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

Comments

28 Responses to “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

  1. patti on February 28th, 2012 5:43 pm

    Pam Bondi Admits It: Romney Will Push Romneycare http://www.markamerica.com/2012/02/28/pam-bondi-a

  2. patti on February 28th, 2012 5:44 pm

    Constitutional law professor Elizabeth Price Foley, who is the executive director of the Institute’s Florida Chapter and who co-authored IJ’s brief, said, “The individual mandate violates a cardinal rule of contract law—to be enforceable, all agreements must be voluntary. The Framers understood this, and would never have given the federal government the power to force individuals into lifelong contracts of insurance. The Court should not allow the government to exercise this unprecedented and dangerous power.”
    http://hotair.com/archives/2012/02/28/does-the-ob

    Here’s an even more interesting question. If coercion negates these contracts, as it should, then the insurance company won’t be under any obligation to pay for your health care, either. After all, ObamaCare forces them to accept all applicants now, regardless of pre-existing conditions, so they too are under duress. Americans might be buying a lot of vaporware in 2014 if a later court decides to stay on the side of centuries of precedent.

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    This young lady is a ray of sunshine in a cellar of smoke and mirrors. She is a constitutional law professor, BO claims to have been one…… do you reckon that they were studying different Constitutions?
    Her’s sounds like mine — I don’t know where his came from!! But then again, I ain’t sure where he came from, or was, or is.
    Pecozbill

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    Semi-related:
    The Obama Administration is set to start jacking up the rates on the military’s TriCare insurance after the 2012 election, with high double-digit percent increases in the first year or two before reaching triple-digit percentage increases in the years afterward.
    In other words, the administration is planning on pricing TriCare out of business and forcing active-duty military, their families, and veterans into the insurance exchanges.
    http://joemiller.us/2012/02/obama-to-slash-milita

  3. Truesoldier__ on February 28th, 2012 5:46 pm

    Isn't it funny how the establishment is always telling us how we have to try to appeal to people across the aisle, but when Santorum does it then it is a "drity trick".

  4. Pasadena Phil on February 28th, 2012 6:56 pm

    If Romney says he won't set his hair on fire to excite the base it's working.

    http://www.freep.com/article/20120228/NEWS15/1202

    Low voter turnout in MI is just a continuation of the pattern elsewhere. It's not just the base that is not excited, it's EVERYONE.

  5. swede on February 28th, 2012 7:17 pm

    YAAAAAAAWWWWWN…

    What was that again? Mittmeister = Snoozapalooza.

  6. Truesoldier__ on February 28th, 2012 7:34 pm

    I have been thinking about the low voter turnout so far this election cycle and have a slightly different view on things. Part of it is probably due to lack of excitement, but I wonder how much of it is due to other reasons.

    With so many people out of work I wonder if they are out looking for jobs instead of heading to the polls.

  7. Misscheryl on February 28th, 2012 7:43 pm

    Just wake me up when it's time for me to vote.

  8. Pasadena Phil on February 28th, 2012 8:23 pm

    Romney is finishing second in states he won last time and winning other states than he won last time with a higher percentage. And the overall turnout is much lower. That is NOT what a strong candidate with campaigning experience destined to win the general election looks like, especially running against a very unpopular president in a failed economy. The GOP is throwing the election. It's the only explanation that makes sense.

    I expect the establishment will trot out a "reluctant" vainglorious Jebbie soon to an astroturf chorus calling for the party to draft him and then settling on Mitch Daniels as the candidate after Jebbie demures. That sets up Jebbie as the "next in line" for 2016 while screwing the conservatives this year by throwing the election and blaming conservatives for the loss.

  9. joyannaadams on February 28th, 2012 8:23 pm

    Did he get that idea from Daytonna?

  10. Pasadena Phil on February 28th, 2012 8:30 pm

    BTW, Dan Riehl has been relentless with his meme that Romney is destroying conservatives by being an unbelieving and so, an incompetent conservative which guarantees that he will lose against Obama while setting up the conservatives to take the blame.

    http://www.riehlworldview.com/carnivorous_conserv

    The best they are willing to do is to throw a liberal who incompetently uses conservative talking points as a bone to throw to us for our vote. That's like presenting a Sinatra-hater like say, for sake of argument, Mick Jagger singing Sinatra songs to Sinatra fans and then blaming the fans when they all walk out. At least give us someone who can actually sing and who loves Sinatra.

  11. SignPainterGuy on February 28th, 2012 8:49 pm

    He nearly tripped over the Santorum race car ! Maybe if his hair HAD been on fire, he`d have seen it !

  12. backwoodsconsr on February 28th, 2012 8:49 pm

    He's been hitting the wall a lot and it's left him a bit addled.

  13. SignPainterGuy on February 28th, 2012 8:58 pm

    TS & Phil,

    I can see your points, lots of Rs and Indies aren`t excited by our roster, but I`m seeing something encouraging too !

    We have the combo, reverse Operation Chaos II by Santorum and the dems Operation Hilarity in MI which just may backfire on the dems. The dems are totally out to lunch as to understanding how this religious fanatic can be doing so well at this point and the Est. Rs are at a loss too; why hasn`t Mitt sewn it up before now. America can`t stand true conservatives, right ?

    The fact of the matter is, America is VERY interested in Social Issues and moral values and Christian Religion. I knew that, many apparently do or did not.

    Santorum "best" of all the four still in it represents our conservative values. The Est. Rs can throw in Jeb or Mitch if they want, but conservatives aren`t gonna fall for that ! Just my opinion, fwiw.

  14. Pasadena Phil on February 28th, 2012 9:09 pm

    Judd Gregg was on CNBC this morning trashing Santorum on behalf of Rombama for being "obsessed" over social issues. These guys just won't let Santorum get his message out. They are always painting him as a radical right wing nut because of his religious convictions. That's what happens when the GOP hand picks a Democrat as their candidate.

  15. SignPainterGuy on February 28th, 2012 9:10 pm

    It seems to me the only purpose Obama had in studying the Constitution was to figure ways to circumvent it. To him, as he stated, it`s a list of negative rights to the gov. and what it can do for (as he says) / to (as we see it) us. He hasn`t fooled enough of us, so he is just going around it !

    If we can inform enough military folk and civies too of how Zero wants to force everyone into the single-payer system by forcing high, higher and higher still prices, we can defeat him and his cohorts easily come Nov. 6th.

    You`re up to your usual good research again. Well done, Patti !

  16. Pasadena Phil on February 28th, 2012 9:23 pm

    If this doesn't convince you that the GOP is actually running against it's own base, what will it take?

    http://hosted.ap.org/dynamic/stories/U/US_GOP_CAM

    Read this quote:

    "ABORTION: There has been an increased focus on abortion in the campaign lately, and the preliminary exit poll results show Michigan Republicans picking up on it, with about 1 in 8 calling that their top issue. Early results suggest fewer in Arizona were focused on abortion. In both states, about 6 in 10 voters said they believe abortion should be illegal in most or all cases."

    So why is Santorum a "nut", "extremist", "conservative purist" again? The American majority is apparently out of step with….. who exactly??????

  17. Granny55 on February 28th, 2012 9:32 pm

    Voted at 5:45 EST and I was #347 – not a good turnout in mid-Michigan.

  18. Truesoldier__ on February 28th, 2012 10:09 pm

    Totally agree. Santorum talks alot about economic issues and national security, but if you listen to the drive by media and faux conservatives you would think the only thing that Santorum talks about is social conservatism.

    Of course, I have a feeling that this is going to backfire big time on them as America is much more in tune with social conservatism than the left thinks. If Obama has to talk about social issues and religion in this election it will only hurt him more.

  19. ChapBix on February 28th, 2012 10:36 pm

    This young lady is a ray of sunshine in a cellar of smoke and mirrors. She is a constitutional law professor, BO claims to have been one…… do you reckon that they were studying different Constitutions?
    Her’s sounds like mine — I don’t know where his came from!! But then again, I ain’t sure where he came from, or was, or is.
    Pecozbill

    Perhaps he was studying the constitution of the USSR, if such a thing existed. But, then again, he has stated consistently that he thinks our constitution is irreparably defective and wants to radically alter it.

  20. SignPainterGuy on February 28th, 2012 10:41 pm

    Yep, that`s the way I see it !

    Rush said today, talking heads always ask Rick why he`s always talking social issues, etc ….. Rick says, "Because you people keep asking me about social issues !"

    IOW, it`s the libs who are hammering the social issues thinking it`s hurting Rick, but Rick has the bona fidas to talk AND WALK the social issues ! Aaaah ha ha ha haaaaa !

    Backfiring better`n a `50 Plymouth !

  21. SignPainterGuy on February 28th, 2012 10:43 pm

    The r base is just plain out of touch with the GOP ! Durn their hides !

  22. ChapBix on February 28th, 2012 10:45 pm

    The audio clip that has Romney in his own voice identifying himself as a progressive and pro-abortion has not helped his cause.

  23. SignPainterGuy on February 28th, 2012 10:48 pm

    What, 347 ain`t good for Incommunicado, MI ? ;-)

  24. Doug on February 29th, 2012 12:24 am

    I voted at about 6 p.m. and there was NOBODY else there. Very unusual. There was somebody pulling out of the parking lot when I got there and somebody walking in when I left, but otherwise the election workers had a low stress day here.

  25. SignPainterGuy on February 29th, 2012 1:04 am

    When is your primary ? NC`s is in May. I couldn`t sleep that long even as a teenager !

  26. SignPainterGuy on February 29th, 2012 1:06 am

    Mayberry is still a whirlwind of activity ? ;-)

  27. patti on February 29th, 2012 2:43 am

    Thank you for your kind words. SPG ):)
    G.

  28. Misscheryl on February 29th, 2012 3:20 am

    March 6th. Typically, I couldn't either, but this race is putting me into hybernation mode.

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