Video: Romney says Santorum is at the “desperate end of his campaign”

posted at 1:20 pm on March 14, 2012 by Tina Korbe

When Allah mentioned this briefly yesterday, he pegged it exactly: “Right message, wrong target.” If Mitt Romney had said last night that Newt Gingrich is at the “desperate end of his campaign,” that would have made sense. But if Romney thinks a guy who just beat him in two major primaries is gasping for breath to stay alive, what does that say about Romney’s weakness as a frontrunner? If Santorum was really at the end of his campaign, wouldn’t Romney have been able to beat him in the South?

Much has already been said about how last night reshapes the race. It’s effectively a two-man race now. His twin wins in Alabama and Mississippi strengthen Santorum’s case that he is the official “not Romney.” If Santorum continues to beat Romney from here, he’ll be able to make the case at the convention that he lost to Mitt in the early primaries because he and Gingrich split the “true conservative” vote.

Still, Mitt Romney didn’t misspeak in any way when he said this minutes before Mississippi and Alabama were called for Santorum. He said it partially to cast doubt on Santorum’s ability to win the nomination and partly because it still is doubtful that Santorum will win the nomination. Even on Santorum’s best night, Mitt Romney still won the overall delegate count (expected). The math still favors him heavily. Maybe a brokered convention would favor Santorum, but it wouldn’t favor the GOP as it heads into the general. GOP voters haven’t done it yet, but they’re still probably going to have to make peace with Mitt.


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“Dewey Defeats Truman”

BobMbx on March 14, 2012 at 1:21 PM

Hostile take over…

Romney and republicans are very similar to an arranged marriage. No LOVE involved.

liberal4life on March 14, 2012 at 1:22 PM

Romney is at the desperate end of a non-campaign of a non-cadidate (empty suit). (No money from me and no vote either.)

DUMP MITT NOW!

Pragmatic on March 14, 2012 at 1:22 PM

But, he won’t say anything inappropriate about Obama.

kingsjester on March 14, 2012 at 1:22 PM

Meh. It’s best for America that Mittness doesn’t win the nomination.

AH_C on March 14, 2012 at 1:23 PM

Romney/Santorum ’12!

portlandon on March 14, 2012 at 1:23 PM

Romney is going to give it to us Conservatives, good and hard

pseudonominus on March 14, 2012 at 1:23 PM

Romney is at the desperate end of a non-campaign of a non-candidate (empty suit). (No money from me and no vote either.)

DUMP MITT NOW!

MITT CONTINUES TO SUCK!

I HATE MITT (AND SO WILL AMERICA)!

ROMNEY = OBAMA (KEEP THE CHANGE)!

Pragmatic on March 14, 2012 at 1:24 PM

But if Romney thinks a guy who just beat him in two major primaries is gasping for breath to stay alive, what does that say about Romney’s weakness as a frontrunner?

There is clearly an attempt now to push Santorum out of the race to keep him from winning too much. He doesn’t want his coronation threatened.

If Santorum continues to beat Romney from here, he’ll be able to make the case at the convention that he lost to Mitt in the early primaries because he and Gingrich split the “true conservative” vote.

I’m disappointed to see this from you, Tina. The last thing I’d expect from ANY writer on this site would be to throw around the “true conservative” perjorative, which is just the latest permutation of “right-wing extremist” or “wingnut.”

Doomberg on March 14, 2012 at 1:24 PM

Romney got more delegates last night. Rick is toast. Do the math.

hanzblinx on March 14, 2012 at 1:24 PM

Initiate the Mittness Protection Program.

portlandon on March 14, 2012 at 1:24 PM

He is though not as desperate as Gingrich…

sandee on March 14, 2012 at 1:24 PM

GOP voters haven’t done it yet, but they’re still probably going to have to make peace with Mitt.

really don’t see it happening …. I see ppl voting down ticket …

as for me … it is ABO ……ABR in the primaries …. ABO in the general ….

but probably 60 percent of my friends will not vote for mittens ….
they do not trust him …. I will let bluegill and jailbreak convince them why they should vote for mittens ….

conservative tarheel on March 14, 2012 at 1:24 PM

Heh, thanks for the grin.

Desperation is indignant. She smiled too.

Schadenfreude on March 14, 2012 at 1:25 PM

kingsjester on March 14, 2012 at 1:22 PM

I’m sure President Romney will forgive your insolence.

Bradky on March 14, 2012 at 1:25 PM

Did he comment on Newt, yet?

Schadenfreude on March 14, 2012 at 1:25 PM

But, he won’t say anything inappropriate about Obama.

kingsjester on March 14, 2012 at 1:22 PM

Not only that, the Romneys apperantly think that Obama is “great”.

http://www.theblaze.com/blog/2012/03/13/in-hawaii-matt-romney-calls-obama-great/

Norwegian on March 14, 2012 at 1:25 PM

Meh. It’s best for America that Mittness doesn’t win the nomination.

AH_C on March 14, 2012 at 1:23 PM

Super mega dittos!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

DUMP MITT NOW!

MITT IS A PACIFIST DEMOCRAT . . . .WE DON’T WANT HIM IN CHARGE OF ANYTHING!

Pragmatic on March 14, 2012 at 1:25 PM

DUMP MITT NOW!

Pragmatic on March 14, 2012 at 1:22 PM

65% of voters in Ms and Alabama did reject Santorum….

Bradky on March 14, 2012 at 1:26 PM

“But if Romney thinks a guy who just beat him in two major primaries is gasping for breath to stay alive, what does that say about Romney’s weakness as a frontrunner?”

I kow you at hotgas are desperate to keep this under raps. But Romney won last night. 41 to 35. As they say in sports “Scoreboard”. For Santorum to have lost last night, then proclaim that he’ll win BEFORE the convention? Dude is cookoo for cocoa puffs. He is sounding pretty desperate.

Zaggs on March 14, 2012 at 1:27 PM

National Journal did an assessment of the upcoming primaries and because the winner-take-all states are Romney strongholds, he is going to win and get to 1144.

Ta111 on March 14, 2012 at 1:27 PM

GOP voters haven’t done it yet, but they’re still probably going to have to make peace with Mitt.

No, no, you have it wrong, Sir.

Mitt needs to make peace with them. Good luck.

Schadenfreude on March 14, 2012 at 1:27 PM

I’m disappointed to see this from you, Tina. The last thing I’d expect from ANY writer on this site would be to throw around the “true conservative” perjorative, which is just the latest permutation of “right-wing extremist” or “wingnut.”

Doomberg on March 14, 2012 at 1:24 PM

It’s just the opposite of RINO, not some big insult.

Gelsomina on March 14, 2012 at 1:28 PM

No LOVE involved.

liberal4life on March 14, 2012 at 1:22 PM

But if they produce children it still bugs you and yours. Isn’t your employer being cheated, again?

Schadenfreude on March 14, 2012 at 1:29 PM

I’m sure President Romney will forgive your insolence.

Bradky on March 14, 2012 at 1:25 PM

He, like you and Obama, does not seem to understand. He’s supposed to be campaigning to be our servant. Not our King.

kingsjester on March 14, 2012 at 1:29 PM

He is…he’s running out of rednecks to vote for him.

rubberneck on March 14, 2012 at 1:29 PM

But, he won’t say anything inappropriate about Obama.

kingsjester on March 14, 2012 at 1:22 PM

Obama is a fellow Harvard Law School graduate. Apparently that gives you a lot of license to screw up. Harvard is Harvard.

RBMN on March 14, 2012 at 1:29 PM

Not only that, the Romneys apperantly think that Obama is “great”.

http://www.theblaze.com/blog/2012/03/13/in-hawaii-matt-romney-calls-obama-great/

Norwegian on March 14, 2012 at 1:25 PM

The evidence just keeps mounting about what kind of campaign Romney is likely to run when he gets to the general and what kind of president Romney will be should he win election.

Doomberg on March 14, 2012 at 1:29 PM

Mittens must be getting paranoid!!
(sarc)

canopfor on March 14, 2012 at 1:29 PM

Romney is going to give it to us Conservatives, good and hard…

pseudonominus on March 14, 2012 at 1:23 PM

Only if you kneel.

Schadenfreude on March 14, 2012 at 1:30 PM

but probably 60 percent of my friends will not vote for mittens ….

conservative tarheel on March 14, 2012 at 1:24 PM

In the primaries or in the general?

Gelsomina on March 14, 2012 at 1:30 PM

GOP voters haven’t done it yet, but they’re still probably going to have to make peace with Mitt.

No, we don’t.

kringeesmom on March 14, 2012 at 1:31 PM

I notice there has yet to be any mention of Hawaii or America Samoa and the fact that Romney came out ahead in the delegate count yesterday. Santorum might not be dead in the water, but he is losing more ground.

luckedout26 on March 14, 2012 at 1:31 PM

Santorum is running on a shoestring budget compared to Romney.

Romney’s problem: Santorum doesn’t need much money to get traction and makes the most of it. If Romney was half as effective as Santorum is with spending this race would have ended weeks ago. As it is all Santorum needs is a miniscule amount coming in to keep running.

Romney doesn’t understand this.

You can’t spend your way to victory and still claim ‘electability’ when you spend your money so poorly. Where is the marketing skill that should go with being a capitalist? Where is the ability to get a coherent message out with all that cash spent? How is it that a guy spending so much cash can’t get enough traction to put his opponents down and out?

Where is that executive skill?

Where is the killer instinct?

Where is the ability to message and market?

ajacksonian on March 14, 2012 at 1:31 PM

Sorry, thought it was Ed

No, no, you have it wrong, Sir Lady.

Mitt needs to make peace with them. Good luck.

Schadenfreude on March 14, 2012 at 1:27 PM

Schadenfreude on March 14, 2012 at 1:31 PM

Wow… a lot of heads in the sand this morning.

Santorum must live in Newt’s moon base if be believes that:

1- In a convention the “establishment” doesn’t control what goes on.
2- The establishment would choose Rick over Mitt or an outsider.
3- Someone who received a much smaller popular vote and delegate vote would be more appealing to the establishment to put on the ticket against Obama.
4- Romney is a weak candidate and the only reason Rick lost is because he was that he didnt have the “privileges” that Romney has.
5- He couldn’t beat Romney in delegates but he certainly can beat Obama.
6- Lack of fund-raising ability shows character and that you are truly a “grass roots” candidate if you are outspent by another candidate.
7- Poor organization will not matter in the general election.
8- Independents will gladly vote for the social conservative.
9- The slogan of “Mitt Lied” will get him to the White House.
10- Coming in second at the convention really means you are better than the guy that came in first.
11- That non-evangelical voters will immediately start backing Santorum.

Santorum should always remember as Dale Earnhardt Sr. said “Second Place is just the first place loser.” No one wants to put a loser up against Obama.

Midwesterner on March 14, 2012 at 1:32 PM

This has been posted before but it bears reposting.

Someone ask Mitt about this please.

“I’m not here to talk about President Obama. I think he is great. I’m here to talk about my dad and what he would bring to the country,” said Matt Romney.

http://www.kitv.com/r/30665123/detail.html

Hey Matt, if Obama is “great” why do we need your Dad exactly?

PappyD61 on March 14, 2012 at 1:32 PM

Romney got more delegates last night. Rick is toast. Do the math.

hanzblinx on March 14, 2012 at 1:24 PM

Math is hard.

It doesn’t add up, for either. The prospect of Mitt/Newt or Mitt/Rick is driving the Romney kittens and Mitt insane.

Schadenfreude on March 14, 2012 at 1:33 PM

DUMP MITT NOW!

MITT IS A PACIFIST DEMOCRAT . . . .WE DON’T WANT HIM IN CHARGE OF ANYTHING!

Pragmatic on March 14, 2012 at 1:25 PM

Why no, posting in all caps over and over isn’t obnoxious or anything…

changer1701 on March 14, 2012 at 1:33 PM

He is though not as desperate as Gingrich…

sandee on March 14, 2012 at 1:24 PM

Heh, that’s still pretty desperate.

Schadenfreude on March 14, 2012 at 1:34 PM

Mittens exudes desperation.He has the Rino establishment backing, the money, and the organization, but he is not making the sale. Take away his ability to carpet bomb the competition and he would not even be winning. He wont have that ability against Obama so lets go to the convention.

Southernblogger on March 14, 2012 at 1:34 PM

“I think President Obama is great”…….

……………………………………….Matt Romney

JPeterman on March 14, 2012 at 1:34 PM

He, like you and Obama, does not seem to understand. He’s supposed to be campaigning to be our servant. Not our King.

kingsjester on March 14, 2012 at 1:29 PM

He does not want to be either. He is campaigning to be our manager. Not sure how good is that – I’d rather have a leader – but I’ll take a manager over a pompous, pro union douchebag any day.

Archivarix on March 14, 2012 at 1:34 PM

GOP voters haven’t done it yet, but they’re still probably going to have to make peace with Mitt.

Mitt could have won me over last year by admitting RomneyCare was a state-level attempt to try to fix health-care but it didn’t work out as intended. Instead, he doubled-down by praising it. I’m supposed to trust that he will lead the fight to repeal ObamaCare? This is where conservatives have a major disconnect with him.

Bitter Clinger on March 14, 2012 at 1:34 PM

But, but Mitt-L-Schmerz is inevitable!

Rixon on March 14, 2012 at 1:34 PM

65% of voters in Ms and Alabama did reject Santorum….

Bradky on March 14, 2012 at 1:26 PM

About as many reject all others.

Schadenfreude on March 14, 2012 at 1:35 PM

It doesn’t add up, for either. The prospect of Mitt/Newt or Mitt/Rick is driving the Romney kittens and Mitt insane.

Schadenfreude on March 14, 2012 at 1:33 PM

Because they’re jokes, and those tickets aren’t happening?

changer1701 on March 14, 2012 at 1:35 PM

It doesn’t add up, for either. The prospect of Mitt/Newt or Mitt/Rick is driving the Romney kittens and Mitt insane.

Schadenfreude on March 14, 2012 at 1:33 PM

How about Mitt/Paul?

Archivarix on March 14, 2012 at 1:35 PM

“Dewey Defeats Truman”

BobMbx on March 14, 2012 at 1:21 PM

Ironically, that headline came after the last GOP brokered convention, with a Northeast liberal entering and leaving with the most delegates.

Steve Eggleston on March 14, 2012 at 1:35 PM

He is…he’s running out of rednecks to vote for him.

rubberneck on March 14, 2012 at 1:29 PM

Could you stop this, please? Why do you insult people who’ll have to vote for your candidate, if he wants to become president?

Gelsomina on March 14, 2012 at 1:35 PM

PappyD61 on March 14, 2012 at 1:32 PM

And we need to elect Matt’s Dad, why?

kingsjester on March 14, 2012 at 1:35 PM

I’m disappointed to see this from you, Tina. The last thing I’d expect from ANY writer on this site would be to throw around the “true conservative” perjorative, which is just the latest permutation of “right-wing extremist” or “wingnut.”

Doomberg on March 14, 2012 at 1:24 PM

Tina’s analysis is fine. She’s not berating “true conservatives” she’s pointing out the argument that Romney succeeds only because multiple candidates are splitting the conservative vote, an argument put forward by Gingrich and Santorum, is now much more credible now that Santorum has won three way races in two states where the conservative vote overwhelmingly rejected Romney, even to the point of elevating Gingrich slightly above Romney.

Gingrich had his mano-a-mano in Florida and lost. Santorum has proven much more tenacious and viable in contests against Romney – in each race where Santorum is the main rival, Santorum + Gingrich has defeated Romney (bar here in MA, where Mitt was going to landslide anyway, though a combo would have given Santorum some of MA’s delegates.) I voted for Santorum, but if Romney can make the sale I’ll be satisfied. Romney being forced to spend his money to make every primary a contest with Santorum only builds his organization for the fall. It’s the Super PAC that does most of the carpet bombing, which leaves Romney burn rate for actually developing his GOTV effort – the very same effort he’ll need in the fall.

I see two very different tickets emerging based on who wins the Romney/Santorum contest, and both would be capable of beating Obama.

BKennedy on March 14, 2012 at 1:35 PM

Because they’re jokes, and those tickets aren’t happening?

changer1701 on March 14, 2012 at 1:35 PM

The math doesn’t add up for anything happening.

Schadenfreude on March 14, 2012 at 1:35 PM

“I’m not here to talk about President Obama. I think he is great. I’m here to talk about my dad and what he would bring to the country,” said Matt Romney.

http://www.kitv.com/r/30665123/detail.html

Hey Matt, if Obama is “great” why do we need your Dad exactly?

PappyD61 on March 14, 2012 at 1:32 PM

THIS!!!!!!

Bitter Clinger on March 14, 2012 at 1:36 PM

Romney is right in his assessment of Santorum’s campaign. There is no way Santorum can win enough delegates to secure the nomination and even if he and Gingrich managed to force a brokered convention, there’s no way that Santorum would emerge as the nominee. He lacks the broad appeal necessary to win in the general election.

Further, Santorum and Gingrich have now exhausted the South. They’ve literally run out of their ‘own backyard’ and are now facing states where their particular world view and style are much less viable.

There are 4 states coming up that are ‘winner take all’ states,(among them, is District of Columbia,not technically a ‘state’ but counts just the same, where Santorum isn’t even on the ballot), and Romney is heavily favored to win all of these states. Not to mention the delegate rich states of California, New york, and Texas.

Romney has a substantial lead in delegates, more than Santorum, Gingrich, and Paul COMBINED. That lead is only going to expand by leaps and bounds now that we’ve finished with the South.

So, yes, Romney was right in his assessment of Santorum’s campaign. Its over. The sad thing is, both Santorum and Gingrich would rather harm the party by trying to engineer a brokered convention, where they dream of some smarmy backroom deal to hand them the nomination and satiate their overwhelming ambition, a scenario that would NEVER come to fruition, and potentially harm the prospects of the one candidate that the GOP has fielded who could defeat Obama in November, than admit their obvious defeat and let Romney get on with campaigning against Obama.

thatsafactjack on March 14, 2012 at 1:37 PM

Gingrich needs to quit. Give Santorum his one on one and may the best man win.

Rusty Allen on March 14, 2012 at 1:37 PM

He is…he’s running out of rednecks to vote for him.

rubberneck on March 14, 2012 at 1:29 PM

Spoken like a true coastal elitist.

Bitter Clinger on March 14, 2012 at 1:37 PM

If the GOP electorate takes this all the way to the convention and in the end nominates Santorum I will vote for him in the general and watch him get absolutely killed by a 7%-10% margin. I’ll shake my head and wash my hands of the GOP as it will have taken a golden opportunity and screwed it up beyond recognition.

I could understand wanting to replace Romney with a really good, more conservative alternative. But neither Newt nor Santorum is a better alternative than Romney. If they were then one of them would have consolidated the more conservative wing of the party behind them. They haven’t and that say it all….

tpw on March 14, 2012 at 1:38 PM

“Truth Pillars”
================

Ya know,when Newt was going off on Romney’s SuperPac Ads,
Mittens didn’t seem to frazzled over that!!!!

canopfor on March 14, 2012 at 1:38 PM

This clip is from before the counts last night?
Has Romney said anything today?

BakerAllie on March 14, 2012 at 1:39 PM

as for me…it is ABO…ABR in the primaries. ABO in the general…

This is where I’m at too, except that I don’t like Santorum, Paul, or Gingrich, either.

MidniteRambler on March 14, 2012 at 1:40 PM

How about Mitt/Paul?

Archivarix on March 14, 2012 at 1:35 PM

One sissy on the domestic front and another on the international one…tough to decide…

Schadenfreude on March 14, 2012 at 1:41 PM

Looks like Tina is into her acceptance phase. That’s good. You can write fantasy blogs for so long. Clinton people never got there till June of the 08 campaign. Even though Hillary was winning states Obama kept padding his lead and won on the math. The same will happen here as well. This is kind of like 08, but you have to consolidate the rest of the candidates into one not-romney. One point though. HIlliary was far closer to Obama than Santorum is to Romney.

rubberneck on March 14, 2012 at 1:41 PM

We need a brokered convention.

Because Sarah Palin will be nominated.

RINO on March 14, 2012 at 1:41 PM

Mitt knows what he’s doing; winning the long race… Don’t expect him to pick Rick or Newt as V.P.

Not going to happen… Too much bad rhetoric…

Khun Joe on March 14, 2012 at 1:41 PM

Spoken like a true coastal elitist.

Bitter Clinger on March 14, 2012 at 1:37 PM

Is likely for Obama and his moochers.

Schadenfreude on March 14, 2012 at 1:42 PM

Too much bad rhetoric…

Khun Joe on March 14, 2012 at 1:41 PM

Mitt started the turdfest. Now he has to smell it.

Schadenfreude on March 14, 2012 at 1:43 PM

There are 4 states coming up that are ‘winner take all’ states,(among them, is District of Columbia,not technically a ‘state’ but counts just the same, where Santorum isn’t even on the ballot), and Romney is heavily favored to win all of these states. Not to mention the delegate rich states of California, New york, and Texas.

thatsafactjack on March 14, 2012 at 1:37 PM

I don’t get why the GOP gives California and New York a bunch of delegates. Population alone shouldn’t account for it. How about those states actually do something like elect Republicans to earn those delegates.

Bitter Clinger on March 14, 2012 at 1:44 PM

In the primaries or in the general?

Gelsomina on March 14, 2012 at 1:30 PM

general …. 100 percent are not voting for him in the primaries …..

conservative tarheel on March 14, 2012 at 1:44 PM

There’s only two ways Romney’s right:

- If Gingrich stays in to make this a three-way race, more than a third of the remaining primary electorate is liberal.
- If Gingrich departs, more than 40% of the remaining primary electorate is liberal.

In either case, the GOP is terminally lost.

Steve Eggleston on March 14, 2012 at 1:44 PM

Romney won the most delegates last night. It’s not about winning states unless it’s winner take all which it isn’t yet. It’s about the number of delegates won and Romney came in first and silver-medal Santorum came in second again.

rhombus on March 14, 2012 at 1:45 PM

Khun Joe on March 14, 2012 at 1:41 PM
He is winning the long race, but he would be better served if he stopped telling us about it. It’s supposed to be about people not just math. He will get the delegates; he needs to inspire confidence not just inevitability.

Rusty Allen on March 14, 2012 at 1:45 PM

Too much bad rhetoric…

Khun Joe on March 14, 2012 at 1:41 PM

Mitt started the turdfest. Now he has to smell it.

Schadenfreude on March 14, 2012 at 1:43 PM

Indeed!!

Bitter Clinger on March 14, 2012 at 1:45 PM

How about Mitt/Paul?

Archivarix on March 14, 2012 at 1:35 PM

Nahh if Mutt has his choice to go with someone that thinks more like him therefore it’d probably be more of a Mutt/Hillary ticket.

bbinfl on March 14, 2012 at 1:46 PM

Socons still in denial.

The math shows that the only way Santorum could win enough delgates is if Romney quit the race today.

All of Newt’s supporters would not just automatically go to Santorum either. Much of Newt’s support comes from people that want to take a more practical approach to government.

That’s the opposite of the Santorum’s socon Christan Sharia law pipe dream.

Moesart on March 14, 2012 at 1:46 PM

He does not want to be either. He is campaigning to be our manager. Not sure how good is that – I’d rather have a leader – but I’ll take a manager over a pompous, pro union douchebag any day.

Archivarix on March 14, 2012 at 1:34 PM

You then did not live in Mass when your Master was Governor. If you want to live under the “leadership” of a person who believes in government top-down at a slower pace than O, go ahead and vote for Romney.

Santorum gives you a better chance of changing the direction away from the cliff.

PuritanD71 on March 14, 2012 at 1:47 PM

Could you stop this, please? Why do you insult people who’ll have to vote for your candidate, if he wants to become president?

Gelsomina on March 14, 2012 at 1:35 PM

My vote for clearest-thinking Romney supporter on these threads.

de rigueur on March 14, 2012 at 1:47 PM

Could you stop this, please? Why do you insult people who’ll have to vote for your candidate, if he wants to become president?

Gelsomina on March 14, 2012 at 1:35 PM

Stop what? I know why they are not voting for him. Bigots, the lot of them. They won’t vote for him in the general…they will vote against Obama.

rubberneck on March 14, 2012 at 1:47 PM

After last night all, incl. Obama, are desperate, except Paul.

p.s. not a Paulite here.

Schadenfreude on March 14, 2012 at 1:49 PM

It’s about delegates. Tuesdays BIG win for Santorum netted him less delegates than Romney who once again won the night.
After Tuesday votes in Mississippi, Alabama, Hawaii and American Samoa:
DELEGATES WON
41 Romney
35 Santorum
24 Gingrich
1 Paul
source: ABC NEWS

Romney widened his lead and Santorum is still losing ground in the delegate count. So… how does he overcome Romney’s lead? What did he win? 81% evangelical vote and Romney was within 2% or 6000 votes in Mississippi. I will take that in the Primary.

BobScuba on March 14, 2012 at 1:49 PM

rubberneck on March 14, 2012 at 1:47 PM

They may not vote at all if they are constantly berated.

Rusty Allen on March 14, 2012 at 1:49 PM

Dump Mitt, or the bloodletting will continue.

Lawdawg86 on March 14, 2012 at 1:49 PM

They may not vote at all if they are constantly berated.

Rusty Allen on March 14, 2012 at 1:49 PM

2008, again

Schadenfreude on March 14, 2012 at 1:50 PM

This is where I’m at too, except that I don’t like Santorum, Paul, or Gingrich, either.

MidniteRambler on March 14, 2012 at 1:40 PM

me either … but I dislike mittens more in the primaries ….. in the general when I don’t have a choice …. I will vote for the nominee …..

conservative tarheel on March 14, 2012 at 1:50 PM

All of Newt’s supporters would not just automatically go to Santorum either. Much of Newt’s support comes from people that want to take a more practical approach to government.

That’s the opposite of the Santorum’s socon Christan Sharia law pipe dream.

Moesart on March 14, 2012 at 1:46 PM

Wow, your ability to talk with all of Newt’s supports must mean that there wasn’t many in the first place to get a hold of.

Or as others, you may be more doing the wishful thinking. Your last statement gives evidence to your malice towards Social conservatism. Newt is running on a similar plan as Rick having SoCon as a main plank.

Get a grip.

PuritanD71 on March 14, 2012 at 1:51 PM

GOP voters haven’t done it yet, but they’re still probably going to have to make peace with Mitt.

No, no, you have it wrong, Sir Lady.

Mitt needs to make peace with them. Good luck.

Schadenfreude on March 14, 2012 at 1:27 PM

And my vote for clearest-thinking none-of-the-above supporter on these threads.

de rigueur on March 14, 2012 at 1:51 PM

I don’t get why the GOP gives California and New York a bunch of delegates. Population alone shouldn’t account for it. How about those states actually do something like elect Republicans to earn those delegates.

Bitter Clinger on March 14, 2012 at 1:44 PM

Sounds like rule number xx in Animal Farm:

7- All animals are equal.
7- All animals are equal, but some animals are more equal than others

Sounds like you are saying that only “very conservative” votes should count in the REPUBLICAN primary. In case you forgot, the REPUBLICAN party comprises of many different groups. I don’t remember any rules in the platform stating the the socons or neocons or moderates get more votes than others….

Good luck with that in a general election.

Midwesterner on March 14, 2012 at 1:52 PM

What a sucky sucky candidate Mutt is!

Pragmatic on March 14, 2012 at 1:52 PM

This clip is from before the counts last night?
Has Romney said anything today?

BakerAllie on March 14, 2012 at 1:39 PM

BakerAllie:No,Mitt didn’t have a speech last night,which is odd,
heres Newts in case you missed it!!
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Watch Newt Gingrich’s Full Speech After Ala., Miss. Primaries
on Mar 13, 2012
(Video-11:29)
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Former Speaker of the House Newt Gingrich addressed a crowd of supporters Tuesday night in Alabama, after he was the projected runner-up in that state’s and neighboring Mississippi’s primaries. He congratulated Rick Santorum on his wins while taking a swipe at fellow Republican Mitt Romney. “If you’re the frontrunner and keep coming in third, you’re not much of a frontrunner,” he said.
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http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9FjUF3YJOfg

canopfor on March 14, 2012 at 2:57 AM

canopfor on March 14, 2012 at 1:52 PM

Stop what? I know why they are not voting for him. Bigots, the lot of them. They won’t vote for him in the general…they will vote against Obama.

rubberneck on March 14, 2012 at 1:47 PM

Way to win friends and influence people, there, Skippy.

kingsjester on March 14, 2012 at 1:53 PM

In either case, the GOP is terminally lost.

Steve Eggleston on March 14, 2012 at 1:44 PM

Called the “stupid party” for good reasons. They have no core, no steely ones left.

Schadenfreude on March 14, 2012 at 1:53 PM

He, like you and Obama, does not seem to understand. He’s supposed to be campaigning to be our servant. Not our King.

kingsjester on March 14, 2012 at 1:29 PM

And your boy santy’s idea of posting rules of engagement in every bedroom in America is “serving”….

Bradky on March 14, 2012 at 1:53 PM

Stop what? I know why they are not voting for him. Bigots, the lot of them. They won’t vote for him in the general…they will vote against Obama.

rubberneck on March 14, 2012 at 1:47 PM

Another mind reader in the threads. It would seem the only bigot would be you.

PuritanD71 on March 14, 2012 at 1:53 PM

Romney stopped paying attention to Gingrich after defeating him in Florida, which left Gingrich “at the desperate end of his campaign”. Even with an expected Georgia win priced in, the Florida debacle put Gingrich in the bargain bin.

Romney is correct about Santorum, he has nowhere to go but down from here. Alabama and Mississippi helped him finish off Gingrich as the official not-Romney, but who cares? Certainly not Romney, who won more delegates Tuesday than the so-called victor. Guess what? Team Romney planned it that way:

Today is another election day and yet another day that our opponents will be unable to make up the ground needed to get to 1,144 delegates. Gov. Romney looks to pick up additional delegates in Hawaii and American Samoa. And, from public polling, it seems as if in Alabama and Mississippi the candidates will split the vote, and, thus the delegates, three ways with no one candidate being able to cut in to Gov. Romney’s already large delegate lead and march to the nomination.

That went out from the Romney camp Tuesday morning, and that is exactly what happened. These people are pros, and they are all about the math.

Here’s what Team Romney had to say about Santorum that same day:

Sen. Santorum has recently taken to arguing that he will lose a majority of states but somehow magically win at the convention. This is pure fantasy, or vanity, or both…The notion that he is somehow going to get our delegates to vote for him is pie in the sky. In the states with unbound delegates, projections of what Sen. Santorum will likely get are already baked into the current tally. He also argues that if only Newt Gingrich would drop out and the race become a two-person contest, his chances will increase – but that just means there are more delegates on the table for us to take and get to 1,144 faster.

They are correct. Romney’s delegates will not go for Santorum at a brokered convention. Newt dropping out will mean that at least some of his support will go to Romney. Santorum is in la-la land. And, quite frankly, I highly doubt that Mitt will need Santorum’s delegates at the convention, even if he doesn’t hit 1144. A deal with Paul and the support of the establishment super-delegates will put him over the top, even before the first vote. Santorum will likely end up getting what Huckabee got in 2008 – nothing. He’s better off dropping out now while making the best possible deal for himself and his supporters.

Mr. Arkadin on March 14, 2012 at 1:53 PM

Poor Rmoney. It’s not business as usual anymore, pal. Whatever deal the republican establishment cut with you in 2008 to step aside isn’t valid with the American people in 2012. You and Jeb Bush just don’t get nominated by default. There’s a little thing called the electorate that gets a big say this time around.

mozalf on March 14, 2012 at 1:54 PM

He is winning the long race, but he would be better served if he stopped telling us about it. It’s supposed to be about people not just math. He will get the delegates; he needs to inspire confidence not just inevitability.

Rusty Allen on March 14, 2012 at 1:45 PM

Exactly this.

Three things that are inevitable: death, taxes, and Mitt Romney.

It is horrible messaging.

ajacksonian on March 14, 2012 at 1:54 PM

The gop Ruling Class will NEVER let Santorum out of the convention (if it’s brokered) as the Nominee.

it’s folly to think so.


Santorum, you better have a plan B.

PappyD61 on March 14, 2012 at 1:54 PM

As a matter of fact, Mitt Romney is super-duper sucky! ICK and YUCK!

Pragmatic on March 14, 2012 at 1:55 PM

They may not vote at all if they are constantly berated.

Rusty Allen on March 14, 2012 at 1:49 PM

2008, again

Schadenfreude on March 14, 2012 at 1:50 PM

ding ding ding ding ….. we have a winner ……

this is how I see it …….

conservative tarheel on March 14, 2012 at 1:55 PM

Santorum, you better have a plan B.

PappyD61 on March 14, 2012 at 1:54 PM

I doubt he advocates plan b

Bradky on March 14, 2012 at 1:55 PM

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