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Mitt Romney squeaked a win in Michigan, where his father was a popular governor. But …

Call me crazy in a race that has made fools of just about every political pundit, but I’m still convinced that Romney will be the Republican candidate for president. My main question is at what cost, both to himself and to the Republican party.

My other question is whether Romney’s win shows that money can buy elections, or does the fact that even with all his money Romney is still barely scraping by show that money can’t buy elections.

UPDATE: Romney spent $10.40 for every vote he got in Michigan, while Santorum spent $6.



  1. Uzza wrote:

    Seems to me this just means Willard will be more visible to the media –> say more stupid shit that reveals how pathetic he is –> voters recoil in horror –> the next clown moves into the lead–> repeat …

    Wednesday, February 29, 2012 at 7:53 am | Permalink
  2. Iron Knee wrote:

    Haven’t we run out of clowns yet?

    Wednesday, February 29, 2012 at 10:12 am | Permalink
  3. Jeff wrote:

    Mitt has survived by being excessively boring and middle-of-the-road. He’s the quintessential politician, with every position being noncommital, and every speech being full of platforms and generalization. The others all made the mistake of getting specific, having an opinion, and speaking their mind. Romney’s “wonderbread” campaign style has kept him alive, but at the cost of being as exciting as drying paint.

    Wednesday, February 29, 2012 at 10:21 am | Permalink
  4. ThatGuy wrote:

    What Jeff said. I’d just add that Romney’s massive amounts of cash have kept him afloat. I don’t know if you can really buy national elections outright (yet), but you certainly can’t survive without lots of cash.

    Wednesday, February 29, 2012 at 11:38 am | Permalink
  5. Don wrote:

    I think we’re about out of clowns. Now, will any semi-clowns try and pick up the pieces in the months to come (Jeb Bush, Mitch Daniels, Chris Christie).

    My read on what happened is that Romney has the nomination securely in his grasp as long as his money doesn’t run out and he doesn’t do anything any more spectacularly dumb than the dumb stuff he’s done so far.

    On the brighter side, it snowed here last night and, boy, do we need the moisture.

    Wednesday, February 29, 2012 at 2:17 pm | Permalink
  6. Patricia wrote:

    RE: Clowns. Don’t forget “You Betcha!”

    Wednesday, February 29, 2012 at 7:24 pm | Permalink
  7. Dave TN wrote:

    Patricia, I’m trying, I’m truly trying.

    Wednesday, February 29, 2012 at 7:51 pm | Permalink