ARG poll has Gingrich edging Romney in Alabama by three

posted at 11:00 am on March 12, 2012 by Ed Morrissey

We will have a long evening tomorrow as the returns come in from Alabama, a second pollster has reported today.  After PPP predicted a dead heat in Alabama with Mitt Romney edging Newt Gingrich by a single point, American Research Group shows Gingrich with a three-point lead — still within the margin of error:

Newt Gingrich leads the Alabama Republican presidential primary with 34%. Gingrich is followed by Mitt Romney with 31%, Rick Santorum with 24%, and Ron Paul with 6%.

Gingrich leads Romney 39% to 30% among self-identified Republicans, followed by Santorum with 23% and Paul with 3%. Among self-identified independents and Democrats, Romney leads with 33%, followed by Santorum with 28%, Gingrich with 17%, and Paul with 15%.

Gingrich leads Romney 34% to 31% among likely Republican primary voters saying they will definitely vote in the March 6 primary, followed by Santorum with 25% and Paul with 5%. Gingrich leads Romney 37% to 29% among those saying they will probably vote, followed by Santorum with 19% and Paul with 8%.

Gingrich leads with 54% among likely Republican primary voters saying they are supporters of the Tea Party, followed by Santorum with 23%, Romney with 20%, and Paul with 1%. Among likely primary voters saying they are not supporters of the Tea Party or are undecided about the Tea Party, Romney leads with 41%, followed by Santorum with 25%, Gingrich with 16%, and Paul with 10%.

There aren’t too many surprises from ARG, but the loss of traction for Santorum might be one.  He’s still in the hunt, but it looks like Gingrich is winning the battle for conservative voters in Alabama as represented by the Tea Party affiliation, at least in ARG’s sample.  That’s a big difference from the PPP poll, which showed an almost-even split among Tea Party voters in the state, with Gingrich edging Santorum 38/34.  That appears to be the most significant difference between the two polls, and it’s one worth watching if other pollsters come in with data today from Alabama.

Meanwhile, CBS takes the national temperature of Republican primary voters and finds that Santorum has a four-point lead, with Gingrich far back in third.  However, almost three-quarters of those voters expect Romney to win the nomination now, a big increase from their previous poll:

A new CBS News/New York Times poll shows Rick Santorum holding a very slight lead over Mitt Romney among Republican primary voters across the nation, but GOP voters increasingly expect Romney to eventually win the nomination.

In the survey conducted between March 7 and March 11, 34 percent of Republican primary voters said they support Santorum, compared to 30 percent for Romney. Santorum’s lead falls within the poll’s margin of error.

Newt Gingrich was backed by 13 percent of those surveyed – a slight increase in support from the last CBS News poll conducted a month earlier, while Ron Paul received 8 percent, a slight decrease in support. The changes in support for Gingrich and Paul also fell within the margin of error. …

In January, 55 percent of the Republican primary voters polled by CBS News said they expected Romney to clinch the nomination. That number climbed significantly in this new poll to 73 percent.

Don’t take this poll too seriously.  It’s based on a sample of only 301 registered voters who claimed they would participate in a Republican primary contest.  The MoE in this case is a rather laughable six points thanks to that small sample, and on top of that, CBS has not yet released the sample data.  It lines up generally with their February poll which had Santorum leading 30/27, so the series is interesting, even if it’s not very reliable.


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Go Newt!

darwin on March 12, 2012 at 11:01 AM

I’m glad Newt has been staying in, to force Romney to his right.

The more rightward promises we can get out of moderate Mitt, they more he will be a promise-breaker if he tries to dodge them once elected.

I still would rather see Newt take on 0bama.

If Romney will pick Newt as VP, I will give Romney my vote.

cane_loader on March 12, 2012 at 11:04 AM

The relative weakness of Santy in Alabama and Mississippi is the story here. Why can’t he seal the deal with the base and make Newt irrelevant? The latter’s won a grand total of two states and has even less of a shot at the nod…and yet, he’s still getting significant support at Santy’s expense. Hmmmmm.

changer1701 on March 12, 2012 at 11:04 AM

You hear that Mitt? I just made you an offer. Pick an experienced sh*t-stirrer who will help you rip Washington a new one, and I’ll vote for you. How bad do you want it, Mitt?

cane_loader on March 12, 2012 at 11:05 AM

ATTN: Rick Santorum promoter Ed Morrissey

Please do a better job of covering the latest polls. It is curious how you seem to have no trouble showing the one or two polls that purport to show someone beating Romney, but you often apparently ignore or choose not to cover the majority of polls showing Romney beating his opponents.

Latest Rasmussen Tracking Poll:

Obama 42
Romney 48

Today’s ABC/WaPo Poll:

Obama 47
Romney 49

Obama 49
Santorum 46

Yesterday’s Chicago Tribune Illinois Primary Poll:
Romney 35
Santorum 31
Gingrich 12
Paul 7

Latest Gallup Tracking Poll:
#1- Romney 36
Santorum 24
Gingrich 14
Paul 11

Current Delegate Count:

Romney 455
Santorum 199
Gingrich 117
Paul 64

bluegill on March 12, 2012 at 11:05 AM

only 301 registered voters who claimed they would participate in a Republican primary contest. The MoE in this case is a rather laughable six points thanks to that small sample, and on top of that, CBS has not yet released the sample data.

REGISTERED as opposed to LIKELY?

AN MoE of +/- 6!?

Why would you even highlight it? It’s laughable indeed.

You buried the lede.

mountainaires on March 12, 2012 at 11:06 AM

Six point margin of error! Newt by three! Hooray.

Dextrous on March 12, 2012 at 11:06 AM

Does this mean that only the good suffer a quick political death? Newt Gingrich and Bill Clinton will go on forever?

RBMN on March 12, 2012 at 11:06 AM

Gingrich/Perry ’12!

Sekhmet on March 12, 2012 at 11:06 AM

Nothing against Santorum personally, but I believe he make the ticket a loser in either slot. Too late to avoid the “Church-Lady” tag, IMO.

cane_loader on March 12, 2012 at 11:06 AM

The relative weakness of Santy in Alabama and Mississippi is the story here. Why can’t he seal the deal with the base and make Newt irrelevant? The latter’s won a grand total of two states and has even less of a shot at the nod…and yet, he’s still getting significant support at Santy’s expense. Hmmmmm.

changer1701 on March 12, 2012 at 11:04 AM

NAILED IT.

Zeke Miller of Buzzfeed has obtained an internal memo to be circulated around the Santorum campaign: Santorum Concedes He Can’t Win Nomination

mountainaires on March 12, 2012 at 11:09 AM

You hear that Mitt? I just made you an offer. Pick an experienced sh*t-stirrer who will help you rip Washington a new one, and I’ll vote for you. How bad do you want it, Mitt?

cane_loader on March 12, 2012 at 11:05 AM

Like who (other than Gingrich, which isn’t happening)?

changer1701 on March 12, 2012 at 11:09 AM

bluegill on March 12, 2012 at 11:05 AM

Yes, it’s tiresome, isn’t it?

mountainaires on March 12, 2012 at 11:10 AM

Hang in there Newt!

Spannerhead on March 12, 2012 at 11:10 AM

So we are essentially heading to the convention with Romney at 45%, Santorum at 25%, Gingrich at 20%, and Paul at 10%. Isn’t it a heart-warming sight for all Paulians?

KNEEL BEFORE UNCLE ZOD!!

Archivarix on March 12, 2012 at 11:11 AM

This news just might encourage Newt’s Vegas sugar daddy to pump a few more bucks into his campaign.

Bitter Clinger on March 12, 2012 at 11:12 AM

If Newt beats Rick, is it over for Rick? Really the winner would be Romney?

Oil Can on March 12, 2012 at 11:14 AM

bluegill on March 12, 2012 at 11:05 AM

bluegill-this is a Rick Santorum approved website.your wasting your time.

LOL

gerry-mittbot-thinks blugills’ aok

gerrym51 on March 12, 2012 at 11:17 AM

Happy Birthday, Mitt.

Wonder if the other campaigns will play a trick. Send a pizza. No cake though! All three are beginning to balloon and that’s not good considering the svelte HopeyChangey.

Marcus on March 12, 2012 at 11:18 AM

It is already almost a mathematical certainty that Romney will get the nomination.

You know who that helps.

Dextrous on March 12, 2012 at 11:19 AM

And a great big how-ya-doin-good-buddy country boy hello to you. Reckon we can get the back forty plowed before that rain front gits here?

platypus on March 12, 2012 at 11:20 AM

Newt will spoil it for Rick, because he is the more experienced candidate. Doesn’t bother me as a Romney supporter, I wish that Romney could get his real message out in those states, but the oppo is pushing the MA moderate line, and people there don’t have anything to base it on except stereotype and innuendo from two candidates hungry to win. Callista has a lean and hungry look.

Fleuries on March 12, 2012 at 11:20 AM

Zeke Miller of Buzzfeed has obtained an internal memo to be circulated around the Santorum campaign: Santorum Concedes He Can’t Win Nomination

Its any candidates right to stay in.But if Santorum thinks he will get the nomination at a brokered convention he’s mistaken.

the powers that be will NOT give it to Santorum.

gerrym51 on March 12, 2012 at 11:20 AM

Yes, it’s tiresome, isn’t it?

mountainaires on March 12, 2012 at 11:10 AM

Yes, but don’t worry, Mitt Romney is going to win this thing… and beat Obama. :-) I feel good about our chances. In 8 or so months we’ll be able to let out a sigh of relief.

By the way, your posts are great!

bluegill on March 12, 2012 at 11:21 AM

Happy Birthday, Mitt.

Wonder if the other campaigns will play a trick. Send a pizza. No cake though! All three are beginning to balloon and that’s not good considering the svelte HopeyChangey.

Marcus on March 12, 2012 at 11:18 AM

I guess arugula keeps the pounds off.

Bitter Clinger on March 12, 2012 at 11:21 AM

What chance do we have in a general election if Senator CREAMCUP doesn’t have the organization or the money to fight a primary campaign, much less a general campaign?

Santorum: Convention would give me GOP nomination
(AP) – 1 hour ago

WASHINGTON (AP) — Rick Santorum predicted Monday that he would get the Republican presidential nomination if the race remains undecided by the time the party holds its nominating convention this summer.

Though former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney has a commanding lead in the crucial race for delegates, Santorum said the race is about to enter a period where he will face fewer disadvantages. To date, Romney has outspent Santorum and had stronger campaign organizations working for him.

“They are not going to nominate a moderate Massachusetts governor who’s been outspending his opponent 10-1 and can’t win the election outright,” Santorum said on NBC’s “Today” show. “What chance do we have in a general election if he can’t, with an overwhelming money advantage, be able to deliver any kind of knockout blow to other candidates?”

“We’re going to be the nominee,” Santorum said, adding later, “Gov. Romney will not make it.”

http://www.google.com/hostednews/ap/article/ALeqM5hNwY_-gtOt35m5xWdjp1fkmxTK6A

mountainaires on March 12, 2012 at 11:23 AM

Gingrich/Perry ’12!

Sekhmet on March 12, 2012 at 11:06 AM

:D :D :D

gophergirl on March 12, 2012 at 11:24 AM

A unity ticket of Romney/Gingrich would help bring the conservative base back on board, and provides the gravitas that a race-puppet pick like Rubio can’t. Rubio’s got a pretty smile, but he’s a lifetime technocrat with no private-sector resume who’s not ready to be president. If Mitt’s not already considering it he better be looking hard at a “unity” ticket.. because I’ll be very unhappy if he picks an inexperienced boutique VP to carve off a narrow segment, and expects me to accept him as the only “meat” on the ticket.

Bush 41 did this and Quayle’s shallowness provided extra dead weight that helped sink him in ’92.

I would have been much happier with Bush 41 had he had the respect to pick a serious VP with gravitas instead of shoving a cipher like Qualyle down the base’s throat.

I really do see Romney facing a “to Quayle or not to Quayle” situation here.

cane_loader on March 12, 2012 at 11:24 AM

Romney/Perry? Possibly. But I’m not sure that “Rich/Dumb” can sway the swing vote as much as “Rich/Smart.”

I really mean no insult to Gov. Perry. I’m just looking through the glasses of the underinformed undecideds, viewed through the “oops” lenses.

cane_loader on March 12, 2012 at 11:26 AM

ATTN: ED MORRISSEY

Since HotAir has had special posts about the Rick Santorum song video and the fact that some heavy metal (?) singer or whatever it was endorsed Santorum, how about we get some coverage of Mitt Romney supporter Jeff Foxworthy, who has been performing new material at campaign stops in support of Mitt Romney.

Oh, today is Mitt Romney’s birthday.

HAPPY BIRTHDAY, MITT!!

Voters know that Romney is the guy who can and will beat Obama.

bluegill on March 12, 2012 at 11:26 AM

bluegill on March 12, 2012 at 11:05 AM

ATTENTION: BIG ROMNEY PROMOTER Bluegill….…bite the worm!

KOOLAID2 on March 12, 2012 at 11:27 AM

the powers that be will NOT give it to Santorum.

That is correct; they will not let Santorum be the nominee. Romney will have the majority of delegates going into the Convention, certainly, and if he doesn’t have the 1140 necessary, he will get them on the first vote–because he’ll be very close. Santorum knows that. This is all about lining Sen Santo’s pockets; he’s paying himself and making a bundle. Believe it. I predict he’ll drop out due to pressure long before the convention.

mountainaires on March 12, 2012 at 11:28 AM

Happy Birthday, Mitt.

Wonder if the other campaigns will play a trick. Send a pizza. No cake though! All three are beginning to balloon and that’s not good considering the svelte HopeyChangey.

Marcus on March 12, 2012 at 11:18 AM
I guess arugula keeps the pounds off.

Bitter Clinger on March 12, 2012 at 11:21 AM

That, and the smoking…

Khun Joe on March 12, 2012 at 11:28 AM

This news just might encourage Newt’s Vegas sugar daddy to pump a few more bucks into his campaign.

Bitter Clinger on March 12, 2012 at 11:12 AM

The only reason Adelson still continues to fund Gingrich is to split the not-Romney vote. He legitimately backed Newt earlier, but after realizing that he can’t win is now more interested in seeing that Santorum doesn’t get the nod.

The MSM will do their best to drag this out as long as possible; it’s easy content. For all practical purposes, it’s over and probably has been since the Florida primary though.

Hollowpoint on March 12, 2012 at 11:28 AM

Hang in there Newt!

Spannerhead on March 12, 2012 at 11:10 AM

…I’m thanking you for 7%!!!

KOOLAID2 on March 12, 2012 at 11:30 AM

bluegill on March 12, 2012 at 11:26 AM

Keep fighting the good fight; you’re right, they’re wrong.

HAPPY BIRTHDAY MITT ROMNEY! :-)

mountainaires on March 12, 2012 at 11:30 AM

How has ARG done in polling predictions so far? Has anyone been keeping track of their accuracy?

Del Dolemonte on March 12, 2012 at 11:31 AM

The mind of the Alabama and Mississippi voter is… an interesting place, according to PPP. Romney seems to do best among reality-based voters (all emphasis mine):

-There’s considerable skepticism about Barack Obama’s religion with Republican voters in them. In Mississippi only 12% of voters think Obama’s a Christian to 52% who think he’s a Muslim and 36% who are not sure. In Alabama just 14% think Obama’s a Christian to 45% who think he’s a Muslim and 41% who aren’t sure.

Mitt Romney dominates the ‘Obama’s a Christian’ vote in both states.
He leads Santorum 42-28 with those folks in Mississippi and has a 38-21 lead over him with them in Alabama. In Mississippi Newt’s winning the ‘Obama’s a Muslim’ vote 39-28, but in Alabama it’s a three way tie with all of the leading candidates at 31%.

Then there’s this:

There’s considerable skepticism about evolution among GOP voters in both Alabama and Mississippi. In Alabama only 26% of voters believe in it, while 60% do not. In Mississippi just 22% believe in it, while 66% do not. Romney wins the ‘voters who believe in evolution’ vote (33-27 over Gingrich in Alabama, 38-32 over Gingrich in Mississippi.) Santorum wins the ‘voters who don’t believe in evolution’ vote (34-33 over Gingrich in both Alabama and Mississippi with Romney at 26%)

Finally, this doesn’t tie in directly to the presidential rise, but is interesting nonetheless:

-We continue to see evidence that Rush Limbaugh’s damaged his brand over the last few weeks. His favorability is only slightly over 50% in these two states where the Republican electorate is incredibly conservative- he’s at 53/33 in Alabama and 51/30 in Mississippi. Given that our last national survey on Limbaugh, taken a few years ago, found him at 80/12 with Republicans it’s safe to say he’s fallen a long way in these states.

Drew Lowell on March 12, 2012 at 11:32 AM

Bush 41 did this and Quayle’s shallowness provided extra dead weight that helped sink him in ’92.

[snip]

cane_loader on March 12, 2012 at 11:24 AM

And by Quayle’s “shallowness,” what I mean is… it takes a hell of an exceptional man to be ready to be president at age 41, as Quayle was. Look back through our history, and it has never happened – not even once. The life-experience just hasn’t quite jelled yet, for most men, before age 50. I felt insulted when Bush 41 picked Quayle, and I will be bitter if Romney repeats it, just so he can control the whole message and lord it over his VP. It’s not good for the nation to pick a VP, one heartbeat from the presidency, who is not fully ready to step into the breach at any moment. Romney picks a unready person like Rubio, no matter his current impressiveness and future potential, I will become an instant Romney cynic, and question his overall judgment.

McGovern pulled that with Eagleton and got burned.

cane_loader on March 12, 2012 at 11:32 AM

I’m just looking through the glasses of the underinformed undecideds, viewed through the “oops” lenses.

cane_loader on March 12, 2012 at 11:26 AM

I really wish more people were able to do that.

rhombus on March 12, 2012 at 11:33 AM

Hang in there Newt!

Spannerhead on March 12, 2012 at 11:10 AM

…I’m thanking you for 7%!!!

KOOLAID2 on March 12, 2012 at 11:30 AM

At this point, shouldn’t that be an obligatory post in any thread?

Bitter Clinger on March 12, 2012 at 11:33 AM

ATTN: ED MORRISSEY

Since HotAir has had special posts about the Rick Santorum song video and the fact that some heavy metal (?) singer or whatever it was endorsed Santorum, how about we get some coverage of Mitt Romney supporter Jeff Foxworthy, who has been performing new material at campaign stops in support of Mitt Romney.

Is Foxworthy a Catholic? If not, you can forget it.

It was pretty shameless to have two front page posts touting Santorum’s win in Kansas, while completely ignoring Romney’s win in WY. Romney won more delegates on Saturday, but we’re supposed to believe that it was a big win for Santorum.

Welcome to the new Hot Air, where tribalism is the only dish on the menu.

Hollowpoint on March 12, 2012 at 11:34 AM

Hapy birthday, Gov. Romney. My hat is off to you and the other three candidates, for how hard you are working. I saw Newt yesterday, sunburned and beat-down tired like a dog from campaigning, and still sucking it up and giving a good interview to Chris Wallace on FoxNews.

One thing our system does do is force our candidates to run a heck of a physical gauntlet. I suppose that it’s better to find out if stress, non-stop activity and short sleep will make then drop dead, before they become president.

cane_loader on March 12, 2012 at 11:35 AM

Since HotAir has had special posts about the Rick Santorum song video and the fact that some heavy metal (?) singer or whatever it was endorsed Santorum, how about we get some coverage of Mitt Romney supporter Jeff Foxworthy, who has been performing new material at campaign stops in support of Mitt Romney.

Oh, today is Mitt Romney’s birthday.

HAPPY BIRTHDAY, MITT!!

Voters know that Romney is the guy who can and will beat Obama.

bluegill on March 12, 2012 at 11:26 AM

Look in the archives – there was a post on it a couple of weeks ago.

gophergirl on March 12, 2012 at 11:36 AM

cane_loader on March 12, 2012 at 11:24 AM

I don’t support Gingrich any more that I support Romney any more than I support Santorum. I have a feeling I’ll be voting in the end for Romney.

But it would make me even sicker to my stomach to think he would have been IDIOTIC enough to have chosen as a running mate from those two. And that goes for the other two, too!

There will be new blood on the ticket. For both parties.

Marcus on March 12, 2012 at 11:37 AM

mountainaires on March 12, 2012 at 11:30 AM

And I’m sorry if sometimes I get carried away with my exciteable posts. I just get so frustrated with the unfair coverage Romney gets sometimes.

Anyway, you always share great information in your posts. Your effort is definitely appreciated.

I’m heading off now for the day…

Come on, Alabama and Mississippi!!!

GO MITT!!

bluegill on March 12, 2012 at 11:38 AM

Delegate Race Nothing Like Democrats in 2008
By Jackie Koszczuk
March 11, 2012

Rick Santorum “won big” in Kansas on Saturday as the newspaper headlines today suggest, but the contest for the Republican primary is now all about delegate math, and in that arena, Santorum is still losing, and losing big.

In a sense, the former U.S. senator from Pennsylvania did little more than run in place as a result of yesterday’s voting. While Santorum won Kansas with 51 percent of the vote and likely picked up 32 of 40 delegates at stake there, Mitt Romney was quietly tallying up a slightly greater number of delegates – an estimated 38 – in little noticed contests in Wyoming and the territories of Guam, the U.S. Virgin Islands and the Northern Mariana Islands.

At the end of the day, Romney was still outpacing his nearest rival by better than 2-to-1 in total delegates, with the front-runner at 454 and Santorum at 217….That means that at this point in the season, Romney has racked up 39.6 percent of the necessary 1,144 delegates to claim the nomination, while Santorum has just 19 percent.

Although Santorum would like to think that he is chasing a dream no more elusive than the one Hillary Clinton pursued at this point four years ago, a look back at the delegate math then shows that there is really no analogy to be made other than perhaps the stubborn duration of this year’s GOP primary.

On March 12, 2008, Clinton had accumulated 1,480 delegates of the 2,025 needed to clinch the Democratic nomination for president, while Barack Obama had 1,611, according to a CNN delegate count at the time. That means Clinton had 48 percent of the delegates awarded to date, while Obama had 52 percent. Any way you look at it, that is a much closer contest than the one Santorum fancies he’s having with Romney. And it explains why there is a growing chorus in the Republican Party calling for the 2012 primary to be over, lest the ongoing negative barrage among the candidates do permanent damage to the brand this fall.

http://decoded.nationaljournal.com/2012/03/rick-santorum-won-big-in.php

mountainaires on March 12, 2012 at 11:38 AM

Dump Willard.

Before he dumps you.

And he will dump you, conservatives, if he’s nominated. That’s because Willard doesn’t care what you think. He cares what his father, George Romney, used to think. His Daddy was a Rockefeller Republican. And Willard’s mom, Lenore, ran for the US Senate from Michigan in 1970 as a pro-choice candidate. That was before Roe v. Wade. She lost.

Willard has inherited his father’s views on politics, the same prehistoric ideas that were floated even by serious people in the 1960s and 1970s. They include: 1)always move to the center 2) You should be for the programs the Democrats are for, but a little less. You know, like Obamacare.

Emperor Norton on March 12, 2012 at 11:40 AM

mittens the Washington DC outsider, who in his vast failure as a politician actually was elected once as the Gov of MA. What did the voters get when they backed this moderate, that’s right a state’s version of obamacare in the form of mittenscare. The complete and utter failure of Gov’t to takeover and mandate an aspect of individual’s lives at the cost of individual liberty and even worse it failed to provide the services or cost measures it claimed to aspire to, your typical liberal wet dream. But by all means let’s give this clown a shot on the national stage, his cap&tax agenda should be a nice bookend to obamacare.

smitty41 on March 12, 2012 at 11:41 AM

There will be new blood on the ticket. For both parties.

Marcus on March 12, 2012 at 11:37 AM

I’m not opposed to “new” blood, but it had better be experienced blood. He better pick a VP who is demonstrably ready to be president, or I will feel extorted and used. Romney picks a Quayle, and puts his political interests over those of the nation, and I will be on his butt unmercifully for every politically motivated cynical decision he makes from there on out.

cane_loader on March 12, 2012 at 11:42 AM

Gotta go… keep it clean, and watch out for the Predator!

I hear some payload was on target yesterday!!!

cane_loader on March 12, 2012 at 11:44 AM

I’m glad Newt has been staying in, to force Romney to his right.

The more rightward promises we can get out of moderate Mitt, they more he will be a promise-breaker if he tries to dodge them once elected.

I still would rather see Newt take on 0bama.

If Romney will pick Newt as VP, I will give Romney my vote.

cane_loader on March 12, 2012 at 11:04 AM

Yeah, I think most things right-leaning coming out of Romney’s mouth will evaporate if/when he takes the Oath of Office.

At least Dear Leader convinced us that he was going to do his damndest to do all the things he said on the campaign trail…we didn’t like it, but at least he was honest in that sense.

Dr. ZhivBlago on March 12, 2012 at 11:44 AM

Since HotAir has had special posts about the Rick Santorum song video and the fact that some heavy metal (?) singer or whatever it was endorsed Santorum, how about we get some coverage of Mitt Romney supporter Jeff Foxworthy, who has been performing new material at campaign stops in support of Mitt Romney.

bluegill on March 12, 2012 at 11:26 AM

Look in the archives – there was a post on it a couple of weeks ago.

gophergirl on March 12, 2012 at 11:36 AM

Why on earth would it do that? That would interfere with its ongoing attempts to discredit Hot Air, and Ed in particular.

It was pretty shameless to have two front page posts touting Santorum’s win in Kansas, while completely ignoring Romney’s win in WY. Romney won more delegates on Saturday, but we’re supposed to believe that it was a big win for Santorum.

Hollowpoint on March 12, 2012 at 11:34 AM

Why is it “shameless?” This is a news and opinion site. If Ed wants to write his opinions about why he thinks a Santorum win is important, he is free to do so. It’s not like he’s pretending to be a Romney supporter while trying to cleverly undermine him, or feigning objectivity MSM style. He’s been open and honest about who he supports.

Doomberg on March 12, 2012 at 11:45 AM

Longtime Republican consultant and operative Roger Stone says:

Much like his father, Michigan Governor George Romney, Willard Mitt Romney disdains conservatives privately but knows how to sound like one when the occasion requires it. . . .Romney reminds me of George H.W. Bush who, after being elected President, took the National Review magazine off the coffee table and threw it in the trash replacing it with the Yale Alumni magazine saying “We don’t need this sh!t anymore.”

When running for the US Senate in 1994, Romney supported abortion on demand, gay marriage and gun control. That same year he attacked President Ronald Reagan and Vice President George Bush saying “I don’t want to take us back to that, to Reagan-Bush.”

Emperor Norton on March 12, 2012 at 11:46 AM

I hope this race will go all the way to the convention so Mitt won’t be the nominee.

I want my republican nominee to be someone who WANTS TO CUT SPENDING. That includes REFORMING SOCIAL SECURITY and Medicaid and Medicare. Those three programs is what causing us to have the highest debt ever.

Mitt won’t touch Social Security or Medicaid or Medicare.

BroncosRock on March 12, 2012 at 11:51 AM

ATTN: Rick Santorum promoter Ed Morrissey

Please do a better job of covering the latest polls. It is curious how you seem to have no trouble showing the one or two polls that purport to show someone beating Romney, but you often apparently ignore or choose not to cover the majority of polls showing Romney beating his opponents.

Latest Rasmussen Tracking Poll:

Dude, this post is for tomorrow, not a head to head with Obama. Stop trolling.

GabeQuincy on March 12, 2012 at 11:52 AM

The MoE in this case is a rather laughable six points thanks to that small sample

NeeeeexT …
GO NEWT!
~(Ä)~

Karl Magnus on March 12, 2012 at 11:53 AM

Also in August Mitt DID NOT FIGHT FOR US conservative over the DEBT DEAL. HE WAS MISSING IN ACTION IN AUGUST.

It is a sad we are going to end up with a very Leftish Republican as our nominee in Mitt.

BroncosRock on March 12, 2012 at 11:54 AM

ARG!

Little Boomer on March 12, 2012 at 11:55 AM

Newt is by far the best choice for president, but I would hate to see him wasted as vice president. In eight years he would be too old to run for president and as vice president he would be mainly an office holder with little influence.

I would rather see him as chief of staff or secretary of state. But I think Bolton is promised the SOS job (which is great). Newt needs a position with influence.

Rose on March 12, 2012 at 11:57 AM

We don’t need another LEADING FROM BEHIND PRESIDENT which Mitt is.

That is why Rick or Newt should be our nominee. I want Rick over Newt but I will be happy if Newt get the nod.

BroncosRock on March 12, 2012 at 11:57 AM

Why is it “shameless?” This is a news and opinion site. If Ed wants to write his opinions about why he thinks a Santorum win is important, he is free to do so.

Doomberg on March 12, 2012 at 11:45 AM

Yes, he’s free to do so. But it’s no longer a “news site” when news unfavorable to a preferred candidate is ignored while that which is favorable is promoted heavily.

Propaganda, maybe, but not news.

Hollowpoint on March 12, 2012 at 11:59 AM

:D :D :D

gophergirl on March 12, 2012 at 11:24 AM

Hey! Are you nuts??? First place or he stays in Austin. No almost place. Got it?

:)

platypus on March 12, 2012 at 12:00 PM

Also in August Mitt DID NOT FIGHT FOR US conservative over the DEBT DEAL. HE WAS MISSING IN ACTION IN AUGUST.

It is a sad we are going to end up with a very Leftish Republican as our nominee in Mitt.

BroncosRock on March 12, 2012 at 11:54 AM

No, I don’t remember him being a strong voice from the right over the years. I do remember (and appreciate) Bachmann, Gingrich and Palin consistently doing what they could to get the conservative message out there. Most of the others are some Fox News types, a few bloggers…er, and that’s about it. We don’t own Hollywood and the mass media like the Left does, so we need everybody who’s anybody to keep speaking up for conservative values whenever they get the chance.

Dr. ZhivBlago on March 12, 2012 at 12:01 PM

What happens when Mitt Romney is the nominee, are we only going to get posts about the election when Obama is ahead in one of them?

There have been about a half dozen polls about Romney beating Obama in the general, and other polls favorable to Romney, and we only get polling posts when anyone but Romney is ahead.

Neither Newt nor Santorum have any shot of winning the nomination. When will conservatives get behind Romney already?

milcus on March 12, 2012 at 12:01 PM

Mitt will compromise a lot of the time with progressive republicans.

Mitt WILL NEVER FIGHT for conservative policy. He NEVER HAS AND NEVER WILL.

BroncosRock on March 12, 2012 at 12:02 PM

I would rather see him as chief of staff or secretary of state. But I think Bolton is promised the SOS job (which is great). Newt needs a position with influence.

Newt as press secretary. I’d PAY to see that.

LOL

gerrym51 on March 12, 2012 at 12:03 PM

Yes, he’s free to do so. But it’s no longer a “news site” when news unfavorable to a preferred candidate is ignored while that which is favorable is promoted heavily.

Propaganda, maybe, but not news.

Hollowpoint on March 12, 2012 at 11:59 AM

Waaaah.

I seem to remember that Jazz posted a front page story on Saturday about Romney’s “big” win in Guam.

Bitter Clinger on March 12, 2012 at 12:06 PM

If Mitt is our nominee then we will have a Progressive as President, Progressive as Speaker in the House and Progressive as Republican Majority leader in the Senate.

Democrats will win by default in November 2014 because tea party get sick and tired of Progressive policy being pass and will vote third party.

BroncosRock on March 12, 2012 at 12:06 PM

bluegill on March 12, 2012 at 11:38 AM

Calm down. Have a cold one. Its a LONG campaign.

gerry=mittbot=drinks ROOT BEER

gerrym51 on March 12, 2012 at 12:07 PM

Neither Newt nor Santorum have any shot of winning the nomination. When will conservatives get behind Romney already?

milcus on March 12, 2012 at 12:01 PM

When he decides not to keep conservatives at arm’s length.

Bitter Clinger on March 12, 2012 at 12:08 PM

Mitt won’t touch Social Security or Medicaid or Medicare.

BroncosRock on March 12, 2012 at 11:51 AM

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Don’t you fret none- we have a first rate legislative branch of Govt. for dealing with that entitlement reform- unless your OK with Maobama’s dictatorial view of POTUS and want to throw ChecknBalance into the crapper and bypass congress.
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And SCOTUS has the final say on ObieCare…..

so lets not forget job #1 here. Getting rid of the Obamunist.

FlaMurph on March 12, 2012 at 12:10 PM

Hang in there Newt!

Spannerhead on March 12, 2012 at 11:10 AM

…I’m thanking you for 7%!!!

KOOLAID2 on March 12, 2012 at 11:30 AM

Thanks…

(clears throat)

Hang in there Newt…!!!

Seven Percent Solution on March 12, 2012 at 12:22 PM

NEWT NEWT NEWT!!!!!!

tkyang99 on March 12, 2012 at 12:23 PM

Neither Newt nor Santorum have any shot of winning the nomination. When will conservatives get behind Romney already?

milcus on March 12, 2012 at 12:01 PM

When Mittens grows a pair and joins conservatives instead of pandering to us.
IOW – Never
Aint votin’ fer Willard no matter what.

~(Ä)~

Karl Magnus on March 12, 2012 at 12:34 PM

Romney is the ONLY candidate who has endorsed the Paul Ryan budget, which of course includes entitlement reform.

Romney understands that we are headed for the cliff with the escalating debt, rapidly approaching the point of no return. This Keynesian nonsense is making matters worse. As such, Romney has to advocate, and enact, significant budget cuts and entitlement reform. The status quo won’t work and would guarantee that Mitt would be a one-term president.

Romney does NOT want to be a one-term president. As NRO has pointed out, conservatives will OWN Romney. He cannot drift from conservative policies or he would face a fatal primary challenge in 2016. Santorum or Newt have no such reliability — in fact, their egos make it more likely they would stray from the reservation. Like Newt on the couch with Pelosi, Santorum with the union bosses, cutting a deal.

As to judicial nominees, I wish the skeptics would internalize the fact that Robert Bork is leading Romney’s judicial selection panel.

It is in Romney’s political and economic SELF-INTEREST to govern as a conservative.

matthew8787 on March 12, 2012 at 12:37 PM

Romney does NOT want to be a one-term president. As NRO has pointed out, conservatives will OWN Romney. He cannot drift from conservative policies or he would face a fatal primary challenge in 2016. Santorum or Newt have no such reliability — in fact, their egos make it more likely they would stray from the reservation. Like Newt on the couch with Pelosi, Santorum with the union bosses, cutting a deal.

I think MITT will make a lot of hard decisions and get the country back on track. I also think this will probably make him a one term president=but a GOOD one.

gerrym51 on March 12, 2012 at 12:55 PM

ARG typically gets it wrong more than the other polling places.

PPP and Rasmussen seem to get it right more often.

scotash on March 12, 2012 at 1:07 PM

NEWT/PERRY 2012

MAKE IT HAPPEN

tkyang99 on March 12, 2012 at 1:14 PM

bluegill on March 12, 2012 at 11:26 AM

If you’d be more discerning there was such a thread.

Schadenfreude on March 12, 2012 at 1:16 PM

Romney does NOT want to be a one-term president. As NRO has pointed out, conservatives will OWN Romney. He cannot drift from conservative policies or he would face a fatal primary challenge in 2016.

matthew8787 on March 12, 2012 at 12:37 PM

This is actually kind of a funny statement. If he is elected, you are correct, we WOULD own Romney and be held responsible for all the damage he’ll permit due to continuing Obama’s policies. That would be why conservatives are running screaming in the other direction.

As for facing a fatal primary challenge, the exact same arguments being used now will be used to defend him in 2016, even if he did things like increasing taxes outright, ramping up spending, and/or signing an amnesty bill.

“If you think Romney is bad, just imagine what the Democrats will do!” will be the cry.

The bottom line for Romney is his entire history makes it very clear he’s a liberal who happens to be in the Republican Party. He will not cut spending, he will not stop the bailouts, he will not take steps to rein in or eliminate agencies like the TSA, he will not work to eliminate Obamacare, and he will certainly not reduce government regulations. It’s abundantly clear from his history that he thinks these things make for good policy.

The people who are saying he will cut government are engaging in magical thinking against a massive preponderance of evidence or else saying what they think needs to be said to push Romney over the finish line.

Doomberg on March 12, 2012 at 1:29 PM

I think MITT will make a lot of hard decisions and get the country back on track. I also think this will probably make him a one term president=but a GOOD one.

gerrym51 on March 12, 2012 at 12:55 PM

It depends on what he does. If he gets rid of government regulartions, balances the budget, or at least gets us on that road, and does other similar things, he will get 8 years.

If he tackles entitlement reform, he will do what is necessary, but might cost himself a 2nd term. However, that is true for any person that will be president. And at some point, it will have to happen. And I would much rather a Republican fixes Medicare, Medicaid and Social Security than a Democrat.

However, I do afree that Mitt is the man to make the hard decisions, and get this country on track. He is the only guy with the experience to make it happen.

milcus on March 12, 2012 at 1:56 PM

Hang in there Newt!

Spannerhead on March 12, 2012 at 11:10 AM

…I’m thanking you for 7%!!!

KOOLAID2 on March 12, 2012 at 11:30 AM

Thanks…

(clears throat)

Hang in there Newt…!!!
Seven Percent Solution on March 12, 2012 at 12:22 PM

NEWT NEWT NEWT!!!!!!

tkyang99 on March 12, 2012 at 12:23 PM

Go Newt! The real patriots that actually care about what’s happening to this country will rally around you.

Newt is the smartest, most qualified candidate with solid solutions for these precarious times.

IndeCon on March 12, 2012 at 5:02 PM

Go Newt!

NbyNW on March 12, 2012 at 6:37 PM