“…With Romney now needing 1,057 delegates to win the nomination, Santorum needing 1,109, Newt Gingrich needing 1,112, Paul needing 1,131, and anyone else who might yet choose to enter needing 1,144, the outcome of this race is now anything but inevitable….”
Scott Rasmussen mentioned that he thought Barack Obama was going to be re-elected. Rasmussen, the pollster most closely aligned with the GOP basically endorsed Rick Santorum on Monday. With his comment that he thought Obama was going to be re-elected, he fired a shot across the bow of Mr. Electability.
So, when a recent poll showed that Romney was not as electable as he once was, Team Romney went into orbit, protesting the poll, way too much. They should be. There is a serious likability factor here. Romney does not poll well with likeability. Obama will slaughter him on the issue.
Then there is the here to for not noticed fact that Romney is not as easy to “handle” as his supporters have thought him to be. All candidates make verbal gaffs. Evidently his supporters in the media thought he was, well, Mr. Perfect. One of the serious problems they need to watch is the gaff. Last week, if he had not received such “favorable” press, there were several gaffs that would have nearly ruined a different candidate. The teflon finish can only last so long before it gets scarred, scratched, and no longer works all that well. It happens to every one in office.
Once Romney is viewed as not as electable as he was once seen, it is going to be a serious problem for him, and for the GOP. There is also a interesting phenomenon we are starting to see. In Florida and New Hampshire, after his scorched earth campaign, once the primary was over, there is almost a buyer’s remorse.
Now that Rick Santorum basically shellacked Romney on last Tuesday evening there are a few former Romney worshipers who are starting to run for cover. When it comes to Romneycare and what he plans to do, they should. There are a few pundits who are starting to hedge their bets, just a little. Not to matter, though, they all swear up and down Romney is THE ONE.
When cornered, Mitt Romney is vicious. He is now planning to attack Rick Santorum. I don’t think that the attacks on Santorum are going to be as successful as they were against Newt. Team Romney has had months to destroy Newt, which they have done quite well. I don’t think they can get away with it with Santorum.
They are going to try. The strange thing is, though, that the concentration is still on literally ruining Newt and to continue to, in the background, destroy Rick Perry. This confirms the information from a Pink Flamingo source, that Mitt Romney is one of the most drive, obsessed, and utterly vicious individuals to ever run for POTUS, especially as a Republican.
This is not about Romney winning, it is about totally and utterly destroying the opposition the way he did in 2008 when he attacked Rudy Giuliani. There is already talk about Rick Perry preparing for a 2016 comeback. That can’t be allowed. Deep in the heart of Texas, Romney’s operatives are doing what they can to destroy him, preemptively.
What Mitt Romney has done to Newt Gingrich is utterly despicable, dishonorable, and abjectly immoral. It shows a side to his personality that abjectly renders him completely unfit to be POTUS. The behind the scene stories about this man are that he was abjectly ruthless in business, slashing and destroying anyone who stood in his way. That is “fine” for business, I guess, but it is absolutely the wrong psychological profile for someone being POTUS. What is shocking is that no one has bothered mentioning it.
No, it isn’t shocking. Romney’s water carriers on the right are road testing a new excuse for his poor showing and the fact that two-thirds of the GOP are refusing to support Mitt is because “we” are more conservative than in 2008. I don’t know about you, but I find that argument insulting and dishonest.
What happens when you build a campaign on a single issue and you start losing? Well, if you are as vicious and obsessed with winning as Mitt Romney, you will do anything, just about anything to win.
“….As the full extent of the chaos unfolds, sources close to the Paul campaign tell Business Insider that it is looking increasingly like Romney’s team might have a hand in denying Paul votes, noting that Romney has some admirably ruthless operatives on his side and a powerful incentive to avoid a fifth caucus loss this month.
According to the Paul campaign, the Maine Republican Party is severely under-reporting Paul’s results — and Romney isn’t getting the same treatment. For example, nearly all the towns in Waldo County — a Ron Paul stronghold – held their caucuses on Feb. 4, but the state GOP reported no results for those towns. In Waterville, a college town in Central Maine, results were reported but not included in the party vote count. Paul beat Romney 21-5 there, according to the Kennebec County GOP.
“It’s too common,” senior advisor Doug Wead told Business Insider. “If it was chaos, we would expect strong Romney counties to be unreported, and that’s not what’s happening.”
The Maine Republican Party won’t decide which votes it will count until the executive committee meets next month. But Wead points out that even if Mitt Romney holds on to his slim lead, it will be a Pyrrhic victory. …”