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Mitt Romney celebrates primary victory in Florida

While driving tonight from our home in Columbia, Tennessee, to Gatlinburg and the Smoky Mountain National Park, I got so enthralled with the election coverage that I missed our exit and drove fifty miles out of the way.  But nothing could dampen our spirits.  What a great, great night.  Here’s a sample of the best coverage.

Rich Lowry:

Carpetbombing works.

That’s the lesson of Florida, where Mitt Romney overwhelmed Newt Gingrich on the air and in every other aspect of the campaign. He out-organized him, out-messaged him, and out-researched him, if an exchange in the last debate where Romney seemed to know more about Gingrich’s investments than Gingrich himself is any indication.

Gingrich the historian has any number of analogies he can draw on — he was the Persians at Marathon, the French at Agincourt, the Zulus at Rorke’s Drift. In short, he got wiped out.

Jennifer Rubin:

It was a blowout. Mitt Romney won Florida by double digits, taking virtually every economic, ideological and other subset of voters. He carried all but “very conservative” voters and “strongly supports Tea Party” voters. Romney soared past the 45 percent mark, won more than the combined votes for Newt Gingrich and Rick Santorum, and re-established himself as the most favorably-regarded and most-acceptable candidate in a diverse, large state that the GOP much carry in November.

Moreover, he won the contest on the strength of his debate performances (previously a strength for Gingrich) and now has a huge lead in money and organization as the race spreads out across the country.

Jonathan Tobin:

Mitt Romney’s huge win tonight in Florida was sufficiently large that it is not possible to interpret it as anything but a stamp of approval from a broad cross-section of Republican voters in a closed primary. Given that by the last week the primary had become a two-man race, it is also impossible to avoid the conclusion that it was a resounding rejection of Newt Gingrich. Gingrich appears likely to take the sore loser scenario in the coming weeks as he attempts to foul the well for the likely nominee by branding him as not just a relative moderate — which is what Romney actually is — but a liberal. Gingrich may be able to convince his large donors to fund a last ditch and probably futile effort to derail the frontrunner. But he is unlikely to persuade most Republicans they are better off with a crippled nominee simply to vent his personal spleen at Romney for having beaten him at his own game with negative ads.

Let’s not forget, well, me.  On CNN:

Many evangelicals are angry, and rightly so. They’re angry with a president who embraces abortion rights, who restricts religious liberty and who saddles their children and grandchildren with a mountain of debt. They understand the necessity of protecting life and the imperative of financial stewardship.

But they also understand that we don’t discard our core values for the sake of political victories. Fidelity, honesty, humility and charity matter.

No one doubts that God forgives, but only God knows Newt Gingrich’s heart.  We only know his actions, and we know that he has a history of deceiving even those who are closest to him.

Three other Republican candidates are anti-abortion. Three other Republican candidates have been faithful and honest in their personal and professional lives. With honest alternatives to choose from, evangelicals will soon abandon Gingrich.

And one final, critical note.  According to the Washington Post, Mitt won the evangelical vote!

This was a great night, worth savoring for a few hours.  Then, on to Nevada.

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7 Responses to Mitt Wins!

  1. RC says:

    Just 10 days ago I was in the depths of despair, thinking what in the world is wrong with those South Carolina voters. My heart was not in my chest, but in my feet. I was that passionate about the electoral primary process. However, I asked Floridians to bring salvation back to us, and bring they did. I am back in the saddle. Yee-haw.

    Hey, I haven’t heard much from “Larry” lately, I wonder how come?

    2012 – Mitt Romney

  2. Terry says:

    Yes, great night, and one to savor for awhile. One thing I found amusing was in watching the post-election news panels. Even though Romney won big, some panel participants seemed to be obsessing over the groups (true conservative, tea party, etc.) that Mitt didn’t win over a majority of, as if that left Romney with an incomplete victory. One Fox News panel member (and I wish I had noted his name) several times expressed concern over the percentage of voters that Mitt didn’t win over, stating something like “these people are saying that they would rather have someone else than Mitt Romney”. I was thinking, “Mitt won! Get over it, dude!”

    Despite Newt’s assertions to the contrary, I think this win will serve as the launching pad that’s going to propel Mitt into the winner’s circle come convention time. Mitt is a true conservative, and I believe that more and more people are going to realize that as they see him in action down the road. His time as governor and having to work with a legislature that was 85% Democrat, unfortunately has left an impression in the minds of many people that he is a moderate.

    • RC says:

      Spot on Terry, not only the pundits but Newt himself could not bring himself to congratulate Mitt on his Florida victory – which is a moral and ethical protocyl.

      (“Vengeance not Victory” is Newt’s new campaign slogan)

  3. Liz says:

    Nice job to the French folks that made this seemingly impossible (at times) victory possible. On to bigger battles. Meanwhile, Newt is out searching desperately for his Sacred Honor.

  4. Rev. Ton P. Alcantara says:

    The evangelicals in Floria are smarter than those in South Carolina. They made a better choice! I hope the evangelicals in the rest of the country would follow the Floridian evangelicals’ choice of Mitt!

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