Many political analysts compare 2012′s Republican Presidential cycle to the Democrats’ go of it in 2008. Barack Obama deployed a delegate strategy while Hillary Clinton went for big state wins. It worked to Barack Obama’s favor. This year, it works for Romney. Both took a while and had some ups and downs, but ultimately Barack Obama prevailed. After Ohio came in tonight, it is clear | Read More »
This Goes Both Ways, Right? Some Republicans Start Rooting for Conservative Defeat.
Chris Cilizza as an interesting story in the Washington Post in which some Romney supporters are openly wondering if the Republican Party needs to be wiped out in 2012 in order to win big in 2016. “I’d personally enjoy all the ‘we can’t nominate another Republican In Name Only’ crowd getting a stomping by an incumbent with an 8.5 unemployment rate,” said one senior party | Read More »
Further Proof Romney Supported a National Individual Mandate In 2009
As I mentioned yesterday, back in 2009 Mitt Romney took to the pages of USA Today to tell President Obama that as he came up with a healthcare plan he should consider using “tax penalties” as Massachusetts did or “tax credits, as others have proposed” to help cover the costs of health care. The “tax penalties” is Mitt Romney’s individual mandate, a key portion the | Read More »
BREAKING: Mitt Romney Urged Obama to Embrace the Individual Mandate
Had Michigan not been as close, the Democrats would have waited to spring this on us in the general election. Luckily we have it now and I hope Ohio voters are paying attention. In July 2009, Mitt Romney wrote an op-ed in USA Today urging Barack Obama to usean individual mandate at the national level to control healthcare costs. On the campaign trail now, Mitt | Read More »
The Horserace for March 2, 2012
The reality is I think conservative activists are starting to come to terms with Mitt Romney. His national and state polling is starting to trend up. More and more I hear conservative activists tell me that while they are not sold on Romney and he has not closed the deal, Gingrich and Santorum have not closed the deal either. The great volume of undecided voters | Read More »
After the Fact, Romney’s Supporters in Michigan Seemingly Rewrite the Delegate Rules
According to the Michigan Republican Party rules, each candidate who wins a congressional district will win a delegate per district. Romney and Santorum split the districts, so they each got 14 delegates. There are two statewide delegates. The statewide delegates are divided based on a mathematic calculation for each candidate who gets over 15% of the vote. In Michigan, as Right Michigan explains, Romney and | Read More »
Not Defending Romney Moves to Godwin’s Law: How Seth Ellis Proves Me Right
In my morning post on Mitt Romney’s wins I noted that the press is now starting to trot out stories about the Mormon Church, its race issues, baptizing the dead, etc. Contained in that post Seth Ellis goes there where there is pulling a David Brooks, comparing critics who I assume include me to Nazis, and violating Godwin’s Law. So first, I win. Thanks Godwin’s | Read More »
When you have a candidate few people really like, whose support is a mile wide and an inch deep, whose raison d’etre (a 4am fancy word) is fixing an economy that is fixing itself without him, and who only wins his actual, factual home state by three percentage points against a guy no one took seriously only two months ago, there really is little reason | Read More »
Santorum and the Democrats. Outrage! Outrage, I Tell You!!
The latest outrage pushed by Team Romney is that Rick Santorum is running auto-calls asking Democrats in Michigan to support him. How dare he! Of course, Romney will do the same in the general election. It’s what we’re supposed to do. But right now it is somehow dirty — unless Romney had to do it, then it’d be a-okay with Romney supporters. Look at all | Read More »
The Elephant in the Room
He was the elephant in the room, so to speak, at the CNN Debate in Mesa, AZ. And this issue is why Campaign 2012 on the Republican side is so depressing. The he is George W. Bush. And the issue is that Rick Santorum and Mitt Romney spent most of the debate campaigning against George W. Bush without using his name. They went after each | Read More »
Gingrich & The Rick Perry Factor
It was the last debate. Newt Gingrich won it. He was the only candidate who repeatedly steered the questions toward Barack Obama. He was the only candidate who dared point out that the media barely touched Obama’s infanticide support as an Illinois State Senator. He returned to the role of elder statesman. The crowd leaned to Mitt Romney. It was probably inevitable. Mesa, AZ is | Read More »
Principle as Political Liability
What a weird campaign season we are having. Let me present you a truth that some of you may bristle under, but is true nonetheless. No matter how right the cause or principle, it may still be a political liability. I’ll start with the one you’ll agree with it. Barack Obama and many on the left may believe that abortion . . . er . | Read More »
The Last Debate?
Today is a holiday here at RedState, but I’m doing laundry, packing, and preparing to fly out to Arizona. On Wednesday night, CNN will bring the nation what may very well be the last debate in the Republican Presidential Primary season. From Mesa, AZ, Mitt Romney, Rick Santorum, Newt Gingrich, and Ron Paul will take the stage one last time. At least we can presume | Read More »
The Debate Strategery, Defending George Stephanopolous, & Taking On George Lucas #EERS
Tonight on the Erick Erickson Show I’ll delve into lunch box inspections, the cancellation of the CNN debate, and at 7:05 pm ET, believe it or not, I’ll defend George Stephanopolous. Sometime around 8pm I hope to have time to take on George Lucas and his latest “story” about who shot first. You can listen live right here on the WSB live stream. You can | Read More »
The Uber Conservative
In his CPAC speech, Mitt Romney used “conservative” more than any other word except “President.” Just how many times? My radio producer Shane Backler cut up his speech and put them all together.
Panic Time for Everybody. Sepuku Seems To Be Winning the GOP Primary.
Mitt Romney should win Michigan. It is his for real home state — not one of the adopted or moved in to and bought a big house home states. Michigan is Mitt Romney’s home state as in his father was Governor of Michigan. He should win it. He is losing it. He is losing it to Rick Santorum. A PPP poll now has Santorum 16 | Read More »
A Severe Conservative Speaks at CPAC
Mitt Romney got a warm reception at CPAC, standing ovations . . . the works. He did nothing to calm fears that he is not one of us. In fact, he might have made it worse today. He ad-libbed one particular portion of his speech that just may give away the game for him with the CPAC crowd. He threw in this line: “I fought | Read More »
The other night I was having dinner and Pat Cadell, Jimmy Carter’s pollster and a very honest liberal, came up to me. He said bluntly that if his side’s front runner had lost 3 of the first 8 elections and been swept out last Tuesday, by Wednesday the Democrats would have a new candidate in the race. He is right. Yet the Republican Party has | Read More »
A Big, Big Win for Santorum . . . Errr . . . CPAC
Mitt Romney had a horrible, horrible night. Early yesterday, Mitt Romney’s campaign called Missouri a “beauty contest” and said to focus on Colorado. We did. Wow. I’ve said since Sunday that yesterday would be the first day of voting that Mitt Romney’s “poor” comment to Soledad O’Brien would have an impact. It typically takes a week for comments like that to be digested by voters. | Read More »
The Sweet Meteor of Death 2012
As I said back in December, I have no plans to endorse a candidate for President of the United States. I wrote, at the time, “I would prefer instead to tell you exactly what I think about each of the candidates, good or bad, and let the chips fall where they may.” Since then, I have routinely been asked who I would endorse. Today, after | Read More »