Morning Mix: Mitt’s Big Night


It was a big night for former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney. Romney took first place in the CPAC straw poll, a win that was shocking enough to even be a bit suspicious. Romney took 38 percent of the nearly 3500 participants but not without aggressively wooing conservative voters with stories of his “severe” conservatism. Former Pennsylvania Senator Rick Santorum came in second with 31 percent of the vote followed by former Speaker of the House Newt Gingrich with 15 percent.

But the big story to come out of the CPAC poll was the collapse of the Ron Paul Revolution. Paul finished last this year after winning the CPAC straw poll in both the past two years. This year Paul ignored the convention and the crowd was also not on Paul’s side, reportedly cheering Democratic strategist Paul Begala when he said Paul had authored racist newsletters.

Not only did Paul not get the CPAC love, he didn’t manage to pull off a win in the Maine caucus either, coming in second behind Romney. Paul played the second place finish up as a win, but you have to wonder what the Paul campaign is thinking now.

The Santorum camp has to be happy with new poll numbers showing Santorum taking the lead in the nomination fight for the first time ever. And figures that Romney would finally make some headway with conservatives right as the numbers show Santorum will end up being the culture warrior’s candidate. Do the Republicans have anything that looks like cohesion right now? Assuming Romney is the nominee his running-mate will have to be red meat for conservatives. Santorum might be an obvious nod but don’t count Minnesota Rep. Michele Bachmann out just yet either.

The race now turns to Michigan and Arizona who both have contests on Feb. 28th. Plenty of time to keep up the war on birth control.


Photo from gage skidmore via flickr.


Eternal Gardener
Eternal Gardener4 years ago


Darryll Green
Darryll Green4 years ago

I wonder how many of these people made less than $200,000 last year

Sylvia M.
Sylvia M.4 years ago

I shudder!

Nicholas L.
Nicholas L.4 years ago

In all actuality I believe the story of Eve being a "traitor" to mankind just reflected something that was already a psychological human tendency. Not saying it is correct by any means, but almost every culture in the world, ones not even exposed to Christianity, treats women as inferior to men. I believe the church just needed a good story to justify it. Most species on the planet treat women in an oppressive manner. I think this is only a reflection to physical strength. The fact that we are supposed to be "better" than animals would make me say that this is one of our animalistic behaviors we have yet to overcome. "Men create gods after their own image, not only with regard to their form but with regard to their mode of life." ~ Aristotle

Frances C.
Frances C.4 years ago

Democrats and Republicans have one thing in common. Democrats don't like your candidates and Republicans don't like their candidates either.

Frances C.
Frances C.4 years ago

N.H., Good points, just too add that Henry V111 was a true believer, thought he was almost God. As he was chopping off his wives heads. He wanted complete control of the Church and the State.

Another undertone to religion was the story of Eve talking to the snake, and giving the apple to Adam, so all the blame was on Eve. Which gave rise to most of the harm done to women in the centuries after.

N H.
N H.4 years ago

@EugeneW Hitler resented the opposition of the Church but he was a devout believer ( at least in his own twisted racially-based beliefs ). He likely would have followed the example of Henry the 8th and set up his own Christian(-like) religion.

Let's not forget there is a very strong racial undertone to most religions, incl Christianity, with its rationale for slavery using the Curse of Ham.

Robert H.
Robert Hamm4 years ago

If Mitt wants anymore nights nike that he better find a way to change the discussion. Right now Pope Santorum is grabbing the airwaves.

Frances C.
Frances C.4 years ago

Hitler was a Catholic. He was baptized Catholic, was an altar boy. As he grew older he considered going into the priesthood. Many Germans believed they were doing God's work because the Jews killed Jesus. Many Christians after the war tried to rewrite history because they did not want to be associated with Hitler. In the end though he was just a cold blooded killer. So, I don't care what he called himself, he was just pure evil.

Kenny West
Kenny Wes4 years ago

Do you really want to thrust this wimp with national security? Like mitten would know anything about fighting.