Skip to comments.Romney is lucky his rival was Santorum, not Palin
Posted on 04/10/2012 11:48:25 PM PDT by 2ndDivisionVet
As he approaches the task of uniting the Republican party ahead of his all but official general election campaign, Mitt Romney will benefit from the same reality that's worked to his favor the entire race -- the composition of the Republican field. Specifically, Romney is fortunate that he had to beat out Rick Santorum to claim the nomination rather than Sarah Palin.
When Romney decided to seek the presidency for the second time, his moderate to liberal record in Massachusetts was bound to trigger a challenge from the right and set up a showdown, framed in shorthand, as the establishment of the party versus the conservative base. Had Palin been in the race as the conservative alternative, it would have been very difficult for Romney to attack her given the passionate following she has among many conservatives, because he wouldn't want to risk alienating them. Even if he had ultimately triumphed after a brutal primary fight, a lot of her loyal supporters would have found it difficult to bury the hatchet for the general election.
By contrast, Santorum came into the race with a very small following and was polling in the low single digits early on. Only when a number of other hopefuls fizzled did he emerge as the conservative alternative to Romney. Don't get me wrong, as I wrote earlier, I think Santorum raised his profile over the course of the race and proved to be a tenacious campaigner. But the point is that Santorum's support was as much about him being a vehicle for those who wanted to stop Romney than it was about a groundswell of support for him personally. His defeat is a disappointment to his supporters, no doubt, but less likely to sting as badly for as many people as a Palin defeat would have. Now that the primary is over, it will be a lot easier for Santorum voters to get behind Romney in the general election than it would have been for Palin given her built in fan base.
“Now that the primary is over, it will be a lot easier for Santorum voters to get behind Romney in the general election than it would have been for Palin given her built in fan base.”
How is that possible? It is a MORTAL SIN on your soul to
vote for a pro-abortion candidate.
Really? I disagree totally. Rick did a solid job challenging Milt, but you know what? We will never know who's right. Only one of these two stood up and took Romney on.
Watch out for people who signed up recently to argue the pro abort thingy
He will be on Mitt's team to clear up his campaign debt
and to have his clients from KStreet. He couldn’t even fight in PA. Wake up people, he helped Mitt. He may endorse him so be prepared.
The RNME was behind the attacks and THEY LOVE ROMNEY FOR IT.
The McCain/Palin ticket was up ++4 to 10 pts
in some polls, days prior to Election 2008.
So rather than helping the GOP, Romney and
TeamROMNEY and the RNME (Republican National Media Establishment)
decided to attack Gov. Palin to throw Election2008.
Romney, and the Van der Sloot RNME RINOs for Obama in 2008
Late in October, The American Spectator's The Prowler revealed:
"Former Mitt Romney presidential campaign staffers
have been involved in spreading anti-Palin spin to reporters, seeking to diminish her standing after the election.
'Sarah Palin is a lightweight, she won't be the first, not even the third, person people will think of when it comes to 2012,'
says one former Romney aide
'The only serious candidate ready to challenge to lead the Republican Party is Mitt Romney.
"Some former Romney aides were behind the recent leaks to media, including CNN, that Governor Sarah Palin was a 'diva' and was going off message intentionally."
The Palmetto Scoop reported: "One of the first stories to hit the national airwaves was
the claim of a major internal strife between close McCain aides and the folks handling his running mate Sarah Palin."
"Im told by very good sources that this was indeed the case and that a rift had developed, but it was between Palins people and the staffers brought on from the failed presidential campaign of former Gov. Mitt Romney, not McCain aides."
"The sources said nearly 80 percent of Romneys former staff was absorbed by McCain and these individuals were responsible for what amounts to a premeditated, last-minute sabotage of Palin."
aides loyal to Romney inside the McCain campaign, said The Scoop, reportedly saw
that Palin would be a serious contender for the Republican nomination in 2012 or 2016, which made her a threat to another presidential quest by Romney.
"These staffers are now out trying to finish her off .hoping it would ingratiate themselves with Mitt Romney."
"Who's the Palin Leaker from the McCain Campaign?
National Review Online The publication of a Vanity Fair profile of Sarah Palin
appears to have opened old wounds in the McCain campaign.
... the source of the Diva leak was Nicolle Wallaces husband."
I reluctantly voted for McCain/Palin in 2008.
Soon after, Palin resigned as Governor.
Then she put on a three year political tease - “Maybe I'll run, maybe I won't.”
I saw almost no improvement in Palin’s national leadership skills during that period.
I think Santorum is clearly a better candidate than Palin.
He gave Romney a much tougher fight than Palin would have.
Fax me some of that stuff you’re smokin’, will ya?
Palin is STILL my candidate.
I’ll be taking a pen with me to vote.
Go back and look at Thatcher's early career.
Her clothing was ridiculous, her hair was ridiculous, her speaking voice was ridiculous, and her debating skills were ridiculous.
Over a period of years she utterly transformed herself.
Thatcher had a level of self-discipline and Conservative passion that Palin can only dream about.
Palin doesn't need to change a thing...anyone who doesn't know that might as well be a democrat.
My disappointment in Gov. Palin is blatantly obvious.
Anyway, all this armchair quarterbacking does no good because Palin did not enter the race. So I am going to take the dog for a walk and listen to my iPod before I go to work.
In that case why did she not run for president?
Is it a character issue?
Conservative Americans have never faced a more perilous point in history.
Yet, your candidate, who doesn't need to change a thing, can't be bothered to run for office?
Four more years of Obama? Thats what you get even if Mitt Romney is elected president.
They way I see it, its better to have Obama, and at least you have the real national socialist, liberal fascist target. Romney is just a foil for the liberal fascist movement of Obama.
The GOP had the opportunity to invite a real adversary to Obama's nationalist socialism. Instead the RINO GOPers stuck their heads in the sand, and decided to promote the myth that Obama is not UnAmerica, and NOT unqualified pursuant to Article II of the consitution , and NOT a liberal fascist. Doom on them.
The GOP is now sounding its own death nell as a party.Many conservatives will vote for Obama just out of spite, and the GOP deserves it for what they have done.Welcome to the Nationalist Socialist Republic of the United States of America as it morphs into a dictatorship.
Thank you Rick Santorum, and thank you Newt Gingrich for trying.Watch the migration of the wealthy and their capital off shore.Watch our nation turn into something like Zimbabwe, under the tender mercies of the US version of Robert Mugabe.
Rhodesia/Zimbabwe and South Africa were and are majority black nations. The United States is majority white, with 12% being black. Without the Army firmly in his corner, how does Mr. Obama become our dictator?
“Four more years of Obama? That’s what you get even if Mitt Romney is elected president.”
Well, we might just get EIGHT more years. And of course if Mitt gets elected, obviously the only Republicans that can get elected are the liberal ones, so that is who will run after Mitt is out. I’m doubtful that he can win anyway.
Re: “So she had an obligation to run in 2012?”
You’re damn right, she did.
And not “to satisfy” me.
If she was animated by Conservative principles, the idea of NOT running for president would never have entered her mind.
And you care - and she cares - about abuse?
Abuse is personal.
Conservatism is a principle.
If you are man or woman of principle, you don’t care about abuse.
Instead, you improve your political skills every day.
And you draw your energy and your strength from the principles that you passionately believe in.
Your candidate didn’t care enough about her political principles to even run for the GOP nomination.
Still no arrests and little interest in arson at Sarah Palin’s church, as reopening nears
How is that possible? It is a MORTAL SIN on your soul to vote for a pro-abortion candidate.
Lets see, you have on the one hand a candidate who was pro-choice and claims to have had a moral epiphany, and promises he is now pro-life. His sincerity is questionable, but there are also political reasons for him to keep his promises.
OTOH, you have a candidate who voted to allow doctors to kill babies who survive abortion attempts, and has never changed his mind about any of it. He will have no political reasons to change.
One or the other will be president for the next four years. It shouldn't be a tough choice.
Say what you will: I don’t play rigged games, and I don’t believe Gov. Palin does either.
She still gets my vote.
Imagine if the presidential candidate was always a member of his party’s congressional leadership; a parliamentary system is kind of like that. It would be almost impossible for a regional candidate with only a few years’ experience to appear out of nowhere in a national election.
Thatcher rose through the ranks, and necessarily had time to develop both her platform and her public image before she emerged as a national candidate. She was an MP for 15 years before becoming party leader, 20 before becoming Prime Minister.
I’d rather fight, than switch.....
Actually Romney’s rivals were NEWT and Santorum. Palin decided not to run. Maybe she understood that this was Romney’s turn. Nobody knows how well she would have done.
People though Perry would do well, but he didn’t.
“Lets see, you have on the one hand a candidate who was pro-choice and claims to have had a moral epiphany, and promises he is now pro-life. His sincerity is questionable, but there are also political reasons for him to keep his promises.”
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Yes, this is true, the basis for everything he’s ever done. Four times the switch from a pro-abort to being for life depending on the electorate.
Right now his record is that of a pro-abort, he signed
What about the Mormon cult? Romney has no “grace” to see he needs God’s help.
If Santorum endorses Romney now, he might as well go ahead and start making Viagra commercials. He'll be through in politics. As usual, the RiNOs' best liars and closer con-men are whispering poison in Santorum's ear, counseling him that the policy of wisdom .... is to destroy himself for their added convenience.
Santorum, in reality, needs to hold on to his delegates until the convention and give Newt and Ron Paul a chance to hold off Willard. If there is still another warm body on the ballot on May 29, no way in HELL that that RiNO poltroon is getting Texas's 55 delegates. Put that in the bank, kemos sabe.
Good man. Me, too.
Maybe she understood that the voice on the phone knew what he was talking about, and that his promises would come true if she declared.
If Sarah Palin won the GOP nomination she would get my vote, too.
how does Mr. Obama become our dictator?>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>
Obama has the support of white America, and he will punish them terribly before he is done.
Huh? Isn’t she known as the “quitter”? Now Santorum is one too.
GO NEWT !
I’m with you.
I didn’t care about Sarah quitting as gov, but the two-year long “tease” threw up all sorts of red flags. I don’t trust her now.
Palin decided not to run. Maybe she understood that this was Romneys turn
I don’t think it means that at all. It means that she has a lot of things she would rather do than run for any office. She has even insinuated that.
She seems content with doing other things.
“[Palin] had an obligation to run in 2012”
Palin was wise not to run this time around. The media is still too full of vociferous Palin bashers. Their noise would make it impossible for the Republican team to make their case against Obama.
Has Romney changed in the past four years. I think not.
“Only one of these two stood up and took Romney on.”
No he didn’t. He just stood down, four months before the convention.
“... no way ... that that RiNO poltroon is getting Texas’s 55 delegates.”
Make that 155 delegates.
"That boy is our last hope."
"No. There is another."
The Dems bent over backwards -- whose idea was it? -- to keep Texas tied up in court. We still haven't yet received our new voter cards with the redrawn districts. This is using the Voting Rights Act to suppress voting by a whole State of the Union.
Correct. I am amazed, and appalled, at just how few people actually grasp the brutal reality of the power that was brought to bear to prevent Palin from running.
Romney is disgusting.
But conservatives did not have a solid, viable alternative.
Those are sad facts.
We can whine all we want, but the real problem is locating, motivating, supporting and working for a nominatable conservative.
Sadly, it appears “none of the above” were sufficiently strong conservatives to beat the Socialist Romney.
Well, there are things to do. Go support conservatives where you can find them.
Let Romney rot as a warning.
Until we stop supporting Socialists who happen to have an (R) after their name, we’ll get more of the same.
LOL. You need to first stand up and run before you can step down. The only person I read Palin was standing up to was Katie Couric in some network morning program showdown.
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