Kansas county GOP chair on Romney: “Apparently, he chose to go to Guam”

posted at 8:15 pm on March 11, 2012 by Tina Korbe

Kansas voters aren’t particularly happy that Mitt Romney bypassed their state and they weren’t shy about saying it. WaPo’s Felicia Sonmez reports:

Mitt Romney not only bypassed Saturday’s Kansas caucuses, but he was the only candidate who failed to send a surrogate to Wichita, one of the largest voting sites in the state. …

For the GOP frontrunner to not only ignore Kansas voters by failing to have any presence at one of the state’s prime voting sites struck some caucus-goers here as surprising.

“Republicans in Kansas are very conservative, and Romney’s voting record just speaks to a big-government liberal,” said Karl Watson, a 21-year-old student and Ron Paul supporter. “That really turns a lot of voters off in Kansas. And then couple that with the fact that he was sent an invite to speak at a number of different events, and his campaign ignored all of the requests from Kansans, just flat-out ignored them – people aren’t happy about that.”

Bob White, a 74-year-old retiree and Santorum supporter, said that he will ultimately vote for “anybody but Obama” but that Romney didn’t do his campaign any favors by avoiding Wichita.

“I thought it was awfully bad that Romney didn’t send any representation other than the boring letter,” he said.

Sedgwick County GOP Chairman Bob Dool summarized Romney’s choice, “Apparently, he chose to go to Guam [yesterday]. I understand he picked up seven votes there.”

That’s it: Romney did choose to go to Guam and it was a smart choice. Romney won yesterday’s delegate count without winning a single state. Dool’s comment — and, indeed, the entire GOP primary race so far — confirms: Romney alone seems to recognize that, when it comes to securing the actual nomination, delegate math is most important. It’s something to keep in mind in advance of the primaries in Mississippi and Alabama Tuesday. If Santorum wins both, Gingrich wins both or they split the two states, that’s major — but primarily only insofar as it would help to keep Romney from the magic number of delegates before Tampa. In other words, even with dual wins Tuesday, Gingrich or even Santorum aren’t really in a place to secure the nomination except through a fight at the convention. Politico sums up nicely:

Now, Romney’s foes are eying a different goal — keeping the front-runner from amassing the 1,144 needed to clinch the nomination by the time the last votes are cast on June 26 in Utah, a winner-take-all state that is all-but-certain to be in Romney’s win column. It’s a play that would, they hope, set up a potential fight at the convention.

“That’s certainly the hope,” said John Brabender, Santorum’s chief strategist, although he was emphatic that there is a chance to overtake Romney if circumstances begin to change. “We really think if we go one-on-one with Romney we could catch fire. What he wants to do is go with the rules most favorable to him…there’s only a third of the delegates (that have been awarded so far).”

Brabender noted the campaign is now trying to beef up organization in places like Louisiana, where there are 46 delegates at stake on March 24. They’ve brought on a Sen. David Vitter adviser to run their effort there.

Here’s a way to look at it: Romney has to win less than 50 percent of the remaining delegates to secure the nomination, while Santorum would have to win 65 percent and Gingrich would have to win 70 percent. Anything could happen, but it’s incumbent upon GOP voters to see which way the wind is blowing and consider how they can best improve the eventual GOP nominee’s chances in November.


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Romney was working on his tan in Guam anyway. Makes his teeth stand out better :-)

mozalf on March 12, 2012 at 8:43 AM

Actually, Mitt Romney did not go to Guam. His son went. Tina took this statement on its face without knowing the facts:

Sedgwick County GOP Chairman Bob Dool summarized Romney’s choice, “Apparently, he chose to go to Guam [yesterday]. I understand he picked up seven votes there.”

She then proceeded to say:

That’s it: Romney did choose to go to Guam and it was a smart choice

Yes, someone named Romney went to Guam, but it was not our Mitt. This is getting more than annoying….

Buy Danish on March 12, 2012 at 11:08 AM

Buy Danish on March 12, 2012 at 11:08 AM

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Is it just me, or have the tactics of the ABRs morphed into something closely resembling the scum liberal leftist Liars ? Ends justifying means?

Really, who needs democrite enemies, when Mittens already has his own Rep party saboteurs?

FlaMurph on March 12, 2012 at 11:26 AM

Is it just me, or have the tactics of the ABRs morphed into something closely resembling the scum liberal leftist Liars ? Ends justifying means?

Really, who needs democrite enemies, when Mittens already has his own Rep party saboteurs?

FlaMurph on March 12, 2012 at 11:26 AM

It’s actually those of us who want to be passionate, dedicated, and resolved about our candidate – none of which we’ll be able to be if it ends up being Romney. So we’re fighting now becuase God knows what we’re going to do or how we’ll carry that putz if he ends up as our nominee.

mozalf on March 12, 2012 at 11:51 AM

Is it just me, or have the tactics of the ABRs morphed into something closely resembling the scum liberal leftist Liars ? Ends justifying means?
Really, who needs democrite enemies, when Mittens already has his own Rep party saboteurs?
FlaMurph on March 12, 2012 at 11:26 AM

I don’t put Tina in that category but she makes a lot of unforced errors which don’t do Romney any favors. To the extent that there are some unhinged commenters who refuse to vote for Romney if he’s the nominee, or make childish demands for a Third Party, or hope we lose so the eeevil “establishment” can be taught a lesson – if they exist in sufficient numbers (which I don’t think they do) we’re in trouble. They cannot possibly grasp what’s at stake with another Obama term….

Buy Danish on March 12, 2012 at 12:35 PM

Romney’s still ahead, but he’s in a very, very weak position. I have a hard time imagining any presidential candidate in the past skipping Kansas, a reliable Republican state. This strongly suggests that Romney is one of the all-time weakest front-runners we’ve ever seen.

There Goes The Neighborhood on March 12, 2012 at 1:31 AM

Why exactly is Romney the weakest front-runner of all-time? Because he’s taking so much longer to wrap up the nomination than McCain did in 2008?

alchemist19 on March 12, 2012 at 4:06 AM

So many reasons.

– The fact that the real front-runner at times has been Bachmann, Cain, Perry, Santorum, Gingrich, and even Donald Trump for a while.

– The fact that he’s not anybody’s first choice, unless they’re Mormon

– The fact that no one really likes him, and his support ha come almost entirely from people seeing his money and organization and declaring him, “electable”

– The fact that he’s having to base his argument for nomination on claims he can reach out to moderates and independents better because he’s not as conservative

– The fact that the biggest reason to vote against Obama, Obamacare, just happens to be one of Romney’s biggest weaknesses

– The fact that his followers almost universally seem to despise “True Conservatives” and Tea Party types

– The fact that he seems to have no core convictions other than getting elected

– The fact that, even now, with all this momentum he should have, people still look at him and say, “Uhhh, got anybody else?”

There Goes The Neighborhood on March 13, 2012 at 2:07 AM

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