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Romney Faces The Three Stooges In FL And Still Gets Less Than Half The Vote

Mitt RomneyThe results from the Florida GOP presidential primary prove that in the land of the blind, the guy with the biggest checkbook is king.
Mitt Romney finally managed to win a convincing victory after a series of humiliations, largely by spending about $15 million dollars on ads to annihilate his main rival, Newt Gingrich, the Don Juan of lunar travel. Gingrich did his own part to destroy himself with lackluster performances at the candidate debates and more general being the undisciplined, erratic, attention-deficit candidate that only the Republican base would ever take seriously.  Yet, it’s worth noting that faced with three almost laughably inept candidates, Romney still couldn’t manage to win an outright majority. Clearly, he’s still waiting for his Sally Field moment.

In the days leading up to the primary, Gingrich certainly tried his best to tar Romney as a weak sister: “LNewt Gingrichook, the conservative movement is not gonna to sit by and let a Massachusetts liberal, who’s pro-abortion, pro-gun control, pro-tax increase, pro-gay rights, who’s Romney-care in two articles in the last 24 hours were described as the equivalent of Obamacare and who George Soros says is just fine,” Gingrich told Fox News (of course) on Monday.

But swamped by Romney’s ad blitz, Gingrich was unable to repeat his South Carolina upset. Rick Santorum and Ron Paul basically wrote Florida off, knowing that they hadn’t a prayer with its winner-take-all system.

Still just because Romney won Florida doesn’t mean Gingrich will pack it in. Gingrich’s candidacy seems trapped in an endless “Circle of Life” loop, with spectacular deaths and equally implausible rebirths. More to the point, Gingrich has nothing to lose at this point. He hates Romney, he hates the GOP establishment and he’s got a wealthy backer willing to throw millions his way. Why wouldn’t he pursue a scorched earth policy? If Romney loses in November, Gingrich gets to say, “I told you so.” Of course, that he helped the Democrats by  solidifying Romney’s image as a vulture capitalist will probably slip Newt’s mind.

Despite Romney’s success in Florida, exit polls show he still has a problem with the tea-party evangelical segment of the GOP, which voted for Gingrich. To win them over, Romney is going to have to shore up his conservative credentials even further. That means addressing the dreaded “moderate” image he acquired as governor of Massachusetts. One of the easiest ways to do that is to go full tilt at marriage equality, something he has been using it as a cudgel against Obama for some time. As Romney moves onto the next round of primaries, he’s going to need to turn up the rhetoric on Obama to rally the GOP base. So if you’re planning a wedding in the next several months, don’t count on Mitt throwing rice.

Photos:  Gage Skidmore

 

By:           John Gallagher
On:           Feb 1, 2012
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  • 21 Comments
    • Mike UK
      Mike UK

      it’s no surprise he won people were brainwashed, he spent $16 million and had 13,000 adverts on tv!

      Feb 1, 2012 at 7:13 am · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • B
      B

      As a Mormon and an Independent, I fully support Romney. He will be the next president of the United States come Nov. 2012. No Democrat has ever been re-elected to a second term as president (beside Bill Clinton) since Franklin D. Roosevelt. Democrats squandered any opportunity they had to pass any meaningful legistlation (ENDA, repeal of DOMA, etc.) for the GLBT community by ignoring them until it was too late –ie when the Republicans took control of the House. You only have yourselves to blame for supporting backstabbers, liars and hypocrites.

      Feb 1, 2012 at 7:47 am · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • Robert in NYC
      Robert in NYC

      No.2, so in voting for Romney, assuming he gets the nomination, you’re perfectly OK to see DOMA retained, ENDA blown out of the water? If that’s what you want, then Romney is your man. Gays voting against their own interests, a major case of Stockholm syndrome. At least the democrats no longer support DOMA and don’t support bills banning same-sex marriage. That’s what you’ll get with Romney, let alone Gingrich.

      Feb 1, 2012 at 8:21 am · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • KyleW
      KyleW

      Speaking as an outsider (who generally likes Americans), I have to say, US politics is looking like it’s at an all-time low. I never saw elections with worse candidates. Talk about having to choose between dumb and dumber. It’s incredibly depressing, seeing the increasingly blunt instrument of influence you are wielding around the rest of the world. I’m becoming very concerned about the future. It’s going to be an extreme irony if undemocratic China and Russia are the only balances to rampant US power broking across the globe.

      Feb 1, 2012 at 9:05 am · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • Tea & A
      Tea & A

      Odd how Queerty finds it impossible to declare a Republican a winner, he still gets “less than half the votes.” Your bias is astounding, especially considering this was a multi-candidate primary, not a one-on-one election. In the future, please do the same with any and all Democratic primaries as well (but who am I kidding? this is Queerty, after all).

      Feb 1, 2012 at 9:27 am · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • Me
      Me

      @N0 3 — Obama DEFENDED DOMA and DADT for nearly three years. How many Gays and Lesbians were thrown out of the military during that period? How much heartache and ruined lives did he visit upon us? There was a clause in the DADT law that allowed any sitting president to suspend DADT during times of military conflict — did Obama exercise that opinion? I bet you he would have if it would have affected any other minority.

      There is nothing that Romney could do that Obama didn’t do. The federal courts will decide ultimately since Obama and a Democratic controlled congress threw us under the bus from the very beginning.

      And please don’t shovel out that same old crap about Republican appointed judges when it was a Democrat Supreme Court judge (Justice White) who was the deciding vote to UPHOLD the sodomy laws in Bower v Hardwick and later it was a Republican Justice Kennedy who wrote the majority decision stiking the Sodomy laws down nation-wide under GW Bush. A state supreme court Republican Judge originally decided SS marriage was constitutional in CA and later a Republican federal judge struck down Prop 8, etc.

      Obama argued against us before the federal courts to uphold DOMA and DADT for nearly three years — appeal after appeal. And we should just forget and forgive, eh? Bullshit, Obama doesn’t deserve to have his betraying ass rewarded with another term.

      If there are no consequences for bad behavior, then what message does it send to others who might dump on us again — if there is not a price to pay at the polls for it?

      NoBoma in 2012

      Feb 1, 2012 at 9:54 am · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • Red Meat
      Red Meat

      No.2 is being paid by Romney’s campaign to post online, obviously.

      Feb 1, 2012 at 11:19 am · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • Joetx
      Joetx

      @KyleW: Many of us Americans are appalled at the sad state of affairs in the U.S. as well.

      Unfortunately, we’re the minority, whereas the ignoramuses make up the majority.

      Feb 1, 2012 at 11:37 am · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • AKULA
      AKULA

      Well as a soldier in the U.S. Army I’ll be voting for Pres. Obama, why because of him my Husband will be standing with me next year as my Husband when I retire, not as a “friend” or “roommate”. I really don’t care what he did years ago I look at what he’s been doing lately. The human garbage that the republicans have running are poor excueses for human beings let alone presidential material, Romney thinks 300,000 K is not alot of money? It would take me about 5 1/2 years to earn that, that statement alone shows me how out of touch with the real world he is.

      Feb 1, 2012 at 11:53 am · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • Mike UK
      Mike UK

      @Tea & A: of course this site is going to show total bias towards the republicans, if they had their way sites like this wouldn’t exist!

      Feb 1, 2012 at 12:02 pm · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • B
      B [Different person #1 using similar name]

      Re No 2 (posted by someone else using “B” as a name): the most likely outcome next November is that Obama will be re-elected. The statement about Democratic presidents since FDR is highly misleading – while only Clinton was reelected, there were only three Democratic presidents: JFK, Lyndon Johnson, and Jimmy Carter. JFK was assassinated, and would likely have been reelected given how Johnson trounced Barry Goldwater. Meanwhile, the first Bush was only elected once, Gerald Ford was only elected once (he become a president due to the order of succession when Nixon resigned), and Nixon resigned because he was about to be impeached. Statistically, there is no basis for drawing any conclusion about the mean term length of Democrats versus Republicans holding this office.

      Feb 1, 2012 at 1:27 pm · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • B
      B [Different person #1 using similar name]

      Re No 2 (posted by someone else using “B” as a name): the most likely outcome next November is that Obama will be re-elected. The statement about Democratic presidents since FDR is highly misleading – while only Clinton was reelected, there were only three other Democratic presidents: JFK, Lyndon Johnson, and Jimmy Carter. JFK was assassinated, and would likely have been reelected given how Johnson trounced Barry Goldwater. Meanwhile, the first Bush was only elected once, Gerald Ford was only elected once (he become a president due to the order of succession when Nixon resigned), and Nixon resigned because he was about to be impeached. Statistically, there is no basis for drawing any conclusion about the mean term length of Democrats versus Republicans holding this office.

      Feb 1, 2012 at 1:28 pm · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • Chuck
      Chuck

      @B: I guess the GOP strategy is to screw the country up so bad that it would take a Dem 2 terms to fix it, but you blame the Dem for the problem, eh? You blame Dems for not doing enough even though we passed the Matthew Shepherd Act and ended DADT despite strong Republican opposition. By saying that Dems didn’t do enough before GOP took the House, you acknowledge that Republicans will do nothing FOR LGBT rights but on the contrary will do everything they can AGAINST LGBT rights, so how can you justify voting Republican?

      Feb 1, 2012 at 4:59 pm · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • Chuck
      Chuck

      @B: Don’t forget that Shrub was only elected once. In 2000 Gore won the vote nationally and in FL. It was only the Supreme Court blocking the Florida Constitutional mandate of a recount for that close of an election, thereby appointing Bush president, as his brother, Florida’s governor, sat on his hands.

      Feb 1, 2012 at 5:06 pm · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • 2112
      2112

      I’m certainly NOT a republican, but I’m not appalled if a gay person chooses to support Romney. Obviously, if you voted for GWB in 2004, it would be near impossible to justify you’re vote, but Romney is albeit different. With the ever increasing tolerance to LGBT issues, especially in regards to marriage, I don’t think a theoretical Romney administration will go forward with anti-gay measures, but that’s my opinion. I think we make a boogie man out of Romney because he’s Mormon, but I’d take a Mormon over a southern Baptist or “devoted” Catholic any day thank you.

      On the flip side, I have no doubt in my mind that if Obama is reelected, he’ll magically change his views on gay marriage overnight. It’s cowardly not to make a stand, but if we have to wait five years for him to “come around,” it’s better than nothing.

      Feb 1, 2012 at 8:21 pm · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • B
      B [Different person #2 using similar name]

      As has been stated eloquently by some other posters here who are not Obots, our current Invertebrate in Chief, Barack Obama, doesn’t deserve four more years in office. There must be consequences for his betrayal of the GLBT Community. Nancy Pelosi and the DEMS paid those consequences by losing the House in 2010 when they fucked-over their liberal base (especially the Gay Community). Now, in November 2012, it is Obama’s turn to be kicked out of office.

      …Don’t mess with the Honey Badgers and cry when you get bit on the ass.

      Feb 2, 2012 at 12:23 am · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • tjr101
      tjr101

      @B: Lol, your posts make absolutely no sense and you are obviously a Republican troll.

      Feb 2, 2012 at 1:28 am · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • B
      B [Different person #1 using similar name]

      Re 16, 17: someone besides me is using “B” as a name. Some guy started doing that on another article about Obama, forging comments with the user-name I’ve been using. I think he might have used terms like “Obots” as well, but I’ll let others guess if it is the same person. That guy BTW also seemed to be a Republican troll.

      The guy’s real goal seems to be to disrupt any discussion.

      Feb 2, 2012 at 1:43 am · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • B
      B [Different person #3 using similar name]

      …Listen No 18… I own the letter “B”. Obama gave me a special copywrite for that letter of the alphabet for being a good Obot. Don’t anyone else use it. Now you know.

      PS- Vote Ron Paul for Emperor of the United States in 2012. Who needs a Democracy anyway?

      Feb 2, 2012 at 2:03 am · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • B
      B [Different person #1 using similar name]

      Re No 19 – the cyberstalker is apparently obsessed with me for some strange reason – he’s been playing such games on a series of other threads,

      Feb 2, 2012 at 2:15 pm · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • Dan
      Dan

      I think if Romney is elected and the Republicans get control of both houses the American people will get exactly what they deserve.

      Feb 5, 2012 at 5:09 pm · @ReplyReply to this comment ·

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