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Is Mitt Worried About Maryland?

Posted on | March 27, 2012 | 23 Comments

I live in Hagerstown, Maryland. Last night the TV in my office was tuned to Fox News and, during the commercial breaks, they kept running an anti-Santorum ad from the pro-Romney “super PAC,” Restore Our Future.

This ad, portraying Rick Santorum as a soft-on-crime pork-barrel phony, was airing at least twice an hour on Fox News last night. I assume these spots were purchased through the local cable-TV provider. So . . .

Why is the Romney campaign worried about Maryland?

With all the “inevitability” talk, it seems strange to me that Romney’s super-PAC would be spending money to run attack ads against Santorum in a state that everybody expects to be an easy win for Mitt.

Frankly, I think the Louisiana results — which showed that Gingrich’s support has finally collapsed and conservatives have shifted decisively to Santorum — put the scare into Romney’s top advisors. Team Mitt must be a lot more worried than they’re letting on, or otherwise I wouldn’t be seeing all these ads on cable TV in Hagerstown. And because I want to be “fair and balanced,” here’s an ad for Rick Santorum:

I wish Santorum’s campaign was running ads in Hagerstown. Sarah Palin says “don’t retreat,” and I agree. Go give Rick some money so he can buy more ads.

(P.S.: Today my office TV is tuned to MSNBC. At least they’re not in the tank for Romney, and I don’t have to watch any super-PAC ads, either.)


23 Responses to “Is Mitt Worried About Maryland?”

  1. Finrod Felagund
    March 27th, 2012 @ 10:16 am

    Enh, I’d rather look at Courtney Stodden in a bikini.

  2. Asian_chic
    March 27th, 2012 @ 10:24 am

    You have a negative ad and a positive ad. Romney stands for nothing and only good at attacking his opponents.

  3. ThePaganTemple
    March 27th, 2012 @ 10:28 am

    Is Maryland a winner-take-all or is it delegates awarded proportionally? If the latter, that would explain the ad, and the fact that the Romney people are smart enough to not take anything for granted.

    After all, since Ricky Poo came out squarely on the Trayvon Martin leftist race-baiting side of the equation, there’s always the chance the black folks of Baltimore might cross over in large numbers to vote for him.  Hell if he wins the nomination, Ricky Poo might slice into the black vote by a substantial margin. Hell, he might even win the black vote against Obama.

    Maybe instead of a sweater vest Santorum should wear a hoodie.

  4. ConservativeVoter
    March 27th, 2012 @ 10:29 am

    Your website is my new Drudge Report–one of my homepage sites!  Keep telling us what nobody else is talking about.  We’ll keep reading…And yes, I have donated several times to Rick’s campaign.  And they got me so riled up at what they’re doing to him I finally joined his phone bank today.  Rick2012!

  5. Charles Martel
    March 27th, 2012 @ 10:37 am
  6. ThePaganTemple
    March 27th, 2012 @ 10:49 am

     I’m sure Ricky Poo thanks you for helping pay off his campaign debts. Make sure you talk as many others as possible into contributing to the “cause”.

  7. ThePaganTemple
    March 27th, 2012 @ 10:50 am

    HaHaHaHa Thank You! You just can’t make this shit up.

  8. scarymatt
    March 27th, 2012 @ 11:28 am

    Wait…the Super PAC is running ads?  Is Stacy burying the lede here about candidate coordination with the Super PAC?

    Maybe they’re following the simplistic “next door to home” logic.  Or, as already suggested, not taking anything for granted.  the Newt collapse certainly argues for that theory.

  9. Robbyahm
    March 27th, 2012 @ 12:08 pm

    That was the same rehashed super-pac ad that was replayed 3x an hour here in montgomery, Al. well Montgomery county (which houses the city of montgomery) did go to Romney (albeit by 6 % due to vote splitting) every other county around montgomery went for either Santorum or Gingrich.  So Romney and/or the super-pac directors might not want to take Maryland for granted.

  10. ThePaganTemple
    March 27th, 2012 @ 1:46 pm

    Linked (thank you Charles Martel)-

    Boyz In Da Hoodies

  11. Andrew Patrick
    March 27th, 2012 @ 3:06 pm

    I’m trying to recall the last time that the Maryland primary mattered a damn.

    I’m not as in-the-tank for Santorum as Stacy (were such a thing conceivable), but inasmuch as the Good Lord so rarely affords me an opportunity to stick my finger in the eye of the Anointed Candidate, I shall take full advantage.

    Plus, it sounds like it would annoy Pagan Temple.

  12. Adjoran
    March 27th, 2012 @ 3:07 pm

     Yup, coming or going.  Scientists should be studying her to improve the gyroscope.  Why doesn’t she tip over?

  13. Adjoran
    March 27th, 2012 @ 3:11 pm

     As opposed to the all-positive campaign Santorum is running?  You’re funny.

  14. richard mcenroe
    March 27th, 2012 @ 3:17 pm

     Think of it as job security for Adjoran.  As long we resist, he has a career.

  15. Adjoran
    March 27th, 2012 @ 3:19 pm

     Maryland is winner-take-all but by congressional district with a few statewide delegates.

    Santorum certainly made a fool of himself on the Martin case, especially as the facts come out.  People had to be stupid to think the police and prosecutors would not have closely investigated such an incident – precisely because of this sort of Sharpton crap. 

    Reagan tried a “Hail Mary” in the ’76 race by promising to name Senator Richard Schweiker his running mate.  Maybe Santorum-Sharpton as a National Reconciliation Ticket?

  16. Adjoran
    March 27th, 2012 @ 3:20 pm

     Yeah, because Maryland and Alabama are so similar.

  17. Robbyahm
    March 27th, 2012 @ 3:56 pm

    Might as well have fun before we all sell-out to romney, right? 😉

  18. Robbyahm
    March 27th, 2012 @ 4:01 pm

    Yeah thats right, both states do fall under the mason-dixon line + both have strong racist democrat backgrounds.

  19. Thomas Parker
    March 27th, 2012 @ 4:06 pm

    All Romney knows how to do is spend big money running an extremely negative campaign… and it seems as though almost everyone has given him a free pass, as he viscously attacks Santorum (or any other front runner…).  When Rick punches back… he’s labeled as the extreme one… and the real “bully” as the “victim”.

    Your post on 3/26… “The Politics of Demoralization” is the best synopsis of the 2012 Republican Primay that I’ve read thus far.  It makes this conservative want to shout “AMEN”!  Rick is the only clearly contrasting conservative candidate… our best hope to defeat Obama in November.

  20. Thomas Parker
    March 27th, 2012 @ 5:12 pm

    To avoid confusion… I failed to mention that the 3/26 post… “The Politics of Demoralization”… was posted on “The American Spectator”… (not “The Other McCain”)

  21. Michael Swartz
    March 28th, 2012 @ 1:16 am

    You’re close. The statewide delegates (which will be selected at the state’s Spring Convention in late April) are theoretically bound to vote for the state’s top vote getter for at least the first ballot. Out of 37 convention delegates, each Congressional district selects 3 apiece (24), we pick 10 at the convention, and the RNC reps (which are almost dead-shot certain Romney votes) make up the other 3.

    But Santorum can only win 13 of the 24 Congressional delegates because he didn’t field full slates in many districts, including the Sixth (which is RSM’s district.) Romney and Paul have all 24, Gingrich 23, and even Rick Perry has 17.

  22. Adobe_Walls
    March 28th, 2012 @ 1:44 am

    That ad has been running frequently on time warner in NC for two months.

  23. Mike Rogers
    March 28th, 2012 @ 8:19 am

    Another credible challenger, another gnome show!
    In NH, we now call our previously esteemed former governor the “Gnome of the north”, because he has become the evil establishment manipulator, constantly trying to short-circuit primaries and promoting reliable RINOs.
    When Gingrich was rising in the polls, he was all over tv in south Carolina: didn’t do any good.
    Now, Santorum is the credible challenger to mr inevitable, and once more the surrogates, including John H Sununu are out in force trash-talking he who dares challenge Mittens. Well, maybe he who dares, wins!