Romney takes Florida by a big margin (delegate count by CBS).
Analysis by Stacy “Nostradamus” McCain here.
Mitt Romney crushed Newt Gingrich in the Florida Republican presidential primary Tuesday night, surging from a second-place finish in South Carolina to sweep the winner-take-all contest and reassert his front-runner status.
The victory, in the biggest GOP contest to date, is likely to give the former Massachusetts governor a burst of momentum as he, Gingrich, Rick Santorum and Ron Paul head west to battle in what has become an increasingly negative race.
I endorsed Mitt but I find little to cheer here. I can’t even muster a weak, “I told you so”…
The race is truly becoming a “none of the above” for me. I’m finding myself increasingly in the company of the nearly 60% of Republicans that wish there was another choice.
In an interesting survey conducted by CBS News, 58% of Republicans want more choices for the GOP nomination. While this isn’t exactly a stunning revelation to readers of this site, it does confirm what we’ve thought all along: The GOP’s current crop of candidates is sub-par, and most Republicans would prefer to see somebody else altogether. While the poll doesn’t identify any particular candidates, what it does suggest strongly is that Republicans are thoroughly dissatisfied with the current selections available. We’ve known this for some time, but what it hints at is a serious problem for the GOP if the party should nominate another losing candidate in 2012. The party is in deep trouble with its conservative base already, and one more Presidential defeat with a soft moderate is likely to cause a revolt. According to the CBS poll, only 37% are satisfied with the current field of choices.
If a party cannot motivate its base of support to greater enthusiasm, it will inevitably lose any general election. This has been the problem with this field all along: They really don’t inspire the base, and they’re not apt to do so in any substantial fashion. Much of that owes to the fact that none of them are seen as thorough conservatives, and none are really very dynamic speakers. It’s clear that the GOP remains in serious trouble, and as others have pointed out, the so-called “inevitable nominee” is likely to lead the Republicans to defeat in November. I can’t imagine how with this current crop of candidates, Republicans expect to win the White House in 2012, and it appears they don’t really expect it either. There is a growing sense of exasperation with what is seen as ineffective leadership in the GOP, and that’s going to impose a mighty penalty in November.
I’m sick of hearing Republicans:
- Bitch about other candidates having and spending more campaign cash as a reason that they aren’t competitive.
- Bashing capitalism and legally earning money.
- Try to cast themselves as “DC outsiders” when they have spent careers in politics and/or academia.
- Trying to out conservative each other using Reagan’s legacy as a club to beat the other candidates roundly about the head and shoulders.
- Sympathizing with the #OWS crowd and spewing the 99%er rhetoric.
- Pander to ethnic minorities and the underclass via populist/progressive rhetoric.
- Run away from their pasts as if they didn’t exist.
- Basically handing the Democrats weapons to use against the eventual nominee.
But back to me and my pomposity, because, after all, it is all about me –
I’m still in the Romney camp because of my belief that ABO is the best we can do this time – but that still gives me no joy. Not that I take anything that the AP distributes as a badge of honor, it appears that a majority of Floridians see the upcoming presidential election as I do:
Voters in Tuesday’s Florida Republican primary chose Mitt Romney as the candidate best able to beat President Barack Obama in the fall, preferring electability over ideology in lifting the former Massachusetts governor to a broad victory despite concerns that his issue positions are not conservative enough.
ROMNEY RECAPTURES ELECTABILTY: A majority of Florida GOP voters said Romney is the candidate best able to beat Obama in a general election matchup; only about 3 in 10 said the same of Newt Gingrich. And Romney carried 58 percent of the votes among those seeking a candidate who could defeat the president in November. Gingrich had a strong showing among those seeking a true conservative and a narrow edge over Romney among those seeking an experienced candidate.
They pointed out, as I have, that in 2008 Romney was the “conservative” alternative to the moderate John McCain:
CONSERVATIVES THEN AND NOW: In 2008, Romney carried the mantle of conservative alternative to eventual Republican nominee John McCain. This time around, 41 percent of Florida voters said Romney’s issue positions are not conservative enough, and very conservative voters were more apt to back Gingrich than the former governor of Massachusetts. Strong supporters of the tea party movement also favored Gingrich over Romney, but Romney carried 50 percent or more among those who support the movement somewhat, are neutral or oppose it.
I would say that we need to stick to Constitutional principles but apparently that is racist – at least according to Juan Williams. How post-modern of him…
I’m beginning to think that it isn’t “progressivism” that is the main problem, it is this post-modernistic, illogical, fantasy “truth” that the “progressive” ideology rests on. What an average person sees as pure and unadulterated bullshit, these “intelligentsia” see as clever twists on wisdom and reality. Destroy the foundation of altered reality that “progressives” have to create to support their “reasoning” and the whole mess tumbles down around them.
For a rational person, this thought process (if you can call it that) is maddening. It is like an intellectual Ponzi scheme where these folks think that if they can just keep heaping the manure on the pile long enough and high enough to cover us all up, they can still come out on top. What they don’t realize is that even if they are the only ones left on top, it will do nothing to change the fact that they will be standing on a huge steaming manure pile consisting of nothing but putrid, festering, fetid excrement.
Hard to see how that can be classified as a victory.
The Sweet Meteor of Death is looking like a viable option at this point.
“Howdy! I am an enormous chunk of rock hurtling through space for now, but hoping for a chance to profoundly change the world for the better. I want to stop the partisan sniping and bickering of rivals that characterizes the political process. And I want you to never have to vote for the lesser of two evils ever again.
My platform: Death. To expunge. The annihilation of all life on Earth. Some say I am naive and doomed to failure, since bacteria, certain ocean creatures, and some insects will surely survive my planet-wracking onslaught. I concede that my critics may technically have a point.
But the truth is, I’ve always been a ‘half-a-loaf-of-bread-is-better-than-none’ kind of guy.”
SMOD: An End To Politics As Usual. Forever.
This Candidate Has Been Endorsed By The Sierra Club™
An Interview with the Meteor courtesy of Ace of Spades HQ and Sublog.
ABO or The Sweet Meteor of Death. Looks like the choice we have for 2012.