The aftermath: Pack a lunch and a flashlight

posted at 8:40 am on March 7, 2012 by Jazz Shaw

Say, do you remember that time when Mitt Romney waded into the battle on Super Tuesday and knocked out his foes with an inspiring, decisive victory? Yeah… me neither. Last night had to be pretty much of a disappointment no matter who you happen to support. Allahpundit was covering it live, of course, but once all of the “victory party” hangovers have begun to fade, the results were less than impressive. We can justifiably say that Mitt “won” by racking up victories in Ohio, Massachusetts, Idaho, Virginia, Vermont and Alaska, along with a fairly impressive haul of delegates. But the Buckeye State victory came by a margin that wouldn’t fill up a decent college football game audience.

Rick Santorum pulled out some wins people didn’t expect in Tennessee, Oklahoma and North Dakota, which gives him more than ample reason to continue the long slog. (Newt took his home state which he apparently feels is reason enough to do the same.) Unfortunately, several analysts this morning have been running the numbers and, in order to reach the magic number, Santorum will need to take somewhere between 64 and 70 percent of the remaining delegates. How likely does that sound given the current climate?

Still, Jim Geraghty sees dark clouds on the horizon for Mr. Romney.

The losses in Georgia, Tennessee, and Oklahoma themselves aren’t bad, but Romney’s share of the vote is pretty disappointing: 26 percent in Georgia, 28 percent in Oklahoma, 28 percent in Tennessee. Throw in 24 percent in North Dakota.

I suppose he and his team can boast that they won Idaho (62 percent, even more than in Virginia) and Alaska (32 percent, 3 percentage points over Santorum).

But after last week’s big wins in Michigan and Arizona, we were supposed to see signs of the party starting to unify around Romney. Instead, the frontrunner has a problem with the Midwest and South that is keeping him at less than 3 in 10 right now. That was good enough for second place in most of these states, but that’s still setting a low bar – beat out Ron Paul and in most cases, Newt, who is becoming an afterthought. (More on this below.) Sure, Romney had a great night in terms of delegates. I stand by my assessment that his road to the nomination is the hardest, except for all of the others. But he’s still got glaring weaknesses in connecting with people.

When I was younger, back shortly after the invention of dinosaurs, guys would occasionally trade barbs with their friends, announcing that they were going to “kick their butt” over some joke or another. One of my favorite responses was, “you’d better pack a lunch and a flashlight, ’cause that’s gonna take all day and half the night.” I hope Mitt has brought along plenty to eat and adequate lighting, because even if he is going to win this thing eventually, Rick Santorum doesn’t look like he’s going anywhere any time soon.


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Bluegill,

With the good jobs numbers out today, and more on the way Friday, the economy is not going to be driving the electorate to kick out Obama. Romney has nothing to run on if the economy is in recovery.

gumbyandpokey on March 7, 2012 at 11:10 AM

I watched Sarah Palin twice last night on Fox. Both times she said none of the candidates should drop out because competition makes them tougher. I don’t understand why she is doing this. By now, we’ve heard all the candidates and seen all the warts. What does she hope to accomplish by encouraging voters to vote in a way that keeps this circus going? Dragging it out when it appears the results are pretty well defined, by now, for the sake of “making the candidates tougher” or “vetting them” is starting to ring a bit hollow. She’s using the same platitudes over and over.

a capella on March 7, 2012 at 11:11 AM

Does Rick Santorum care more about his own ego or about his country? Is he willing to stay in the race and aid Obama’s reelection campaign effort by making it more difficult to, and giving less time for, Republicans to successfully unite and attack Obama with one voice.

Obama is loving every minute of this prolonged Republican in-fighting. He is just building up his money warchest and letting the Republicans hurt each other.

Rick Santorum needs to do the right and honorable thing and withdraw from the race. Santorum needs to do it for the good of the party and the good of the country.

Santorum will not win the nomination, and he would never win a general election campaign.

Santorum staying in the race is just benefiting Barack Obama.

bluegill on March 7, 2012 at 11:11 AM

bluegill on March 7, 2012 at 11:03 AM

Actually, Romneycare had the worst night, then using your logic Hot Air should have put a piture of satin superimposed over him. Why,

*He outspent all competitors combined in Ohio by 6-1 and only won the state by 12,000 votes

But more troubling for romneycare from yesterday’s exit polls

http://decision2012.blogs.deseretnews.com/2012/03/07/graphic-super-tuesday-exit-polls-mitt-romneys-conservatism-questioned/

Question: Do you think romneycare’s position on issues is conservative enough (4 people in race)

Georgia- No 55%
Ohio- No 46%
Tennessee- no 54%

You can’t win an election if your base hates you. The base hates romneycare!

Danielvito on March 7, 2012 at 11:11 AM

I guess it just so happens that even a pro-Santorum site like HotAir can’t hide the fact that the bigot Rick Santorum and Newt Gingrich are losing candidates without a whole lot of good to say about the state of their campaigns. So I suppose that’s why you see more bad pictures of Newt and the unelectable bigot Rick Santorum on the main page.

bluegill on March 7, 2012 at 11:03 AM

Are you a Gay atheist? Just wondered…

Deanna on March 7, 2012 at 11:11 AM

Romney has nothing to run on if the economy is in recovery.

gumbyandpokey on March 7, 2012 at 11:10 AM

Yep…that 8.5% unemployment rate after having to “sift out” a couple percent to not-participating is a real winner. Happy days are here again.

oldroy on March 7, 2012 at 11:12 AM

According to CNN’s exit polls, Romney took 43% of Ohio Catholics on Super Tuesday, compared to 31% for Rick Santorum.

If he can’t win the votes of his fellow Catholics, why does anyone really think that Santorum has a chance at all.

NuclearPhysicist on March 7, 2012 at 11:13 AM

NuclearPhysicist on March 7, 2012 at 11:13 AM

Yeah, he wins the Catholics and loses the evangelicals…..strange.:)

a capella on March 7, 2012 at 11:15 AM

Rmoney should just find the closer within himself and shut this primary down. Is Rmoney a closer?

Bmore on March 7, 2012 at 11:16 AM

Danielvito on March 7, 2012 at 11:11 AM

The GOP doesn’t hate Romney. Poll after poll shows that. They just don’t see him as being as conservative as the other guys.

NuclearPhysicist on March 7, 2012 at 11:16 AM

“Yep…that 8.5% unemployment rate after having to “sift out” a couple percent to not-participating is a real winner. Happy days are here again.”

All that matters is if the public believes the economy is improving and the Consumer Confidence numbers show that to be the case. And if the overall jobs numbers follow what was released today (and they always do), then Obama is the victor.

gumbyandpokey on March 7, 2012 at 11:17 AM

According to CNN’s exit polls, Romney took 43% of Ohio Catholics on Super Tuesday, compared to 31% for Rick Santorum.

If he can’t win the votes of his fellow Catholics, why does anyone really think that Santorum has a chance at all.

NuclearPhysicist on March 7, 2012 at 11:13 AM

Most self-identified Catholics are pretty liberal. Even the republican ones. And, they hate to be reminded of Catholic doctrine they routinely ignore.

I think the bigger issue is protestants and evangelicals and whether they will be willing to support Romney as the nominee. It is something I have long worried about.

that’s not to say Santorum should be the nominee, just that Super Tuesday proved what many of us knew all along, Romney is not a good candidate. He may be the best out of this sorry bunch, but he is a very, very weak candidate and will have a ton of trouble against Obama, even with the economy, etc. Which is why I’ve never bought into Romney’s fabled “electability”. Yes, he may be more electable than Santorum or Gingrich – but that is not saying much.

Monkeytoe on March 7, 2012 at 11:17 AM

“The state has a right to do that, I have never questioned that the state has a right to do that. It is not a constitutional right, the state has the right to pass whatever statutes they have.”

Like many things that Santorum has said, he is correct but of course it is used by those with an agenda to prove he’s trying to restrict some right for someone, somewhere. As far as the birth control issue, aside from the moral argument, in which he is also correct, we have the practical issue…the US birth rate has now dipped to 1.9, lower than replacement rate of 2.3, which carries with it a whole host of European style budget problems…there is value in strengthening the family and there is value in promoting procreation…and the gay rights/feminist agenda threatens both.

ironmarshal on March 7, 2012 at 11:17 AM

a capella on March 7, 2012 at 11:15 AM

That’s because evangelicals don’t particularly like Mormons. That shouldn’t be news to anyone.

NuclearPhysicist on March 7, 2012 at 11:18 AM

unelectable bigot Rick Santorum on the main page.

bluegill on March 7, 2012 at 11:03 AM

This fellow HA commenters is a prime example of the language the left uses.

bigot Rick Santorum bigot Rick Santorum bigot Rick Santorum bigot Rick Santorum bigot Rick Santorum bigot Rick Santorum bigot Rick Santorum bigot Rick Santorum bigot Rick Santorum bigot Rick Santorum bigot Rick Santorum bigot Rick Santorum bigot Rick Santorum bigot Rick Santorum bigot Rick Santorum bigot Rick Santorum bigot Rick Santorum bigot Rick Santorum bigot Rick Santorum bigot Rick Santorum bigot Rick Santorum bigot Rick Santorum bigot Rick Santorum bigot Rick Santorum bigot Rick Santorum bigot Rick Santorum bigot Rick Santorum bigot Rick Santorum bigot Rick Santorum bigot Rick Santorum bigot Rick Santorum bigot Rick Santorum bigot Rick Santorum bigot Rick Santorum bigot Rick Santorum

This is how the left does it.

Bmore on March 7, 2012 at 11:19 AM

All that matters is if the public believes the economy is improving and the Consumer Confidence numbers show that to be the case. And if the overall jobs numbers follow what was released today (and they always do), then Obama is the victor.

gumbyandpokey on March 7, 2012 at 11:17 AM

So is that a prediction? If this one Friday report is marginally better than it has been, the public will believe that we are in recovery, and the election is just a foregone conclusion?

oldroy on March 7, 2012 at 11:20 AM

NuclearPhysicist on March 7, 2012 at 11:16 AM

Romneycare is a fatally flawed candidate. His signature legislation, Romneycare is pure sociolism. No amount of money, establishment ties etc. can change what he did.

The GOP, swpt the 2010 midterms because of obamacare and now two years later the establishment is force feeding us the father of obamacare, romneycare. This is freakin incredible to me.

Danielvito on March 7, 2012 at 11:21 AM

With the good jobs numbers out today, and more on the way Friday, the economy is not going to be driving the electorate to kick out Obama. Romney has nothing to run on if the economy is in recovery.
gumbyandpokey on March 7, 2012 at 11:10 AM

I think it’s very likely the big issue coming up will be Iran, Israel & the ME in general. That pot is steaming and ready to blow before too long. Energy prices are already on the upswing, a full-blown real crisis will send those costs through the roof. The ripple effect, if not tidal waves, that would have on the economy would be massive.

Also, I would keep in mind that, yes, the MSM will try to blow as much economic sunshine as possible up the public’s skirts but the reality is different. When people are hurting – as they are – all the “prosperity is around the corner” talk in the world won’t help much.

whatcat on March 7, 2012 at 11:21 AM

It also matters that Romney himself says the economy is getting better. Awesome campaign tactic! /s

Just Sayin on March 7, 2012 at 11:23 AM

Yep. He’s brilliant!

oldroy on March 7, 2012 at 11:22 AM

I did not vote for Rick Santorum yesterday, I am a Catholic, and I would describe my faith as way pretty similar to the Santorum families, more than I can describe here on a blog.

Anecdotal of course, I was not voting for his religion I was voting for someone who would be qualified to rip up the federal government, and leave the essentials intact, and reduce the number of employees, and cut the budget down to match the revenues.

Nothing to do with theology.

Fleuries on March 7, 2012 at 11:23 AM

“Yep…that 8.5% unemployment rate after having to “sift out” a couple percent to not-participating is a real winner. Happy days are here again.”

All that matters is if the public believes the economy is improving and the Consumer Confidence numbers show that to be the case. And if the overall jobs numbers follow what was released today (and they always do), then Obama is the victor.

gumbyandpokey on March 7, 2012 at 11:17 AM

It also matters that Romney himself says the economy is getting better. Awesome campaign tactic! /s

Just Sayin on March 7, 2012 at 11:23 AM

Monkeytoe on March 7, 2012 at 11:17 AM

The fact that evangelicals are voting for Santorum rather than Romney says absolutely nothing about whether or not Romney can win in November. All it says is that they prefer Santorum to Romney. It does not say that they prefer Obama to Romney. Most evangelicals will vote for Romney, if the choice is between 4 more years of Obama or a pro-business, pro-energy, pro-jobs candidate like Romney.

NuclearPhysicist on March 7, 2012 at 11:25 AM

After 01 APR all the contests are winner-take-all.

They are eligible for WTA. That does not mean they are WTA. Texas is proportional for example because they chose to, even though they were eligible for WTA.

California is WTA and Romney can take that blindfolded.

hanzblinx on March 7, 2012 at 11:27 AM

One way Santorum becomes nominee….Newt drops out, endorses Santorum AND pledges his delegatesto him

jp on March 7, 2012 at 10:02 AM

Not even that would help Santorum. Romney has 415 delegates, Santorum and Gingrich together have 281.

Gelsomina on March 7, 2012 at 11:27 AM

rogaineguy on March 7, 2012 at 9:45 AM

+1 … your logic doesn’t matter here – it’s a huge echo-chamber. hopefully they will all work through the rest of the grieving steps soon.

gatorboy on March 7, 2012 at 11:29 AM

All Romney has to do is pick Rubio as VP and conservatives and some hispanics will back him. It will be game over for Obama as Rubio focus on Conservatives and hispanics and Romney focus on the indies

Conservative4ev on March 7, 2012 at 11:30 AM

Only way Santorum becomes nominee….Newt drops out, endorses Santorum AND pledges his delegatesto him

jp on March 7, 2012 at 10:02 AM

Newt has got to wake up and realize his fantasy is over. Mitt almost certainly has the nomination. Newt can’t get it. Even if he did pull in enough Washington insider favors to get named at a brokered convention, his poor showing in Ohio shows he could not beat Obama.

The only notRomney path at this point is for Newt to DROP OUT NOW.
I personally think Mitt is the best candidate still running and has the best chance of defeating Obama, but he’s certainly not perfect. Santorum’s Ohio showing was strong enough he might be able to win the big one, but only if he’s the nominee and the only way that happens is for Newt to get out.

talkingpoints on March 7, 2012 at 11:30 AM

Romney is so pathetically weak, it’s doubtful he can get to 1,144 delegates by convention:

http://purveyors-of-truth.blogspot.com/2012/03/post-super-tuesday-will-romney-have.html

Norwegian on March 7, 2012 at 11:30 AM

More important is where Romney’s victories have occurred. Romney has shown the ability to bring affluent suburbs back into the GOP. This means that Romney stands much better chance of defeating Obama than his opponents.

Exactly.

Obama will be the glue that will bring all Right-Center voters to the polls — the entire coalition.

Yes, Romney’s vp candidate must shore up Tea Party, evangelical, and/or Hispanic voters. Two of the 3 would be nice, and deliver a key state as well (FL, OH, VA).

The suburbs of Philly, Trenton, Hartford, Pittsburgh, Cleveland, Milwaukee, Cincinnati, Detroit, Des Moines, Denver — this is where the election will be won or lost. Romney will play on Blue turf – states in which Santo or Newt wouldn’t have a prayer – NJ, PA, CT, NH, IA, WI, MI, OH, OR, WA, CO, even NY. We might not win all of those states, but we’ll make Obama go broke defending them. This is called electoral chess, and the Dems are justifiably terrified of Romney’s crossover appeal.

Even Kristen Powers, Democratic operative, gets this — on Fox News last night.

If they want to deny Obama a 2nd term, GOP primary voters need to vote with their head, not their heart.

matthew8787 on March 7, 2012 at 11:36 AM

Danielvito on March 7, 2012 at 11:21 AM

Maybe you should take some time actually listening to what Romney is planning to do after he is elected. Obamacare is not really the most important issue in this election. Unless the GOP can get a filibuster-proof Senate, no repeal of that law will show up on the Presidents desk. The more important issues involve things like building a business-friendly economy, creating jobs, shrinking the size of the Federal bureaucracy, creating tax laws that encourage saving money, cutting government spending, reforming entitlements and balancing the Federal budget. The Romneycare/Obamacare attacks on Romney are old news and will not be the central issue of this election. The vision for America going forward will be front and center and Romney has a much different and conservative view of where this country needs to go than Obama does.

NuclearPhysicist on March 7, 2012 at 11:37 AM

lol, why?

Would you honestly argue, with a straight face, that Breitbart, who at a minimum was very socially libertarian (if not outright socially liberal), would prefer Rick Santorum over Mitt Romney?

Really?

Andrew “Fought for GOProud’s inclusion in CPAC” Breitbart, preferring Rick Santorum?

Rick Santorum?!?!

Vyce on March 7, 2012 at 11:00 AM

His exact quote was not supporting the nominee, was being on the other side went right over your head didn’t it?

Yes,.. with a straight face, from Andrew’s own quote,..

he would support ANY of them,.. if they won the nomination.

now splain to me chuckles.. how that now means, anyone of them.. except Santorum?

We all know what he said..

it was you who twisted it to make it appear Andrew was squarely rooting for Mitt, when Andrew was quite clear, he wasn’t picking a partisan choice in the primaries.. he’d support ANY of them..

now with Andrew conviently dead for you, you attempt to drag his memory where he refused to go.. picking a dog in this fight,..

but you the ever all knowing seer, have declared Andrew endorsing Mitt from the neitherworld..

that’s bottom feeding, and it’s typical of the Mitt crowd.

Breitbart would pimp slap you for pretending to speak for him, when his intention to stay above the gutter fight was clear, Obama was his target, something you Mitt voters can never seem to remember.

mark81150 on March 7, 2012 at 11:38 AM

The only notRomney path at this point is for Newt to DROP OUT NOW.
I personally think Mitt is the best candidate still running and has the best chance of defeating Obama, but he’s certainly not perfect. Santorum’s Ohio showing was strong enough he might be able to win the big one, but only if he’s the nominee and the only way that happens is for Newt to get out.

talkingpoints on March 7, 2012 at 11:30 AM

I think that’s assuming alot. I don’t think Santorum would get all of Newt’s votes. In fact I think Romney would get more of Newts voters. Look at it this way. The people who support Newt are very unlikely value voters or socons given Newt’s baggage. Those people are Santorums main supporters. If they support Newt they are more likely economy first voters and those would go to Romney. Yes there’s always a mixed bag here or there but I don’t think Newt leaving would be the huge benefit to Santorum most think it would be.

Minnfidel on March 7, 2012 at 11:39 AM

The only way Romney could have won was if the economy continued to slide and the opposite is happening.

gumbyandpokey on March 7, 2012 at 11:42 AM

So are you saying you think Santorum would stand a better chance in the general?

Minnfidel on March 7, 2012 at 11:41 AM

This is how the left does it.

Bmore on March 7, 2012 at 11:19 AM

yep, bluegill isn’t a true Romney supporter, it’s not even a Republican. It’s a DNC/Media Matters operative who came here for two purposes –

1) to create enough chaos to keep these threads from focusing on the real problem this country faces – Obama’s failed policies and the plans each of the GOP candidates want to implement to try to fix them.

2) the DNC and Media Matters knows that Hot Air and other conservative blogs are visited by thousands of people who don’t comment but come to them to learn more about the candidates before making their decision who to vote for.

bluegill is doing exactly what it’s mission is – smear the other candidates with lies and half-truths and be so damn obnoxious in it’s feigned support of Romney, that those people reading from the outside will be so turned-off they won’t want to be associated with so called “Romney supporters” like her.

The trouble is, as with all liberals, bluegill went overboard in its outrageously outrageous outrage and has been exposed for what it really is.

Flora Duh on March 7, 2012 at 11:41 AM

“So is that a prediction? If this one Friday report is marginally better than it has been, the public will believe that we are in recovery, and the election is just a foregone conclusion?”

Well, the last jobs report was strong and this one looks to be, also. So that does create the strong narrative that the economy is improving.

And with Romney as the nominee, I do believe the election is a forgone conclusion, much like it was in 96 when Dole never gained any traction.

Bottom line is that Obama is just a flat out better candidate than Mitt Romney. His personal favorability numbers are super and that leads him to get the benefit of any doubt.

The only way Romney could have won was if the economy continued to slide and the opposite is happening.

gumbyandpokey on March 7, 2012 at 11:42 AM

Well, Romney won over half the delegates at stake last night and 6 out of the 10 contests. To listen to this site and MSNBC, you would have thought he lost. Perception and reality don’t seem to line up together much these days. I couldn’t help but thinking (and Mike Barone of Fox said the same thing last night) that Romney is showing strength in the very areas that Obama won last time that sunk McCain. The suburban ring around the big cities where affluent well educated voters reside, went for Obama last time. This time, there is real evidence Romney is going to win these areas back for the Republicans. This started in 2010 and appears to be accelerating. Every time Obama talks about rich versus poor, he is digging a grave for himself with these suburban voters who don’t like such talk. Admittedly, Romney is weak with blue collar rural voters as is Obama. However, I suspect when they go into vote, they will vote for Romney even if they don’t like it. What we have shaping up is a very close November election that only Romney can win. Santorum and Gingrich just can’t put together the kind of electorate necessary to reach 270 electoral votes. In my opinion, Romney will be the strongest candidate we have and if the economy is the main issue (and we are not sidetracked by cultural issues) Romney will eke out a victory similar to ones he winning in Ohio and Michigan.

jake22 on March 7, 2012 at 11:42 AM

Is it difficult to learn to shoot with arthritis?

Portia46 on March 7, 2012 at 10:39 AM

Never too late, Portia. I recommend a 9 mm Browning Hi-Power semi-automatic. My now-elderly uncle, an avid shooter and hunter all his life, suffers terribly from arthritis and finds that particular pistol to be just fine, thanks. The ergonomic design of the grip allows the weapon to practically meld to the hand, the trigger is crisp, not too hard and not too light, and the recoil is largely absorbed by the moderate weight of the frame. The only downside is the comparatively high price, but hey, if you go, go all in.

As an aside, your Obama-supporting friend’s instincts regarding political figures aren’t infallible. The ‘Obama-supporting’ part tends to give it away.

troyriser_gopftw on March 7, 2012 at 11:49 AM

The bottom line: Santorum has even more limited appeal than Romney. All the focus has been on how poorly Romney performs, not on how Santorum keeps blowing double digit leads. Now he’s going around calling the frontrunner a liar. How will that help us in November if we go with Romney–as seems likely? Santorum and his supporters need a lesson in political common sense.

writeblock on March 7, 2012 at 11:50 AM

Well, poor Romney. Whatever deal he and the establishment worked out in 2008 for him to back out isn’t paying off too well this time around. And with Jeb Bush as the next in line, no wonder the establishment is panicking. The cracks are starting to show with Romney. Sure the establishment is anxious to get this over with asap. They’re Obamaing the opposition by attacking them and not allowing any vetting of Romney. And that’s because the more people find out about him the less likeable and invulnerable he becomes. It’s bad when his mask slips. Will we ever learn?

mozalf on March 7, 2012 at 11:50 AM

Conservative4ev on March 7, 2012 at 11:30 AM

Are you that deluded! So if Romneycare picks rubio, we are going to say oh now I’ll vote for romneycare and forget that he was the father of the biggest piece of socialism in our countries history.

God, the establishment think we conservatives have no principle. THEIR IS NO DIFFERENCE BETWEEN OBAMACARE AND ROMNEYCARE. THIS CONSERVATIVE SITS. EVEN IF HE PUT MY FAVORITE POL GOV. PALIN ON THE TICKET. NO WAY IN HELL WOULD I VOTE FOR A SOCIALIST!

Danielvito on March 7, 2012 at 11:51 AM

now splain to me chuckles.. how that now means, anyone of them.. except Santorum?

We all know what he said..

it was you who twisted it to make it appear Andrew was squarely rooting for Mitt, when Andrew was quite clear, he wasn’t picking a partisan choice in the primaries.. he’d support ANY of them..

mark81150 on March 7, 2012 at 11:38 AM

It wasn’t my argument that he’d support “any of them but Santorum,” which you very well know. Which makes you intellectually dishonest.

Wait, apologies. Maybe you DIDN’T know that was my argument. Which would just make you dense.

Yes, Breitbart was 100% behind whomever the GOP nominee was going to be. [That seems to give him a leg up on you, apparently.]

You implied, though, that it was OUTRAGEOUS and INSIDIOUS to insinuate that he’d personally favor Romney, if he had to choose which of the GOP nominees as his personally preferred candidate.

My argument was, given Breitbart’s personal leanings, to suggest he’d choose someone like Santorum over someone like Romney, is laughable. I know that in death, he will become (much like Reagan) someone who’s personal beliefs will now become distorted to act as if he was far more conservative than he really was, but truth be told, at least on a social level, Breitbart had far more in common with us moderates than with hard-right social idealogues like Santorum.

Vyce on March 7, 2012 at 11:51 AM

Look at it this way. The people who support Newt are very unlikely value voters or socons given Newt’s baggage.

Minnfidel on March 7, 2012 at 11:39 AM

Yes, there’s no way people who support Gingrich could ever consider “values” to be important. Why do I get the feeling you’ve never bothered to look at Gingrich’s proposed plan for “socon” issues?

If they support Newt they are more likely economy first voters…

Minnfidel on March 7, 2012 at 11:39 AM

Ding! Ding! Ding!

Let’s get someone in there who can try to right the economy ship first and foremost. After that’s done the “socon” issues can then be debated.

I think that’s assuming alot.

Minnfidel on March 7, 2012 at 11:39 AM

hmmm

Flora Duh on March 7, 2012 at 11:53 AM

gumbyandpokey on March 7, 2012 at 11:42 AM

You are too willing to believe the economy is really improving. Real people who are living in other peoples basements and dropping out of the job market don’t feel the love. Those who see the state of the economy for what it really is will vote for change. They will vote for anyone but Obama. They will vote for Romney.

NuclearPhysicist on March 7, 2012 at 11:53 AM

Flora Duh on March 7, 2012 at 11:41 AM

Yep. ; )

Bmore on March 7, 2012 at 11:55 AM

Mitt didn’t get the Jesus people in TN, GA and OK. Other than that he ran the table. What’s more, he established without doubt that Newt, Santo and Paul can not win under any scenario. Gee, who’s left with Newt, Santo and Paul out of contention? Noodle that for a while and get back to me when you think you’ve figured it out.

MJBrutus on March 7, 2012 at 11:56 AM

a capella on March 7, 2012 at 11:11 AM

She wants us to suffer for lent?

Vyce on March 7, 2012 at 11:51 AM

Keep pedaling. Mark is right about Breitbart. You have no idea who AB would choose, considering they all reek.

Lightswitch on March 7, 2012 at 11:58 AM

Mitt has more delegates than everyone else combined. It’s over except for santorum’s beating up on mitt and mr. sweatervest’s interminable whining.

aniptofar on March 7, 2012 at 11:59 AM

“you’d better pack a lunch and a flashlight, ’cause that’s gonna take all day and half the night.”

Was your a$$ that big?

NotCoach on March 7, 2012 at 11:59 AM

Well, poor Romney. Whatever deal he and the establishment worked out in 2008 for him to back out isn’t paying off too well this time around. mozalf on March 7, 2012 at 11:50 AM

While hardly enthusiastic about Romney, your statement is beyond silly considering that he’s clearly now the frontrunner and has the wind at his back as they say. I am not saying the race is over but it will be tough for either of the two others to catch him in the delegate count now. I’d say it’s working out pretty well for him.

Minnfidel on March 7, 2012 at 12:00 PM

Santorum is a populist, not a fiscal conservative. Romney’s a pragmatist and a fiscal conservative. He’s in it to fix problems, not to fight the culture war. The division is between the moralizers and the pragmatists. Most independents are the latter.

writeblock on March 7, 2012 at 12:01 PM

You have to wonder about a candidate who doesn’t even click with his own party at this point. Probably because he’s the closest thing to the democrat candidate compared to the other 3. At least the others offer something in strong contrast and something we can vote for. With Romney, it’s just a wash with Obama and how horrible it will be with Obama again. We know that, but why would democrats and independents want to change when Romney offers the same thing only masquerading as a rich, white, republican?

mozalf on March 7, 2012 at 12:03 PM

Contrary to many sentiments at HA, Romney is well-positioned on the health care issue for the general.

1. If the Supremes rule Obamacare is unconstitutional, then the issue is essentially dead. In fact it will be Romney who can make Obamacare an issue – while the economy was crashing, Obama wasted 2 years of his presidency and all of his political capital on a bill struck down by the Supreme Court. Also vindicates Romney’s 10th amendment argument.

2. If the Supremes punt or uphold Obamacare, then the 2010 coalition that defeated the Dems remains intact, and Romney can ride it. At most there will be 2 questions in two televised debates that will deal with this issue. On the stump, Romney has consistently said he will grant an immediate 50-state waiver on January 20, 2013; followed by an executive order pulling the plug on any pending Obamacare regs; followed by defunding the mandate through the budget reconciliation process; and followed by full repeal.

Bottom line: Santo is exaggerating the health care issue when projecting to the fall campaign. If scenario #1 comes to pass, then Santo has NOTHING.

Under either scenario, Romney is well-positioned, including the fact that he cannot be demonized as “not caring about health care for the uninsured,” which has dogged past GOP nominees.

matthew8787 on March 7, 2012 at 12:04 PM

While hardly enthusiastic about Romney, your statement is beyond silly considering that he’s clearly now the frontrunner and has the wind at his back as they say. I am not saying the race is over but it will be tough for either of the two others to catch him in the delegate count now. I’d say it’s working out pretty well for him.

Minnfidel on March 7, 2012 at 12:00 PM

I strongly disagree. The only wind is his paid media flunkies trying to make it sound like he’s the inevitable nominee. They’ve been saying that since Iowa, then New Hampshire, then Florida, and on an on, and it hasn’t quite worked out so well for him since then. There’s still plenty of states and delegates left and more than plenty of time to stop him if nothing else. That alone is a very hopeful and good thing.

mozalf on March 7, 2012 at 12:04 PM

I did not vote for Rick Santorum yesterday, I am a Catholic, and I would describe my faith as way pretty similar to the Santorum families, more than I can describe here on a blog.

Anecdotal of course, I was not voting for his religion I was voting for someone who would be qualified to rip up the federal government, and leave the essentials intact, and reduce the number of employees, and cut the budget down to match the revenues.

Other than not understanding your first sentence, let me tell you, as a practicing Catholic if those are the reasons you used to make up your mind and let me assume you voted for Romney, you voted for the wrong candidate…if you voted for Paul, for the reasons you stated, you threw away your vote.

ironmarshal on March 7, 2012 at 12:05 PM

mozalf on March 7, 2012 at 12:03 PM

You are not very observant. Romney is campaigning on the opposite of what Obama is actually doing.

NuclearPhysicist on March 7, 2012 at 12:05 PM

The Long Campaign keeps Obama from attacking Mitt daily.

It’s a good thing.

If it was over today, that would be 8 months for Obama to attack and obliterate Mitt.

We want a short intense knife fight.

faraway on March 7, 2012 at 12:05 PM

The fact that evangelicals are voting for Santorum rather than Romney says absolutely nothing about whether or not Romney can win in November. All it says is that they prefer Santorum to Romney. It does not say that they prefer Obama to Romney. Most evangelicals will vote for Romney, if the choice is between 4 more years of Obama or a pro-business, pro-energy, pro-jobs candidate like Romney.

Concur. The point is that it will be much easier to get conservatives to vote for Romney than independents for Santorum.

This is the general election in a nutshell.

matthew8787 on March 7, 2012 at 12:05 PM

Low-res though it is, that pic makes me laugh.

MadisonConservative on March 7, 2012 at 12:06 PM

Even though Romney won the huge bulk of Super Tuesday delegates and six states, the real ‘beauty contest” was the Ohio popular vote which, in my opinion, Santorum “had” to win and fell just short.

Gingrich’s only two accomplishments were that he won his home state and Sarah Palin’s (but not Alaska’s) vote.Gingrich’s performance, outside of Georgia was dismal and, by staying in the race, he hurts Santorum’s fleeting chances.

Although Super Tuesday appears to be a big win for Romney, I predict the results will be completely overshadowed between now and election day by events completely outside of political control-Viz: Israel and Iran. Trump has predicted that Obama could “beat Israel to the punch” and attack Iran unilaterally- or in a secret, planned, coordinated attack with Israel.Since Romney is his most feared candidate (Gingrich as yet to prove he can win a state north of Virginia or west of the Mississippi and Santorum lost his re-election bid in Pa. by a whopping 15 points), if Obama feels an Iran attack could juice him in the polls, he just might do it. But even if Israel attacks first, a prompt and supportive Obama could still make him politically unreachable.

MaiDee on March 7, 2012 at 12:06 PM

Romney is so pathetically weak, it’s doubtful he can get to 1,144 delegates by convention:

http://purveyors-of-truth.blogspot.com/2012/03/post-super-tuesday-will-romney-have.html

Norwegian on March 7, 2012 at 11:30 AM

Romney has 415 delegates, not 404, and Texas is not WTA.

Gelsomina on March 7, 2012 at 12:08 PM

Danielvito on March 7, 2012 at 11:21 AM

Maybe you should take some time actually listening to what Romney is planning to do after he is elected. Obamacare is not really the most important issue in this election. Unless the GOP can get a filibuster-proof Senate, no repeal of that law will show up on the Presidents desk. The more important issues involve things like building a business-friendly economy, creating jobs, shrinking the size of the Federal bureaucracy, creating tax laws that encourage saving money, cutting government spending, reforming entitlements and balancing the Federal budget. The Romneycare/Obamacare attacks on Romney are old news and will not be the central issue of this election. The vision for America going forward will be front and center and Romney has a much different and conservative view of where this country needs to go than Obama does.

NuclearPhysicist on March 7, 2012 at 11:37 AM

He lied about what he planned to do after the 2002 MA Gubernatorial election:

BOSTON — Much of the business community in Massachusetts was puzzled. Mitt Romney, a Republican with high-caliber corporate credentials, had run for governor pledging to sweep aside barriers to business and act as the state’s “top salesman.”

But just a few months after Mr. Romney took office in 2003, what he delivered seemed anything but friendly to the C.E.O. crowd: a bill to financial firms for what they saw as $110 million in new corporate taxes — and a promise of more to come.

http://www.nytimes.com/2011/10/02/us/politics/romneys-strategies-as-governor-bucked-his-ceo-image.html?_r=4&pagewanted=all

He lied about his opposition to a federal mandate:

http://www.therightscoop.com/2009-romney-op-ed-obama-should-use-my-individual-mandate-in-obamacare/

He cannot be trusted to do ANYTHING he says. He’s a liar and a lifelong leftist.

ebrown2 on March 7, 2012 at 12:08 PM

mark81150 on March 7, 2012 at 11:38 AM

Vyce on March 7, 2012 at 11:51 AM

Instead of arguing over it, why not let Breitbart himself tell you what his ideology was.

Listen all the way to the end.

Flora Duh on March 7, 2012 at 12:08 PM

Santorum is a populist, not a fiscal conservative. Romney’s a pragmatist and a fiscal conservative. He’s in it to fix problems, not to fight the culture war. The division is between the moralizers and the pragmatists. Most independents are the latter.

Any yet another poster misses the critical point…there is no way to seperate the decline of the American economy from the structural decline of the culture and morality…you create a culture of dependency through welfare or name any other program and you diminish self reliance and the strength of the family (there he goes again, reminding us about the linchpin of culture)…you can’t deal with the bloating of government until you tackle the underlying decline of the culture. If you try you’ll ultimately fail.

ironmarshal on March 7, 2012 at 12:08 PM

Santorum is a populist, not a fiscal conservative. Romney’s a pragmatist and a fiscal conservative. He’s in it to fix problems, not to fight the culture war. The division is between the moralizers and the pragmatists. Most independents are the latter.

writeblock on March 7, 2012 at 12:01 PM

Bingo. Right now the economy is issue numero uno to most people be it left or right or in between. Santorum has some good qualities about him but he’s not the right person to lead on economic issues. Yes people still care about social issues but that battle seems very secondary right now to most people. Santorum would get pummeled in the general. I am not saying that with glee or out of some big enthusiastic love for Mitt. But I truly think that Mitt is the best shot out of the remaining 3 candidates to beat Obama.

Minnfidel on March 7, 2012 at 12:11 PM

My argument was, given Breitbart’s personal leanings, to suggest he’d choose someone like Santorum over someone like Romney, is laughable. I know that in death, he will become (much like Reagan) someone who’s personal beliefs will now become distorted to act as if he was far more conservative than he really was, but truth be told, at least on a social level, Breitbart had far more in common with us moderates than with hard-right social idealogues like Santorum.

Vyce on March 7, 2012 at 11:51 AM

I would quit digging that hole. You can guess at what Breibart would have done but personally I think it’s ridiculous and maybe even disrepectful to do so. Using someone who is deceased, who never supported a paricular candidate, to further your candidate is at best…disengenuous and at worst…disgusting.

Deanna on March 7, 2012 at 12:11 PM

After Mitt’s attempt to buy the WH fails, I hope he takes his wife on the trip of a lifetime. She seems very sweet and all this stress can’t be good for someone with her condition.

McDuck on March 7, 2012 at 12:12 PM

strongly disagree. The only wind is his paid media flunkies trying to make it sound like he’s the inevitable nominee. They’ve been saying that since Iowa, then New Hampshire, then Florida, and on an on, and it hasn’t quite worked out so well for him since then. There’s still plenty of states and delegates left and more than plenty of time to stop him if nothing else. That alone is a very hopeful and good thing.

mozalf on March 7, 2012 at 12:04 PM

I don’t think it’s only his paid media “flunkies” etc. saying it. If you look at the raw numbers and reality on the ground. The analyisis I saw (I think it was Michael Barone) was that Santorum would have to get 72% of the remaining delegates to get the nomination. That’s a tall order and would take a massive turn around or major flub by Romney at this point.

Minnfidel on March 7, 2012 at 12:14 PM

mozalf on March 7, 2012 at 12:03 PM

You are not very observant. Romney is campaigning on the opposite of what Obama is actually doing.

NuclearPhysicist on March 7, 2012 at 12:05 PM

You’ve hit a good point and one of the main reasons Romney is stumbling. We don’t TRUST him. Romney campaigns and promises anything to get elected and, as he did in Massachusetts, caves under pressure. We don’t trust him to stick with his principles because they’ve changed back and forth over the years anyway. And he’s all over the place. The other 3 candidates have stuck with their prinicples and I trust Santorum the most. Gingrich also, but Paul, as nuts as he is, sticks to his principles. Romney will be the perfect foil for the democrats. And they’ll get him to do their dirty work and put a republican face on it.

mozalf on March 7, 2012 at 12:14 PM

And that’s because the more people find out about him the less likeable and invulnerable he becomes. It’s bad when his mask slips. Will we ever learn?

mozalf on March 7, 2012 at 11:50 AM

in a word – NO

the fact that the GOP is even for a fleeting second considering jeb to truth enough …

conservative tarheel on March 7, 2012 at 12:14 PM

matthew8787 on March 7, 2012 at 12:04 PM

So I get your logic straight, you need the supreme court to protect us from Obamacare and Romneycare, so that gives us the green light to vote for your sociolist, romneycare.

What happens to your logic, if scalia dies tomorrow and Obamasatin appoints another liberal. Both Obamacare AND Romneycare stays in tack.

And before you say, well romneycare if elected would appoint a conservative judge, you would be wrong. When Romneycare was Gov. of Ma. for his one term, he appointed the most liberal judges in state history for either party.

Danielvito on March 7, 2012 at 12:14 PM

ebrown2 on March 7, 2012 at 12:08 PM

We have a thread winner!

Danielvito on March 7, 2012 at 12:16 PM

Keep pedaling. Mark is right about Breitbart. You have no idea who AB would choose, considering they all reek.

Lightswitch on March 7, 2012 at 11:58 AM

He would choose the eventual nominee. He would not vote for Obama or stay at home, just because he doesn’t like the nominee. That’s what the discussion is about.

Gelsomina on March 7, 2012 at 12:19 PM

mozalf on March 7, 2012 at 12:14 PM

In MA, Romney had a lopsided liberal legislature to work with. They had the ability to override any veto that he might try. As President, Romney will most likely have a GOP majority in the House and the Senate. He won’t be hindered in pursuing the agenda that he is campaigning on. Regardless, I think that the American people will prefer a real chance at changing things around with Romney, rather than sticking with Obama policies on steroids that are clearly failing to make things any better.

NuclearPhysicist on March 7, 2012 at 12:20 PM

The last line of Garaghty’s point is actually almost comical.

Sure, Romney had a great night in terms of delegates. I stand by my assessment that his road to the nomination is the hardest, except for all of the others. But he’s still got glaring weaknesses in connecting with people.

Sooooo yea, he had a great night in terms of delegates and is in the lead. The bad news for the other 3 candidates is that you actually have to have… you know, more delegates than the other guy to win…….This line is the most laughable I actualy laughed when I read it. “his road to the nomination is the hardest, except for all of the others”. That’s a line that would make Yogi Bera or Joe Biden proud. Sorry guys. Romney was actually my third choice so I join you in your lament. The fat lady hasn’t sung yet. But Rosie is warming up. Any way you want to spin it, Santorum or Newt face pretty long odds.

Minnfidel on March 7, 2012 at 12:22 PM

Still trying to figure out why SoCons are so willing to throw themselves and their firstborn off the parapets for a failed big government, union supporting, Romney wannabe just because he spouts a couple of (insincere) magic words about abortion and gays.

JFS61 on March 7, 2012 at 12:22 PM

Jazz, I’m sorry but Ohio was an absolute must win for Santorum for a very good reason.

http://frontloading.blogspot.com/2012/03/santorum-cant-get-to-1144.html

Even if both Newt Gingrich AND Ron Paul dropped out, and ALL of their voters went to Santorum, mathematically it’d still be next to impossible for Santorum to clinch the nomination. The absolute best they could do is take it to a brokered convention, where Mitt Romney would be the likely winner anyway.

Lets be honest here, Newt held on for a month without a win, he’s probably not going to drop out after winning Georgia. Ron Paul probably wouldn’t drop out if you offered him millions to do so. Even if they did, polling suggests only a little over half of Newts backers would go to Santorum. As for Ron Paul supporters. I’ve talked to quite a few and if Ron Paul dropped out they either wouldn’t vote or they’d vote Romney, he honestly seems to be their second choice because of the good relationship between Paul and Romney.

As for the narrow margin, I’ve heard a few reports since last night, that as with Michigan there were a number of democrats that crossed over to vote for Santorum for the sake of derailing Romney. It doesn’t look as it was quite as widespread as in Michigan, and it would’ve still been tight, but it honestly looks like his victory would’ve been a bit more solid if it hadn’t been for this.

Look, I’m sorry, I know you don’t like Romney, but realistically the writing is on the wall. Our options are down to either Romney, or Obama. If we take it to a brokered convention we’ll be handing it to Obama.

I for one will gladly take Romney over Obama, despite some of the drama you’ve seen around here its pretty clear that there is a wide gulf between the two ideologically.

WolvenOne on March 7, 2012 at 12:26 PM

. It is something I have long worried about.
Monkeytoe on March 7, 2012 at 11:17 AM

the GOP voters have set the stage and we deserve this. yesterday was my last day ever voting republican. i will not be associated with social conservatives.their no different than liberals. they dont want obama telling them how to live, but think santourm has that right. neither group beleve in or understand liberty,and the men who died protecting it. i now consider myself a lone wolf,even though i know i’am not alone. bye bye GOP,you deserve every bad thing ahead of you.

svs22422 on March 7, 2012 at 12:27 PM

Romney will govern Right-Center consistent with his mandate. You dance with those who brung ya in this business.

Romney MUST govern right or he would face a fatal primary challenge in 2016. Moreoever, he must govern right if he expects the economy to recover, because we are headed for a cliff with this debt loan. The point is that it is in his own self-interest to govern as a conservative.

As NRO has pointed out, conservatives will OWN Romney. No so with either Rick or Newt – they are the ones more likely to stray from the reservation.

As to the extreme doubters: were you aware that Judge Robert Bork is leading Romney’s judicial selection panel for pending federal vacancies?

matthew8787 on March 7, 2012 at 12:27 PM

I really think the Tea Party is working to undermine Romney and lose the election this year. It’s now mathematically impossible for Santorum to win the nomination but Hotair is still posting about a long haul to the convention.

When you think about how much this website, and other conservative media outlets have to gain by an Obama second term, it starts to become clear as to why they’re actively trying to hurt him before the general election. It’s a business decision, and conservative dissent makes alot of money in ad revenue.

As far as the evangelicals not supporting Romney…You’d be foolish to think religious beliefs aren’t playing some part in this. Santorum and Romney both have alot of bad decisions when it comes to bad votes and bog government. However, Santorum receives a free pass because he’s a Christian.

1984 in real life on March 7, 2012 at 12:30 PM

He would choose the eventual nominee. He would not vote for Obama or stay at home, just because he doesn’t like the nominee. That’s what the discussion is about.

Gelsomina on March 7, 2012 at 12:19 PM

Yes, AB would vote ABO in the general.

Vyce clearly implied that Mitt would be AB’s choice over Santorum.

Lightswitch on March 7, 2012 at 12:38 PM

Flora Duh on March 7, 2012 at 11:41 AM

geeeez Duh…you hit that right!

KOOLAID2 on March 7, 2012 at 12:42 PM

Romney is rolling up win after another and the Conservative punditry can’t stand it. I hate you all.

echosyst on March 7, 2012 at 12:48 PM

Romney is rolling up win after another and the Conservative punditry can’t stand it. I hate you all.

echosyst on March 7, 2012 at 12:48 PM

Lolz. Ok.

Lightswitch on March 7, 2012 at 12:48 PM

Romney is rolling up win after another and the Conservative punditry can’t stand it. I hate you all.

echosyst on March 7, 2012 at 12:48 PM

Doesn’t it just scream of an occupy wall street narrative? “The poor, working class Christian kid from Penn. keeps getting put down by the evil corporate blood sucker with a silly religion!”

1984 in real life on March 7, 2012 at 12:51 PM

It wasn’t my argument that he’d support “any of them but Santorum,” which you very well know. Which makes you intellectually dishonest.

no,.. you were giggling yourself stupid at the notion

Wait, apologies. Maybe you DIDN’T know that was my argument. Which would just make you dense.

oh,.. so, you just label me as stupid, after you tap danced all over the very , snicker,… idea Andrew would ever consider supporting Rick, for taking you at your word.

Yes, Breitbart was 100% behind whomever the GOP nominee was going to be.

That was my point, which you completely overlooked in your post.

[That seems to give him a leg up on you, apparently.]

I’ve stated numerous times I’ll vote for the nominee in November, even if it’s Mitt,. so who’s dense again?…

You implied, though, that it was OUTRAGEOUS and INSIDIOUS to insinuate that he’d personally favor Romney, if he had to choose which of the GOP nominees as his personally preferred candidate.

You did insinuate pretty clearly Mitt was Breitbart’s guy, and never once made that as a personal distinction, nor that it wasn’t anything but your mental masturbation. Andrew stayed out of the foodfight, you know it too… but tried pretty hard to make it seem as if he endorsed Mitt.

My argument was, given Breitbart’s personal leanings, to suggest he’d choose someone like Santorum over someone like Romney, is laughable.

That wasn’t what you wrote, you were pretty clear you knew exactly who Breitbart was supporting, then put in the “Then you are on the other side” quote to slap the troops into doing what… sniff,.. Andrew wanted..

that’s was lowrent..

I know that in death, he will become (much like Reagan) someone who’s personal beliefs will now become distorted to act as if he was far more conservative than he really was, but truth be told, at least on a social level, Breitbart had far more in common with us moderates than with hard-right social idealogues like Santorum.

You are the only one rewriting his legacy,.. we know he wasn’t all that socially conservative.. but we loved him anyway, because he respected us, and demanded, DEMANDED, the MSM give us a fair shot at the market place of ideas, he wanted us to speak out, valued our input..

Vyce on March 7, 2012 at 11:51 AM

your post spit on all of that, trying to make him just another Mittbot, sneering at the hicks.. those stupid voters who don’t wallow in Mitt’s awesomeness.. he was all about the conservative cause, and wanted, valued the entire party..

something that slipped right past you, and the other party technocrats, too busy sneering to listen, too long a stick up yer ass to get why Mitt has so little social con support.

You are essentially hopingto poach enough democrat votes to safely ignore the most faithful, motivated wing of the party..

and that, is F*&*ed up.

I’ll be there,.. it’s your faction that nobody trusts., instead of working on that, or talking to us, you sit back after throwing rocks, then try and steal the best respected brand in the movemnt to validate it.

mark81150 on March 7, 2012 at 12:55 PM

Hold the presses.

Romney wins 6 super tuesday states. comes in 2nd in other three,wins mor than 50 percent of delegates.

MSM. Romney gets clobberred on super tuesday.

lol

gerrym51 on March 7, 2012 at 12:56 PM

1984 in real life on March 7, 2012 at 12:30 PM

well, that’s true, it’s not for nothing that they call GOP the stupid party…imagine that Romney won 6 states out of 10 last night, yet these people are irrecuperably delusional, they go on and on and on about how Mitt didn’t actually win-win, while in reality those pathetic two losers are there just for the mischief, what the heck was Santorum’s big win last night? any surprise there, he was supposed to take Ohio, same like he wass supposed to take MI a while ago…well, he never did, not only that, but Romney got even Alaska last night…and I believe you are right about the extremist being out to create problems for Romney, but hey, it works both ways. a lot of people are getting so tired of these troglodytes, if they want war, they’ll get it. What goes around comes around, same like they are undermining Romney, their TP candidates in congress and senate can be undermined too, with the exact same tactics…

jimver on March 7, 2012 at 12:57 PM

But the Buckeye State victory came by a margin that wouldn’t fill up a decent college football game audience.

More like basketball game.

Lord of the Wings on March 7, 2012 at 12:57 PM

Hold the presses. Romney wins 6 super tuesday states. comes in 2nd in other three,wins mor than 50 percent of delegates.MSM. Romney gets clobberred on super tuesday.lol

gerrym51 on March 7, 2012 at 12:56 PM

their state of delusion has crossed into pathological terrain long before super tue…their reaction to yesterday contests is just the diagnosis confirmation :-)…

jimver on March 7, 2012 at 1:03 PM

Romney is the worst candidate we have, except for all the others. Sorry Snow White, your prince is a Mormon with a liberal past. Ronald Reagan was a Democrat who raised taxes and supported abortion; yet he went on to become a Conservative hero. Seems to me that we could do much worse than to take a chance on Mitt. He’s no Reagan, but he could be our last, best chance to beat back the advances of statism. For all of their words and ability to press hot buttons, I don’t see Santorum, Gingrich or Paul being any better. I see them as having more liabilities and being less qualified than Romney.

FogDog on March 7, 2012 at 1:06 PM

This is why the base will not come home in this election. No person with any kind of self-respect would join a cause where they are so universally despised. From this thread alone (and none of it is as vicious as it has frequently been over the last weeks):

Yes, it is sad. But the maturation process for the chronically juvenile is often difficult to watch. But it will all be worth it when they finally grow up and stick to what’s real.
cicerone on March 7, 2012 at 10:26 AM

He seems to have trouble when a state is over 70 % evangelical. That says more about them than it does about Romney.
BobScuba on March 7, 2012 at 8:49 AM [note to Bob: research what happened in 2000 when 4 million of your despised evangelicals stayed home]

Ignore them, it’s pointless to try and persuade people who are negative and too simple to understand what’s at stake this election.
NoDonkey on March 7, 2012 at 9:02 AM

I’m fairly confident that all the crybabies, will rally to support whoever gets the final nod. If they don’t, they deserve another 4 with Obama.
BettyRuth on March 7, 2012 at 9:11 AM

Yes Jazz and other right wing bloggers sound like Debbie Downers this morning.
galtani on March 7, 2012 at 9:12 AM

They just really hate Romney. The spin at HA is starting to get really disgusting.
Zaggs on March 7, 2012 at 9:21 AM

Let me guess, none of them will accept the blame either? It will be because of “The Establishment”.
Zaggs on March 7, 2012 at 9:26 AM

It’s time for all the purity pimps to get over themselves.
The Count on March 7, 2012 at 9:31 AM

Troll talk.
cicerone on March 7, 2012 at 10:10 AM

That’s absurd. He has been going after ObaMao all along. But I guess it’s easy to miss that when you refuse to pay attention and lack the intellectual honesty to acknowledge basic reality.
cicerone on March 7, 2012 at 10:17 AM

What else are the voices in your head telling you? Maybe you need to up the dosage on your meds.
cicerone on March 7, 2012 at 10:21 AM

Yes, it is sad. But the maturation process for the chronically juvenile is often difficult to watch. But it will all be worth it when they finally grow up and stick to what’s real.
cicerone on March 7, 2012 at 10:26 AM

think, especially on a site with multiple bloggers, the “endorsements” are counter-productive. That’s even aside from such endorsements meaning very little, if anything, other than a display of vanity.
whatcat on March 7, 2012 at 10:36 AM

You have to be a US citizen to vote. But thanks for sharing your feelings about Obama’s re-election. Daily Kos is that way —->
hanzblinx on March 7, 2012 at 10:48 AM

would recommend a group trip to the therapist.
Fleuries on March 7, 2012 at 10:52 AM

Eloquent:

Don’t lecture me stumpy, not my first rodeo, your boy is neck deep in sh*t, and you have the gall to say it was just being truthful? Just be glad we’ll vote in November, your people skills suck.
mark81150 on March 7, 2012 at 10:19 AM

Portia46 on March 7, 2012 at 1:10 PM

mark81150 on March 7, 2012 at 12:55 PM

Here’s a clip from Redeye where Breitbart makes his feelings about Mitt known.

Breitbart on Mitt

Go to 38:00 min in.

Can’t say what he thought about Santorum, but he did not like Mitt’s chances either.

BakerAllie on March 7, 2012 at 1:12 PM

I really think the Tea Party is working to undermine Romney and lose the election this year. It’s now mathematically impossible for Santorum to win the nomination but Hotair is still posting about a long haul to the convention.

When you think about how much this website, and other conservative media outlets have to gain by an Obama second term, it starts to become clear as to why they’re actively trying to hurt him before the general election. It’s a business decision, and conservative dissent makes alot of money in ad revenue.

As far as the evangelicals not supporting Romney…You’d be foolish to think religious beliefs aren’t playing some part in this. Santorum and Romney both have alot of bad decisions when it comes to bad votes and bog government. However, Santorum receives a free pass because he’s a Christian.

1984 in real life on March 7, 2012 at 12:30 PM

Lord, talk about yer sour grapes.. so we’re all either hoping Obama will win to make money.. or we’re all bigots hatin on the Mormon…

For a guy who did pretty well last night, you’re preety quick to allude to darker forces at work.. and your side calls mine teh crazed?

Maybe, just a thought,.. we just don’t like the uninspiring guy from New England who says nice things about that really nice Mr. Obama, who’ bless his heart, is just in over his head..

ya think?

We don’t need him to scream dirty names, or call him a communist, we need PASSION… not a guy who acts as if, he doesn’t win, oh well, he’s doing ok… oh wait,… he did say something to that effect didn’t he?

Romney runs like he’s Coolidge, a mild progressive who just wants to tnker a bit, and what we need is a friggin war leader, someone who has a PASSIONATE need to save this country..

he sure as Hell doesn’t convey that.. he’s stiff wooden,.. and inspires nobody, so yes, we want another choice.

mark81150 on March 7, 2012 at 1:12 PM

He cannot be trusted to do ANYTHING he says. He’s a liar and a lifelong leftist.

ebrown2 on March 7, 2012 at 12:08 PM

This is correct.

Just Sayin on March 7, 2012 at 1:32 PM

Is it difficult to learn to shoot with arthritis?

Portia46 on March 7, 2012 at 10:39 AM

Never too late, Portia. I recommend a 9 mm Browning Hi-Power semi-automatic. My now-elderly uncle, an avid shooter and hunter all his life, suffers terribly from arthritis and finds that particular pistol to be just fine, thanks. The ergonomic design of the grip allows the weapon to practically meld to the hand, the trigger is crisp, not too hard and not too light, and the recoil is largely absorbed by the moderate weight of the frame. The only downside is the comparatively high price, but hey, if you go, go all in.

As an aside, your Obama-supporting friend’s instincts regarding political figures aren’t infallible. The ‘Obama-supporting’ part tends to give it away.

troyriser_gopftw on March 7, 2012 at 11:49 AM

Why thank you. I’m actually serious because I live next to a metropolitan area and I’m very certain there will be riots when the food shortages start.

Let me clarify about my friend, I meant instincts about basic character. Her political saavy isn’t the same thing at all. And I think her enthusiasm over Obama was part of the “historical election” meme.

Portia46 on March 7, 2012 at 1:35 PM

but hey, it works both ways. a lot of people are getting so tired of these troglodytes, if they want war, they’ll get it. What goes around comes around, same like they are undermining Romney, their TP candidates in congress and senate can be undermined too, with the exact same tactics…

jimver on March 7, 2012 at 12:57 PM

and you call us delusional?

we are working to undermine the Romney?????

the horror..

and here I thought we were just trying to get our choice elected nominee.. But that damned old democracy thing… gumming up the works for your guy is just too much to bare ain’t it?

This is personal, because you hyper partisans made it that way..

now, just supporting your choice..

is “undermining” the awesomely awesome Mittens.. you might want to start with an old fashioned enemies list,.. make sure you spell our names right…

I wasn’t commited to anyone, till late,.. then drifted towards Newt for a couple of weeks, then settled on Santorum, as being the closest to having my values, if not being exactly perfect, he at least doesn’t roll his eyes when things like conservative principles were brought up.

Then after a week or two of having my choice trashed, my intelligence, education, social class and income status questioned… being called a bigot, when I haven’t once said anything about his religion, and frankly, haven’t even thought about it..

your side whines about being “undermined”?

damn… and here I thought our side was about free speech, apparently not when the Romness is questioned.

Allah was right, that not supporting Romney was soon to be a thought crime..

slap on the cuffs then, just mind the up raised middle fingers..

mark81150 on March 7, 2012 at 1:38 PM

The trouble is, as with all liberals, bluegill went overboard in its outrageously outrageous outrage and has been exposed for what it really is.

Flora Duh on March 7, 2012 at 11:41 AM

did the hammer swing ???

I must have missed it …. havnt seen bluegill or the good DR. lately

conservative tarheel on March 7, 2012 at 1:39 PM

Move love bombs from Romney (and MJBrutus, are you telling usthat Romney despises Jesus and anyone who worships him? You need to get the word out on that one.)

their state of delusion has crossed into pathological terrain long before super tue…their reaction to yesterday contests is just the diagnosis confirmation :-)…
jimver on March 7, 2012 at 1:03 PM

but hey, it works both ways. a lot of people are getting so tired of these troglodytes, if they want war, they’ll get it.
jimver on March 7, 2012 at 12:57 PM

Romney is rolling up win after another and the Conservative punditry can’t stand it. I hate you all.
echosyst on March 7, 2012 at 12:48 PM

Mitt didn’t get the Jesus people in TN, GA and OK.
MJBrutus on March 7, 2012 at 11:56 AM

Portia46 on March 7, 2012 at 1:40 PM

mozalf on March 7, 2012 at 12:14 PM

In MA, Romney had a lopsided liberal legislature to work with. They had the ability to override any veto that he might try. As President, Romney will most likely have a GOP majority in the House and the Senate. He won’t be hindered in pursuing the agenda that he is campaigning on. Regardless, I think that the American people will prefer a real chance at changing things around with Romney, rather than sticking with Obama policies on steroids that are clearly failing to make things any better.

NuclearPhysicist on March 7, 2012 at 12:20 PM

The scary thing is that if we don’t get a solid republican majority in the Congress, and it’s beginning to look that way sad to say with Maine and Virginia, the democrats will run ramshod over Romney as they did in Massachusetts and continue with their policies. He’s weak and I don’t trust him at all. At least with the other 3 we know they would fight the democrats no matter what.

mozalf on March 7, 2012 at 1:41 PM

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