February 08, 2012

Santorum wins expose GOP struggles

First, I don't care if the two caucuses plus the Missouri primary chose no delegates; if you, Mitt Romney, can't beat a guy with little organization and little money, you're in trouble. The fact that you did better in all three states in 2008 against a tougher foe says something.

What it really says, along with decreased voter turnout from 2008, that beyond even the tea party type wingers who don't actively despite Romney, many in the GOP have gotten cooler about him. It's not that they haven't warmed up to Romney; it's that a fair chunk of 2008 supporters have ran away.

So, are the tea party type attacks taking their toll on Romney? If so, even if he wins the nomination, what's that say for the general election? Will some GOPers stay home then, too? And, will super PAC attacks bolster turnout or drive it down even further?

But registered Democrats adn general progressives who think that this could mean a  GOP party implosion if he loses worse than McCain in an election that realistically is his to win, in many ways, should think again. Don't forget that, after Goldwater, next came Reagan.

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