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Santorum Sinks in Michigan and Romney Flails, Too

February 29, 2012

Technically, Romney “won” Michigan’s Republican primary yesterday, more like squeaked through with just three percent more votes than Santorum:

Romney- 41% v. Santorum 38%

By the merest technical margins, he won.  It was very close call, and this is supposedly Romney’s “home state.”  That whole “home boy” status didn’t give him an easy win, but then again, he has lived on the East coast for years now. I had happened to be on the receiving end of studying in Massachusetts when Romney instituted his health insurance mandate, and it wasn’t pretty.  It cost me $8,000.00 to pay for health insurance before I could register for classes.  I would never do that again.  It certainly wasn’t a selling point for Massachusetts, and it definitely drove people out of the state.  Romney’s welcome back to Michigan definitely demonstrated Michigan’s lackluster love of it’s quasi-home boy.

Santorum didn’t fair to well, but then his preaching about how women should stay home and take care of multiple kids, just like his wife did, doesn’t play too well to most women.  The majority of my friends work to help pay bills, especially when their spouses or partners can’t get work here.  Yahoo commentary slammed Santorum’s indecisive splits on women in the workplace by pointing out that he slams that which his mother used to support him:

Rick Santorum began his final pre-Super Tuesday push in a speech that started with his highlighting his 93-year old mother’s college and post-college education (the kind of education for which he called President Obama a “snob” for encouraging) and her work outside the home as a nurse during Santorum’s childhood.

Of course, Obama wasn’t particularly favorable toward women either, and it has hurt him in office. Obama failed to talk much about his mother, or his grandmother who raised him, much at all.  In fact, Obama focused mainly on the absentee father and grandfather.  But apparently the U.S. Presidential contenders don’t have to focus on women to get themselves elected.  Strategists have said that anyone would have been elected who was “Not-Bush,” but that’s tough to determine.

I don’t know that Romney has anyone screaming his name in large numbers, and if the scuttle about the Repub Party is true, even his own party finds his candidacy, well, squirmy:

Romney’s weaknesses become clear with each passing primary night. In Michigan, the only income group he won was among voters earning more than $100,000 per year. He still can’t get the heart and soul of the Republican Party — the very conservative voters — to warm to his candidacy. And evangelical Christians remain unenthused.

I don’t agree with the author that the “heart and soul,” of the Repub  party is “very conservative,” just because the uber conservatives are the loudest. Bachmann is very conservative, but she didn’t get the warmth either.  Neither did Gingrich.  I doubt that there is much warmth to give from the Republican Party, but what there is seems to be  held out, strangely enough, consistently for Jeb Bush, who isn’t running.  Perhaps that’s the key:  it’s easy enough to get people to like you when they don’t have to vote for you.

 

 

 

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One Comment leave one →
  1. frylnrind permalink
    March 10, 2012 2:04 am

    All trace holidays to March 8!!!

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