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Romney’s Big Step to the Nomination

by Peter Wehner

Mitt Romney did well with demographic groups with which he’s done well in the past: voters who are white collar, upper income, college educated, non-evangelical Christians and somewhat conservative/moderate. For example, Romney beat Rick Santorum by roughly 20 percentage points in Oakland County, a white collar suburb outside of Detroit. Among self-identified Republicans in Michigan, Romney beat Santorum by an impressive 13 points (49 percent v. 36 percent).

Rick Santorum, on the other hand, did well, though not great, with people who consider themselves very conservative and who identify themselves as evangelical Christians. But where Santorum was hurt the most was with blue collar voters. He lost to Romney in Macomb County, a white working class suburb outside of Detroit, and barely won in Genesse Country, which incorporates the blue collar city of Flint. In Michigan, Santorum lost to Romney among Catholics (45 v. 37) and women (42 v. 37, including every category of women polled, including working women, single women, and married women). In Arizona in particular, but also in Michigan, Santorum simply was not able to cobble together a coalition that went much beyond the core of the GOP base. 

  link:  http://www.commentarymagazine.com/2012/02/29/romney-step-to-the-nomination/

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The problem with Santorum

by Ann Coulter

Even when I agree with Rick Santorum, listening to him argue the point almost makes me change my mind.

I also wonder why he’s running for president, rather than governor, when the issues closest to his heart are family-oriented matters about which the federal government can, and should, do very little.

It’s strange that Santorum doesn’t seem to understand the crucial state-federal divide bequeathed to us by the framers of our Constitution, inasmuch as it is precisely that difference that underlies his own point that states could ban contraception.

Of course they can. States could outlaw purple hats or Gummi bears under our Constitution!

State constitutions, laws, judicial rulings or the people themselves, voting democratically, tend to prevent such silly state bans from arising. But the Constitution written by James Madison, et al, does not prevent a state’s elected representatives from enacting them.

The Constitution mostly places limits on what the federal government can do. Only in a few instances does it restrict what states can do.

link: http://townhall.com/columnists/anncoulter/2012/02/29/the_problem_with_santorum

Romney waxes personal in Ohio

BEXLEY, Ohio — Mitt Romney raced to seize the early momentum in Ohio ahead of Super Tuesday, with two events Wednesday that allowed him to show his softer side. Meanwhile, his chief rival, Rick Santorum, spent the day in Tennessee.

Though Santorum begins the week before voting with a nearly double-digit lead in the RealClearPolitics polling average for Ohio, Romney has a pair of fresh wins under his belt — Arizona and Michigan — which put a new spring in his step as he campaigned in this suburb of Columbus, the state’s most populous city.

He started out on-message, getting into the weeds of economic issues like taxes, trade and government regulations. And he mentioned Santorum by name just once, using essentially the same attack line that he typically directs at President Obama: “Rick Santorum is a nice guy, but he’s an economic lightweight.”

But he stayed away from the more right-wing rhetoric he had adopted in recent days, and also opened up a little bit about who he is personally.

A young girl at a town-hall meeting at Capital University asked what he’d like to be remembered for, to which Romney answered: “I want to be known as a great father.” He waxed poetic about his five sons and talked of his own father at some length before saying that if he’s lucky enough to be president, he wanted to be remembered for helping the American people.

The very next questioner complained that the news media has portrayed Romney as a cold man without a heart. The questioner said he knew that wasn’t true and so asked the candidate to talk about what’s in his heart.

Romney joked that it has been hard for the public to get to know him through the 20 debates he’s endured in the Republican primary contest. The contenders on stage, he said, all wear blue suits, black shoes, red ties and look alike, he said to laughter, adding that each gets only 60 seconds to explain “how you would bring peace to the world.”

But the former Massachusetts governor, who continually dotes on his wife, Ann, offered a personal glimpse of himself: “By far the most important thing in my life is my wife.” He said her happiness is what he cares about more than “anything in the world.”

He said he worried over the illness she developed in the 1990s, multiple sclerosis, and how it would impact her life span. And he got gushy talking about the joys of having grandchildren, joking, “You don’t have to change their diapers, and they love you.”

link: http://www.realclearpolitics.com/articles/2012/03/01/fresh_from_twin_wins_romney_waxes_personal_in_ohio_113312.html

 

  Combatting Media Manipulation: Just Say No

I don’t understand — and I haven’t seen anyone even try to explain it — why the Republican presidential candidates keep subjecting themselves to politically partisan, hostile journalists being in control of their debates. These journalists have been highly partisan previously, seem to shield President Obama from criticism, and go on the offensive to try, for example, to turn the whole debate into the pretense that these candidates want to make birth control pills illegal.

Why didn’t these candidates just get together, especially now that there are only four left, to choose their own panel, say with each of them picking one questioner? Whenever Newt Gingrich challenged the premises — and honesty — of the questioners, he was met with wild applause, because both the mass media’s bias and the need to challenge it openly couldn’t be more obvious.

But, you might ask, does it make sense to go to war with the mass media? Of course not, unless it is already at war with you. Nothing like this has been seen in America for a century or even two. The main newspapers and television networks are determined to reelect Obama, to promote the currently dominant leftist (not liberal) ideas without limit, and to smear or slander critics.

 link: http://pjmedia.com/barryrubin/2012/02/27/combatting-media-manipulation-just-say-%e2%80%9cno%e2%80%9d/

 Mitt’s big night and the road ahead

The significance of Mitt Romney’s big wins in Arizona and Michigan is debated in a symposium over at NationalReview.com. Along with the Weekly Standard’s Jay Cost, I think it is hard to see anyone but Mitt Romney as the GOP nominee. More to the point, I am of the view that the race for the GOP nomination is effectively decided. Not over, just decided.

My GOP-BCS rankings –this is the second edition– put Romney in an overwhelming position at the top of the field because he has won the big blue state primaries of New Hampshire, Florida, and now Michigan. He also won the primary in the key state of Arizona, a must win for the GOP in the fall and likely to be contested by the president. It was a victory for Romney and by a huge margin.

These are what are called “quality wins” by the BCS gurus when college football teams are being ranked as opposed to would-be opponents of the president, but the concept carries. Romney has won where the GOP nominee needs to win in the fall, under the conditions which will prevail in the fall.

Rick Santorum set up his title shot very nicely with wins in the caucus states of Colorado and Minnesota and in the non-binding Missouri beauty contest, but like triumphs over small conference, early season opponents in college football, the GOP-BCS rankings don’t count these for much, though they matter more than Newt’s sole win in the South Carolina primary, a state that any of the GOP contenders would carry handily in November.

No matter how you slice it, Romney has won where and when he needed to win, and has developed the organization and raised the cash to carry the campaign to the president.

Which is exactly where it needs to go now. That is why Team Romney is making a push for virtual volunteers and small donors at www.MittRomney.com, to begin to build the organization needed to stay abreast of the president through the summer.

Expect GOP fatigue with the intra-party jousting to help Romney along next week to wins in Ohio and elsewhere in the country. The desire to “get on with it” is growing and crowding out patience with the anti-Romney activists. There are indeed die-hard anti-Romneys, and some of them are very good men and women who just don’t think the former Massachusetts governor is reliably conservative enough.

  link: http://townhall.com/columnists/hughhewitt/2012/02/29/mitts_big_night_and_the_road_ahead

   

   

  What’s Going On In The World?

British Union Boss Threatens To Sabotage London Olympics

The boss of Britain’s biggest public sector union has come up with a foolproof plan to roll back the spending cuts being imposed by the Conservative-led coalition government: sabotage this summer’s Olympics in London.

Len McCluskey, general secretary of Unite, thinks the modest cuts (around three per cent in real terms over the term of this government) to public services are such a provocation the wrecking the games would be justified. “If the Olympics provide us with an opportunity, then that’s exactly one that we should be looking at,” McCluskey told the left-wing Guardian newspaper. He also called on members of the public to support striking workers with ‘civil disobedience’.

Unite is the biggest single donor to the opposition Labour party, and McCluskey’s remarks were seized on by the Conservatives. Prime Minister David Cameron forced Labour leader Ed Miliband to condemn the threat, and so risk falling out with the union which not only bankrolls his cash-strapped party, but played a key role in making him leader.

McCluskey has badly misjudged the mood of the British people. The upcoming games have captured the imagination of the country, and are set to provide a welcome boost to morale amid the current austerity and high unemployment. At the same time, in light of the economic situation people are growing tired of public sector unions campaigning against job losses, and cuts to pensions that are far better than most private sector workers can hope for.

link:  http://pjmedia.com/tatler/2012/02/29/british-union-boss-threatens-to-sabotage-london-olympics/

Quote For Today:

   “If freedom of speech is taken away, then dumb and silent we may be led, like sheep to the slaughter.”  ~  George Washington
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