the day though, more republicans, and conservatives want Romney to be the nominee than Santorum.

As Ann Coulter wrote in her last column, why exactly is Santorum even running for President, not Senator or Governor of Pennsylvania?

milcus on March 1, 2012 at 9:56 AM

Caucus schmaucus

They are irrelevant IMHO

cmsinaz on March 1, 2012 at 9:56 AM

Romney can NEVER get more than 25% ! /

crash72 on March 1, 2012 at 9:57 AM

Well, a win in Washington could give Santorum the argument that he can win in places Republicans can’t win–but that’s actually not the case, as Michael Barone points out about the Michigan primary win for Mitt Romney:

Romney has shown in Michigan as elsewhere a capacity to win votes in affluent areas—which is exactly where (at least in the North) Republicans have been weak in presidential general elections over the last 20 years.

Affluent suburbanites are not a target group anyone has focused on much. But there are plenty of them and they tend to be in states with lots of electoral votes currently considered unavailable to Republicans. Mitt Romney’s showing in Michigan, on top of his proven appeal to this demographic—and particularly to affluent women—suggests they could make a difference in November 2012.

http://campaign2012.washingtonexaminer.com/blogs/beltway-confidential/romney-appeal-affluent-suburbs-could-change-map/400536

mountainaires on March 1, 2012 at 9:58 AM

The “who won more counties” baloney was a waste of space in your post, Ed Morrissey.

Seems like you are getting desperate in trying to find good news for the bigot Rick Santorum.

Unelectable Rick Santorum is now yesterday’s news. Santorum hasn’t been able to win a single primary that wasn’t a beauty contest.

bluegill on March 1, 2012 at 9:59 AM

Racking up those… counties? Huzzah! ;-)

rhombus on March 1, 2012 at 10:00 AM

There is, however, one metric on Romney’s electoral scorecard in which he is losing quite badly to his chief challenger – a metric which perhaps symbolizes his inability thus far to unite Republican voters behind his campaign.

One can say the same about the other candidates. Lets just say that Romney is uniting the party better than his nearest contender.

rich801 on March 1, 2012 at 10:01 AM

Rick will also be in Spokane today.

artist on March 1, 2012 at 10:01 AM

As Ann Coulter wrote in her last column, why exactly is Santorum even running for President, not Senator or Governor of Pennsylvania?

milcus on March 1, 2012 at 9:56 AM

Rick Santorum is just an unelectable also-ran who got his momentary rise in the polls after all the others had their shot at challenging Romney.

There is a reason that the bigot Rick Santorum was the LAST of the bunch to get his now-expired 15 minutes in the sun: Rick Santorum is a totally unelectable career politician who would lose to Obama in a landslide.

We’re sick and tired of hearing Santorum’s name. The man is a loser.

bluegill on March 1, 2012 at 10:01 AM

Ed said:

The next event on the Republican schedule is the caucus in Washington on Saturday, which Santorum is expected to win.

Actually Romney is a 60% favorite to win WA on Intrade. PPP tweeted last night that Romney was ahead there in their first night of polling.

Jon0815 on March 1, 2012 at 10:02 AM

Winning more counties is great and all, and certainly speaks to his rural appeal, but it doesn’t matter much if there are fewer votes to be had in them.

changer1701 on March 1, 2012 at 10:02 AM

Wait, there was voting last night? No one reported this before. Meaning both of these were insignificant.

rbj on March 1, 2012 at 10:04 AM

Romney is now the first candidate to win four in a row: Maine, AZ, MI, Wyoming.

Jon0815 on March 1, 2012 at 10:05 AM

Santorum will speak to a group of Democrats rallying for Obama.

NoDonkey on March 1, 2012 at 10:06 AM

Rick Santorum promoter Ed Morrissey:

“The next event on the Republican schedule is the caucus in Washington on Saturday, which Santorum is expected to win.”

Actually Romney is a 60% favorite to win WA on Intrade. PPP tweeted last night that Romney was ahead there in their first night of polling.

Jon0815 on March 1, 2012 at 10:02 AM

How sweet it would be if Rick “Bedroom Policeman” Santorum came in second or third in WA. It would be great if Ron Paul or Romney bested the bigot Rick Santorum there, even though the WA contest means very little and even though Santorum has zero chance of being the nominee and beating Obama.

Any time when the bigot Rick Santorum loses, it is a good day.

bluegill on March 1, 2012 at 10:07 AM

Mitty is winning the rural counties because he can talk guns and hunting to those folks.

Bishop on March 1, 2012 at 10:08 AM

Is Santorum going to team up with Michael Moore and Obama campaign staffers in Washington State, too? Obama supporters will do anything they can to help Santorum, who would be VERY EASY pickings for Barack Obama.

bluegill on March 1, 2012 at 10:09 AM

Do Republicans want to WIN in November? You wont’ do it with Santorum. It won’t happen with Newt Gingrich, Rick Santorum, or Ron Paul.

Jay Cost and Michael Barone are examining the numbers….

http://www.weeklystandard.com/blogs/morning-jay-how-romney-won-arizona-and-michigan_632975.html?nopager=1

http://campaign2012.washingtonexaminer.com/blogs/beltway-confidential/romney-appeal-affluent-suburbs-could-change-map/400536

News flash just reported on Fox News:

Romney SURGES AHEAD OF SANTORUM.

Mitt Romney is now 16 points ahead of Santorum:

Rasmussen Reports Poll, Feb. 29

mountainaires on March 1, 2012 at 10:11 AM

Santorum will speak to a group of Democrats rallying for Obama.

NoDonkey on March 1, 2012 at 10:06 AM

The organization is called “Liberals for Obama against Romney”

Midwesterner on March 1, 2012 at 10:12 AM

Caucus schmaucus

They are irrelevant IMHO

cmsinaz on March 1, 2012 at 9:56 AM

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Don’t let Team Poodle Skirt hear you saying that- IA, – and MO MN a very big deal for the “surge” of the ABR default candidate.

FlaMurph on March 1, 2012 at 10:13 AM

Thursday, March 01, 2012

Former Massachusetts Governor Mitt Romney, coming off his primary wins in Arizona and Michigan, has jumped to a 16-point lead over Rick Santorum in the battle for the Republican presidential nomination.

http://www.rasmussenreports.com/public_content/politics/elections/election_2012/election_2012_presidential_election/february_2012/national_gop_romney_40_santorum_24_gingrich_16_paul_12

Jack Hunter makes the argument:

http://dailycaller.com/2012/02/28/the-deal-with-jack-hunter-how-rick-santorum-hurts-social-conservatism/

mountainaires on March 1, 2012 at 10:14 AM

New Rasmussen national has Romney up 16 over Santorum, 40-24.

More importantly, when asked about a two-man race between him and Rick, Romney hits the 50% mark.

KingGold on March 1, 2012 at 10:15 AM

Time for a real sweater Rick?

profitsbeard on March 1, 2012 at 10:17 AM

Caucus schmaucus

They are irrelevant IMHO

cmsinaz on March 1, 2012 at 9:56 AM

..in all fairness, didn’t Santorum’s fame of late come from a sweep that included two non-binding caucii? And, in fact, didn’t he “win” three of these beasts. This is what has largely propelled Santorum to the “lead” as it were before Michigan and Arizona.

Not being sarcastic; just checking.

(Disclaimer: have not cashed my Romney Campaign reimbursement checks yet this week, so I am essentially a free agent.)

The War Planner on March 1, 2012 at 10:18 AM

Where are all these people in Washington voting for Santorum? This state is loopy enough to go for Ron Paul, yet, Santorum would beat Romney and Paul? Does not compute.

Jeddite on March 1, 2012 at 10:18 AM

Flamurph, I hear ya, its just that
they are non binding, so why not make them binding

cmsinaz on March 1, 2012 at 10:19 AM

Going by number of counties seems like a pretty weak argument. For example, Iowa has less than half the population of Arizona, but it has more than six times as many counties.

J.S.K. on March 1, 2012 at 10:19 AM

Rombo went out and bought himself a shiny new rifle just in case he gets any more questions about gun rights.

Mittanski will wave it in the air, ala Charleton Heston, and dare someone to take it away from him.

Bishop on March 1, 2012 at 10:19 AM

A win in Washington won’t add any bound delegates to Santorum’s total, but it could give him an argument that he’s connecting better in tough-to-win places for Republicans.

That only works (occasionally) for him in the primaries. We know the reason why. They’re hoping for a chance to vote against him in the general.

cicerone on March 1, 2012 at 10:23 AM

interesting how the GOP establishment always say romneycare has this nomination won. Then you read above, states where Santorium won; Iowa & minnesota having delegates not bound to Santorium. Almost makes you think the backroom deals to get Romneycare the nod are already done!

God, i hate the GOP establishment!

Danielvito on March 1, 2012 at 10:24 AM

A Smart Politics tabulation of voting through the first 11 Republican primaries and caucuses of the 2012 presidential cycle finds that Rick Santorum has won more than twice as many counties (360) as Mitt Romney (145) and nearly 60 percent of all counties to date.

Odds favor that the small counties will vote for Romney in the general. Romney doing well in the larger population areas means he can take support away from Obama in the general. Santorum can make no such claim.

Zaggs on March 1, 2012 at 10:24 AM

Flamurph, I hear ya, its just that
they are non binding, so why not make them binding

cmsinaz on March 1, 2012 at 10:19 AM

..they came about because of deals cut in smoke-filled rooms? Another reason to let everything about the selection of our candidate take place out in the sunshine of the primary trail.

The War Planner on March 1, 2012 at 10:25 AM

Romney SURGES AHEAD OF SANTORUM.

Mitt Romney is now 16 points ahead of Santorum:

Rasmussen Reports Poll, Feb. 29

mountainaires on March 1, 2012 at 10:11 AM

I’m telling you- people are weary of all this primary stuff. Romney will take Ohio.

BettyRuth on March 1, 2012 at 10:25 AM

Let’s see how romneycare does super tuesday when 10 states vote and he can’t outspend his opponent 10 to 1.

Danielvito on March 1, 2012 at 10:25 AM

Drip, drip, drip. It’s sure not looking to be the blow out for Romney the republican establishment was hoping for. They declared Reagan “dead” and impossible to win in his primaries and he went on to win in the end anyway. So Rick Santorum is doing just fine and he got my contribution to keep up the fight. Plenty of states left and Romney can’t buy them all.

mozalf on March 1, 2012 at 10:26 AM

interesting how the GOP establishment always say romneycare has this nomination won. Then you read above, states where Santorium won; Iowa & minnesota having delegates not bound to Santorium. Almost makes you think the backroom deals to get Romneycare the nod are already done!

God, i hate the GOP establishment!

Danielvito

Ha. All that was decided BEFORE they voted.
Just like I’ve always said. The socons make their world the best of all. They back someone to buck the establishment no matter how bad they are. But then blame the same establishment when they realize their candidate sucks.

Zaggs on March 1, 2012 at 10:26 AM

STILL WAITING FOR ED TO REPORT on ROMNEY SURGE in Rasmussen poll:

This could take a few days for Ed, apparently….

http://www.rasmussenreports.com/public_content/politics/elections/election_2012/election_2012_presidential_election/february_2012/national_gop_romney_40_santorum_24_gingrich_16_paul_12

mountainaires on March 1, 2012 at 10:27 AM

Bishop
Rombo, that’s funny, he’d probably shoot himself in the foot.
Lmao

angrymike on March 1, 2012 at 10:28 AM

Plenty of states left and Romney can’t buy them all.

mozalf on March 1, 2012 at 10:26 AM

..perhaps not all..”but enough”.

The War Planner on March 1, 2012 at 10:29 AM

McCain won how many counties, 90%? Much consolation it gave him. The edge Romney will have in the general election is that he’s carrying purplish battleground areas, not crimson-red corners of flyover country where folks will shoot their private parts off before voting for a Democrat.

Archivarix on March 1, 2012 at 10:29 AM

STILL WAITING FOR ED TO REPORT on ROMNEY SURGE in Rasmussen poll:

This could take a few days for Ed, apparently….

http://www.rasmussenreports.com/public_content/politics/elections/election_2012/election_2012_presidential_election/february_2012/national_gop_romney_40_santorum_24_gingrich_16_paul_12

mountainaires on March 1, 2012 at 10:27 AM

I second this!

Ed Morrissey, this deserves a separate post.

bluegill on March 1, 2012 at 10:30 AM

STILL WAITING FOR ED TO REPORT on ROMNEY SURGE in Rasmussen poll:

This could take a few days for Ed, apparently….

http://www.rasmussenreports.com/public_content/politics/elections/election_2012/election_2012_presidential_election/february_2012/national_gop_romney_40_santorum_24_gingrich_16_paul_12

mountainaires

Not until he can post something right before or after to offset the news.

Zaggs on March 1, 2012 at 10:30 AM

That only works (occasionally) for him in the primaries. We know the reason why. They’re hoping for a chance to vote against him in the general.

cicerone on March 1, 2012 at 10:23 AM

.
That becomes more obvious when you look at the results of just the closed primaries- Republicans only voting – where the not so conservative Rominator has spanked his adversaries in the few closed primaries that have run so far.

FlaMurph on March 1, 2012 at 10:30 AM

angrymike on March 1, 2012 at 10:28 AM

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That would be the work of Satan.

FlaMurph on March 1, 2012 at 10:34 AM

Question to the romneycare azz lickers. If he wins, what will he actually do. We know a path to future, is one deeds in the past. In romneycare’s only four year term in elected office, these were some of his accomplishments;

*Enacted the largest sociol program in Massachusetts history. Mandated converage for everyone in the commonwealth. This liberal program was bankrolled by federal dollars and has bankrupted the state. Destroying our medical system’s quality of service.
*He raised fees, fines & taxes $500 million. It is required in Massachusetts to balance the budget, Romneycare instead of cutting spending to do it, raised taxes.
*Appointed THE most liberal judges in state history
*Had more democrats than republicans in his administration
*Was 47th out of 50 states in job creation
*Was against gun rights
*Was for global warming & cap & tax
*His last year in office 2006, he was out of state campaigning for president 212 out of 300 days

So you romneycare hacks, understand what your getting the most liberal politican other than Obama. Their is not much didderence between. If you like Obama/Bush’s bailouts, HC mandates, foreign policy, judical appointees etc. you’ll love romneycares

Danielvito on March 1, 2012 at 10:35 AM

Bishop
Rombo, that’s funny, he’d probably shoot himself in the foot.
Lmao

angrymike on March 1, 2012 at 10:28 AM

Gentlemen,

I would not bet the ranch on this. I’ll betcha he did a lot of hunting as a kid in MI. And he most probably knows his way around a gun — at least a lot better than that patent fraud John F. Kerry, the deerslayer with his “trusty 12-gauge double barrel”.

The War Planner on March 1, 2012 at 10:36 AM

Rick Santorum promoter Ed Morrissey’s highlighting of the silly claim that, “Santorum won more counties, even if he won far less votes, so that has to mean something, doesn’t it?” would be like him bragging that, “Santorum has won more states with names starting with the letter “M”, so there!”

The unelectable bigot Rick Santorum is not only yesterday’s news, but his campaign is also in freefall.

bluegill on March 1, 2012 at 10:37 AM

Thanks war planner

I guess my thought is, yeah he won them but with nothing behind them…folks can vote for someone else at the state conventions

cmsinaz on March 1, 2012 at 10:38 AM

..not crimson-red corners of flyover country where folks will shoot their private parts off before voting for a Democrat.

Archivarix on March 1, 2012 at 10:29 AM

Ouch! That’s a really, really painful metaphor. I hope their NRA dues are paid up prior.

The War Planner on March 1, 2012 at 10:38 AM

Let’s see how romneycare does super tuesday when 10 states vote and he can’t outspend his opponent 10 to 1.

Danielvito on March 1, 2012 at 10:25 AM

.
Hey- your OWS is showing.

Question to the romneycare azz lickers. If he wins, what will he actually do.

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He will Unite the country. Like Reagan, but a 2000′s version.

FlaMurph on March 1, 2012 at 10:38 AM

Wasn’t Santorum supposed to win WY? I believe I read that in a post here very recently.

changer1701 on March 1, 2012 at 10:38 AM

Rombo went out and bought himself a shiny new rifle just in case he gets any more questions about gun rights.

Mittanski will wave it in the air, ala Charleton Heston, and dare someone to take it away from him.

Bishop on March 1, 2012 at 10:19 AM

:-) I’m beginning to think he and John Kerry were separated at birth. Where’s the vest? :-)

mozalf on March 1, 2012 at 10:40 AM

Wasn’t Santorum supposed to win WY? I believe I read that in a post here very recently.

changer1701 on March 1, 2012 at 10:38 AM

Ed Morrissey seems to be more in the business of promoting Rick Santorum, so I wouldn’t expect too much focus from him on the reality that Rick Santorum’s campaign is falling apart.

bluegill on March 1, 2012 at 10:40 AM

So you romneycare hacks, understand what your getting the most liberal politican other than Obama. Their is not much didderence between. If you like Obama/Bush’s bailouts, HC mandates, foreign policy, judical appointees etc. you’ll love romneycares

Danielvito on March 1, 2012 at 10:35 AM

Good point, bad example: Bush’s judicial appointees were his only forte. Plus, I doubt Romney will be much into bailouts, he’s a businessman first and foremost. I’m not happy with him, that’s no secret, but he’s the best of the very pathetic slate. We can always primary him in 4 years, can’t we?

Archivarix on March 1, 2012 at 10:42 AM

Question to the romneycare azz lickers. If he wins, what will he actually do. We know a path to future, is one deeds in the past. In romneycare’s only four year term in elected office, these were some of his accomplishments;

*Enacted the largest sociol program in Massachusetts history. Mandated converage for everyone in the commonwealth. This liberal program was bankrolled by federal dollars and has bankrupted the state. Destroying our medical system’s quality of service.
*He raised fees, fines & taxes $500 million. It is required in Massachusetts to balance the budget, Romneycare instead of cutting spending to do it, raised taxes.
*Appointed THE most liberal judges in state history
*Had more democrats than republicans in his administration
*Was 47th out of 50 states in job creation
*Was against gun rights
*Was for global warming & cap & tax
*His last year in office 2006, he was out of state campaigning for president 212 out of 300 days

So you romneycare hacks, understand what your getting the most liberal politican other than Obama. Their is not much didderence between. If you like Obama/Bush’s bailouts, HC mandates, foreign policy, judical appointees etc. you’ll love romneycares

Danielvito on March 1, 2012 at 10:35 AM

Those are features, not bugs, for Romney supporters.

ebrown2 on March 1, 2012 at 10:42 AM

Good point, bad example: Bush’s judicial appointees were his only forte. Plus, I doubt Romney will be much into bailouts, he’s a businessman first and foremost. I’m not happy with him, that’s no secret, but he’s the best of the very pathetic slate. We can always primary him in 4 years, can’t we?

Archivarix on March 1, 2012 at 10:42 AM

No, even Carter and Ford weren’t successfully primaried.

ebrown2 on March 1, 2012 at 10:43 AM

I guess my thought is, yeah he won them but with nothing behind them…folks can vote for someone else at the state conventions

cmsinaz on March 1, 2012 at 10:38 AM

Not being snotty, and I agree with you. The whole process smacks of being rigged by local, state, and national insiders. Why not just a straight-up vote? But it also goes to strategic planning. If we are to beat Obama, the candidate that focuses his resources on states/contests that matter will eventually fare better than someone who takes a flyer in meaningless state caucii.

Someday, there will come along another Reagan who will have both the resources and the right ideas. That person will be unstoppable.

The War Planner on March 1, 2012 at 10:43 AM

So you romneycare hacks, understand what your getting the most liberal politican other than Obama. Their is not much didderence between. If you like Obama/Bush’s bailouts, HC mandates, foreign policy, judical appointees etc. you’ll love romneycares

Danielvito

Or we can have Santy who will outlaw sex if you’re not creating a baby, change the name of the country to “The union shop states of America”, jack that deficit to a level Greece would be proud of, and bailout any industry that has the slightest inkling of government interference.

Zaggs on March 1, 2012 at 10:46 AM

Santorum comes off a tough loss in Michigan, but also off of a very successful fundraising month in February

The AP is reporting Santorum’s having money problems:
Short on money and staff, Rick Santorum needs help to remain a viable threat to front-runner Mitt Romney in the race for the Republican presidential nomination.

a metric which perhaps symbolizes his inability thus far to unite Republican voters behind his campaign.

The problem with using that “metric” as criteria is that, so far, the not-Romneys are doing even worse in getting people behind their respective campaigns.

whatcat on March 1, 2012 at 10:47 AM

Good point, bad example: Bush’s judicial appointees were his only forte. Plus, I doubt Romney will be much into bailouts, he’s a businessman first and foremost. I’m not happy with him, that’s no secret, but he’s the best of the very pathetic slate. We can always primary him in 4 years, can’t we?

Archivarix on March 1, 2012 at 10:42 AM

No, we’d have to fall asleep for 4 years wake up hoping we can clean up whatever damage the McCain/Romney wing of the republican party would do. Especially after they get railroaded by the democrats. We better hope to God we get the Senate now or we’ll be royally screwed with no way to stop Romney, the linguini spined republicans, and rabid democrats in his administration, sad to say.

mozalf on March 1, 2012 at 10:48 AM

Someday, there will come along another Reagan who will have both the resources and the right ideas. That person will be unstoppable.

The War Planner on March 1, 2012 at 10:43 AM

If things go the way they do now, we won’t need a new Reagan. We’ll need a new John Galt.

Archivarix on March 1, 2012 at 10:48 AM

Someday, there will come along another Reagan who will have both the resources and the right ideas. That person will be unstoppable.

The War Planner on March 1, 2012 at 10:43 AM

A Reagan of today would have to tell unpleasant truths in a way that wouldn’t scare Republican political eunuchs. Won’t happen.

ebrown2 on March 1, 2012 at 10:49 AM

I sure hope so WP

cmsinaz on March 1, 2012 at 10:50 AM

Danielvito on March 1, 2012 at 10:35 AM

Daniel, facts mean nothing to these people. They are determined to nominate Romney and hand Obama another term.

We are so screwed, AGAIN!

fight like a girl on March 1, 2012 at 10:50 AM

Wow he won more counties! Too bad nobody lives in them!

Rush pointed out the same thing yesterday when he talked about how there are very few blue counties in comparison to red countie – even in blue states!

However, if you were to look at population density you would see much of those red counties have few very people living in them.

A stupid line of arguing.

antisense on March 1, 2012 at 10:51 AM

No, even Carter and Ford weren’t successfully primaried.

ebrown2 on March 1, 2012 at 10:43 AM

..yes, they were — in a way. Both lost to their “other party” challengers as a result of the primary process. It is a threat that can be held over Romney’s head — a fight he doesn’t want to have. Like the Santorum, Gingrich, and Paul challenge AND like the potential for having a more conservative Congress during his term, this will pin him more towards the right.

The War Planner on March 1, 2012 at 10:51 AM

God, i hate the GOP establishment!

Danielvito on March 1, 2012 at 10:24 AM

Yea those establishment types with their evil, trickster ways. They tried to get me to learn to read once and I was like “I see through your evil Godless methods GOP establishment, I won’t run afoul of your treachery.” If only we could find who runs this maniacal organization and take them out.

Kriggly on March 1, 2012 at 10:53 AM

Any time when the bigot Rick Santorum loses, it is a good day.

bluegill on March 1, 2012 at 10:07 AM

Should I start responding to every post by berating the empty sock puppet Romney? Nah…. that would get annoying!

firegnome on March 1, 2012 at 10:53 AM

No, we’d have to fall asleep for 4 years wake up hoping we can clean up whatever damage the McCain/Romney wing of the republican party would do. Especially after they get railroaded by the democrats. We better hope to God we get the Senate now or we’ll be royally screwed with no way to stop Romney, the linguini spined republicans, and rabid democrats in his administration, sad to say.

mozalf on March 1, 2012 at 10:48 AM

Have you ever considered, for a split second, that Romney is neither conservative nor liberal, but an opportunist? He will do whatever helps him to claim into the highest chair of the land (Papal Seat excluding), hold onto it as long as possible, and chisel his name into history books. If conservatives retake the Senate, hold onto the House, and force their leaders to show some balls (or choose new ones who have them), Romney will happily go along. He may, in fact, turn out better than even his supporters expect. As for the most critical part – SCOTUS appointees – I’ll trust Robert Bork to have Romney’s ear on that.

Archivarix on March 1, 2012 at 10:54 AM

I believe Santorum also won more farms.

EddieC on March 1, 2012 at 10:54 AM

Of course Santorum will win Washington . . . all the liberals and leftists in King Country and the greater Seattle area will vote for him. This primary is a farce.

rplat on March 1, 2012 at 10:55 AM

Any time when the bigot Rick Santorum loses, it is a good day.

bluegill on March 1, 2012 at 10:07 AM

Sigh…

I am too devastated by the loss of Andrew to even consider engaging Mittbot scum like yourself today…

Norwegian on March 1, 2012 at 10:56 AM

So Rick Santorum is doing just fine and he got my contribution to keep up the fight. Plenty of states left and Romney can’t buy them all.

mozalf on March 1, 2012 at 10:26 AM

Neither can Santy buy or cheat another one. Maybe he could just declare his Liberalism now and run in the Dem’s campaign against instead for Obama.

rich801 on March 1, 2012 at 10:57 AM

Have you ever considered, for a split second, that Romney is neither conservative nor liberal, but an opportunist?

Archivarix on March 1, 2012 at 10:54 AM

We have a winnah!!

firegnome on March 1, 2012 at 10:58 AM

MittBots another arguement you have is Romneycare’s business experience makes him a better option. That arguement is pure bull. Why, because all that business experience was BEFORE he governed those 4 years (actually 3 years because, one full year he was campaigning out of state). in those 4 years, Romneycare governed as a pure liberal.

So take away his words in his TV ads ans stump speeches and look at how he governed after his business experience. It was pure leftist!

Again, if you win, what are you getting. In my view Obama lite! Further, I talk from experience because I voted for the businessman in 2002 and was fooled by the fraud.

I suspect some of you willard supporters will be fooled like I was if by a miracle he beats Obamasatan.

Danielvito on March 1, 2012 at 10:58 AM

No, even Carter and Ford weren’t successfully primaried.

ebrown2 on March 1, 2012 at 10:43 AM

..yes, they were — in a way. Both lost to their “other party” challengers as a result of the primary process. It is a threat that can be held over Romney’s head — a fight he doesn’t want to have. Like the Santorum, Gingrich, and Paul challenge AND like the potential for having a more conservative Congress during his term, this will pin him more towards the right.

The War Planner on March 1, 2012 at 10:51 AM

No, they lost because of the circumstances of their administrations Primary challenges were a symptom, not a cause, of their failure to win their general elections.

ebrown2 on March 1, 2012 at 10:59 AM

The AP is reporting Santorum’s having money problems:
Short on money and staff, Rick Santorum needs help to remain a viable threat to front-runner Mitt Romney in the race for the Republican presidential nomination.

Santorum’s campaign raised over 9 million in February from 130,000 donors. While Romney gets very little from small donors, the overwhelming majority of Santorum’s money is from donations of less than a hundred dollars.

The AP and the rest of the media, along with the Romney shills, want people to believe that Santorum is not getting support from the people, when in fact it is Romney who is relying on a small group of wealthy Wall Street donors, not average Americans, to fund his campaign.

fight like a girl on March 1, 2012 at 11:00 AM

And because he won more farms, he won more chickens. Romney is under-performing with fowl. He clearly can’t win in Nov.

EddieC on March 1, 2012 at 11:01 AM

God, i hate the GOP establishment!

Danielvito on March 1, 2012 at 10:24 AM

The Rockefeller republicans have never given up their goal of making the republican and democrat parties one monolithic progressive ruling class entity.

fight like a girl on March 1, 2012 at 11:03 AM

MittBots another arguement you have is Romneycare’s business experience makes him a better option. That arguement is pure bull. Why, because all that business experience was BEFORE he governed those 4 years (actually 3 years because, one full year he was campaigning out of state). in those 4 years, Romneycare governed as a pure liberal.

So take away his words in his TV ads ans stump speeches and look at how he governed after his business experience. It was pure leftist!

Again, if you win, what are you getting. In my view Obama lite! Further, I talk from experience because I voted for the businessman in 2002 and was fooled by the fraud.

I suspect some of you willard supporters will be fooled like I was if by a miracle he beats Obamasatan.

Danielvito on March 1, 2012 at 10:58 AM

There are two types of Willard supporters, those who do so reluctantly out of Stockholm Syndrome and fear of O’s second term, and those who lie to themselves and others about Mitten’s record. The latter are the nasty, prevaricating jeerks that cause such trouble here.

ebrown2 on March 1, 2012 at 11:03 AM

“jerks”

ebrown2 on March 1, 2012 at 11:04 AM

The AP is reporting Santorum’s having money problems:
“Short on money and staff, Rick Santorum needs help to remain a viable threat to front-runner Mitt Romney in the race for the Republican presidential nomination.”

Santorum’s campaign raised over 9 million in February
fight like a girl on March 1, 2012 at 11:00 AM

Don’t shoot the messenger, neither I or the news people blew whatever money he raised.
And to think the donated money is going into literal calls for help to Kos and Michael Moore followers. Oy.

whatcat on March 1, 2012 at 11:06 AM

And because he won more farms, he won more chickens. Romney is under-performing with fowl. He clearly can’t win in Nov.
EddieC on March 1, 2012 at 11:01 AM

I’m holding out for the ant colonies vote. They’s gotta be a lotta of those little buggers hanging around under all them open fields, y’know.

whatcat on March 1, 2012 at 11:09 AM

Sigh…

I am too devastated by the loss of Andrew to even consider engaging Mittbot scum like yourself today…

Norwegian on March 1, 2012 at 10:56 AM

Now, now no wallowing. We have to keep Andrew’s memory alive and well and keep up the fight. He’s an amazing human being and it is tragic. However, we have a lot of work still to do on his behalf. The Romney/McCain wing of the republican party wants to morph us into republican versions of democrats. Tut, tut What Would Andrew Do? (WWAD).

Plus, the Mittbot scum are annoying but humerous at the same time. ;-)

mozalf on March 1, 2012 at 11:16 AM

Don’t shoot the messenger, neither I or the news people blew whatever money he raised.
And to think the donated money is going into literal calls for help to Kos and Michael Moore followers. Oy.

whatcat on March 1, 2012 at 11:06 AM

Sorry, but Santorum is not out of money. And this helping Michael Moore is laughable coming from Romney, a candidate who was in his own words, “to the left of Ted Kennedy.”

BTW, I guess you think Romney’s stooges spreading filth about Santorum’s wife and his dead son is virtuous? Of course you do.

fight like a girl on March 1, 2012 at 11:21 AM

Bit of an update here, PPP hasn’t released any numbers here, but is reporting that in their latest poll Romney is ahead of Santorum in Washington.

Course we’ll have to wait and see.

WolvenOne on March 1, 2012 at 11:22 AM

Bit of an update here, PPP hasn’t released any numbers here, but is reporting that in their latest poll Romney is ahead of Santorum in Washington.
Course we’ll have to wait and see.
WolvenOne on March 1, 2012 at 11:22 AM

Although an uptick in support for Romney wouldn’t surprise me, we have to keep in mind that PPP was more than just a tad off about Michigan.

whatcat on March 1, 2012 at 11:25 AM

Santorum got an even split of delegates in Michigan, winning everywhere but urban Detroit (which will go heavy for Obama in November). Mitt can have Detroit (but we’ll allow the Red Wings to emigrate.)

michaelo on March 1, 2012 at 11:28 AM

Romney 40, Santorum 24, Gingrich 16, Paul 12 – Rasmussen Presidential Poll

I think this is the first time he’s been in the 40′s. He clearly is starting to surge.

rubberneck on March 1, 2012 at 11:37 AM

‘…some claim to momentum’ Ed attempting the old damning with faint praise technique I guess. lol

jeanie on March 1, 2012 at 11:37 AM

Santorum got an even split of delegates in Michigan, winning everywhere but urban Detroit (which will go heavy for Obama in November). Mitt can have Detroit (but we’ll allow the Red Wings to emigrate.)

michaelo on March 1, 2012 at 11:28 AM

5% extra from the liberal vote. Santorum wasn’t even close.

rubberneck on March 1, 2012 at 11:38 AM

And this helping Michael Moore is laughable
fight like a girl on March 1, 2012 at 11:21 AM

You have it backwards. It’s the other way around – Michael Moore is helping Santorum per Santorum’s lifeline robocalls to the far left, union thugs, i.e. the usual Obama suspects:
Michael Moore Urges Democrats to Vote for Santorum
And the odd thing is Santorum really believes it actually “helps” his campaign.

whatcat on March 1, 2012 at 11:40 AM

I look at this differently. Who care who wins Washington? I can tell you that the President will win it in November. It only matters who wins the states that we will win. Therefore, the win in Michigan is a BFD, while California is not.

eagleriverboy on March 1, 2012 at 11:41 AM

I’m sure the White house is going …

“WAIT! Didn’t Wyoming already have their caucus last month?”

NO, that was COLORADO

BUT CNN will defend this: “To be fair, both states are rectangular, nearly identical in size, and stacked next to each other.”

mr_west on March 1, 2012 at 11:45 AM

Beginning to think we can win in November.Obama’s people increasingly conniving and aggrandizing,unusually aggressive so early in the final innings.

jeanie on March 1, 2012 at 11:53 AM

Danielvito on March 1, 2012 at 10:35 AM

Are you sure your not a DEMOCRAT

lol

gerrym51 on March 1, 2012 at 12:05 PM

finds that Rick Santorum has won more than twice as many counties (360) as Mitt Romney (145) and nearly 60 percent of all counties to date.

Yeah … but

What about the sub-divisions? Who wins the most sub-divisions?

Or what about neighborhoods? Who wins the most neighborhoods?

Or what about streets? Who wins the most streets?

Texas Gal on March 1, 2012 at 12:18 PM

Who won more counties?

Who cares?

Sounds like desperate scrambling to somehow justify poor judgement.

Adjoran on March 1, 2012 at 1:10 PM

Danielvito on March 1, 2012 at 10:35 AM
Are you sure your not a DEMOCRAT

lol

gerrym51 on March 1, 2012 at 12:05 PM

I’m not sure.

Buttercup on March 1, 2012 at 1:20 PM

The “who won more counties” baloney was a waste of space in your post, Ed Morrissey.

Seems like you are getting desperate in trying to find good news for the bigot Rick Santorum.

Unelectable Rick Santorum is now yesterday’s news. Santorum hasn’t been able to win a single primary that wasn’t a beauty contest.

bluegill on March 1, 2012 at 9:59 AM

(…who’s betting she won’t talk about him anymore since he’s ‘now yesterday’s news.’ ?????)

KOOLAID2 on March 1, 2012 at 1:47 PM

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