Republican Who Teamed Up With Ted Kennedy to Pass Health Care Bill Used as Model for Obamacare Accuses Santorum of Working With Democrats in Michigan; Update: Michigan Watch

Update: I was going to start a new post for this but it might fit here better as an update.

Mitt Romney has won Arizona, which was not unexpected, but Michigan is tighter. With 45% of the vote in, Romney is up 41% to 38%.

I’ve seen numbers from the heavily Democrat areas, mainly Oakland and Wayne counties (Detroit and surrounding areas), and Romney leads there by larger margins than the rest of the state — which puts to rest much of the the “Santorum is mobilizing Democrats to vote for him” theory. If Santorum was trying to do that it doesn’t appear it worked. It’s also bad news for Santorum because the counties with the most population are heavily leaning toward Romney, and a lot of that vote has yet to come in.

Back later when they call a winner.

Update II: 70% of the vote in and Romney holds his lead and is even extending it a bit. The networks haven’t yet, but I’ll call this one for Romney.

So what’s next? Super Tuesday. Romney has a very clear advantage now.

Update III: CNN just called Michigan for Romney.

From this point on, as much as I’m not crazy about how the Republican race has played out, I’m just going to try to focus on the ultimate goal, which is to vote out Obama in November.

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Original post:

I think that’s one of the longest titles I’ve ever used, but it seemed to fit.

First up, Mitt Romney’s been denouncing Santorum’s “dirty trick” as a “new low.” The accusation is that Santorum is “recruiting” Democrats via robo-calls to vote for him in the state’s open primary.

Now, what kind of a person would cross over and vote for a candidate from a different party just to screw up their nominating process? Well, Mitt Romney for one.

Does the guy who teamed up with Ted Kennedy to pass a health care law that was ultimately used as a model for Obamacare really want to say that his opponent’s robo-calls to Democrats is a “dirty trick”? If that’s a dirty trick, what’s this:

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Also, some bad news for the GOP base: Romney will not resort to self follicular immolation in order to attract your vote:

It’s very easy to excite the base with incendiary comments. We’ve seen throughout the campaign if you’re willing to say really outrageous things that are accusative, attacking of President Obama, that you’re going to jump up in the polls. I’m not willing to light my hair on fire to try and get support. I am who I am. I’m a person with extensive experience in the private sector, in the economy.

Judging by the tone of the Romney campaign yesterday and today, it looks to me as if they’re laying a groundwork of excuses for a potential loss in Michigan tonight. We’ll see what happens later. I’ll post updates as the votes are counted this evening.

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Mitt Romney, pictured above in an artist’s rendering of what he would look like if he were to light his hair on fire to excite the base, has stated that he will not light his hair on fire to excite the base