Skip to comments.Romney's Cheap and Empty Win
Posted on 02/01/2012 4:32:22 AM PST by Cincinatus' Wife
Mitt Romney's plastic and philosophically vapid campaign secured an easy victory in Florida on Tuesday night. Sunshine state GOP voters swallowed his "electability" argument whole, according to the exit polls.
It appears that country club Republicans have succeeded again in duping the GOP electorate into crowning a "centrist" Republican. Never mind that "centrist" Republicans rarely win the center. They usually lose the center while sapping the spirit of the party's conservative base.
Out of Bob Dole's and John McCain's tattered Big Tent steps another "reformed" RINO, Mitt Romney, who will receive, should he win the nomination, a similar thumping from the Democrats.
But let's say that he is "electable," for the sake of argument. Who cares? The purpose of politics in a republic is not simply to win but to win on sound principles. A party that pursues victory by scrapping or sidelining its platform will have no truth left with which to govern once it does.
If "electability" is the goal, why don't the politically correct plutocrats of the GOP just call for a one-party state? That way they could win every time.
The "electability" argument is bankrupt on both philosophical and practical grounds. It destroys the party's soul and guarantees defeat.
Even though Romney paid for this Florida win on his debit card -- outspending Newt by millions -- he still couldn't nail down the rank-and-file vote. Seven out of ten self-described conservatives didn't vote for him. This foreshadows the boredom and disgust that will keep conservatives home in the fall.
(Excerpt) Read more at spectator.org ...
"Mitt Romneys across-the-board victory in the Florida Republican presidential primary on Tuesday night serves as a direct rebuttal to the criticism that he simply isnt conservative enough to be the partys nominee and leaves his remaining rivals with few obvious next steps as the nomination fight moves to Nevada next month."
WRONG! It shows me that Mitt is liberal enough for a minority of GOP Florida voters and the GOP Establishment.
Conservative has NOTHING to do with Romney!
The "WIN" -- By the numbers
Nothing cheap about it
He spent like Michelle Obama on vacation...
If Romney or Obama win conservatism is dead either ways.
A third party may have to emerge.
“The confederacy of weasels that is the GOP establishment couldn’t even find a moderate with an engaging personality to run. They settled on a robotic bore.”
Great line. Really nails it.
We may as well nominate Obama and guarantee a win in November.
They wanted Jeb (with the more pleasing Bush personality) but he has to wait for his turn.
It wasn’t a cheap win. It was a retarded investment.
$17 Million to win Florida on the hopes it won’t end being proportioned at the convention? Lame ass strategy.
$17 Million? $1 for every Floridian to gain a victory of those votes who are pliable?
In a state that has an open primary?
Really? How many actually Republicans voted for you, John McCain????
Florida and every other state who has an open primary are jokes and wastes of time.
There is a key word in there. And it has nothing to do with Romney being centrist and not conservative.
But even more importantly, the race has narrowed between a centrist vs an erratic flawed candidate. It seems there are dupes on both sides of the GOP primary process.
We need a POTUS who appreciates the value of tax-payers’ money.
If Romney would spend his own $millions so carelessly - imagine how he would spend ‘other peoples’ money.
This man has no concept of income earned by blood, sweat and tears. He does not connect with average Americans in any area of common life experiences. He has led a life of privilege and isolation.
One must truly pause and wonder!
Very good observation!
I guess the Establishment doesn't care how much it costs because they need someone to make sure the K-Street to Wall-Street Bailout pipeline runs smoothly.
I heard the money spent for and by Romney in attack ads the last 10 days was $20 Million. That's $2 Million a day; our ruling elites know that is a small price to pay to "take out" the bothersome conservative.
Is it time for the Tea Party to yank out the Repub nose ring and strike out on its own course?
Blithely following Romney doesn’t smell healthy, nor does 4 more years of Obomination.
Mama, help me!! Mama griss, that is?
And, considering his having been sh*t upon by the FL GOP, Allen West might be a good man to lead that indie ticket, too.
Fl is a closed primary that is why Ronny nutter was crushed .
The Dems could not vote .
Really well written editorial. I love that the author focuses on Romney’s corny, plastic, philistine persona. Compare it to Newt - who has a vast well of learning that he can draw upon in debates and speeches.
To date, Romney’s only comment on our culture is a reference to a 50 year old sit com. The remark didn’t even make sense.
Florida actually has a closed primary.
But aside from that, his investment of $17 million (I have read it was closer to $25 million) on 50 delegates shows that maybe he’s not as smart as he thought he was. He’s hoping, of course, that by pulling out all the stops here and launching a barrage of vicious smears, he has permanently destroyed Newt’s image and kept him from projecting his message and his ideas on the issues. Thus Romney hopes not to have to spend that much in the succeeding states because he has already done his dirty work and established the meme here in Florida.
I honestly don’t think that’s going to work, though. I think we can turn this around, because Romney is simply unlikeable, has no ideas, cannot stand up to scrutiny on any issue in his past, and actually is not electable, his propaganda to the side.
If "electability" is the goal, why don't the politically correct plutocrats of the GOP just call for a one-party state? That way they could win every time.Because giving the people an illusion of "choice" and "control" is necessary to keep the public from becoming restive and losing confidence in their rulers.
How hard could it be to DUPE a bunch of senior SS recipients living out their retirement? A bunch of uneducated losers.
I would also say you betcha that someone remained in play and played with the process and snuffed money that may have gone to provide an initial foundation for fresh faces who could be seen as real leadership. That was crummy “leadership”.
Nice to see you back here.
One of the big things I think we will see is the ‘sudden’ reversal of the RNC to sanction Florida for ‘violating’ the RNC rules and moving up their primary. Thereby giving Romney double the electors that Newt would have received if Newt had won the primary.
Not for one minute do I think you are kidding. Not for a nano-second.
IF Romney wins the nomination, AND he loses, heck even if he wins and governs like the liberal he is....the Republican party will never be the same.
There WILL rise a third party or the GOP will be dismantled and rebuilt.
I’ve no doubt at all about this. The base simply will not go on any other way.
Tawdry is good too...
MO on the spending spree for clothes...
SCATHING!!! And SO very true.
I’m not sure I understand you...not sure what you are talking about...could you “spell it out”?
Too bad Sarah, Rubio, Ryan and Rand all told us to go pound sand.
Reagan stayed in there and fought -for- Goldwater against the bluebloods. Then he took on the RINO’s directly in later elections until he elbowed his way in in 80.
These people don’t even bother and we end up with Puglosi-pal Newt. Bill Clinton without the charm.
“Conservatism has NOTHING to with Romney!”
Strongly agree; and, bears repeating!
The battle for Conservatism, the Tea Party and the soul of the country begins.
Rage against the machine!!!
February 4, 2012 Nevada (caucus)
February 411, 2012 Maine (caucus)
February 7, 2012 Colorado (caucus),Minnesota (caucus),Missouri (primary)
Four of the next five states are caucuses, which might mean a better chance for Conservatives to stop the bleeding.
If nothing else, March 6 must be the firewall. That’s Super Tuesday. Keep Newt and/or Santorum viable until then. Make a stand and make sure Romney doesn’t have the delegates to win.
I don’t like what’s before us any more than my fellow FReepers, but a brokered convention...hell, a “raucus caucus” might be what we need to prevent the Republic from jumping the cliff.
What say you?
Yep, a lot of conservatives will simply NOT vote for Romney
There is a way to shake up the GOP elite, If everybody would write the RNC and tell them that a Romney nomination will get them a guaranteed 3rd party conservative Ind challenge.
Not a nutball fringe candidate run, but a rock-ribbed conservative run with a 100% social and fiscal conservative platform.
“A third party may have to emerge.”
A third party is free to emerge anytime.
I wish folks would stop making excuses for Newt. This result was entirely expected.
Newts complete and utter thrashing (that’s what it was, politically) in FL is a good thing for conservatism.
Now we have to utterly defeat Romney, and go to a brokered convention.
Neither Newt, nor Romney are conservative - though both claim to be.
Take it to the convention. If Conservatism is truly the force we’d all like it to be, then that’s the best course.
Newt was always a fake - he just wanted to be President and used whatever tools he could to position himself. Pretending to be an “anti-establishment conservative” was just his latest persona.
A big win's a big win. Seems a little early for massive sour grapes like this.
If electability is the standard, then the Republicans should just nominate Obama. With no meaningful choice on the ballot, how can anyone lose?
Actually, this flippant example is pretty close to what the actual situation will be if Romney is the nominee.
I hate to say it, but I think the seniors did have a lot to do with Romney’s win, especially older women.
They vote faithfully and he targeted them in a big way. I think he’s creepy looking, but they actually thought he was handsome (one of their criteria for voting, apparently) and just such a nice young man.
And he scared them about Medicare and SS; we may think Obamacare/Romneycare is completely undesirable, but a lot of these people actually want it.
Romney got NV, ME, CO, MN, MO in 2008
Sorry he came 3rd in MO
but he got the rest
“Very good observation!”
It is an interesting question; but, the author misses the point. Having two major “parties” allows more of the elites to “feed at the taxpayers trough” while creating the ILLUSION of opposing forces.
The elites at the top actually have the same goal; to maintain and increase their power while moving the rest of us towards the same socialistic goal ...which means NO MIDDLE CLASS and a ruling aristocracy; because its easier and cheaper that way ...FOR THEM!!!
Rage against the machine!!!
Florida is a closed primary state.....
I believe Romneys nasty attacks permanently destroyed his own image.
I also believe the attacks by the party exposed their own image, and it isn’t pretty. Time for another party .
The last time you and I voted (in Tennessee) during the 2008 primary, it was all but over with. McCain was already steamrolling along and half the candidates on our ballot had already dropped out.
I want my vote to count. I’m tired of being effectively disenfranchised.
That would be interesting. I wouldn’t put it past the RNC.
I think it's time.
The New Confederate “Party”.