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Romney beat back Crusader Rick last night in the Michigan primaries, winning by 3.2% over the right's religious entry. Romney also won by a wide margin down in the dysfunctional state of Arizona. Super Tuesday, March 6th, will cement the nomination for Mitt....and then the real fun starts.
ROMNEY: It's very easy to excite the base with incendiary comments. We've seen throughout the campaign that if you're willing to say really outrageous things that are accusative and attacking of President Obama, that you're gonna jump up in the polls. I'm not willing to light my hair on fire to try and get support. I am who I am. I'm a person with extensive experience in the private sector, in the economy.
The most hated news personality in the nation...
Limbaugh: Well, I'm a member of the Republican base, I assume most of you are, and so what I hear is that we're incendiary and we react to that, and all we want is for Obama to be attacked.
I must remind readers at this point of the S. Carolina GOP primary. The living, breathing, incendiary One, Newton Leroy Gingrich WON the S. Carolina primary beating Mitt Romney 40.4% to 27.9%. S. Carolina Republicans are some of the most, if not THE most, representative Republican voters, in the country. So much so that...
Since 1980, when Ronald Reagan supporters invented the primary there, South Carolina voters have picked the eventual winner of the GOP nomination every time.
But not this time.
As we know from the numerous GOP primary "debates" leading up to S. Carolina's priamry....it was incendiary remarks by Newt, it was "hair on fire" crazy talk from Newt, which sealed his primary win there.
Newt hit two solo media homers before S. Carolina's primary which vindicate what Romney said about the "incendiary-remark loving" conservative base. First, Newt dressed down the uppity Juan Williams over remarks Newt made about inner city (black) kids. Gingrich said poor black kids should take the job of their school's janitors. It would be good for poor black kids, said the incendiary Newton, because they aren't used to working unless it's doing illegal stuff.
When Juan asked Newt if he didn't understand why that kind of incendiary talk was "insulting", Newt immediately answered "No, not at all." The "base" audience went completely wild with glee over Newt's answer.
The second example is Gingrich's response to John King's opening debate question about Newt's "open marriage." Newt quickly put that CNN "liberal media" member in his place.....making the issue about media instead of himself....in a winger, hair-on-fire-over-the-liberal-media, kind of way. Once again, S. Carolina conservative-base members went wild. As Romney said.....Newt "excited the base" with his "incendiary" remarks. Something Mitt is not willing to do against Obama in the general election campaign.
So, when Rush Limbaugh says...."I'm a member of the Republican base, I assume most of you are, and so what I hear is that we're incendiary and we react to that, and all we want is for Obama to be attacked.".....all I can say is....well, yeah. S. Carolina's pick of Newt Gingrich is all one needs to examine to understand that what Romney is saying is 100% correct.
The excitable and angry conservative-base voters want to remove Obama from the presidency....of that there is no doubt. But movement conservatives first choice, as S. Carolina made known, is to win by bashing Obama using the most divisive and, yes, incendiary, language possible. That's why Gingrich won the Palmetto state.
Yet, the eventual GOP candidate, Mitt Romney...promises to not excite the base through the use of incendiary, hateful and divisive language. Which translates into the conservative base not being as excited about their candidate or their chances of winning against the dreaded Obama.
Sure, conservatives will still vote for Romney in November....but many will do so without enthusiasm. Say, like, Rush Limbaugh.
Summary: Romney will be the GOP nominee. He hasn't excited the conservative base and has promised not to excite that base by using incendiary, hair on fire rhetoric against Obama, rhetoric which the conservative base yearns for. In addition, evangelical Republican voters do not trust Mitt's Mormon religion. Evangelicals make up half of the conservative base. On top of all that, Romney is not regarded by the conservative base as a true conservative.
Throw in Romney's multitude of flip-flopping and lying, his out-of-touchness with regular folk, and his poster-boy-for-the-1% policies and background.....and all of it adds up to a second term for Barack Hussein Obama.