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AOL/HuffPo features Santorum spin on Michigan

Posted by B. Daniel Blatt at 2:26 am - March 1, 2012.
Filed under: 2012 Presidential Election,Media Bias

Look, I know that many conservatives really don’t like Mitt Romney, with one pundit recently calling him “Obama lite.”  Said pundit must have missed the former Massachusetts governor’s economic and tax plan which seeks to cut government and simply our tax structure rather than expand the one and make the latter more complex (as Obama proposes).

And one another thing, our friends in the legacy media really don’t like Mitt Romney.  They delight in trumpeting his gaffes (while ignoring Obama’s) and are eager to downplay his successes.  Take a gander at a story AOL featured last night, repeating the spin Rick Santorum offered in an e-mail to a list he bought from a conservative magazine (hence my receipt of this missive):

If Mitt Romney has earned the Huffington Post’s enmity, he must be doing something right. No, Mitt Romney is not the ideal conservative candidate, but, as the campaign has progressed, he has embraced bolder conservative policies. He is, Fred Barnes observes in the Weekly Standard, “finally sounding like a conservative.

Should Romney win, he’ll face a Congress likely more conservative than the current federal legislature and its leaders will press him to hold to his promises.

Recall, that back in 2000, George W. Bush did not campaign on fiscally conservative domestic agenda; the congressional leadership in 2001 was far less conservative than it is today.  They had no grounds to hold him to promises of spending restraint.

Perhaps the reason our friends in the legacy media want to downplay Romney’s successes is that they, like Obama, seem to genuinely fear his nomination.  He has shown an ability to punch back, a quality John McCain seemed to have lost in his quarter-century in Congress.

UPDATE:  Oops, well, it wasn’t a tie after all.  The HuffPo reports, Mitt Romney Beats Rick Santorum In Michigan Delegate Race: 16-14. At the end of the article, they offer a correction, but not about the inaccurate report that headlined their main page last night.

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6 Comments

  1. I don’t understand some conservatives’ seemingly visceral hatred for Romney. And likewise for Santorum. I also don’t understand how any conservative could really like either of them (or Gingrich or Ron Paul) for a candidate.

    Comment by Rattlesnake — March 1, 2012 @ 2:57 am - March 1, 2012

  2. Rattlesnake, I think the animosity against Romney comes from a couple of factors. One is, his entire primary campaign has been based on giving the middle finger to Reagan’s 11th commandment. Instead of differentiating himself on the basis of better ideas or better business acumen, he’s just let his Super PAC unleash millions and millions and millions of dollars in attack ads against Perry, Gingrich, and now Santorum. And some of the claims made in these ads seem rather unfair; for example, attacking Santorum for voting to increase the debt limit when a Republican president asked him to and when a Senator Romney (had he defeated Ted Kennedy) would have done the same.

    The other part is, Romney is the Establishment Candidate, and the conservative base has been effed over by the Establishment so many times, and so thoroughly, they have an innate distrust of the Establishment’s candidate. (And don’t give me this BS that “There’s no such thing as a Republican Establishment.” There is a Republican Party. It is run by an elite group of powerful Republican politicians and financial backers. That constitutes an Establishment.)

    Comment by V the K — March 1, 2012 @ 6:24 am - March 1, 2012

  3. I think Romney is more conservative than he is given credit for. His behaviour and campaign is reprehensible at times, and his support for Romneycare is frankly appalling, but he was the “conservative” candidate in 2008, was he not? Granted, what was considered conservative then and what is conservative now by the establishment may have changed. But, look at his opponents. Santorum is in no way conservative (I’m not sure how exactly he compares to Romney, though), and, while I do respect him, his behaviour has been questionable at times as well (such as his lack of focus).

    And I do not deny the existence of the Republican Establishment. I think the entire political machine (everywhere) is in desperate need of reform, because it operates to benefit politicians and not constituents. Unfortunately, all of the viable candidates are establishment Republicans. But you have to work with what you have, and whining about how Romney is “Obama lite” isn’t productive (especially if is not true). Nor is complaining about Santorum not being electable. It is good to pressure them and keep them focused, but whining and bickering does neither.

    Comment by Rattlesnake — March 1, 2012 @ 4:27 pm - March 1, 2012

  4. I don’t know if Santorum bumbled into the social conservative thing or not, but it was a brilliant way for him to differentiate himself from his opponents. Their economic platforms are essentially interchangeable, but Romney and Gingrich were both weak on cultural issues. Santorum found a weakness, and he exploited it.

    Comment by V the K — March 1, 2012 @ 9:41 pm - March 1, 2012

  5. Apparently, the tie was broken when the Michigan GOP Republican Establishment changed the rules *after* the primary so that Romney would win:

    In a 4-2 vote, the Credentials Committee of the Michigan Republican Party apparently reversed course on a stated delegate selection formula and awarded both statewide delegates to Mitt Romney. The committee includes three Romney supporters, but no Rick Santorum supporters.

    This is probably the kind of political chicanery you’d denounce if you didn’t despise Rick Santorum so much.

    Comment by V the K — March 1, 2012 @ 10:16 pm - March 1, 2012

  6. ummmm….will anyone be really surprised when Romney gets the GOP nomination? It was clear months ago that Romney’s been the only one in the field who was even close to electable. And there have been 20 debates? really? they looked more like a “you decide who’s the least nuts” contest.

    Comment by Kevin — March 2, 2012 @ 11:36 pm - March 2, 2012

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