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Hey, Rick, here are some numbers greater than 35

Posted by B. Daniel Blatt at 8:00 pm - March 19, 2012.
Filed under: 2012 Presidential Election

And by and large,” Rick Santorum said, “Gov. Romney can’t get above 35% of the vote anywhere”.   Oh, really?

Just yesterday, Romney won Puerto Rico with 83% of the vote.  He won his adopted home state with 72% of the vote.  His finally tally in the Gem State was 62%, but 50% in the Silver State.  In Arizona it was 47%, near identical to his Sunshine State tally of 46%.  In another sunny state, Hawai’i, he captured 44% of the caucus votes, 41% in Michigan40% in Vermont, 39% in New Hampshire, 38% in Washington State, approximately his tally in the Buckeye State–and in Maine.

It’s generally a smart idea to check your facts before making such sweeping statements.



  1. If I may make a little sidebar about Romney – I have good news and bad news.

    First, the good news. Romney blasts Obama on the issue of economic freedom.

    “The Obama administration’s assault on our economic freedom is the principal reason why the recovery has been so tepid—why it couldn’t meet their projections, let alone our expectations,” Romney said. “If we don’t change course now, this assault on freedom could damage our economy and the well-being of American families for decades to come.”


    ‘Some of America’s greatest success stories are of people who started out with nothing but a good idea and a corner in their garage,” said Romney. “Too often today, Americans look at what it takes to start a business and they don’t see promise and opportunity. They see government standing in their way. The real cost isn’t just the taxes paid and money spent complying with the rules. It’s the businesses that are never started, the ideas that are never pursued, the dreams that are deferred.”


    In a question and answer session… Romney [said] that he doesn’t understand how young people could vote for a Democrat for president. Among other things, he attacked Obama and Congress for not proposing any concrete measures to make Social Security solvent for future generations. “You may not like my ideas, but at least I put ideas out there,” Romney said.

    Yes, yes and yes.

    Now the bad news: Unless I’m very wrong, Romney isn’t really all that clear on what he is saying, and won’t keep it up.

    Comment by ILoveCapitalism — March 19, 2012 @ 8:10 pm - March 19, 2012

  2. Perhaps he was flustered by the two guys kissing.

    Comment by Cinesnatch — March 19, 2012 @ 8:28 pm - March 19, 2012

  3. ILC, great minds, seems you were writing that comment as I was working on my latest post. See there what I said about Paul Ryan. 🙂

    Comment by B. Daniel Blatt — March 19, 2012 @ 8:54 pm - March 19, 2012

  4. Not flustered – disgusted

    Comment by John R — March 19, 2012 @ 11:43 pm - March 19, 2012

  5. Disgust would be the external expression of masking the fluster.

    Comment by Cinesnatch — March 20, 2012 @ 1:13 am - March 20, 2012

  6. That’s good, Dan. In a an Republican open system that favors the socially liberal candidate, Romney succeeds with crossover votes. Santorum does equally well but to much chagrin from the social liberals within the Republican and Democrat Party. Santorum exploits the narcissistically hostile behavior of the Gay Left joining them in support of “Operation Chaos”. Never make the mistake that Santorum does not understand the behavior of his ideological adversary whether they be liberal Democrats or liberal Republicans. In a closed primary system, the socially liberal candidate of the Republican Party would be toast.

    Secondly, any theories as the why the MSM/FOXNews have blacked out the European Court of Human Rights’ decision regarding no right to homosexual marriage or homosexual adoption, a clear rejection of the social activism of the APAs/ABA?

    Comment by rjligier — March 20, 2012 @ 11:23 am - March 20, 2012

  7. Santorum’s success thus far is not without merit, and there are reasons why a brokered convention could be an invigorating GOP house-cleaning, but Romney keeps racking up convincing wins in the only states that will matter in Nov: FL, MI, OH. He’s going to do it again in IL.

    The only convincing reason for Santorum or Gingrich to continue seeking the nomination is that either one has a long-term GOP vision that “sees past” Romney. At the same time, either one would have to “pivot” by supporting Romney wholeheartedly come Nov (and presumably, 8 years of Romney). If Santorum or Gingrich is that adroit, politically, you’d think either would have already worked their magic and be closing in on 1144 delegates. Which only compounds the skepticism they deserve, at this point.

    Comment by Jeremayakovka — March 20, 2012 @ 2:22 pm - March 20, 2012

  8. Mitt has won mainly by outspending his opponents. He out spent Santorum in Ohio by 12 to 1, outspent Newt in Florida by 5 to 1, outspent Santorum in Illinois by 7 to 1, outspent Santorum by 5 to 1 in Michigan.

    So, if Mittens can make enough money to outspend Obama by about 10 to 1 in the Fall, he might have a chance.

    Comment by V the K — March 20, 2012 @ 7:07 pm - March 20, 2012

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