PPP: Southern Super Tuesday toss-up

posted at 8:40 am on March 12, 2012 by Ed Morrissey

The critical primaries this week take place in Alabama and Mississippi tomorrow, and we can expect one last flurry of polling in both states as the pollsters make their last bets.  PPP has decided not to bet at all.  In its final surveys in the two contests, they predict a dead heat in both states:

Tuesday looks like it’s going to be a close election night in both Mississippi and Alabama. In Mississippi Newt Gingrich is holding on to a slight lead with 33% to 31% for Mitt Romney, 27% for Rick Santorum, and 7% for Ron Paul. And Alabama is even closer with Romney at 31% to 30% for Gingrich, 29% for Santorum, and 8% for Paul.

Gingrich and Santorum are both more popular than Romney in each of these states. In Mississippi Gingrich’s net favorability is +33 (62/29) to +32 for Santorum (60/28) and +10 for Romney (51/41). It’s a similar story in Alabama where Santorum’s at +32 (63/31), Gingrich is at +26 (58/32), and Romney’s at only +13 (53/40).

Unfortunately for Gingrich and Santorum, they’re both equally popular with “very conservative” voters.  They split that vote almost equally, and that leaves room for Romney among the “somewhat conservative” and moderate likely voters polled in both states.  PPP’s multi-day survey also measured momentum over the weekend, and that’s good news for Gingrich in Mississippi, but not in Alabama:

It’s not really clear who, if anyone, has the momentum in these states. In Mississippi folks who’ve decided in the last few days go for Gingrich over Santorum 37-29 with Romney at only 15%. But in Alabama the late deciders go 38-29 for Romney over Santorum with Gingrich at 23%.

Gingrich really needs to win both states to remain in the race, or split them with Santorum at worst case.  If Romney wins in Alabama, he can claim to have won in every part of the country, while Gingrich can’t even claim to have won all of the Southern states that he feels is his natural base.  Perhaps that’s why Gingrich’s team has started floating a trial balloon now of adding Rick Perry on as a running mate before a potentially brokered convention:

Sources close to the Gingrich campaign say preliminary “what-if” conversations are underway that could lead to a Gingrich-Perry ticket being announced prior to the  Republican National Convention at the end of August.

Gingrich insiders hope forming a predetermined ticket with Perry will unite the evangelical, Tea Party and very conservative voters that make up the core of the GOP.

As discussions got underway, a spokesman for Texas Gov. Rick Perry released a statement saying, “Gov. Perry thinks Newt Gingrich is the strongest conservative to debate and defeat President Obama and truly overhaul Washington. The speculation is humbling but premature.”

Floating Perry as a running mate two days before Alabama and Mississippi could energize conservatives or turn them off.

A senior aide to Rick Santorum called it a desperate hail mary [sic] to create buzz ahead of contests in Alabama and Mississippi Tuesday.

That kind of trial balloon may have worked better before the weekend began, rather than as it ended, if Team Gingrich wanted to get a Southern boost tomorrow.

Update: There will be a lot of people in both states making up their minds as they go into the voting booth.  In Alabama, only 73% had a strong commitment to a candidate, and in Mississippi only 75%.


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You’re welcome :) Btw, are you actually a swim mom?

Priscilla on March 12, 2012 at 10:14 AM

Yes, but I’m not doing the swimming. I have 2 sons who are involved in swimming and soccer at a high competitive level. I get to vicariously live through them. Lol.

KickandSwimMom on March 12, 2012 at 10:18 AM

KickandSwimMom on March 12, 2012 at 10:18 AM

Been there, done that – 2 sons and a daughter. One is now a college swim coach. It’s a great vicarious life :)

Priscilla on March 12, 2012 at 10:23 AM

changer1701 on March 12, 2012 at 9:53 AM
Gunlock Bill on March 12, 2012 at 9:54 AM
matthew8787 on March 12, 2012 at 9:55 AM
Priscilla on March 12, 2012 at 9:55 AM

I see the early shift is here this morning.

The fact remains that Willard really likes the book Battlefield Earth by Scientology founder, L. Ron Hubbard.

It’s true.

No candidate for public office should make a statement as cringeworthy as that, even if the book is fiction. The Democrats will pillory Willard as an eccentric billionaire, reminiscent of Howard Hughes. He was a Mormon, too. (Hughes likes the movie Ice Station Zebra, and watched it over and over.)

Neither Santorum nor Gingrich admires the work of a cult founder. Neither Gingrich nor Santorum belongs to a group which gets their jollies, from time to time, by baptizing the dead.

So Willard has gone from positioning himself as the only candidate who can beat Obama to

” . . . the only candidate that can reasonably expect to gather the necessary delegates.”

There is a lot of assumption and guesswork built into all of this, and it’s the job of the Republican party to prevent a Willard disaster. Keeping the mirage intact is what his supporters are trying to do. And why not? They need a paying job.

Ann Coulter, 2011: “They will nominate Romney and he will lose.”

Emperor Norton on March 12, 2012 at 10:23 AM

Santorum Concedes He Can’t Win Nomination Outright

http://www.buzzfeed.com/zekejmiller/santorum-concedes-he-cant-win-the-nomination-out

mountainaires on March 12, 2012 at 10:23 AM

And then you woke up. Trust me, your RINO days are numbered. Once conservatives go their own way, the GOP will fall. It began in 2010 and will continue until the swamp is drained.

KickandSwimMom on March 12, 2012 at 10:05 AM
Spoken like a true tea partier. And I agree – this is a hill worth dying on.

platypus on March 12, 2012 at 10:17 AM

Sad thing is, the RNC establishment has no intention of ever nominating a conservative. It’s too much of a threat to their country club memberships. Ronald Reagan was a renegade who slipped in under the radar and they’re making sure that doesn’t happen again. Instead they’re grooming Jeb Bush in the wings as the next heir apparent after Romney. And in the meantime, we get stuck with wimps like murky Murkowski in Alaska, who regrets voting for the Blunt Amendment with the republicans. No wonder the republican party grows more and more impotent – 2010 must not happen again. The Tea Party/Conservatives are useful props to use and bash as needed. But we keep supporting these idiots like Murkowski and now Romney much to our demise. This time the RNC has no one to blame for their loss but themselves because conservatives are speaking out loud and clear.

mozalf on March 12, 2012 at 10:25 AM

Russian born, Israeli citizen – you’re a world traveler aren’t you :) I can assure you Texas is better than both.

I didn’t claim they had a shred of international recognition, I claimed they gained independence and they did.

I’m interested though of course. Educate me world traveler :)

DHChron on March 12, 2012 at 10:13 AM

Ichkerya became an independent autonomous administrative unit, akin to a Republic of ol’ USSR or, in a loose sense, to an American state. That does not grant them national independence but allows for significant financial autonomy, namely to impose local taxes and tariffs. There is a huge oil pipe going through their territory; apparently, transit fees were worth the money spent and blood spilled over three years of urban warfare.

As an extra bit information, consider the following: there are over 100,000 Chechen living there, and the Chechen mafia is considered the most powerful and influential of all organized crime in Moscow. Do you think Putin, with his supportive media and unrestrained ability to crack down on opposition, wouldn’t crush them in a week if he believed Chechnya an actual threat to territorial integrity?

Archivarix on March 12, 2012 at 10:26 AM

I was ranked 9th in the state of PA – but that was spring board diving :)

DHChron on March 12, 2012 at 10:16 AM

Good on ya! My oldest son was #1 in Alabama for backstroke and fly and #2 in IM. My younger son was #2 in Alabama (U-8 age group) for fly and IM.

Now, they have drifted away from swimming (much to mine and their dad’s disappointment) and instead play at a high competitve level in soccer. Right now, the oldest is on the Alabama state team and on one of two Alabama regional teams.

Needless to say, they keep us busy. :)

KickandSwimMom on March 12, 2012 at 10:27 AM

And then you woke up. Trust me, your RINO days are numbered. Once conservatives go their own way, the GOP will fall. It began in 2010 and will continue until the swamp is drained.

KickandSwimMom on March 12, 2012 at 10:05 AM

Why, thank you. I sincerely take that as a compliment–much better than being a squishy RINO.

KickandSwimMom on March 12, 2012 at 10:12 AM

I can’t speak for Priscilla, but I was a Perry guy in the primary. Unfortunately, he made a public fool of himself and went back to Texas. Now I support Romney, because I want to defeat the real commie abortionist Christ-hater in the race, Barack Obama.

You can suffer righteously in your TrueCon purity, KickandSwimMom, it’s your right. You can hope for a miracle; miracles do happen. I, on the other hand, like to fight, and to paraphrase Donald Rumsfeld, you fight with the General you have, and not with the General you might want, or wish for at another time. The time for wishing is over.

Mr. Arkadin on March 12, 2012 at 10:27 AM

ATTN: Ed Morrissey, Tina Korbe and other HotAir Bloggers

Why are you not reporting on the two most recent general election matchup polls, BOTH of which show ROMNEY defeating Obama? In the latest Rasmussen tracking poll, Romney beats Obama by 6, while the unelectable bigot Rick Santorum LOSES to Obama by 3 in the most recent ABC/WaPo poll out today.

Romney continues to be the strongest opponent for Obama, DESPITE the fact that Romney has been hammered relentlessly by both the liberal media and the conservative media for weeks.

Just because some HotAir bloggers have embarrassingly admitted to endorsing the homophobic bigot Rick Santorum, that doesn’t mean that they should excused when they neglect their duty to “break new from conservative viewpoint.” Indeed, the HotAir title says “conservative viewpoint” and not “viewpoint of someone who promotes the homphobic bigot Rick Santorum.”

HotAir bloggers, please be more thorough in your coverage, and remember to deliver what the HotAir tagline promises.

bluegill on March 12, 2012 at 10:27 AM

Hughes likes liked the movie Ice Station Zebra

FIFM.

Emperor Norton on March 12, 2012 at 10:30 AM

Hot Air is now “Rick Santorums Hot Air Emporium”

lol

gerry-mittbot

gerrym51 on March 12, 2012 at 10:30 AM

Mr. Arkadin on March 12, 2012 at 10:27 AM

I liked Perry myself. Was disappointed when he turned out to be a weak candidate.

Priscilla on March 12, 2012 at 10:32 AM

The fact remains that Willard really likes the book Battlefield Earth by Scientology founder, L. Ron Hubbard.

I read the book and liked it when I was young. At the time I had No idea that l.ron Hubbard created scientology

gerrym51 on March 12, 2012 at 10:33 AM

Good on ya! My oldest son was #1 in Alabama for backstroke and fly and #2 in IM. My younger son was #2 in Alabama (U-8 age group) for fly and IM.

Now, they have drifted away from swimming (much to mine and their dad’s disappointment) and instead play at a high competitve level in soccer. Right now, the oldest is on the Alabama state team and on one of two Alabama regional teams.

Needless to say, they keep us busy. :)

KickandSwimMom on March 12, 2012 at 10:27 AM

That’s fantastic! I’ll assume they’re chips off the old block…you done good Mom :)

DHChron on March 12, 2012 at 10:34 AM

You can suffer righteously in your TrueCon purity, KickandSwimMom, it’s your right. You can hope for a miracle; miracles do happen. I, on the other hand, like to fight, and to paraphrase Donald Rumsfeld, you fight with the General you have, and not with the General you might want, or wish for at another time. The time for wishing is over.

Mr. Arkadin on March 12, 2012 at 10:27 AM

The problem is, Mr. Arkadin, Romney had no fight in him and will seriously demoralize conservatives when he makes an abrupt left turn to pander to the center after his nomination. His own advisors have admitted as much when they openly wring their hands that Romney has had to go “too” much to the right in order to win this nomination.

Right now, there are articles betting that Romney will back cap and trade once he gets the nomination because one of his closest campaign advisors is a big cap and trade advocate. He is also getting campaign money from big money cap and trade enthusiasts.

My point is, Romney WILL break your heart–especially if you liked Perry’s brand of conservatism. I feel like Gingrich or Santorum having apologized for past mistakes understand that the days of go along to get along in government are over, and believe them when they say they will fight to stop this country’s current trajectory.

KickandSwimMom on March 12, 2012 at 10:36 AM

Perry as VP? Yeah, let’s have the only VP that ol’ Joe Biden can out-debate in the prime of his senility.

thread winner

lol

gerrym51 on March 12, 2012 at 10:38 AM

bluegill on March 12, 2012 at 10:27 AM

Lemme guess – you’re one of those fabulous rainbow boyz, aren’t you? I bet you’re pretty, huh? Certain sex acts are a political litmus test for you, I bet.

platypus on March 12, 2012 at 10:40 AM

If Romney wins in Alabama, he can claim to have won in every part of the country

You mean the state right next to Florida? Sure would have been nice if Romney won there.

Kriggly on March 12, 2012 at 10:40 AM

KickandSwimMom on March 12, 2012 at 9:27 AM

at least your now being truthful about why you don’t like romney.
You just don’t like Romney

gerrym51 on March 12, 2012 at 10:44 AM

Do you think Putin, with his supportive media and unrestrained ability to crack down on opposition, wouldn’t crush them in a week if he believed Chechnya an actual threat to territorial integrity?

Archivarix on March 12, 2012 at 10:26 AM

The first two wars lasted longer than a week :) I’m no champion of the Chechen cause, I’m only amazed that 107% of them voted Putin. If the Chechen mafia is as powerful as you assert, they must have had a hand in the voter fraud.

DHChron on March 12, 2012 at 10:45 AM

Southerners don’t respond well to that kind of pandering even though in its larger context, it didn’t come off as quite so blatent.

Happy Nomad on March 12, 2012 at 9:04 AM

They have been playing the clip all morning on Imus in the Morning, it’s obvious.

I don’t know who is advising Mitt Romney, he needs better advisers.

Dr Evil on March 12, 2012 at 10:47 AM

I love it. Romney makes fun of himself, but hotgas plays it off as pandering and the mindless drones dutifully fan inline.
Here is the actual quote. “He’s now turning me into an, I don’t know, an unofficial Southerner,” Romney said in front of several giant oil-drilling rig platforms sitting at the port. “I’m learning to say ‘y’all.’ I like grits. Things are, strange things, are happening to me.”. He is mocking his lack of southern-ness.

Zaggs on March 12, 2012 at 9:06 AM

Well than he’s really poor at self depreciating humor, the clip has been on Imus in the Morning all morning, followed by groans of everyone listening and watching.

Dr Evil on March 12, 2012 at 10:52 AM

The first two wars lasted longer than a week :) I’m no champion of the Chechen cause, I’m only amazed that 107% of them voted Putin. If the Chechen mafia is as powerful as you assert, they must have had a hand in the voter fraud.

DHChron on March 12, 2012 at 10:45 AM

I meant he could have crushed Chechen mafia in Moscow, as they were the primary source of financing the war on Chechen side. That would be the most expected and reasonable, not to mention wildly popular, move if Putin believed them any threat. I’ll grant him one thing: Putin, unlike Obooba, cares about the territorial integrity of his country (likely because he believes it to be his property).

As for 107%, do you think they invented ballot stuffing in Chicago? “It matters not who votes, but who counts the vote.” (Joseph Stalin)

There was a nice joke in Russia. When Americans couldn’t figure who won the Presidential election in 2000, they invited Russian ballot counters. They took three days to figure and publish the results: Florida popular vote was won by Vladimir Putin.

Archivarix on March 12, 2012 at 10:53 AM

at least your now being truthful about why you don’t like romney.
You just don’t like Romney

gerrym51 on March 12, 2012 at 10:44 AM

Look, as I’ve said many times before, I supported Romney in 2008. This election cycle we need a fighter–someone who will change the course we’re on. Romney is no fighter. He is not the one we need at this time. He will merely manage, not change, the situation. Look, he can’t even be bold in his campaigning. I have absolutely no confidence that he’ll be bold as President.

KickandSwimMom on March 12, 2012 at 10:55 AM

There was a nice joke in Russia. When Americans couldn’t figure who won the Presidential election in 2000, they invited Russian ballot counters. They took three days to figure and publish the results: Florida popular vote was won by Vladimir Putin.

Archivarix on March 12, 2012 at 10:53 AM

BWHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHA! Who knew Russians were funny…I learn something new everyday here ;)

DHChron on March 12, 2012 at 10:58 AM

Sad thing is, the RNC establishment has no intention of ever nominating a conservative. It’s too much of a threat to their country club memberships. Ronald Reagan was a renegade who slipped in under the radar and they’re making sure that doesn’t happen again. Instead they’re grooming Jeb Bush in the wings as the next heir apparent after Romney. And in the meantime, we get stuck with wimps like murky Murkowski in Alaska, who regrets voting for the Blunt Amendment with the republicans. No wonder the republican party grows more and more impotent – 2010 must not happen again. The Tea Party/Conservatives are useful props to use and bash as needed. But we keep supporting these idiots like Murkowski and now Romney much to our demise. This time the RNC has no one to blame for their loss but themselves because conservatives are speaking out loud and clear.

mozalf on March 12, 2012 at 10:25 AM

What’s sad is that some don’t seem to understand that it isn’t the establishment that nominates someone…that’s up to the voters. Fact is, out of this sorry field of candidates, Romney was/is seen as the one with the best shot at winning, which is what elections are all about. Rank and file Republicans aren’t interested in purity litmus tests, or losing elections just to prove points. They understand that none of that matters if you don’t hold power.

You can gnash your teeth and stomp your feet all you want, but Romney is the best bet this go ’round, and that isn’t the Establishment’s call. The true con track record on candidates isn’t all that stellar, either…of course they’d like a repeat of ’10, but not with the likes of Sharron Angle and Christine O’Donnell.

changer1701 on March 12, 2012 at 11:00 AM

KickandSwimMom on March 12, 2012 at 10:36 AM

Thank you for that response, KickandSwimMom; I’m not surprised your sons do so well competitively, they must get their toughness and drive from their Mom. :)

I do believe Romney has fight in him; he just does it differently than most. He’ll let his surrogates take the low road, while he stays “Presidential”. It is a formula for winning, even if it is not emotionally satisfying. He’ll certainly be tougher than McCain was.

I also believe some form of health care reform is coming to this country, inevitably. Obamacare is a monstrosity, and needs to be repealed; but something will take its place, and I believe Romney, likely allied with Paul Ryan, is in the best position to craft a decent policy. Romney is also likely to let Ryan loose on entitlement reform. This is a good thing.

I think cap and trade is dead, and so toxic an issue that Romney won’t touch it, now or ever more. But you have every right to be skeptical.

Obama has lost the center, it’s up for grabs. Romney is in the best position to take it, before Obama grabs it back. The tool Obama is using to take it back is Rick Santorum. This cannot be allowed to continue.

Romney is a non-ideological technocrat; I doubt he gets excited about much besides his family. But he is the guy you hire to fix what’s broken. Not to mix metaphors, but the patient is flatlining right now. This is an emergency. Let’s let Romney stabilize the patient. In four years, after his work is done, you can fire him and bring in a rehabilitation specialist. That’s the next step.

Mr. Arkadin on March 12, 2012 at 11:05 AM

changer1701 on March 12, 2012 at 11:00 AM

Try not to be ignorant. Sharron Angle won every county except one. And it is questionable whether she lost that one or did Dingy Harry steal it.

As far as O’Donnell goes, she was much better than any of the other candidates. If the national GOP had financially supported her, it’s quite likely that she would have won.

Wonder what the buyer’s remorse is today.

platypus on March 12, 2012 at 11:06 AM

Just because some HotAir bloggers have embarrassingly admitted to endorsing the homophobic bigot Rick Santorum, that doesn’t mean that they should excused when they neglect their duty to “break new from conservative viewpoint.” Indeed, the HotAir title says “conservative viewpoint” and not “viewpoint of someone who promotes the homphobic bigot Rick Santorum.”

bluegill on March 12, 2012 at 10:27 AM

Will you please give this “bigot” crap a rest?

Your anti-Santorum bigotry has done a lot to subconsciously prejudice me against your guy. You are damaging your man.

cane_loader on March 12, 2012 at 11:16 AM

Were I Romney, I would have had “bluegill” gutted and barbequed by now.

cane_loader on March 12, 2012 at 11:17 AM

Needless to say, they keep us busy. :)

KickandSwimMom on March 12, 2012 at 10:27 AM

Swimmers always had the highest GPA’s of any of the sport, so high that my GPA didn’t even drag it down…I was on the last “string” to get cut from the Olympic water polo team for the ’68 Olympics, oh how I wanted that…Coach Lambert refused me twice…once to go to Stanford and once for his Olympic team. But what a great coach, what a great team, but not as seasoned internationally as some others.
I swam for Nu-Pike/Phillips 66, Long Beach, CA, (yes, the oil company was a huge sponsor of swimming), what great days those were…

right2bright on March 12, 2012 at 11:18 AM

Look, as I’ve said many times before, I supported Romney in 2008.

KickandSwimMom on March 12, 2012 at 10:55 AM

Yep, probably because your radio talk show host heroes told you he was “the conservative one” at the time. Now, those same radio talk show hosts claim someone else is “the conservative one” so you follow the trend. Romney hasn’t changed, except to become a better candidate. But it’s now “trendy” and the “conservative” thing to do to bash Romney.

Well, keep it up, because it’s only making Romney look better and more reasonable in front of a general election audience.

It’s a joke how people take as gospel the words of those radio talk show hosts.

I bet if Mark Levin told people that Obama was the tea party candidate, a good portion of his audience would believe it.

bluegill on March 12, 2012 at 11:18 AM

Try not to be ignorant. Sharron Angle won every county except one. And it is questionable whether she lost that one or did Dingy Harry steal it.

As far as O’Donnell goes, she was much better than any of the other candidates. If the national GOP had financially supported her, it’s quite likely that she would have won.

Wonder what the buyer’s remorse is today.

platypus on March 12, 2012 at 11:06 AM

Heh. Yeah, she lost the only county that matters for winning statewide office in NV by too large a margin. I would’ve preferred to retire Reid, but hey, I guess winning more counties counts for something. It’s surely made Reid more conservative. /

And O’Donnell being better than the other candidates? Um, no…when you have to tell people you’re not a witch, you’ve already lost.

changer1701 on March 12, 2012 at 11:22 AM

But he is the guy you hire to fix what’s broken. Not to mix metaphors, but the patient is flatlining right now. This is an emergency. Let’s let Romney stabilize the patient. In four years, after his work is done, you can fire him and bring in a rehabilitation specialist. That’s the next step.

Mr. Arkadin on March 12, 2012 at 11:05 AM

He has little if none national experience in running an economy…he was never “hired” to fix something, he was a buy-out artist, who made money by short term manipulations.
He sold assets for short term gains, and burdened the companies with long term costs.
Effective for business, but not for government…when faced with a health care “crisis” he still turned to the Gov. to bail out…when his cronies got caught up in the economy, he turned to TARP, bail outs to save them…he is number one in receiving lobbyist money, who do you think he will listen to? You or the lobbyist who are getting him elected.
It is an emergency, and we don’t need someone who is at the beck and call of Wall Street or lobbyists, let alone the fed. government.
This is a man who supported Cap and Trade, and who thinks that the President might have something to do with energy prices.

right2bright on March 12, 2012 at 11:24 AM

What’s sad is that some don’t seem to understand that it isn’t the establishment that nominates someone…that’s up to the voters. Fact is, out of this sorry field of candidates, Romney was/is seen as the one with the best shot at winning, which is what elections are all about. Rank and file Republicans aren’t interested in purity litmus tests, or losing elections just to prove points. They understand that none of that matters if you don’t hold power.

You can gnash your teeth and stomp your feet all you want, but Romney is the best bet this go ’round, and that isn’t the Establishment’s call. The true con track record on candidates isn’t all that stellar, either…of course they’d like a repeat of ’10, but not with the likes of Sharron Angle and Christine O’Donnell.

changer1701 on March 12, 2012 at 11:00 AM

Yes, it is up to the voters which is why we beg to differ. Ain’t democracy grand :-) That’s why it wasn’t over after Iowa, it wasn’t over after N.Hampshire, after Florida, Nevada, Michigan… there are plenty more states left to go and plenty of time to avoid a Romney train wreck. Even a brokered convention sounds appetizing.

mozalf on March 12, 2012 at 11:26 AM

That kind of trial balloon may have worked better before the weekend began, rather than as it ended, if Team Gingrich wanted to get a Southern boost tomorrow

.
Pfffffffffff (that’s the sound of air going out of that balloon). There will be no Newt/Perry ticket. This ends up looking like a sad joke.

Buy Danish on March 12, 2012 at 11:27 AM

Will you please give this “bigot” crap a rest?

cane_loader on March 12, 2012 at 11:16 AM

No, but thanks for saying please.

You’re not going to silence me or anyone else from accurately describing Rick Santorum as the homophobic bigot he is.

bluegill on March 12, 2012 at 11:34 AM

Mr. Arkadin on March 12, 2012 at 11:05 AM

I can appreciate your reasons for supporting Romney. For this conservative, though, I have to vote my conscience because every time I do what the establishment tells me is in my best interests, I end up disappointed. :)

KickandSwimMom on March 12, 2012 at 11:38 AM

Swimmers always had the highest GPA’s of any of the sport, so high that my GPA didn’t even drag it down…I was on the last “string” to get cut from the Olympic water polo team for the ’68 Olympics, oh how I wanted that…Coach Lambert refused me twice…once to go to Stanford and once for his Olympic team. But what a great coach, what a great team, but not as seasoned internationally as some others.
I swam for Nu-Pike/Phillips 66, Long Beach, CA, (yes, the oil company was a huge sponsor of swimming), what great days those were…

right2bright on March 12, 2012 at 11:18 AM

Very impressive right2bright!

KickandSwimMom on March 12, 2012 at 11:39 AM

KickandSwimMom on March 12, 2012 at 11:38 AM

Considering that I supported Guliani last primary, and McCain in the general, and that Perry was my guy this primary, and now Romney, my track record tells me I will end up disappointed too! :)

Mr. Arkadin on March 12, 2012 at 11:42 AM

Yep, probably because your radio talk show host heroes told you he was “the conservative one” at the time. Now, those same radio talk show hosts claim someone else is “the conservative one” so you follow the trend. Romney hasn’t changed, except to become a better candidate. But it’s now “trendy” and the “conservative” thing to do to bash Romney.

Well, keep it up, because it’s only making Romney look better and more reasonable in front of a general election audience.

It’s a joke how people take as gospel the words of those radio talk show hosts.

I bet if Mark Levin told people that Obama was the tea party candidate, a good portion of his audience would believe it.

bluegill on March 12, 2012 at 11:18 AM

It is amazing how you go on and on just making stuff up. I supported Romney from the time he announced in 2007, probably because of some misplaced nostalgia I had for Massachusetts ;). Also, he was right for 2008 when the economy was teetering. McCain actually would have been better in 2000 (before 9-11).

Anyhow, you really need step back and look at how abrasive you are on these boards. I don’t know if you being paid to be a Romney shill or what–but you are doing him no favors.

KickandSwimMom on March 12, 2012 at 11:43 AM

You’re not going to silence me or anyone else from accurately describing Rick Santorum as the homophobic bigot he is.

bluegill on March 12, 2012 at 11:34 AM

And you’re not going to stop me from reposting the truth about you:

Lemme guess – you’re one of those fabulous rainbow boyz, aren’t you? I bet you’re pretty, huh? Certain sex acts are a political litmus test for you, I bet.

platypus on March 12, 2012 at 10:40 AM

It would be best for all of us if you got your purty little butt back to wherever it is that you like to hang out.

platypus on March 12, 2012 at 11:54 AM

It would be best for all of us if you got your purty little butt back to wherever it is that you like to hang out.

platypus on March 12, 2012 at 11:54 AM

You are just jealous they don’t pay you any attention. Maybe hit the gym or something?

antisense on March 12, 2012 at 12:04 PM

bluegill on March 12, 2012 at 11:18 AM

Anyhow, you really need step back and look at how abrasive you are on these boards. I don’t know if you being paid to be a Romney shill or what–but you are doing him no favors.

KickandSwimMom on March 12, 2012 at 11:43 AM

Got that right, KickandSwimMom!!!

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

You are just jealous they don’t pay you any attention. Maybe hit the gym or something?

antisense on March 12, 2012 at 12:04 PM

LoL. Me hitting the gym is about as likely as Gov. KrispyKreme shilling for Jenny Craig.

platypus on March 12, 2012 at 12:15 PM

GINGRICH/PERRY 2012!!!

DO IT NEWT!!!!!!!!!

tkyang99 on March 12, 2012 at 12:32 PM

The fat lady is sound asleep.

Schadenfreude on March 12, 2012 at 12:41 PM

GINGRICH/PERRY 2012!!!

DO IT NEWT!!!!!!!!!

tkyang99 on March 12, 2012 at 12:32 PM

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Thats great. I can see the headline now….. Newton praising the opening his youth minority Lil’ Janitor training camp, on Perry’s former hunting camp property.
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Pick a card…. any card…..

FlaMurph on March 12, 2012 at 1:33 PM

I will be shocked if Romney wins any of these.

He is not a Christian. I don’t see how he wins these very red states.

liberal4life on March 12, 2012 at 2:11 PM

Hey Alabama and Mississippi!?! Those of you without sin, cast your first vote for Santorum. However, those of you who can’t “cast the first stone,” get over yourselves, and VOTE FOR GINGRICH. Do NOT, repeat Do NOT waste your vote on a LIBERAL, RINO Romney (aka Obama-Lite). Willard, (from the RAT movie of the same name) has NO plan for rapidly developing OUR OWN energy that anyone can understand. Newt is the only candidate who is, at least, ON THE RIGHT TRACK!?! VOTE NEWT!!!!!

Colatteral Damage on March 12, 2012 at 3:24 PM

liberal4life on March 12, 2012 at 2:11 PM

What you said isn’t very Christian of you. People like you also say Catholics are not Christians which is patently absurd.

scotash on March 13, 2012 at 3:02 AM

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