Dick Morris is Right about Santorum, Gingrich, and Paul — Gingrich’s Big Fantasies

Jayde published a piece yesterday that had a link to the Dick Morris “After Super Tuesday” Op-Ed in The Hill (it is worth a complete read). Here are a couple of the more salient snippets (written prior to ST):

Neither Santorum nor Gingrich nor Paul can win this nomination prior to the convention unless one of them gets two-thirds of the remaining delegates. That is not going to happen. It is very unlikely that even together Santorum and Gingrich can win two-thirds of the remaining delegates.

So the only way either man can win the Republican nomination is by triggering a deadlock, denying Romney a majority and fighting it out on the convention floor.

That would be OK if the convention were in early July. But it is to be held during the very last week of August. If the Republican Party does not have a nominee until Sept. 1 and we have to spend the next six months watching these candidates beating the living hell out of one another, you can kiss our chances of defeating Obama goodbye.

So the bottom line is that Santorum’s and Gingrich’s only path to the nomination is to create a situation that virtually guarantees an Obama victory. Is it worth it, at that price? Can Santorum or Gingrich credibly challenge my math? Can they really maintain that deadlock is good for our party and that it is OK not to have a nominee until Sept. 1? Are they seriously going to argue that another six months of candidate-bashing is not going to irreparably injure our fortunes in November?

Based on Morris’s simple logic and math, I would argue that by RS and NG deciding to slog it out in the race, they do not really have the best interest of the nation in mind at all. They have self-interest at their core. Dick Morris is right.

The Wall Street Journal had some outstanding analysis of ST results yesterday from the front page, its Election2012 section, and both sides of the Op-Ed pages. Following are from those articles.

From “Romney Wins…” we have: Click here to continue reading

Let’s “Help Bring Out the Fat Lady” in the South!

This just in…George Washington fails to rally troops at Valley Forge. Lack of decisive victory extremely problematic. Struggles to gain support of Continental Army. British rout imminent.

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So, what about the South? An important question it is with a few Southern states coming up. In yesterday’s WSJ article, “Race Heads South, Evangelical Terrain,” Governor Romney has some real advantages, and combined with weaknesses of RS and NG, we could see some pleasant surprises.

Mr. Romney’s performance in Mississippi and Alabama on March 13, and in Louisiana on March 24, could allow him to show new strength in a region where he has been badly beaten once—in South Carolina’s primary in January—and where his polling numbers until recently have been weak.
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“I see Mississippi and Alabama as uphill battles for Romney,” said Henry Barbour, a Romney backer and GOP official in Mississippi, who is also a nephew of former Mississippi Gov. Haley Barbour. “But we have an opportunity, by voting for Gov. Romney, to really help bring out the fat lady and end the nominating process.”
[…]
Supporters of both Mr. Gingrich and Mr. Romney see an opening to attack Mr. Santorum as a friend of organized labor, because of his votes in Congress against right-to-work legislation—an especially unpopular position in Southern states where anti-union sentiment runs strong.

The latest Wall Street Journal/NBC News poll, taken Feb. 29-March 1, found Mr. Gingrich’s support in the South dropping precipitously to 15%, from 45% of Southern GOP voters in January.

At the same time, support for Mr. Santorum among Southern Republicans had jumped to 31% from 18%. And Mr. Romney showed significant new strength in the region, with his support almost doubling to 39% from 21% in January.
[…]
“Sen. Santorum has a terrific record on social issues that will resonate well in Mississippi,” said Mr. Barbour. “But what matters most is jobs and the economy, and if we don’t get that core issue right, we’re going to fail.”

The pace at which primaries and caucuses arrive now is picking up, but by comparison to Super Tuesday, there are fewer states at each future date. This will allow a more concentrated effort and focus.

Many of you are either from the South or know people who live there — please do everything you can to assist in getting those you know, who are in Governor Romney’s camp, to help get out the vote.

UPDATE: CNN produced a short video on Ann Romney that I’m guessing you’ll enjoy.

What Motivates Santorum, Gingrich, and Paul Now?

In the next few weeks, you should see the smart minds among professional journalists (there are many, even in the mainstream media [MSM]) begin to do the math and ask these questions of Gingrich and Santorum: “Why are you staying in the race? Why would you continue on and damage your own party? What is your motivation?” They will, if they are doing their job. They may not because they are the MSM and it is in the best interest of Obama for the Republicans to slug it out and cannibalize the available GOP cash.

TEASER: Check MRC later for an outstanding Op-Ed that will begin the debate (nationally we hope) as to the possible ulterior motives of Santorum, Gingrich, and Paul to remain in the race when it is clearly not in the interest of the party or the nation (by David Parker).

Today’s Journal had a great article on “War of Attrition” that made some important points:

Mr. Romney has more support than ever from party leaders. And by winning the big states of Massachusetts, Virginia and Ohio, and reaping delegates even in losing Tennessee, he widened his delegate lead more than vote totals suggest.

And what about all the noise by Santorum and Gingrich about each expecting the other to drop out and how that will solidify all their supporters in opposition to Romney? They must be kidding, right? Or more likely, they are drinking their own kool-aid and think that Americans are just dumb (there are reasons that people vote for Gingrich and not Santorum, etc.). Let’s take a Romney/Santorum showdown starting today. The very last paragraph of the WSJ article says it all:

Yet maybe it doesn’t matter all that much for Mr. Romney whether it is a multi-candidate race or not. In a Wall Street Journal/NBC News poll released early this week, Republican voters were asked their preferences among thefour-man field, and Mr. Romney came out on top by six percentage points. When Mr. Paul and Mr. Gingrich were removed and the same voters were asked about achoice between Mr. Romney and Mr. Santorum, Mr. Romney prevailed by five points—almost the same margin.

End of game.

Since there is no mathematical way the three remaining candidates can win (see David Parker’s piece as quoted by Jayde below) the nomination, pundits must now ask the question of the others, “Mr. Santorum [Gingrich,Paul], what is your motivation for staying in the race? What self-interest do you have?”

Check this graphic from the Journal article:

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CONGRATS to Governor Romney!

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Big wins in Ohio! Idaho! Massachusetts! Vermont! Virginia!

And, we’ve learned that Mitt has won Alaska!

Thanks so much to all who voted for Mitt and to all the volunteers who made really made it a Super Tuesday.

What a night!

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UPDATE by Jayde – As we await election returns, take a look at Governor Romney’s superb speech today at the American Israel Public Affairs Committee conference (AIPAC):

Obama addressed AIPAC yesterday. Learn about the top six exaggerations in his speech here.

If you have not taken the time to watch the video clip (just below this post by Jayde) of the interview Ann Romney gave to Neil Cavuto, you gotta take a few minutes to see that; especially toward the end. One of the attributes about the man Mitt Romney that I believe stands out above them all is his modesty.

Yesterday’s Journal included this graphic from the front page article titled, “Romney Advances As Obama Gains.”

I say we win Ohio, Tennessee, and Oklahoma and give Georgia to Gingrich. Gingrich can have one state. But wouldn’t it be nice if Gov. Romney were to provide an upset in Oklahoma and Tennessee and win Ohio by a big margin? Let’s not take anything for granted and get as many of our friends, neighbors, associates, and family members out to vote as we can!

Want a quick reference guide for today? Check this out from the Journal:


AND WHAT ABOUT THESE? — OH YEAH! — BRING IT!:

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Huckabee shout out for Gov. Romney —-> CLICK

Limbaugh is in the tank for Obama and this is what happens —-> CLICK

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GALLUP: Church-goers prefer Romney over Santorum across the board —-> CLICK

Romney upstaging Gingrich on energy —-> CLICK

Kudlow on why Romney’s got the upper hand —-> CLICK

Ohio likes Santorum, but LOVES Romney —-> CLICK

Romney’s Op-Ed on Foreign Policy — Reaganesque (The Post) —-> CLICK

What about Tennessee? And Evangelicals? —-> CLICK

BIG NIGHT tonight? Yes, but why? Tennessee trending UP! (Hugh) —-> CLICK

YORK: Romney is “ruthlessly on message” — Why discipline matters! —-> CLICK

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House Majority Leader Eric Cantor: Romney is THE MAN


Following a rock-solid win in Washington state last night and fresh off Michigan and Arizona victories, the good news leading to Super Tuesday continues for Governor Mitt Romney. He received a key endorsement this morning…

House Majority Leader Eric Cantor (R-VA) says Romney is the only candidate who has come out with a bold pro-growth, pro-jobs plan for the future:

Eric Cantor - Majority Leader, U.S. House of Representatives

Cantor announced his endorsement two days before his home state, Virginia, is set to hold its primary. Romney is a strong favorite in the state, because Ron Paul is the only other candidate who managed to qualify for the ballot.

“I cast my vote already in Virginia for Mitt Romney and I’m here today to tell you that I’m endorsing Mitt Romney in his candidacy for the Presidency of the United States,” Cantor said on NBC’s “Meet the Press” Sunday morning.

“Who’s going to best be able to lead this economy back to a growth mode, create jobs so people can feel better about the future,” he added. “And I just think there’s one candidate in the race who can do that, and that’s Mitt Romney.”

Cantor personally called Romney last week, the day after the former Massachusetts governor won the Michigan and Arizona primaries, to say he would publicly support Romney, said Eric Fehrnstrom, a Romney senior adviser told reporters traveling aboard the candidate’s plane Sunday morning en route to Atlanta.

Romney spokesman Eric Fehrnstrom weighed in:

“Republicans want coat tails, not concrete shoes,” Fehrnstrom said. “Rick Santorum is a concrete shoe for Republicans who are running for the Senate or for the House. . .He didn’t say it, but I’ve got to believe that in the back of Eric Cantor’s mind is maintaining the Republican majority in the House. I think it’s easier to do that with Mitt Romney at the top of the ticket as our strongest possible jobs candidate.

Stressing the importance and historical nature of the upcoming presidential election, Cantor firmly believes Romney can beat Obama next fall. Continue reading here.

Cantor’s endorsement on Meet the Press:

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Cantor is the second-ranking Republican in the House.

Romney is backed by 16 U.S. senators, 67 House members, and 10 governors. Ron Paul has the backing of one senator… Rand Paul. Gingrich has the backing of one governor - Rick Perry.

Now, that’s political pudding filled with plenty of proof for which candidate is most respected and trusted!

► Jayde Wyatt

Mitt Romney: Wins WA — Super Tuesday Delegates — “Most Qualified” — Georgia: Can Gingrich Fail?

Following the big Michigan and Arizona wins this week, the WSJ published an article titled, “Contest Shifts to Super Tuesday’s High Gear.” See excerpts here along with table illustrating the delegate count leading into next Tuesday:

Of course, by prevailing on Tuesday night, Mr. Romney also increases the stakes for his opponents. Mike DuHaime, a Republican strategist who managed Rudy Giuliani’s White House bid in 2008 and remains unaligned this year, said Mr. Romney’s win “creates a great deal of pressure on the other candidates to show strongly next week, or the pressure will mount for them to drop out so as not to unnecessarily drag out the process.”
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Sen. Rob Portman, chairman of the Ohio Romney campaign, said he believed Mr. Romney would overtake Mr. Santorum after voters focus on his economic policies and message. “Mitt Romney will provide the type of conservative leadership that we need to spur economic growth and create jobs,” said Mr. Portman.

SUPER TUESDAY DELEGATES

Looking ahead to Super Tuesday, Governor Romney won the Washington caucuses today by a healthy margin. The New York Times reported this:

The victory gives Mr. Romney some momentum heading into the big contests this week on Super Tuesday, when 10 states vote. With 81 percent of the Washington votes counted on Saturday night, Mr. Romney had won about 37 percent, with Mr. Paul at 25 percent, Mr. Santorum at 24 percent and Mr. Gingrich at 11 percent.

“The voters of Washington have sent a signal that they do not want a Washington insider in the White House,” Mr. Romney said in a statement as he campaigned in Ohio.

The article continues after referring to a Santorum comment as to how he would transform Ohio if elected (several more photos too): Click here to continue reading

It’s Primary Election Night in AZ & MI… Go ROMNEY!


UPDATE - Romney wins Arizona and Michigan!


Election night, Feb 28, 2022 - From Mitt Romney and Team: “Thank you to all our #Mitt2012 friends.” (TwitPic / Zac Moffat)

Mitt Romney supporters are anxiously awaiting the results of today’s primary elections in Arizona and Michigan. We’re optimistic about a win in The Grand Canyon State. Polling in The Great Lakes State between Governor Romney and Rick Santorum is razor thin. From The Washington Post:

Of the two, Michigan is by far the more competitive race – the candidates have been spending the bulk of their time there in recent days, and both Romney and Santorum hold their primary-night parties there tonight.
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Newt Gingrich , who all but bypassed Michigan, is spending the day in his home state of Georgia, where he holds three campaign events, two news conferences and a primary night rally.

And Rep. Ron Paul , who campaigned only lightly in Michigan, is spending his primary night in Springfield, Va.

We hope Michiganders vote for the non-Democrat backed Mitt Romney.

Poll closing times:
Michigan – 8:00 pm ET
Arizona – 9:00 pm ET

CNN will air television coverage at 6:00 pm ET and is airing a livefeed here. Their twitter hashtag is #cnnelections. Don’t forget to include #mitt2012 and #UnravelTheSweater.

FOX News is also airing television coverage at 6:00 pm ET. Check back for additional livefeeds.

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VICTORY FOR MITT!



Update: Mitt won among republicans by more than 10%, and he received a lot more votes than in 2008.

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Rick Santorum Adopts the Newtonian Strategy of Whining — BIG TIME!

Mr. Santorum has decided to join Gingrich in the whining gallery. Those who have followed MRC’s coverage of Newt Gingrich know that one word we have used often to describe his rhetoric concerning Governor Romney is “whiner.” In fact, I believe that a Newtonian classic set-up to any of his arguments is almost always the big whine.

Mr. Santorum Donning his Battle Gear

Well, now Mr. Santorum has decided to try that same Newtonian line of reasoning. Isn’t it interesting though that when Santorum is ahead in some poll, he takes all the credit for the lead, but when he drops behind, he starts whining and blaming others for the erosion? Sound familiar? Gingrich is the expert at this. He and his team have probably strategized that the Gingrich whine is the best line of attack now.

Santorum is complaining that Ron Paul seems to be ganging up with Governor Romney to defeat Santorum in upcoming states such as Michigan. From the very beginning of the horse race, we know that Governor Romney has dropped from the lead in the polls a few times as he has been relentlessly attacked using false and completely misleading tidbits of information by all the candidates simultaneously. Has Governor Romney ever complained or whined about their “collusion”?

Never.

Click through here to read the big NYT article about Santorum’s whining and to see the video created by Ron Paul that Santorum does not like (35 seconds): Click here to continue reading

Mitt Romney: “The Best…Most Qualified Candidate…Will be an Outstanding President” (guest post)

I LOVE THIS SHOT!

Another great photograph telling a great story!

Occasionally, we will publish opinions submitted to us by visitors that have studied Governor Romney over many years. Gary Chidester is a frequent visitor to MRC and he provided this powerful endorsement of Governor Romney. He informs us that he is a retired Iowa school teacher. This particular opinion carries some additional weight in my mind because Chidester personally spoke to all four candidates while they campaigned in Iowa.

Mr. Chidester’s Op-Ed below nails it! I wish to add that Governor Romney is far superior to any of the remaining candidates in so many ways; but as an executive leader, the other three don’t even come close. Governor Romney has worked most of his career as a chief executive of major organizations. Even if you combined the careers of Santorum, Gingrich, and Paul (~100 years), there is no comparison to the years of executive experience of Governor Romney! Think about it.

By Gary Chester

I have been a Romney Republican, since 2007. He is the BEST candidate we have had in decades! When his issues and vision for America were shown to my friends, (as from Candidate X), almost everyone agreed that ‘this’ was the candidate they would support. When I told them that Gov. Romney was the candidate, nearly everyone started to fudge about their decision.

I am, however, surprised and saddened that some of my dear Iowa Republican friends are still playing the ‘religion’ card. For such an enlightened State, I’m ashamed that this one issue is the Achilles’ heel of the general mindset. Sadly, most Americans are the same way. If Gov. Romney would have been a Methodist or a Baptist, he probably would have been the Republican nominee in 2008 and would have won the election that Fall. Click here to continue reading

Big #CNNDebate TONIGHT in AZ: Gov Jan Brewer “Arizonans Concerned About Jobs/Economy/Border Security/States’ Rights”

Update: Watch the entire debate here.

CNN GOP presidential debate at North Charleston Coliseum in Charleston, SC, Jan 19, 2012. Tonight's CNN debate will be held in Mesa, AZ. (Photo AP/David Goldman)

It has been 27 days since the last GOP presidential debate was held. Tonight’s critical face-off will serve as an important springboard into next week’s elections in Arizona and Michigan.

Here are a few details on tonight’s debate at the wonderful Mesa Arts Center in Mesa, Arizona:

On Wednesday, Feb. 22, Republican presidential hopefuls will face-off for the final debate before a dozen states take to the polls on Super Tuesday. CNN anchor and chief national correspondent John King will moderate the two-hour debate, which will air live from 8 p.m. to 10 p.m. ET from the Mesa Performing Arts Center in Mesa, Arizona.
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All four of the leading Republican presidential contenders will participate in Wednesday’s debate: former House Speaker Newt Gingrich, Texas Rep. Ron Paul, former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney and former Pennsylvania Sen. Rick Santorum. In addition to questions posed to the candidates by King and Arizona Republicans in the audience, the network will solicit questions and comments submitted in real-time from CNN.com, the CNN Politics fan page on Facebook and by using the #CNNDebate hashtag on Twitter.

CNN will air the debate on television; a live feed may be found here. For CNN mobile apps click here.

Don’t forget to use hashtags #CNNdebate and #UnravelTheSweater when tweeting.

AZ Governor Jan Brewer weighs in:

The timing for tonight’s debate couldn’t be any better for Arizona and the Republican governor, Jan Brewer, says that the showdown is very important to her state.

“I think that Arizona will be a pivotal state. There are a lot of undecided voters in Arizona so I think that people will be tuned in and watching, and because of this debate will be making their decision, not only in Arizona but across the country,” Brewer said.

And what do Arizona voters want to hear from the candidates?

I think that just like everywhere in America, people are concerned about jobs and the economy. Here in Arizona people are also concerned with their border security, they are concerned about new federalism and states’ rights, and are very interested in natural resource issues,” Brewer said.

(emphasis added)

Details on stage arrangements (see photo below):

“This is the first CNN debate where we’ve used a table,” Feist said. “We decided to make this debate more intimate.”

And the table that candidates will be seated around has some history.

“An interesting piece of trivia is that the last time this particular table was used in a GOP debate was at the Reagan Library debate on January 30, 2008,” Feist said. “Mitt Romney and Ron Paul were both at that debate sitting at this very same table.”

Stage prep continues today for tonight's GOP debate at the Mesa Arts Center in beautiful Mesa, Arizona. Check out the lineup... Romney will be wearing double armour! GO MITT! (Click on image to enlarge.)
Photo - AP/East Valley Tribune/Tim Hacker
Feb 22, 2022

We’re gung-ho for another outstanding debate for Governor Romney!

GO MITT!!



► Jayde Wyatt