Paulbots are turning on the Pauls in droves, Save Jerseyans. All because they’re getting behind Mitt Romney, the undisputed (and indisputable) winner of the 2012 GOP Primary.
Visit any right-leaning blog’s message boards and you’ll witness biblical levels of loud wailing and teeth gnashing.
As you might expect, your Blogger-in-Chief is taking this opportunity to yet again try to understand what makes the Homo Paulbotus tick. Let’s take a moment to focus on two distinct layers of irony underlying Rand Paul’s purported fall from grace in the eyes of his father’s rabid disciples…
That’s to be expected (to a point); Anna Little boasts higher name recognition than Ernesto Cullari and, whether justified or not, she’s emerged as a polarizing figure in Central Jersey Republican politics over the past couple years. I don’t know any active Republicans in Middlesex and Monmouth counties without a strong opinion of her one way or the other. As a direct result, this contest was always going to be a referendum on Anna from the moment she dropped her kinda-sorta U.S. Senate bid.
Cullari seems to be betting on it rather than resisting the default dynamic. He could’ve opted for a bio spot with his precious resources; instead, Cullari went live yesterday with a contrast commerical on Central Jersey cable television.
Go ahead and watch it, then feel free to give me your honest (but civil, please!) analytical opinion in the comments section below:
It looks like we won’t see a debate in the NJ-6 GOP primary any time before next Tuesday’s election, Save Jerseyans. And then it won’t matter!
For now, it looks like the campaigns are content to debate who issued the first actual debate challenge.
An explanatory release from the Cullari campaign:
Asbury Park, NJ – On Friday, May 25th and again on Saturday, May 26th, Ernesto Cullari, Republican Candidate for Congress, personally invited former Freeholder and Mayor Anna C. Little to a debate scheduled for May 31st at 7pm. This marks the first time that either campaign has directly contacted the other to seek approval on terms and format. The debate, as proposed by Cullari, will be held at a prominent local university with a moderator, who is a well respected journalist. Members of the press are encouraged to attend.
The invitation to the Little Team clearly lays out the format of the event being proposed. This is in stark contrast to an event, which was to be hosted last week by Democratic Tea Party Leader and Little endorsee, Mark Falzon. Cullari agreed to attend Falzon’s Candidates Forum more than eight weeks prior to the event. Only through third party sources as the event neared, did the Cullari Campaign learn that the format had been changed to a debate without any communication or agreement from Cullari or his surrogates.
Every aspect of the debate proposed by Cullari is to ensure that each candidate has an equal opportunity to be heard by the voters and that no one candidate has an unfair advantage over the other. If any facet of the venue, format, or the stipulations surrounding the debate changes, the Cullari Campaign pledges to notify all involved parties to discuss the proposed changes immediately.
The Little Team has not responded to Cullari’s debate request.
Newt has been running around the country for months — and as recently as this past week in Delaware — doing more than simply presenting himself as best candidate. He’s slammed Romney as a faux conservative and arguing that there’s no different between Romneycare and Obamacare. How a history professor can make a statement like that, when the biggest and clearest answer is “federalism,” absolutely blows my mind, Save Jerseyans!
He’s entitled to his opinion. But who is going to believe him now when he takes to the podium and endorses Mitt for president next week?
Not me. And more importantly, the disaffected folks who voted for him won’t believe it, nor will independents and other uncommitted Americans who are still weighing their options. That makes Obama’s job easier and Romney’s task significantly more challenging.
THIS is exactly why I chastised Newt and Santorum for their absolutist, self-righteous and at times downright hypocritical rhetoric and behavior throughout this waning primary season, Save Jerseyans. They’ve rendered their respective opinions/endorsements utterly useless in more ways than one. They have no one to blame but themselves, but they’ve hurt the party and the country much more than either camp can fathom.
Those of you who are still concerned about how hard he’ll go after President Obama in the general should be pleasantly surprised by tonight’s victory speech. It’s consistent with the Mittster’s new “talk big” approach ordained during the Wisconsin campaign.
Thank you Pennsylvania, Delaware, Rhode Island, Connecticut and New York! And tonight I can say thank you, America. After 43 primaries and caucuses, many long days and more than a few long nights, I can say with confidence – and gratitude – that you have given me a great honor and solemn responsibility. And, together, we will win on November 6th!
We launched this campaign not far from here on a beautiful June day. It has been an extraordinary journey…”
At a Gettysburg, PA press conference, Rick Santorum has officially suspended his campaign for the Republican nomination for President.
Over the last few weeks Santorum has seen a dip in the polls in many states, including his home state of Pennsylvania where he used to be a Congressman and Senator. Pennsylvania was considered a must win by many pundits across the media.
Santorum has the added pressure of a three year old daughter who is very ill with a rare genetic disease. During the campaign she has been in and our of the hospital at least twice. This family difficulty is being cited as a major factor in Santorum’s decision to suspend. Everyone here at Save Jersey extends our hope for an improvement in Bella Santorum’s condition to Rick and his family.
This move makes the inevitability of a Romney nomination even more inevitable. While Ron Paul and Newt Gingrich both remain in the race, there is zero potential for either of these men to gain enough delegates for the nomination at this point. It will be rather interesting to see where Santorum’s staunchest supporters go in the contests ahead. I believe more support will flow to Mitt Romney than most people think. This race has been growing tired, and many Republicans are coming around to accept Romney as the eventual nominee and simply want to see him begin to take on President Obama as we march forward to November.
Rubio’s decision follows closely on the heels of an endorsement presser announcement from former President George H.W. Bush. His son, former Governor Jeb Bush (R-FL), already weighed in earlier this month around the same time as U.S. Senator Jim DeMint (R-SC) gave as close to an endorsement as he’s willing to give by saying he’s excited by the prospect of a Romney nomination.
Establishment (the Bushes) and Tea Party (Rubio & DeMint) leaders are ready to be done with this thing, Save Jerseyans. The delegate count is what it is. They can count just as well as you and I!
Let’s wrap this thing up and focus on Obama for the next seven months.
Some are even accusing the former speaker of playing a “spoiler” role.
I’m not sure that’s fair, Save Jerseyans. Like I wrote yesterday, Santorum can’t win the nomination outright with or without Gingrich in the race. It’s simple mathematics; hard to get around! But today we’re looking at a different kind of numbers to buoy my point: polling numbers.Check out this new pollfrom Fox News. It’s chock full of interesting nuggets; this particular section, however, stood out for obvious reasons:
Without Rick Santorum in the race, Mitt Romney easily dispatches Newt Gingrich. Remove Gingrich instead, and Romney still wins the primary but by a significantly smaller margin (4%).
So it looks like the myth peddled by many Santorum supporters, that “all Gingrich supporters are diehard anti-Romney voters,” may be completely inaccurate, Save Jerseyans. Or at least overly broad. The Fox poll also found Mitt was the back-up “second” choice for approximately one quarter of primary voters. Michigan should’ve been proof enough of this dynamic since it was essentially a one-on-one match-up between Rick and Mitt.
The moral of the story? Be careful what you wish for, Santorum backers. You might just get it and hate it all the same.
Since endorsing Governor Mitt Romney for President in October of 2011, Governor Christie has been one of his biggest supporters. Not only have Romney’s events in New York and New Jersey lead to some impressive fundraising stats, but the Christie has stuck his neck out on Mitt’s behalf in numerous key states and in the media on numerous occasions. But lets be honest.
It’s been a while.
Christie has not made a public appearance for Mitt Romney since the beginning of this year, but now that the media is attempting to implant the idea that Mitt is a weak candidate in the minds of the masses, something needs to be done. Illinois, a state that the GOP unfortunately will not be winning in November for obvious reasons, has become an important state for Romney, and if you were to ask the media it would be do-or-die. Although Romney is well ahead in the all important delegate count, and actually won more delegates the other night, the headlines all speak of his embarrassment at the hands of Rick Santorum.
I think with Christie’s help Romney will take Illinois, a state that he likely would have won himself, by a stronger margin. Christie is considered to exhibit a lot of what Romney simply cannot. He’s more personable, more interesting, and has the ability to speak with a sense of urgency that gets people moving, and that is exactly what Governor Romney needs now.