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February 29, 2012 05:19 PM UTC

Mitt Once Again An "American Badass"

  • by: Colorado Pols


A relieved Mitt Romney headed back to the campaign trail Wednesday after sweeping crucial primaries in Arizona and his childhood home of Michigan to revitalize his campaign for the Republican presidential nomination.

Romney needed to win both states, but especially Michigan — where he grew up when his father was governor — to assert his ability to overcome the conservative challenge from former Pennsylvania Sen. Rick Santorum…

Romney attributed Santorum’s late rise in the polls to his recent “incendiary comments” about Obama, such as questioning the president’s theology and accusing him of snobbery for advocating higher education.

“We have seen throughout the campaign that if you are willing to say really outrageous things that are accusative and attacking of President Obama, that you are going to jump up in the polls,” Romney said. “You know, I am not willing to light my hair on fire to try and get support. I am who I am.”

Without question good news for Mitt Romney, who has certainly had “outrageous things” to say when it suited him like Rick Santorum, but took the opportunity to appear magnanimous at Santorum’s expense from his victory podium last night. The results in Michigan and Arizona are also a major blow to the prospects of also-rans Ron Paul and especially Newt Gingrich–we expect calls for Gingrich to exit the race, allowing Santorum to consolidate conservative “Anybody But Romney” support, to grow ahead of Super Tuesday coming up next week.

Paul and Gingrich are essentially spoilers for Santorum at this point, and the best friends Romney has: add either of their totals to Santorum’s in Michigan to instantly see why.


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    1. But he might have done well among Michigan Catholic Democrats:

      According to Joe DiSanno, organizer of the “Democrats for Santorum” campaign to derail Romney in Michigan, he had 14,000 Democrats committed to vote in the primary against Romney, and a Twitter campaign to get out Democratic votes for Santorum garnered considerable attention this morning. Given their loathing of him, it would be an exaggeration to say that those Democrats voted for Santorum. Rather, they voted against Romney.

      All in all, an interesting take on the race here:


      If the GOP eventually swings to Santorum, it will be strong evidence that the GOP is no longer a political party, but a narrow ideology. A swing to Romney won’t be a sign of GOP vigor, but it will at least give the party a better chance of holding on to the House. A Santorum nomination would guarantee Democratic domination of the government at least through 2014, and probably much longer.

  1. … we expect calls for Gingrich to exit the race, allowing Santorum to consolidate conservative “Anybody But Romney” support, to grow ahead of Super Tuesday coming up next week

    even sideliners know that Newt is betting it all on SuperTue for a Wellingtonesque victory — Newt’s southern strategy is all putting on a good show, taking GA, and banking some serious Adelson cash.  Newt has no chances (not that he ever did) but the book tour won’t wind down until Sta-Puft is mathematically eliminated ’cause he’s all about astronomical odds.

  2. he is the social issues guy (regardless of how much he tries to speak to anything else) and that focus casts a smaller net when folks are still worried about economics.  He’s lost any credibility talking about the nuts & bolts gov’t issues with all his sanctimony & moral preaching.  He’d win if we were electing a Pope but thats not whats at stake.    

    Santorum’s MI run was poorly staffed & funded and his last ditch robocalls coupled with Operation Hilarity badkfired to show the lengths of his desperation.  Newt’s presence definitely dilutes his support and with depressed GOP turnouts in the primaries & caucuses it just makes for a slow slog up a hill with no chances for  decisive wins.  And what about GOP donor  fatigue?  The wallets have little to show for all the $$s thrown into this circus so each candidate is just getting more & more beholden to their primary benefactors which makes Citizen’s United more of an issue.  GOP is truly their own worst enemy this time.    

  3. Michigan’s delegates are awarded proportionally, and in fact Santorum seems to think they’ll be split 15-15 no matter what. So effectively that result was a tie.

    It’s the Arizona win that matters much more for Romney, since for some reason it’s winner-take-all.

    Weird how much of the narrative has been psychological rather than mathematical.

    1. momentum shifts, that kind of thing.  When a winner gets no more, or just one or two more, delegates than the loser it spoils the dramatic effect.  

  4. Romney is the only Republican candidate with the resources and depth of talent to win the presidency this fall. Democrats have made much of the political problems the Tea Party has caused the GOP, and I agree: the Tea Party has been more interested in ideological satisfaction than putting up a candidate who can win. In Colorado, this was demonstrated clearly in the 2010 U.S. Senate race.

    The primary voters who have weighed in so far are not the larger base of Republicans who will vote in the fall, and they’re not the independents that the election will hinge on. Independents are some of the most disaffected with Obama’s policies of any Americans, and they are interested in a pragmatic solution to Obama’s disastrous presidency. That’s Mitt Romney and Romney alone.

    I believe everything I said yesterday was proven by the results.

    And yes, I’m very happy with those results. I’ll be happy again next Tuesday I predict.

    1. And although Michigan is an open primary state, you’re high (and illegally so!) if you think independents were out in mass expressing their rapidly dissipating dissatisfaction with Obama NOW by voting for R-money.

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