By Douglas V. Gibbs
Rick Santorum is poised to win in Michigan's Primary because of the democrats. He is targeting the Reagan Democrats in Michigan's Open Primary.
Since Obama is the guy on the Jackass Party side (uh, or is that a donkey? No, no, I'm pretty sure it's a jackass), democrats are coming out in droves to vote in the republican primary, and they are voting for Santorum in massive numbers for two reasons. One, Santorum appeals to the conservative democrats. The Reagan Democrats love Santorum because Santorum reminds them a lot of Mr. Reagan. And two, because the liberal left democrats think because of his stance on the social issues Santorum would be the easiest to beat in the general election. They are voting for Santorum in the hopes of putting up the easiest to beat candidate up against Obama. In the case of Michael Moore, he also thinks that the longer the Republican Primary is dragged out with the candidates slugging at each other relentlessly, the better it is for Obama's campaign in the long run.
Santorum's method of reaching democrat voters has primarily been through robocalls, and Romney is angry about them, calling them "Outrageous" and "disgusting."
Is this a "I can dish it out, but I can't take it" moment for Romney?
Romney's argument is that Santorum is willing to wear the other side's jersey when claiming that Romney supported the bail-out of his Wall Street buddies, but opposed an auto bail-out that was a "slap in the face to every Michigan worker."
The polls in Michigan are near even. The robocalls came the day before the vote, and may be too late to sway voters. Then again, undecideds may be swayed by Santorum's ploy. The vote will be interesting.
The funny part of this is that the Republican Establishment is shocked and scared. They never dreamed that at this point Romney would not have had it all in the bag. Santorum appeals to the conservative base, and the establishment is scared to death of the conservatives. Santorum shouldn't be where he is, much less in Michigan. The question for that, then, is why is he?
Despite the rhetoric, conservatism wins, if it is articulated properly, and is able to respond well to the attacks. Santorum is doing just that.
The Establishment thinks Santorum could not possibly win in the general election, but how capable is Romney in beating Obama if he can't even beat a conservative like Santorum? Using their line of thinking, Santorum should have no chance, yet he is right up there with Romney. Using their understanding of the way things are, Santorum should not be where he is today, and Santorum can't beat Obama, so how good of a candidate, then, is Romney if he is struggling against the "unelectable" Santorum?
The fact is, Santorum has a better chance against Obama than does Romney. This nation is primarily conservative. The signs are all over the place. The conservatives are not ruining the Republican Party, they are mending it, and bringing it back. Santorum's win in Michigan would be yet another step in that direction.
With Jan Brewer's endorsement in Arizona, however, Romney is looking at quite possibly a huge win in Arizona. Then again, the only poll I fully believe is the final vote. You never know what will happen. Even Arizona could very well be up in the air.
Remember, voters, Romney is quite liberal when you compare him to the other candidates. Aside from the fact that Obamacare was modeled after Mitt's Romneycare, recently, the beloved candidate of the establishment indicated he supports the progressivity of the tax code, and a progressive tax rate is in line with one of the Ten Planks of Communism by Karl Marx. So you tell me who the better candidate is.
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Santorum robocall makes appeal to Michigan's Democrats for votes - The Detroit News
Michael Moore: "My Democratic Friends Will Vote For Santorum" - Real Clear Politics
Romney on Santorum Robocalls: 'Outrageous and Disgusting' - National Journal
Latest poll suggests Arizona is in the bag for Romney - Arizona Central
2012 Michigan Primary As It Happens - Fox News
2012 Arizona Primary As It Happens - Fox News
Romney on Taxes: ‘I Want to Make Sure We Maintain the Progressivity of the Code’ - CNS News
Plank Number 2 of the Communist Manifesto: 2. A heavy progressive or graduated income tax. - Liberty Zone
Romney’s big problem: A missing aura of electability - Washington Post
Romney's struggles fuel talk of brokered convention - Reuters