Iowa Confirms Mitt Romney As The Weakest Frontrunner Ever

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Over the course of one Iowa winter’s night Mitt Romney went from the destined GOP to nominee to being the frontrunner who conservatives won’t vote for.

After Rick Santorum’s near win in Iowa tonight, the old questions about Mitt Romney’s ability to gain the support of conservative voters are ready to roar back with a vengeance.

MSNBC did some exit polling at the caucuses and their results reveal the depth of Romney’s problems. Santorum finished ahead of Romney among voters that make less than $50,000 (20%-15%). Santorum led Romney among those who make $50,000-$99,999, (27%-22%). Santorum crushed Romney among those who considered themselves to be very conservative, 34%-14%. Santorum led with conservatives, 27%-22%. Tea party supporters went to the caucuses heavily supporting Santorum, 30%-14%.

Despite the spending of tens of millions of dollars on his behalf in the state, Mitt Romney is going to finish with the exact level of support that he did in 2008 (25%). If Republicans were expecting to nominate Romney and flip Iowa from Blue to Red, they can pretty much forget it. If tonight’s results are any indication, Iowa Republicans aren’t all that enthused and motivated by Mitt Romney.

One has to question why the Romney campaign changed their mind and decided to compete in Iowa. They would have been better served by their original plan of skipping Iowa and concentrating on other states. By competing and raising the stakes in Iowa to victory or bust, the Romney campaign created big expectations and failed to deliver.

The two story lines coming out of Iowa will be Rick Santorum’s surge, and Romney’s failure to win the support of conservatives. Mitt Romney would not have been hurt if he would have lost Iowa to Ron Paul, because most of Paul’s supporters were crossover Independents and Democrats. What Mitt Romney absolutely could not afford to have happen was to be defeated by a more conservative candidate.

Instead of establishing himself as the dominant frontrunner, Mitt Romney revived the old storyline that conservatives don’t want to support him. Rick Santorum exposed all of Romney’s weaknesses. Conservatives aren’t excited by him. Conservatives don’t trust him, and if Mitt Romney is the Republican nominee there is no guarantee that they are going to show up to vote for him in November.

Mitt Romney wants to be known as the Republican that can defeat Obama, but how can anyone believe that he can beat Obama when Romney beat Rick Santorum by 8 votes in Iowa?

21 Replies to “Iowa Confirms Mitt Romney As The Weakest Frontrunner Ever”

  1. Romney won by a dismal 8 votes. If I were him, I wouldn’t let my wife introduce me as “the next POTUS.” He made a presumption that winning in Iowa would be a walk in the park and it was anything but that. 8 votes? Sheesh.

  2. And even scarier that Crazy Ricky came so close. The thought of a pluto-theocracy should scare the shit out of anyone, but I’m convinced there are a lot of non-thinkers in this country.

  3. YES!!! YES!!! YES!!!

    Santorum, God’s chosen candidate and right-hand man, came in second in Iowa tonight!!

    That ought to show all you libtards God is serious about removing Obama from the White House!

    Pat Robertson was right–God wants Obama out, and a Republican in office, and God showed that tonight by making his chosen candidate come in SECOND!!

    Go God!

    Scuse me while I Tebow.

  4. Santorum will fall in the polls once he gets more media coverage and the fundies realize he’s Catholic (practically equivalent to Satanist in the eyes of the Chick-tract wing of fundamentalism).

    The scary part is that if you add up the votes for Santorum, Paul, Perry, and Bachmann, the utter-lunatic vote is almost two and a half times the Romney vote. Once that faction of Republicans manages to unite behind a single candidate, if it ever does, Romney’s in trouble.

  5. Which god was that? Oh, right, Yahweh, the Judean war god with way too much arrogance. hoo boy… Get ready for Obama’s second term.

  6. If this mythical being you call god has picked sanatorium as his chosen candidate and right hand man, why wouldn’t he have had him actually win and not lose to a Mormon? I swear, religion has no logic.

  7. Yeah…I don’t see the results being exactly good news for Republicans and their dark fantasies about America

  8. Wait until Moderates get a load of Santorum’s position against not only abortion, but, contraception as well. If Santorum gets the nod, it ought shape up as another Democratic blood letting next November. :)

  9. Wait, Santorum is God’s chosen candidate? Didn’t God have like four candidates using his endorsement in this race already? Also, I’m pretty sure God doesn’t like it when Santorum says “I don’t want to give black people other people’s money” in reference to welfare reform or “Obama should be pro life because he’s black” or that he tried to cheat Pennsylvania for tuition costs for his children. If he’s the candidate with the mandate from God(Yeesh that statement sounds like something you’d hear from a Chinese dictator’s title or North Korea), then we’re all doomed, everybody on Earth.

  10. While there have been times that I wondered, I’m pretty sure “conservative heart” isn’t conservative and is just playing with their attitudes.

    It’s a sad state when it’s hard to tell the difference between irony or satire and the Republicans/Conservatives/Dominionists.

  11. One other thing about this is really interesting: we know how much of a racist bigot Santorum is, and his support from the Tea Party and the dominionists demonstrates one of their core characteristics: they’re racist bigots.

    Scream and holler at that all they want, the support for someone like him proves that they are racists and bigots, and it just reinforces our argument that the “Tea Party” was formed because a Black man got into the presidency, and the dominionists are truly racists as well (read Frank Shaeffer about the start of the Religious Right: they were started because the fundamentalist church leaders didn’t want to treat black folks the same as white)!

    Now we just need to see if this trend continues, and if the dominionists hold their noses (we know how they hate anyone not like them) and support Romney or not.

  12. As usual Con-heart, you da’ man!

    Tee-bow doesn’t even know that his “little act” was stolen from James Brown…I suppose when someone finally tells him, he’ll get “the cape” and have a special “cheerleader” bring it out every time he drops to his knees. And, he’ll probably start singing, “This is a Man’s World”…off-key.

  13. Willard Romney is a sad sack who is barely leading among a group of other sad sacks. The irony is that the GOP establishment, which courted the crazies in order to win at any cost, now wants someone who they see as reasonable by comparison. Unfortunately for them, the base WANTS one of the crazies to win the nomination. Santorum is just the latest among a group of not-Romney sad sacks, and I firmly believe he will also falter as more becomes known about him.

  14. Well, if Santorum did get “the nod”, he could pick Mel Gibson or that pizza jerk who runs that cult encampment “Ava Maria University-town” in Florida as his VP running mate.

    Little Ricky is still a Dominionist like his buddy Donahue, so as far as the XXX-tremes are concerned, they can hold their nose for him because he’s close enough for comfort, but not Willard. They “trust” him; they don’t trust Newt, Willard or Paul. It’s all about who they trust and everybody else can go to hell, literally.

  15. To quote a line from “A Fish Called Wanda”, to call you stupid would be an insult to stupid people.

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