The Other McCain

"One should either write ruthlessly what one believes to be the truth, or else shut up." — Arthur Koestler

Poll Proves Mitt’s Mud Gun Works?

Posted on | February 20, 2012 | 69 Comments

The report that Mitt Romney has cut Rick Santorum’s lead from 15 points to 4 points in Michigan goes to show what can be accomplished with a multimillion-dollar attack-ad campaign, especially when those attacks are assisted by Mitt’s friends in the liberal media.

However, as Santorum himself has often pointed out during his speeches, Romney won’t have either of those advantages — a bigger campaign fund or a more friendly media — when it comes time to face Barack Obama.

Let’s hope Republican primary voters in Michigan and elsewhere have the intelligence to understand which of these two candidates is the GOP’s best chance in November. Because Mitt ain’t it.

Bookmark and Share

Comments

  • http://profiles.yahoo.com/u/EU5DQWQTTHTPO4A4ZYSL3AAV2U Adjoran

    Don’t let actual facts get in your way.

    IF your theory were correct, the poll would show a decrease in support for Santorum.  It doesn’t, he stays steady, so the negative ads can’t be said to be working.  Romney gained from Gingrich and the undecided.  

    “Mitt’s friends in the liberal media” – good one.  You mean Jen Rubin? 

  • tranquil.night

    Rick’s been under heavy fire but he’s getting more and more heavily influential artillery reinforcements from the grassroots. He’s got Levin, Michelle, and basically Rush by virtue of alliance. The South is turning to him as Newt deflates. Michigan will probably be close but the man’s still fighting. And this past week the Left has gone straight for the throat. If they were so confident that Leftist social values were a winner, they’d be waiting to spring all this on him as the general nominee.

  • polypolitical

    Plus, *If* your supposition that attack ads are working is correct, just wait until the general election (if Santorum were to win the primaries) and see how effective they would be when run by the Obama campaign.  Nothing will energize the pro-Obama vote more than a Santorum nomination.

    I still hate Mittens too.  And Newt.  I’m just saying.  The GOP has a total death wish this election.

  • http://thepagantemple.blogspot.com/ ThePaganTemple

     No, he’s talking about all of Mitt’s temporary friends in the liberal media who will only be his friends up until after the Republican Convention.

  • http://evilbloggerlady.blogspot.com/ Evi L. Bloggerlady

    I have to agree with Pagan on that one.  But if Rick Santorum runs smart (and stops alienating libertarian allies) the “media allies” may find out things did not go to plan in the general election.  

    Oh yeah, Karl Rove is saying you are “mentally ill” if you think a third party candidate is coming.  I guess Jeb Bush told him again, “No and hell NO!”  Karl Rove’s eggs are in the Romney basket.  

  • http://evilbloggerlady.blogspot.com/ Evi L. Bloggerlady

    You know things are looking up for Rick Santorum when Dan Riehl is defending him (and saying Newt is no longer his guy).  

  • PhillyCon

    Per Ed Morrissey, did you see who is going into MI to stump for Mitt?  Donald Trump.

    Any ideas on why?  Seems kind of bizarre.  

  • PhillyCon

    Then, by this logic, the Republicans can never run a candidate b/c whomever that person is will get demonized and Alinskyed.

    So, let’s have Obama run unopposed then.

  • http://evilbloggerlady.blogspot.com/ Evi L. Bloggerlady

    I went to Jennifer Rubin’s today and it is one post after another on how bad Rick Santorum is.  Boy, Jen really wants to out do Karl Rove, doesn’t she?  

  • Pathfinder’s wife

    It may be working right now, but for the long haul this won’t be a winning strategy — in fact, it will likely contribute greatly to a loss in the general.  

    Mitt is ill-placed to run against Obama on issues as it is — and the more he slimes his opponents the more he boxes himself in.  
    It will likely come down to a beauty contest against Obama if Mitt wins the nomination. Oy.

  • polypolitical

    well, IMHO the GOP’s insistence on running candidates that are either: a) Religious zealots who want the whole country to be a middle class suburb of the 1950s or b)mealy-mouthed moderates who refuse to offend anyone and in turn offend everyone means that the party is doomed anyway…but that’s just me.

  • Pathfinder’s wife

    What religious zealot does the GOP have running that has turning the whole country into Leave It To Beaver as part of their platform?
    (although, to be given the choice between Ward and June or what passes for a neighborhood now, I think I’d feel better if my kids had to walk past Ward’s house on their way to school).

  • PhillyCon

    Sorry, you lost me at “religious zealots.”  

    It’s bad enough the Left stereotypes 20-30 percent of the R party this way, but for our side to fall it, is kind of senseless. 

  • PhillyCon

    On another blog, a poster posted all the past positive quotes Rubin had made about Santorum.  It’s was kind of funny … just shows the disingenuousness of it all.

  • Finrod Felagund

    Of course Mitt’s mud gun works.  Didn’t you see what happened in Florida?  Mitt spent more money on TV ads in Florida (99+% of it  negative) than Crazy Cousin John spent on TV in his entire 2008  campaign.

  • Wombat_socho

     GVDL, is that you?

  • polypolitical

    To both of you, if Rick Santorum isn’t a “religious zealot” then I don’t think you would believe any (non-muslim) IS such a thing.

    Santorum can live whatever life he chooses, but he definitely doesn’t (and can’t) get my support because of his personal views; putting him at the head of a Federal government that wields unprecedented power without him having any real plan to curb that power (I can’t find one in his platform) is asking for him to feel empowered to get involved in MY bedroom (as he has indicated he thinks is acceptable.)

    I am of a younger generation, too (small “l”) libertarian to accept the social views that he supports, and too opposed to the bankrupting of America to support the status quo. Blogs like this one love to bash the MSM’s oft-repeated statement that “you have to win the independents” but the fact is that a large number of people are like me: we want the government smaller, and to stay out of our business and let us live our lives.

    Sorry, but I support Marriage equality, drug legalization, and othr things you equate with the “far left” but I probably want a much smaller government than you do with much lower taxes. Yet the GOP, and Rick Santorum in particular, have absolutely zero desire to get out of my business.

  • polypolitical

    GVDL? Sorry I must be out of the loop on that on, bro :)

  • http://twitter.com/richard_mcenroe richard mcenroe

    Not to mention Mitt’s Mudslide on Twitter.

  • http://twitter.com/richard_mcenroe richard mcenroe

    I think he means the one who SPECIFICALLY SAID he wouldn’t do that.

  • K-Bob

     ”Marriage equality?”

    What a vaporous concept.

  • polypolitical

    K-Bob: I don’t want to get into THAT discussion here; but not at all. Sorry you feel that way. Too bad we can’t throw the homos in jail like the good ol’ days :)

  • http://twitter.com/richard_mcenroe richard mcenroe

    What Mitt doesn’t get, what his RNC stringpullers don’t get, is the Mitt Mudslide is being aimed at Republican voters but it’s being seen by the ENTIRE NATION.   Meg Whitman destroyed Steve Poizner in CA with the same tactic, and the entire electorate turned on her as a hateful harpy in the general.   She destroyed herself before the Dems even got to fire a shot.

  • http://thepagantemple.blogspot.com/ ThePaganTemple

     Uh, well, could it be because he knows he’s the most likely Republican to lose in November?

  • http://thepagantemple.blogspot.com/ ThePaganTemple

     Marriage equality, yay rah rah how else can a couple of homosexuals file a lawsuit anytime somebody refuses to let them adopt kids?

  • polypolitical

    I know, I’m on the wrong website :) Sorry you guys hate the idea. Which is why the GOP relies on the people that already support it. I find it fascinating that as soon as someone steps out of line with the dogma of either party they are finished in the political process. oh well, that is why fewer and fewer people feel that their votes matter. and why their votes DON’T matter.

  • PhillyCon

    So, you are a Ron Paul supporter?

  • PhillyCon

    Of course, the theory is that the “RNC stringpullers” don’t really want to beat Obama anyway.

  • K-Bob

    Kind of like how Colon Powell was a big McCain guy, all the way to the bitter end, or at least until some teleprompter marxist comes along.

  • polypolitical

    Nope, I think RP is a bit crazy on most foreign policy. While I think we could do a lot less around the world, I think his total disengagement is a poor idea. He also comes across like the crazy uncle from the attic on a lot of things, and the unbridled state’s rights federalism he espouses gave us the civil war and jim crow.

    His association with the paleo-libertarians and their racist and anti-jewish sentiments are bothersome to me; if he didn’t mind being associated with them then how would he be any different now?

    Some of his supporters are total cyborg wierdos too.

    I’d take a Gary Johnson maybe, but he never gained traction enough in the GOP for me to hear him flesh out hius ideas before he went Libertarian

  • PhillyCon

    See, there’s no “perfect” person, I think you are searching for the unicorn that doesn’t exist.  

    You may not like the socons, but you have to understand political realities, this group does all the hard/grunt work no one wants to do in campaigns for FREE.  They give our side the competitive edge b/c the other side has the unions.  Without them, its liberals in power forever.

    Its best to make peace with fact instead of hand wringing.  I think you’re buying into the liberal bogeyman on this.  No one is going to come  into your bedroom under a Santorum Admin.  Its the paranoia of the Left.

  • http://profiles.yahoo.com/u/EU5DQWQTTHTPO4A4ZYSL3AAV2U Adjoran

     They elected Jennifer Granholm twice, so obviously fake orange hair is very popular in Michigan.

  • http://twitter.com/richard_mcenroe richard mcenroe

    I like how we all think it’s just awful that Obama is forcing contraception and abortion coverage on the Catholic hospitals but we can’t get our shit together to support a Catholic candidate.

  • http://profiles.yahoo.com/u/EU5DQWQTTHTPO4A4ZYSL3AAV2U Adjoran

     Well, I have to think her totally inept general election campaign had something to do with the loss.  She even pulled Fiorina down with her.

  • polypolitical

    I don’t see where Santorum will change anything. He is GW Bush with more overt religious leanings. I admit to having an absolute and total distrust of all zealots, especially in the religious realm, due to some very very very bad experiences I have had in that area of my life. Mitt is a mealy-mouthed pandering politico and I don’t trust him. Newt…well, newt is so arrogant I cant even take him seriously, the same problem Obama has, except Obama is an actual Marxist.

    For example, even though Johnson never got to flesh out his ideas on the national stage, I like him because:
    He has more executive experience than anyone currently in the field including Obama.
    He is a true believer in civil liberties, something I cherish
    He supports Marriage Equality
    He has shown an ability to govern and succeed in a state where his party was outnumbered 2 to 1.
    he actually DID shrink government

    none of the others in the race show me anything like those kinds of positives.

  • http://profiles.yahoo.com/u/EU5DQWQTTHTPO4A4ZYSL3AAV2U Adjoran

     Do these visions just come to you, or do you have to get high first?

  • polypolitical

    By the way (here I go asking for a bunch of spam…oh well) if any of you would like to discuss these things with me in long-form about it you can message me polypolitical_at gmail dot com

  • http://thepagantemple.blogspot.com/ ThePaganTemple

     I think he’s doing pretty damn good for a guy who started out with zero funding and no organization to speak of, yet still won Iowa, the first contest on the calender, and has won three since, and now is still favored to win Michigan, Mitt’s home state. What opposition to him there is I am pretty sure has little if anything to do with his Catholicism.

  • http://jackt123.blogspot.com/ Jack

    You know, voting for a president isn’t like buying a tailored suit. You can’t get everything just the way you like it. For instance, I’m not a big social conservative myself. I am a very strict constructionist and fiscal conservative. I can’t vote for Mitt because off Romneycare. I can’t vote for Newt because he’s plainly psychotic. The weird ideas that pop out of his mouth are certifiable. Ron Paul is just a moron. That just leaves one guy. So he doesn’t like birth-control…do you really think he can sign an executive order banning it? No. And therefore this hysteria that he’ll somehow bring back “Leave it to Beaver” is beyond asinine. The President is strictly bound by Congress, which is strictly bound by the Supreme Court.

  • http://profiles.yahoo.com/u/EU5DQWQTTHTPO4A4ZYSL3AAV2U Adjoran

     As a Catholic, I think the problem is Obama is forcing this crap on everybody by fiat, not just Catholics or religious institutions.  Any exception for religion would still leave the lay faithful subject to the dictates of the unholy regime.  The rule doesn’t need to be amended, it needs to be scrapped completely, PERIOD.

    And religion shouldn’t be a reason to vote for or against someone, although I admit I would be hesitant to support an avowed atheist.

  • http://evilbloggerlady.blogspot.com/ Evi L. Bloggerlady

    I thought perhaps she changed.  She was all how great Santorum was (when she figured he was helping end the threat of Newt).  But once that was gone, Jen got rather chilly to Ricky.  

  • http://evilbloggerlady.blogspot.com/ Evi L. Bloggerlady

    polypolitical:  Throw who in jail?  Take that Moby crap back to LGF.  

  • polypolitical

    See? Here I am out of the loop again. My tongue-in-cheek answer not sit well with you ma’am?

  • Pathfinder’s wife

    So making prostitution, drugs, the whole lot legal is going to make for less government…how?

    Because most of the “anything goes” places I know of past or present, usually wind up accepting (with open arms even) totalitarianism because they can’t stand the “freedom” anymore.

    Disagree? Name me one place that hasn’t (and for that matter, name me one place where anything goes that you’d really want to raise your kids in — have you been to any by the way?  I have, although to be honest, there’s money to be had there if you don’t mind getting a bit wolfish.)

  • Pingback: Santorum Surging in Latest Polls « Nice Deb

  • Pathfinder’s wife

    I think it’s hilarious, in a dark sort of way.  Here we have our government shoving its nose into very personal areas of life (even into kids’ lunch boxes, even into our sex lives and our time of death), and there are some on the right screaming about a “rightwing religious zealot who wants to shove his nose into my bedroom”…even though said religious zealot has come out and stated that while he has firm personal opinions concerning social issues he can’t/won’t force them on the country.

    The irony! It burns! LOL!

  • polypolitical

    No, I haven’t been to Portugal with their liberalized drug policies; nor have I been to Amsterdam to see what legal marijuana looks like. I have been to Nevada, have family there, and the only place I would be unwilling to raise kids in Las Vegas, where prostitution is still illegal.
    I do, on the other hand, work in criminal justice; I know first hand the ravages of the “war” on drugs and I see that it is a total failure. I also see the immoral seizure of money and property from people who recreationally use drugs and live productive lives to fund ever more intrusive law enforcement efforts.

  • http://thecampofthesaints.org Bob Belvedere
  • http://thecampofthesaints.org Bob Belvedere

    Whatever the Left accuses the Right of doing is what they, themselves, are doing.

  • polypolitical

    Oh thats right I am trolling. I forgot we are supposed to swim in a sea of confirmation of the perfect righteousness of our views without anyone to ever challenge us or ask us to think in a different way. Bite me.
    I appreciate this blog, I enjoy reading it, and I enjoy the fun discussions in the comments. I appreciate, too, that rather than engage in a discussion about how we could work together to defeat statist oppression from Obama you want to call me a troll. Grow up.