As 2012 falls apart, Republicans are starting to turn on each other. Wisconsin Senate candidate Tommy Thompson is blaming Mitt Romney for his nine point deficit to Tammy Baldwin.
Here is Thompson telling WKOW that the top of the ticket is the problem:
Thompson said, “The Presidential thing is bound to have an impact on every election. Whether you’re a Democrat or Republican. If you’re a standard-bearer for the Presidency is not doing well, it’s gonna reflect on the down ballot.”
It’s not his fault that according to the Marquette Law School poll a nine point lead in August has become a nine point deficit in September. Thompson is all about blaming Romney, and attacking the poll. If Romney doesn’t turn it around soon, we are going to seeing the full blown return of the Republican circular firing squad.
Republicans had themselves so convinced that all they had to do was show up in order to beat Obama and take back the Senate that they are having a difficult time adjusting to reality.
Thompson has not done himself any favors with voters by attacking Baldwin’s sexual orientation. In fact, part of Thompson’s slide can be attributed to the fact that he has gone from leading with Independents, 47%-37% to now trailing Baldwin, 50%-38%. Baldwin has also benefited from a six point gain with Democrats as members of her own party are coming home.
Just like Republicans decided that their defeat in 2008 was Sarah Palin’s fault, the GOP is getting ready to blame Mitt Romney for what is quickly turning in to a disastrous election cycle.
It is as if Republicans can’t comprehend that they are losing to a stronger candidate and a better organized party. (There’s a sentence that I never thought I’d type.)
The Republican Party still lacks leadership, direction, and a coherent message that doesn’t involve screwing everyone else in order to give the rich more.
Mitt Romney has exposed and compounded what was already wrong inside the party. His nomination itself is a symbol of a rudderless ship that is in complete disarray. A deeply flawed party nominated an equally deeply flawed candidate who promised them the one thing they desired most, victory. They fell for Romney’s sales pitch of the impossible dream, and are now beginning to realize that they were conned.
Tim Pawlenty abandoned ship as Romney’s co-chair because he sees no future in the Romney/Ryan campaign. If Romney continues to epically struggle, more people will leave, as the pitchforks and torches come out.
After Election Day, Mitt Romney better head to the Cayman Islands and visit his money for a while.
The smoke signals are turning into a forest fire, as Republicans are preparing to blame Romney for what they are starting to suspect is going to be a 2012 defeat.
Mr. Easley is the founder/managing editor and Senior White House and Congressional correspondent for PoliticusUSA. Jason has a Bachelor’s Degree in Political Science. His graduate work focused on public policy, with a specialization in social reform movements.
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