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Santorum Letter: Romney As Nominee “Truly Frightens Me”

Posted by Phoenix Woman on April 18, 2012

So much for any chance that Ol’ Frothy Mix becomes Mittens’ running mate:

A late-arriving Rick Santorum fund-raising letter to Iowa voters is causing a stir for its harshly worded attack on presumptive Republican nominee Mitt Romney.

The letter, first reported on and reprinted in full by the Des Moines Register, arrived in Iowa mailboxes on Monday, nearly a week after the former Pennsylvania senator suspended his campaign.

“It truly frightens me to think what’ll happen if Mitt Romney is the nominee,” reads the undated letter, which is signed by Santorum and paid for by his campaign.

Oooopsies!

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Who’s More Racist, Santorum Or Romney? The Answer May Shock You

Posted by Phoenix Woman on January 19, 2012

Shortly after I finished reading this piece from the Washington Post‘s Aaron Blake, in which he tries mightily to kill the idea that the truth (namely, that Romney lost the Iowa caucuses to Santorum) should be allowed to derail the effects of the reporting he and his Romney-fluffing buddies have produced on order from their bosses, I ran into this from Alec MacGillis in TNR:

Most of all, though, it seems odd to be chiding Santorum for playing to unpleasant racial dynamics when he spent several minutes early in the debate arguing on behalf of restoring voting rights to ex-convicts. It served the purpose of throwing Mitt Romney back on his heels for a few moments as he scrambled to compute what the proper answer was on this touchy issue, but it was also about as likely to win Santorum votes in the GOP South Carolina primary as cutting up the Confederate flag in front of the state Capitol for napkins….

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For a Republican candidate to be talking like this when Republican state legislatures are doing their darndest to suppress black turnout, by non-convicted voters much less by felons, is a big deal.

Especially considering that Santorum brought up the subject because Mitt Romney’s superPAC was running an ad trying to Willie-Hortonize Santorum over Santorum’s vote for the Martin Luther King Bill.

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Iowa Republican Caucus Turnout On Par With 2008; Mitt Gets Six Votes Less

Posted by Phoenix Woman on January 5, 2012

As we all know by now, Mitt Romney, just barely, won the Iowa caucuses Tuesday night.

An 8-vote margin is nothing to crow about, especially when Santorum is likely to inherit most of Bachmann’s vote now that she’s pulled out. (Fascinatingly, Rick Perry hasn’t pulled out yet: Wonder if he’s playing hard to get in order to leverage himself onto a Santorum or Romney ticket as a running mate? If so, that’d be the first evidence I’ve seen that the man can think straight.)

From the point of view of Obama, what ought to make him happy is comparing Tuesday night’s turnout to 2008’s:

Total turnout in the Iowa GOP 2008 caucuses: 119,188. In 2008, Iowa had an estimated population of 3,002,555, so 3.96955% of the state’s population turned out in 2008.

Total turnout in the Iowa GOP 2012 caucuses: 122,224 (per my count of the numbers shown here: http://caucuses.desmoinesregister.com/data/iowa-caucus/results/). In 2011, Iowa’s estimated population was 3,062,309, so 3.9912% of the state’s population turned out last night. (Romney actually received six fewer votes last night — for a total of 30,015 — than he did in his second-place finish to Huckabee in 2008, when he got 30,021.)

In other words, for all the talk of fired-up Republicans ready to surge to victory, that ain’t happening, at least not in Iowa.

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