Democratic Strategist Paul Begala: Mitt Romney “Gone from Inevitable to Unelectable” with Rick Santorum AL, MS Wins

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Democratic Strategist Paul Begala: Mitt Romney "Gone from Inevitable to Unelectable" with Rick Santorum AL, MS Wins (New Yorker)

Democratic strategist Paul Begala is calling on Mitt Romney to drop out of the race for the GOP presidential nomination. He has proven that he can’t win the tough states by big margins during the primaries, so imagine if he were to go up against President Obama? Rick Santorum, with all the crazy comments emanating from his lips, is winning primaries in the more conservative states, such as Alabama and Mississippi (though Mississippi is still stuck in the dark ages, with 29% frowning upon interracial marriages).

His take is actually hilarious, but true — Mitt Romney should be strapped like his dog in his doghouse on the top of one of his Cadillacs and be driven off to one of his many mansions. Funny!

Paul Begala: “Let me be the first to call on Mitt Romney to get out of the race. By placing third in Alabama and Mississippi, losing to Rick Santorum and Newt Gingrich in both states, Romney has gone from inevitable to unelectable. Somebody strap him to the roof of one of his Cadillacs and drive him off to one of his many mansions.”

“One of the great legends of political consulting is the Dog Food Problem: an apocryphal tale of a company that had the best packaging, the best advertising, the best marketing. But there was only one problem: the dog wouldn’t eat it. Forevermore we should no longer call it a Dog Food Problem. We should call it a Mitt Romney Problem.”

The New Yorker had a picture of Mitt Romney strapping Rick Santorum to the top of his car, it should probably be the other way around. Assailing President Obama isn’t getting Mitt Romney anywhere. People just don’t like this man and don’t trust him. Either way, I have to echo Barbara Bush’s sentiments, this the worst presidential campaign I have seen in a long time.

Rick Santorum Says U.S. Should Apologize to Afghan People Over U.S. Sergeant Massacre

Rick Santorum continues to fight with himself on being a serious presidential candidate. He said that if a U.S. soldier shot and killed 16 civilians, as was the case in Kandahar province, then the people deserve an apology. Say what? Isn’t this the same hombre who said Obama shouldn’t have apologized over soldiers burning copies of Koran.

“If it turns out to be the case that this person did a horrible wrong and it was a deliberate act, a deliberate act by an American soldier and that is something we should clearly say was something that we should apologize for,” Santorum said. “That it’s not a mistake, it wasn’t something that was inadvertent. This was something that was deliberately done by an American soldier to innocent civilians. It’s something that the proper authorities should apologize for, for not doing their job in making sure that something like this wouldn’t happen, something like this should not happen in our military period.” Source: ABC News

Sure Rick Santorum, your credibility is still at stake and you are batting zero. This guy can’t stay on message and some really crazy things emanate from his lips. I am a little confused as to what qualifiers for U.S. apologies to other countries does Rick Santorum use? What makes this case so different from the Quran or President George W. Bush apologizing for a similar occurrence.

 Rick Santorum Says U.S. Should Apologize to Afghan People Over U.S. Sergeant Massacre

Mitt Romney Landed No Knock-Out Punch in Key Ohio Primary, Bruising Battle for Nomination Continues

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IMitt Romney Landed No Knock-Out Punch in Key Ohio Primary, Bruising Battle for Nomination Continues (Wikipedia)

The bruising battle for the GOP presidential nomination continues and front-runner Mitt Romney just can’t seem to seal the deal. He managed to eke out a win in Ohio 38% to Rick Santorum’s 37%, but it wasn’t a convincing one. He and the other three candidates are very weak and Republican and Independent voters know that. So, after Super Tuesday, the odds of a brokered Republican convention seem to be a real possibility.

New York Times: Mitt Romney won the delegates, but not necessarily the argument.

His quest to win the Republican presidential nomination has always resembled a detailed, methodical business plan. Mr. Romney, who spent much of his life fixing troubled corporations, must now decide whether steps are necessary to repair his lethargic candidacy.

Mr. Romney had hoped that a string of Super Tuesday victories in contests from Vermont to Alaska would effectively bring the Republican race to a close. But he found himself winning over Rick Santorum by only the slimmest of margins with almost all the votes counted in Ohio, the most coveted primary of the night, while losing other contests across the South.

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But the campaign is suddenly bracing for new questions about Mr. Romney’s ability to piece together a coalition needed to move closer to a general election fight with President Obama.

The heart of his case to his fellow Republicans has always been that he is not only the most electable candidate in the field, but also the best prepared and most suited for what is sure to be a brutal general election.

But the outcome of the contests on Tuesday, while allowing him to amass more delegates than any of his rivals, did little to resolve the questions about his ability to connect with voters, especially conservatives.

Shouldn’t there have been a shift in the campaign at this juncture? Surely Mitt Romney should realize that he is in more trouble than he cares to admit. The American voter is fickle on his candidacy. If  wingnut like Rick Santorum can become such a threat to the so-called “most likely candidate to beat Obama,” it follows that the Republican Party will most likely hand the Democrats four more years in the White House.

Rick Santorum was able to win Oklahoma, Tennessee and North Dakota, while Romney carried Ohio (barely), Massachusetts, Idaho, Vermont and Virginia, three of which are heavily Democratic states. His decisive wins aren’t in battleground states or even states that are more conservative and more religious. He seems to have a real problem connecting with blue collar workers. Well, if you want to do that, you don’t set up your campaign headquarters in the affluent Buckhead area of Atlanta, for example.  If you ask me, Rick Santorum was the big winner last night, with his poorly run campaign. That speaks volumes.

First Read: “The answer to that question continues to come down to ideology. According to the exit polls in Ohio, Santorum easily won among very conservatives (48%-30%) and overall conservatives (41%-35%), while Romney won the other ideological subgroups (somewhat conservatives, moderates/liberals). Santorum won Tea Party supporters (39%-36%), while Romney won Tea Party detractors (45%-30%). And Santorum ran up the score with evangelicals (47%-30%). Given that kind of very conservative resistance we’ve seen in other contests — Iowa, South Carolina, Michigan, and Ohio — it’s a tribute to Romney that he remains on track to winning the GOP presidential nomination. But it also explains why he’s unable to pull away from his under-funded and less-organized opposition.”

 Mitt Romney Landed No Knock Out Punch in Key Ohio Primary, Bruising Battle for Nomination Continues

New Yorker Magazine Cover Shows Mitt Romney Driving Car with Rick Santorum in Dog House

The  latest issue of  New Yorker magazine hit a home run with its  cover showing Mitt Romney driving a car with Rick Santorum strapped on top in a dog house.  That’s exactly where Mitt Romney wants to put Rick Santorum. Hilarious.

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New Yorker Magazine Cover Shows Mitt Romney Driving Car with Rick Santorum in Dog House

Dyler Byers: “Somewhere, the Seamus-obsessed New York Times columnist Gail Collins is busy looking for an 8″ x 11-1/2″ picture frame.” (H/T Politicalwire)

GOP Can No Longer Afford to Avoid Rush Limbaugh Problem in Wake of Ugly “Slut” Comment About Sandra Fluke

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GOP Can No Longer Afford to Avoid Rush Limbaugh Problem in Wake of Ugly "Slut" Comment About Sandra Fluke (Photo credit: Bearman 2007)

We knew the day was coming when the GOP would have to confront its Rush Limbaugh problem head-on and they can’t keep dancing around the issue. Rush Limbaugh’s basic argument about the government paying for contraceptives wasn’t unfounded. In fact, it is a legitimate policy issue, but the way in which he denigrated Georgetown University law student Sandra Fluke to prove his point was not only despicable but misogynistic at best. The government should not be paying for birth control pills any more than it should be footing the bill for Viagra.

The media outlets that carry Rush Limbaugh’s radio show shouldn’t be let off the hook any more than the show’s advertisers. We have to stand for something and not fall for anything. Respect should be demanded of ALL women. It’s very telling when we have yet to hear from the so-called women of the GOP such as Sarah Palin. Let’s not forget when David Letterman made sex jokes about Sarah Palin’s daughter, all hell broke loose and he was forced to issue an apology. Well, Rush Limbaugh should be held to the same standard and not just dismissed as an “entertainer,” as Rick Santorum said. We can’t give some people a pass and punish others. Don Imus was kicked off the air when he called the Rutgers University women’s basketball players “nappy-headed hos.” You remember the outrage that erupted, right? Then the same treatment should be afforded to Rush Limbaugh.

Washington Post: We are not calling for censorship. Nor are we suggesting that the ostensible policy issue here — mandatory provision of contraception under health insurance paid for by religious-based institutions such as Georgetown — is a simple one. Those who questioned President Obama’s initial decisions in this area — we among them — were not waging a “war on women,” as Democrats have alleged in strident fundraising appeals.

What we are saying is that Mr. Limbaugh has abused his unique position within the conservative media to smear and vilify a citizen engaged in the exercise of her First Amendment rights, and in the process he debased a national political discourse that needs no further debasing. This is not the way a decent citizen behaves, much less a citizen who wields significant de facto power in a major political party. While Republican leaders owe no apology for Mr. Limbaugh’s comments, they do have a responsibility to repudiate them — and him.

Rush Limbaugh doubled down claiming that the left was going crazy. Well, so are some on the right, including John Boehner and Carly Fiorina. He changed the premise of the discussion to something ugly that the Republican Party cannot ignore. Calling a woman, who he knew nothing about a “slut” and a “prostitute” was vitriolic and low. In essence, Rush Limbaugh has called ALL women who share the same views as Sandra Fluke sluts and prostitutes. How would he like someone to call his mother, his sister (if he has one), his wife or a female cousin a slut?

The bottom line is that he represents the conservative mindset in this country to a large degree and the Republican Party cannot afford to be tied to this wingnut. Rush Limbaugh needs to remember that karma is a beeyotch and what goes around, comes around. His day is coming and many will rejoice at whatever curve ball life throws him. It’s funny that Newt Gingrich claims to stand for so much, but really stands for nothing. He was pretty vocal about President Obama apologizing for the recent Koran burning in Afghanistan, but mum on Rush Limbaugh calling Sandra Fluke a slut.

 GOP Can No Longer Afford to Avoid Rush Limbaugh Problem in Wake of Ugly Slut Comment About Sandra Fluke

Mitt Romney Narrow MI Victory Really a Win for President Barack Obama, Odds of Deadlocked GOP Convention Increase

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Mitt Romney Narrow MI Victory Really a Win for President Barack Obama, Odds of Deadlocked GOP Convention Increase (Wikipedia)

Mitt Romney’s narrow victory in his birth-state of Michigan is proof that he is still not the first choice of American voters to go up against President Obama in November. If anything, I think both he and Rick Santorum were big losers last night. Romney — because he couldn’t break over 40 percent in the state in which he was born and Santorum —  because his ridiculous positions insulting women and his inability to give a stump speech and stay on message. If you ask me, President Obama was the big winner last night. Mitt Romney’s narrow win in Michigan is a referendum on the lack of faith conservatives and independents have in a Mitt Romney nomination. The odds of a deadlocked GOP convention are increasing as each day passes.

Sean Trende: “We’re finally close enough to Super Tuesday to get a sense of how the overall delegate count might work out in the GOP primary. The end result: Assuming that none of the four candidates drops out of the race, it looks increasingly as if no one will be able to claim a majority of the delegates. The candidate with the best chance is Mitt Romney, but he probably wouldn’t be able to wrap up the nomination until May or even June. The other candidates will probably have to hope for a brokered convention.”

Maureen Dowd:  “Mitt Romney needs to be left alone to limp across the finish line, so he can devote his full time and attention to losing to President Obama. With Sanctorum and Robo-Romney in a race to the bottom, the once ruthless Republican Party seems to have pretty much decided to cave on 2012 and start planning for a post-Obama world.”

“Not even because Obama is so strong; simply because their field is so ridiculously weak and wacky. John McCain has Aeschylated it to “a Greek tragedy.” And he should know from Greek tragedy. “It’s the negative campaigning and the increasingly personal attacks,” he told The Boston Herald, adding, “the likes of which we have never seen.” When a man who was accused of having an illegitimate black child in the 2000 South Carolina primary thinks this is the worst ever, the G.O.P. is really in trouble.”

I have no doubt Mitt Romney will be the GOP presidential nominee, but he will be a very weak one, who uses dirty politics to get ahead, while having a real problem with connecting with the middle class. Rick Santorum is a joke and the more the guy speaks, the more blatant hypocrisy oozes from his pores. This is one of the worst Republican slate of presidential candidates I have seen in a long time. I suspect most Republicans aren’t too thrilled either. I’m with Maureen Dowd, I’m looking forward to 2016, post-Obama.

Pot Calling Kettle Black: Mitt Romney Accuses Rick Santorum of Playing Dirty Politics with Robocalls

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Pot Calling Kettle Black: Mitt Romney Accuses Rick Santorum of Playing Dirty Politics with Robocalls

QUOTE OF THE DAY:  “Sen. Santorum did something today which I think is deceptive and a dirty trick.” Wow, a case of the pot calling the kettle black.

– Mitt Romney, quoted by CNN, on his Santorum using robocalls to court the support of crossover Democrats.

Mitt Romney is the same person who also said he sank to that “new low” when he voted in Democratic primaries to influence the race. Sorry Mitt Romney, you can’t have it both ways.

Daily Beast’s Adam Winkler Thinks Clarence Thomas a Viable Candidate for GOP Presidential Nomination

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Daily Beast Adam Winkler Thinks Clarence Thomas a Viable Candidate for GOP Presidential Nomination (Wikipedia)

CLARENCE THOMAS FOR PRESIDENT. LMAO! Adam Winkler, a columnist with the Daily Beast, seems to think Supreme Court Justice Clarence Thomas would be a viable presidential candidate. Um, really? That’s just too funny. If you think Rick Santorum is every Democrats dream of an ideal candidate to meet Obama in November, they would be foaming at the mouth to sink their teeth into Clarence Thomas and on so many fronts.

Daily Beast:  While Chris Christie and Jeb Bush might be fine candidates, perhaps the Republicans should consider a more inspired and game-changing pick: Supreme Court Justice Clarence Thomas.

Far-fetched?  Maybe. But a Thomas candidacy would energize Republicans in a way that few other Republicans can and would steal tremendous media attention from President Barack Obama.

Unlike the flip-flopping Mitt Romney, Thomas is a true conservative who could appeal to all of the segments of the Republican coalition. Tea Partiers would see Thomas as one of their own. Not only has he been a consistent voice to curtail the power of the federal government but his wife Ginni, a Tea Party activist herself, has been a leader in the fight to repeal Obama’s healthcare reform law. Wall Street Republicans would be buoyed by Thomas’s opposition to environmental regulation and his free market philosophy.  Blue-collar workers could embrace Thomas’s up-by-his-bootstraps story of rising from incredible poverty–until he was 7, his home had no indoor plumbing–and his votes to end affirmative action and preserve the Second Amendment. Evangelicals will like that he’s against abortion, gay rights, and limits on prayer in school.

Wow, not only would blacks run from Clarence Thomas in droves, I suspect women and Hispanics would too. Remember the whole Anita Hill scandal? Women won’t look too kindly on Clarence Thomas and his sidekick, Ginny. Hah. This is so far-fetched, it’s hilarious.  Either Adam Winkler has been drinking the wrong type of Kool-Aid, or the Daily Beast has now become The Onion. Wow, all that Clarence Thomas for President talk has gotten me worked up. I need a can of Coca Cola.

 Daily Beasts Adam Winkler Thinks Clarence Thomas a Viable Candidate for GOP Presidential Nomination

Rick Santorum Says President Obama College Plan Aimed at “Indoctrination” of American Youth, But He Knows Best

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Rick Santorum Says President Obama College Plan Aimed at "Indoctrination" of American Youth, But He Knows Best Wikipedia

GOP presidential “frontrunner” Rick Santorum went on Glenn Beck’s Internet-only television show to say that President Obama wants to “indoctrinate” our young people in his desire to see more young people go to college. Um, really? Was he indoctrinated when he went from undergraduate studies to law school? Rick Santorum has just proven once again, he will say whatever it takes to win, even if it goes against positions he has taken in the past.

DALLAS, Texas – Republican presidential candidate Rick Santorum said Thursday that President Obama wants more young adults to go to college so they can undergo “indoctrination” to a secular world view.

In an hour-long interview with conservative television host Glenn Beck, Santorum also defended his record on abortion and his vote in favor of President George W. Bush’s No Child Left Behind education law.

On the president’s efforts to boost college attendance, Santorum said, “I understand why Barack Obama wants to send every kid to college, because of their indoctrination mills, absolutely … The indoctrination that is going on at the university level is a harm to our country.”

He claimed that “62 percent of kids who go into college with a faith commitment leave without it,” but declined to cite a source for the figure. And he floated the idea of requiring that universities that receive public funds have “intellectual diversity” on campus. Source

In other words, we shouldn’t listen to President Obama because he’s trying to “indoctrinate” our kids by encouraging higher education, but we should listen to Rick Santorum and his views because he knows best, right? Intellectual stifling at its best.

 Rick Santorum Says President Obama College Plan Aimed at Indoctrination of American Youth, But He Knows Best

GOP “Frontrunner” Rick Santorum Imploded During CNN Presidential Debate, Hit Repeatedly on “Strange” Positions

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GOP "Frontrunner" Rick Santorum Imploded During CNN Presidential Debate, Hit Repeatedly on "Strange" Positions (Wikipedia)

I found last night’s CNN presidential debate boring and nauseating at the same time. It was interesting to see the Mitt Romney-Ron Paul tag team at work against Rick Santorum, who I thought imploded last night. But, the GOP is getting exactly what it deserves with this slate of mediocre candidates and with Rick Santorum’s implosion. If this is the frontrunner, then President Obama will be laughing all the way to a second term, easily. Rick Santorum would be a good candidate for the nomination because he doesn’t have a lot of baggage like Newt Gingrich or Mitt Romney, but he has taken some rather crazy positions. Here’s an excerpt from Rise of the Center on his positions (these positions show why Rick Santorum is dangerous for not only women, but for America):

The CNN presidential debate was lackluster at best and shows that the Republican Party is in disarray, no matter how they try to paint a different picture.  Here are some comments from political pundits courtesy of Political Wire:

The Daily Beast has video clips of the seven best moments.

Paul Begala: “Santorum was clearly thrilled to be in the spotlight. But he spent way too much time splitting hairs and explaining the protocol and procedures of Washington in defense of earmarks and defending his support for Specter. As he has done in the past, he couldn’t resist picking a gratuitous fight with Ron Paul. That’s called punching down, and it rarely works. He played too much defense and too little offense. His job should have been to use every opportunity to define Romney as a feckless liberal and himself as a principled conservative. He didn’t accomplish that.”

Roger Simon: “This was the first debate in which Santorum sat atop the national polls. And he was nervous. Very nervous. So nervous that he looked like a graduate of the Bob Dole School of Debating, in which you are allowed to speak only in the impenetrable language of Capitol Hill.”

Howard Kurtz: “In the end, the debate did little to shake up the race, perhaps because the candidates–seated this time, close to one another–muted their criticism in what was the last such face-off before Super Tuesday. Even moderator John King, famously roughed up by Gingrich in their last encounter, emerged unscathed.”

Andrew Sullivan: “Maybe I’ve lost my mind after all these debates, or maybe I secretly want him to win (because he would finally expose all the insanity that has been building in this party and needs venting). But I thought Santorum was on form tonight. My sense is that he will not lose his current momentum after tonight. I didn’t feel Newt tonight. Romney doesn’t wear well. Paul was great and funny and human.”

I am dying for this circus to come to an end. I guess after Super Tuesday, March 6, we could see someone drop out, or if not, it’s on to the convention. The GOP clown car continues to make its rounds across the U.S.