Rick Santorum, trying to deny Mitt Romney a clean sweep of Puerto Rico's 20 delegates, spent several critical days in the island campaigning, rather than focusing on the big Illinois contest on Tuesday. Given his lack of cash, earned free media is particularly important in the face of the Romney cash juggernaut.
Yet if you're going to campaign somewhere, how about you don't go tell potential voters they are losers for wanting to speak Spanish? The result was predictable, and certainly hilarious:
With about 60 percent of the ballots counted, Romney had about 83 percent of the vote, according to Puerto Rico's electoral commission. Rick Santorum was in second place with just under 8 percent.
Ha ha ha ha ha ha ha! I bet he wishes he'd camped out in downstate Illinois instead, or at least kept his stupid mouth shut.
Then Romney's opened his trap:
"Those people who don't think Latinos will vote for a Republican need to take a look at Puerto Rico," he said.
"I intend to become our nominee, and I intend to get Latino voters to vote for a Republican and take back the White House," he added.
With 69 percent reporting, there were about 91,000 votes cast. Let's do a linear projection and say 132,000 or so will have ended up voting, or about 3.5 percent of the island's population. Now if you want to claim Latinos will vote for you because a tiny handful of people on an island that has pretty much nothing but Latinos voted for you, feel free, but we'll all get a fantastic laugh out of it. I mean, when a Fox News poll shows you getting 14 percent (or less) among Latinos, getting a tiny handful of wingnut Boricua isn't going to change any narratives.
Nice try, though.
p.s. 385,000 Puerto Ricans participated in the June 1, 2008 Democratic primary in 2008, in a contest that came after Obama had wrapped up the nomination (by clinching a majority of pledged delegates on May 20). How is that for context?