SANTORUM: Biggest Threat to Obama?

SANTORUM MUST FIRST UPSET MICHIGAN NATIVE SON – MITT ROMNEY

 

Rick Santorum (Credit: Gage Skidmore/Wikicommons)

Rick Santorum (Credit: Gage Skidmore/Wikicommons)

 

The often ridiculed and perhaps most controversial Republican candidate is the one who arguably and ironically stands the best chance to beat President Obama.  The question is will he get the chance. Can Santorum Score A Michigan Upset?  Will Republicans be courageous enough to throw caution to the wind and ignore the powerful manipulation and help to shed the myth of Romney’s Inevitability?   Today, despite Rick Santorum’s rise in the polls purely on the power of his message and authenticity Rombo remains the favorite in the battle for Michigan but not necessarily for the right reasons.  Romney is a man with all the advantages and a heavy shovelRick Santorum is outgunned on every basis. Romney is running as a native son of Michigan. He has an unmatched financial war chest to fund his attack machine against Santorum and any challengers,  the boots on the ground across the state to deliver the votes, Wall Street and the RNC establishment firmly in his corner to lay the groundwork for Super Tuesday and Ron Paul doing some dirty work for him. With his entire candidacy potentially on the line in Michigan, in yet another bout of shape-shifting, Romney has tried to claim the underdog mantle in his own house. Jeez Louise what a royal con. Just one more maneuver in the Romney Con’s arsenal. Romney is about as much an underdog in Michigan as I was to get fed at my mother’s dinner table. That Santorum has presented this difficult a challenge to a man who should have run away with the contest is a testament to the strength of Santorum’s character as much as it is a signal of the weakness of Romney’s.

Call me crazy (some of you already do), but I think the latest USA Today/Gallup polls illustrating that Santorum would beat Obama and have greater strength over Romney in a head to head matchup witth President Obama in the battleground states portend of something that many are not quite prepared to grasp.  They may actually find it quite unsettling.  In fairness these new polls provide mixed news for the President and his potential competitors. And that is how does a man who is a caricature of a social conservative to the liberal community and a veritable punching bag to the gay community, perceived as a religious zealot with extreme views, even remotely competitive against a sitting President, one who killed Obama and helped rescue Detroit’s auto industry?

Romney is damaged goods. His CEO branding which might have been a greater asset in different times has been severely undermined by his character flaw.  His inconsistency on a range of issues along with some miscues  have contributed to the further perception of him as an out of touch elitist.  This is not especially helpful when doubts persist about your character and integrity. A narrative about Romney was framed by Republicans who ran against him in 2008 and in this election cycle. He is widely perceived as an inauthentic, insincere, hollow man, a veritable shape-shifting political chameleon with no core principles or values. Some of his own miscues have enhanced a the view of him as an out of touch elitist. When you are already seen as somewhat fradulent, that is hardly helpeful, especially in turbulent and uncertain times where authenticity matters.

Among social conservatives in particular, the contempt for Romney is that he is seen as a man without character or integrity who has served as a leader in the Utah based - LDS MormonCult, widely seen as a spiritual ponzi scheme. Santorum does not have an authenticity problem like Romney. To the contrary, he is seen as a rock solid social conservative by some and a religious zealot by others, a problem in an of itself.  His views are problematic for more libertarian Republicans but also Independents and Democrats. Nevertheless, if Santorum were to get by Romney and ascend to the nomination and focuses in earnest in his discussions with the wider electorate on core economic issues and improving conditions for working families, regardless of their faith, or lack thereof, I would hold that he is a much bigger threat to President Obama with his focus on support of the hardhats and tax breaks for manufacturing.  Romney’s robotic Gekko persona is problematic from an electoral standpoint in that it presents a caricatureof the guy that fired you and shipped your job overseas.

Doubters of this thesis will say that Santorum will get trounced in places like New York and Massachusetts and lose pockets of this country in wide margins. I would agree with this theory. But here is what they ignore, the red states would become increasingly red and the battleground states are ultimately more in play with a Santorum candidacy than with a Romney candidacy. Santorum will even get some Reagan Democrats. I see very few if any Democrats crossing the aisle to vote for a guy who is the embodiment or caricature of the greedy, indifferent CEO. And then you have the Mormon CULT factor – Romney is not just a member but a High Priest or Bishop in a fradulent cult with a racist history. Hence, it is hard to see how the Mormon Madoff gets by President Obama.  His inevitability argument is ringing increasingly hollow.

ROMNEY DESPERATE CLOSING APPEAL IN NATIVE STATE AS ‘UNDERDOG’ & ‘COMEBACK KID’ – Presents Challenge which may ultimately eclipse Santorum’s Rise

The overselling of Romney’s inevitabilty has been to date a very powerful force among Republicans committed to defeating President Obama. Money and psychological manipulation by the mainstream media are the advantages that Romney has over an otherwise fractured and relatively weak and under financed field. As reported by CBS News the recent polls undercut Romney’s electability argument over Santorun on the eve of the Miohigan primary. Even so these  powerful forces at play in Michigan  may deny Santorum the victory mantle in Michigan this evening, even though he has seemed to win the hearts of voters more so than Romney, who offers them calibrated or pragmatic choice, not necessarily the righteous choice.

Michigan was poised to be ‘a Bonfire of Romney’s vanity’  with the Big Varmint, Small Vision Playing to Empty Fields. Even despite Satan’s Santorum Problem with the rise of Santorum in Michigan even given his late appeals that brough him neck and neck with the Manchurian Mormon Madoff, it was going to in the end be difficult to sustain the climb given Romney’s procedural and financial advantages.  Even though I will hold to my steadfast belief that in a general election, he is a stronger candidate against President Obama than is Mitt Romney, the media in recent days seems to be setting up a repudiation of Santorum, with the intended or incidental affect that Christianity looks radical compared to Mormonism. This will help elevate and insulate Romney from the baggage associated with his fraudulent CULT.  There is a chance of a  big victory for Romney in Michigan today buttressed by a lead with the early vote and some of Santorum’s extreme views eclipsing distaste for Romney. And since Romney is rather good at lifting off of others, posing as like Reagan when it suited him, he now seems to be playing  Bill Clinton touting himself as the “comeback kid”   The media will eat it up, playing up Romney’s come back and Santorum’s implosion. Romney will preach about religious tolerance and move further to the center. He will seem inevitable again until he stumbles a on Super Tuesday. Rick Santorum may have peaked. But it’s hard to see how an over financed imperial and inevitable candidate can pull off being the underdog before people start realizing ‘WTF is wrong with a guy who has every advantage and under performs against a weak field’?  It would be sort of like A-Roid bragging of hitting a moon shot against a little leaguer World Series starter, while he was as an adult.  Mitt Romney is similarly a tool; only a douche who laughs about being being unemployed too and who is carpet-bombing carpet-bagger forced to manage expectations of his weak candidacy would present himself as the ‘comeback kid’ in his native state. If voters see through that Romney may be looking at a depressing evening and a long fight.

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