Pew: Plurality of GOP voters want an end to the primary process

posted at 9:51 am on April 10, 2012 by Ed Morrissey

Is it time to call the game?  According to a new survey from Pew, almost half of all Republicans think the ongoing primaries are hurting the party, while a far larger percentage believe that Mitt Romney has become the inevitable nominee:

Following primary victories in Wisconsin, Maryland and the District of Columbia last Tuesday, Mitt Romney is clearly seen as the inevitable GOP nominee, and Republicans now see continued primaries as bad for the party.

In the latest national survey by the Pew Research Center for the People and the Press, conducted April 5-8, 2012, roughly three-quarters (74%) of Republican and Republican-leaning voters say that Romney will definitely be the Republican Party’s nominee this fall. Only 21% believe a candidate other than Romney still has a chance to become the party’s nominee.

And Republicans’ appetite for the ongoing primary campaign has soured. By a 47% to 36% margin, more say it is a bad for the party, not good, that the nomination race has not yet been decided and is still going on. Just a month ago, Republicans were split on this question, and as recently as February a majority thought it was a good thing for the party that the nomination had not yet been finalized.

I suspect that this poll will get a lot of attention today, now that Rick Santorum has returned to the campaign trail, but a few caveats are in order.  The poll sample in this case was 295 self-identifying Republican or GOP-leaning registered voters.  That’s not an especially large sample for a national poll, which is why Pew has a 7% margin of error on the results.  Technically speaking, that puts the “appetite” question on the outer edges of a virtual tie.

Furthermore, Pew doesn’t give any details about the location of these voters — and that might be a wee bit important in determining why they believe that further competition is more harmful than useful at this point.  It obviously doesn’t relate to the conclusions about the likelihood of Romney winning the nomination; nearly three in four say he’s all but wrapped it up, but less than half think it’s time to end the process.  How many of these respondents live in states that have already had their nomination contests, and how many would still like to cast a meaningful vote in the primaries?  I suspect that there would be a wide, wide divergence of polling results between Florida and Pennsylvania, or Michigan and Texas, for instance.  In a sample of less than 300 registered voters nationwide, the location of these respondents makes a bigger difference to the overall results for this kind of question.

The only interesting takeaway from this survey is that a large number of people who believe Romney has all but won the nomination still want to see more debate.  Romney still needs to close the deal with the base, but the numbers will encourage Romney’s competitors to make him keep working for that resolution.


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Yes, for the love of God, end this death march of a primary.

Santorum has no chance. Drop out for the good of the nation.

All hands on deck to defeat Obama.

NoDonkey on April 10, 2012 at 9:53 AM

But now people can understand why the states play primary musical chairs on the dates of their elections….otherwise those of us who still haven’t voted don’t really have a chance to help shape the outcome. How is discarding votes and not letting all the voters have their say a good thing, regardless of outcome?

search4truth on April 10, 2012 at 9:56 AM

Anti-Romney comments begin now

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ourulz2000 on April 10, 2012 at 9:57 AM

Of course he is the presumed candidate…many of us just want him to acknowledge and move to the conservative side of the equation.

right2bright on April 10, 2012 at 9:57 AM

Yes, for the love of God, end this Willard death march of a primary.

Willard has no chance. Drop out for the good of the nation.

All hands on deck to defeat Willard.

Emperor Norton on April 10, 2012 at 9:57 AM

Anti-Romney comments begin now

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ourulz2000 on April 10, 2012 at 9:57 AM

Pro-Romney whining has already began I see…

right2bright on April 10, 2012 at 9:57 AM

But now people can understand why the states play primary musical chairs on the dates of their elections….otherwise those of us who still haven’t voted don’t really have a chance to help shape the outcome. How is discarding votes and not letting all the voters have their say a good thing, regardless of outcome?

search4truth on April 10, 2012 at 9:56 AM

Because it saves money for the general election.

Red Cloud on April 10, 2012 at 9:58 AM

Obama and Hillary battled till June and he still won. What is wrong with competition?

social-justice on April 10, 2012 at 9:58 AM

Is it time to call the game?

yes.

upinak on April 10, 2012 at 9:59 AM

Dump Willard . . . before he dumps you.

Emperor Norton on April 10, 2012 at 9:59 AM

Does anyone honestly think much will change with Romney in charge? Granted he doesn’t appear to have the same distain for America that Obama has, but the guy is still a liberal.

steve123 on April 10, 2012 at 9:59 AM

I have accepted the reality that our candidate is a progressive Republican Mitt. O well I guess we have to wait until 2020 for a conservative president.

BroncosRock on April 10, 2012 at 9:59 AM

Is it time to call the game?

Past time…

cicerone on April 10, 2012 at 9:59 AM

I agree. Let’s run what we brung.

(old drag racing metaphor)

ted c on April 10, 2012 at 9:59 AM

While Mitt’s going to be the nominee, I don’t see any damage being done by Santorum staying in. I suspect he’ll drop out if he doesn’t win Pennsylvania anyway. I also suspect that Romney will start concentrating more of his resources on Obama after the April 24th primaries.

Bitter Clinger on April 10, 2012 at 10:00 AM

According to a new survey from Pew, almost half of all Republicans think the ongoing primaries are hurting the party, while a far larger percentage believe that Mitt Romney has become the inevitable nominee:

I’m not sure I agree that continuing primaries are hurting the party. If nothing else, it is a measure of just what Romney has to do to secure his base (other than the idiots who vow they will stay home out of spite if Romney is the nominee).

It is Romney’s nomination to lose at this point but an “etch-a-sketch” moment could change the dynamics overnight.

Happy Nomad on April 10, 2012 at 10:00 AM

Does anyone honestly think much will change with Romney in charge? Granted he doesn’t appear to have the same distain for America that Obama has, but the guy is still a liberal.

steve123 on April 10, 2012 at 9:59 AM

Yes, things will change for the better. And no, he’s not a “liberal.”

cicerone on April 10, 2012 at 10:00 AM

Is it time to call the game?

no way jose.

renalin on April 10, 2012 at 10:00 AM

Obama and Hillary battled till June and he still won. What is wrong with competition?

social-justice on April 10, 2012 at 9:58 AM

THIS!!!

Bitter Clinger on April 10, 2012 at 10:01 AM

I think many of us wanted an end to the primary process at the end of February.

I think the whole process is silly. Weren’t we complaining four years ago about the primary being dragged out then?

All the Presidential primaries/caucuses on one day – you hold yourse before or after, you forfeit your delegates, period. At the very least, curtail it to one or two weeks.

We might have ended up with someone besides Mr. Inevitable or before him, McCain.

Logus on April 10, 2012 at 10:01 AM

Who cares?

Mitt is still am lousy choice….he bought his way this far….he will never get my vote. Wake up GOP…Mittens will be a loser in November.

Pragmatic on April 10, 2012 at 10:01 AM

Add me to the “let’s get on with job one” column. It’s time to focus on getting rid of the Marxist Regime that has taken over the country.

Romney/West 2012 because the MSM has made enough money off of this stupid circus.

NickDeringer on April 10, 2012 at 10:02 AM

The only interesting takeaway from this survey is that a large number of people who believe Romney has all but won the nomination still want to see more debate.

What the Frack?!?! NO WHERE is that statement supported! In fact its the exact opposite. santorum is done. Just admit before you make a fool of yourself. Course I kid, its far too late for that.

Zaggs on April 10, 2012 at 10:02 AM

I also suspect that Romney will start concentrating more of his resources on Obama after the April 24th primaries.

Bitter Clinger on April 10, 2012 at 10:00 AM

That’s the reason Romney has a high burn rate for ads in Pennsylvania. If Santorum doesn’t win, game over. Conversely, if Santorum does win, there are several friendly primaries coming up that could keep this thing dragging on until May.

Happy Nomad on April 10, 2012 at 10:02 AM

But now people can understand why the states play primary musical chairs on the dates of their elections….otherwise those of us who still haven’t voted don’t really have a chance to help shape the outcome. How is discarding votes and not letting all the voters have their say a good thing, regardless of outcome?

search4truth on April 10, 2012 at 9:56 AM

…agree 100%…EVERYONE should have a say in who the candidate should be. The party establishment and the press propagate that problem.

KOOLAID2 on April 10, 2012 at 10:02 AM

And no, he’s not a “liberal.”

cicerone on April 10, 2012 at 10:00 AM

he’s “severely” liberal. sounds better don’t it?

renalin on April 10, 2012 at 10:02 AM

Obama and Hillary battled till June and he still won. What is wrong with competition?

social-justice on April 10, 2012 at 9:58 AM

Why don’t you join their party? You’re worthless to ours. And the answer to your question is that they weren’t facing an incumbent.

cicerone on April 10, 2012 at 10:03 AM

At his point in time the primary process is wasting time, money and political advantage. It’s time for Gingrich and Santorum to cash it in, forget their egos and get behind Romney.

rplat on April 10, 2012 at 10:03 AM

Pro-Romney whining has already began I see…

right2bright on April 10, 2012 at 9:57 AM

Yeah, he’s such a strooong candidatethat his followers need to whine and call everybody bigots who do not think he’s conservative enough. Never y’all mind. They will be busy in the coming months stuffing envelopes and making calls. The rest of us won’t.

Sekhmet on April 10, 2012 at 10:03 AM

According to a new survey from Pew, almost half of all Republicans think the ongoing primaries are hurting the party,

Why is Pew asking this question? To stir up trouble among Republicans.

Better to have voters deciding things than Pew’s polls deciding things.

while a far larger percentage believe that Mitt Romney has become the inevitable nominee:

Oh, wait . . .he’s inevitable now?

Emperor Norton on April 10, 2012 at 10:04 AM

he’s “severely” liberal. sounds better don’t it?

renalin on April 10, 2012 at 10:02 AM

No, it sounds like you’re doubling down on your stupidity.

cicerone on April 10, 2012 at 10:04 AM

Rmoney™ = capitulation.

Bmore on April 10, 2012 at 10:04 AM

I think many of us wanted an end to the primary process at the end of February.

I think the whole process is silly. Weren’t we complaining four years ago about the primary being dragged out then?

All the Presidential primaries/caucuses on one day – you hold yourse before or after, you forfeit your delegates, period. At the very least, curtail it to one or two weeks.

We might have ended up with someone besides Mr. Inevitable or before him, McCain.

Logus on April 10, 2012 at 10:01 AM

Not that I remember. And by the time Ohio got to vote, it was pretty well decided.

A one day primary is bad because it favors the better-funded candidates who can spread their resources.

Bitter Clinger on April 10, 2012 at 10:04 AM

I am with Emperor Norton.

DUMP MITT NOW!

We need strong, conservative, military men or women in charge of this country’s future. (or a man or woman with at least one of those attributes…which AIN’T Mittens).

Pragmatic on April 10, 2012 at 10:04 AM

I just want to beat Obama. What if the candidates for nominee from here on out start showing us who can come up with the best anti Obama ads. Lets see who is best at destroying Obama and pick him. No more Republican on Republican violence.

magicbeans on April 10, 2012 at 10:04 AM

Oh, wait . . .he’s inevitable now?

Emperor Norton on April 10, 2012 at 10:04 AM

Yeah, really. Is that a ray of light breaking through your mental fog?

cicerone on April 10, 2012 at 10:05 AM

Why don’t you join their party? You’re worthless to ours. And the answer to your question is that they weren’t facing an incumbent.

cicerone on April 10, 2012 at 10:03 AM

If Romney is a good candidate there is nothing to worry about. At least that’s what the establishment tell us.

I will vote for whoever is the nominee I have said it so many times

social-justice on April 10, 2012 at 10:05 AM

Because it saves money for the general election.

Red Cloud on April 10, 2012 at 9:58 AM

So you’re essentially saying that those states that aren’t blessed by the RNC to have an early primary have to basically choke on whatever candidate the more privileged states have voted to save some money? Wow. That sounds very democratic. Let us eat cake.

search4truth on April 10, 2012 at 10:06 AM

Does anyone honestly think much will change with Romney in charge?

steve123 on April 10, 2012 at 9:59 AM

We might just have to settle for the smug face no longer taunting us with its getting-away-with-it smirks. Not to mention we’ll probably not have to pay for as many vacations for the missus and the kids.

Cleombrotus on April 10, 2012 at 10:07 AM

The ones I was really interested in have already self-destructed awhile ago, the not-Romneys available just haven’t received the memo they’d already self-destructed also.

Ultimately, if there was a viable alternative that didn’t come with so many caveats… this poll would probably be very different.

Ukiah on April 10, 2012 at 10:08 AM

Sure, why not? No point in delaying the inevitable crushing coming.

MeatHeadinCA on April 10, 2012 at 10:08 AM

Rmoney™ = capitulation.

Bmore on April 10, 2012 at 10:04 AM

You misspelled Romney. Who spelled capitulation for you?

cicerone on April 10, 2012 at 10:08 AM

Who cares?

Mitt is still am lousy choice….he bought his way this far….he will never get my vote. Wake up GOP…Mittens will be a loser in November.

Pragmatic on April 10, 2012 at 10:01 AM

This is really what this all boils down to. We have a pi$$-poor moderate candidate in Mitt to go to battle against Obama. If we had a much more conservative candidate, I suspect we wouldn’t be having these discussions about extending the primary battle out.

Bitter Clinger on April 10, 2012 at 10:08 AM

Rmoney™ = capitulation.

Bmore on April 10, 2012 at 10:04 AM

You misspelled Romney. Who spelled capitulation for you?

cicerone on April 10, 2012 at 10:08 AM

He didn’t misspell it. That’s his trademark brand for Mitt.

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

I just don’t see a point to them anymore.

2008 didn’t have the person I wanted on the primary, and I voted for Romney as he was the only other one besides McCain and Ron Paul. It was also a mad house, nothing like I have ever seen before.

2012 It hasn’t changed. Still a mad house and it still didn’t have all the candidates on the ballot.

So WTF is the use in voting in a primary when not all the candidates were on the ballot and it was a cluster fark?

upinak on April 10, 2012 at 10:10 AM

I am with Emperor Norton.

DUMP MITT NOW!

We need strong, conservative, military men or women in charge of this country’s future. (or a man or woman with at least one of those attributes…which AIN’T Mittens).

Pragmatic on April 10, 2012 at 10:04 AM

John McCain? The only guy in the running right now with a military background is Ron Paul.

MeatHeadinCA on April 10, 2012 at 10:10 AM

If we had a much more conservative candidate, I suspect we wouldn’t be having these discussions about extending the primary battle out.

Bitter Clinger on April 10, 2012 at 10:08 AM

Why don’t you go ahead and tell us what it means that all the “much more conservative” candidates lost to the “piss-poor moderate?”

KingGold on April 10, 2012 at 10:11 AM

The rest of us won’t.

Sekhmet on April 10, 2012 at 10:03 AM

Another one for ObaMao… If you don’t like being called a useful idiot then stop being one.

cicerone on April 10, 2012 at 10:11 AM

mittens is the man! You know, if men had nicknames like mittens.

he’s still the nominee though

DHChron on April 10, 2012 at 10:11 AM

i don’t think the primary is hurting us; i just find it completely boring. I don’t care who the nominee is, but I’ll vote for whoever it is over Obama. I’m going to vote for Perry in the presidential primary, but I’m mainly putting my energy and money into down ticket races for now.

juliesa on April 10, 2012 at 10:13 AM

If we had a much more conservative candidate, I suspect we wouldn’t be having these discussions about extending the primary battle out.

Bitter Clinger on April 10, 2012 at 10:08 AM

Please name a couple that would have satisfied you.

Seriously, I’m curious.

HumpBot Salvation on April 10, 2012 at 10:14 AM

Why don’t you go ahead and tell us what it means that all the “much more conservative” candidates lost to the “piss-poor moderate?”

KingGold on April 10, 2012 at 10:11 AM

None of the remaining candidates are all that great. There really wasn’t a great one in the bunch at any point. But Romney is by far the least conservative of all the ones that did jump in. You can try and convince me otherwise but you’d just be wasting your time.

Bitter Clinger on April 10, 2012 at 10:14 AM

He didn’t misspell it. That’s his trademark brand for Mitt.

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

Doesn’t make it any less pathetic.

cicerone on April 10, 2012 at 10:15 AM

You can try and convince me otherwise but you’d just be wasting your time.

Bitter Clinger on April 10, 2012 at 10:14 AM

The True Conservative jihad against Mitt Romney never had any grounding in reason or consistency, nor anything to do with ideology, so yes, that’s true.

KingGold on April 10, 2012 at 10:16 AM

Please name a couple that would have satisfied you.

Seriously, I’m curious.

HumpBot Salvation on April 10, 2012 at 10:14 AM

West.

upinak on April 10, 2012 at 10:17 AM

mittens is the man! You know, if men had nicknames like mittens.

DHChron on April 10, 2012 at 10:11 AM

Who is “mittens?” There is no candidate that goes by that name.

cicerone on April 10, 2012 at 10:17 AM

Please name a couple that would have satisfied you.

Seriously, I’m curious.

HumpBot Salvation on April 10, 2012 at 10:14 AM

My initial choice was Michele Bachmann. She fits my idea of conservatism. Unfortunately, she turned out be a less-than-stellar candidate. Same with Herman Cain and Rick Perry. My ultimate choice would have been Palin.

Romney is by far the least conservative of all the ones that did jump in. You can try and convince me otherwise but you’d just be wasting your time.

Bitter Clinger on April 10, 2012 at 10:17 AM

Wasn’t the TX primary supposed to have been today?
Thanks, Holder!
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annoyinglittletwerp on April 10, 2012 at 10:17 AM

No, it sounds like you’re doubling down on your stupidity.
cicerone on April 10, 2012 at 10:04 AM

Yeah, really. Is that a ray of light breaking through your mental fog?
cicerone on April 10, 2012 at 10:05 AM

You misspelled Romney. Who spelled capitulation for you?
cicerone on April 10, 2012 at 10:08 AM

No, he didn’t misspell it. You didn’t understand it. It’s a variation on Willard’s last name that’s supposed to be funny–as in, humor. Rmoney. Get it? Because Willard’s got those big bucks?

But the really bad part is you have spent much of this thread attacking other commenters by implying that they’re stupid. That’s not very persuasive. This is one reason why we think you’re one of the teenage Willard supporters from Utah. You post things wildly, with apparently no adult supervision.

Now, beat it, kid.

Emperor Norton on April 10, 2012 at 10:17 AM

…AND…enthusiasm hits an all-time low. Romney may be the GOP establishment’s favored candidate, but it remains to be seen if Romney has any chance of beating obama considering that he cannot garner the kind of enthusiasm and excitement necessary to win in November.

We are constantly told that Romney is ‘not as bad as obama’ – but is being ‘not as bad’ good enough?

Romney is a very poor choice to take on obama – it would seem the the GOP establishment has simply given up.

Pork-Chop on April 10, 2012 at 10:18 AM

The only guy in the running right now with a military background is Ron Paul.

MeatHeadinCA on April 10, 2012 at 10:10 AM

Pragmatic was working on the assumption that we needed a sane conservative military man or woman.

I disagree. I think having served in the military is a plus but this nation traditionally has been run by non-vets. Jimmy Carter was in the Navy and look how well that turned out.

Romney is a fine candidate, he just needs to calm the idiots accusing him of being no different than Obama (which is an utterly moronic position). The choice of a running mate will help as will the end of the primaries when he can switch the focus of his message. But I don’t think we need to fret that the process is being dragged out. There is nothing wrong in more voters in more states having an influence in the direction of the party.

Happy Nomad on April 10, 2012 at 10:19 AM

The True Conservative jihad against Mitt Romney never had any grounding in reason or consistency, nor anything to do with ideology, so yes, that’s true.

KingGold on April 10, 2012 at 10:16 AM

Even so, I will vote for Romney in November. Not happily, but I do want SCOAMF gone yesterday.

Bitter Clinger on April 10, 2012 at 10:19 AM

If you don’t like being called a useful idiot then stop being one.
cicerone on April 10, 2012 at 10:11 AM

Get off the site, kid.

Emperor Norton on April 10, 2012 at 10:19 AM

Please name a couple that would have satisfied you.

Seriously, I’m curious.

HumpBot Salvation on April 10, 2012 at 10:14 AM

Fred Thomson

Bill Pullman from Independence Day

DHChron on April 10, 2012 at 10:20 AM

Bitter Clinger on April 10, 2012 at 10:17 AM

Bachmann’s unfounded attacks on Perry showed her to be a classless, character-less rhymes with ‘hawt’. Ditto for ol’ Herm.
I would have voted only down-ticket if EITHER of those night-crawlers had been the nominee. Perry(JindaL, Pence) I would’ve walked over hot coals for.
Alas.

annoyinglittletwerp on April 10, 2012 at 10:21 AM

Who is “mittens?” There is no candidate that goes by that name.

cicerone on April 10, 2012 at 10:17 AM

not sure what to make of this one! Are you serious or just yanking my fun chain?

DHChron on April 10, 2012 at 10:21 AM

Mitt is still am lousy choice….he bought his way this far….he will never get my vote. Wake up GOP…Mittens will be a loser in November.

Pragmatic on April 10, 2012 at 10:01 AM

So WHO do you have ? You want to share your mystery candidate with those that don’t see anyone else viable- other than Mittens ? Who is it ?

We’ll we have to wait until the convention to find out who’s in it?

Who dat ?

FlaMurph on April 10, 2012 at 10:21 AM

Kind of timely with the 100th anniversary of the sinking of the Titanic approaching. Why would we want to sign on to a sinking Romney nomination? Even if the polls that are being reported are skewed, Romney is slipping badly already in all demographics the more we find out about and focus on him. It works when he can carpet bomb his opponents who are republicans and camouflage his own record. But now that the tables are turning, there are cracks showing. I mean seriously, if he becomes the nominee are we offering anything that’s positive or contrasting with Obama other than Romney’s not Obama. That may be a plus for us republicans most wearing blinders, but it’s the kiss of death everywhere else.

mozalf on April 10, 2012 at 10:22 AM

Obama and Hillary battled till June and he still won. What is wrong with competition?
social-justice on April 10, 2012 at 9:58 AM

Obama and Clinton had the media shilling and cheerleading for their party during the months when they were duking it out for the nomination. Who’s going to provide that service for the GOP while Romney and Santorum bicker?

Fabozz on April 10, 2012 at 10:22 AM

Pragmatic was working on the assumption that we needed a sane conservative military man or woman.

In which case, John McCain is ruled out :(

The only Republican that instantly comes to mind with military service is West… and that’s “meh”

MeatHeadinCA on April 10, 2012 at 10:23 AM

The headline should read “an end to THIS primary process.” That’s moot at this point. What I would like to see is an end to “THE primary process,” and have national candidates nominated by delegates to the national conventions.

That would end these ever-increasing years of perpetual campaigns (how long as Mitt Romney been on the circuit? since before 2008, for sure). And it would concentrate the public’s attention on a merciful three months or so of a presidential campaign, rather than the wearying hype of cable-news hucksters trying to keep up interest in the horse races in each state.

It would also ensure that someone else nominates the candidate, not the candidate himself. That’s what ‘nominate’ means, after all.

Back to The Smoke-Filled Rooms!

MrLynn on April 10, 2012 at 10:23 AM

I’m still going for Mitt/Jindal
Mitt/Ryan

annoyinglittletwerp on April 10, 2012 at 10:25 AM

MeatHeadinCA on April 10, 2012 at 10:23 AM

I thought you liked West? Am I mistaken?

upinak on April 10, 2012 at 10:25 AM

He didn’t misspell it. That’s his trademark OWS trademark brand for Mitt.

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

Context FIFY.

FlaMurph on April 10, 2012 at 10:27 AM

Another one for ObaMao… If you don’t like being called a useful idiot then stop being one.

cicerone on April 10, 2012 at 10:11 AM

I already said I’d vote for the guy whose poster is above your bed, Cissy. I just won’t bust my butt for him. U mad?

Sekhmet on April 10, 2012 at 10:28 AM

I thought you liked West? Am I mistaken?

upinak on April 10, 2012 at 10:25 AM

He’s OK. He’s only been in the House a short time and he doesn’t have a stellar record. He would be an improvement, but there are better conservatives than him (just restricting to the House).

MeatHeadinCA on April 10, 2012 at 10:28 AM

So you’re essentially saying that those states that aren’t blessed by the RNC to have an early primary have to basically choke on whatever candidate the more privileged states have voted to save some money? Wow. That sounds very democratic. Let us eat cake.

search4truth on April 10, 2012 at 10:06 AM

MMMMMMM. Caaaaake.

rogaineguy on April 10, 2012 at 10:28 AM

Romney still needs to close the deal with the base …

LOL. Uhm, good luck with that dream, Ed.

ShainS on April 10, 2012 at 10:29 AM

Dump Willard . . . before he dumps you.

Emperor Norton on April 10, 2012 at 9:59 AM

…you’ve been constantly constipated with this^^^…maybe you need to take a dump!

KOOLAID2 on April 10, 2012 at 10:29 AM

I am not sure what the value of the post was if you were looking at the ‘comments’ only. Seemed to me by a perusal of the comments was a rehash of the primary.

Seems to me that normal people want it over, or in my case, keep it going for the free publicity, but stop the name-calling and keep talking Obama. My word, there is enough stuff out there for 3 or 4 future presidential campaigns.

And at some point now, we need to dial in to polls that mean something instead of the latest ‘rigged’ one.

bumsteaddithers on April 10, 2012 at 10:31 AM

Get off the site, kid.

Emperor Norton on April 10, 2012 at 10:19 AM

Since you’re one of the biggest, mouth-foaming birthers @ HA…the ‘kid’ has a point.
Actually no- he’s wrong.
You’re not even slightly useful

annoyinglittletwerp on April 10, 2012 at 10:32 AM

Romney still needs to close the deal with the base …

LOL. Uhm, good luck with that dream, Ed.

ShainS on April 10, 2012 at 10:29 AM

I’m in the base.
Romney became my choice way back in January.

I know I am not representative of ALL Conservatives. But aren’t we all individuals anyway? Are all COnservatives supposed to vote in a bloc? I thought we were against that kind of identity politics.

I know, I know… its oversimplifying things. But…still.

RightWay79 on April 10, 2012 at 10:32 AM

MeatHeadinCA on April 10, 2012 at 10:28 AM

Since it looks like he isn’t going to have a job for much longer due to redistricting, better to have a man have an idea than someone who thinks they know it all. Know what I mean?

upinak on April 10, 2012 at 10:34 AM

I haven’t voted yet. What’s the rush unless Romney is your guy? It’s like the last week of pregnancy. Everyone in a rush to get it over with, but as soon as the baby is born, we all forget about the waiting and we get on with the new path. Just like a primary. We have plenty of time to defeat Obama. The less time Obama has to tarnish the GOP nominee, the better.

brix on April 10, 2012 at 10:34 AM

The primary process is over. Dragging it out now hurts the party. It’s exactly what Rush wanted to do to the Dems with Operation Chaos. Their long primary did hurt them, just not as badly as nominating McCain hurt the Republicans. Romney is a far better candidate than McCain, if for no other reason than that he will fight hard to win. At this point, conservatives who continue to claim that a fractured, chaotic convention will produce a stronger candidate are either delusional or lying.

Priscilla on April 10, 2012 at 10:35 AM

You know we’re toast when even CNN is flattering Romney as the best republican candidate for 2012 – the best non-Tea Party candidate to return the republican party to it’s “roots” that is. That’s all I need to know. The republican party has been returning to its “roots” for the past 40 years and has been basically neutered by the democrats. So it’s no wonder they want to put the final nail in that coffin with Rmoney.

mozalf on April 10, 2012 at 10:35 AM

mittens ate my homework…bad mittens!

DHChron on April 10, 2012 at 10:35 AM

Even so, I will vote for Romney in November. Not happily, but I do want SCOAMF gone yesterday.

Bitter Clinger on April 10, 2012 at 10:19 AM

I think that’s all anyone can ask.

This nastiness ought to be water under the bridge after a few stemwinders in Tampa.

KingGold on April 10, 2012 at 10:36 AM

Since it looks like he isn’t going to have a job for much longer due to redistricting, better to have a man have an idea than someone who thinks they know it all. Know what I mean?

upinak on April 10, 2012 at 10:34 AM

*shrugs

MeatHeadinCA on April 10, 2012 at 10:37 AM

At least it wasn’t Sir Dick Romney coming for your hohos.

Rusty Allen on April 10, 2012 at 10:37 AM

KOOLAID2 on April 10, 2012 at 10:29 AM

That’s the line I was trying to think of! I thank you and America thanks you.

rogaineguy on April 10, 2012 at 10:37 AM

brix on April 10, 2012 at 10:34 AM

ugh the last week! Congrats and try and get some sleep before the baby is born!

upinak on April 10, 2012 at 10:37 AM

Mitt is still am lousy choice….he bought his way this far….he will never get my vote. Wake up GOP…Mittens will be a loser in November.

That attitude will become a self fullfilling prophecy if it’s followed through.
It’s been obvious for a long time that we’re going to be stuck with this liberal douchebag but we just have to make the best of it. If we can elect a conservative Congress Romney can be pulled where we need him to be.
Voting for Romney in November is going to be hard to do. It’s an utterly disgusting prospect, worse than the thought of voting for McCain. But there is one overarching fact that has to be remembered:

There is no possible outcome worse than Obama winning re election. He will complete his goal of the complete destruction of America. If he’s re elected we will be impoverished and we will be condemning our children to life in a socialist dystopia. We will probably see civil war.

If we’re to have any chance at all of saving America our attitude has to be, “I will vote for anyone and do whatever it takes to defeat Obama.”
I don’t like any of the candidates the Republicans put up this cycle. I’m pretty disgusted with the Stupid Party. But I’m going to help with the campaign of NotObama, no matter how much I despise him.

single stack on April 10, 2012 at 10:38 AM

*shrugs

MeatHeadinCA on April 10, 2012 at 10:37 AM

LOL! Well Meaty, at least you are honest.

upinak on April 10, 2012 at 10:38 AM

I think many of us wanted an end to the primary process at the end of February.

I think the whole process is silly. Weren’t we complaining four years ago about the primary being dragged out then?

All the Presidential primaries/caucuses on one day – you hold yourse before or after, you forfeit your delegates, period. At the very least, curtail it to one or two weeks.

We might have ended up with someone besides Mr. Inevitable or before him, McCain.

Logus on April 10, 2012 at 10:01 AM

Not that I remember. And by the time Ohio got to vote, it was pretty well decided.

A one day primary is bad because it favors the better-funded candidates who can spread their resources.

Bitter Clinger on April 10, 2012 at 10:04 AM

‘One-day’ is a horrible idea. What happens if after that single day you end up with the original eight candidates, and each has between 10 and 15% of the vote?

There’s also really no point in each and every state having a primary at all. The primary process should include states that are representative of regions, and the bellwether states. This year, why waste money on a Republican primary in California?

slickwillie2001 on April 10, 2012 at 10:38 AM

Yeah, he’s such a strooong candidatethat his followers need to whine and call everybody bigots who do not think he’s conservative enough. Never y’all mind. They will be busy in the coming months stuffing envelopes and making calls. The rest of us won’t.

Sekhmet on April 10, 2012 at 10:03 AM

So what’s the difference, this happens every single election.

A small percentage of the perpetual panties in the bunch “conservatives”, hide in their closets on election day.

If Santorum were the nominee, you’d be saying the same thing.

Then you’ll spend the next three years whining about Obama and the “spineless” GOP minority, that you sat at home rather than vote for.

Tired of hearing it.

NoDonkey on April 10, 2012 at 10:38 AM

I think that’s all anyone can ask.

This nastiness ought to be water under the bridge after a few stemwinders in Tampa.

KingGold on April 10, 2012 at 10:36 AM

Spend a whole campaign taking a dump on Reagan’s 11th Commandment, in hopes of everybody letting bygones be bygones in Tampa? That’s seriously Romney’s plan. You seriously think it will work?

Tell you what. Once 0bama is defeated (if that even happens), Romney will know what it’s like to have his weenie in the wind the moment the first media-manufactured scandal hits. If he doesn’t make friends, and seriously make friends with the base, who is going to support him when the going gets rough?

Sekhmet on April 10, 2012 at 10:41 AM

LOL! Well Meaty, at least you are honest.

upinak on April 10, 2012 at 10:38 AM

I really don’t care that much. I mean, he seems like a decent guy, but his whole debt ceiling deal was not a plus. Sometimes I think he’s more talk than walk.

MeatHeadinCA on April 10, 2012 at 10:43 AM

At least it wasn’t Sir Dick Romney coming for your hohos.

Rusty Allen on April 10, 2012 at 10:37 AM

yeah, I was gonna go for a longer mittens joke but wth? :-) It’s morning time and Chron doesn’t drag up ancient ho ho history before breakfast.

DHChron on April 10, 2012 at 10:43 AM

Clearly, Romney can’t win the White House

Steveangell on April 10, 2012 at 10:43 AM

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