Skip to comments.Five reasons why Mitt Romney’s Michigan and Arizona wins are a big deal
Posted on 02/28/2012 9:31:06 PM PST by SmithL
Weve been reading for weeks about Mitt Romneys demise as a presidential candidate.
For a candidate whos been declared dead more often than Mark Twain, hes showing surprising life.
In his victory speech in suburban Detroit, the Michigan native called his twin victories a giant step toward a brighter future.
Here are five reasons why the former Massachusetts governors wins in Michigan and Arizona are significant:
1. Considering how many mistakes Romney has made, he still won.
It was a rough week with a bushel of bad press. Remember the trees being the right size. And the multiple Cadillacs in the family garage. He still won.
2. He is resilient.
Romney dug himself a hole in Michigan. He was trailing in the polls. And he came from behind. If hes going to beat President Obama, hell need to follow that same path.
3. His negative ads have been effective.
He outspent rival Rick Santorum and buried him with a barrage of negative ads. Santorum damaged himself with a weak debate performance in Arizona and a couple of campaign-trail gaffes. But Romney proved once again that he can shape public images of his rivals through skillful attack ads. Barack Obama: beware.
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Here is another dose of reality for you Santorum fanatics; Newt had the lead months ago, but santorum benefited by being virtually invisible at the time Romney focused all of his big money and guns at Newt, and took him down at a critical moment in the race.
Now that Santorum has proved that he cannot deliver and his Big Mouth is his own worst enemy, the newest Santorum fairy tale/fantasy is that Santorum “actually won” Michigan, by losing to Romney by only 3 points. (Pay no attention to all those Democrat crossovers who Santorum paid campaign funds in order to pander to at the last minute.)
I certainly do not blame Newt for any of this. I do blame the ignorant Lemming voters in this party, who stampede blindly to career moderate/big government candidates like Santorum, who have him wrongly classified as a “true CONservative”. Socially yes, fiscally, he's a joke!
I appreciate that Free Republic pretty much officially hates Romney. I believe that is based on his record as governor and a total mistrust that he has switched on issues like abortion.
However, where many here depart from reality is they discuss Romney as a present day liberal candidate. He simply is not. Romney is campaigning as the most conservative republican. You don’t have to believe him but Romney currently is pro life, favors the strictest anti illegals policy, supports conservative judges, repealing Obamacare, etc.
As for giving a speech I’ve watched a couple now, he is about 10 times better than Santorum, and the speeches are very anti-Obama.
I’ve supported each front runner so that included Perry, Newt, Rick, Hermann. I considered Michelle not sure she was a true front runner. Pawlenti seemed ok but ended up being a dead fish candidate.
I’ve seen Newt do great at debates, have seen him and Romney both do poorly at debates.
I want to see every one of these guys give a great speech. Did you watch Newt last night? With the whole politically inclined population watching, Newt came out early good enough. Then he inexplicably chose to ramble for 15 minutes about cutting down a tree and crashing it into someone’s house 30 years ago.
Then Santorum came out and went on forever. His wife and daughter looked saddened by his speech.
Romney in comparison gave a catchy anti Obama speech.
He’s not exciting. He doesn’t connect with the audience. Unless the audience is a group of elites like himself. He has no common touch. He does not understand conservative principles and offers liberal ideas with a conservative spin. Every single time he opens his mouth lies fly out.
Newt is a way better speaker than Mittens. Newt not only understands, but he can explain conservative principles in easily understandable terms. He can, as Mitt cannot, provide plenty of red meat for the base. Mr. Mayonnaise on White bread cannot excite anyone because there is no red meat in him.
How you can possibly think that Romney is the best speech maker I cannot imagine. Unless you happen to be one of his elite pals.
I dont think you listened to Romney’s or Newt’s speeches last night.
IF you watched then you saw Newt meander for 15 full minutes of nonsense and completely squandered the fact he was the first candidate up on a big night and addressing a national audience.
Then IF you watched Romney speak you saw him give out tons of “red meat” lines to a cheering audience. Now, you cover your comment on speech giving by adding that Romeny is lying every time he opens his mouth. OK that’s fine.
The above are simple facts. Don’t you know I wanted to see Newt give a great speech? He didn’t. Nor was this the first time Newt disappointed, in fact he chose to give that bizarre news conference after the Nevada caucuses, so he squandered the last chance he had to give a good speech on a primary night.
If Newt becomes the front runner again, he has my vote. So does Rick. Whatever happens I am going to vote GOP and against that lying miserable leftist disaster BHO.
The currently liberal Romney still supports gays in the military, embryonic stem cell research, global warming and Romneycare even though you say he’s campaigning as the most conservative candidate. While he is saying he’ll get rid of Obamacare, he has his minions out saying he won’t remove it, just tinker with it. Well what is it? Yes, remove Obamacare or no, just tinker with it. That is typical Romney behavior. Say whatever you think the audience wants to hear.
Mitt Romney is the Rockefeller wing liberal son of Rockefeller wing liberals who attempts to speak conservative to get elected. He will trash anyone else’s conservative history in order to make himself look good in comparison. He trashed Reagan, Gingrich and Santorum. But you want to believe he’s a conservative? Was he lying then or now? From him, it’s all been lies.
Don’t keep pimping Romney here. It seems we know him better than you know him. Romney certainly wants to get elected. He’d turn himself inside out if he had to. So lying and pretending to be conservative is nothing to him. But a conservative should know better.
It’s a shame that much of the commentary here on the election rises to kook level.
You don’t have to trust Romney, very valid point.
After that I read these posts and it’s rabid ranting by people who I think are not even watching the election.
Sorry but I explained I watched ALL the speeches last night. Newt and Santorum flat out sucked, and THEY were the ones I hoped to hear give good speeches. Romney’s speech was superior, by far.
I guess I’m supposed to come on here and BS that Newt and Rick gave great speeches. They sucked. At least Santorum tried to give a speech. For the second primary night in a row, Gingrich kicked away his opportunity to come out and give a good speech. Why is that? You tell me, geniuses because he’s supposed to be the perfect candidate.
As for who is a “real conservative” I have absolute contempt for anyone who would assist in any way in the reelection of Barack Hussein Obama.
You believe one speech on one night by a proven liar and you think we’re kooks?
No one says you have to BS anything. In fact, you should stop the BS you’re throwing right now. You fall in love with one Romney speech, ignore everything you’ve learned about him, and think that makes him the most conservative candidate. Well bless your little heart.
Oh and I’m not a Newt supporter. I voted for Newt here in Florida because the disgusting tactics the lying socialist Obama-white pulled on Newt. I’m not a Santorum supporter. They both have their problems. But either of them is better than the lying socialist Mitt. If you want to support socialists, there are places for you to go. Free Republic is not one of them.
Hitler and Mussolini could give a rousing speech too. In fact, they’ve given many more than Mitt ever will. I guess since that’s your qualification for president, you’d be pulling for them too. Have fun with your lying Obama-white.
I will continue believing in conservative principles and supporting candidates who do more than give lip service to those principles. I will never be able to stomach either of the two Obamas.
See what I mean?
Hitler and Mussolini???
I’ve seen and heard MANY speeches by Newt, Rick, Romney, Cain, Michelle, Paul, etc. Romney happens to be the better speaker. That’s what I pointed out and it’s simple reality. It most definitely was true last night, and that was an important night. If Newt wants the nomination then why the heck did he come up so small last night?
Next, Romney is not Hitler or Mussolini, nor is he a duplicate Obama. But then I guess by your logic you will be more than glad to help reelect Obama if the GOP nominates Romney.
I respectfully suggest you actually listen to the republican candidates before you refer to Hitler, Mussolini or Obama.
Why do you worry about past global warming positions, when Newt sat with Nancy Pelosi and supported a liberal GW agenda? Was he lying then or is he lying now? This is your standard in your post, not mine. I accept that these people are politicians or that they make mistakes.
Perhaps Romney is an absolute liar and would govern as a left wing liberal. All of the candidates have been called out on liberal positions or past positions. Even Santorum, who I assumed to be Mr. conservative, voted for unions, big spending, etc.
I will vote for whichever one gets the nonination, I wanted to see Gingrich/ Santorum give great speeches last night.
Romney is a proved liar and you listen to him. That is all I need to know about your judgment. So no I won’t be following your suggestions.
Two Obamas = Obama and his melanin deficient twin Romney.
Well maybe they aren’t quite twins. An argument can be made that Romney is more liberal. After all Obama is not the father of Romneycare. Obama has not banned any guns. Obama has not legalized gay marriage anywhere. Obama has not signed a bill allowing $50.00 abortions. Those are all things “your conservative” Mittens has done. Though they both support gays in the military, global warming and forcing the Catholic church and religious people to violate their religion. Something that would cause the founders of our country great distress.
Because you choose to imagine Romney has done none of these things, you erroneously think we should be supporting him. There is no one, republican or democrat, running today who can say they have done as much for the liberal cause as Obama-white Romney or the other Obama. So yes they are very much alike. As a conservative, I have no desire to support either of the two most liberal candidates running.
I have heard Cain and Newt both give much better speeches than Romney because they believe what they say and people come far and near to see and hear them speak. When Romney speaks, he is board stiff, almost plastic and his words are like cardboard. That is not the quality of a good speaker. I’m not the only one who feels that way. Just take a look at the size of his crowds. He is supposedly the frontrunner but if the bleachers are not stuffed with his specially bussed in supporters, no one wants to see him or hear him speak.
You like his speech. I get that. You don’t care that his actions have run contrary to his word. I get that too. But don’t expect the rest of us to give up our principles for your delusions.
Mitt has another trick. He has managed something and done well. That certainly contrasts with the Obamanation.
Not much of a Mormon though: He only has one wife. Newt has had three so far.
I guess you voted for Obama last time, and will vote for him this time.
You are sending a message all right: to your children: “I want you to be bankrupt, a slave to the Chinese.”
Right, you just said Obama is better than Romney. I rest my case.
I didn’t ask you to support anyone, I will support the nominee. I said Romney gave a better speech. I also pointed out that Newt and Rick gave lousy speeches.
And becuse we cannot support Romney based on past global warming stance, you just disqualified Gingrich? Sometimes logic matters. Newt wrote a whole book on adopting liberal issues and Rush had to take him to task for it.
But I’m guessing there is no logic to your nonsense, including the stupid references to melanin.
Does Romneycare count for his managing things well as Gov of MA? The reason he ran for Pres in '08 was because he was such a "great" manager of the state, he was going to lose reelection as Gov.
I looked it up online, and it's a list of far-leftie Dems (Thomas Friedman, NYT, PBS, etc) and quite apparently its a party-splitting, vote-splitting hoax. (They decline to name the funding sources, so one suspects Mister Soros.)
Wrong, I proved to you Romney is at least as liberal as Obama. Yet oddly you still support him.
But then as I’ve already mentioned. Your skills of judgment and discernment are lacking. You’re pimping a liberal candidate on a conservative site and you think that’s a good thing. You’ve been here a long time. It’s too bad you haven’t learned to support conservatives.
Take your Romney pimping elsewhere. This is a conservative website.
You proved nothing to me pal, and drop youjr insulting crap. In fact you’re very close to peferring Obama and I call that a liberal or most likely just a fool. Have a nice evening.
Sorry I don’t have to choose either commie tweedle dum Obama or socialist tweedle dee Romney. You haven’t said one thing condemning any of their liberal ways. They are both liberal idiots and you obviously love the way they think. I don’t like liberals. I don’t care what party they claim to represent. That you have no problem with Romney’s socialist ways says volumes about you. It also tells me what you really think about Obama’s ways. Say one thing and mean another. Just like Romney.
I figure a member of the senate or Speaker of the house count as establishment.