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Push to Get Santorum Out Shows Romney’s Weakness

The Romney campaign’s phony delegate counts and establishment Republican calls for Rick Santorum to end his campaign, and allow Mitt Romney to claim the Republican presidential nomination without a majority of the delegates, expose the fatal weakness of the case for the Romney nomination.

Romney is far from having a commanding lead in delegates, and Romney is not “over half way there” as his camp and their establishment GOP allies claim.  If the Republican National Committee rules are correctly applied, and the delegates elected by local caucuses in states the mainstream media has stopped following are allocated, Romney has more like 482 delegates, compared to Rick Santorum’s 331.

Romney’s desperate attempt to push Santorum out before the primary campaign moves back south to Texas, Kentucky, West Virginia, North Carolina and Arkansas masks the fear that if Texas changes to winner-take-all, as it appears poised to do, Romney’s lead would be wiped-out in one loss.

Romney has yet to win in the South or in the rural areas of key Midwestern states – his wins in Illinois, Michigan, Wisconsin and Ohio were all powered by negative campaigns in urban media markets where he outspent Santorum 10 to 1.  This is a tactic he won’t be able to repeat in the general election against the well-funded Obama machine.

Conservatives also note that a large chunk of Romney’s claimed delegates come from states, such as Maryland and his adopted home of Massachusetts, that he is unlikely to win in November and which have relatively little influence on the Republican electorate or activist convention delegates.

Romney is desperate to push Santorum out because he understands that if the nomination goes to the Convention floor he might hold those delegates after the first ballot, but his support from more conservative delegations, such as Virginia, would quickly melt away to a more conservative alternative, such as Santorum.

The Romney camp is making a grave error in trying to push Santorum out because they are confirming to grassroots conservative Republicans that Romney and his Washington establishment supporters really don’t care what they think.

As of now, 40 percent of the states have yet to vote.  Rather than go forward to make the positive case for his nomination, Mitt Romney and the Republican establishment are desperately seeking to deny almost half of the Republican primary voters a voice in choosing their nominee.  Such a tactic might very well garner Romney the nomination, but it will leave an enthusiasm gap that could all but doom the Republicans in November.

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Hmmm....

Texas "appears poised" to change to winner-take-all?  I know of a few who are advocating thusly, but the SREC has not scheduled a vote so far as I know.  Following that vote, the RNC would have to issue a waiver, and then the Department of Justice would have to OK the change as well.  That's not a sequence of events that seems imminent.

Also, the idea that Romney could lose delegate strength if he did not win on the 1st ballot is reasonable; the idea that these would gravitate towards Santorum is questionable.  Many of those delegates are going to be liberty-minded, limited government Tea Party types -- the kind of people Santorum has expressed "concern" over.  They are not going to take kindly to his votes on ballooning budgets and debt, for expanding Medicare, bailouts for home state steel companies, and pork barrel boondoggles.  If there were to be a contested or brokered convention, it would be unlikely that Santorum would emerge as the nominee.

It would just tickle me silly

It would just tickle me silly if Santorum dropped out as they want to "unify and coalesce" behind Romney and all the former Santorum voters went instead to Ron Paul!  I really don't think most Santorum voters or leaners would move over to Romney just because the powers that be want them to.  We have already been down that long road and look where it got us.

Re: Republican Candidate

There is only ONE Republican candidate with a 99.99% unscathed political record and all the pundits, the controlled mainstream media, et al ignore him like the plague.  Many conservatives and republicans cannot get it through their thick skulls that this man is EXACTLY what this country needs to get our govt financial house back in order and start the process of restoring our individual freedoms.  He would cut $1trillion from the executive branch in the first year therefore not needing approval of Congress.  Then he would go to work on providing a strong defense but stop our militarism by removing us from combat theatres that (a) we do not belong in (b) we cannot afford and (c) are unconstitutional - saving us $100s of billions more!

But what would otherwise seem like reasonably sound thinking persons just do not get it!  Thus they support Romney, Santorum or Gingrich and IF any one of them can beat Obama, we will STILL end up with 4 more years with the same results - the same endgame - just delivered to us in a slightly different fashion and with slightly different rhetoric.  With any of the above the powers-that-be win; the people lose.  Think about it, has any one president so far in your lifetime REALLY made that big of a positive difference in our condition? NO!

If you cannot now figure out who this much maligned and misunderstood Republican candidate is by now, quick, breath on a mirror and see if you can still fog it up!  At any rate, what do you have to lose at this point?  Take an educated chance this time and elect the one Republican who WILL bring us REAL change and not the three Republican (neocon) candidates or sitting President we have now!  Your freedom hangs in the balance.

Romney

Even if Romney has Flip Flopped he has the economy right. Obama hasn't one thing that he has done right.


His agenda is a complete failure, and he is trying class warfare because he does not have a record to run on.

What Would The Great Unwashed Do?

The election alsways hinges on the vote of the mildly informed, independent voters.  Ask yourself one question:  If you were one, and you didn't see that much of a difference between Obama, and Romney, why would you vote for the devil you don't know?  Answer:  You wouldn't, so history tells us.  If the General Election is a battle of which candidate "beat his mother worse", Obama wins.  The Right won't turn out anywhere near what it needs to, a reduced (because of the negative campaigns) middle electorate will go with what they know, and the Left will see somewhat of a decline in turnout (the idealogues are dissappointed with Obama).  It looks like more votes for Obama.  Furthermore, Obama can lose (from 2008) Indiana, North Carolina, Florida, New Hampshire, Nevada, and Ohio, and still win. 

Romney's a liar

Romney has flip flopped so many times that you do not know, what he stands for he can't tell the truth about his recored in MA.