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Romney No’ Doin’ So Weel In SC?

Posted on | January 21, 2012 | 9 Comments

by Smitty

Leahy at Bearing Drift reports from South Carolina:

I was out of the political loop for a spell yesterday and so missed Bob McDonnell’s arrival in the state to stump alongside Mitt Romney in what appears to be, and feels like, a spectacular collapse in support for the former Massachusetts Governor. Romney, who was leading by double figures just a week ago now admits he could lose today.
A thoroughly unscientific poll I took of a group of Columbia residents on McDonnell’s visit and endorsement drew a surprisingly uniform response: “Who is Bob McDonnell?”
Even after I explained who Bob was, and how Romney had once said he he would make a good vice presidential pick, I got shrugs in return.
Sorry Bob, South Carolina just isn’t that into you. Or at least not yet.

Read the whole, interesting thing. If Newt takes SC, that means that we have three winners across the first three states. Santorum, it could be argued, should have won Iowa by a much bigger margin, if not for eight mysteriously vanished precincts. Not That The Fix Was In, mind you.

It doesn’t look like Ron Paul will make a fourth winner in as many states on 31 January in Florida. Northern Cuba seems interested in the dark haired version of Charlie Crist.

Call me perverted, but I think all of this competition is a Good Thing. Voters need to realize that we’re looking for a human being as a presidential candidate, no some kind of savior. They all, uniquely, suck. Have your say, get your opinion out and your vote in, then stand by to shelve the emotions and get that GOP nominee elected.

Also good: Romney staying with the debates. They appeal to my finely honed sense of masochism.

Update: linked by That Mr. G Guy, who is live in SC with coverage.


9 Responses to “Romney No’ Doin’ So Weel In SC?”

  1. richard mcenroe
    January 21st, 2012 @ 3:16 pm

    SC GOP making ABC, Iowa look good…

  2. Dan Collins
    January 21st, 2012 @ 3:47 pm


  3. Rich Vail
    January 21st, 2012 @ 4:06 pm

    Despite odd up and down bumps in the polls, the fact of the matter is, outside of New England, Romney can’t get above 25% in the poll for ANY length of time.  The base doesn’t like him, they never have.  Over the past 6 years, this man has spent well above $100 million dollars, and he can’t get above 25%.

    What does that tell you?


    This entire campaign has been ABR…anyone but Romney.  The GOP electorate has spent the past 8 months casting about for anyone but him.  The people the base likes, decided not to run.  Christie, Ryan, Jeb Bush…but the media wants Obama to run against Romney…so they keep giving him (reasonably) favorable (for a Republican) publicity…but the base doesn’t want him.

    I’m  really not a big fan of Newt, but Newt’s strategy of running against the hard left biased media is working.  I suspect that after Thursday he’ll take SC tomorrow by a fairly large margin.

  4. Conan The King of Aquilonia
    January 21st, 2012 @ 4:15 pm

    Romney will lose in craptacular fashion, if he wins the R nomination and goes up against O.

  5. DaveO
    January 21st, 2012 @ 4:37 pm

    Over at Ace’s there’s a post on a trend of Romney delegates are also Paulistinians.

    Doesn’t matter who wins the nomination – it’s all of the down-ticket races that matter. Keep Obama as the figurehead he already is, but get the power back to the People.

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    January 21st, 2012 @ 4:55 pm

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  7. Anonymous
    January 21st, 2012 @ 5:42 pm

    What needs to happen there is that any delegate who pulls that kind of crap earns a fraud, false advertising, etc. prosecution or civil tort.

  8. Mike G.
    January 21st, 2012 @ 7:32 pm

    Thanks for the link back Smitty, but our coverage is a concerted effort by me and my wife. Her blog is at

    She took some pictures and posted them.

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