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Florida Primary Hangover

01 February 2012 @ 14:46

The following is a taste of what some folks in The Ether are saying after last nights RINO Rave in The Sunshine State…

-From Stacy McCain’s report, filed over at The American Spectator this morning:

If Romney proved nothing else in Florida, he proved what a 3-to-1 ratio in campaign spending can accomplish in a Republican primary. Gingrich came into the Sunshine State10 days ago fresh from a triumphant victory in South Carolina, leading Romney in Florida by nine points according to a Rasmussen poll. When the votes were counted Tuesday night, however, Romney won Florida by 14 points and, in terms of delegates to the GOP convention, the result was even more lopsided than that: 50 to zero in the winner-take-all primary. And in his victory speech here in Tampa, Romney sounded very confident that he will return to accept the nomination in August, ignoring his Republican rival and focusing his attacks on the incumbent Democrat as if the general election campaign had already begun. "My leadership will end the Obama era and begin a new era of American prosperity," Romney told his cheering supporters, promising to "build an America where hope is a new job with a paycheck, not a faded word on an old bumper sticker."

Eighty miles away in Orlando, Gingrich drew applause from his supporters by describing the various executive orders he would enact on the day of his inauguration as president. While supporters behind him held signs saying "46 States to Go," Gingrich addressed himself to "the elite media," promising he would "contest every place and we’re going to win and we’ll be in Tampa as the nominee."

In Tampa, however, Gingrich’s boasting was greeted with derision by Eric Ferhnstrom, a top advisor to Romney. "He’s not even on the ballot in 46 states," said Ferhnstrom, noting that Gingrich failed to qualify for the ballot in next Tuesday’s primary in Missouri, which will thus be essentially a two-man contest between Romney and former Pennsylvania Sen. Rick Santorum….

-Black card carrying member of the GOP Establishment Bill Kristol thinks that things could still break Rick Santorum’s way. His conclusion [tip of the fedora to Memeorandum]:

In sum: Could we be heading towards a Romney-Santorum contest on February 28 in Michigan and Arizona, and then in March and beyond? Romney would certainly be a strong favorite in such a contest, given his lead in votes, delegates, money and organization. But wouldn’t Santorum ultimately have a better chance than Gingrich to upset Romney, even if it’s still a slim one?

See how he reached it by clicking here.

And check out Quin Hillyer’s take on BK’s take here.

-Willard is catching a lot of flak for this statement which he made this morning on CNN: ‘I’m not concerned about the very poor.’

Now, as you might guess, this is a situation where what he said is being taken out of context for the purposes of making Willard (1) seem like a heartless Scrooge and (2) to show he is out of touch with people*.

The full statement is as follows:

I’m not concerned about the very poor. We have a safety net there. If it needs a repair , I’ll fix it. I’m not concerned about the very rich…. I’m concerned about the very heart of America, the 90-95 percent of Americans who right now are struggling.

Michelle Malkin attacks Willard’s statements, but from the right perspective:

The message shouldn’t be “Let Them Eat Food Stamps.”

The message shouldn’t be that he’ll “fix” any holes in the safety net.

It’s supposed to be: Get them off food stamps, provide them with real educational choice, reform the culture of dependency, and get government out of the way so that businesses and entrepreneurs can thrive — and increase economic opportunities for everyone.

Yes, there is a better choice.

By his statement, Willard is telling us pretty directly that he only intends to manage the situation better, not reform it. He’s exposing for all of us to see the fact that he has no clue as to how bad things are and that what is required is a wholesale repeal of the whole Progressive agenda that has slowly been killing freedom and liberty in America for the past one-hundred-plus years.

Pundette has Romney’s number:

But my real point is that a conservative candidate would talk about increasing opportunity for the very poor, about lessening the need for food stamps and housing vouchers by reducing government and invigorating the economy, rather than touting the awesomeness of our massive, dependency-inducing welfare state and suggesting it might need some beefing up.

But Romney’s no conservative. So this is to be expected.

Flip, flop, and fumble ― that’s Willard Mitt Romney’s M.O.

Jonah Goldberg weighs-in from the political side of things:

…great politicians on the morning after a big win, don’t force their supporters to go around defending the candidate from the charge that he doesn’t care about the poor. They just don’t.

And this from a man who thinks Willard is acceptable as a Nominee.

-One of the factors in Newton Leroy’s defeat was the insane voting procedures allowed in Florida [I've damned them in a previous posting]. Over at NRO, Jim Garaghty explains it quite well:

3) The Early Bird Special: To paraphrase Yogi Berra, it gets late early down there. While it’s an exaggeration to say that Florida was over before it began, the window of opportunity for Newt Gingrich to win the state slid nearly closed within a week, and then shrank day by day.

This cycle, the early vote in Florida proved epic, with 293,760 Florida Republicans participating in the state’s early-voting opportunities. Another 338,753 absentee ballots were received by Florida’s officials. To put this in perspective, that’s 272,000 more than the total votes in Iowa and New Hampshire combined, and about 31,000 more than all of the votes cast in South Carolina. In South Carolina, 56 percent of primary voters said they had decided “today” or in “the last few days.” In both Iowa and New Hampshire, that total was 46 percent.

Florida? Only 29 percent. Another 40 percent said they had decided whom to support before January. With so many early votes cast and so many Floridians deciding early, the Thursday-night debate and the drama of Rick Santorum’s daughter’s health may have been, if not moot, much less significant than they would have been in a state with more Election Day voters.

-Over at The Washington Examiner, Byron York offers some insightful commentary that is worth a read.

Two highlights [tip of the fedora to Memeorandum]:

Over the past week in Florida, Romney did nearly everything right; his ads hit hard and his debate performance was dominating, even if he improved only marginally on the stump. And Gingrich did nearly everything wrong. The result was a decisive 14-point victory for Romney, who now has two primary victories to Gingrich’s one.

And…

Romney’s message remains the weakest part of his candidacy. And that means, despite his skill with attack ads and in debate, his campaign could still face substantial obstacles. "At bottom the Newt insurgency is fueled by the sense that Mr. Romney’s tepid policy agenda reflects no fixed beliefs," the Wall Street Journal editorial page’s William McGurn wrote Tuesday. "In fact, it’s telling that Mr. Romney’s GOP rivals are defined as non-Romneys, each standing for something lacking in the front-runner."

That "something lacking" problem has not been fixed.

-I end this with two brillant observations made by frequent blog commentator Adjoran over at Stacy McCain’s joint:

Romney can’t change much – his hair is re-fired in a kiln monthly, and he even wears dress shoes as bedroom slippers.

And…

You have to understand the Ptolemaic dynamics of Newtonian narcissism. The major difference between them and Obamaniacal narcissism is the debate of who is indeed at the center of the universe. Obama insists it’s him, while Newt claims to have changed the paradigm in a fundamentally transformative way.

-I’m off to have some Hair Of The Dog…why come along?…the first round’s on me.
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*Newt’s problem is that, over the years, he’s been too
in-touch with half of the population.

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