New DNC ad: Take it from Rick Santorum, Romney’s terrible on the economy

posted at 4:48 pm on May 4, 2012 by Allahpundit

This sort of ad is obligatory after a tough primary loaded with biting attacks from the nominee’s former opponents but rarely, I think, does it ever draw blood. Voters expect primary candidates to criticize each other. Usually it’s just noise. This one’s a little smarter than most examples of the genre because it has Santorum citing numbers about Romney’s economic record, which is a bit harder to shake off than the usual “my opponent stinks” blather that voters take for granted. Here’s the problem for the DNC, though: How many swing voters are apt to be swayed by a Santorum attack? Some sizable chunk of his GOP support was due simply to him being the last “Not Romney” standing. If I’m right that the voters who’ll decide the election won’t start paying attention until September, then those who stumble across this ad now will probably end up wondering, “Wait, who’s this guy again?” If you want to shank an opponent with criticism from someone in his own party, make sure that the critic is a hugely well-known figure. (Reagan did it right.) I think the ad is most useful as a preview of a line of attack that Obama himself will use against Romney to counter Mitt’s message on the economy. And you already know what Romney’s reply will be: “The reason our state’s economy lagged so much is because I had to work with a legislature full of Barack Obamas.” And on we go.

Incidentally, the big Romney/Santorum powwow finally happened today. Topics of discussion, allegedly:

John Brabender, who served as Santorum’s senior strategist during the campaign, said that when the former Pennsylvania senator sat down one-on-one with Romney, he wanted:

To discuss Santorum’s manufacturing plan, the keystone to the former candidate’s economic platform

Assurances that Romney would work to repeal President Obama’s health care law and that it would not be replaced with a plan containing a mandate

A commitment from the former Massachusetts governor to pursue “economic solutions that are pro-family”

Still no endorsement from Santorum, though. Is that coming this summer or will it be a convention-speech “surprise”? Exit question: Whither the Romney/Santorum ticket?


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Perfect. Let’s talk about your record on jobs & debt, Mr. President.

OhioCoastie on May 4, 2012 at 4:51 PM

Santorum is a fool.

rndmusrnm on May 4, 2012 at 4:51 PM

Exit question: Whither the Romney/Santorum ticket?

Kill me now.

portlandon on May 4, 2012 at 4:51 PM

I agree with Rick!

HondaV65 on May 4, 2012 at 4:51 PM

Brokered convention.
SP.
800 comments to follow.

Dr. Carlo Lombardi on May 4, 2012 at 4:52 PM

Thanks, Rick!

Swerve22 on May 4, 2012 at 4:53 PM

If only the RNC would have used this tactic in 08.

quiz1 on May 4, 2012 at 4:53 PM

Rick Santorum was right then, and his comment is still right now.

Stoic Patriot on May 4, 2012 at 4:54 PM

Meh. Stupid. And I’m not a Romney guy.

Rick Perry is #1, the Dems wanna play that game?

This ad does, however, expose Santorum as a friend of the unions.

mankai on May 4, 2012 at 4:55 PM

Who knows about Romney but we know of one person that certainly is terrible.

Electrongod on May 4, 2012 at 4:56 PM

Well, I think Axelrod’s slip was a lot more damaging to Obama than this jab from Santorum is against Romney. Santorum is basically universally understood to have been fighting for his political life and throwing everything but the kitchen sink at Romney.

I also think that is one of the reasons Santorum hasn’t “endorsed” Romney, Romney has probably made no overtures to Santorum figuring his “endorsement” would be more of a political detriment overall than a help. It would be like Obama getting the official endorsement of Louis Farrakhan. It would alienate more people than it would attract overall.

crosspatch on May 4, 2012 at 4:57 PM

Here’s a little preview of some of the excuses you’ll be hearing on November 7th, 2012 from Mitt Romney supporters: “It’s all Santorum’s/Gingrich’s/Perry’s fault that Mitt Romney lost! All those mean things they said about him in the primary hurt his general election chances! If not for him, the Most Perfect Candidate Ever would be President-Elect right now!”

Armin Tamzarian on May 4, 2012 at 5:00 PM

Excellent. Santo is a radioactive boob to the vast majority of the country. Particularly the people who Mitt hopes to win over. He could have no better reference than Santo’s lunatic ramblings!

MJBrutus on May 4, 2012 at 5:01 PM

Santorum, just a useful idiot, (for the LIBs that is).

Gunlock Bill on May 4, 2012 at 5:02 PM

That’s nice. Maybe all the Dims on the Hill during that time in Taxachusetts had something to do with that job creation record?

RedNewEnglander on May 4, 2012 at 5:02 PM

Actually, I take back my last post. Mitt Romney’s “supporters” won’t be cashing any more checks from his campaign after the election is over, and so they won’t have anything to say at all. No reason to shill for someone if you’re not getting paid for it.

Armin Tamzarian on May 4, 2012 at 5:02 PM

Armin Tamzarian on May 4, 2012 at 5:02 PM

Sure, blame us because Romney pays us shills better than the other guys. They had their chance.

MJBrutus on May 4, 2012 at 5:04 PM

Obama hasn’t garnered a single vote FROM HIS OWN PARTY for any budget he has proposed. He has ammassed more debt in less time that any president ever. He won’t dare require a budget, much less a debate of one to see the light of day for as long as possible. Yeah, let’s talk economics foolio.

DanMan on May 4, 2012 at 5:05 PM

“We have no plan of our own. We just know that [Rick Santorum] doesn’t like yours.”

gravityman on May 4, 2012 at 5:06 PM

If you want a candidate that is strong on economics, vote for Ron Paul. He’s the one that was warning America about the housing bubble back in ’07 during the debates, not Romney. Romney was there, he heard Ron Paul speak, but he didn’t lend any support because he was clueless.

FloatingRock on May 4, 2012 at 5:06 PM

Except santorum is a economic liberal and anyone taking his advice on the economy is not the sharpest pencil in the box… kind of like obama.

aniptofar on May 4, 2012 at 5:06 PM

Told ya so . Yes I said it and it feels good !
Rick and Newt are true ” Poor Sports ” .
Anyone who closely watched these guys
over the years knows the MO .

Lucano on May 4, 2012 at 5:07 PM

Exit question: Whither the Romney/Santorum ticket?

Yeah, right. Romney has no interest in or need for uber-putz Santorum. Besides his laundry list of ill-considered and idiotic attacks on the eventual nominee, Santorum has zero support even in the party. His last-man-standing-who-is-not-Romney support was never in evidence until the meltdowns of Gingrich (twice), Pawlenty, Cain, Perry, and Bachmann, and owes mostly to the fact that he’s unemployed and had nothing else to do but stay in the race.

His stupidity and recklessness are in full flower in this DNC ad. Pffffftttttt to you, Santorum, you nothing.

Jaibones on May 4, 2012 at 5:08 PM

That ad makes me laugh, No wonder he did good in the race with not much money. It might stick in the GE we still talk about “Voodoo economics” to this day.

If I’m right that the voters who’ll decide the election won’t start paying attention until September, then those who stumble across this ad now will probably end up wondering, “Wait, who’s this guy again?”

I think this ad was meant for the base to try and kill any Moe Mitt might be gaining with us.

boogaleesnots on May 4, 2012 at 5:09 PM

Damn. I can’t believe it took about ten comments for someone to bust out the trite “you support someone I don’t like so you must be getting paid” shtick. The ABR crowd is running low on ammunition.

Client Number Nine on May 4, 2012 at 5:09 PM

Armin Tamzarian on May 4, 2012 at 5:02 PM

That one actually got a chuckle out of me. The choices are Obama and Romney and I believe Romney will win. Maybe not because so many people are voting *for* him as so many people are voting *against* Obama.

We have a lot of people out of work in this country. We have a President who is doing his apparent utmost to make even more of them. Shutting down oil refineries, shutting down power plants, blocking oil exploration, increasing taxes, this man is doing exactly what is needed to increase business expenses and put more people out of work. That is apparently his plan and he is being very efficient at going about it.

I believe he made a gamble and lost. I believe he gambled that he could get so many Americans unemployed and on government benefits that they would have to vote for him to keep their benefits coming. Problem is, many are now coming off the benefit rolls as they expire and by the time November comes around there are going to be a lot of very angry people out there who want JOBS, not “benefits”.

Obama seriously miscalculated and is going to pay dearly for it in November. I believe we are going to see center Democrats voting for Romney in droves in November.

crosspatch on May 4, 2012 at 5:11 PM

Kill me now.

portlandon on May 4, 2012 at 4:51 PM

Here. I have some extra pills. We’ll swallow on 1…2…3.

SouthernGent on May 4, 2012 at 5:12 PM

800 comments crickets to follow.

Dr. Carlo Lombardi on May 4, 2012 at 4:52 PM

FIFnewt

FlaMurph on May 4, 2012 at 5:12 PM

Perfect. Let’s talk about your record on jobs & debt, Mr. President.

OhioCoastie on May 4, 2012 at 4:51 PM

that’s all, while I was still reading you summed it up

DanMan on May 4, 2012 at 5:13 PM

Winner as most tepid Mitt-supporter, Daniels

Schadenfreude on May 4, 2012 at 5:15 PM

Santorum is a liability. The last thing Romney needs is to give into his “demands”. This election isn’t just an average 2nd term election- if Obama wins, it’s like handing over the keys to an unchecked socialist lunatic for 4 more years. Anyone who doesn’t vote AGAINST Obama is a fool. For Santorum and Gingrich to stand on the sidelines waiting to give their pious blessing to Romney in exchange for what, more attention? What a couple of swell guys they’ve shown themselves to be- esp. Santorum.

BettyRuth on May 4, 2012 at 5:16 PM

Sure, blame us because Romney pays us shills better than the other guys. They had their chance.

MJBrutus on May 4, 2012 at 5:04 PM

I assume you’re kidding, but in case not: for the record, nobody pays me anything for my comments at HotAir, nor do I organize with any other person or group about anything political, I am only here as an individual to persuade people to vote for freedom and liberty.

FloatingRock on May 4, 2012 at 5:17 PM

That’s nice. Maybe all the Dims on the Hill during that time in Taxachusetts had something to do with that job creation record?

RedNewEnglander on May 4, 2012 at 5:02 PM

.
Ditto-
The Rs better wise up and start using this crap against the demoncrats – turn their own gun on them.
A tax oppressed “commiewealth” like Mass IS NOT SUPPOSED to have the possibility of a robust growth economy- regardless who the lame-duck Governor is.

And as it turned out they didn’t grow.

Proof…. meets pudding

FlaMurph on May 4, 2012 at 5:19 PM

…I feel like leaning my butt against someone with my pants down around my knees…and using them like a cop car at an OWS protest!

KOOLAID2 on May 4, 2012 at 5:19 PM

I <3 Rick. We really screwed up by not nominating him…guess what, yes..Satan won.

You guys deserve EVERYTHING you got coming to you with Mitt Romney.

47 out of 50 on job creation
Left companies bankrupt after robbing them
Obamneycare
TARP supporter
Supports gay marriage
Supports abortions
mandated contraception
Doesn’t even own a gun, let alone support them
Supports the Dream Act
VOTED FOR JIMMY CARTER over Reagan

Can.I.be.in.the.middle on May 4, 2012 at 5:19 PM

If you are reading my list ^^ and you feel like defending Mitt…don’t bother. Your core beliefs are gone.

Can.I.be.in.the.middle on May 4, 2012 at 5:21 PM

I don’t believe anyone would be stupid enough to pay a lefty shill to come into a place like this for a few reasons:

1. There are enough lefty shills that will do it for free.

2. Getting into comment wars simply increases the number of page views and increases ad revenue for the site. Why would the left want to increase Hot Air’s revenue stream?

3. This place is the choir. Why preach to the political opposition’s choir who are going to be the LAST ones you are going to convert? Money is better spent posting fawning Obama postings in more neutral areas where you have a chance of attracting someone into your political orbit.

So it would be a waste of time and money for anyone to send any paid trolls in here. In fact, it would be to Hot Air’s advantage for THEM to pay trolls to come in here to heat up the comment threads and increase the number of ad views.

crosspatch on May 4, 2012 at 5:25 PM

Does Romney really need the endorsement of the same Rick Sani-tantrum who was endorsed by Michael Moore and daily Kos, just mere months ago?

Cavalry on May 4, 2012 at 5:26 PM

Problem is, just being picked as the nominee does not suddenly change who Romney is and who he will be as President. He was a horrible choice during the primary, and he will make a poor president. No, he will not be as bad as Obama, but he does have a high likelihood of rolling out a big bright red carpet for the next Obama, Pelosi, Reid axis of evil to take control of all the levers of power once again. I will vote for him under one of two scenarios. God/Jesus instruct me to, Romney changes party affiliation. Democrat would be the most likely party he belongs to, but if he wants to pick something else that does not argue that he is conservative, well, there is always that.

astonerii on May 4, 2012 at 5:27 PM

Cavalry on May 4, 2012 at 5:26 PM

Exactly. The guy is a conservative on some social issues but on political issues he is a statist Democrat.

crosspatch on May 4, 2012 at 5:27 PM

Does Romney really need the endorsement of the same Rick Sani-tantrum who was endorsed by Michael Moore and daily Kos, just mere months ago?

Cavalry on May 4, 2012 at 5:26 PM

I know, the man endorsed by George Soros and Fidel Castro does not need hand me down endorsements.

astonerii on May 4, 2012 at 5:30 PM

yay for extended primaries. Yay.

Book on May 4, 2012 at 5:31 PM

Rick Santorum was right then, and his comment is still right now.

Stoic Patriot on May 4, 2012 at 4:54 PM

Yep.

Cue endless whining from Mittbots.

Norwegian on May 4, 2012 at 5:32 PM

It doesn’t matter. Santorum lost. It’s Romney or Obama.

I see some Obama supporters are in here like Stoic Patriot and asteronii but really, what would you expect to hear from “conservative” posers really attempting to undermine Romney in order to get Obama elected?

If you are still talking this line of crap at this point, then you are an Obama supporter.

crosspatch on May 4, 2012 at 5:35 PM

yay for extended primaries. Yay.

Book on May 4, 2012 at 5:31 PM

I do not see why we couldn’t have a national Republican primary on a set date early in the spring. Have a few (that means 3 or 4, not hundreds) of debates and then decide the whole thing at one time. This would both spare damage to our eventual candidate and allow more time to solidify against the opponent. We should demand this. The current system is ridiculous.

cynccook on May 4, 2012 at 5:35 PM

It doesn’t matter. Santorum lost. It’s Romney or Obama.

I see some Obama supporters are in here like Stoic Patriot and asteronii but really, what would you expect to hear from “conservative” posers really attempting to undermine Romney in order to get Obama elected?

If you are still talking this line of crap at this point, then you are an Obama supporter.

crosspatch on May 4, 2012 at 5:35 PM

Poor Miitbot reject. He feels upset by my presence. Talk about “conservative” posers! Support the man who created the blueprint for Obamacare. Complete with the pillaging of medicare funds to pay for it, complete with the forcing of doctors to perform abortions, complete with the forcing of religious organizations to provide birth control as part of their health coverage of their employees. Romney, just like Obama, only he is going to tarnish the Republican brand name and the conservative philosophy in the process.

TALK ABOUT A POSER CONSERVATIVE. Romney supporters are the epitome of it!

astonerii on May 4, 2012 at 5:39 PM

MJBrutus on May 4, 2012 at 5:04 PM

I assume you’re kidding, but in case not: for the record, nobody pays me anything for my comments at HotAir, nor do I organize with any other person or group about anything political, I am only here as an individual to persuade people to vote for freedom and liberty.

FloatingRock on May 4, 2012 at 5:17 PM

..sure glad you clarified that, Floater, because we all thought this was how you earned a living.

The War Planner on May 4, 2012 at 5:49 PM

Like I’ve said all along, Rick Santorum is Barack Obama in white face. The two are virtually indistinguishable in terms of their EGO and their NARCISSISM.

Santo’s enraged that he lost; he is humiliated that he would have lost Pennsylvania AGAIN.

There’s nothing he can do about that; he alienated Pennsylvania Republicans in 2006, and they never forgot his domineering, hateful treatment of them. They were going to make damn sure that Santo lost in PA. It’s Santo’s own fault; he’s a horrid petty little man.

And, he’s a LOSER! A SORE LOSER.

mountainaires on May 4, 2012 at 5:49 PM

crosspatch on May 4, 2012 at 5:27 PM

Nailed it.

mountainaires on May 4, 2012 at 5:50 PM

Poor Miitbot reject. He feels upset by my presence. Talk about “conservative” posers! Support the man who created the blueprint for Obamacare. Complete with the pillaging of medicare funds to pay for it, complete with the forcing of doctors to perform abortions…

..blah..blah..blah..blah..blah..etc.

astonerii on May 4, 2012 at 5:39 PM

..like this guy does, Floater.

The War Planner on May 4, 2012 at 5:51 PM

And, he’s a LOSER! A SORE LOSER.

mountainaires on May 4, 2012 at 5:49 PM

Nailed it.

mountainaires on May 4, 2012 at 5:50 PM

..and so did you!

The War Planner on May 4, 2012 at 5:52 PM

Santorum is a liability. The last thing Romney needs is to give into his “demands”. This election isn’t just an average 2nd term election- if Obama wins, it’s like handing over the keys to an unchecked socialist lunatic for 4 more years. Anyone who doesn’t vote AGAINST Obama is a fool. For Santorum and Gingrich to stand on the sidelines waiting to give their pious blessing to Romney in exchange for what, more attention? What a couple of swell guys they’ve shown themselves to be- esp. Santorum.

BettyRuth on May 4, 2012 at 5:16 PM

Best comment on the board. Reality Bites, Santo. So STFU. We don’t give a rat’s ass about you. You were the candidate liberals voted for in hopes they’d run you against Obama! You lost, and Thank God. If you can’t get on board the train, then GET OUTTA THE WAY.

God, what a couple of SORE LOSERS. They are BOTH an embarrassment to this party! No conservative and no Republican should support them in any way. This is an unconscionable display of hubris and EGO. We get enough of that from Obama!

mountainaires on May 4, 2012 at 5:54 PM

Simple and effective ad.

rjl1999 on May 4, 2012 at 5:54 PM

Evidently Rick needs a job.

Buttercup on May 4, 2012 at 5:56 PM

Evidently Rick needs a job.

Buttercup on May 4, 2012 at 5:56 PM

..strange way of interviewing.

The War Planner on May 4, 2012 at 6:00 PM

Santorum is a liability. The last thing Romney needs is to give into his “demands”. This election isn’t just an average 2nd term election- if Obama wins, it’s like handing over the keys to an unchecked socialist lunatic for 4 more years. Anyone who doesn’t vote AGAINST Obama is a fool. For Santorum and Gingrich to stand on the sidelines waiting to give their pious blessing to Romney in exchange for what, more attention? What a couple of swell guys they’ve shown themselves to be- esp. Santorum.

BettyRuth on May 4, 2012 at 5:16 PM

Bravo . . . right on target.

rplat on May 4, 2012 at 6:08 PM

What a blessing. The RNC chosen to lead the charge up the Hill. This is gonna be a fall to remember.

Limerick on May 4, 2012 at 6:15 PM

I’m guessing the meeting today went something like this:

Santorum: If I’m going to endorse you, I’m going to need you to retire my campaign debt.

Romney: You know, I saw the DNC ad today, Rick. Do you get residuals from that?

Santorum: Furthermore, I’m going to need you to sign off on my economic plan.

Romney: No problem, Rick, since you copied most of it from me. By the way, loved the DNC ad, Rick.

Santorum: And another thing. I expect assurances from you that you will repeal Obamacare and not replace it with anything that contains a federal mandate.

Romney: Well, that should be easy, Rick, since that has been my position all along. You know, you were very persuasive in that DNC ad, Rick.

Santorum: And finally, I expect you to pursue economic solutions that are pro-family.

Romney: No problem, Rick. I’ll just follow the lead you outlined in that DNC ad. Sounds pretty pro-family to me. Thanks for stopping by today. I’ll think about what you asked. Have your people call my people next week.

Mr. Arkadin on May 4, 2012 at 6:16 PM

I just love the Mittwits crying a river because Santorum told the hard truth about Romney record. Cry some more so I can row my boat on Mittwits tears laughing.

jdun on May 4, 2012 at 6:37 PM

how many of these ads will we have to sit through?
november seems like Yeeeeaaaaars away.

bridgetown on May 4, 2012 at 6:38 PM

I would love to see Ron Paul go third party for the simple fact of aggravating the Mittwits. For the record I’m not a Ron Paul supporter. I’m a Palin supporter.

jdun on May 4, 2012 at 6:46 PM

how many of these ads will we have to sit through?
november seems like Yeeeeaaaaars away.

bridgetown on May 4, 2012 at 6:38 PM

You know there is off button on your TV set or you could simply change the channel. IIRC Judge Antonin Scalia said something to that affect.

jdun on May 4, 2012 at 6:48 PM

..sure glad you clarified that, Floater, because we all thought this was how you earned a living.

The War Planner on May 4, 2012 at 5:49 PM

: )

FloatingRock on May 4, 2012 at 6:55 PM

Well that is what happens when unserious threw their support behind unserious candiates who never had a chance of winning.

echosyst on May 4, 2012 at 6:56 PM

It doesn’t matter. Santorum lost. It’s Romney or Obama.

I see some Obama supporters are in here like Stoic Patriot and asteronii but really, what would you expect to hear from “conservative” posers really attempting to undermine Romney in order to get Obama elected?

If you are still talking this line of crap at this point, then you are an Obama supporter.

crosspatch on May 4, 2012 at 5:35 PM

Ah, the irony of a Mitt supporter calling actual conservatives “conservative posers.”

No, Santorum was right when he said it, and it’s still true when replayed months later. The Romney response should be to call out Obama on his very real economic failure, not to let them change the subject to the Romney record, and not to waste time attacking Santorum all over again.

Sorry, but we can’t help it that Romney is unconservative and that his only relevant political experience for the presidency doesn’t support the claim that he will be good on the economy.

The bottom line is that Romney’s case on the economy — as in virtually every other part of his campaign — is that Obama would be so much worse.

You should go with your strength and just attack Obama’s record. It’s all the Romney camp has ever been good at, and it is at least relevant in the general election.

tom on May 4, 2012 at 7:05 PM

Exactly who is waiting on the Santorum endorsement?

changer1701 on May 4, 2012 at 7:11 PM

TALK ABOUT A POSER CONSERVATIVE. Romney supporters are the epitome of it!

astonerii on May 4, 2012 at 5:39 PM

Whether we like it or not, our presumptive nominee is Romney. And you call us poser conservatives.
Though many of us realize that conservatism is compromised. With teh Preazy as the alternative? Whut?

As a conservative, are you suggesting a brokered convention?

bettycooper on May 4, 2012 at 7:37 PM

As a conservative, are you suggesting a brokered convention?

bettycooper on May 4, 2012 at 7:37 PM

he’s not a conservative, just posturing as one…

jimver on May 4, 2012 at 7:55 PM

Exactly who is waiting on the Santorum endorsement?

changer1701 on May 4, 2012 at 7:11 PM

who cares about Santorum’s endorsement, he’s as irrelevant as john edwards now, and without the former’s hair :)…

jimver on May 4, 2012 at 7:57 PM

who cares about Santorum’s endorsement, he’s as irrelevant as john edwards now, and without the former’s hair :)…

jimver on May 4, 2012 at 7:57 PM

Indeed. He can sit at home and pout for all I care.

changer1701 on May 4, 2012 at 8:02 PM

he’s not a conservative, just posturing as one…

jimver on May 4, 2012 at 7:55 PM

Says the supporter of a man who has shown himself only minutely less progressive than Obama, the most progressive president in history…

astonerii on May 4, 2012 at 8:02 PM

I don’t think Rick’s endorsement would actually help Romney anyomre. Without Rick’s endorsement, he can discount that former sharp criticism much easier than if the two takes the stage together. From a purely tactical point of view, Romney will hope that we just forget about Santorum, and what Santorum said in the primaries. In fact, Romney probably wants us to forget what he himself said, too. Not looking good.

Captain Obvious on May 4, 2012 at 8:03 PM

Whether we like it or not, our presumptive nominee is Romney. And you call us poser conservatives.

bettycooper on May 4, 2012 at 7:37 PM

Non sequitur.

Poser conservative means someone who is “posing” as a conservative, but isn’t really. Has nothing to do with being a presumptive nominee.

Romney is a poser conservative whether nominated or not, whether elected or not, because he’s not a conservative. Being the “presumptive nominee” doesn’t make him conservative, any more than it made Bush 41 a conservative.

tom on May 4, 2012 at 8:16 PM

Says the supporter of a man who has shown himself only minutely less progressive than Obama, the most progressive president in history…

astonerii on May 4, 2012 at 8:02 PM

well, if you think you’re so much better positioned to support a ‘true con’ candidate, may I ask, where exactly is your candidate? and what did they achieve? why don’t you have a candidate running with solid chances against ‘the most progressive president in history’? oh, yeah, I know, said candidate exists only in your mind, and if they do indeed exist, they either didn’t bother running, or they lost pathetically in the primaries, in which case clearly he/she is not the candidate desired by a majority of conservatives, let alone by the majority of the citizens of this country….so, pls, spare me the ‘your candidate is just a little less progressive than the most progressive’ blah, blah…where’s your candidate??? and what are their chances t winning anything, from the primary (well, too late for that anyways) to general election???

jimver on May 4, 2012 at 8:43 PM

Poser conservative means someone who is “posing” as a conservative, but isn’t really. Has nothing to do with being a presumptive nominee.

tom on May 4, 2012 at 8:16 PM

obviously there are more ‘con posers’ than you envisaged, considering a majority of the cons in this country chose Romney to be their nominee…ever wonder if maybe they are actually the real thing, and you guys who are obviously in minority are ‘the true con posers’??….I don’t really get it why don’t you quit pouting and start your own party, there’s such a tradition of smaller, fringe parties in both France and Britain, they usually are incapable of winning elections and governing by themselves, but they can always be the beoches and hos of either the Leftist or the Conervative party in power at the particular moment, making alliances and cutting deals left and right…you can do the same….

jimver on May 4, 2012 at 8:52 PM

well, if you think you’re so much better positioned to support a ‘true con’ candidate, may I ask, where exactly is your candidate? and what did they achieve? why don’t you have a candidate running with solid chances against ‘the most progressive president in history’? oh, yeah, I know, said candidate exists only in your mind, and if they do indeed exist, they either didn’t bother running, or they lost pathetically in the primaries, in which case clearly he/she is not the candidate desired by a majority of conservatives, let alone by the majority of the citizens of this country….so, pls, spare me the ‘your candidate is just a little less progressive than the most progressive’ blah, blah…where’s your candidate??? and what are their chances t winning anything, from the primary (well, too late for that anyways) to general election???

jimver on May 4, 2012 at 8:43 PM

Because if all my friends are jumping off a bridge, I have to go along with them.

astonerii on May 4, 2012 at 8:58 PM

Because if all my friends are jumping off a bridge, I have to go along with them.

astonerii on May 4, 2012 at 8:58 PM

indeed, you know what they say, if all your friends tell you that you are drunk…fill in the blank yourself…as for the ‘jumping off the bridge’ analogy, yeah, maybe it’s worth considering, if all your friends are jumping of the bridge, it means probably that they analysed the situation closely and they reached the conclusion that there’s a chance to actually survive if say, you’re a good swimmer, but none whatsoever if you stay on the bridge, only to be obliterated by a storm of sorts (think the progressive agenda of Obama)…and you still haven’t answered where’s your candidate?

jimver on May 4, 2012 at 9:07 PM

Santorum is a delusional fool. He needs to go away. No one cares what he thinks or what he wants. He has no relevance and between Rick and Newt, the two of them almost decimated the GOP. The only thing they care about are themselves. Two narcisssistic lying imbeciles!!!!!

phoebe1 on May 4, 2012 at 9:13 PM

Santorum is a delusional fool. He needs to go away. No one cares what he thinks or what he wants. He has no relevance and between Rick and Newt, the two of them almost decimated the GOP. The only thing they care about are themselves. Two narcisssistic lying imbeciles!!!!!

phoebe1 on May 4, 2012 at 9:13 PM

agreed…besides, Santorum is done, I think he has 0 political future, as for Gingrich, he’s too old to have a future…

jimver on May 4, 2012 at 9:17 PM

For Santorum and Gingrich to stand on the sidelines waiting to give their pious blessing to Romney in exchange for what, more attention? What a couple of swell guys they’ve shown themselves to be- esp. Santorum.

BettyRuth on May 4, 2012 at 5:16 PM

Gingrich has already thrown his support to Romney and has been quite gracious to Mitt since he suspended his campaign.

lynncgb on May 4, 2012 at 9:29 PM

crosspatch on May 4, 2012 at 4:57 PM

Great, you equated Rick Santorum to Louis Farrakan.

wtf?

Conservative republicans, join the Conservative party. The GOP does not want you.

hawkdriver on May 4, 2012 at 9:41 PM

Santorum is a delusional fool. He needs to go away. No one cares what he thinks or what he wants. He has no relevance and between Rick and Newt, the two of them almost decimated the GOP. The only thing they care about are themselves. Two narcisssistic lying imbeciles!!!!!

phoebe1 on May 4, 2012 at 9:13 PM

Santorum showed up at a caucus in Missouri and he is even more petty and whiny in person than he appears on tv. He and Newt have provided a lot of material for ads.

JustTruth101 on May 5, 2012 at 7:27 AM

Obama is a failure.

That this failed president is using failed campaign attacks from two failed candidates who failed to stop Romney only portends Obama will fail to get re-elected, which will finally mean success for Amereica.

sheryl on May 5, 2012 at 1:39 PM

cynccook on May 4, 2012 at 5:35 PM

Amen. But the GOP is either too stupid to do so or the powers that be don’t want it for obvious reasons. I go with the power hungry corruption of the latter.

pannw on May 5, 2012 at 1:55 PM

Conservative republicans, join the Conservative party. The GOP does not want you.

hawkdriver on May 4, 2012 at 9:41 PM

I’de rather not flush my vote down the toilet on a non viable candidate, helping to secure an Obama second term. Thanks though.

V7_Sport on May 5, 2012 at 2:57 PM

I’de rather not flush my vote down the toilet on a non viable candidate, helping to secure an Obama second term. Thanks though.

V7_Sport on May 5, 2012 at 2:57 PM

I’ve already said I’m voting for Romney. I’ve also said, like many others here though, that this is the last one.

hawkdriver on May 5, 2012 at 3:50 PM

I’ve already said I’m voting for Romney. I’ve also said, like many others here though, that this is the last one.

hawkdriver on May 5, 2012 at 3:50 PM

Some people just have to get their snark in. It’s how they feel superior to others. As for Mittens, yes, he’s terrible on the economy. But he’s terrible in the “Eddie Haskell” way. Duh Won is terrible in the “Jason Vorhees” way. I may have no use for Romney, but even I can tell the difference…and resolve to act accordingly.

swinia sutki on May 7, 2012 at 5:56 AM