What Happened in Michigan? Here’s a Little Help for the Media

Rush Limbaugh, Mark Levin, Glenn Beck, the UAW, President Obama’s Super PAC, Gingrich’s Super PAC, Santorum’s Super PAC, Michael Moore, Fox News, Red State, and the dirty tactics of Santorum’s own campaign couldn’t beat Mitt in Michigan where polls show the fact that Mitt was born here didn’t factor very largely in the decision of voters.

I don’t know if I can remember a candidate surviving and continuing to win when faced with such adversity. Michigan’s results are truly amazing. Despite an onslaught of outrageous attacks from both sides and the media giving voters virtually no where to turn to for the truth, that fact that Mitt still won must strike fear in the heart of the Obama campaign. Even with Catholics across Michigan getting inundated with robocalls calling Mitt a baby-killer, Mitt won the majority of Catholic votes. Mitt ended up winning among republicans by over 10%, he and drastically increased his vote totals from 2008 despite 3 years of sustained attacks by the local and national press claiming that Mitt wanted Michigan and Detroit to fail and lose all of our auto sector jobs. President Obama fears that Mitt could carry Michigan in the general which would make his path to re-election basically impossible. President Obama’s campaign and Super PAC had laid the groundwork to defeat Mitt Romney in Michigan for years, and they failed.

Mitt Romney emerges from this primary as the only acceptable candidate. Newt Gingrich and his Super PAC have disqualified themselves with their blatant dishonest on Bain Capital and with the robocalls they ran against Mitt about the 2nd Ammendment. Rick Santorum has disqualified himself by running robocalls aimed at democrats admitting he is a weaker general election candidate. That is not an appeal to democrats that will result in extra votes in November. It is an admission that Sen. Santorum has no business in the race if even he admits he doesn’t stand much of a chance against President Obama in November. He can argue that he was playing off media stereotypes, but he could’ve let the UAW, Michael Moore, the democrat lawyers, and several other democratic leaders in Michigan make that argument. I cannot recall any instance of an actual Presidential campaign doing what Sen. Santorum’s actual campaign did. Republican voters across the country will not forget and will not forgive Sen. Santorum in time for him to regain momentum. Ron Paul, the only other candidate with an organized and professional campaign, is satisfied with the opportunity to spread his ideals, and has also indicated that Mitt Romney would make a fine and acceptable President.

This race should be over! Mitt continues to build a huge delegate lead while Sen. Santorum’s campaign spent every last penny in Michigan. However, the dishonest media continues to propagate the narrative of Mitt being “wounded”, a “weak-frontrunner”, “stumbling”, or “unable to excite the base”. The media has worked tirelessly to elongate this process in order to increase ratings and/or to stop Mitt Romney from getting the nomination. Their claims don’t hold any water. It must be clear to any honest clear-thinking individual that Mitt is the only candidate that can beat President Obama. Rick Santorum and the actions of the democrats all admit it. It’s time we all rally to Romney.

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26 Responses to What Happened in Michigan? Here’s a Little Help for the Media

  1. Steve Adams says:

    Santorum proved his mettle! Soliciting union thugs to beat Romney by voting for [him]. Well, it didn’t work.

    41% Romney, 26% Santorum (when you take away the scab vote). A pretty good win for Romney, on margin.

    You did succeed, however, in motivating those who realized who you really were, and they showed up to put Romney on top in Michigan.

    It should be embarrassing to know that the little bump you get in numbers are not FOR you, they are against Romney…. and FOR Obama in the end. I guess winning is everything for you, personally.

  2. ccr says:

    What were the robo calls to MI Catholics about Mitt and abortion stating? I assume this was from Santorum or his PAC?

    Are those numbers accurate that Steve A shows? 41% to 25% w/OUT Sant’s Dem vote??

    Santorum spent the bulk of his remaining $$ in MI?

    Thanks for the excellent thoughts! “I don’t know if I can remember a candidate surviving and continuing to win when faced with such adversity. “

  3. Debwards says:

    Very well said. Even today after his win, it is nothing but prickles and thorns from most on TV. There are a few exceptions, but not many. It says something about who Gov Romney is to be able to break through all of that and take the day. Congratulations Gov Romney on one of the best wins MI has ever seen, you deserve it!

  4. Stephanie says:

    this article said it perfectly. It is absolutely amazing that Romney was able to erase not only a 15 point deficit from the past couple of weeks, but that he won by 3 percentage points with democrats voting mostly for Santorum. People blame the fact that he won on him having more money to spend on ads…nevermind that everyone in the media is mostly against him, on the left and the right. nevermind that Obama has been focusing mostly on attacking Mitt Romney–he knows who will be toughest to beat. nevermind that guys like Rush Limbaugh, Glenn Beck, Mark Levine, and several other conservative talk radio guys are bashing him. nevermind that there have been an onslaught of flat out lies against him making people think he’s someone who he’s not. I am tired of the lies, the bias, and the whining from the other canidates saying “it’s not fair, he has more money.” Really? then why don’t you other candidates get more organized and get more money? The other candidates get a free pass and are way more negative than Romney is when the give speeches or interviews. Romney is constantly having to correct people and defend himself. It drives me crazy. Everything he says is blown up and taken out of context most the time. He has two cadillacs, who cares! Anyways, this goes to show what a strong and steady candidate Mitt Romney is considering everything he has been up against. He’s resolute, determined, and will not give up without a fight. He is willing to make bold statements and speak the truth, instead of pandering to voters and making empty promises. Thanks Mitt for being a man of character and rising above it all.

  5. A great piece Ross! Best wrap piece I have seen out there!

    For those following MRC, if you don’t already know, Ross lives in Michigan and he took a week off ahead of the Michigan primary to help make it happen! He was doing a lot of heavy lifting this last week for our man. THANKS ROSS!

    To your points about the Catholic vote — somebody in the press needs to nail Santorum on this. He cannot even close those of his own faith! Oh, by the way, Santorum also lost the women vote! Hence during his “victory speech” last night, Santorum was talking about the women in his life! What is that called in politics? Oh yeah, PANDERING.

    You are spot on when you wrote above that Santorum effectively admitted he is the weaker general election candidate. And yes, there are so many ironies in this race!

    The biggest irony I see right now is as recent as 7-8 years ago, Evangelicals routinely railed against Catholics as being members of a cult (in their writings and literature). They routinely lumped Catholics in with any religion the Evangelicals considered fringe, including Mormons. And yet, the Evangelicals are strongly backing Santorum!

    Which takes me to the last point. If Romney were a devout Protestant, HE WOULD BE the Republican nominee today, hands done, RACE OVER.

    Following this simple logic, what does this say about all the pundits and MSM and FOX News folks lobbying against Romney?

    It is the 900-pound gorilla in the room that everybody is dancing around, including Limbaugh and other heavy weights who ONLY want their ratings to stay high.

    Look for the proof here: If/when Romney becomes the Republican nominee, if the Limbaughs and the Levins of the world are lukewarm on Romney or give him tentative support, it will be crystal clear that they consider Obama the best choice or, in other words, they consider it is in their best interest as part of the media, to have Obama as POTUS another five years. Their ratings along with FOX are MUCH higher with a Dem POTUS. It is just a fact. People tune in to them to hear them rail on the Democrats in office. If Romney takes over and is able to follow-through on his plans — as I absolutely believe he will be able to do — conservatives will have their file leader and will have far less reason to tune in to the conservative talking heads.

    This is so simple to see.

    If Romney were a devout Protestant, the Republican race would have been over at South Carolina.

    It is truly amazing to me that with all this head-wind that Romney has (see Ross’s excellent descriptions above), that he is doing as well as he is. The massive opposition by the likes of Limbaugh and all the others is stunning. Truly stunning, and Romney continues to succeed.

    What we are witnessing right now in American politics is unprecedented by any measure.

    OUTSTANDING POST Ross!

  6. ksuwcat says:

    Fox still disappointed.

  7. bln55 says:

    @Steve Adams
    You sure won’t see Fox or any of the rest of the national media reporting that fact. It is time for a true conservative revolution. We need to put all these talking heads in their place. We should hit them all with a deluge of messages that they are out of touch and either tell the truth or loose their market!

  8. Colleen says:

    Mitt shows his amazing strength in the midst of a difficult campaign environment in Michigan. The people of Michigan show their amazing clarity in selecting him amid all the chaos of the past two weeks. Both Mitt and and People of Michigan are the winners. And so is America.

    As Mitt moves on, he needs to make a single change in his personal campaigning; he needs to shorten his sentences, pause, allow his bullet points of the specifics of what he’s going to do to turn this nation around to sink in…in…in… before he dashes off to the other 10,000 items on his TO DO LIST. Then, the rest of us can echo what Mitt is going to do. There is a mountain of work we can all help do to re educate the rest of the voters who don’t yet support him. We can be a powerful chorus of accurate sounds bites of what Mitt is going to do. Repeating these phrases of Mitt’s concrete plans will clarity his executive superiority and then we can jump to his record of accomplishments, the only candidate with a real record of tangible business common sense and success. Talking about his stellar turnaround of the Olympics is exhibit A but that’s not all. We follow with Bain and MASS executive history and his unselfishness as a public servant accepting zero pay, which leads into my favorite crown jewel trait that he has a servant’s heart.
    Lead on Mitt; we’re behind you.

  9. One major thing to always keep in clear focus and front and center about Gov. Romney.

    If he has ever evolved at all, it has been to a more conservative position. The absolute best example in the record is his run for governor.

    Once he became governor, without exception, every decision, every action was in the execution of conservative principles. From 800+ vetoes to ONLY signing documents in favor of life.

    Anybody who doubts that Romney will execute as a conservative when he is POTUS, is simply kidding themselves and they are not doing any research to understand Gov. Romney the man, the executive, and the leader.

  10. Lu says:

    Rush, Levin and the other pundits want Obama to win because it gives them fuel for their
    talk shows, if we put in a Rep with Rep congress their ratings nosedive. Obama is their bread and butter and Santorum will give them their wish. He showed his true character
    aligning himself with the dems for cheap votes!

  11. RosaMaria says:

    The fight has intensify but we know we will be victorious! The truth is on our side. We need to be focus, work hard in our own states. Be a volunteer calling other states. Donate as much as we can. Buy the shirts, buttons, or material that will say we support Mitt. Pray, fast for the people of the states that still need to vote. This is a battle between good and evil. Good will prevail! Husein Obama, will not longer occupy the White House.

  12. RosaMaria says:

    We need to use the web more frequently. Go to the sites where they are posting wrong information. We need to be polite but express clearly what Mitt stands for. If you speak another language write in that language also. We need to help every one.

  13. F. Ybarra says:

    People act as Mitt’s Mormonism is a liability, even here: “If he was a protestant, he’d already be the nominee”.

    Allow me to disagree.

    Mitt’s religious devotion has made him who he is. People don’t understand this but being a Missionary, then a Bishop, then a Stake President in the Mormon Church are life-shaping experiences. You stay up late nights worrying about people, you often get called at 3 or 4 in the morning to bless a sick person, to help get someone’s son out of jail, to solve a family crisis.

    That is why Mitt can face unspeakable odds against him and move forward. He’s known worse. But of course, as a good Christian Mitt would never boast about these many years of humanitarian and compassionate service. He didn’t do it for personal gain (unlike most politicians), so people continue to perpetuate one of the worst character assassinations ever in the history of American Politics.

    A man who has devoted most of his life to the service of others, then has become successful in business, and given away many millions to charitable causes, is now being described as a vulture, a heartless capitalist, out of touch with the people, an opportunist only after his own gain. Guess what, life for him is much easier enjoying his millions than trying to get our country out of the mess we’re in!

    If I were him I would simply exclaim: “Screw you all, you people deserve Obama and all he’s doing!!”. But Mitt is a much better man than that.

    If Mitt was a protestant he probably wouldn’t even be running. It’s time we defend his religious choice and realize it is an integral part of who he is, and it will ultimate become his greatest asset.

    Cheers!

  14. Lucinda Craven says:

    F. Ybarra :
    People act as Mitt’s Mormonism is a liability, even here: “If he was a protestant, he’d already be the nominee”.
    Allow me to disagree.
    Mitt’s religious devotion has made him who he is. People don’t understand this but being a Missionary, then a Bishop, then a Stake President in the Mormon Church are life-shaping experiences. You stay up late nights worrying about people, you often get called at 3 or 4 in the morning to bless a sick person, to help get someone’s son out of jail, to solve a family crisis.
    That is why Mitt can face unspeakable odds against him and move forward. He’s known worse. But of course, as a good Christian Mitt would never boast about these many years of humanitarian and compassionate service. He didn’t do it for personal gain (unlike most politicians), so people continue to perpetuate one of the worst character assassinations ever in the history of American Politics.
    A man who has devoted most of his life to the service of others, then has become successful in business, and given away many millions to charitable causes, is now being described as a vulture, a heartless capitalist, out of touch with the people, an opportunist only after his own gain. Guess what, life for him is much easier enjoying his millions than trying to get our country out of the mess we’re in!
    If I were him I would simply exclaim: “Screw you all, you people deserve Obama and all he’s doing!!”. But Mitt is a much better man than that.
    If Mitt was a protestant he probably wouldn’t even be running. It’s time we defend his religious choice and realize it is an integral part of who he is, and it will ultimate become his greatest asset.
    Cheers!

  15. Lucinda Craven says:

    @Lucinda Craven
    I would like to know how to post your comments onto my face book wall. Can anyone tell me how to go about it? Thank you, F.Ybarra!

  16. Robert and Helen Wells says:

    @F. Ybarra
    Well said, F. Ybarra! Your analysis should be sent to all those who oppose Mitt, like Limbaugh, Hannity, Levin, etc. So well-written!

  17. F. Ybarra: Thank you for your excellent points. Believe it or not, I TOTALLY agree with every point you made, except one.

    That one point is this one. You wrote above,

    “If Mitt was a protestant he probably wouldn’t even be running.”

    I disagree. For what it is worth, I took your statement to be more rhetorical than literal. We all know many great Protestants that are good citizens and good leaders, many of whom would be a great President.

    The point I made above, I stand by all the way. Again, I totally agree with you that GMR’s own faith has made him the kind of person he is and that he is an extraordinary husband, father, leader, and overall great man/human being because of his life experiences, in large part because of his faith.

    My point was simple. All things equal (Gov. Romney the man, leader, etc. as he is today), if his religion were Protestant, this race would be over. I did not come right out and state what that means. I intentionally did not state what that means because every person that follows MRC and reads up at all on GMR and his run for POTUS, knows what this means. But there is absolutely no doubt in my mind or the minds of most people out there in the know, that this race would have been finished weeks ago if GMR were Protestant.

    If you are still struggling with the meaning of the points I have made, I recommend following and studying the word of the three writers at this site:

    http://www.article6blog.com/

    This site speaks a lot about “the question” — to understand what “the question” is when discussed at Article VI Blog, see definition here:

    http://www.article6blog.com/the-question/

    Make no mistake. Underlying every piece of opposition to Romney is the unspoken religious opposition. It is also the main reason the Evangelical vote goes to Santorum, the Catholic as the Evangelicals view the Catholics as the “lesser of two evils.”

  18. Tim Shaw Sr says:

    @F. Ybarra Most of these points hold true. To prove the point we only need to ask one question: Why was there a need for the big confab of all the “Evangelical Leaders” in Texas to get behind any candidate but Romney?

  19. jon says:

    It was a sparkling night in Michigan and Arizona… in Tucson as well as Phoenix and all over the state! The people have spoken. The folks at 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue…well, their lease is about to run out! While reading George Bush’s book Decision Points today, I was struck by this applicable comment regarding the media — “…these accounts were wildly overstated, the result of overzealous correspondents under pressure to fill every second of the twenty-four-hour cable news cycle.”

  20. AfricansforRomney says:

    The media, Santorum supporters dividing GOP as “very” conservative vs conservative. What’s the hell is “very conservative”?

    I’m very pessimistic about GOP survival as a party in the near future. They don’t like unexperianced president but again they want to nominate someone like Santorum with zero leadership skills, experiance, his voting records in Washigton are all over the map.

    They want an outsider but, again they want to rehire Santorum/Gingrich back to Washington again. Gov Romney never worked in Washingotn but they call him an “establishment’. Something is wrong with GOP.
    Make up your minds, People!

    Independents for Romney!!!!

  21. GitchiGummiPress says:

    Can’t believe how low Santorum stooped in order to try to win Michigan by calling on Democrats there to vote against Romney. Again, a portrayal of his two-faced behavior that he has consistantly demonstrated while in Congress. Hot off the press today a new video of Santorum the devastating effect his support had on the U.S. by backing Arlen Specter the once Republican who the switched to be a Democrat And, his voting record. Santorum the Enemy Within http://www.youtube.com/my_videos?feature=mhee

  22. GitchiGummiPress says:

    Santorum supported, the Benedict Arnold of the Republican party, Arlen Specter for reelection. Specter once a Republican switched to be a democrat. Specter became the culminating and final vote for ObamaCare. For you conservatives out there, Specter then went on to call for the repeal of the Defense of Marriage Act. ObamaCare depending on the source states that it will cost between $400 billion and $1.2 trillion. The Congressional Budget Office states that the cost will be $829 billion with job losses totaling around 1.6 million. All because Santorum willingly supported the Specter. In fact, read the PA articles he was on a crusade to get him reelected.

  23. Dan says:

    The big loser of the night… President Obama!

  24. F. Ybarra says:

    @Vic Lundquist
    Vic, I should be fair with you. I know what you meant, that a lot of the opposition Mitt is getting is because he’s a Mormon. And of course my comment of “he wouldn’t be running” is completely hypothetical… we don’t really know.

    So forgive me if I used your statement as a starting point to explain my point of view, even though I know you didn’t mean it as a cut to Mitt’s Mormonism.

    I totally agree that people of all religions can be just as compassionate and willing to serve. I just think that Mitt and his faith are inseparable, and even though it would be “easier” not to have to fight religious bigotry along the way, the fact that Mitt is doing it and winning, makes him that much more of hero in my view.

  25. F. Ybarra says:

    @Robert and Helen Wells
    Thank you for your kind words. There is a reason why Mormons vote for Romney overwhelmingly and it’s not what people think. As a matter of fact many Mormons are libertarians and support Ron Paul. But Mormons KNOW what great sacrifices it requires to perform the kind of service to the people Mitt has fulfilled over the years.

  26. F. Ybarra says:

    @Lucinda Craven
    You could just post a link to this forum on your FB so people could read all the excellent comments.