First, it was great to see Santorum win Tennessee. Even Shelby County voted for him! Our state has common sense, politically savvy voters – at least in the eastern half – who weigh decisions with care. It was amusing that Governor Haslam’s support of Romney did nothing.
Even though Romney won 6 out of the ten states, it was a pathetic showing. As many have noted, he’s been running for president for six years, dumping tons of money into negative campaigns and he still only ekes out a win in Ohio. He got Massachusetts, which is no surprise, and he wiggled things in Virginia to assure that only Paul would be on the ballot. Not much sense of fair play in him; that could be good, but I don’t expect to see it in a general election against Obama.
After last night it’s time for Newt to say good-bye. He’s letting his ego line the path of victory for Romney. With only two states under Gingrich’s belt, the exit is beckoning. We can only hope his Daddy Warbucks backer sees the handwriting on the wall and switches his funding to Santorum.
At a time when the front runner should be racking up victories over 50%, Romney doesn’t get a majority because conservatives aren’t sold on him. Neither, does it seem from exit polls, are blue collar workers, evangelicals and groups of women. Those are groups we will desperately need in November. Kiss them good-bye with Romney.
Young people? Already there are “funny” videos circulating comparing Romney to the decrepit, greedy Mr. Burns of the Simpsons. Add to that the attacks on Mormons, the Occupy Wall Street people and the famous (or infamous) picture of Romney holding a dollar bill, surrounded by his grinning young Bain Capital cronies, and voters will be running from him like he’s a drunken trucker going the wrong way on a crowded highway.
Romney only takes the lead after he runs his negative ads against candidates not armed with money as he is. The money he has is one reason I think the Republican elites have backed him. They want to free up money for House and Senate races, along with governorships.
On the local level there is a lot of angst that so few people turned out to vote. Why? Isn’t it best if the informed people vote?
At my precinct we arrived at 7:30 a.m. and already two of the three registrar machines weren’t working. This made for a little longer line for the remaining one, and some people left to come back later. However, one man in line stepped up to the registrar. Asked if he was Democrat or Republican, he replied “Democrat.” The poll worker started to prepare a Democrat ballot for him. But the idiot replied he wanted a Republican ballot, so that had to be thrown out, a new one fixed up for him, a spoiled ballot and time wasted. The voter was clearly tickled with himself. He thought he had outfoxed the system. Funny thing was, however, that the registrar doing it was a Democrat so he only caused trouble for his own.
That’s the kind of voter we don’t need. And there are lots like him.
Watching the returns, especially in one race, it was instructive that the early voters seemed to go for the name recognition candidate. A lot of them are older people who see a familiar name and blindly choose it. When information comes out about two candidates in the last week of the campaign – and that’s when most of it does come out – many have already cast their ballot. Often it is then a wasted vote.
I do not see the wisdom of early voting, especially in a primary. You risk throwing away your vote. Politicians like it, but it doesn’t seem aimed for the good outcome of elections.
Now it’s on to the next set of states and the breathless media saying these are the make or break ones.