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Mitt Romney has spent roughly twice as much as Rick Santorum and Newt Gingrich combined
 
Based on Mitt Romney's disclosure yesterday of $7.3 million cash on hand, we now know that between his official campaign and his Super PAC, Romney has spent more than $100 million so far in the 2012 campaign. That's more than every other Republican candidate combined and is almost certainly more than President Obama has spent.

Here's how we know it's more than $100 million. Last month, Romney's cash on hand was $7.7 million. That means he spent $400,000 more than he raised during February. He raised $11.5 million, so his total spend is $12 million. Through the end of January, Romney had spent $55 million, so his total campaign spending through February was $67 million. Meanwhile, his Super PAC has spent a bit more than $33 million—bringing us to more than $100 million total.

As you can guess, $100 million dwarfs Romney's Republican rivals. We don't know exactly how much Newt Gingrich or Rick Santorum spent through their official campaigns in February, but if you add up their January reports along with their Super PAC spending (which is up to date), all other Gingrich spending totals roughly $34 million and all other Santorum spending totals a bit more than $10 million. Based on those numbers, Gingrich's total spending is at most $40 million and Santorum's is at most $20 million. Therefore, Romney's is spending somewhere between three and ten times as much each of his rivals.

Romney has almost certainly outspent President Obama as well, though by a smaller margin. Through the end of January, Obama's campaign had spent $63 million and his Super PAC spending still hasn't crossed the $1 million threshold. Unless the Obama campaign spent more than $36 million last month, Romney is in the spending lead.

Obviously, the big difference between Mitt Romney's spending and President Obama's spending is that Mitt Romney is spending almost all of his cash to destroy fellow Republicans in a primary campaign while President Obama is building an infrastructure to support a general election campaign.

Romney's cash is primarily funding an air war in which he's carpet bombing his rivals because he can't win on his own merits—and even though he's spending many times as much as his opponents, he still can't completely seal the deal. In addition to building a general election organization, President Obama's spending is mostly going to strengthen and expand his base of support.

Even though President Obama has much more cash on hand than Romney—$75 million to $7.3 million—Romney won't ultimately be at a spending disadvantage if for no other reason than that his Super PAC can take unlimited donations. But there's one thing that money cannot buy, and that's time. The longer it takes Mitt Romney to secure the nomination (and as Markos pointed out a couple of days ago, it could take a long time), the deeper his unpopularity problem will get—and the less time he'll have to buy his way out of the mess he created.

Originally posted to The Jed Report on Fri Mar 09, 2012 at 08:18 AM PST.

Also republished by Daily Kos.

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  •  The last time this happened...where a money bags (5+ / 0-)

    was up against a populist was when William McKinley (R) ran against William Jennings Bryan.

    McKinley was the first President to spend more than a million dollars on his campaign.

    He bought the Presidency.

    I'm somewhat concerned Mitt Romney can do the same thing.

    •  i don't think mittens can buy the presidency (11+ / 0-)

      the base hates him and GOP enthusiasm is way, way down, even with the loonies still in the race.

      but he can buy the GOP nomination, which seems to be the strategy.  the only questions are how much is it going to cost him and how long will his deep-pocket donors keep him afloat.  hence operation hilarity.

      see mittens spend.  spend, mitt, spend!

      My goal is to make the world safe for anarchy. - 4Freedom

      by Cedwyn on Fri Mar 09, 2012 at 08:34:16 AM PST

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      •  It's about LDS legitimacy I believe... (3+ / 0-)
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        that's where much of his money is coming from.

        •  It's about the Koch Brothers! (1+ / 0-)
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          The right-wing Billionaires club will pay a BILLION to put Romney in office if necessary. It will be worth it to them over the next 4 years in lower taxes and other giveaways.

          But, money is not going to be the deciding factor in this race. Obama will have enough to get his message out. His problem is his endless capitulation.

          If Republicans decide to shut the government down in August once again, Obama will want to cut a "deal" that will depress his base and be horrible for the middle class.

          It's just instinctive with him. He just can't help capitulating.

      •  Romney might be spending truckloads (5+ / 0-)

        of money, but it's not his money.  And now he has the unmitigated gall to ask working class folks to donate to his campaign while he proposes making them poorer as soon as he's elected.

        "In this world of sin and sorrow there is always something to be thankful for; as for me, I rejoice that I am not a Republican." - H. L. Mencken

        by SueDe on Fri Mar 09, 2012 at 08:48:24 AM PST

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    •  did Jennings Bryan have any money at all? (8+ / 0-)

      was he a sitting president?

      was McKinley totally Teh Suck?

      Was McKinley an excellent campaigner?

      Obama will be fine. Romney doesn't even have small donors, for pete's sake. the reality is that Obama could raise 50 million over night from people like you and me giving $10, $20, $30 bucks.

      I'm not worried about it. Yes, we'll need to work. But there are SO MANY reasons why Romney is just on the losing end of this deal, I can't even go into them all right now.

      Suffice to say, the guy's been running since 2007 and has spend 100 million to still not be the only remaining candidate in a race between himself and a (near broke) certifiable kook, (near broke) a disgraced former speaker and a (near broke) religious fanatic with diarrhea of the mouth. And this he does by keeping his mouth shut and/or issuing platitude that sound OK but mean nothing. he doesn't answer questions. He doesn't go off script (and when he does it's ALWAYS a disaster). He has currently 65-70% of the GOP voters REJECTING him. And indies are watching. he takes both sides of every issue and is already seen as opportunistic and untrustworthy and entitled. I won;t even begin to get into his "business experience" (h/t Newt).

      Pfft. I'm SO not worried. Like our President: I wish him luck. Really.

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      by mdmslle on Fri Mar 09, 2012 at 08:45:44 AM PST

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      •  Oh you have more confidence... (4+ / 0-)
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        in the American people than I do.

        I'm from the H.L. Mencken school

      •  none of the above, (2+ / 0-)
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        nor hi-speed internet either

        "Show up. Pay attention. Tell the truth. And don't be attached to the results." -- Angeles Arrien

        by Sybil Liberty on Fri Mar 09, 2012 at 08:52:09 AM PST

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        •  McKinley never left Ohio... (0+ / 0-)

          while Bryan gave over 600 speeches from the back of trains all over the US.

          He still lost...by lots.

          McKinley bought the Presidency.

          It has happened and it can happen again...especially with Citizens United.

          •  Only If You Think Obama Won't Have Super-Pacs (0+ / 0-)

            He'll be selling his soul to Wall Street for cash every day between now and the convention.

            He can raise as much money as he wants. Perhaps not as much as Romney but plenty.

            Here's the key point: "Obama's campaign had spent $63 million and his Super PAC spending still hasn't crossed the $1 million threshold."
            You know that Obama's super-pacs can and will raise $500 million.

            At some point the dueling attack ads will reach the saturation point and everybody in America will be heartily sick of it. Everybody will know what the campaigns want them to know about their opponents. This campaign is going to get right down in the mud and stay there for six months.

          •  no argument that it *could* be bought (1+ / 0-)
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            I just don't think it's likely in this case, based on the republican slate of ass-clowns who seem to revile at least the majority of even the most insensitive voters.

            "Show up. Pay attention. Tell the truth. And don't be attached to the results." -- Angeles Arrien

            by Sybil Liberty on Fri Mar 09, 2012 at 10:06:05 AM PST

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    •  Romney cannot buy the Presidency.. (3+ / 0-)
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      The only way that happens is if the economy falters and the narrative gains ground that the economy is in recession...
      BTW Obama would match Romney almost dollar for dollar...even if Romney gets a slight edge...

      "When fascism comes to America, it will be wrapped in a flag and carrying a cross." Sinclair Lewis, 1935 --Talk of foresight--

      by tuma on Fri Mar 09, 2012 at 08:57:30 AM PST

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  •  How much does a Presidential campaign cost... (2+ / 0-)
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    outside the television/radio ad buys?  How much would Romney be spending a month or paid staffers, pollsters, advance crew, travel, campaign events, HQ and field office rentals etc?

    Is there a hard and fast rule on the percentage paid in relation to money taken in?

  •  LOL. The rabid Obama haters are going to have to (14+ / 0-)

    donate some of their own hard-earned money to a plutocrat in order to keep their one-term fantasy alive until Nov.

    •  Richie Rich can play with his toys. (5+ / 0-)
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      Obama already has enough votes in strategy to counter the alleged 'haters.'

      It's not like they can't compare who donated through 2008 to who hasn't since. Or by what difference if there's any.

      I agree with Jed that Mitt is wasting so much money that the mere act goes against him.

      "How much is the White House worth to you Mitt? Why do you want to own it so badly?"

      cheerleaders need not apply.

      by kravitz on Fri Mar 09, 2012 at 08:37:05 AM PST

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  •  A fool and his money (10+ / 0-)

    Keep it up Mitt.
    And remember it's all about the journey.

    "Well Mr. Santorum, it's just that you're an evil, boring, creepy, piece of cardboard." "You're not being very nice." "Have some soup."

    by nellgwen on Fri Mar 09, 2012 at 08:29:40 AM PST

  •  Reports (kaff) of the DeathStar's demise (kaff (6+ / 0-)
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    kaff) are exaggerated (kaff kaff).........Where's all that smoke coming from?

  •  You've missed the key point, Jed... (13+ / 0-)

    ...Romney (Gingrich and Santorum) are creating scads of jobs with their personal campaign stimulus packages.

    Don't tell me what you believe, show me what you do and I will tell you what you believe.

    by Meteor Blades on Fri Mar 09, 2012 at 08:34:31 AM PST

  •  So campaign vs campaign... (1+ / 0-)
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    Pres Obama and Romney spent roughly the same.  How much has Romney spent on attack ads? Probably $20-$25M given his SuperPAC can do the heavy spending in this area, meaning Romney has spent $40M to Pres Obama's $63M on campaign infrastructure.  We often hear about the vaunted Pres Obama campaign - is Romney building a comparable one off the radar?

    •  All spending isn't created equal (0+ / 0-)

      You can spend a bunch on a luxury cruise to Greece. Or you can fix the roof on your house and upgrade all the wiring and plumbing.

      One is blowing money with nothing to show for it but memories. The other is making an investment that's going to pay back more than you put into it.

  •  Burn rate... (5+ / 0-)
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    is unsustainable unless he gets a major infusion to his Super PAC and/or starts putting his own money into the campaign.

    February saw a 2-1 ratio of money spent to money raised which was required to maintain that 4x sending ratio over his competitors. Without that 4x ratio, he would not have one 6 states on Super Tuesday and would be dead in the water.

    With his cash reserves almost depleted, it's due or die time for the Mittster.

    Give a Republican a fish and he'll think he learned how to fish. Teach him to fish and he'll call you socialist.

    by Roiling Snake Ball on Fri Mar 09, 2012 at 08:35:30 AM PST

    •  It will be his own money. (5+ / 0-)
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      Last time it was 40M of his own.

      He will need it for California and NY.   Without at least a 4 to 1 advaantage in spending on negative ads, he can't win.

      I'm from the Elizabeth Warren and Darcy Burner Wing of the Democratic Party!

      by TomP on Fri Mar 09, 2012 at 08:42:20 AM PST

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      •  And I'm ok with that (3+ / 0-)
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        Let him dump 40M of his own money in. Heck, let him dump 200M of his own money (that will just about exhaust his personal holdings).

        Some of the current estimates are that Obama may hit 1B in funds raised during this election, an amount so staggering that Mitt's paltry personal wealth will only plug a few holes in his rapidly sinking ship.

        Yes, I know, Anne Romney doesn't consider her family to be wealthy. Hey, she's correct. Compared to the people they have been hobnobbing with, the Romney's are NOT wealthy and with any luck this campaign will leave them substantially less wealthy than they started.

        Give a Republican a fish and he'll think he learned how to fish. Teach him to fish and he'll call you socialist.

        by Roiling Snake Ball on Fri Mar 09, 2012 at 09:04:58 AM PST

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        •  You presume "they" do not have some Off Shore (0+ / 0-)

          slush fund

          and, you act as if

          they have not been planning this for some time....

          You can make a difference in the world; just by doing something good for someone else today.

          by laserhaas on Fri Mar 09, 2012 at 09:21:19 AM PST

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  •  so... (3+ / 0-)
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    My takeaway from this is that Mitt Romney thinks that a decent solution to a problem is to throw money at it.

    So much for the party of fiscal responsibility.

  •  Republican will spend billion to defeat Obama (2+ / 0-)
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    Karl Rove ,who Obama has a chance to prosecute will spend at least 100 million against Obama with his Super Pac  trying to defeat him

    •  So we liberals don't have sugar daddys too? (0+ / 0-)

      poor us...

      "When fascism comes to America, it will be wrapped in a flag and carrying a cross." Sinclair Lewis, 1935 --Talk of foresight--

      by tuma on Fri Mar 09, 2012 at 09:02:39 AM PST

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      •  Not as many, no (0+ / 0-)

        Democratic candidates ALWAYS get a much greater proportion of their camaign funds in small increments.

        "The extinction of the human race will come from its inability to EMOTIONALLY comprehend the exponential function." -- Edward Teller

        by lgmcp on Fri Mar 09, 2012 at 09:26:26 AM PST

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    •  Again - ONLY $1 Billion --- REALLY? sheessshh (0+ / 0-)

      Let's see,

      there's more wars at $300 billion per year

      there's Medicare and Social Security funds that "they" want to "privatize" in excess of $2 Trillion.

      Once Bush tested and won the Bailout battle by B S
      and stole $700 billion from us;

      every modern day Robber Baron foamed at the mouth about how much (who can set the record) - on how much to fleece/ steal from us fuedel slaves...

      You can make a difference in the world; just by doing something good for someone else today.

      by laserhaas on Fri Mar 09, 2012 at 09:46:53 AM PST

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  •  And $0 of that (0+ / 0-)

    money comes from his vast fortune!

  •  Superpacs can't... (3+ / 0-)
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    ...spend money on a candidates state-by-state infrastruction (i.e. - GOTV ops).   And given that Rmoney is so unlikeable, he's going to have to PAY people to campaign for him; there won't be a bunch of Palin dittoheads, volunteering.

  •  The RMoney stimulus for (5+ / 0-)
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    TV and radio stations and for politcal consutants.  Keeps them off teh unemployment lines.  :-)

    Spend, baby, spend!!

    At some point, the 1%ers wil realize the burn rate is too high based on the dimming possibilities of a profit (victory in November).  Already people like George Will are pushing start-ip opportunites as better investments (But a congressman or senator).  

    Live by the market, die by the market.  :-)

    I'm from the Elizabeth Warren and Darcy Burner Wing of the Democratic Party!

    by TomP on Fri Mar 09, 2012 at 08:40:06 AM PST

  •  100 MILLION... you fight Santorum with a cream (1+ / 0-)
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    during the REAL pre-election process I hope this "buying of the presidency" is a major topic

  •  Once the conventions end (10+ / 0-)

    both Romney (presumptive) and Obama campaigns will be spending $100M a week.

    And then the Super PACS will be doing their bit. Plus Crossroads, CoC, and various unions.

    Now might be a good time to invest in local TV stations.

    In theory, there is no difference between theory and practice; but in practice, there always is a difference. - Yogi Berra En théorie, il n'y a aucune différence entre théorie et pratique, mais en pratique, il y a toujours une différence. - Yogi Berra

    by blue aardvark on Fri Mar 09, 2012 at 08:45:28 AM PST

  •  if mittens squeezes all the money he can get out (1+ / 0-)
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    of his high income donors, he is going to be out of money. i highly doubt he will see much income from everyday donors. i know if i was a supporter of his, i wouldn't send him a dime. he has enough of his own money to self-fund his campaign.

    Earth: Mostly harmless ~ The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy (revised entry)

    by yawnimawke on Fri Mar 09, 2012 at 08:48:37 AM PST

  •  Romney's Rivals Have Not Gone on Offense (4+ / 0-)
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    It may sound a bit bizarre, but Romney's atrocious favorability numbers actually could be much, much lower.

    Santorum and Gingrich have run very few negative ads against Romney because they simply don't have the money. But what if they did?

    Imagine if President Obama's team decided to dump 100 million dollars into approx. 12 states in June on purely negative Mitt Romney advertising.  You could have a scenario where even before the Convention, Romney is looking at a 60%+ unfavorability rating. Hell, he's probably headed that way, anyhow.

    Also, new polls show Gingrich leading in both Alabama and Mississippi today. Romney is close, but if he loses those two, plus Kansas, and Missouri next Saturday, he'll be bleeding heading into Illinois.

    Without his Super Pac, Romney would be out of this race. He wouldn't have had the money to air the ads that he has. Even if he self-financed, that in itself, would've been a very bad narrative for him.

    •  The polls in TN an AL (0+ / 0-)

      look very close...but if Romney carpet bombs Newt and Santo as he did in OHIO, MI, he'd likely pull out winner...and if we wins any of these the race comes to and end.
      -The story line would be, Romney has begun connecting with the South, time to close shop...the pressure on Santo would be unstoppable...

      "When fascism comes to America, it will be wrapped in a flag and carrying a cross." Sinclair Lewis, 1935 --Talk of foresight--

      by tuma on Fri Mar 09, 2012 at 09:09:36 AM PST

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    •  We are being forced fed a Red Herring Sakuraba. (0+ / 0-)

      They DON"T want to assault him.

      What is really transpiring is a money biz (that is what elections are - Billions in and around) as well as networking with all those whom will benefit each other the best - should the campaign be a success.

      Newt & Rick have the dirt, we and others have provided them. They DON"T want it air'd...

      You can make a difference in the world; just by doing something good for someone else today.

      by laserhaas on Fri Mar 09, 2012 at 09:27:04 AM PST

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  •  In the course of trashing (4+ / 0-)
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    his Republican opponents he has managed to trash almost every Republican "position" as well.  It will be all but impossible to construct a "Republican Platform" that can't be demolished by assembling Romney quotes alone . . . (which should make for some interesting television both at the Republican convention and after . . .).

    Fake Left, Drive Right . . . not my idea of a Democrat . . .

    by Deward Hastings on Fri Mar 09, 2012 at 08:49:57 AM PST

  •  Wow, Santorum's spend is sad (1+ / 0-)
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    LOL, no wonder he keeps having problems even getting on the ballot! The man must have had almost no money at all before Iowa.

    And that's clearly the problem of not running a national campaign and putting all your chips into Iowa - even if it pays off (belatedly) you still have no money or organization.

  •  Romney will have $50M banked waiting for GE... (2+ / 0-)
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    Given 90% of his donors are the maxed out variety it means they likely gave $2500 to his primary and $2500 to his general fund already but Romney can only spend his primary money right now, while his GE money is kept walled off for the time being.  

    So we can assume that once he wraps up the nomination all that walled off GE money will become instantly available cash infusion.  

  •  BLOWN is the key word. n/t (0+ / 0-)
  •  Hmmmm..... (2+ / 0-)
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    The Romney campaign might actually prove that you can't buy the Presidency.

    From Time: money spent per vote

    • Romney: $10.43
    • Santorum: $2.14
    • Gingrich: $3.89
    • Paul: $3.33
    •  Addendum..... (3+ / 0-)
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      The numbers above are only counting TV spending.

      If you add in all campaign expenses, the breakdown looks like this:

      • Romney: $17.14
      • Santorum: $2.54
      • Gingrich: $9.05
      • Paul: $31.55
      What do these numbers tell us? Both a lot and a little. We can say convincingly that Santorum has been overperforming, compared with the field, while Romney has been underperforming. If Romney were a corporation, it would hire a Bain consultant to come in and figure out how to reduce its cost per vote.
  •  why even bring Obama up? (0+ / 0-)

    Has Obama actually spent anything significant yet? Appart form salaries and  logistics has he started any real stumping or media blitz?

    That's more than every other Republican candidate combined and is almost certainly more than President Obama has spent
    .

    "When fascism comes to America, it will be wrapped in a flag and carrying a cross." Sinclair Lewis, 1935 --Talk of foresight--

    by tuma on Fri Mar 09, 2012 at 08:53:34 AM PST

    •  Why wouldn't I? (4+ / 0-)
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      It's a great contrast with Romney as I pointed out; Obama is spending on the types of things you mentioned, to build out his general election campaign.

      Romney is stuck going negative in a primary.

      I think Romney will end up having as much if not more money than Obama, but Obama will have been able to spend it in a far more effective way. To me that's pretty interesting and another reason why Obama is really benefiting from the GOP strife.

      •  It seems that the Romney campaign is not (0+ / 0-)

        doing what the Obama campaign did in 2008 during a similarly protracted primary battle: build on the ground organizations in each state.

        This will come back to haunt him in the general.

        And it's not as though the Obama campaign has just been twiddling its thumbs the last three years, either.

        http://www.slate.com/...

  •  This type of spending is what we could (2+ / 0-)
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    expect his actual fiscal policy to match.  Throw money at the problem until it is buried.

    I support the troops! I want them to return home in something besides caskets and body bags. (-6.5,-4.1)

    by minidriver on Fri Mar 09, 2012 at 09:04:48 AM PST

  •  My Impression (4+ / 0-)
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    Mitt Romney tries too hard to be likable and "one of us" when it is obvious he is not. All his speeches have those one line sayings intended to be Punch lines, but he delivers them more like Judy. Then he adds that little laugh.

    He says he has a plan, and he can cut taxes, reduce the deficit and create more jobs. He says it like he knows that is what he is suppose to say, but he doesn't really believe it.

    Money is his problem. He has too much of it, and he doesn't know what it is like to be without.

    Help! The GOP is NUTS (& the Dems need some!)

    by Tuba Les on Fri Mar 09, 2012 at 09:08:09 AM PST

  •  Money is for spending. Got to get that (1+ / 0-)
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    currency moving.

    Being a big spender is probably Willard's best characteristic.

    People to Wall Street: "LET OUR MONEY GO"

    by hannah on Fri Mar 09, 2012 at 09:14:18 AM PST

    •  Actually, no (2+ / 0-)
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      He's a multimillionaire cheapskate. Recall the famous anecdote about him buying an $8 pizza, cutting it into ten pieces, and then charging staffers at the Utah Olympics a buck a slice.

      Nice, eh? Bad enough he's charging people who are far poorer than he is for a slice of pizza, but he has to squeeze out a little profit for himself, too.

      •  Willard's attitude towards money is, (1+ / 0-)
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        however, a salient issue.  No?  It is one that can be fruitfully discussed.

        How many voters are going to consider that Willard might be a cheap-skate, unless someone makes an issue of it?

        When a person is rich and touts his expertise in getting rich, what better opportunity to explore the role of money could we ask for?

        How does Willard handle money?  We know he uses it to bet (gamble) and we know that he disdains a salary, but then takes one.  We also know that he doesn't consider three hundred thousand dollars to be much money.  We also know that he doesn't keep his own accounts.  So, what does he actually know about money management?  Does he hire experts because he knows nothing?

        People to Wall Street: "LET OUR MONEY GO"

        by hannah on Fri Mar 09, 2012 at 10:51:17 AM PST

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  •  Three blind mice (0+ / 0-)

    Romney is a loser.  This country is in no mood to elect a monied elite corporate raider who's on both sides of every issue.  He's spent $100 million running against two guys who couldn't get elected dogcatcher because he's only marginally more electable than they are, even among republicans.

    We were once so close to heaven - Peter came out and gave us medals - Declaring us the nicest of the damned.

    They Might be Giants

  •  Of course Romney can refill his coffers (1+ / 0-)
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    laserhaas

    when he actually wins the nomination. Campaign contributions are per election - so you can contribute once in the primary, once in the general election.

    Obama: At least he gives a good speech.

    by Permanent Republican Minority on Fri Mar 09, 2012 at 10:25:51 AM PST

  •  Give Rmoney his due... (0+ / 0-)

    he knows how to create jobs.  He simply opens his vault and empties it out.  Jobs!

  •  This is the guy who is going to cut govt spending? (1+ / 0-)
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    I am so tired of the lectures about how his experience in the private sector will bring efficiency to government.  If he knows how to cut spending, why can't he spend campaign money wisely??  After all, he is running against two "lifelong Washington insiders."  His private sector experience should allow him to spend less than either of them, and still win.

    What's the problem??

  •  The game has changed (0+ / 0-)

    Before Citizens United and the GOP primary changes, Santorum and Gingrich would be gone by now and Romney would be cruising.

    The GOP changes drag out the process, and Citizens United allows a couple of billionaires to keep Santorum and Gingrich in the race and burning through Mitt's war chest.

    Win or lost in November, the Dems will be in the same boat in 2016.  The party leadership should take some lessons from this year's GOP problems and develop a sensible set of party rules.

    Think of the tens of millions of dollars that the GOP has spent.  It is an economic stimulus program by itself.

  •  Hopefully after the failures of (0+ / 0-)

    Meg Whitman, Carly Fiorina and Linda McMahon, and the soon-to-be failure of Mitt Romney, will the GOP finally realize that you really can't buy an election?

    They would really be in trouble...

    "Mediocrity cannot know excellence." -- Sherlock Holmes

    by La Gitane on Fri Mar 09, 2012 at 11:56:35 AM PST

  •  Wow. $63 million in an UNCONTESTED primary? (0+ / 0-)

    What is the Obama campaign spending it on?

    "I don't know anyone who doesn't want to spend more time in Paris" -- Barack Obama

    by 1arryb on Fri Mar 09, 2012 at 12:01:07 PM PST

  •  Madness (0+ / 0-)

    When I think of all of the money that is wasted on political contests it makes me cringe.  What could we do for the children of this world, and the women of this world, with this moneyball that seems endless?  $100 million spent by Republicans on primaries/caucuses; $1 billion in the President's coffers waiting to be unleashed on the nominee; the Koch brothers and the SuperPacs all flush with cash.  We all get really pissed off when Rush attacks a woman or a single mom, or Newt goes after little kids who he thinks should be working, but what do we really do about it?  I've read a lot today about International Women's Day and it's just more bullshit; a load of wealthy women presuming to tell the rest of us what's good for us.  Go anywhere in this country, other than Wall Street or Madison Avenue, and ask any woman you meet what today is and you'll get the date as a response.  Ask them if Angelina Jolie or even Hillary Clinton speaks for them and they'll laugh in your face.  Every year they drag out the same issues and the results never quite seem to live up to the hype.  Am I discounting the contributions made by prominent women around the globe?  Of course not.  What I am saying is that the issues surrounding women and children have a serious cash flow problem, not an opinion problem.  Until we can compete financially, hiring lobbyists, greasing the right politicians and running the right candidates, we're spraying cologne into the wind. We need the SuperPac to end all SuperPacs and then we can solve our own damn problems.  If it's true that women control most of the wealth in this country then let's test that theory.  

  •  well (0+ / 0-)

    it's good to know that the price of inequality is getting higher, too.

    Words can sometimes, in moments of grace, attain the quality of deeds. --Elie Wiesel

    by a gilas girl on Sat Mar 10, 2012 at 07:52:33 AM PST

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