The Other McCain

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Posted on | April 3, 2012 | 95 Comments

UPDATE 10:50 p.m. ET: Chris Moody of Yahoo News writes about Santorum’s campaign in Wisconsin, which included visits to seven bowling alleys and more than a few beers:

He has arguably been one of the hardest working candidates in the race, having labored his way up from the bottom of the polls when he held events in Iowa that literally no one showed up for, to becoming the lead rival to the frontrunner. The man has only taken five days off the campaign trail since last summer, and spent most of that time eking his way along financially. With weak organization to speak of and an entourage that consisted of little more than the candidate and a friend with a Dodge Ram, Santorum went from being the candidate who could hardly get his name on the ballot in some states to becoming a household name.

Chris, you’re wrong: Santorum is not “arguably . . . one of the hardest working candidates,” he is the hardest working candidate, period. There is no argument. Nobody has out-worked this guy, and if it wasn’t for his hard work, he never would have won Iowa, let alone Missouri, Colorado, Minnesota, Oklahoma, Tennessee, North Dakota, Kansas, Alabama, Mississippi and Louisiana.

UPDATE 10:40 p.m. ET: In my local congressional district, Maryland’s 6th, incumbent Republican Rep. Roscoe Bartlett survives with 45% against 21% for David Brinkley, one of seven GOP challengers on the ballot.

In Wisconsin, it’s Romney 42%, Santorum 38% with 65% of precincts reporting. Remember that Romney spent more than $3 million airing attack ads against Santorum in Wisconsin, outspending the Santorum campaign 4-to-1 in advertising.

UPDATE 10:30 p.m. ET: Some good news: In the Maryland GOP Senate primary, with 60% of precincts reporting, Dan Bongino leads with 32% to 29% for Richard Douglas. A total of 10 candidates on the ballot in that primary, the winner facing Democrat Ben Cardin.

UPDATE 10:20 p.m. ET: Latest from Wisconsin: Romney 43% to Santorum’s 38%, with 42% of precincts reporting.

UPDATE 10:15 p.m. ET: Notice that Michelle Malkin directs her readers to “Latest MSM coverage of the D.C. and Maryland results here” — the link is to MSNBC. Their coverage of the Repubican presidential campaign has arguably been more fair and balanced than the Romney News Network.

Malkin endorsed Santorum in January.

BTW, according to an analysis by the New Yorker, when all is said and done, Romney will fall short of the 1,144 delegates needed to clinch.

Linked by Bob Belvedere at the Camp of the Saints — thanks!

UPDATE 9:50 p.m. ET: Fox News cut away from Rick Santorum’s speech tonight after a couple of minutes. With 19% of precincts reporting now in Wisconsin, it’s Romney 42%, Santorum 39%. The networks have already called Wisconsin for Romney, who is now giving an extraordinarily lame victory speech in Milwaukee.

Excuse the long delay in reporting. Got a late deadline tonight, so I took a brief nap.

UPDATE 8:30 p.m. ET: In early results in the Maryland GOP Senate primary, Dan Bongino leads Richard Douglas 34%-26% so far.

UPDATE 8:20 p.m. ET: The networks called Maryland for Mitt Romney as soon as the polls closed. With  5% of precincts reporting, it’s Romney 53%, Santorum 27% in Maryland.

PREVIOUSLY (7:56 p.m. ET)

Today, after covering the Republican primary campaign for months, I finally got to vote in a primary, casting my ballot here in Maryland for Rick Santorum and U.S. Senate candidate Dan Bongino.

Of course, Maryland is a very liberal state and, as such, is considered a shoo-in for the former governor of Massachusetts, so Mitt Romney will pick up 37 delegates in a state he’s got zero chance of winning in November. Because he’s inevitable! And electable!

Polls close at 8 p.m. ET in Maryland. Meanwhile, all eyes will be on Wisconsin, where polls close at 8 p.m. Central, 9 p.m ET. If you’re a Santorum supporter in Wisconsin, make sure you vote. If you’re a Romney supporter in Wisconsin, don’t bother — he’s a shoo-in! Inevitable! Electable! All that crap the talking heads on Fox News say!

Rick Santorum will have his election night event in the Pittsburgh suburb of Mars, Pa. The next round of primaries is three weeks away, April 24, and if Santorum can win his home state of Pennsylvania, he’s still in the game, no matter what the Fox News talking heads say. Santorum has already announced his Wednesday campaign schedule in Pennsyvania.



  1. richard mcenroe
    April 4th, 2012 @ 11:14 am

    And what amazes me is that this is the THIRD time the RNC has run with this loser strategy — “The base HAS to show up, what’s their alternative?  The Indies HAVE to break for us, what’s their alternative?”

    No. They. Damn. Well. Don’t.  And didn’t.  And won’t this time.

  2. Tennwriter
    April 4th, 2012 @ 11:28 am

    McCain was fixing to make a really huge crater.  Palin kept it from not being so bad, and that is despite the way she was muzzled by McCain’s assistants.John McCain knew his fate which is why he blew off the RINOS to pick Palin.  Unfortunately, he did not follow through.And due to incredibly stupid moddie policies in Congress it would have been hard for any R to win that year.

  3. Tennwriter
    April 4th, 2012 @ 11:32 am

    Time to get a new party.

  4. Tennwriter
    April 4th, 2012 @ 11:33 am

    I really wish we did all want the same goal, Adjoran.  But the evidence seems to be that we don’t.

  5. Dave
    April 4th, 2012 @ 11:35 am

    No. Mitt got an absolute majority of the vote in sevaral states and territories (NV, ID, MA, VA, all the territories and Puerto Rico) and got a majority of the non-Ron Paul (i.e. actual Republican candidate) vote in quite a few other states (NH, FL, ME, AZ, WA, VT, HI, IL, MD; in a lot of these states, Mitt was just barely short of an absolute majority).

  6. Tennwriter
    April 4th, 2012 @ 11:35 am

    And the Romneyites War on Freedom continues.

  7. Tennwriter
    April 4th, 2012 @ 11:37 am

    Third? Say fourth.

    Bush Sr. (when he was running on his own not as the third term of Reagan).  Dole, and McCain all blew this idea of ‘let’s be moderates and win’ to complete confetti, but some folk are insane (aka doing the same thing and expecting a different result).

    The question becomes:  Just how big of a crater is Romney going to make?

    And: Will Romney resign for the good of the GOP?

  8. ThePaganTemple
    April 4th, 2012 @ 11:38 am

    We all want to get Obama’s ass out of the White House. I can sympathize with conservatives staying home in 2008, because nobody really knew for a fact who fucking awful Obama would really be. Well, now we all know what he is. And if conservatives through a hissy fit and stay home this year having experienced four years of his shit, who do they have to blame for the predictable results but themselves?

  9. Tennwriter
    April 4th, 2012 @ 11:44 am

    Look, Adjoran, let’s suppose I take your counsel.  Its not as certain as you say it its, but lets say I pretend it is.

    Then what?

    A ghostly rustling wind blows over the prairies being nothing, saying nothing, leading nowhere…

    Doom comes, and arrogant snots cheer.

  10. Kariw
    April 4th, 2012 @ 12:10 pm

    What about Ron Paul? He is really good American and good presidential candidate and he will be good president of USA.
    What is with you people?

  11. Jackol12
    April 4th, 2012 @ 12:19 pm

     What a difference is it? Neither Romney, nor Santorum will win in November, they will loose against Obama.
    Ron Paul – good, proper, sane, very intelligent, well educated. Candidate, who loves his USA and his US nation.
    It is really good candidate, completely sane, normal, tolerant and the biggest chance for USA, chance just for USA, chance for normal future, chance for end of wars, chance for recovery after economical disaster.
    People, where  have you your minds and common reason?
    Why do you vote for candidates, who are homophobic, who have USA and US nation for nothing? You have always choose. You should use it, it is really the biggest chance for you and for the world, the biggest chance for normal and good president just like Ron Paul would be.

  12. ThePaganTemple
    April 4th, 2012 @ 12:24 pm

     Yes, it is that certain. I can’t believe you’re still holding out hope after last night. The stress you’re putting yourself through must be murder. Know when to let go.

  13. ThePaganTemple
    April 4th, 2012 @ 12:26 pm

     One battle? Try more than twenty, with just three battles lost last night, and more to come.

  14. Jackol12
    April 4th, 2012 @ 12:26 pm

     People will rather vote Obama, if republicans would give nomination for Romney or even Santorum. And it will be no good for republican party.
    The only sane man, who has good proposals, good intentions and who says really with sense is Ron Paul and he should be president. He is really proamerican and he loves USA.  He is really good and he would make good changes.

  15. ThePaganTemple
    April 4th, 2012 @ 12:28 pm

     Rick will probably win Pennsylvania, but I wouldn’t bet the farm on it.

  16. ThePaganTemple
    April 4th, 2012 @ 12:31 pm

     And: Will Romney resign for the good of the GOP?

    For who, a guy who’s got less than half the delegates he has?


  17. ThePaganTemple
    April 4th, 2012 @ 12:33 pm

    Well, I’ll say this much, he’s got as much chance of getting the nomination as Santorum does.

  18. Tennwriter
    April 4th, 2012 @ 1:23 pm

    PT, you didn’t get the point.

    Let’s say you’re right.  Then what?

    The game is not worth the candle.  Might as well stop worrying about politics, we’re DOOOMED.

    Or I can cling to hope.

    Come PT, give in to your hatred of the Establishment.  Feel the rage flow.  Strike them down with all your fury.  We shall rise up stronger after we chop those nitwits in half.

    Come to the Dark Side. We have cookies.

  19. Shelleys Playtime
    April 4th, 2012 @ 1:33 pm

     Oh PT, you were this [-] close to posting a lucid understanding of what Santorum supporters think and then… you went off the deep end. I hope you know how to swim…

  20. solaris
    April 4th, 2012 @ 1:38 pm

    The RNC did not make McCain the nominee in 2008. Republican primary voters did.

    The RNC did not make Romney the nominee in 2012. Republican primary voters did.

    People on this site need to drop the crazy paranoia and come back to reality. The people who made Romney the nominee were Tea Party supporters and evangelicals and conservatives, not “the establishment”.

  21. solaris
    April 4th, 2012 @ 1:42 pm

     Mitt and Ann are friends with somebody named Robert Bork. Perhaps you’ve heard of him? Just one more member of “the establishment” who is backing Romney.

  22. Tennwriter
    April 4th, 2012 @ 1:48 pm

    I don’t think you understand what you’re saying.  What you’re saying is that

     ‘We’re not just Doomed, but Doomed in a way that a man falling off a thousand foot cliff surrounded by a buzzing horde of African bumblebees with a King Cobra snakebite on his inner thigh, and a ten million dollar bounty on his head from the Tong is Doomed.’

  23. Shelleys Playtime
    April 4th, 2012 @ 1:48 pm

     NV was 50-50. So regarding NV, VT, NH, FL, ME, AZ, WA, IL, and ME you have to take Paul out of the equation…heck, why not take Newt out of the equation also? It would help back up your illusions of grandeur…

  24. Dave
    April 4th, 2012 @ 1:50 pm

    Ron Paul is neither a serious candidate nor an actual Republican. Gingrinch just isn’t a serious candidate.

  25. Shelleys Playtime
    April 4th, 2012 @ 1:52 pm

     My ‘wow’ was directed towards Pawlenty’s bold faced lies. I am not excited about those numbers…

  26. Shelleys Playtime
    April 4th, 2012 @ 2:01 pm

     You can NOT reasonably take Paul or Newt out of the Not-Romney equation without distributing those votes to Santorum or Mitt. AND since we don’t have ESP we can not assume where each vote would go for each state.

  27. ThePaganTemple
    April 4th, 2012 @ 2:06 pm


    I guess you don’t know me that well. I was anti-Romney as anybody here at one point. But that was back when I thought there was a decent chance to nominate somebody else. Hell, I even tried to get behind Santorum for a while when he looked like the only remaining option.

    But he himself blew that chance, he opened his big fat mouth once too often, and it ended up losing him Ohio. He never recovered. Mitt’s money didn’t do that. Democrats didn’t do that. He did that.

    Now its too late. There are two remaining options-1., get behind Romney or 2., stay home and take the chance on Obama winning a second term.

    For all Romney’s flaws, I love my country too much to even think about that second option. And any third option revolved around Santorum pulling it out is an unreasonable, unrealistic hope, and after some of the crap I’ve heard from him, I might not pursue it if I thought it was a realistic hope.

    I was raised in a small Christian town of mostly Baptists with a smattering of Church of Christ, Holiness, and Christian Church. I know these people. Granted, I see some of their beliefs as dubious, to say the least, but I resent anybody questioning their sincerity or Christian authenticity.

    And if I resent it, just imagine how many of them must feel.

    So far as I know he’s never apologized for making his arrogant, ill-informed statements.

  28. Adjoran
    April 4th, 2012 @ 2:07 pm

     In fact after the convention McCain had even taken a poll lead a couple times, although the race stayed within the margin of error – UNTIL his bonehead blunder of “suspending” campaigning to go back to DC to save the country from the financial crisis. 

    It made Obama look like the adult, and he led from then on.

  29. Adjoran
    April 4th, 2012 @ 2:10 pm

    So you’re saying that’s how Rick would have spent the money – IF he had been able to raise it?

    Pure fantasy.  100%.

  30. Adjoran
    April 4th, 2012 @ 2:11 pm

     Well, Bob, you’re talking about his record, and not his positions, aren’t you?

  31. Adjoran
    April 4th, 2012 @ 2:13 pm

     And his campaign is just as alive!

  32. Adjoran
    April 4th, 2012 @ 2:16 pm

     What does the RNC have to do with how the voters in the various states voted?

    But if you don’t want to show up, that’s your decision.  Obama appreciates your support.

  33. Adjoran
    April 4th, 2012 @ 2:20 pm

     No, he’s saying that if you take part in a democratic process, you should be willing to accept that your candidate doesn’t win just because you think he’s the best.  He needs to convince more voters than the others can.

    Yours didn’t.  That’s not “doom,” that’s life in a democratic contest. 

  34. Adjoran
    April 4th, 2012 @ 2:21 pm

     We’re not willing to wait to defend our national interests until the enemy is coming up the Mississippi in rowboats. 

  35. Adjoran
    April 4th, 2012 @ 2:21 pm

     And he hardly whines at all, and hasn’t lost his temper yet.

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  37. Tennwriter
    April 4th, 2012 @ 2:39 pm

    Not disagreeing with you.  I’d say quitting the campaign is a subset of incredibly stupid moddie policies but done by McCain.

    One of the reasons we conservatives hate moderate pols is because they are so spectacularly incompetent.

  38. Tennwriter
    April 4th, 2012 @ 3:26 pm

    Its good to defend the honor of your friends, but I’m not sure they would care.

    I assume RCCers disagree with me as they are not Baptist.

  39. Tennwriter
    April 4th, 2012 @ 3:38 pm

    Its Doom when the candidate’s position, personality, and plans are Doom.

    Just remember, in 2016 when the Establishment pushes Kucinich over on the GOP, that we have to vote for Kucinich to keep the Dems from winning!

    Bah humbug.

    If this is the stupidity I have to put up with, then I really don’t want to be counted among the GOP.  I think its the Establishment (which means we’re Doomed), and ya’ll say its the whole party (which means we’re double dipped fudge rolled in chocolate with sprinkles on top Doomed.)  Either way….

    Why should I join in?

  40. LouGanzo
    April 6th, 2012 @ 10:48 am

    Why do you get the feelings from some posts that someone from AlQueda somehwere in Yemen is sending these in – tyring to fake support for Ron Paul so well leave the Middle-East?  Is is the same reason it seems most logical that Middle East oil interests are funding the Environmental, anti-US oil movement?

  41. Louganzo
    April 6th, 2012 @ 10:54 am

    Sometimes letting go of your emotional ties to a terrible candidate can be tough, but making yourself feel better with doomsday posts is just sad and terribly unproductive.

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