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Top Repubs Realize that Santorum, Romney Can't Beat Obama

By February 20, 2012

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If top Republican party insiders truly believe that they have a solid shot at defeating President Obama in November, they will not nominate a candidate now embroiled in the vitriolic Republican primary races and caucuses. Period.

If Republican insiders privately doubt their party's ability to beat Obama, Mitt Romney or Rick Santorum will be the Republican's 2012 presidential nominee.

It's only logical, given the self-destructive state of the 2012 Republican presidential race, to date. Smart Republican strategists obviously realize that the remaining top two conservative candidates have both rendered themselves unelectable to the White House, at least in this election cycle.

Rick Santorum, Social Conservative Extremist
Former Sen. Rick Santorum seems unimaginably extremist on women's issues, especially on birth control and abortion, issues that were settled in the U.S. four or more decades ago. Goofy, sweater-vested Santorum is apparently hellbent on on sacrificing broad appeal to women voters on the altar of his social conservative ideology.

Asks conservative Washington Post columnist Jennifer Rubin, "... does he realize that married women (men, too!) use birth control? The impression that Santorum finds the prevalent practice of birth control 'harmful to women' is, frankly, mind-numbing."

Women comprised 53% of voters in the 2008 presidential election, and Barack Obama won 56% of 2008 votes cast by women. Republican Santorum cannot win the 2012 presidential race because he will never best Democrat Obama in attracting women's ballots.

Mitt Romney, Spokesman for the 1%
Former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney is the wrong man for the wrong time, for several reasons.

If ever a presidential candidate represented the 1% of wealthiest Americans... the richest of the super-rich... it is Mitt Romney, he of patrician handsomeness, innately Ivy League speech, and Brooks Brothers-meets-Ralph Lauren sartorial style.

Millionaire Mitt is the wrong candidate at precisely the wrong time in U.S. history when...

Another problem for Mitt Romney is his feet of political clay. Mr. Romney can't even fend off Rick Santorum, an extremist lightweight who lost his 2006 Senate reelection bid by a whopping 17 points.

If Mr. Romney can't counter the breathless, breathtaking arguments of creepy Rick Santorum, the former Massachusetts governor has little chance of effectively challenging the soaring rhetoric, genuine likability, survivalist political genius, and oh-so-deep campaign coffers of President Obama.

Two months ago, I quietly thought Romney could be victorious over Obama this November. Today, barring unknown national catastrophe, I believe that Mitt Romney can't possibly beat Barack Obama at the polls.

Nominate Jeb Bush or Paul Ryan, Mitch Daniels or Chris Christie instead?
Here's the deal: top Republican strategists fully realize, nine months before the presidential contest, that neither Santorum, nor Romney, nor Gingrich nor Paul nor anyone else presently in Republican race can or will beat Obama.

The burning question is... do top Republican party insiders believe that any conservative has a solid shot at defeating President Obama in November... say, former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush or Congressman Paul Ryan of Wisconsin? New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie or Indiana Gov. Mitch Daniels?

If their confident answer to the burning question is YES, look for Santorum and Romney to be bypassed at the Republican National Convention (in Florida!)

If Republican party insiders privately believe that beating Obama in November 2012 is a lost cause, look for Santorum or Romney to win the Republican presidential nomination.

My prediction? President Obama, aided by a recovering U.S economy and populist rhetoric supporting the 99%, will cruise to easy, glorious victory in 2012 over either Rick Santorum or Mitt Romney.

Comments

February 20, 2012 at 9:27 pm
(1) WRPrintz says:

Huntsman was the only guy who stood a chance in heck to beat Obama. There were others on the Republican team, but they did not run, and the reason was simple….most people could see that the numbers were moving slowly up 12 months ago. Math pretty much determined that Obama would be in much better shape (I said May 2012 he would be where he is today)…but the primary weaknesses of each of these guys accelerated the progress.

The current crop is far too extreme or too injured to make it happen, mixed that with slow improvement of numbers, a HUGE Obama warchest, and the growing backlash to regarding what has come front and center via women’s issues….the GOP has to do all they can to stop from losing the House, hold their gains and make gains in the Senate….and that will be tough, but not impossible.

February 20, 2012 at 11:41 pm
(2) Bob says:

Deborah White, sounds to me like you need to spend more time in the kitchen making cookies, than giving us this little gem you wrote. If I have a moment, I’ll write an entire blog dedicated for just you, so you can read the hateful words I can spew about you. The problem in this country is people like you are communists! You hate everything America stands for, but are the first to stand up and cry like a baby when you don’t get your way.

Now go make me some cookies!

February 21, 2012 at 1:10 am
(3) Ignatius J. says:

I agree with WRPrintz that Hunstman would have been the best bet for the GOP. Probably realizing this early enough, the White House picked him as the ambassador to China, thus effectively neutralizing him in the eyes of many conservatives.

Romney, a couple of months ago, looked fairly viable and capable of an upset but the constant flip-flopping and vicious use of Super PAC ads put paid to his candidacy. Still, these are relatively ‘early’ times and the Republicans can always hope or pray for a game-changing disaster to occur. Perhaps they already are!

February 21, 2012 at 1:54 am
(4) Deb says:

Rick may be nice but we can’t risk putting another over his head, inexperienced Senator in the WH! Obama is nice too but so what! Mitt is good too! Many say he’s the nicest guy they’ve met. He saved the Olympics, hundreds of struggling companies (many don’t know Bain actually had fewer companies that failed under Mitt’s lead than any other private equity firm), made a $3 billion deficit into a $2 billion rainy day fund, etc! If the Nikola Tesla of turn around’s say’s he wants to help, let him! If we are silly enough to elect Santorum in our ridiculous search for perfection, we can be nicely assured Obama will have a another comfortable 4 years to destroy our country with more debt increases and wimpy foreign policies that risk our country. And to those Republicans who do, I say thank you for chocking up our country once again to an experienced, has never lead anything Senator, Rick Santorum and an experienced, has never lead anything, Barack Obama.

February 21, 2012 at 10:58 am
(5) robert clapp says:

Forget the cookies for #2 Bob’s comment. He won’t be able to chew after I deliver his knuckle sandwich.

February 21, 2012 at 10:33 pm
(6) Daniel says:

I have to agree with the blog post. My experience is that the country is not 50%/50% liberal/conservative but rather about 20% liberal, 20% or a little bit more conservative, and the rest somewhere in the middle.

I can admire Rick Santorum for the strength of his convictions. He seems more genuine then Romney and Gingridge.

However, his policies are wrong for the country. Obama has made some mistakes but he has consistently tried to lead from the middle and is opposed by extreme right wing idiots. Most Americans bad economy or not will not support an extreme person in the White House.

There was a recent article about Ronald Reagan. Mr. Reagan dispite his politics treated his political opposites with the up most respect. Tip O’Neil often commented on that. I think right wing republicans should look to his example of compromise and kindness rather then their current behavior.

February 22, 2012 at 7:42 am
(7) Andrew says:

from a long critical view, looks like Americans cant afford not to vote for Obama. if the reason for not voting for Obama is the economy what options do they have becoz Mitt is more concerned about the rich than he is about the poor. I feel Obama is a two-term president and is going to continue putting in place policies that will help America recover from the economic problems they may be facing today. Already looks like the hard work that he has put in over the past years is begining to bear fruits. Not voting for Obama would put America in a position of experimenting with leadership which would be disastrous for this great nation.

In terms of foreign policy, other people may not realise how much America is respected today because of President Obama. This makes America safe, likable, secure and a better place to live in than at any other time in American history.

No doubt, in my opinion that this is yet another term for Obama, he just has to work hard and build on the momentum by developing this economy so that he becomes more popular when leaving the WH in 2016 even more than the popularlity that Bill Clinton enjoyed when leaving the WH in 2000.

Good luck to the Democratic Party your victory is written in the stars no one can change the course of history!

February 23, 2012 at 1:03 pm
(8) Julia says:

Here’s hoping, to paraphrase our Deborah White’s opening phrase, that If top Republican party insiders truly are worrying that they have a solid shot at defeating President Obama in November.
I just don’t want them to cause such a ruckus that extra millions of dollars get pulled out of the liberally-bent economy on account of having to battle heftier-funded TV campaigns for the GOP.

February 23, 2012 at 1:06 pm
(9) Julia says:

I’m very sorry, the phrase in Ms. White’s article to which I truly meant to respond was “if Republican insiders privately doubt their party’s ability to beat Obama,”

February 23, 2012 at 4:46 pm
(10) Lori says:

Santorum, Bob, (#2) and the other extremists who agree with that perspective should be shuttled to an island to start their own nation. It’s 2012 in America baby and talking about and treating women that way just isn’t going to fly.
I am a left-leaning independent. Some of my faith in Pres. Obama was shaken over the last four years. I may have voted Republican for someone able to offer conservative policy-making in regards to the economy and privacy rights. But all the GOP throws out are a bunch of duds. Seriously, Mitt Romney is a capitalist, elitist. And for anyone who wants to argue the rest of us are socialists for not supporting him, unless you are in the top 1%, you probably need to rethink supporting Romney. Then, you have Santorum who is a cuckoo crusader who hates just about everyone except white men.
To Mr. Santorum: follow in the pilgrims footsteps and go set up a “religious”, mysoginist nation somewhere else. What gets me abuot these types too is they argue for war against muslim nations in part b/c of atrocities against women and children. Yet, I think from the sound of these things, these men wouldn’t mind having a similar society.
Seriously as an athiest woman, if Rick Santorum were elected, I’m applying for political asylum in another country.
Long story short, I could’ve voted republican but Pres. Obama will be getting my vote again.
I just don’t understand anymore why these hot button social issues drive campaigns any more. You are on one side of the issue or the other and most of these issues have been decided. So, let’s move on the real problems – economy, health care, jobs – that are plaguing our nation!

February 25, 2012 at 2:05 pm
(11) Jim says:

WRPrintz, Huntsman may have seemed moderate but that is because many didn’t know much about him. No one who supports the Ryan economic program, like Huntsman did, is electable in the US.

March 5, 2012 at 6:04 pm
(12) RICK says:

Rock On! Obama is the best President in some time. Thank you for another great 4 years!

March 8, 2012 at 3:03 pm
(13) Dee M says:

Gee, this article gives a few of the many reasons to vote Obama out of office in favor of any other candidate up to and including Bozo the Clown, who could do a better job than he has! It’s the economy, stupid!

“46.2 million Americans live in poverty, the highest number in 52 years.
48 million American adults did not work one single week in 2011, almost entirely due to extremely high unemployment rates across the country.
49.9 million American adults and children had no health insurance coverage in 2011, the highest rate in U.S. history and 900,000 higher than in 2010.
Four million American families lost their homes to bank foreclosures from 2007 and early 2012, and the foreclosure rate is projected to continue unabated in 2012.”

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