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Mitt Romney’s Moment
ABC ^ | January 6, 2012 | Amy Walter

Posted on 01/07/2012 7:35:51 AM PST by Cincinatus' Wife

MANCHESTER, N.H. — Mitt Romney has never looked stronger than he does today. He’s built up a huge lead in New Hampshire. The famously flat line of his support in Gallup polling is trending upwards.

And, in South Carolina – SOUTH CAROLINA – the former Massachusetts Governor is leading the pack with almost 40 percent of the vote, while the only southerner in the contest – Texas Gov. Rick Perry – has fallen to 5 percent.

It’s remarkable what an 8-vote victory over an underfunded and unknown candidate in Iowa can do to momentum.

The only question now: can anyone to stop him? And, will they use tonight’s ABC/WMUR debate here in Manchester to do it?

The candidate with the most room to grow – and the most to lose tonight – is Rick Santorum. After watching the other conservative alternatives to Romney rise and fall, Santorum is sitting in the right place at the right time.

But, Santorum won’t get a clean shot at Romney.

Instead, he’s just as likely to have to defend himself against attacks from Ron Paul who is struggling to hold onto second place here in New Hampshire and is in the hunt in South Carolina.

In Nashua, N.H. Friday, Paul questioned Santorum’s conservative credentials saying “four or five times he voted to raise the national debt, so that tells you how conservative he is.”

The Paul campaign is also releasing an ad in South Carolina that calls Santorum “another serial hypocrite who can’t be trusted.”

So, with Paul and Santorum potentially engaged in battle, can Romney simply float above the fray?

That all depends on what Newt Gingrich and Jon Huntsman decide to do.

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And Rick Perry can skewer the moderators and say, "Anyone on this stage would be better than Barack Obama."

BTW, I find it interesting that the writer correctly states that Gov. Rick Perry is the only southerner in the "contest."

Ron Paul is from Pittsburgh (moved to coastal Texas town to open a medical practice).

Newt Gingrich was an army brat and has lived in D.C. since 1979.

1 posted on 01/07/2012 7:35:55 AM PST by Cincinatus' Wife
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To: Cincinatus' Wife
Mitt Romney's "Moment" will be when he realizes that all the "anti-Romney" votes are going to add up to more than the "Romney" votes. I hope there will be lots of cameras on him when that "Moment" dawns on him.
2 posted on 01/07/2012 7:49:50 AM PST by Scooter100 ("Now that the fog has lifted, I still can't find my pipe". --- S. Holmes)
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To: Cincinatus' Wife
Is there something stronger than "MEGA-BARF" we can use?

Maybe the view is different in IA and NH but from here I don't see Mittens SAYING OR doing anything noteworthy. Yet, seemingly out of nowhere, comes free promotion from the MSM "news" declaring him the front runner.

IT IS SICKENING

3 posted on 01/07/2012 7:50:13 AM PST by Clinging Bitterly (We need to limit political office holders to two terms. One in office, and one in prison.)
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4 posted on 01/07/2012 7:53:36 AM PST by deoetdoctrinae (Gun-Free zones are playgrounds for felons)
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To: Cincinatus' Wife

Let loon Paul go after Santorum. Just make way for Newt to go after Romney


5 posted on 01/07/2012 7:55:54 AM PST by VanDeKoik (1 million in stimulus dollars paid for this tagline!)
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To: Scooter100
Mitt Romney's "Moment" will be when he realizes that all the "anti-Romney" votes are going to add up to more than the "Romney" votes. I hope there will be lots of cameras on him when that "Moment" dawns on him.

Not that this matters a whit, especially in winner-takes-all primaries.

If conservatives don't start consolidating, were going to get stuck with the Myth.

6 posted on 01/07/2012 7:58:31 AM PST by Yashcheritsiy
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To: Cincinatus' Wife

Perry is our only hope. I don’t care what anyone says.

He has the record as a 10 year governor of a large state. He has the money. Unlike Gimgrich who is a DC insider with loads of baggage. Or Santorum who is underfunded and a recent (landslide) loser to little Bob Casey.

It’s Perry... or we are stuck with Romneycare.


7 posted on 01/07/2012 8:03:17 AM PST by nhwingut (Sarah Palin 12... No One Else.)
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To: Clinging Bitterly

It’s called the damage Open primaries have on our choices.
The left can manipulate the results !
Golly notice how this Obama drone does not even
Mention that key point !

Mittens and Pauls support is from
the left not the GOP in the GOP primary !
It’s s scam and sadly SC is Open too !


8 posted on 01/07/2012 8:06:09 AM PST by ncalburt (NO MORE WIMPS need to apply to fight the Soros Funded Puppet !H)
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To: Cincinatus' Wife

SANTORUM 2012.

Mitt Romney wears womens army boots.

9 posted on 01/07/2012 8:06:46 AM PST by Cringing Negativism Network (ROMNEY / ALINSKY 2012 (sarcasm))
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To: Cincinatus' Wife

Why is it, abc, Carl rove, almost all of fox news, mccain and Laura ingram, all think romney is the best candidate? Has fox news talked about the twenty votes in Iowa that should have given sanatorium the win? I had to hear this on msnbc!!! But i have not watched tv much lately, The kingmakers say it does not matter if santorum did win. (EXCEPT FOR MOMENTUM!!!.) Don’t these people watch sports?!!! How is there cheating any different than dead people voting on the left? Conservatives have principals which is more important than party. I’m smart enough to study a candidate and decide for myself. Now they’re smearing newt because he’s picking on there golden boy. If romney wins I pray a conservative goes independent. How long does it take to start The Conservative Party (C)? I am starting to think the kingmakers want obama to win. Maybe it is only about money for some people.


10 posted on 01/07/2012 8:08:23 AM PST by Linda Frances
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To: nhwingut

I like Perry a lot. He just can’t think on his feet. How do you think he will fare against a hostile media and toe to toe with “the one”? I wish he were more articulate and didn’t have brain fog but he does. This just can’t happen. He is not going to get the nomination.


11 posted on 01/07/2012 8:09:34 AM PST by sgfan1212
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To: Cincinatus' Wife
It’s remarkable what an 8-vote victory over an underfunded and unknown candidate in Iowa can do to momentum.

Here's my take on how that affected Romney:

Seems to me, based on all I've read, listened to, talked about with people, that the Santorum surge "allowed" people to feel more comfortable with Romney. Easiest way to explain it.

They're not yet sure (and may never become sure) that they want Santorum to be President at this time (he's young and just becoming more well-known nationally), but they like the fact that he is challenging Romney and, at the minimum, is now the likeliest VP candidate if his momentum continues.

With Santorum in the picture, as a sort of check on Romney and a potential balance to the ticket (as Palin was to McCain), it looks like voters are more willing to support Romney, especially as he looks to many as inevitable anyway.

So, in my view, the better Santorum does, the more voters are also going to support Romney. It's sort of like saying, "okay, I'll go with Romney now that there's a true conservative who we can make the case for as VP."

Of course, some could make the argument that the Romney surge is a reaction against the Santorum surge, but that's just not the sense I'm getting.

12 posted on 01/07/2012 8:14:00 AM PST by fightinJAG (So many seem to have lost their sense of smell . . .)
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To: Linda Frances

Walter Mondale had a huge lead in Minnesota. Winning your home state or the state next to it isn’t a meaningful indicator of your ability to lead. All it means is you are popular.

South Carolina will determine our Presidential candidate.


13 posted on 01/07/2012 8:14:04 AM PST by EQAndyBuzz (Mose Conservative in the Primary, the Republican Nominee in the General.)
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To: Cincinatus' Wife

I think that the key is to make sure the remaining 4 or 5 candidates stay in the race for the next two months. That would enable Mitt to be vetted and revealed before he can sew it up.


14 posted on 01/07/2012 8:18:02 AM PST by HChampagne
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To: HChampagne

Myth can sew up his going away bags.

Mitt will lose, our nominee will be Gingrich or Santorum.

Whichever wins, they’ll then clobber Obama in the general.


15 posted on 01/07/2012 8:19:57 AM PST by Cringing Negativism Network (ROMNEY / ALINSKY 2012 (sarcasm))
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To: nhwingut

“Perry is our only hope. I don’t care what anyone says.
He has the record as a 10 year governor of a large state. He has the money. Unlike Gimgrich who is a DC insider with loads of baggage. Or Santorum who is underfunded and a recent (landslide) loser to little Bob Casey.
It’s Perry... or we are stuck with Romneycare.

I agree. Rush Limbaugh clearly likes Perry, and yesterday he was going on about how wrong people are to believe Perry is “dumb” just because he doesn’t speak fast. Rush said, “I want to say to those people, ‘Have you SEEN what the man has done with Texas?’ “


16 posted on 01/07/2012 8:21:48 AM PST by CatherineofAragon
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To: Scooter100

“Mitt Romney’s “Moment” will be when he realizes that all the “anti-Romney” votes are going to add up to more than the “Romney” votes.”

And then he’ll realize that those ant-mittens votes are split 5 ways, and he’ll start smiling again and go back to watching his opponents fight it out amongst themselves.


17 posted on 01/07/2012 8:37:51 AM PST by RKBA Democrat (The gop is as much a plantation for conservatives as the 'rat party is for blacks.)
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To: Yashcheritsiy

“If conservatives don’t start consolidating, were going to get stuck with the Myth.”

They need to consolidate and make a deal with the Paul camp. I don’t see it happening, though.

Mittens, on the other hand, will make a deal. Don’t be surprised if the gop ticket is mittens and Rand Paul.


18 posted on 01/07/2012 8:40:38 AM PST by RKBA Democrat (The gop is as much a plantation for conservatives as the 'rat party is for blacks.)
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To: fightinJAG
now the likeliest VP candidate if his momentum continues. With Santorum in the picture, as a sort of check on Romney and a potential balance to the ticket. . . .

I would not be surprised to see a Romney/Santorum ticket, and I thought so even before Iowa. If Romney gets the nomination--still an "if"--he will need to pick a social conservative to reassure the base. And Santorum did endorse and campaign with Romney in 2008.

19 posted on 01/07/2012 9:04:16 AM PST by Charles Henrickson (Constitutional and social conservative Republican who wants to win)
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To: sgfan1212
Perry's problem is that he comes across as a dumb, fumble-mouthed Texan. He reminds voters of a previous dumb, fumble-mouthed Texan. That may work in Texas, but it doesn't play well in most of the rest of the country.

I agree with Perry on federalism, the Tenth Amendment, etc., and he may be a fine governor, but that perception--of his own making--is what he needs to overcome, and it may be too late.

20 posted on 01/07/2012 9:09:35 AM PST by Charles Henrickson (Constitutional and social conservative Republican who wants to win)
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To: Charles Henrickson

“Perry’s problem is that he comes across as a dumb, fumble-mouthed Texan.”

He should have had debate coaching and sessions with Frank Luntz. He must have known his public presentation weaknesses previously and he didn’t address them.


21 posted on 01/07/2012 9:20:16 AM PST by Mountain Mary (Awaken Oh America...)
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To: Scooter100

The MSM has a tingle up its leg for Willard.


22 posted on 01/07/2012 9:36:08 AM PST by Georgia Girl 2 (The only purpose of a pistol is to fight your way back to the rifle you should never have dropped.)
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To: Cincinatus' Wife

When three out of four participants in a caucus vote against you, it is not a sign of strength.


23 posted on 01/07/2012 9:53:32 AM PST by aMorePerfectUnion (You know, 99.99999965% of the lawyers give all of them a bad name)
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To: nhwingut
Perry is our only hope. I don’t care what anyone says. He has the record as a 10 year governor of a large state. He has the money. Unlike Gimgrich who is a DC insider with loads of baggage. Or Santorum who is underfunded and a recent (landslide) loser to little Bob Casey. It’s Perry... or we are stuck with Romneycare.

I believe you are right. The leftist GOP elite are proclaiming Romney's "inevitability," but Romney's 25% cannot win if the Conservative 75% stands firm. Conservatives can take the GOP Convention if we refuse to surrender.

24 posted on 01/07/2012 9:55:42 AM PST by Always A Marine
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To: Scooter100
Mitt Romney's "Moment" will be when he realizes that all the "anti-Romney" votes are going to add up to more than the "Romney" votes.

You mean the same 'moment' that McQueeg had when he realized that his measly 33% in South Carolina and 36% in Florida in 2008 handed him the nomination? Romney is banking on the same path that McQueeg used in 2008. The longer three non-Romney's all stay in the race, the HIGHER the potential chance for the 2008 nightmare to be replicated and we get mitt shoved down our throats!

25 posted on 01/07/2012 9:56:38 AM PST by Servant of the Cross (the Truth will set you free)
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To: RKBA Democrat
And then he’ll realize that those ant-mittens votes are split 5 ways, and he’ll start smiling again and go back to watching his opponents fight it out amongst themselves.

Exactly. Damn, this has all the makings of the 2008 horror show again. Hello?

26 posted on 01/07/2012 9:58:22 AM PST by Servant of the Cross (the Truth will set you free)
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To: nhwingut

I would prefer Perry, but Newt would also be fine. Both speak their minds, but Newt is quicker on his feet. Sadly, the issues of how they would actually try to govern is taking a back seat to all the “intangibles”. When it was between McPain and Obummer, we were screwed either way. The only way we return to that condition is if Romney takes the final stage. While I think the “anybody but Obama” sentiment will be very helpful, I can see some lethargy, that might put Obama back, as a real danger if Mittens is “our guy”.


27 posted on 01/07/2012 10:04:17 AM PST by trebb ("If a man will not work, he should not eat" From 2 Thes 3)
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28 posted on 01/07/2012 10:11:44 AM PST by RedMDer (Forward With Confidence!)
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To: Charles Henrickson

I’d thought the same for a while as well. Although Santorum is from PA, functionally he is like a political southerner balancing the ticket of a New Englander.

Santorum’s surge and, I think, run-for-it will define the race from now on.

As I see it, the closer Santorum gets to overtaking Romney, the more okay with a Romney/Santorum ticket people are going to become. If Santorum captures a large “market share” and, therefore, can help in a big way to deliver the presidency to Romney, it *should* mean that conservatives have a good stake (place at the table) in the administration.

I also thought it was possible that Santorum could take the nomination away from Romney, but the trends are otherwise. Romney has been accepted, just not acceptable, for a while. With Newt crashing (which, I think, is irreversible, but we’ll see) and Santorum showing a strong pulse, it’s almost as if the electorate suddenly said, OKAY, we’ll go with Romney already if we can get a strong conservative such as Santorum onto the ticket as well.


29 posted on 01/07/2012 10:20:53 AM PST by fightinJAG (So many seem to have lost their sense of smell . . .)
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To: nhwingut
Perry is our only hope. I don’t care what anyone says.

Agreed but Perry has to bring it tonight.

The biggest complaint about Perry is that he won't be able to take down Obama. So do it tonight, Governor. Show us how you will defeat Obama and I guarantee your numbers will go up.

30 posted on 01/07/2012 10:44:39 AM PST by Kenny
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To: Cincinatus' Wife

American FLIP FLOPPER, the Chameleon-Teflon Milt:
"I bet you $10,000 that I will be as conservative as Kennedy or McCain."

"Vote Count Error? Did Rick Santorum Really Win the Iowa Caucuses?
DES MOINES, Iowa - Edward True, 28, of Moulton, said he helped count the votes
and jotted the results down on a piece of paper to post to his Facebook page.
He said when he checked to make sure the Republican Party of Iowa
got the count right, he said he was shocked to find they hadn’t.
“When Mitt Romney won Iowa by eight votes and I’ve got a
20-vote discrepancy here, that right there says Rick Santorum won Iowa,” True said. “Not Mitt Romney.”


"Several UNREPORTED news reports have it that Romney
did not win the Iowa Caucuses.
Barring any objective, verifiable proof that shows more than 12 votes mistakenly
being credited to Santorum, Romney lost."


"Could Typo Rewrite Caucus History? (Santorum may regain win)"



31 posted on 01/07/2012 10:54:58 AM PST by Diogenesis ("Freedom is never more than one generation away from extinction. " Pres. Ronald Reagan)
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32 posted on 01/07/2012 12:17:00 PM PST by leapfrog0202 ("the American presidency is not supposed to be a journey of personal discovery" Sarah Palin)
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