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Wednesday, April 4, 2012

For the First Time Ever, Mitt Romney Doesn't Celebrate a Big Primary Win with an Enormous Morning-After Gaffe

Posted by on Wed, Apr 4, 2012 at 12:04 PM

It's become a 2012 tradition: The morning after Mitt Romney wins big in a primary, he or his campaign makes a terrible mistake. Remember when Romney said he wasn't concerned about the very poor? Or that whole Etch-a-Sketch mess? Unfortunately, there doesn't seem to be a morning-after gift for the press today, which maybe means that the primary is officially over. The closest the Romney campaign has come to a post-victory error was last night, when Romney' Maryland surrogate announced that women would vote for Romney in November because...

...women...would not be exposed to Romney’s “real views” until the general election. Ehrlich said that once women “see” Romney’s “real views,” the gender gap between him and President Obama would dissipate.

I know a whole lot of voters haven't paid attention to the presidential race so far. Hell, I bet a significant portion of the people who will vote in November don't even know who Mitt Romney is, yet. But does the Romney campaign really think they'll be able to whip out a new, moderate Mitt Romney once the primaries are over? Because there's lots of audio and video of Mitt Romney saying terrible things. Remember when he agreed with the sentiment, if not the exact language, of Rush Limbaugh's attacks on Sandra Fluke? Or when he promised to defund Planned Parenthood? On multiple occasions? This Etch-A-Sketch plan—and I do think it's a real strategy in Romney headquarters—might have worked in the days before YouTube, but how can it possibly work now? Does the Romney campaign believe that women voters are just that dumb?

 

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Will in Seattle 1
Give him time. Sometimes it takes a few hours before they find out what he did.
Posted by Will in Seattle http://www.facebook.com/WillSeattle on April 4, 2012 at 12:15 PM · Report this
California Kid 2
Why Yes, yes they do think voters are stupid. What a silly question.
Posted by California Kid on April 4, 2012 at 12:16 PM · Report this
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Women voters are a subset of all voters, so yes, the Romney campaign thinks they're dumb.
Posted by thrillho on April 4, 2012 at 12:17 PM · Report this
stinkbug 4
Seriously? This is worthy of a post?
Posted by stinkbug on April 4, 2012 at 12:32 PM · Report this
Posted by maddogm13 on April 4, 2012 at 12:32 PM · Report this
Posted by maddogm13 on April 4, 2012 at 12:32 PM · Report this
Reverse Polarity 7
Welcome to 2012, Willard.

The whole strategy of tacking to the extreme base during the primary and tacking back to the middle during the general election was a perfectly valid plan for the last half century or so. But apparently Willard's campaign hasn't figured out the intertubes yet, or discovered YouTube. Every gaffe he's uttered for the last decade is going to be on endless replay all fall long.
Posted by Reverse Polarity on April 4, 2012 at 12:43 PM · Report this
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He is part of the republican party that believes if you repeat something enough it is true, no matter how outlandish the claim.
Posted by garumph on April 4, 2012 at 1:13 PM · Report this
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By November most of the electorate won't remember that Obama got Bin Laden (I guarantee there will be ads that Obama let Bin Laden get away) so you REALLY think anybody will remember what bullshit Romney said five months before? No way.

It would be great that there would be this upswell of pissed off women that will make the difference. Once we see exit polls there won't be. It might make a handful of 20 something liberal women, who would have normally hung out Linda's, actually turn out to vote. But the fact the Right hates women won't sway Rightwing women to vote for Obama. They get off on that shit. And in case you forgot: Obama is black. Rightwing women are racist, too.

Look. It will come down to the economy (which won't really be much better than it is right now ever again), the youth vote (who apparently are more apathetic than ever), and the latests go-for-the-throat bullshit spin what ever party can use to sway the few dolts that are the elusive "swing" voters.

That. And the the percentage of feckless far lefties that insist they need to vote for Nader or some such shit.

Everybody else is just going to vote for their team.

So again, without a Palin-like media clueless fuck-up on Team Romney it's going to be a nail biter. Don't get cocky.
Posted by tkc on April 4, 2012 at 1:47 PM · Report this
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@ 9 don't get cocky sure but it won't be a nail biter

the youth vote won't be like 2008 but it will be a lot better than 2010. Also the economy is in better shape than you give it credit for.

also how do you forget than obama got osama.

and as for romney's gaffe's i present this again: Because there's lots of audio and video of Mitt Romney saying terrible things. Remember when he agreed with the sentiment, if not the exact language, of Rush Limbaugh's attacks on Sandra Fluke? Or when he promised to defund Planned Parenthood? On multiple occasions? This Etch-A-Sketch plan—and I do think it's a real strategy in Romney headquarters—might have worked in the days before YouTube, but how can it possibly work now
Posted by Democrat1234 on April 4, 2012 at 2:04 PM · Report this
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@10 I hope you're right. But experience tells me that you're not. Never underestimate how stupid most Americans are.
Posted by tkc on April 4, 2012 at 2:26 PM · Report this
aliencoffebandit 12
why does anyone still think that voting matters? they're just gonna rig that shit again(not that the outcome matters either)
Posted by aliencoffebandit on April 4, 2012 at 5:40 PM · Report this
Free Lunch 13
Youtube? No one will need Youtube to see Romney's current extremist persona. Obama's campaign, the DNC, and pro-Obama superpacs will spend hundreds of millions on ads, and those ads are certain to feature all the extreme, stupid shit Mitt's come up with so far.

Especially the anti-woman stuff. He can't possibly walk that back without alienating his anti-women base (a.k.a., Republicans). What, he's going to say that he misspoke when he said he wants to get rid of Planned Parenthood?

I bet in October you won't make it through a single commercial break without being shown something extreme that Romney said.
Posted by Free Lunch on April 4, 2012 at 7:23 PM · Report this
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You say that "a significant portion of the people who will vote in November don't even know who Mitt Romney is, yet"... so why would they care about stuff he was saying (by then) months ago? One could probably find corroboration for his "new" moderate positions among his "old" moderate positions that he's abandoned for this primary season, and argue that the real Mitt Romney is in fact a moderate. I'd like to believe that people aren't that shallow-minded, but this is the country that elected George W in 2004.
Posted by Nitidiuscula on April 4, 2012 at 10:38 PM · Report this

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