If the Michigan and Arizona primaries proved anything, they proved that the only saving grace for the GOP is rising gas prices at the pump.
Sure Romney eeked out another win, but let’s be real, a 3% victory over his latest rival, Rick Santorum, in his home state of Michigan — a state in which his father was a revered governor, a state that he and his wife grew up in and a state where the trees are just the right height — can hardly be called a victory. In fact, when all the precincts are counted, Santorum stands to win more delegates in Michigan than Mitt.
It was a bitter sweet victory to be sure — bitter in that Romney was fourth on your list of prom dates and, although the highlight of your evening will be watching the reflections on the wall from the spinning disco ball, at least you know you’ll make it back home a sober virgin.
The fact of the matter is, most conservatives and republicans still don’t want Romney. His support is a mile wide and an inch deep. He’s the GOP’s Kaopectate, Nyquil, apple cider vinegar — a stopgap measure when you’re completely out of Rolaids — of the GOP field. Mitt Romney is to conservatives what Curly was to Moe . . . a pain in the ass, but a necessary ally.
And like a good Timex, Mitt Romney takes a lickin’ and keeps on tickin.” Of course it helps when your chief opponent (who only last week was in the catbird’s seat) shoe-bombed his own candidacy by claiming JFK’s 1960 speech on the separation of church and state made him want to “throw up.” The Catholic contraception issue notwithstanding, Santorum also characterized Satan as a literal figure that’s currently attacking the moral rectitude of the United States.
Personally, I give Santorum a pass on that and his bonehead comment on JFK only because I know where he was coming from. I like the fact that he stands on his principles even if he doesn’t always articulate them in a way that most Americans can understand.
The problem with Romney is his platform. His entire presidential mantra from the very beginning has been “It’s the economy stupid.” He casts himself as the outsider, the non-Washington establishment candidate, the guy who fixed flailing companies and of all things, the Olympics. “I can fix our economy!” has become the staple of his stump speeches. Outside of that, he has no platform.
Houston, we have a problem!
If you haven’t noticed, all the leading indicators are pointing to a gradual economic recovery, albeit an anemic one. Granted, it’s based on figures and statistics that are completely outdated and don’t take into consideration many factors that clearly buttresses the president’s claims. But since most Americans know economics about as well as they do rocket science, they’ll buy into the ruse hook, line and sinker.
But there’s one place Obama can’t fool the American public . . . at the gas pump! If there is one thing Americans will vote on more than any other issue, it’s their pocket book. Who’s the stronger candidate: Barack Obama or $145.00 a barrel oil? I rest my case.