“Democrats have no fear of Romney”

So reads the headline at Buzzfeed, but what intrigues me most is the subhead:

Obama’s campaign and its allies laugh, sneer at the likely Republican nominee. “He’s just the tallest dwarf.” Confident, or cocky?

Neither. It’s realistic. Why should they be afraid of someone who can’t challenge the Obama-quo on mandates, government-run healthcare, denying the Catholic Church religious exemption, or heck, anything else?  The community organizer versus the businessman. Oooooh. The one percent! They have no reason to fear.

Santorum recognizes that. But he really peed in lots of cheerios with this comment:

“You win by giving people a choice. You win by giving people the opportunity to see a different vision for our country, not someone who’s just going to be a little different than the person in there. If you’re going to be a little different, we might as well stay with what we have instead of taking a risk with what may be the Etch A Sketch candidate of the future,” Santorum told a crowd at USAA.

I think he’s right. Well, my biggest regret would be the Supreme Court. But in all seriousness, I think he’s right. My father and I have debated this, and trust me, my dad is one of the most level people I know. But he distrusts Romney as an unknown even more than he loathes Obama. This from a devout Catholic Southerner. He’s never voted for a Democrat in his life. Yet I think he really would stay home in November. His point: at least he knows how Obama will try to screw him out of life and liberty. True enough.

Instapundit disagrees. He says of Santorum’s argument that Obama is preferable to Romney:

No he’s not, and you just demonstrated that it’s time to end your campaign.  Either you’re an idiot, or you’ve cracked under the pressure.  Either way, go home.

Granted, he’s never been a fan.

Allahpundit is a bit more gracious:

Faced with the reality that his chances have collapsed, the Sweater Vest begins to unravel

Santorum will most likely win Louisiana Saturday. Then what?

I think I’d still rather see a brokered convention–however slim the odds–than the walking Etch-a-Sketch get the nomination.

2 Responses

  1. The Etch a Sketch comment has been equally taken out of context. There is a difference between a primary campaign and a general election campaign. Having worked on both I can assure you of that. You are speaking to different audiences. You hone your message differently. Especially at the presidential level. It isn’t about changing your positions, it is about making your positions known to audience that pays little attention until the last few weeks and doesn’t always grasp the finer details between position A and position B because they are not political junkies like you and I.

    It is no secret that I don’t like Romney. It is also no secret that I don’t like Santorum.

    Santorum was taken out context to a degree, and there is truth to what he is saying, but he said it so poorly that he made a really good DNC campaign ad. That is unforgivable.

    Also be very careful what you wish for with the convention. The Ron Paul fans are very well organized and have garnered many of the delegates seats across the country. They will vote for who they have to on the first ballot, but they truly believe they can get enough delegates to get Paul the nomination on a second. In my district out of the four I can vote for the three slots available, three will be voting Paul on a 2nd ballot. They are doing it all over the country while the rest of us slept through the delegate selection process.

    • Understood, JACG. But the Etch-a-Sketch comment wouldn’t resonate the way it does if there weren’t an underlying problem, no? Just as the windsurfing Kerry image stuck, the Etch-a-Sketch visual isn’t going away.

      And regarding the Paulbots, point taken.

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