Skip to comments.Paul Begala: Romney’s Dixie Debacle in Mississippi and Alabama Primaries
Posted on 03/14/2012 8:19:39 PM PDT by 2ndDivisionVet
One of the great legends of political consulting is the Dog Food Problem: an apocryphal tale of a company that had the best packaging, the best advertising, the best marketing. But there was only one problem: the dog wouldn't eat it. Forevermore we should no longer call it a Dog Food Problem. We should call it a Mitt Romney Problem.
In truth Romney is still probably the most likely GOP nominee. He has the most money, the best organization, the most endorsements, and the best hair. There is only one thing wrong with the Mitt Romney campaign: Mitt Romney. If he were smart he would do nothing but run ads and run away. Let the very impressive Ann Romney do the person-to-person campaigning, because the hard truth is the more voters see Mitt Romney, the less they like him.
Before the polls closed on election day, the oh-so-smug millionaire arrogantly dismissed the plucky former Pennsylvania senator, telling CNN's Wolf Blitzer that Santorum is a politician at the "desperate end" of his campaign. Instead, it was Romney and his team who were desperately trying to explain away their debacle in Dixie.
Mitt Romney is certainly cheesy, but it's Rick Santorum who has the grit. Santorum was outspent five-to-one by Team Romney in 'bama and two-to-one in Mississippi. Romney's Super PAC hammered the former Pennsylvania senator unrelentlessly (as George W. Bush might say). Romney locked up the endorsement of Mississippi Governor Phil Bryant, and with it the powerful machine of former Governor Haley Barbour. And yet he came in third.
When will politicians learn that "electability" is not a compelling reason to vote for a presidential candidate? Hillary Clinton's campaign ran aground on the shallow shoals of "electability," and now Romney's yacht has done the same. Turns out that when you write "Surrender, Dorothy" across the sky, Dorothy actually doesn't surrender. In fact, it makes her even more determined to resist.
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In his victory speech, Santorum cemented his David versus Goliath narrative, proclaiming, "In spite of all the money that's been spentall the moneyand all the support of the establishment, you stood with the grandson of a coal miner who is always gonna fight for you." Santorum's passion, like his conservatism, is authentic. Perhaps that's why he has been able to overcome Romney's massive advantages in cash and establishment endorsements.
What's even more impressive, Santorum beat Romney despite Newt Gingrich claiming a substantial chunk of the conservative vote. If Santorum had been able to face Romney one-on-one it would have been a wipeout. Republican mandarins will likely tug on their beards and call for Gingrich to exit the race. They should be careful what they wish for.
I don’t like Begala, but he’s pretty much on the mark here.
We see the Forehead thinks Newts playing the c block to Romney in favor of Santo.
Begala? What’s next, Chomsky?
“Cheesy Grits” isn’t a dish from the deep south. Best stay away from terms until you get it right.
Begala is not the only one that thinks this. A few and some polling data I heard quoted say that Romney would get a large percentage of the general Gingrich voters, but I doubt that represents FReepers.
Exactly, Begala is part of a filthy phalanx of excrement that oozed out of the Clinton scum house to hurt people, especially women and to advance a destructive far left attack on America.
You don’t have to like Romney but Paul Begala is the enemy of all that is good.
The democrats don't want Romney to win and the republicans don't want Romney to win. That's weird.
Yeppers. Begala was, among other things, Clinton's butt boy. He probably still uses a couple tubes of Preparation H every day. Plus, he no doubt has a few dozen 'stained' shirts and ties hidden in his closet, that he fantasize's over.
I understand James Carville is working for the Romney campaign.
Okay, that's a pretty good line.