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4 Responses to Another EFMer in the News

  1. RC says:

    So here’s the basic point…..

    Neither Santorum nor Gingrich nor Paul can win this nomination prior to the convention unless one of them gets two-thirds of the remaining delegates. That is not going to happen. It is very unlikely that even together Santorum and Gingrich can win two-thirds of the remaining delegates. So the only way either man can win the Republican nomination is by triggering a deadlock, denying Romney a majority and fighting it out on the convention floor.

    That would be OK if the convention were in early July. But it is to be held during the very last week of August. If the Republican Party does not have a nominee until Sept. 1 and we have to spend the next six months watching these candidates beating the living hell out of one another, you can kiss our chances of defeating Obama goodbye.

    So the bottom line is that Santorum’s and Gingrich’s only path to the nomination is to create a situation that virtually guarantees an Obama victory. Is it worth it, at that price? Can Santorum or Gingrich credibly challenge my math? Can they really maintain that deadlock is good for our party and that it is OK not to have a nominee until Sept. 1? Are they seriously going to argue that another six months of candidate-bashing is not going to irreparably injure our fortunes in November?

    Already, both Gallup and Rasmussen have Obama’s job approval back down to 45 percent. But trial match-ups have him beating Romney 50 percent to 44 percent, and Santorum and Gingrich by similar or larger margins. So why are 5 percent of the voters backing a president of whose job performance they disapprove? Because of the candidate-bashing in our Republican primaries.

    As Romney’s victories mount, it will become increasingly obvious to voters that they have to back him or precipitate a deadlock that would be lethal. His victories will be more frequent and his margins greater.

    It is one thing to say that Santorum or Gingrich has less of a chance to defeat Obama than Romney does. That’s a matter of opinion and political theory. But it is quite another to note that the very process that either Newt or Rick needs to take to win the nomination will, by itself, destroy its value and our chances of winning.

    All this difficulty stems from the incomprehensible decision of the Republican National Committee to allow half of the delegates to be chosen by proportional representation. This system is akin to the old requirement that a candidate get two-thirds of the delegates in that it promotes deadlock, elongates the process and harms our chances of winning. Next cycle, please, let’s switch back to winner-take-all primaries.

    But, for now, it’s getting to be time for Santorum, Gingrich and Paul to say goodbye .
    [Dick Morris]

    • Terry says:

      I fully agree with RC. The problem, however, is that we have one candidate who is firmly convinced that God has personally called him to run for president (so stated by he and his wife on a recent Glenn Beck program), and another candidate whose ego and temperament won’t allow him to give up. Both candidates know that Mitt is the prohibitive front runner, but they’ve lost sight of what would be best for the GOP party.

      In Santorums case—and because his run has God’s stamp of approval all over it—giving up is out of the question. His victory is guaranteed at some point. It’s just a matter of God working things out.

      For Newt, he’s the best qualified (in his mind) because he has worked in government many years, knows all the ins-and-outs, and therefore would be the most effective of the three in terms of getting things done. That’s one reason he won’t quit. Reason two is that, politically, he has no great love for Mitt. Back when the debates began, the Romney machine took out both Newt and Rick Perry. Perry eventually quit. Newt, through sheer bluster, resurrected himself, only to be taken out again via a combination of Newt gaffs and the Romney machine making good use of them. Being publically embarrassed is not something the Newtster is going to let go. Mitt needs to be taught a lesson, and Newt is just the person to do it.

      So now it’s the day after Super Tuesday, and nothing dramatically has changed. Newt had a stunning (sarcasm intended) one state win, Santorum bagged three states—which made him the real winner (more sarcasm intended), and Mitt is still the man to beat. Now, the Newt and Santorum camps are suggesting that the other should quit so that their candidate has a chance to defeat Romney. But neither will, of course—beat Romney or quit. Newt’s ego and dislike of Mitt won’t allow him give up, just as Santorums belief in God’s call won’t allow him to do the same.

      In his Super Tuesday victory speech, Mitt graciously congratulated Newt and Rick for the states they had won. Neither candidate returned the favor.

      The race now is not what it started out to be: a contest of who is most qualified to run the country. That contest came to an abrupt end when the accusations and finger pointing began, which quickly elevated to the level of near viciousness. Envy of the rich candidate also played a part, genuine class envy. The rich guy is only ahead because he’s rich. Thus, we have to do something to teach him a lesson and gum things up for him.

      And so here we are. Wanna take a little bet? Here’s the scenario: Suppose that two of the candidates—because of what the rich candidate supposedly did to them, are hell bent on taking this race all the way to the convention. They’ve indeed managed to “gum things up for the guy”, preventing him from getting the necessary 1,144 delegates. To their delight, they’ve managed to force a brokered convention, where, after the first vote for the candidate they are tied to, the delegates are released to vote for whomever they choose. Here’s the bet: If neither of the two “poor” candidates receive enough votes to be declared the GOP nominee, they would sooner have the vote go to an outside candidate (Sarah Palin has already announced her willingness), rather than give it to the candidate who has the best “fix-it” skills of anyone else on the entire planet.

      Selfishness trumping what’s good for the party. In the end, it’s Obama who wins. That doesn’t bother the two candidates, however. They’re still gloating over the fact that the rich guy who had hurt their feelings, finally got his comeuppance.

      Fortunately, that scenario will never happen, as long as sensible Americans vote with their intelligence instead of whatever they may like about a certain candidate that has nothing to do with how qualified he is to fix the country.

  2. Liz says:

    Nah. Romney will get the number of delegates he needs, in spite of Gingrich and Santorum possibly scheming together, or separately or whatever. America is catching on and I can see this thing coming together.

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