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Are We There Yet?

Jim Burroway

April 3rd, 2012

I think this tweet from Andy Borowitz sums it up nicely:

Gov. Mitt Romney handily won all three Republican primaries this evening, including in Wisconsin, where Sen. Rick Santorum stood the best chance of pulling out a victory. The exit polls tell a familiar story: Santorum generally does better with the blue collar workers, rural voters, evangelicals, and those who believe that the most important quality in a candidate is being a “true conservative” and having a “strong moral character.” Everyone else, including those who just want the whole damn thing to be over already, went for Romney. One interesting item for pundits to ponder: in the Wisconsin exit poll, Santorum took the lion’s share of the vote among those who disapprove of Scott Walker as governor, who faces a recall election. Unfortunately for Santorum, they only made up 21% of the GOP primary voters.

Romney 70% 49% 42%
Santorum 29% 38%
Paul 12% 10% 12%
Gingrich 11% 11% 6%

Santorum was not on the D.C. ballot.

Meanwhile, a New York Times editorial today deplored the National Organization for Marriage’s “divide and discriminate” strategy, noting the document dump which revealed NOM’s secret strategy to drive wedges between African-Americans and gays, and between Latinos and gays. The Times went on:

Mitt Romney, Rick Santorum and Newt Gingrich have publicly aligned themselves with the group and signed its pledge to work aggressively from the White House against same-sex marriage.

Now that the group’s poisonous political approach is out in the open, Mr. Romney and the others should be racing to make clear their disapproval.

We detect no stampede.



April 4th, 2012 | LINK

I’m not sure such editorial is doing something besides preaching to the choir? I mean, would NOM be surprised that NYT is condemning them?

NYT has always been perceived as a liberal newspaper.

April 4th, 2012 | LINK

One interesting note on the DC primary (where I live). Perhaps Santorum was right to ignore us. Romney may have won with 70% of the GOP vote, but still only got 1/20 as many votes as Obama did in the uncontested Democratic primary. Of course, McCain lost to both Obama and “other” (catchall for all votes for neither Obama nor McCain) in the 2008 election.

April 4th, 2012 | LINK

CPT_Doom if it weren’t for local elections for the council, there wouldn’t be any reason to vote in a primary at all. I filled in the blanks for the Prez, and Elenor but could just as easily given myself write in votes. Since moving to the city, I vote just to maintain the habit and hope one day we will actually have elections with candidates who support real options. But I’m 74 and hope is dwindling.

April 5th, 2012 | LINK

“Santorum took the lion’s share of the vote among those who disapprove of Scott Walker as governor, who faces a recall election.”

I believe that can best be explained by Democratic voters who changed their registrations to be able to vote for Frothy…

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