Debate Analysis: Romney Rocked That Empty Chair

I hate being the “I told ya so” guy, hence, I should take some credit for my showing of credibility and word of mouth. I have been struggling for months and just recently for days in convincing my Republican friends that the game ain’t over, that Mitt Romney will step up to the plate and give a resounding rebuttal to President Obama’s lies.

They set the bar so low for Mitt Romney, that even a tie or a well performance would of put Romney at a good start, since it is after all a challenger standing foot to foot with the incumbent President. But who would of thought that Romney would just simply slap Obama in the face, that even his most passionate supporters had to scream our of despair: ‘Where the heck is Obama?’

The notion that Mitt Romney is a good debater is unquestionable. Out of 20 debates in the GOP primary season, he only lost two of them to Newt Gingrich, and prevailed against him, the best debater in town, at the two Florida primary debates.

But there’s more to it. Romney is a quick learner, but also a fighter. Whenever he was faced with a ‘do or die’ challenge, he met it with great aggressiveness and pulled it off. Iowa wasn’t supposed to be Romney’s home turf, but he won it by losing it to Santorum with 34 votes. He lost SC, but won decisively in FL after being buried, and being offered to step down for the Jeb. In Michigan, his home town, he won it, after losing steam to Santorum and the lead as the frontrunner, and so until he got the nomination in Tampa.

Because when Romney is challenged, he rises to the moment, and delivers.

The race ain’t over, the votes are not yet counted, but if anyone had any doubt in Romney’s ability to beat the President, 67% of tonight’s debate watchers have the answer loud and clear: Romney won. He won big.

Democrats Believe Obama Can Lose, Worry Warts Growing

What are those little bumps growing on Democrats?

Check out the first paragraph of Mark Halperin’s article today on

Between the Lines

With five months until Election Day, Barack Obama faces a grim new reality: Republicans now believe Mitt Romney can win, and Democrats believe Obama can lose … Last week’s anemic job-creation and economic-growth data was sandwiched between two Bill Clinton specials: in one television interview, the 42nd President lauded Romney’s business record as “sterling”; in another, he veered from the Obama line on the extension of Bush-era tax cuts … The failure to unseat Wisconsin’s Republican governor Scott Walker in a recall election was another bad sign for Democrats since it will rev up conservatives nationwide, including the kind of millionaires who gave big bucks to Walker’s effort … Veteran Democratic strategists from previous presidential bids and on Capitol Hill now wonder if the Obama re-election crew is working with the right message … The White House remains on a rough political trajectory, with a potentially adverse Supreme Court decision on the Obama health care law looming, additional bad economic news from Europe coming and more worrisome polling pending … Another danger for the President: the media freak show. Stalking that circus’ center ring is Matt Drudge, whose caustic website continues to help drive the news cycle with an emphasis on negative, mocking items about Obama and Vice President Joe Biden and their wives. The latest sign of Drudge’s potency: Ed Klein, the author of the virulently anti-Obama book The Amateur, was barred from major TV appearances and mostly ignored by the mainstream media, but the book’s prominence on Drudge’s website propelled it to the No. 1 slot on the New York Times nonfiction list.

(emphasis added)

Besides former President Bill Clinton, other Democrats are ringing the warning bell: Gov Ed Rendell (D-PA), retiring Rep Barney Frank (D-MA), Sen. Dianne Feinstein (D-CA), Sen. Chris Coons, (D-DE), ex-Rep Harold Ford Jr. (D-TN), Mayor Cory Booker (D- Newark, NJ), former Rep Artur Davis (D-AL), Sen Mark Warner (D-VA), former Obama Economic Adviser Steve Rattner, and Obama bundler Don Peebles.

Yes, it’s early. Yes, a lot can and will happen in five months. And, Americans worried about the direction America is going must work harder than ever to elect Governor Mitt Romney. But…

The next time you see Obama or Axelrod, look closely.

Worry warts are growing.

Caused by growing woes... Worryoma Warticus.

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Great Scott! Walker Wins Recall, Romney Nabs Five-State Sweep

At approximately 9:55 PM local time, victory was projected for Wisconsin Governor Scott Walker and his Lieutenant Governor, Rebecca Kleefisch.

Put this one down in the history books, folks. Walker became the first governor to survive a recall.

Republican presidential nominee Mitt Romney called Governor Walker to offer his congratulations. He also released the following statement:

I congratulate Scott Walker on his victory in Wisconsin. Governor Walker has demonstrated over the past year what sound fiscal policies can do to turn an economy around, and I believe that in November voters across the country will demonstrate that they want the same in Washington, D.C. Tonight’s results will echo beyond the borders of Wisconsin. Governor Walker has shown that citizens and taxpayers can fight back – and prevail – against the runaway government costs imposed by labor bosses. Tonight voters said ‘no’ to the tired, liberal ideas of yesterday, and ‘yes’ to fiscal responsibility and a new direction. I look forward to working with Governor Walker to help build a better, brighter future for all Americans.”

In 2008, Barack Obama won Wisconsin’s 10 electoral votes, but tonight’s results changes expectations. Republicans will now put some muscle behind an effort to add The Badger State to the Romney win column this November.

Waukesha County Executive Dan Vrakas, whose county had a turnout of more than 70 percent and supported Walker handily, … predict[ed] “Romney will be here next week. The state went from being leaning blue to leaning red overnight. Gov. Walker put fire in the belly of a lot of people.”

Three of the four Republican state senators involved in the recall also defeated their Democratic opponents by large margins. And, with half of the districts reporting, the fourth senator - incumbent Republican Van Wanggaard - was winning his race against Democrat John Lehman by 55% to 45%.

Tonight, Governor Romney won a five-state sweep.

Victories in New Mexico, New Jersey, Montana, South Dakota, and California added to his delegate total which already exceeds the needed number to win the GOP nomination. (At the time of this posting, delegate count results weren’t available.)

It was a tremendous night for Republicans! The after-shocks will be felt all the way to November. Thanks to all who contributed in any way to make tonight’s victories possible.

Only one more GOP primary remains. On June 26, the honor goes to Utah.


Governor Scott Walker


GOP presidential nominee

Mitt Romney…


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Chalk Up a WIN in Maine for Romney

Mitt Romney speaking at a caucus in Portland, Maine. Feb 11, 2022
(Photo AP/Robert F. Bukaty)

Thousands of hard-working Mainers have spoken…

Mitt Romney wins the Maine caucuses!

Coming on top of Governor Romney’s straw poll win at CPAC, today’s Maine caucus poll win is especially sweet:

Romney - 2,190 votes - 39%
Paul - 1,996 votes - 36%
Santorum - 989 votes - 15%
Gingrich - 349 votes - 6%

It is estimated that Romney will receive six delegates, Paul will take five delegates, and Santorum will receive three delegates. Gingrich receives nothing. That would put the total delegate count at:

Romney - 121
Gingrich - 38
Santorum - 37
Paul - 25

UPDATE - Boston, MA – Romney issued the following statement on the results of the Maine caucuses:

I thank the voters of Maine for their support. I’m committed to turning around America. And I’m heartened to have the support of so many good people in this great state.

“We stand for conservative principles, liberty and prosperity. All of these are under threat. I’m in this race because I believe that America can be turned around, that we don’t have to accept unemployment over 8 percent, a national debt that is as large as our entire economy, and a President who, even as his own policies fail, apologizes for America’s past successes. We’ve had enough. It’s time to reverse Barack Obama’s legacy of domestic disarray and foreign-policy weakness.

“I congratulate my fellow Republicans on a campaign well fought. We may have our differences, but we’re united in our determination to bring Barack Obama’s reign of failure to an end. I am the only candidate in the race who has never served a day in our broken federal government. The voters of Maine have sent a clear message that it is past time to send an outsider to the White House, a conservative with a lifetime of experience in the private sector, who can uproot Washington’s culture of taxing and spending and borrowing and endless bureaucracy.”

(emphasis added)

► Jayde Wyatt

Two for two: Can Mitt Romney be stopped for the nomination?

From USA Today:

NASHUA, N.H. – Iowa: Won by a whisker. New Hampshire: Won in a walk.

Can Mitt Romney be stopped for the Republican presidential nomination? There is time, his opponents say, although perhaps not much. To be precise, another 10 days to unleash a barrage against the front-runner and persuade conservatives to coalesce around an alternative who then could carry the South Carolina primary.

On Tuesday night, though, the confetti cannons were being fired at Romney’s victory party. He achieved what no non-incumbent Republican has ever done: win both the Iowa caucuses, dominated by evangelical Christians, and the New Hampshire primary, with its live-free-or-die independents.

“Thank you, New Hampshire,” Romney told an exuberant victory party. “You know, tonight we celebrate. Tomorrow, we go back to work.”

After watching one rival after another soar and then crash, the slow and steady candidate prevailed in this year’s opening contests — and succeeded in the state where his presidential ambitions crumbled four years ago as Arizona Sen. John McCain surged from behind to defeat him.

If he also manages to win the Palmetto State on Jan. 21 — scoring what South Carolina GOP strategist Chip Felkel admiringly calls “the trifecta” — supporters and opponents say the former Massachusetts governor credibly could claim to be the presumptive Republican presidential nomination.

. . . .

The Romney camp is braced for what one top strategist called “a war” in South Carolina, a state known for its bruising primary politics. The TV ads and two debates are likely to be the harshest to date

A majority of voters in New Hampshire said Romney would be the strongest general-election candidate, and he was seen as broadly acceptable.

. . . .

Nationally, he is showing growing strength. In the daily Gallup Poll, he has ticked up to 30% for the first time; Gingrich is second at 18%. That puts history on Romney’s side: Since 1976, the candidate who led nationally after the New Hampshire primary has won the nomination.

What’s more, Romney is the only candidate whom a majority of both conservative and moderate Republicans see as an “acceptable” nominee, according to a Gallup Poll taken Thursday through Sunday.

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The next goal for Team Romney: a Trifecta.