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Posted on 02/29/2012 8:05:44 AM PST by 2ndDivisionVet
On a recent Lou Dobbs show, The Hill commentator Dick Morris was asked about the primary outcome: Mitt Romney wins Michigan and then goes on to sweep Super Tuesday and wins the nomination. He beats Obama and is elected president in 2012.
Makes sense. But Laura Ingraham, who brings intuition to her take, said Tuesday morning on Imus that if Romney wins Michigan, look for a Gingrich insurgence on Super Tuesday. In a word, Gingrich will finally have commandeered the insurgents role, taking it finally from Santorum (and Perry, Cain, Bachmann and Paul). And since Sarah Palin was named VP by John McCain in 2008, conservative culture has been in a grassroots insurgency; it is an authentic insurgency in search of its Trickster, and that could well be Newt Gingrich.
Intuitive, in my estimation, as this race has been influenced by two factors: one, the rise of a garden variety of new ideas and all candidates besides Romney can be seen as proponents of some kind of new thinking; some of it strange (Santorum), some of it lucid (Paul). This calls an end to the conservative tradition if there ever even has been one to end. Two, the establishment, a phrase I first used primarily to call on the Bush family apparatus featuring Chris Christie and Jeb Bush, including the Weekly Standard group, featuring Fred Barnes as representative (who first pitched Christie/Jeb Bush 2012), is not really a tradition so much a mainstream power/influence group and they have shown great reluctance to get behind the obvious manager here, Mitt Romney. I can think of no other reason why they opposed him other than the fact that he is a clear thinker and smarter than they are and will not be lackey to their initiatives and agendas as George W. Bush was. This has left the field open to the insurgents.
This could be a fatal mistake for the Republicans because without mainstream support behind Romney and with the establishments wicked, perverse and subversive wish for a brokered convention in which Christie and Jeb Bush would emerge, it sends the weight instead to whomever can consolidate the varied publics behind the new people: Perry, Cain, Bachmann, Santorum, Gingrich, Ron Paul and throw in Sarah Palin. Who would be the single combat warrior to oppose? Newt Gingrich. And bring back Rick Perry as VP.
In a more spooky vein, it is interesting that Gingrich brought up the Lincoln/Douglas debate as with Gingrich it has always come to my mind in my Southern experience the Simon Legree type or archetype; those from elsewhere who come to the South and love it too much. And Obama brings Lincoln to mind considering that Obama fulfills the third goal of the Lincoln era: the first goal to prevent Southern secession, the second to free the slaves, the third to bring egalitarianism between white and black. Obama v. Gingrich in debate does indeed suggest Lincoln v. Douglas; the ghosts of Lincoln and Douglas.
When history finally completes its purposes, it tends to move on. Is it possible to see Gingrich winning a debate with Obama? Entirely. And thus the presidency? The country has been in a fever these past three years. Absolutely.
I think it means to us now that Santorum has been seen not to compete against Mitt Romney head on 1-vs-1 then it gives Gingrich an opening to sew up the “not-Romney” vote and possible take “Super Tuesday”.
I'll try, and this does not mean I necessarily agree with it 100% - but I think I know where they're going with this.
In this crazy world of 2012 politics, it seems like there is only one non-Romney at a time. And for some reason, it seems like the public gives that non-Romney a couple bites at the apple, and if they don't take him down, they reject him for another non-Romney.
Santorum was crushed by Newt in SC and Florida, but after Florida, said that "newt has had his chance" and "now it's my turn" to be the non Romney. Now of course that makes no sense when you consider that Santorum was "having his chance" in SC and Florida too.
But dammit - the public bought it - and Santorum, who was crushed by Newt in SC and Florida - was nonetheless "given his chance" to be the non Romney. Thus with his epic fail in Michigan just days after having a big lead, the thinking is - now it's Newt's turn again.
I'm not sure it will work or not, but I think that's the translation.
Just sent the Newt $250 more.
And the only cure is more cowbell.
In terms of delegates, Santorum tied Romney (15 apiece) in Michigan:
Santorum tied Romney in a state that Romney should have taken easily.
I think Laura is on LSD. It’s over for Gingrich. OVER.
As I said before, a Romney nomination equates with the death of the GOP.
The conservative branch will split with the RINO establishment (which will collapse by lack of voters), and create the Republican Conservative Party - RCP.
Wall Street Billionaires and Michigan Workers;
By Jay Nordlinger
February 28, 2012 4:07 P.M. Comments
46In his robocall to Michigan voters, Rick Santorum is saying, Romney supported the bailout for his Wall Street billionaire buddies, but opposed the auto bailout. That was a slap in the face to every Michigan worker.
For almost 60 years now, National Review has worked against this kind of crudity crudity of thought and crudity of expression. And this is our guy? Santorum is the conservatives guy?
Many conservatives supported the bank bailout and opposed the auto bailout. You can look up arguments within NR editorials. Conservatives all over the country, in all sorts of forums, made arguments for and against for and against either bailout. Those arguments continue now, retrospectively.
But is there any thinking or respectable conservative who uses Rick Santorums language the bank bailout was for Mitt Romneys Wall Street billionaire buddies while Michigan workers got their faces slapped? (Santorum opposed the auto bailout, too. Was he slapping workers faces?)
Ladies and gentlemen, this isnt conservatism. Its more like street-corner Marxism. What a strange and tragic pass weve reached.”
Santorum should recognize NOW that he is not a player in the first league and endorse Gingrich. The split of the conservative vote among two candidates is lethal to the conservative principles.
On the other hand, Romney’s nomination will hand to Obama more four years to finish America off.
Romney will get slaughtered in the General.
“Tied?” LOL! Hardly that! And thanks to Santorum pandering to the Democrats, who were allowed to cross over and vote for him. (Who certainly would NOT in the General)
Your savior got himself in serious trouble with the base this time. That's a fact.
“Pantorum (As in Pander) tritely revealed his true colors in Michigan.”
I’m afraid we haven’t seen anything yet. Santorum is capable of selling his delegates to Romney for a VP slot, if it isn’t already done in the backroom.
Normally he should have stepped down in Florida. Ask yourselves WHO has kept his candidature afloat?
It’s useful to mention that although not competing in Florida, Santorum’s campaign ran there negative ads against Gingrich (with whose money?), and he did the same thing in Missouri, where Newt wasn’t even on the ballot.
Mitt&Rick, the underground team? Everything is possible.
* A shallow Victory for Mitt, lower margins than McLame in 08'.
* A near miss loss for Rick being his too cute by half by being the Jr High Hall Monitor persona especially with the Robo-Call
* The bottom line is they both come out of Michigan Bloodied and display that we don't want the Romney and the current Anti-Romney.
* This is critical given how Red Michigan went in 2010, IMHO it is battleground Zero for 12' to take the POTUS, It is ripe for the taking.Mr. Newt, enter stage Right...FWIW Newt's in-road to MI will be:
* The Elimination of the EPA and CAFE
* And his Energy Policy.
* They are Drilling For more Oil and Shale Gas here in MI, those are jobs and independence and the car you want to drive
Quietly, the rumors are when a UAW line guy earn over 100 grand for a few years they vote as high as 40% ( or more we don't know for sure) for Republicans, they can't say it though...
More fuel for their boats and snowmobiles at reasonable prices? Interesting to think that they would pull the lever for Newt in the privacy of the booth...
Yes ...very true.
This was actually my first thought on hearing that Romney won Michigan. Santorum weakened, the anti-Romney vote goes back to Newt, who was already gearing up for Super Tuesday, after helping Rick (and trying to stop Mitt) by not campaigning hard in Michigan.
“I can think of no other reason why they opposed (Romney) other than the fact that he is a clear thinker and smarter than they are and will not be lackey to their initiatives and agendas as George W. Bush was.”
The Bushites have all been Romney backers from the Get Go.
That said, the article does bring one thing up. If Gingrich mentioned he’d consider Perry in the number two spot, that might seal the deal. (I know, I’d love Palin too)
“In terms of delegates, Santorum tied Romney (15 apiece) in Michigan”
Do you call that a “victory”?
A so-called “conservative” candidate pandering to democrats?
Romney is scum. Santorum is scum. That’s where you find yourselves.
If the voters don’t regain their common sense and nominate Gingrich, the conservative cause loses the 2012 fight, and America loses much more - its future.
If someone were raising my taxes 400% every 4 years, I’d move away so fast you’d forget my name in a week.
The problem is that Gingrich was already the insurgent, with huge momentum out of South Carolina, and then he had a good one-on-one matchup with Romney in Florida, and got crushed (so badly that even with Santorum’s entire vote count, he couldn’t have beaten Romney).
Then, he essentially skipped the next 5 contests, choosing to go for a “super tuesday” strategy. Maybe that will work, I certainly hope one of the two (Santorum/Gingrich) can get momentum back and win, but Gingrich has become an afterthought everywhere but in a few conservative circles, so he’s got a tough road to travel to get the general population to remember he’s around and move back to him.
“As I said before, a Romney nomination equates with the death of the GOP.”
And the death of this country, because a Romney nomination will mean another term for Obama.
“Romney will get slaughtered in the General.”
I’m so so sure. Unless the questions are already known, zero won’t be able to use his teleprompter.
Santorum can go and become a Televangelist on the Catholic Channel!
Santorum wasn’t competing in Florida, so to claim that Santorum was “crushed” by Newt in Florida, you also have to acknowledge that Gingrich was just crushed by Santorum in 5 straight races, including Michigan.
Plus, Michigan is only seen as a collapsing failure because PPP, a democratic outfit, through up a poll that said Santorum was leading by 15% in Michigan, when their previous poll and subsequent poll both showed much different results.
If not for that “Santorum is way ahead” meme pushed by PPP and I think one other poll, we’d have seen Michigan for what it was, a close race where Romney had great advantages, including a LOT of early voting, and where Santorum managed to come within 5%, and to take about half the delegates, essentially splitting the state.
Gingrich of course already had 2 bites at the apple, collapsing in December and again after South Carolina.
And in an interesting twist, in the states where GIngrich came in 2nd, the combined Gingrich/Santorum vote never seems to have beaten the Romney vote. Whereas, in the states where Santorum came in 2nd, the only state where their combined total didn’t beat Romney was Arizona. And neither Santorum nor Gingrich were really competing in Arizona. So, in addition to Newt beating Romney 1 time, and Rick beating Romney 4 times, in Michigan Newt/Santorum beat Romney.
Three states where Newt beat Rick but didn’t win:
New Hampshire: Romney 97K, Newt/Rick 47K
Florida: Romney 775K, Newt/Rick 756K
Nevada: Romney 16K, Newt/Rick 10K
Two states where Rick beat Newt but didn’t win:
Michigan: Romney 411K, Rick/Newt: 443K
Arizona: Romney 217K, Rick/Newt: 196K
And the only state where Romney broke 50% was a state where Newt came in 2nd place.
Of course, the “electorate” isn’t doing analysis. They will move partly based on what the news media says this week. But I doubt the news media is going to play the “Newt Resurgence” story again. And if they don’t, it will be interesting to see if Newt has enough money to get that message out himself.
So far, he seems to be concentrating on 2 states, one of which he was always expected to win (his home state, Georgia), and another (Tennessee) where if he didn’t win, Santorum would win, so his efforts aren’t doing anything to stop Romney.
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Michigan isn’t like those states either. And Rush is wrong to suggest that negative ads automatically equate to winning, if so we can pull up our stakes now, because Obama’s going to outspend anybody we have.
You are giving reasons why Newt collapsed; does it really matter why? The object is to win the nomination, not have good reasons why a candidate didn’t.
Anyway, I would reject your contention that Florida is like New Jersey, or New Hampshire (those two states are remarkably different from each other, and from Florida).
A lot of people repeat the “65-to-1” number, but that seems to be a creative fiction.
THe total spending by ROmney in florida since the start of the campaign was $15.5, vs $3.3 million for GIngrich (a 5:1 ratio). But most of Romney’s early advertisements were not attacks on Gingrich. A lot were positive, and some were attacks on Santorum (after Iowa, when Santorum was a threat).
After the South Carolina primary Romney and his superpac spent $6.6 million, Gingrich/superpac spent $3 million, about a 2:1 ratio. This is the same ratio as Romney outspent Santorum. And the unions in Florida ran another $1 million against Romney in Florida, and none against Gingrich.
And you also have to ask this question. Gingrich and his superpac has had almost twice as much money as Santorum. But in Florida, a must-win state for Gingrich, Gingrich and his superpac spent 3.3 million. In Michigan, a state about half the size, Santorum/Superpac spent $2.1 million, a higher investment per-capita.
And on a per-vote basis, Santorum did much better spending per vote than Gingrich got out of his florida spending. Also, the 2:1 advantage Romney had in Michigan doesn’t count the attack ads run by the Ron Paul campaign.
And I don’t think Reagan would have had much trouble beating Romney in Florida, because his negative attack ads wouldn’t have resonated in any way, shape, or form against Reagan. Negative ads work if you can’t counter them with the truth, either because you have no money, or because the negatives are true; I don’t think Reagan would have had either of those two problems.
That in fact might be the biggest harm conservatives get from having two candidates — the money is split, so if both candidates don’t run ads against Romney in a state, Romney can easily outspend the conservatives. In Florida, Gingrich was the only one running ads. In Michigan, Santorum was on his own against Romney and Paul.
Anyway, hopefully either Santorum will survive this, or Gingrich will manage to get attention again. I think we’d be better off if Gingrich could come back, since he has a bit more of a “wow” factor than Santorum could ever have, but on the other hand I think Gingrich CAN’T come back, which is why I haven’t just jumped on the NewtWagon.
Don’t count Newt out—if he doesn’t get President—he might get VP—then there is the Senate—or Governor of some state. He has more lives than a cat.
8-9 of the total points won by Santorum last night in Michigan were democrat voters.
Absent democrats Santorum would have lost by more than 10 points.
Gingrich has shown to be the only Republican that can beat Romney in a PRIMARY that has real delegates at stake. One where the candidates are "all in".
With due respect, there are so many false dot connections and convenient over looks in your analysis that it’s not worth responding to point by point.
Tied? LOL! Hardly that!
The article from USA Today said the delegates would be split. Rush is on now saying that some of the districts are too close to call...and it could go 17-13 in Santorum's favor. You have no basis to ridicule my statement at this point.
My Savior is Jesus Christ. My preferred choice for President is Newt Gingrich. My prefered choice for President who has a reasonable chance to win the GOP nomination is Santorum.
Gingrich came in fourth in every district of Michigan and Arizona. I'm sorry to say that Newt Gingrich is no longer a viable candidate. It's unfortunate, but the choice is now Romney or Santorum. Get some reality, otherwise we'll be stuck with Romney.
Unfortunately, I didn’t use the same filter in responding to you earlier, or I could have saved myself some time.
I agree with you.
How can anyone in their right mind call 7% of the Michigan vote a victory?
Newt would make a fine Secretary of State.
True, but some of the Santorum backers have now convinced themselves that Santorum did not compete in Florida and SC - which is sheer sophistry. He didn’t do well, but those were key one at a time primaries.
Gingrich has shown to be the only Republican that can beat Romney in a PRIMARY that has real delegates at stake.
This from all of his experience of winning ONE state! Seriously?????? I am sorry but after Super Tuesday, he will have won 2 states. Just how does he get the nomination that you all are trying to sell. Sure I like Newt but sometimes you guys don’t look at reality.
True, but some of the Santorum backers have now convinced themselves that Santorum did not compete in Florida and SC - which is sheer sophistry. He didnt do well, but those were key one at a time primaries.
You won’t hear me say that. But it doesn’t matter anyway. Newt won 1 state and Santorum won 4. Romney has won 5. Paul has won 0 states. Washington state will probably go to Santorum. Super Tuesday will go Georgie to Newt, Romney will get Mass. Santorum will get the rest.
Santorum survived enough in Michigan to get the same number of delegates as Romney. So, is Santorum just tougher than Newt or perhaps he just has a bigger constituency.
The answer to your question lies in the first prepositional phrase.
Fie on the New Math!
Sadly, I think it’s over. The fact Romney was the underdog and was able to get these 2 states seals the deal for him.
LoL. Maybe Dicky Morris is on drugs if he thinks Romney is going to sweep Super Tuesday. That does not logically add up. Gingrich is going to do very well.