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Romney Still Needs To Win Me

Numbers are numbers. Rick Santorum has done an incredible job running for this nomination. Incredible. With 10% of the money and maybe 1% of the organization of Mitt Romney, yet still he has been competitive or more in state race after state race. But numbers are numbers. Romney has the organization and the money to go all the way to the nomination and the numbers are stacked against Rick.

So Romney may be thinking that the nomination is all his and maybe he is right. But the fact that a candidate like the honorable Rick Santorum continues to make such a race out of this even while being outspent tenfold and with an organization deficit of the same magnitude should be a wake up call for Romney.

Romney is winning right now on the strength of his fundraising and the strength of his organization. This is not to be denigrated. Romney did the hard work of fundraising and putting together a national and well organized campaign. He worked hard and earned every vote. Yet, he is barely squeaking by in primary after primary.

People will understandably say "a win is a win" and this is true, to a point. But with the financial and organization advantage he has, Romney should have walked on cake. But he didn't.

So, assuming the pattern holds an Romney gets enough votes to make in Tampa, then what?

Does he turn leftward and try to court the fictional middle? Or doe she try to get right with the unconvinced? I am still unconvinced. Romney still needs to win me and looking at the Republican electorate at large, I am far from alone.

Even if Romney looks assured of the nomination, winning the general is a whole 'nother thing. If he wants me and my ilk, he has a lot of convincing still to do and frankly I liked him a lot better at the beginning of this process than I do now.

Winning delegates is not necessarily winning votes.

Convince me.

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28 comments:

Nick said...

Romney's going to get Mondale'd in the general. Elections are about turnout, and the base won't show up to vote for him. It's sad that we've allowed the media and the Romney machine to frame the debate and the talking points.

I'm now fully expecting the USCCB to cave as well. 90+% of conservatives in this country are cowards.

Anonymous said...

why throwing in the towel? Santorum and Romney are neck and neck in Ohio. This is anyone's race. Take this post down! It's demoralizing.

Jean M. Heimann said...

Romney's not a winner in my book!

Anonymous said...

Romney is a white Obama on nearly every policy. He lies and has flip flopped on every issue. What is the matter with you? Santorum is a crazy warmongering fake. Turn off your stinking TV and look at the records of these men! Good grief. Now you can start ridiculing the ONLY honest, decent man in the race, the one your precious TV talking heads have trashed and ignored, the one whose votes are thrown away, the one with a 30 year record of telling the truth and quietly following Gods law without rending his garments on street corners, the one overwhelmingly supported by the active military YOU supposedly support, the one who understands economics, PREDICTED every economic bubble and the Fed ripoff of our savings and money, Ron Paul.

Anonymous said...

Besides, liberals are voting for Romney because they know he can't beat Obama. Paul is the only one who can attract enough independents and moderates to beat Obama. There just aren't enough of you Juda-ized warvangelicals to elect St Torum.

Ann said...

I saw Santorum at a fundraiser in Ohio on Friday night. I'm sad that he did't beat Romney here but am thrilled that the vote was only 1% apart. He is the real deal, and he is DIFFERENT enoungh and bold enough to win against Obama. Santorum is the one. Pray for him. Pray for us.

Anonymous said...

Go Santorum! Obama 2012!

Paul said...

"the honorable Rick Santorum"

Because a guy who supported Arlen Specter, a pro-abortion Republican, and has openly admitted (recently) to sending tax payer dollars to Planned Parenthood can in any way be considered honorable.

Here's a link with video showing Santorum sitting on stage at an Arlen Specter rally in Specter's bid for President in 1996.

http://www.ronpaul2012.com/2012/03/05/in-case-you-missed-it-santorum-at-pro-abortion-1996-presidential-announcement/

Honorable? Please.

Keith said...

To the Ronulans, Ron Paul is a crank who hasn't a snowball's chance in Tucson to be elected President of the United States. His radical libertarianism and isolationism will alienate the conservatives, the evangelicals and the liberals. His stand isn't for smaller government, it's for incrementally more government than anarchy.

As for Romney, If Obama and his ilk are running this country as if they were driving a bus toward a brick wall, they would be driving at 1,000 miles an hour, Romney will slow us to 999.78 miles per hour. He's not even Obama Lite because there is no significant difference between them

So, my plan, if Romney is nominated, is to actually vote for Obama, if this country is finished, no point in pretending. Let's just get it over with so that, perhaps we can rebuild from the rubble.

George @ Convert Journal said...

I don't like Romney and do not believe he will be a good president. Yet, should he win the nomination, he will have my full support simply because the alternative is so much worse.

People who "protest" by not voting are effectively voting for the most pro-abortion, anti-family, anti-religious freedom president in history. These are not merely characteristics, but a driven ideology with devastating consequences.

EBL said...

Here is my problem with Mr. Inevitable...

Paul Zummo said...

People who "protest" by not voting are effectively voting for the most pro-abortion, anti-family, anti-religious freedom president in history.

No, we're not. The meme that not voting or voting third party is the same as a vote for Obama is simply wrong. A vote for Obama is a vote for Obama, and nothing else is.

Ranting Catholic Mom said...

I'm not ready to throw in the towel on Rick yet. What he needs is help. I read about people being in support of him, but are you sending money, if you can? Are you praying for him? Are you making phone calls for him? These things are important. We can't just sit and hope. Romney is the white Obama, as a commenter above said.

It seems to me that in the numbers of Catholics voting for Romney we are seeing the schism between the American Catholic church as represented by Archbishop Wuehrl (sp?), America magazine, too many nuns, etc., and the Roman Catholic church. Our freedom of religion and our country are at stake.

Jay Anderson said...

Romney is getting ready to pivot to the "middle" (i.e. left) this week. What could he POSSIBLY say that would be convincing to a pro-life, pro-family conservative that would get one to vote for him? Dullard Flip Rino can't possibly convince me to vote for him.

The most effective argument in his favor is that he's not Obama, and that STILL isn't a good enough reason for me to vote for him. I'll be voting for Virgil Goode on the Constitution Party ticket.

And what Paul says above goes for me, too. Right on, Paul. A vote for Obama is a vote for Obama. NOTHING else qualifies as such. A vote for a 3rd-party candidate who is a solid pro-life conservative, shares my values, and is a personal friend is a vote for Virgil Goode, NOT Barack Obama.

By the way, I can't think of a better definition of "wasting your vote" than to vote for a candidate you don't like and who doesn't share your values merely because he's NOT the other guy. Voting for Romney would be "wasting" my vote.

Anonymous said...

Picture Romney raising his right hand on the Capitol steps on a beautiful winter day next January. Picture the dejected Obamas getting into the helicopter and leaving Washington, one hopes, forever. Does that help? Kitt

Mary De Voe said...

Romneycare is Obamacare filled with penalties for not participating. Romneycare was based on Hilliarycare and Hillary wanted to put doctors in federal prison for two years if they dared treat and cure a sick person. Obamacare is not about health, obamacare is about power over you and your money, ie. your possessions and your life. It is time for a whiskey Rebellion. If Hillary Clinton is on the ticket for Obama, run, do not walk, run away or you might join Vince Foster.

Jay Anderson said...

"Picture Romney raising his right hand on the Capitol steps on a beautiful winter day next January."

And what part of that is supposed to help convince someone? You would have been better off just mentioning the dejected Obamas flying away forever without reference to Obama Lite ready to step in and take his place.

Again, the only argument for Romney is that he's not Obama, and even that isn't good enough.

Ray said...

Pat,
You don't, in fact, need convincing. The reality is that you...and me...and every single other person in this country who has any semblance of decency...is going to vote for whomever the non-Obama candidate is in the presidential election. Period. And Romney knows this. He hasn't convinced you yet, and don't count on anything changing soon.

Foxfier said...

Wonder how many losses it will take for the establishment to figure out that you can't just assume the base will show up?

Jay Anderson said...

Foxfier, have you no "semblance of decency"? Apparently, neither do Paul Zummo nor I.

Foxfier said...

I have a heck of a time thinking the best we can do is the guy that made national radio news because college kids wanting to "help" the Republicans choose "the least bad" person went in to vote for him. (There's a difference between trying to get Democrats to support you and college activists deciding, on their own, that you're the best of the bunch.)

Add in that the would-never-vote-republican folks my age that I've spoken to think Romney is OK and I REALLY need selling....

jonathan said...

Read William McGurn's piece in yesterday's WSJ for some interesting historical perspective. The field of GOPers was remarkably similar, with similar glee from the left about the poor prospects for any of them. Jimmy Carter beat all of them in polling during primary season... not that Mitt Romney is Reagan, but the parallels are there.

Anonymous said...

Calling Ron Paul an isolationist is an a shameless lie. He is non-interventionist, wanting to TRADE and Talk with other nations instead of attacking them. That is NOT isolationist. Neocons have been using that baseless smear for years...but maybe you don't understand the difference between isolationism and nonintervetionism (as recommended by G. Washington). Ron Paul is losing because he has been cheated, votes thrown out, caucuses cancelled, the media blacking him out while giving those with much less support millions in free positive publicity. Who owns the corporate media and why do they hate Ron Paul? Maybe because he represents the PEOPLE and not corporations or bankers?? If Christ himself returned tomorrow you people would complain about "Christbots" and call him extreme. You have your chance, a once in a lifetime chance to support a truly honest man, a man who is a true prophet and model of decency and all the values you SUPPOSEDLY have and you are choosing Barabbas....those of you who aren't Israeli/CIA trolls.

Anonymous said...

"Romney Still Needs To Win Me"

Yeah, right. Forgive me if I find this statement a bit disingenuous. I don't believe that Romney needs to do anything to get your vote aside from winning the GOP nomination. Once that happens (and it will), he can take your vote to the bank right along with all of those from the vast majority of Republicans.

Your statement is a bit questionable given that CMR stepped right up to support and encourage votes for McCain once he had the nomination in '08. The GOP establishment continues to ram big-government, establishment, status quo neocons down our throats and they know they can get away with it because all but a few will "obey" and vote for their nominees come election time.

Romney doesn't need to do anything at all. He'll have your vote and you probably already know this.

Anonymous said...

The statements above from folks like Paul and Jay are right on the mark about voting third-party. The statement from Ray about anyone with a "semblance of decency" caving and voting for Romney is pathetic. So apparently, according to Ray, lemmings and sheeple who always eat the garbage that they are served by the GOP establishment have a "semblance of decency," but the folks who stand up to this and vote for an actual good, principled candidate do not. Great attitude. I didn't realize that "decency" equated to surrendering your vote.

Anonymous said...

What good is a vote when there is no difference between the options? Voting for lesser evil is still voting for evil, compromising with proven liars and flip floppers and then acting surprised when they lie and flip flop after "elected".

nkmom said...

I am so disappointed at the bashing of Gov. Romney on this site. Mary Ann Glendon supports him and that says a lot. Additionally, imho, Santorum has no business running at this time. Unlike Romney who raised a virtuous family while working in the private sector and then looked around to see how best he could give back to society, Santorum's ego is making him believe that he is the best person to lead our country during this period of having young children at home, including one whose life hangs in the balance.

Anonymous said...

Patrick,

Yesterday you confirmed my point about finding your statement a bit disingenuous, and about how I don't believe that Romney needs to do anything to get your vote aside from winning the GOP nomination. And you also completely blew your credibility. After you posted this above article about how Romney supposedly "Still Needs To Win" you, yesterday you came out with this "gem":

http://www.ncregister.com/blog/pat-archbold/my-just-voter-theory

In that post, you admit that you will vote for Romney if he gets the nomination (and he will), you attempt to defend that decision, and you also go so far as to criticize folks who won't vote for Romney. So at first, it's "Romney Still Needs to Win Me," which I rightfully called you out on because I had an idea of what the truth really was, and now that truth comes out about how you will vote for Romney and how you apparently believe that any other choice is a bad one. This is pretty embarrassing for you. Your credibility took a bad hit on this one.

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