Is Money Mitt’s Ticket to Ride?

If Romney was left to run only on his conservative credentials, voters would probably begin to see him as the emperor in The Emperor’s New Clothes, someone in desperate need of a personality and an authentic conservative mantle. In states where Mitt Romney doesn’t spend lots of money, he loses.

Santorum’s triple-header win of Missouri, Minnesota and Colorado last night was not only a “stunner” but proof positive conservatives are rejecting Romney as their “front runner.” While none of the contests awarded delegates, Santorum’s victories cast huge doubts again on whether Romney is the inevitable Republican nominee. In big states like Florida, money and organization are Romney’s assets because he has been unable to win over the majority of Republicans with his fluctuating record.

Santorum with four wins under his belt has vowed to press on as has Newt, who is banking on adding to his South Carolina win by picking up more southern states. It looks like Romney will have go after the two men with both barrels of cash loaded. Let’s hope his money last longer than his conservatism.

Romney and his Romney PACs bought his Florida win by spending $15.6 million in TV ads compared to the paltry $3.3 million Newt and pro-Newt PACs spent. This left Newt unable to defend himself against Romney’s avalanche of negative ads. (That said Newt is falling woefully short on organization and money. Failing to make it on Virginia’s primary ballot, Newt complained Virginia’s 1970 ballot access law was too onerous. He also said he would challenge Florida’s winner take all primary results. When you’re running for president, excuses are unacceptable.)

Romney’s spending in Florida replicated the same tactics he used in Iowa just on a bigger scale. This begs the question: is Romney trying to buy the GOP nomination because he can’t convince voters he can be trusted as a conservative?

Romney’s policies resemble Obama’s.  His 59 page economic plan would cut taxes for the middle class, families earning less than $200,000. In a recent interview Romney unplugged said:

“I’m not concerned about the very poor. We have a safety net there. If it needs a repair, I’ll fix it. I’m not concerned about the very rich. I’m concerned about the very heart of America, the 90%, 95% of Americans who right now are struggling and I’ll continue to take that message across the nation.”

He then added: “You can choose where to focus. You can focus on the rich. That’s not my focus. You can focus on the very poor. That’s not focus. My focus is on middle income Americans . . .We have a very ample safety net. . .we have food stamps, we have Medicaid , we have housing vouchers, we have programs to help the poor.”

Compare this to Newt’s tax plan which would move all earners toward a flatter tax like the 15% Romney enjoys and Newt’s pledge to move people off of food stamps and into jobs.  Then ask yourself  of the two who sounds more conservative?

Aside from Romney’s economic plan,  the real reason Romney has to buy the GOP nomination is Romneycare, the Massachusetts healthcare mandate he signed into law, which he insists isn’t Obamacare. As Santorum said in a lengthy exchange with Romney during a Florida debate, “Romneycare is Obamacare.” Imagine Romney as the GOP nominee in debates with Obama, defending Romneycare in one breath then saying he wants to repeal Obamacare in the next. Tough sell!

Someone tweeted at me recently if our political reality were different and we had a Republican in the White House today instead of President Obama, we would probably see Mitt Romney on a stage debating Hillary Clinton in a race for the Democrat nomination. We know where Obama and the other Republican candidates stand on the issues but not Romney.

With a record like Romney’s, constantly seesawing from left to right, one understands why Romney is stuck in the middle of Santorum and Gingrich and why money may be his ticket to ride into the GOP nomination. It’s hard for voters to trust someone like Romney whose positions are like a box of chocolates– you just don’t know what you’re going to get. In a general election  this will matter, especially in wooing independent voters.

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5 Responses to “Is Money Mitt’s Ticket to Ride?”

  1. ValleyCitizen says:

    May I suggest something to you? Mitt Romney is dangerous because he is a white latino. Yes, I said it. Mitt Romney is dangerous because he is a white latino. Latino people are VERY racist, fascist, they only truly care about their own group when they are in any position of power. They are trying to make Mitt Romney, (a white latino mexican) and Marco Rubio (An anchor baby cuban) President and VP. Why? Because in order to further destroy america and tear down our border you need latino supremacy. Mitt Romney will open our border destroying the security and sovereignty of our country completely and employing millions of mexicans over legal residents and legal US citizens. Both Rubio and Romeny would support this because they are both latino and they care most about their own people. They will throw legal people and us citizens under the bus to help their latino peoples. Black and white people are always called racist, but noone ever says a word about how racist and fascist latino people are. Its not a good idea to put a white supremacisr in power, not a good idea to put a black america hater in power (Obama) and its certainly bad news if a latino supremacist gets in power.

  2. shwnrob says:

    PLEASE STUPID REPUBLICANS NOMINATE MITT ROMNEY THE ONLY ONE OF THESE JOKE CANDIDATES THAT STANDS A CHANCE OF BEATING PRES OBAMA.SO I DON’T HAVE TO HEAR FOUR MORE YEARS OF WHINY MEAN SPIRITED WHITE REPUBLICANS AND THE TEA BAGGER LOONEY BIRDS AND THE LOUD MOUTH ARROGANT LIMBAUGHS ANYMORE.BUT STUPID WHITEY IS TO DUMB THEY WILL ELECT SOME CLOWN LIKE RICK GOOBER SANITORIUM OR NEWT ADULTERER SWINGER GRINCH.LOOKS LIKE FOUR MORE YEARS OF CRAZIES ON THE AIRWAVES.

  3. Kate says:

    Just wanted to say your articles are well written and thought out with a passionate twist that is always refreshing. I’m white, but have a good black friend who insists she’s a democrat. However, when I address her on key issues, she always comes up on the conservative side (gay marriage, gun control, personnal responsibility). I think there are more [black] people out there like her, they’re just discouraged to admit it because that would mean they’d be turning their back on “their people” which is who defines them. Wish more people would think for themselves and not let others think for them. You find a little of that everywhere, but when it comes to the black voters like you said, they vote en masse and identify themselves as democrats. Correct me if I’m wrong. Keep up the good work.

  4. Ron Mosby says:

    I am beginning to think “conservative” is a buzzword nowadays. One candidate wants to prove that he or she is more conservative than his or her opponents. It is an ambiguous term as well. When one uses that term, is that person speaking of fiscal conservatism or social conservatism? Maybe one step should be to agree on a broad definition first, then objectively match the candidates to the definition.

  5. Balladeer says:

    Interesting take. Have you ever gone on Michael Medved’s show? He is a Romney supporter and always swears people have Mitt wrong when they try to paint him as left-leaning.

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