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I thought getting Dems to vote for the GOP was the goal!

posted at 10:16 am on February 28, 2012 by

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I know why “Mitt’s Knickers” are in a wad this morning.

He’s getting an end-around run against his overly priced campaign that has outspent is biggest opponent 40 to 1 in his home state and he still may lose.

He’s expressing this morning his “outrage” and “disgust” at a concept that signals something very important to anyone watching the race from a general election perspective.

Earth to Mitt, Earth to Mitt: There are not enough pure Republican voters in the country for you to win a general election. Reaching out to Democrats isn’t only the savvy thing to do from a campaign strategy in the primary, it also makes a heck of a lot of sense in laying the groundwork for disaffected Democrats and Independents in the general election.

Mitt’s team feels sucker-punched because they have had almost no forethought on the Michigan race almost from the get-go. They weren’t paying attention when they lost Iowa. They weren’t paying attention when they lost Minnesota. They weren’t paying attention when they lost Missouri. They’re not paying attention now that they may lost Michigan, or that they are running a huge risk in possible losing Ohio, Pennsylvania, and Wisconsin.

The Team Romney scorched-earth, spend big, and no-one-challenge-us, mentality has not brought about an especially strong argument for why people should vote for their candidate.

Meanwhile, Santorum is talking about the current administration’s war on people’s freedom of religion, he is talking about the need to reinvent the American manufacturing capacity, he is talking about reducing the imposition of the federal government in to the intrusion of the life of the every day American, and he is blasting Obama on the governmental universal take-over of a person’s independent right to choose health care options. (Something Mitt can’t do with any genuine credibility.)

Santorum is increasingly connecting with people.

Heck he had a car with his name circle the Daytona track for a hundred laps and six hours worth of television last night, while Mitt fell into another “richie rich who can’t relate to the average joe” black-hole on the matter.

Mitt should be mad, but not at Santorum.

Santorum is doing exactly what any serious Republican should WANT to do in this election cycle–grow the number of people who vote for Republicans.

And as the economy has plenty of evidence of, this election cycle disaffected former Obama supporters should be ripe for the picking!

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I thought getting Dems to vote for the GOP was the goal!

In the general election, sure. But that’s not what this is about. You do understand that…right?

cicerone on February 28, 2012 at 10:35 AM

Romney sounds like a spoiled sore loser. Santorum 2012!

College Prof on February 28, 2012 at 10:43 AM

Disingenuous much?

mchristian on February 28, 2012 at 10:48 AM

Kevin, you shouldn’t make disingenuous arguments like this. At best, you look deceitful. At worst, you make yourself look stupid. Or maybe you think we’re stupid?

Whatever. You know damn well these Dems will vote Santorum in the primary (because he’d make such a horrible nominee) and then turn right around and vote for Obama in the general.

And Santorum pandering to Big Labor doesn’t exactly increase his cred as a conservative alternative to Mittens. On the other hand, if your definition of “conservative” consists solely of social issues like hating gays, banning abortion, and wrinkling your nose in disapproval at icky things like consensual sex for pleasure and excludes things like limited government, Santorum is your man.

DRayRaven on February 28, 2012 at 11:03 AM

My take on the whole situation?

Unless we can resurrect Reagan from the dead, we’re stuck with the current batch of conservative wanna-be’s.

Still beats the alternative….

Turtle317 on February 28, 2012 at 11:16 AM

No DRay, unlike you I make no presumption on anyone else’s intelligence because they don’t “agree” with me.

If you study the map across Michigan, there are a LOT of disaffected “blue collar” dems that have always been socially conservative, but dependent upon “labor” to fight for their jobs.

If Rick recruits those voices into the movement now… He may win a state that was blue last cycle…

Kevin McCullough on February 28, 2012 at 11:20 AM

Are you for real, or just obtuse? Yes, the idea in the General Election is to get democrats to vote for the Republican nominee. However, pandering to democrats in order to skew the vote and ensure that the weakest Republican candidate wins the primary is something entirely different–and you know it. Santorum doesn’t stand a chance in a General Election: most Republicans and Independants wouldn’t vote for him–let alone democrats. He’s simply a spoiler.

balthazar on February 28, 2012 at 11:24 AM

Balthazar… No pandering…

How has Rick compromised ANYTHING he’s been saying on the trail the entire campaign?

His message has been consistent, and unlike Mittens and Newter, its been positive.

And I’m sure this will blow your brain completely but Mitt Romney is by far the weakest candidate to run against Obama.

By far…

Even Ann Coulter said so: “Romney will be the nominee, and we will lose.”

Kevin McCullough on February 28, 2012 at 11:33 AM

Just stop the half-a$$ED reverse psychology. Santorum is revealed as an untrustworthy creep who’ll throw in with anybody to win.Might as well vote Obama, no difference.

jeanie on February 28, 2012 at 11:49 AM

Michael Moore is voting for you Rick because he will vote for you in the general. Two useless idiots.

aniptofar on February 28, 2012 at 12:05 PM

Even Ann Coulter said so: “Romney will be the nominee, and we will lose.”

Kevin McCullough on February 28, 2012 at 11:33 AM

Plainly, with the amount of time and effort Coulter has been putting into sniffing Romney’s jock, she doesn’t believe that now.

gryphon202 on February 28, 2012 at 12:06 PM

Even Ann Coulter said so: “Romney will be the nominee, and we will lose.”

Kevin McCullough on February 28, 2012 at 11:33 AM

Plainly, with the amount of time and effort Coulter has been putting into sniffing Romney’s jock, she doesn’t believe that now.

gryphon202 on February 28, 2012 at 12:06 PM

You’re referring to the first part, right?

riddick on February 28, 2012 at 12:54 PM

You’re referring to the first part, right?

riddick on February 28, 2012 at 12:54 PM

I’m referring to the part where Coulter thought at one point, way back when, that we’d lose if Romney was our nominee.

gryphon202 on February 28, 2012 at 1:15 PM

I saw Mittens whining this morning, and I agree that it’s a smart thing for Santorum to do. The Democratic Party does NOT represent the “working man,” contrary to what the old way of thinking is, and they are ripe for the picking. We need to grow the Republican Party, and those are the people we should be focusing on. Workers who are forced to pay union dues, only to see the union leadership living high on the hog at their expense, donating vast sums of money to political campaigns to people they don’t support, has disgruntled the average working man. These same working classes are generally more socially conservative as well. Mittens is only mad that he didn’t come up with the idea first – he was too busy talking about his wife’s Cadillacs.

Special K on February 28, 2012 at 1:15 PM

Here is Ann saying Romney will lose… at CPAC and on national television:

http://www.therightscoop.com/coulter-run-chris-christie-or-well-lose-in-2012/

Kevin McCullough on February 28, 2012 at 3:46 PM

Kevin,

A good article including all typos :-)

I find it disingenuous of those who claim that state that Santorum is unelectable. What is the bases for such claim? What again has Romney done for conservatism? Though Santorum’s record is shaky at best, he has done much more for the conservative movement than the proud signor of Romneycare.

PuritanD71 on February 28, 2012 at 3:53 PM

Talk about typos, just reread my comment above. Maybe an edit button should be considered.

PuritanD71 on February 28, 2012 at 3:54 PM

Surely the author is being disingenuous here…

Liberals like Michael Moore have been gleefully supporting Santorum in the primary against Romney, for obvious reasons. Does the author truly believe that Moore and his ilk will be voting for Santorum in the general election?

splatter on February 28, 2012 at 6:44 PM

Surely the author is being disingenuous here…

Liberals like Michael Moore have been gleefully supporting Santorum in the primary against Romney, for obvious reasons. Does the author truly believe that Moore and his ilk will be voting for Santorum in the general election?

splatter on February 28, 2012 at 6:44 PM

If you believe a single word coming out of that lying weasel, Michael Moore’s mouth, I’ve got some prime real estate in Florida you might be interested in.

Has it occurred to any of you geniuses that the radical left knows that anyone they endorse will be anathema to the conservative base. Hence if they want to nudge conservatives into Romney’s camp, they pretend to endorse Santorum.

Duh! If anything, this proves to me that the Democrats are pulling out all the stops to ensure Romney wins the primary. After all, it was Romney’s backers that had the Michigan primary changed to an open primary so Romney could pick up a chunk of Independent and Democratic voters to offset the conservative support going to one or more of the other candidates.

Would be highly ironic if that plan were to backfire on him and his cohorts in the GOP establishment.

ariel on February 28, 2012 at 7:48 PM

Not to pick things apart, but the Daytona 500 is 200 laps, not 100. :)

Apart from that, of all the candidates currently in this race, I think Santorum is the only one who could have credibly sponsored a car – after all, what would Obama have, a Volt?

Katja on February 28, 2012 at 8:22 PM

If you believe a single word coming out of that lying weasel, Michael Moore’s mouth, I’ve got some prime real estate in Florida you might be interested in.

Has it occurred to any of you geniuses that the radical left knows that anyone they endorse will be anathema to the conservative base. Hence if they want to nudge conservatives into Romney’s camp, they pretend to endorse Santorum.

Duh! If anything, this proves to me that the Democrats are pulling out all the stops to ensure Romney wins the primary. After all, it was Romney’s backers that had the Michigan primary changed to an open primary so Romney could pick up a chunk of Independent and Democratic voters to offset the conservative support going to one or more of the other candidates.

Ahhh… I see. So, by your lucid reasoning here, Santorum’s trying to get Liberals to support him in the primary so that conservatives will be repulsed and vote for Romney en masse. Such subtle genius…

splatter on February 28, 2012 at 8:32 PM

Santorum’s crazy plan worked, apparently…

splatter on February 28, 2012 at 10:53 PM

Balthazar… No pandering…

How has Rick compromised ANYTHING he’s been saying on the trail the entire campaign?

Kevin McCullough on February 28, 2012 at 11:33 AM

For starters, Rick lamented democrats voting in the Republican primary as recently as 3 weeks ago, according to Allahpundit.

This is a hack blog post at best, because it attempts to hide what tricky Rick was really doing, which was attempting to capitalize on the Dem version of Operation Chaos. He was going for Dems who will surely vote for Obama in the General and want to protect their guy by nominating the weakest candidate. He threw in the added big government union bailout pandering as a little icing on the cake, that’s all.

Swerve22 on February 29, 2012 at 1:23 PM

Getting Dems to vote for the GOP in the general is the goal.

Robocalling Dems parroting OWS and liberal talking points about the rich and how the bailouts are a slap in the face of the workers makes more difficult to get Dems to vote for the GOP.

How hard is this to understand?

Santorum was campaigning repeating Obama’s talking points.

Anyone who thinks this is good is as crazy as Santorum.

joana on February 29, 2012 at 4:03 PM

Too clever by half, and not really that amusing.

As anyone with half a brain knows, we do want Democrats to vote for the GOP nominee in the general election in November. And, to that end, Mitt Romney is already proving that he can do just that–without cheating in the primary, like Santorum.

So, do avail yourself of the wisdom of your better, Michael Barone:

Romney has shown in Michigan as elsewhere a capacity to win votes in affluent areas—which is exactly where (at least in the North) Republicans have been weak in presidential general elections over the last 20 years.

[...]

Affluent suburbanites are not a target group anyone has focused on much. But there are plenty of them and they tend to be in states with lots of electoral votes currently considered unavailable to Republicans. Mitt Romney’s showing in Michigan, on top of his proven appeal to this demographic—and particularly to affluent women—suggests they could make a difference in November 2012.

http://campaign2012.washingtonexaminer.com/blogs/beltway-confidential/romney-appeal-affluent-suburbs-could-change-map/400536

mountainaires on March 1, 2012 at 9:55 AM