Romney to hit PA with ad blitz this week

posted at 10:26 am on April 9, 2012 by Ed Morrissey

With Mitt Romney’s sweep six days ago of primaries in Maryland, Washington DC, and the battleground state of Wisconsin, the Republican frontrunner continues to build momentum in the Republican presidential nomination sweepstakes.  In the official RNC count of delegates, Romney just crossed the halfway mark to 1144 with 573 delegates, far ahead of Rick Santorum’s 202; counting all of the non-binding contests, Romney leads by a slightly larger amount, 656 to 272.  The next binding contests come two weeks from tomorrow, and Santorum will only be competitive in one — and Romney is loading up for a knockout blow there:

Republican Mitt Romney will air presidential campaign ads in most of Pennsylvania starting on Monday, when candidates return from their Easter break, a source close to the campaign said on Friday.

The $2.9 million advertising campaign will run in the Wilkes-Barre, Scranton, Erie, Altoona and Philadelphia media markets until the April 24 primary election.

Within a week, the ads will run in the Pittsburgh market. The Romney super PAC Restore Our Future is airing commercials on cable channels statewide.

The campaign’s ad buy reinforces the former Massachusetts governor’s determination to win the home state of ex-Sen. Rick Santorum, former House Speaker Newt Gingrich and U.S. Rep. Ron Paul of Texas. Santorum grew up in Butler County and owns a Penn Hills home, Gingrich spent childhood years in the Harrisburg area and Paul is a Green Tree native.

It’s not just advertising, either.  Since Romney should have little trouble winning in the other four states that go to the polls on the 24th — New York, Connecticut, Rhode Island, and Delaware, the latter of which is a winner-take-all primary — he can spend almost all of his time stumping in Pennsylvania.  That makes the fight uncomfortably similar to Michigan and Wisconsin, both of which Santorum was perceived as having a lead or an edge, and both of which fell to Romney in the end.

As the LA Times points out, Pennsylvania is Santorum’s firewall, at least on credibility:

The former senator from Pennsylvania has resurrected his career after a shattering 2006 reelection defeat. Dismissed as a hopeless long shot when his presidential run began, he’ll finish no worse than second for the Republican nomination. At 53, he’s one of the nation’s leading social conservatives, and his long-range future has never looked brighter.

But as he resumes a do-or-die Pennsylvania primary effort this week, he’ll need all his local connections and considerable campaign talents to survive what could be the final showdown of the 2012 GOP contest. Polls show him with a small lead over Mitt Romney, who’d like nothing more than to finish off his main rival in the April 24 election.

After a day spent traversing the state’s steeply eroded ridges, studded with redbud blossoms and trees just greening up, Santorum expressed satisfaction at returning to “familiar territory, where I can say, ‘No, no, there’s a shorter way to get there’ to the drivers.”

He’s all but said that a primary loss would end his candidacy. “We have to win here,” he told reporters during a stop at Bob’s Diner in Carnegie, a Pittsburgh suburb he represented as a young congressman in the early 1990s.

Unfortunately for Santorum, failure in Pennsylvania might spell the end of not just the current political campaign, but any future in electoral politics.  It took an extraordinary effort to bring Santorum back from that large 2006 defeat in his home state, and if it happens again in a Republican primary, it might take even longer to get past it.  That puts more pressure on Santorum to defend the state if he chooses to continue, and polls are showing mixed signals at how well he’s managing to do it at the moment.

The delegate math is becoming more and more untenable, too.  Santorum’s camp released an argument last week that the media (and the RNC, apparently) has the delegate allocations all wrong, and that he’s actually much closer to Romney.  In part, that argument was based on a claim made by Newt Gingrich in February that the RNC would force Florida and Arizona to proportionally allocate their delegates.  Even the RNC admits that they can’t dictate state allocations, and in any case they don’t appear inclined to try, as their own scorecard shows.

On Tuesday, 159 delegates will be allocated in the four other states, the vast majority of which will go to Romney, while Pennsylvania’s 72 delegates will probably be closely split between Romney and Santorum regardless of the order of the finish.  There is a good possibility that Romney can pad his delegate lead by 100 or so on the 24th in both counts.  May’s nine contests look more promising for Santorum in a vacuum, but with Romney having perhaps over 800 delegates overall or 700 in the bound-only count, this race will hit a tipping point soon regardless of whether Santorum can win a squeaker in Pennsylvania — and states like Indiana and Oregon will probably fall Romney’s way, while Texas’ big prize will be proportionally allocated anyway.

Plus, the Des Moines Register reports that the few superdelegates in the GOP have begun to move towards Romney:

The Associated Press has polled 114 of the 120 superdelegates, party members who can support any candidate for president they choose at the national convention in August, regardless of what happens in primaries or caucuses.

In the latest survey, conducted Tuesday to Friday, Romney has 35 endorsements, far more than anyone else but a modest figure for the apparent nominee. Gingrich has four endorsements, Santorum has two and Texas Rep. Ron Paul got one.

RNC members have been slowly embracing Romney. He picked up 11 new endorsements since the last AP survey a month ago, after the Super Tuesday contests. Over the course of the campaign, however, Romney methodically has added endorsements from every region of the country. In the U.S. territories, where voters help decide the nominee but can’t vote in the general election, Romney has dominated.

Santorum will have two weeks to decide whether he wants to roll the dice on his future in a Pennsylvania primary for a nomination in which the math looks almost impossible to overcome, or take his gains and play for the future while the opening for a gracious and party-building exit remains in play.  He’s overcome a lot of long odds to put himself in that position, and perhaps Santorum will feel that the risks are still worth taking.


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Death star is about to go to work!!!

liberal4life on April 9, 2012 at 10:27 AM

Can we just end this? It’s like the Dodgers last season.

Oil Can on April 9, 2012 at 10:30 AM

Dump Willard.

Emperor Norton on April 9, 2012 at 10:30 AM

I challenge the posters to completely ignore liberal4life in this thread. No matter what she posts.

Bitter Clinger on April 9, 2012 at 10:31 AM

I challenge the posters to completely ignore liberal4life in this thread. No matter what she posts.

Bitter Clinger on April 9, 2012 at 10:31 AM

I’m too smart for you…

liberal4life on April 9, 2012 at 10:32 AM

Death star is about to go to work!!!

liberal4life on April 9, 2012 at 10:27 AM

Hey moron, we missed you over in the James O’Keefe voting as Eric Holder thread.

The Count on April 9, 2012 at 10:33 AM

Can we just end this? It’s like the Dodgers last season.

Oil Can on April 9, 2012 at 10:30 AM

Or the Stanley Cup playoffs.

Happy Nomad on April 9, 2012 at 10:34 AM

I challenge the posters to completely ignore liberal4life in this thread. No matter what she posts.

Bitter Clinger on April 9, 2012 at 10:31 AM

It’s time to start asking Ed and Allah via Twitter. If they don’t respond, then we need to re-consider using the comments section and find another outlet.

budfox on April 9, 2012 at 10:37 AM

KO a coming.

Kermit on April 9, 2012 at 10:38 AM

Well, the future primaries look bleak for Santorum, Ed, especially, considering that he is now getting screwed over by the GOP apparatus in North Dakota as well:

http://theothermccain.com/2012/04/09/north-dakota-gop-screws-over-santorum/

I really dislike the GOP–a dislike that has been growing since 2008–and I no longer associate myself with it. I’m voting my conscience from now on and not going to worry about “party” politics. This primary was the last straw for me.

KickandSwimMom on April 9, 2012 at 10:38 AM

I’m too smart for you…

liberal4life on April 9, 2012 at 10:32 AM

Death star is about to go to work!!!

liberal4life on April 9, 2012 at 10:27 AM
Hey moron, we missed you over in the James O’Keefe voting as Eric Holder thread.

The Count on April 9, 2012 at 10:33 AM

…forgive him…was posting before yours hit!

KOOLAID2 on April 9, 2012 at 10:38 AM

It’s time to start asking Ed and Allah via Twitter. If they don’t respond, then we need to re-consider using the comments section and find another outlet.

budfox on April 9, 2012 at 10:37 AM

I don’t do Twitter myself. But maybe you can use your post as a groundswell for the other HA posters to follow suit.

Bitter Clinger on April 9, 2012 at 10:40 AM

It’s time to start asking Ed and Allah via Twitter. If they don’t respond, then we need to re-consider using the comments section and find another outlet.

budfox on April 9, 2012 at 10:37 AM

I’ve emailed a couple of times. He doesn’t come here to have thoughtful arguments – he’s too stupid for that. He’s a troll, and he trolls 24/7. His account needs to be trashed.

The Count on April 9, 2012 at 10:40 AM

Texas MAY become a winner-take-all state, due to the delay in our primary past April by the courts (that led to saving 2 congressional seats for the GOP). The SREC is going to meet on it and the State chairman is amenable; and since the RNC refuses to enforce their rules against Arizona or Florida, to enforce it against Texas would be highly selective- and clearly favoring a specific candidate.

michaelo on April 9, 2012 at 10:41 AM

Well, the future primaries look bleak for Santorum, Ed, especially, considering that he is now getting screwed over by the GOP apparatus in North Dakota as well:

http://theothermccain.com/2012/04/09/north-dakota-gop-screws-over-santorum/

I really dislike the GOP–a dislike that has been growing since 2008–and I no longer associate myself with it. I’m voting my conscience from now on and not going to worry about “party” politics. This primary was the last straw for me.

KickandSwimMom on April 9, 2012 at 10:38 AM

Whatever remaining loyalty I had for the GOP evaporated after they couldn’t come up with anyone besides Dumb and Dumber to fight the worst POTUS in American history. All I can do now is vote my conscience and pray we get a mildly conservative Clowngress…without THAT, there’s no hope whatsoever.

MelonCollie on April 9, 2012 at 10:41 AM

It’s time to start asking Ed and Allah via Twitter. If they don’t respond, then we need to re-consider using the comments section and find another outlet.

budfox on April 9, 2012 at 10:37 AM

…it is past ridiculous!

KOOLAID2 on April 9, 2012 at 10:41 AM

I’m too smart for you…

liberal4life on April 9, 2012 at 10:32 AM

Repeating mindless talking points and parroting liberal dogma without any discernible ability to reason in your debate would hardly justify a claim of being “too smart”.

hawkdriver on April 9, 2012 at 10:42 AM

libtard4life on April 9, 2012 at 10:27 AM

Emperor Norton on April 9, 2012 at 10:30 AM

Common interests. Common obsessions.

cicerone on April 9, 2012 at 10:44 AM

Well, the future primaries look bleak for Santorum, Ed, especially, considering that he is now getting screwed over by the GOP apparatus in North Dakota as well:

http://theothermccain.com/2012/04/09/north-dakota-gop-screws-over-santorum/

I really dislike the GOP–a dislike that has been growing since 2008–and I no longer associate myself with it. I’m voting my conscience from now on and not going to worry about “party” politics. This primary was the last straw for me.

KickandSwimMom on April 9, 2012 at 10:38 AM

I understand your frustration. But the only way to change the GOP is to, little-by-little, keep hammering away at the Establishment. If Romney loses this election (which I hope he doesn’t; Obama will wreck the country completely with another 4 years), against a terrible incumbent with a pathetic record, then the Establishment will have seen their better days.

Bitter Clinger on April 9, 2012 at 10:44 AM

KickandSwimMom on April 9, 2012 at 10:38 AM

You never give up do you. A train could be coming at you and you would just stand there while saying its an illusion.

Mitt is the nominee.

i expect you to do your duty in the fall and vote for him.

OBAMA is the enemy.

gerry-mittbot-helper to the delusional

gerrym51 on April 9, 2012 at 10:44 AM

I really dislike the GOP–a dislike that has been growing since 2008–and I no longer associate myself with it. I’m voting my conscience from now on and not going to worry about “party” politics. This primary was the last straw for me.

KickandSwimMom on April 9, 2012 at 10:38 AM

I’m sure ObaMao and his cadre appreciate you.

cicerone on April 9, 2012 at 10:45 AM

LOL

According to Mittbots, wasn’t each of the last 3 contests supposed to be “the final knock-out blow”??

It’s rather pathetic that Romney is not able to close the deal after being coronoated as the nominee by everyone in the media while he continue to outspend opponents 8-1 or more.

Norwegian on April 9, 2012 at 10:46 AM

“where I can say, ‘No, no, there’s a shorter way to get there’ to the drivers.”

Now he’s really lost all credibility.

Being from PA, if you want a shorter way, move somewhere else.

In PA, the shorter way is either blocked by traffic, by road construction or by potholes that could swallow a Fiat.

NoDonkey on April 9, 2012 at 10:46 AM

With Mitt Romney’s sweep six days ago of primaries in Maryland, Washington DC, and the battleground state of Wisconsin,

… Romney failed to win a majority in 2 out of those 3. The only one where he won a majority was in Washington D.C., where Santorum wasn’t on the ballot.

With every possible advantage in his favor, (money, media, endorsements, the “inevitible” meme), Romney should have won 80% of all three contests.

If it’s such a given that Romney will secure the 1,144 delegates needed to win the nomination (and by the way, the RNC reports that he currently has 1 more than half that number), then why would Romney have to spend big money on a PA ad blitz?

Why spend the money if Romney’s already got this thing in the bag?

Why not save that money for the general election against Obama?

The fact that Romney *IS* spending this money in PA says a lot.

ITguy on April 9, 2012 at 10:46 AM

I challenge the posters to completely ignore liberal4life in this thread. No matter what she posts.

Bitter Clinger on April 9, 2012 at 10:31 AM

I’m reposting in hopes that posters will consider the challenge. L4l has proven an inability to stay on topic in too many threads.

Bitter Clinger on April 9, 2012 at 10:46 AM

I’m no fan of Santorum, but he does have one chance to emerge from this primary with his dignity intact, and I hope it transpires. He needs to win PA and then exit the race. He can claim a moral victory, erase the stain of his horrific 2008 loss, don the mantle of the comeback kid, and then fall on his sword “for the good of the party”. A lot will be forgiven if he has the character to follow this path. If he mistakes a PA win for a sign to continue, he will effectively destroy his political career.

Mr. Arkadin on April 9, 2012 at 10:47 AM

Death star is about to go to work!!!

liberal4life on April 9, 2012 at 10:27 AM

Mongol General: What is best in life? Conan: To crush your enemies, see them driven before you, and to hear the lamentation of their women.

hanzblinx on April 9, 2012 at 10:48 AM

The fact that Romney *IS* spending this money in PA says a lot.

ITguy on April 9, 2012 at 10:46 AM

Because Santorum is too dense to get the message that it’s time to go sign a big fat Fox News contract and stop helping Barack Obama?

NoDonkey on April 9, 2012 at 10:49 AM

Well, the future primaries look bleak for Santorum, Ed, especially, considering that he is now getting screwed over by the GOP apparatus in North Dakota as well:

http://theothermccain.com/2012/04/09/north-dakota-gop-screws-over-santorum/

I really dislike the GOP–a dislike that has been growing since 2008–and I no longer associate myself with it. I’m voting my conscience from now on and not going to worry about “party” politics. This primary was the last straw for me.

KickandSwimMom on April 9, 2012 at 10:38 AM

Those caucuses were non-binding, if I remember right. Just a beauty contest that no one is bound to whatsoever.

changer1701 on April 9, 2012 at 10:49 AM

I’m no fan of Santorum, but he does have one chance to emerge from this primary with his dignity intact, and I hope it transpires. He needs to win PA and then exit the race. He can claim a moral victory, erase the stain of his horrific 2008 loss, don the mantle of the comeback kid, and then fall on his sword “for the good of the party”. A lot will be forgiven if he has the character to follow this path. If he mistakes a PA win for a sign to continue, he will effectively destroy his political career.

Mr. Arkadin on April 9, 2012 at 10:47 AM

Why would he do that? He would alienate those PA voters who turned out to boost him to victory there.

Bitter Clinger on April 9, 2012 at 10:49 AM

I wonder if [a] Holder voted for Romney in D.C.?

multiuseless on April 9, 2012 at 10:50 AM

With Mitt Romney’s sweep six days ago of primaries in Maryland, Washington DC, and the battleground state of Wisconsin,

Romney will not win any of these states in November. He is getting killed by double digits in Wisconsin

liberal4life on April 9, 2012 at 10:51 AM

It’s rather pathetic that Romney is not able to close the deal after being coronoated as the nominee by everyone in the media while he continue to outspend opponents 8-1 or more.

Norwegian on April 9, 2012 at 10:46 AM

The deal is closed. Santy and Newty and the rest of the paranoid ABR misfits simply can’t muster the requisite intellectual honesty to admit it. Funny, huh?

cicerone on April 9, 2012 at 10:51 AM

I’m reposting in hopes that posters will consider the challenge. L4l has proven an inability to stay on topic in too many threads.

Bitter Clinger on April 9, 2012 at 10:46 AM

…and why did that put a veteran or two here/ in purgatory before? Look at the Fast and Furious thread!
I am ready to be a pain in EVERY posters -s-! …pretty soon, as far as responding to someone!

KOOLAID2 on April 9, 2012 at 10:51 AM

The only reason Santorum finished second was that he was the last gasp of the not-romney’s and evangelists who hate mormons. Any other contest he would have not even placed.

rubberneck on April 9, 2012 at 10:51 AM

i expect you to do your duty in the fall and vote for him.

OBAMA is the enemy.

gerry-mittbot-helper to the delusional

gerrym51 on April 9, 2012 at 10:44 AM

is obama the enemy gerry? makes one wonder what side your on.

you must love big government freebies like cheese and cell phones.

got one for each of your family members yet.?

renalin on April 9, 2012 at 10:52 AM

Rmoney™

Bmore on April 9, 2012 at 10:52 AM

What is the over/under for positive/negative in his ad blitz? Can he get positive to a full 2% of spending or will it be stuck at less than 1%?

astonerii on April 9, 2012 at 10:52 AM

If it’s such a given that Romney will secure the 1,144 delegates needed to win the nomination (and by the way, the RNC reports that he currently has 1 more than half that number), then why would Romney have to spend big money on a PA ad blitz?

Why spend the money if Romney’s already got this thing in the bag?

Why not save that money for the general election against Obama?

The fact that Romney *IS* spending this money in PA says a lot.

ITguy on April 9, 2012 at 10:46 AM

Yes, it says Santorum is vulnerable in his home state, the one he lost in a landslide 6 years ago.

The arithmetic at this point favors Romney, that’s the bottom line. Barring any late surprise, he’ll be the nominee. Nothing wrong with trying to put the proverbial nail in the coffin by delivering a knockout blow in PA.

changer1701 on April 9, 2012 at 10:53 AM

The knock-out blow was landed in Florida like it or not.

SouthernGent on April 9, 2012 at 10:55 AM

What is the over/under for positive/negative in his ad blitz? Can he get positive to a full 2% of spending or will it be stuck at less than 1%?

astonerii on April 9, 2012 at 10:52 AM

Has he run any positive ads?

Bitter Clinger on April 9, 2012 at 10:55 AM

He has pulled the ads.

We have done this out of deference to Senator Santorum’s decision to suspend his campaign for personal family reasons,” Romney spokeswoman Andrea Saul confirmed.

Gelsomina on April 9, 2012 at 10:58 AM

LOL

According to Mittbots, wasn’t each of the last 3 contests supposed to be “the final knock-out blow”??

It’s rather pathetic that Romney is not able to close the deal after being coronoated as the nominee by everyone in the media while he continue to outspend opponents 8-1 or more.

Norwegian on April 9, 2012 at 10:46 AM

They were. Only Santorum and Evangelicals have not figured that out just yet. That’s why this keeps dragging out, while Obama sits there and and lies about Romney and Republicans.

milcus on April 9, 2012 at 10:58 AM

renalin on April 9, 2012 at 10:52 AM

Let me rephrase it. Obama is My enemy. I guess you will be voting for Obama in the fall.

Although I like MITT, i can’t see how YOU don’t look at it as the lesser of 2 evils. If you truly think Mitt is worse then vote for OBAMA.

gerrym51 on April 9, 2012 at 10:59 AM

He has pulled the ads.

We have done this out of deference to Senator Santorum’s decision to suspend his campaign for personal family reasons,” Romney spokeswoman Andrea Saul confirmed.

Gelsomina on April 9, 2012 at 10:58 AM

Interesting.

Bitter Clinger on April 9, 2012 at 11:00 AM

This media blitz going to be in Reformed Egyptian Hieroglyphics?

tom daschle concerned on April 9, 2012 at 11:00 AM

I challenge the posters to completely ignore liberal4life in this thread. No matter what she posts.

Bitter Clinger on April 9, 2012 at 10:31 AM

Done.

Doughboy on April 9, 2012 at 11:01 AM

It’s kind of an overreach to assume that Santorum has the ability to be a winning politician after 2012 anyways- he’s where he’s at ONLY based on his “non-Romney” status. There was virtually NO interest in him until he was the last man standing.

Look at the comments, there are several who are so consumed with bitterness at Romney that they’de prefer to bask in their own self rightousness, vs. ridding the country of a criminal President.

BettyRuth on April 9, 2012 at 11:01 AM

They were. Only Santorum and Evangelicals have not figured that out just yet. That’s why this keeps dragging out, while Obama sits there and and lies about Romney and Republicans.

milcus on April 9, 2012 at 10:58 AM

Oh, so the Evangelicals are just supposed to roll over?

Bitter Clinger on April 9, 2012 at 11:01 AM

I challenge the posters to completely ignore liberal4life in this thread. No matter what she posts.

Bitter Clinger on April 9, 2012 at 10:31 AM
Done.

Doughboy on April 9, 2012 at 11:01 AM

Thank you.

It’s working pretty well so far.

Bitter Clinger on April 9, 2012 at 11:02 AM

The fact that Romney *IS* spending this money in PA says a lot.

ITguy on April 9, 2012 at 10:46 AM

..yeah. It pretty much says that he’s got the organization to build the campaign, keep it together for four years, get the endorsements, and RAISE the money.

Not trying to rub your nose in anything, but I’d rather go to war with an armed forces like the U. S. of A. as opposed to some hopped-up, psyched out jihadists.

The War Planner on April 9, 2012 at 11:03 AM

He has pulled the ads.

We have done this out of deference to Senator Santorum’s decision to suspend his campaign for personal family reasons,” Romney spokeswoman Andrea Saul confirmed.

Are we just making stuff up at this point?

BettyRuth on April 9, 2012 at 11:04 AM

It’s kind of an overreach to assume that Santorum has the ability to be a winning politician after 2012 anyways- he’s where he’s at ONLY based on his “non-Romney” status. There was virtually NO interest in him until he was the last man standing.

Look at the comments, there are several who are so consumed with bitterness at Romney that they’de prefer to bask in their own self rightousness, vs. ridding the country of a criminal President.

BettyRuth on April 9, 2012 at 11:01 AM

…only to be replaced my a moderate nibbler-around-the-edges.

I understand people’s frustrations with Romney likely getting the nod. I will vote for him in the fall. Then, when the likely double-cross comes, I will hope for a conservative challenge come 2016.

Bitter Clinger on April 9, 2012 at 11:05 AM

They were. Only Santorum and Evangelicals have not figured that out just yet.

milcus on April 9, 2012 at 10:58 AM

If that was true, why is Romney spending millions in PA? If the “deal is closed”, etc, why spend a single dime on a primary contest?

Sorry, but Romney is pathetically weak, and his ad spending confirms it.

Norwegian on April 9, 2012 at 11:05 AM

Why would he do that? He would alienate those PA voters who turned out to boost him to victory there.

Bitter Clinger on April 9, 2012 at 10:49 AM

What’s his alternative?

He quits now, he looks like a scaredy-cat, a loser, and a wimp.

He loses PA, and quits. He gets points for trying, but is now a two-time loser in his home state.

He wins PA, loses a few more states, and quits. It looks like he has just run out of gas.

He wins PA and goes to the convention. Romney either comes in with 1144, or a slight delegate deficit. With the superdelegates, Newt’s 150+, and Paul’s 50+ delegates, Romney can make a deal (if it hasn’t been made already) to get him over on the first ballot that effectively neuters Santorum, leaving him out in the cold.

Santorum’s best option is to quit after a PA win (if he can pull that off), where he will still have a bit of leverage, and where it looks like he still controls part of the narrative. His supporters will understand. The question is, does he?

If you can think of a plausible alternative to what I have just written, I’d love to see it.

Mr. Arkadin on April 9, 2012 at 11:06 AM

Romney is not able to close the deal

Even if Willard gets the required 1,144 delegates, he has not closed the deal. The base won’t bother to vote for him.

Yes, he is that repulsive, and his campaign of smearing Republicans (or leaking negative news, in the the case of Herman Cain) should be rejected soundly.

Dump Willard.

Emperor Norton on April 9, 2012 at 11:06 AM

They were. Only Santorum and Evangelicals have not figured that out just yet. That’s why this keeps dragging out, while Obama sits there and and lies about Romney and Republicans.

milcus on April 9, 2012 at 10:58 AM

What’s frustrating about all this is that Obama and the democrats aren’t lyining about Romney and the Republicans. It’s sad that I actually agree with their assessments of Romney and resent that I’m getting ripped off in this election if he becomes the nominee. I want to be enthusiatic and present positive contrasts and alternatives to Obama. With Romney, I won’t even be able to lie about him or try to defend him and keep a straight face!?! What kind of winning strategy is that?!?

mozalf on April 9, 2012 at 11:06 AM

He has pulled the ads.

We have done this out of deference to Senator Santorum’s decision to suspend his campaign for personal family reasons,” Romney spokeswoman Andrea Saul confirmed.

Are we just making stuff up at this point?

BettyRuth on April 9, 2012 at 11:04 AM

What does that mean?

Gelsomina on April 9, 2012 at 11:06 AM

Are we just making stuff up at this point?

BettyRuth on April 9, 2012 at 11:04 AM

Chris Cillizza of WaPo is reporting that Romney pulled the ads. Now maybe he is making it up, who knows.

Bitter Clinger on April 9, 2012 at 11:08 AM

Will the Romney ad campaign against Santorum in Pennsylvania be as delightful as the Romney — plus “independent” superpac — campaign against Gingrich was here in Florida? It was like being buried alive in a landfill. I certainly looked askance at Gingrich as a Presidential candidate but was so irritated by the 24-hour non-stop barrage on TV that I ended up voting for Gingrich mostly because the TV ads (not to mentioned the pile of junk warping my mailbox) convinced me that I wasn’t eager to have the phalanx of cutthroats around Mitt running this country.

Scriptor on April 9, 2012 at 11:09 AM

Yes, he is that repulsive, and his campaign of smearing Republicans (or leaking negative news, in the the case of Herman Cain) should be rejected soundly.

Dump Willard.

Emperor Norton on April 9, 2012 at 11:06 AM

Anyone defending Herman Cain as an actual candidate should be laughed at.

rubberneck on April 9, 2012 at 11:09 AM

Look at the comments, there are several who are so consumed with bitterness at Romney that they’de prefer to bask in their own self rightousness, vs. ridding the country of a criminal President.

BettyRuth on April 9, 2012 at 11:01 AM

Indeed. Some people on our “side” want Romney to lose, though…that’s really what it’s all about. They believe they’ll be sticking it to the GOP or something should he do so, nevermind what that means in terms of giving Obama another 4 years.

changer1701 on April 9, 2012 at 11:10 AM

Romney’s campaign asked for “Historic” to be pulled as soon as possible and kept off the air until further notice.

This is from Cillizza’s WaPo piece. It looks like they’re pulling the ads for the time being. Perhaps waiting to see if Bella’s condition improves. Santorum is not on the trail today.

Bitter Clinger on April 9, 2012 at 11:11 AM

What is the over/under for positive/negative in his ad blitz? Can he get positive to a full 2% of spending or will it be stuck at less than 1%?

astonerii on April 9, 2012 at 10:52 AM

Has he run any positive ads?

Bitter Clinger on April 9, 2012 at 10:55 AM

Yeah, Romney’s only supposed to talk about his accomplishments while Santorum totes around an etch-a-sketch like a child while pontificating about the social destructiveness of using birth control, all while telling his supporters that unless he’s nominated, we might as well have Obama. I mean, if that doesn’t scream “Tea Party Conservative”, I don’t know what does.

The Count on April 9, 2012 at 11:11 AM

Would Romney be this nasty to the Won? I doubt it. He’s a flip flopper from way back. Now he’s running Conservative. What’s he gonna do when Obamacare is repealed? Imhoffe has a new book out called “The Greatest Hoax” documenting the global warming fiasco. Both issues on which Romney has been a wimp. Who is he and why does he want to be President? Why should we vote for him. He hasn’t made the case.

BetseyRoss on April 9, 2012 at 11:12 AM

Anyone defending Herman Cain as an actual candidate should be laughed at.

rubberneck on April 9, 2012 at 11:09 AM

Cain was more conservative than Willard and Sweatervest put together, rubberbrain, the leftist-paid character assassin s1uts notwithstanding.

MelonCollie on April 9, 2012 at 11:12 AM

Anyone defending Herman Cain as an actual candidate should be laughed at.

rubberneck on April 9, 2012 at 11:09 AM

Yeah, what a rube. Only professional con-artists should run, right?

Bitter Clinger on April 9, 2012 at 11:13 AM

..all while telling his supporters that unless he’s nominated, we might as well have Obama. I mean, if that doesn’t scream “Tea Party Conservative”, I don’t know what does.

The Count on April 9, 2012 at 11:11 AM

:-)

*rolling on the floor, tears of laughter streaming from his eyes, clutching his sides in the desperate hope that his rib cage does not explode*

The War Planner on April 9, 2012 at 11:14 AM

Anyone defending Herman Cain as an actual candidate should belaughed at.
rubberneck on April 9, 2012 at 11:09 AM

What’s the matter, rubberneck? Cain’s not white enough for you Mormons?

Emperor Norton on April 9, 2012 at 11:14 AM

I’m too smart for you…

liberal4life on April 9, 2012 at 10:32 AM

BuBye, Have a nice nightmare in November.

Bmore on April 9, 2012 at 11:15 AM

Chris Cillizza of WaPo is reporting that Romney pulled the ads. Now maybe he is making it up, who knows.

Bitter Clinger on April 9, 2012 at 11:08 AM

I guess both campaigns need to clarify this-

BettyRuth on April 9, 2012 at 11:16 AM

Cain was more conservative than Willard and Sweatervest put together, rubberbrain, the leftist-paid character assassin s1uts notwithstanding.

MelonCollie on April 9, 2012 at 11:12 AM

Hermain Cain, who when trying to explain why he is pro-life, gave the pro-choice argument. When asked about Libya, he had no idea what was going on over there. And, since when do you need to conduct your personal life like Bill Clinton to be a conservative anyway?

The Count on April 9, 2012 at 11:17 AM

I guess both campaigns need to clarify this-

BettyRuth on April 9, 2012 at 11:16 AM

Why don’t you want to believe it? We have the confirmation of Romney’s spokeswoman.

Gelsomina on April 9, 2012 at 11:20 AM

Honestly, I don’t think Romney needs to run negative ads against Santorum in PA to get a solid win.

As it gets closer to the actual voting, PA voters are remembering what a one-note socon Santorum was and how he lost a winnable Senate seat to Casey in a landslide because of his focus on beside-the-point issues like abortion and Terri Schaivo. The Party itself in PA is solidly behind Romney, and they’re terrified about what a Santorum nomination would mean not only for the WH (he’d single-handedly deliver PA into Obama’s hands), but for down-ticket races, as well.

Santorum is toast in PA. He should drop out now rather than suffer the public humilation of losing his home state.

DRayRaven on April 9, 2012 at 11:20 AM

Yeah, Romney’s only supposed to talk about his accomplishments while Santorum totes around an etch-a-sketch like a child while pontificating about the social destructiveness of using birth control, all while telling his supporters that unless he’s nominated, we might as well have Obama. I mean, if that doesn’t scream “Tea Party Conservative”, I don’t know what does.

The Count on April 9, 2012 at 11:11 AM

Sanctimonious was an open enemy of the Tea Party before his Quixotic run for higher office. I guess the TPer’s who support him figure that they’d rather have an clear Republican enemy than a dishonest backstabbing “ally” come November.

ebrown2 on April 9, 2012 at 11:22 AM

I’d like to know what the ads are like.

Cindy Munford on April 9, 2012 at 11:23 AM

Hermain Cain, who when trying to explain why he is pro-life, gave the pro-choice argument. When asked about Libya, he had no idea what was going on over there.

This just in – a candidate who doesn’t give perfect speeches. Exclusive video from Faux News at 11!

And, since when do you need to conduct your personal life like Bill Clinton to be a conservative anyway?

The Count on April 9, 2012 at 11:17 AM

Paid. Character. Assassins. You’ll notice the ladies of the night that the Demoncrats dredged up to torpedo his chances vanished with nary a trace after he threw in the sponge.

MelonCollie on April 9, 2012 at 11:23 AM

Would Romney be this nasty to the Won? I doubt it. He’s a flip flopper from way back. Now he’s running Conservative. What’s he gonna do when Obamacare is repealed? Imhoffe has a new book out called “The Greatest Hoax” documenting the global warming fiasco. Both issues on which Romney has been a wimp. Who is he and why does he want to be President? Why should we vote for him. He hasn’t made the case.

BetseyRoss on April 9, 2012 at 11:12 AM

..actually, in the general, it might pay NOT to be nasty to Obama. I mean The Pantload’s campaign will be throwing so much of the malodorous brown matter it might become nauseating. Staying above the fray and calmly and seriously pointing out The Chicago Jesus’ dismally failed record and telling the American public how he will fix the problems would win more points than getting down into the trenches and trading punches.

Gingrichizing Obama would be very satisfactory to a lot of us, I am sure, but that wouldn’t wear well over the long haul. After the last 3-1/2 years of childish, petty thug-o-cratic Chicago politics, I think America is ready for the grown-ups to take over again.

The War Planner on April 9, 2012 at 11:24 AM

Hermain Cain, who when trying to explain why he is pro-life, gave the pro-choice argument.

The Count on April 9, 2012 at 11:17 AM

Hmm, sounds like he’s EXTRA SEVERELY CONSERVATIVE!

ebrown2 on April 9, 2012 at 11:26 AM

changer1701 on April 9, 2012 at 11:10 AM

While I agree that four more years of Obama is a bleak outlook, the Republican Party has only themselves to blame for the lack of enthusiasm. S.O.S. different year, different name.

Cindy Munford on April 9, 2012 at 11:26 AM

Cain was more conservative than Willard and Sweatervest put together, rubberbrain, the leftist-paid character assassin s1uts notwithstanding.

MelonCollie on April 9, 2012 at 11:12 AM

Cain the executive would have fired Cain the candidate so hard that his head would still be spinning today. The man had no interest in preparing himself for the job.

ebrown2 on April 9, 2012 at 11:28 AM

Why don’t you want to believe it? We have the confirmation of Romney’s spokeswoman.

Gelsomina on April 9, 2012 at 11:20 AM

Well, because it’s not being reported anywhere else, AND it didn’t seem clear if it was a temporary suspension, or he was leaving the race. I would hope that he would be giving all of his attention to his family at this point anyway- regardless of how “prepared” a parent might feel for his daughter’s health, it has to be completely overwhelming. Even if he stays in the race, I don’t want to see him out on the trail while all this is going on- that’s wrong.

BettyRuth on April 9, 2012 at 11:29 AM

From the Pittsburgh Tribune Review link:

Gingrich Group LLC, a health care advocacy group he founded, sought bankruptcy protection from creditors on Thursday without giving a reason. Last week, the Gingrich campaign released most staff members and said it would employ a social media strategy.

Months ago I noted that Newt (via his American Solutions for Winning the Future) was a deadbeat tenant- something which should have raised alarm bells about his candidacy. Now his Healthcare group is asking for protection from creditors. Moreover, as was widely noted, his Health Transformations Group engaged in less-than-ethical tactics, doling out “entrepreneur of the year awards” in exchange for a $5000.00 fee. For all his good work in the past with the Contract With America, this is troubling. I defended his right to have a line of credit at Tiffany’s, but leaving creditors in the lurch is a different ball of yarn.

It’s ironic that the much loved individual who pushed for the vetting of our candidates, kinda sorta endorsed Newt, and promoted the idea of a brokered convention missed this red flag which was there for anyone to see (not to mention his ties to Freddie Mac).

Buy Danish on April 9, 2012 at 11:30 AM

Cain the executive would have fired Cain the candidate so hard that his head would still be spinning today. The man had no interest in preparing himself for the job.

ebrown2 on April 9, 2012 at 11:28 AM

I will give you that he didn’t take it seriously enough.

MelonCollie on April 9, 2012 at 11:32 AM

Well, because it’s not being reported anywhere else, AND it didn’t seem clear if it was a temporary suspension, or he was leaving the race. I would hope that he would be giving all of his attention to his family at this point anyway- regardless of how “prepared” a parent might feel for his daughter’s health, it has to be completely overwhelming. Even if he stays in the race, I don’t want to see him out on the trail while all this is going on- that’s wrong.

BettyRuth on April 9, 2012 at 11:29 AM

It’s all over the headlines now.

It doesn’t seem as if Santorum is leaving the race. He says that he hopes to be back on the trail on Tuesday.

Gelsomina on April 9, 2012 at 11:35 AM

Well, because it’s not being reported anywhere else, AND it didn’t seem clear if it was a temporary suspension,

BettyRuth on April 9, 2012 at 11:29 AM

..until the articles of peace are signed, ALL cease-fires are temporary.

The War Planner on April 9, 2012 at 11:41 AM

He has pulled the ads.

We have done this out of deference to Senator Santorum’s decision to suspend his campaign for personal family reasons,” Romney spokeswoman Andrea Saul confirmed.

Gelsomina on April 9, 2012 at 10:58 AM

Did you email tip to ED? This screams “update”.

This is far more important than making silly demands that the doltish liberal4life be banned from the site. Unless someone can show she has posted offensive rather than just idiotic and annoying comments…

I guess both campaigns need to clarify this-

BettyRuth on April 9, 2012 at 11:16 AM

Andrea Saul is Romney’s press secretary. If she said they pulled the ads, they pulled the ads. As for Santorum, not sure what clarification you’re looking for.

Buy Danish on April 9, 2012 at 11:42 AM

Months ago I noted that Newt (via his American Solutions for Winning the Future) was a deadbeat tenant- something which should have raised alarm bells about his candidacy. Now his Healthcare group is asking for protection from creditors. Moreover, as was widely noted, his Health Transformations Group engaged in less-than-ethical tactics, doling out “entrepreneur of the year awards” in exchange for a $5000.00 fee. For all his good work in the past with the Contract With America, this is troubling. I defended his right to have a line of credit at Tiffany’s, but leaving creditors in the lurch is a different ball of yarn.

It’s ironic that the much loved individual who pushed for the vetting of our candidates, kinda sorta endorsed Newt, and promoted the idea of a brokered convention missed this red flag which was there for anyone to see (not to mention his ties to Freddie Mac).

Buy Danish on April 9, 2012 at 11:30 AM

..Newter started sending out e-mails wa-a-a-a-y back in the beginning of his campaign asking for contributions to help him fund his exploratory committee efforts.

Huh?

I like a lot of what Newt does but it seems there’s a lot of manure swept under the rug and that this long vetting process has shaken him out of contention.

Political Darwinism works, I guess.

The War Planner on April 9, 2012 at 11:48 AM

While I agree that four more years of Obama is a bleak outlook, the Republican Party has only themselves to blame for the lack of enthusiasm. S.O.S. different year, different name.

Cindy Munford on April 9, 2012 at 11:26 AM

How will the GOP only have themselves to blame? Anyone who decides another four years of this is preferable will bear some responsibility, too. It’s just not a good idea to let the perfect be the enemy of the good. Other candidates, who presumably may have garnered more enthusiasm, declined to run, and the NotRomney’s who did either flamed out or just couldn’t seal the deal.

changer1701 on April 9, 2012 at 11:50 AM

Did you email tip to ED? This screams “update”.

This is far more important than making silly demands that the doltish liberal4life be banned from the site. Unless someone can show she has posted offensive rather than just idiotic and annoying comments…

I guess both campaigns need to clarify this-

BettyRuth on April 9, 2012 at 11:16 AM

Andrea Saul is Romney’s press secretary. If she said they pulled the ads, they pulled the ads. As for Santorum, not sure what clarification you’re looking for.

Buy Danish on April 9, 2012 at 11:42 AM

No, I didn’t send an email to Ed. It’s all over the news, so I’m sure he knows it already.

Ed banned L4L, thank God. She was offensive.

I agree about Santorum. He has nothing to do with Romney’s ads.

Gelsomina on April 9, 2012 at 12:04 PM

How will the GOP only have themselves to blame? Anyone who decides another four years of this is preferable will bear some responsibility, too. It’s just not a good idea to let the perfect be the enemy of the good. Other candidates, who presumably may have garnered more enthusiasm, declined to run, and the NotRomney’s who did either flamed out or just couldn’t seal the deal.

changer1701 on April 9, 2012 at 11:50 AM

This sounds more like a death wish than a reason for any hope or voter enthusiasm. So the reporting about republicans hoping the economy tanks is looking more true than false because if we get stuck with Romney we have nothing else positive to offer as an alternative. Only negative advertising against Obama because even Romney’s economic background is starting to sour the more it’s looked into. So you’re not exactly making the case for choosing the weakest and worst of the candidates.

mozalf on April 9, 2012 at 12:10 PM

mozalf on April 9, 2012 at 12:10 PM

Shh! You are supposed to blindly fall in line and support Mittens, or else you are secretly pro-Obama or something.

Buckshot Bill on April 9, 2012 at 12:12 PM

I’ve emailed a couple of times. He doesn’t come here to have thoughtful arguments – he’s too stupid for that. He’s a troll, and he trolls 24/7. His account needs to be trashed.

The Count on April 9, 2012 at 10:40 AM

Unless I’ve missed something, liberal4life’s comments are usually tame compared to some personal, obscene insults that come from a few Romney-bashing, so-called “true conservatives” on this site. What’s more annoying to me than the predictable taunting from an Obama supporter is when long-time HotAir commenters start treating this space as a chat room to share personal, off-topic stories, opinions about musical groups, etc.

It’s silly how that one commenter liberal4life gets you guys so worked up in a tizzy. He/she could post simply “neener, neener, we’re gonna win” and you people would be all up in arms.

bluegill on April 9, 2012 at 12:15 PM

Not trying to rub your nose in anything, but I’d rather go to war with an armed forces like the U. S. of A. as opposed to some hopped-up, psyched out jihadists.

The War Planner on April 9, 2012 at 11:03 AM

Team Romney expects us to “Fall in line”.

If Romney falls short of 1,144 delegates at the convention, and someone else is nominated, I expect Team Romney to “Fall in line”. I would expect them to contribute their organization and resources to the bigger battle of defeating Obama.

And if they wouldn’t be willing to do that, then they are hypocrites.

ITguy on April 9, 2012 at 12:32 PM

Team Romney expects us to “Fall in line”.

If Romney falls short of 1,144 delegates at the convention, and someone else is nominated, I expect Team Romney to “Fall in line”. I would expect them to contribute their organization and resources to the bigger battle of defeating Obama.

And if they wouldn’t be willing to do that, then they are hypocrites.

ITguy on April 9, 2012 at 12:32 PM

..(1) not on “Team Romney, just 1000% ABO; (2) I will “fall in line” because I am just 1000% ABO; (3) Hypocrites? You mean like the folks who spent the last three-point-five years here bitching about what an abomination Obama is and are unwilling to do the only dead-solid-certain thing that will flush this turd: pull the lever for the GOP candidate.

Last remark meant in the nicest, most respectful way. As I said in another comment: I’d rather go to war with an armed force like the U. S. of A. as opposed to being on with some hopped-up, psyched out jihadists.

..and this country cannot wait for some idealistic conservative nirvana to occur in 2016; it’ll be toe-tagged and bagged before then.

The War Planner on April 9, 2012 at 12:39 PM

while Pennsylvania’s 72 delegates will probably be closely split between Romney and Santorum regardless of the order of the finish.

I believe that is highly speculative. Do we know which of the delegates currently nominated for the ballot in PA support Romney and which support Santorum?

Pennsylvania rules say that the preference of the delegates shall not appear on the ballot:

Rule 8.4 of the Republican State Committee of Pennsylvania’s Rules states that all delegates elected by Congressional District “…shall run at large within the Districts and shall not be officially committed to any particular candidate on the ballot.”

So only the PA Republican Committee knows the leanings of the delegates they have chosen to appear on the ballot. The statement that they will be closely split assumes that the PA Committee has chosen a “closely split” array of delegates on the ballot. I haven’t seen anything that would point to that conclusion and would greatly love to see something that backed up that conclusion.

crosspatch on April 9, 2012 at 12:39 PM

Dump Mitt Now!

America needs real conservatives in the White House.

Perry/West 2012

Pragmatic on April 9, 2012 at 12:40 PM

Team Romney expects us to “Fall in line”.

Of course the Republican nominee expects Republicans to fall in line behind him. Otherwise you are a Democrat.

crosspatch on April 9, 2012 at 12:41 PM

America needs real conservatives in the White House.

Romney IS a real conservative. Much more conservative politically than Santorum who believes the federal government is omnipotent over the individual and states and has said so from his own mouth. Santorum is conservative only in some social issues. Politically, he is pretty much the same as Obama and believes there is no limit to the powers of the federal government over the individual and states.

crosspatch on April 9, 2012 at 12:44 PM

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