Skip to comments.Turnout Proves That Mitt Really Did Scorch the Earth (three states held votes and nobody came)
Posted on 02/09/2012 7:08:00 AM PST by SeekAndFind
The real story of the three results from Tuesday night is not that Rick Santorum picked up some wins -- though that is big. No, the real story is that three states held votes and nobody came. Almost nobody, that is. Consider that the total turnout for Missouri, Colorado, and Minnesota combined was barely over half of the turnout of South Carolina alone and -- worse yet -- barely over half the turnout for the same three states in 2008.
Thus, after South Carolina's record-setting primary turnout, the Republican Party has now seen a total of five events in a row where turnout was down compared to 2008. This includes the three events from this week along with Nevada and Florida.
Yes, something has made Republicans less excited about beating Barack Obama than they were about John McCain maybe replacing George W. Bush. Who knew that was even possible?
The answer is fairly clear. The candidates have forgotten about Obama. What has turned folks off is Mitt Romney's scorched-earth campaign, which has managed to unfortunately suck all the rest of the candidates into a circular firing squad of a childish food-fight that is of zero interest to the Republican base voter.
Given that all have entered the negative arena, though, you might ask, Why blame Mitt?
Good question, but it has an easy answer. The Romney campaign and their PACs have the lion's share of the ad money and thus can dictate the ground rules. Also, for the record, they started it, along with Ron Paul in Iowa, in a panicked response to Newt's double-digit lead in the polls. In Florida it got so bad that 99% of Mitt's ads were negative towards Newt Gingrich, and only 1% were positive about Mitt.
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Non-binding primaries mean nothing.
True dat....needs to be repeated....and ....
What happened that FR is so slow. It has made me not read and post as much. Anyone else experiencing this or do I need a new computer
It was started before Iowa. Who do you think orchastrated the attacks on Perry and Bachmann here? And, when that was successful, they turned it on Cain. I can assure you it was NOT Newt or Santorum supporters.
They’ll turn out in November. But not necessarily to vote FOR the Republican candidate. They’ll be voting AGAINST Obama.
The electorate is simply uninterested in business-as-usual. Period.
Low turn-out might have something to do with the fact that Tuesday’s contests didn’t actually allocate delegates. Folks as voters may have taken the same attitude toward them that Gingrich as a candidate took toward the one in Missouri: not worth the bother.
FR is painfully slow lately, and I’ve never experienced this before. Thought it was the computer for a while, or the browser, but only FR takes its time. I am usually busy elsewhere so it doesn’t matter much, but still, it does make me wander off while waiting so long for a page to appear. Worse than dialup.
2 hours ago
Watching Romney's supporters online turning into Alan Grayson clones hasn't exactly helped get wavering voters excited about Romney, either. Neither has Romney's failure to sell himself at all -- nearly all of his efforts have been to drive his closest competitor out of the race (one intemperate Romney associate actually announced to the press that beating Gingrich wasn't enough, that the goal was to destroy Gingrich utterly).
William Jacobson at Legal Insurrection said that some guys in business deals couldn't "leave the last nickel on the table"; they insisted on humiliating the people on the other side of the table and leaving them with nothing to show for their attempts to make a deal. As Jacobson noted, this sounded like Romney. So maybe many of the people who were at least willing to give the CEO of Godfathers Pizza a hearing might not be so thrilled with supporting a Gordon Gekko.
In a nutshell: Romney and many of his more vocal supporters are just plain unlikeable. Naturally people are looking for an alternative.
Incorrect. If the Establishment forces Mitt, Obama wins. For the same reason there was light Primary turnout, there will be light turnout for Mitt in the general. Merely voting against Obama will not be enough. So Ann Coulter and the rest of the Establishment had better figure out how to gin up love for their puppet, Mitt, because we ain’t voting for Mitt or against Obama... we ain’t votin’. We will however, vote down ticket.
And I think the Estabs are fine with that. They went French on this election long ago.
I thought it was just my computer, but obviously others are having the same problem.
If and only if there's someone on the GOP side worth turning out for.
This is the Mormon version of jihad!
One can only begin to imagine how he will operate if he has the power of the presidency behind him.
The GOP can expect the same non-turnout in November if Romney's on the ballot. I won't vote for him.
check your ‘puter
it’s workign fin for me
Download “RegCleaner” software, Avast anti-virus software, and MalwareBytes
(you need all three, and they are free for home use)
Very slow for me, too...no matter which computer I use.
ding ding ding... We have a winner...
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