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  •  But how can you say there is no credible (3+ / 0-)
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    PorridgeGun, BobBlueMass, askew

    competition when you can't beat them? If he's going to win, he's going to have to, you know, actually win. How many voters actually know that no delegates were awarded yesterday? To them, Romney is losing. And the media won't get into the weeds of delegate allocation, they'll talk about momentum and post mortems.

    •  He could have beat them (0+ / 0-)

      If he had spent the money and campaigned there, which he would have done if he'd placed any importance on winning these contests. This is directly responsible for the massive drop off in votes vs. 2008.

      This is a completely different contest than 2008 and trying to directly compare the results of these states between them is misleading, like so much of the cheerleading and chest thumping disguised as "analysis" here.

      •  Whether Romney thinks a state is imporant (0+ / 0-)

        or not really doesn't matter. By not campaigning in these states, he is essentially conceeding them in the general. You can't start in August to build a campaign structure to win Minnesota or Missouri or Colorado and hope to be successful, even if you have unlimited cash. If Romney was really so sure of his inevitable nomination, they would be building a general election infrastructure to hit the ground running. He is ignoring key battleground states to focus on blue states that he has no chance of winning in the general. Want to know which states aren't imporant in the GOP primary calender? NY, CA, New England. That is where Romney's strength is, and he has no hope of winning those states against Obama.

      •  Headline readers disagree (0+ / 0-)

        I agree. He probably could have won some or all of them if he'd carpet bombed them with ads.

        And, right again, zero delegates got awarded last night and it's all about the delegates.

        But. Most voters are headline readers, especially when the story's about some election in another state.

        And the headlines today are that Santorum kicked his ass and won all three states.

        "I lost because I didn't try" sounds lame. And it is. "I lost because I didn't spend money", when you're the richest guy in the race, is even more pathetic.

        He doesn't come across today as a confident inevitable winner ready to beat Obama in the Fall. He sounds like a wounded duck.

        Right or wrong, it gets harder and harder to claim inevitability when you keep losing. And he lost last night. By big margins.

        At the very least he was stupid for not taking these states seriously and carpet bombing them. He's got the money fergoddsake, and these are cheap media states. He could have won all of them, and probably ended the whole race.

        He didn't. Now he's got problems.

        It's three weeks with "Romney's losing" as the storyline. If he carpet bombs MI and AZ and wins again, the narrative changes.

        And he's vulnerable in Michigan; with the "let Detroit die" thing (you better believe people know all about that there, and ain't happy about either). I don't know AZ, but he might be vulnerable there, too.

        20 days of being a loser isn't good. Maybe he changes that back and completely blows people away on Super Tuesday.

        Maybe not.

        Democrats are not always right, but Republicans are insane.

        by BobBlueMass on Wed Feb 08, 2012 at 10:45:23 AM PST

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