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Tuesday, March 6, 2012

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Posted by on Tue, Mar 6, 2012 at 7:58 PM

And It Looks Like Romney Wins Alaska, Too

11:40 PM: With 95.1% precincts (or bear caves, or what the fuck ever they caucus in in Alaska) reporting, Mitt Romney leads in Alaska with 32.7% of the vote. Santorum comes in second with 29.1%. Ron Paul is in third, and Newt Gingrich, as part of his ingenious plan to seize the presidency, is dead last. Find the full results here. This is the not-so-super end of Slog's Super Tuesday coverage. Thank you for slutting it up with us tonight. God bless America.

Keeper of the Flame

10:19 PM: This is the front page of Drudge right now:

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Seems a little bit dramatic for a less-than-one-percent win over an insane, un-Google-able theocrat warmonger, doesn't it?

But How Is Bob the Builder's Senate Race Going?

9:57 PM: Apparently, Joe the Plumber wound up winning the Republican nomination in his House race after all. If we're giving out political careers to minor players in the 2008 campaign, I hope this means there's a political future for Ashley Todd, too. Maybe the Supreme Court?

Reminder: Ron Paul Still Hasn't Won a State

9:47 PM: Alaska's caucus results are still probably a long way off from being reported—some estimate they'll be in around eleven o'clock or midnight tonight, others say tomorrow morning—but if Ron Paul doesn't win Alaska, does that mean we get to ignore him now? He hasn't won a single state, and in traditional delegate counts, he's behind Newt Gingrich. If his campaign's weird Manchurian Delegate strategy pans out, that would be news, but as it is, he feels like the most over-reported candidate in the 2012 election cycle so far.

All the News That's Shit to Print

9:40 PM: Slog tipper Bruce would like to remind you that The New York Times still has a sense of humor: Santorum's wins on their front page are indicated with a nice, shit-brown color:

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AP Calls Ohio for Romney

9:30 PM: And so it's official: Romney wins Ohio, by a way-too-close margin. He now leads with twice the delegates of his nearest rival, Rick Santorum—the count right now, according to Huffington Post, is 350 delegates to Santorum's 156. And then there was one: Alaska's caucus results might not be announced until morning.

THE MOST IMPORTANT NEWS OF THE EVENING

9:06 PM: Turns out, Sarah Palin voted for Newt Gingrich. Now that you finally know which candidate earned Palin's vote, you can get some much-needed sleep at last, your mind at ease, knowing that all is right in the conservative world. Shhhhh. Shhhhhhh, now. Rest. You've earned it. Just close your eyes and rest.

I Know How You Feel, Kid

9 PM: Buzzfeed has produced a video of Rick Santorum's son, Patrick, repeatedly yawning during Rick Santorum's speech tonight:

In other Santorum news, multiple sources are reporting that the Santorum campaign is going to ask the Gingrich campaign to surrender so that they can make a charge at Romney with the consolidated Republican support behind them. I bet when Newt Gingrich's people tell him about this plan, all he's going to hear is "Newt Newt Newt Newt Newt Newt Neeeeeewt Gingrich Gingrich Newt GingRICH Newt Newt."

Eww, Eww, Ewwwwww!

8:47 PM: FiveThirtyEight takes a look at something called "The Santorum Belt." Turns out, it's a geographical region down the center of the country that is likelier to vote for Rick Santorum, but it sounds like some kind of a sexual torture device.

The Stranger Is Calling Ohio for Mitt Romney

8:40 PM: Well, Santorum had a good run, but it's clear that Mitt Romney is going to win Ohio, maybe within the quarter-of-a-percentage-point margin of victory that triggers an automatic recount in that state. And Romney wins tonight by every other measure of victory, too: He's cleaning up in delegates from Idaho, Massachusetts, and Virginia, and he's won a respectable portion of delegates in the other states, too. (Santorum, it looks like, didn't meet the minimum percentage for delegates in Georgia.) But no matter how much Romney wins, he looks like a loser as long as he can't convincingly put away these two jackasses in a major contest. He's got to whip Santorum before the media (and mainstream Republicans) can get behind him as his party's nominee. (Romney'd get bonus points if he could get Gingrich to stop talking about himself long enough to look around and realize that he's not going to win the nomination and drop out, too.) The longer this goes on, the worse Romney looks, and his team has to realize that.

It's Not Too Late, Dennis

8:32 PM: Ken Rudin writes on Twitter: "Just a thought: (1) It looks like Dennis Kucinich has lost his primary in Ohio; (2) the filing deadline in Washington State is May 18."

Here's Some Good News for Republicans

8:18 PM: Attendance has been down in a lot of Republican primaries and caucuses this year, but it looks like 1.24 million Ohioans voted in today's primary, which is up from the 1.1 million who voted in 2008. (Of course, a whole lot of Democrats turned out to vote for Santorum today, too, so the number of voters might not be as clear-cut as they first look.)

Mitt Romney Wins State He Would Never, Ever Visit If He Weren't Running for President

8:13 PM: Mitt Romney has won the Idaho caucuses by a convincing margin. He's starting to edge out a lead in Ohio, too.

Can Anyone Explain What the Fuck Is Going on in This Chart?

7:57 PM: Slog tipper Dan Savage sent along this Talking Point Memo chart, which he says makes his head hurt. Can anyone explain what the fuck is going on in this chart?

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This is a clear sign that everyone is losing their minds tonight.

Ohio Is a Really Tight Santorum Squeaker

7:48 PM: As the results keep coming in from Cleveland, Santorum loses more and more of his lead in Ohio. (And, yes, I know that the final results have very little influence on delegates, but it's the sport of it all that keeps me fixated on this Romney/Santorum tie.) There are two points I'd like to make here as we wait for the total Ohio count to come in:

1. If Newt Gingrich behaved like a normal fucking presidential candidate and cut out of the race, Rick Santorum would be way up in Ohio.

2. Mitt Romney has become the living personification of the phrase "to snatch defeat from the jaws of victory." The media was prepared to declare him the nominee tonight, and somehow he managed to fuck everything up. Even spending twice as much as Santorum did in Ohio, he can't manage to close the fucking deal. If I were a Republican, I'd be very concerned about my candidate's ability to...you know...run a campaign. Heads had better roll at Romney HQ tomorrow for the peace of mind of Republican party elders.

Man, This Is Shaping Up to Be a Good Night

Joe the Plumber is losing his primary fight 52% - 48%.

Maybe You Should've Carpetbagged, Dennis

7:23 PM: Dennis Kucinich is losing his congressional primary fight to Democrat Marcy Kaptur, 52% to 44%.

Santorum Surge Hits North Dakota

7:14 PM: Santorum wins North Dakota by what is right now something well over a ten-point margin.

Mitt Romney: Even His Audiences Are Robotic

7:04 PM: Goldy writes in via e-mail: "My god... how choreographed and rehearsed is Romney's audience? Chanting a series of slogans on cue, and cheering with less enthusiasm than a studio audience at a local daytime TV show."

Let's Listen to Mitt Brag About How Much Money He Spent to Win a Handful of States Tonight

6:38 PM: Romney is about to speak in Boston. Someone introducing him says he "destroyed the culture of cronyism" in Massachusetts. (I find that hard to believe, as a former Boston resident. That city is powered by cronyism.) Ann Romney mentions that they're winning Massachusetts by 72%. Then she thanks what promises to be a ridiculously long list of people. Yep. That was a ridiculously long list of people. "She's the best," Mitt says. "She's the best!" Mitt's wearing a pretty electric blue tie with white polka dots. I am a fan of this particular outfit. "We're counting down the delegates and that looks good, and we're counting down to November, and that looks even better," he says. "ALL THE WAY!" the crowd cheers. "My opponents have worked very hard," Romney says. He thanks his opponents, including Ron Paul, who he singles out for "his strong support almost everywhere you go." He praises someone who has "over 100 patents in his name," and says he's an example of what will happen everywhere "if you get government out of the way." He hits Obama on the "stagnant economy," and says "the recession is not over." He says to people who are underwater on loans and out of work, "You have not failed. You have a president who failed you." The crowd chants, "U!S!A!" "Thanks guys," Romney says to them. He says people are struggling to find work while "they're high-fiving each other in the West Wing." The Boston audience is, if anything, a little too rabid in their enthusiasm. Romney doesn't know what to do when they chant between every one of his lines. He just stands there awkwardly and waits or tries to step over them with his next line. "He passed Obamacare, I will repeal Obamacare," Mitt Romney says while standing in a room in a state where he created and eventually passed a government-run health-care program. "I stand ready to lead our nation to prosperity," he says. Man, he really hates the chanting. He talks about "an unshakable optimism" in America, and how we "get up every morning in America and thank God we're Americans." He says they'll go for votes "door by door" and "day by day" and "heart to heart," and that "there'll be good days and there'll be bad days," but eventually they'll have "saved the future." And that's it.

Ron Paul Is Highly Competitive in Virginia

6:25 PM: Holy shit:

A poll released just days before the vote showed Romney leading Paul 69 percent to 26 percent.

But, with nearly all the votes counted in the Commonwealth, Paul is receiving 41 percent of the vote statewide. That is by far the largest percentage of the vote he has won in any state since he began running for president in 2008. Paul’s previous high was 24 percent in the 2008 Idaho Republican caucuses.

That's big news. That's a clear sign of a Mitt Romney enthusiasm gap.

Live-Slogging Santorum's Self-Love

6:17 PM: Rick Santorum is talking about exercise, which he just did in a high school gym to pump himself up. He seems excited and...almost happy. Somewhere, a liberal must be suffering. This was a big night, he says. "We're gonna get a couple gold medals, and a whoooole passel of silver medals....We have won in the midwest, the west, and the south, and we're ready to win across this country." He thanks his wife, and then kisses her in public—gross! I hate it when straight people rub our faces in it. He says "we have almost all the kids here," and all the kids are wearing buttons for his youngest, Bella, "so we've got everybody here." He says there is not a single state where he spent more money than his opponent. "Ohio is too close to call," he says. "We have a group of people in Washington and in other places around this country who believe...the elites...should make decisions for the rest of us."

He continues, "What right does a government have to do that to the next generation?" Because of Obamacare, "every single American will be looking, not to their churches," not to their friends and neighbors or community centers, "but to those in charge" for help. This, Santorum says, "is the end of freedom in America." That's when "they got you." He rails against "top down government control," in which "they" will "force you" to do things (presumably like buying contraception and other horrors) against your will. Santorum says he's never been for a health care mandate, and the crowd goes wild. "I've never passed a state-wide government run health care program," he says and adds that Romney pushed for an Obamacare mandate in 2009. He says we need a candidate who is "truthful with the American public." "The greatest generation is great because when freedom was at stake, they rose to meet the call," Santorum says. Now freedom is at stake again, as when the Nazis were taking over Europe, because THIS IS EXACTLY LIKE THAT. "We've won races all over this country, against the odds," Santorum says, in a blessedly abbreviated version of Newt's self-aggrandizing speech, "We are in this thing not because I so badly want to be the most powerful man in this country [but because] I so badly want to return the power to you the people." The end! I just noticed that The New York Times has Santorum up by three points in Ohio right now, which could be the big news of the night. Off to the Romney speech live stream!

Santorum Floods Oklahoma

6:08 PM: This is not a surprise, but it's a necessary win for Santorum, who is cleaning up with evangelicals and in poorer states.

Santorum Has a Witty DJ

6:02 PM: CNN is reporting that at Santorum's Ohio rally, when the TVs showed Newt Gingrich speaking at his Georgia rally, the DJ played "Devil Went Down to Georgia."

Santorum Wins Tennessee

5:39 PM: According to CNN, Santorum has spread to Tennessee. This is not a surprise, either, although it's looking like his lead, which was formerly something like twelve points, has narrowed in the last few weeks to something like seven points in some exit polls. We'll have to wait to see how bad Romney does in Tennessee, which was considered his best hope in the south.

Live-Slogging Newt Gingrich's Dumb Victory Lap

5:29 PM: Newt Gingrich is about to speak in Georgia. This oughta be good. Watch along with me, will you? A preacher giving the invocation just blessed this rally in the name of "Jesus the Christ." That was followed by the Pledge of Allegiance. And now it's time for "God Bless America," with a weird preamble verse that I've never heard before, which probably makes this extra-patriotic. Wow. This guy's getting really off-key. I mean, "God Bless America" is a tough song, but this is just super-flat. And now he's singing "Georgia on My Mind," in a bad karaoke situation. I'm going to tune out for a second and hope he goes away.

UPDATE 5:37 PM: My plan worked! Gingrich is taking the stage to Hulk Hogan's theme, which has become Newt's theme. After telling the crowd that the only enemy is Barack Obama, Callista introduces her husband, Newt. Man, this guy looks smug tonight. What a huge fucking grin. It's like his whole giant baby head is going to split in half, he's smiling so big. "You know, this is amazing," Gingrich says, saying that he hopes those "analysts" in New York and "Warshington" who said his campaign was dead last summer will learn something from this win. "We survived...because we are not going to let the elite decide who to nominate." Gingrich says "By December, according to Gallup, I was the frontrunner by 15 points...because you believed that people can make a difference and in fact Wall Street money can be beaten by main street work." Then he hits Romney for his negative campaign, and says his poll numbers dropped to 14% after Romney's smear campaign in Iowa. Then the elite declared Gingrich dead after Iowa, and then he won in South Carolina. Gingrich then says the Wall Street people decided they had to "eviscerate" him. NEWT GINGRICH IS RECAPPING THE ENTIRE PRIMARY FOR US RIGHT NOW. Santorum rose, Gingrich said, and the elites took that to mean that Gingrich was dead again. But now he dominates in Georgia, and he thanks Herman Cain and Todd Palin, among others, for their help. "The very first race they called tonight, about fifteen seconds after the polls closed," Gingrich says, was Georgia. They're standing in the ballroom where Gingrich was when he learned he'd be the first Republican speaker of the House in decades. The "elites," Gingrich says, didn't know why Republicans were pushing ideas back in 94. He says tomorrow is a new chapter in the "fight for the soul of the Republican Party."

"Let me be clear. I believe that I am the one candidate who has the ability to debate Barack Obama decisively," Gingrich says to big cheers. He says he doesn't believe "the Romney technique" of outspending opponents is going to work against Barack Obama, but Gingrich can best Barack Obama with sheer will. "In the morning," he says, "we are going on to Alabama, we're going on to Mississippi, we're going on to Kansas, and that's just this week."

And now it's time for the Gingrich stump speech, beginning with his weird promise to lower gas to two-fifty a gallon and chastising the president for "bowing to a Saudi king." He manipulates Barack Obama's statement to a Fox News reporter that no president would want gas prices to be higher from this morning into a claim that Obama just wants to lower the gas prices to win a second term. Wow! First, he claimed Barack Obama wanted gas prices to be higher and then when the president refuted that claim, he became crass and political. You can't win when you're up against Newt. Newt tells his audience to tell their friends that $2.50-a-gallon gas isn't pandering, it's "clearly do-able." Maybe Mr. Open Marriage shouldn't use the phrase "clearly do-able" in a speech, unless he wants it to show up in a YouTube remix the next day. "With your help, we're going to go on to Tampa and win the nomination. Thank you, good luck, and God bless you," he says, and finally our long national nightmare is over. Wow. The beginning of that speech, where he crowed about winning his own home state and recounting all the times that the "elites" counted him out, was painfully smug, even for a Gingrich rally.

So, Not Romney, Then

5:21 PM: Sarah Palin caucused in Wasilla, but she won't say who she voted for, adding that she'd like "to see the process continue." I can't believe she won't even endorse someone, for Christ's sake. Is she worried, at this late date, that she'll look like a dumbass? Is her reputation as a Fox News talking head at stake? Will she get behind Romney when the others are finally out of the race? And why am I even asking these fucking questions about someone who holds no office and hasn't done anything of note since she retired halfway through her term as governor of Alaska? Answers are unclear.

It's a Clean Sweep of Liberal Sissy-land

5:08 PM: Romney won Vermont, too. He absolutely dominates among northern moderate Republicans, when there are no Democrats in the race.

I Like His Stance

5:05 PM: Jim Costa on CNN is reporting that former Idaho Senator Larry Craig has voted for Romney.

Romney Wins Massachusetts

5:01 PM: I am Mitt's complete lack of surprise.

Ron Paul Is Giving a Victory Speech, or Something, and I Am Live-Slogging It

4:40 PM: CNN is playing Ron Paul's speech in North Dakota. I guess it's a victory speech? Anyway: Ron Paul says he wants to protect your internet. "We are the biggest debtor nation in the history of the world," he says, and "there's never been a bigger lack of desire for more spending." This is the buildup to Paul's suggestion to cut the budget by one trillion dollars, getting rid of "free housing, free food, free medical care" that's expected in the entitlement society. The idea of "returning the country to the principles of liberty" is an idea whose time has come, Paul says. He's wearing a nice, wide 1970s tie, and his suit, as always, looks way too big. Paul basically said that if he had to choose which to cut spending for, he would stop spending our money overseas, and then cut our money at home. He's going on about how he wants to wean America off Medicare and Medicaid. We don't need an embassy in Baghdad, he says—"That's only going to lead to trouble"—and we should spend that money back home. This is not the most enthusiastic crowd Ron Paul has ever spoken to, I've got to say. We've been "careless" about "the erosion of our liberties," which started with 9/11, according to Paul. "Al Qaeda was not in Iraq," he says, and the same people are eager to invade Syria and Iran. He talks up the fight against SOPA and PIPA, adding "and besides, how are we going to spread our message without the internet? (Crazy giggle.)" The answer, Paul says, is to "read the Constitution" because "liberty brings people together." Wow. I've seen quite a few Ron Paul speeches—live and streamed—and this is among his worst. The audience isn't giving him much of anything, and he's scatterbrained, stuttering and dropping his lines. Anyway, back to the speech: If we all read the Constitution and live in liberty, the rest of the world will want to emulate us, so that's Ron Paul's foreign policy. It's very factual, you know. Okay, and that's it.There was none of the chanting that accompanies a Paul speech usually—not one rally of "PRESIDENT! PAUL! PRESIDENT! PAUL" or "END THE FED! END THE FED!" Oh, well. At least it's over.

Meanwhile, in Crazy Republican Base Land...

4:32 PM: Rush Limbaugh has lost two more advertisers. After his wishy-washy statement about not agreeing with Limbaugh's language, I can't wait for Mitt Romney's big speech about contraception. The press had better force Romney to face this issue, and it could result in Romney's first big break with the crazy Republican base in the 2012 election cycle.

Romney Wins Virginia

4:18 PM: NBC is calling Virginia for Mitt Romney. Since Gingrich and Santorum couldn't make the ballot in Virginia, this is not a surprise. I'm curious to see how much Romney beat Ron Paul, the only other candidate in the race. Aaron Blake at The Fix is saying that early turnout shows 40% of the vote is going to Paul. If that holds up that's Paul's biggest turnout in a primary by far, and it's more proof that Republicans will vote for anyone—even Ron Paul, for God's sake—rather than vote for Romney. Huffington Post says that Ron Paul is winning previously undecided voters who finally made up their minds today, by 53%.

Newt Wins Georgia

4:05 PM: CNN, Politico, the AP, and a bunch of other outlets are announcing that Newt Gingrich has won Georgia. Told you so. My big question now is: What the hell does Newt do next? He talked up Texas a few months back, but the Texas primary isn't until May 29th. Even that ten million dollar hot cash injection Gingrich got from Sheldon Adelson in the middle of last month can't last that long. Maybe he'll provide a road map during his speech. Meanwhile. Fox News just Tweeted something interesting: Gingrich won every demographic in Georgia "except those who said strong moral character was most important." That's some kind of diss.

At Least He's Well-Rested

4:03 PM: One of the first announcements of the night will probably be the news that Newt Gingrich wins Georgia. He's been campaigning there almost exclusively for a week or so, he's a native son who's beloved by many Republicans there, and he's spent a ton of money to make sure he wins it. But CNN is providing a livestream of Gingrich headquarters, and it looks pretty dire. I count maybe twenty-five people in front of the stage. If the networks announce that Gingrich wins Georgia early on, he'll be giving his gloat-filled victory speech to a nearly empty ballroom. But at least we know that Gingrich is well-rested for his big speech: He took a nap on a live camera feed this morning before addressing AIPAC.

It Begins...

3:55 PM: As I told you this morning, the polls are about to close in Georgia, Vermont, and Virginia, which means it's time for Slog's Super Tuesday coverage to begin. In order to save you from a litany of tiny and basically inconsequential Slog headlines—"North Dakota's Two Voters Enter the Twenty-Fifth Hour of Their Impasse," and so on—all of our Super Tuesday posts will be right here, in this post. The newest news will always be on top. Keep refreshing this post to find all our live-Slogging of candidate speeches, results coverage, and other super-themed content, and put your comments in the comment-hole below.

 

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Stacy in Austin 1
Thanks for keeping up with all this so we don't have to, Paul. It has to be getting old.
Posted by Stacy in Austin on March 6, 2012 at 4:05 PM · Report this
bleedingheartlibertarian 2
And once again, I am reminded why I left my native Georgia at the first opportunity.
Posted by bleedingheartlibertarian on March 6, 2012 at 4:14 PM · Report this
Will in Seattle 3
In short, fewer people voted, which maximized the extremely dedicated turnout.
Posted by Will in Seattle http://www.facebook.com/WillSeattle on March 6, 2012 at 4:42 PM · Report this
Georgia Guy 4
@2 - I'm pretty sure a lot of us still here feel the same way. My guess is we're gonna hear Georgia was yet another low turnout state.
Posted by Georgia Guy on March 6, 2012 at 5:20 PM · Report this
Big Matt G 5
I think I may like Gingrich best when he's sleeping!
Posted by Big Matt G on March 6, 2012 at 5:20 PM · Report this
Reverse Polarity 6
It is the Paultards that baffle me. I get why some people like Santorum or Gingrich. I disagree with them, obviously, but I get why some people of like mind vote for them. But Ron Paul? Ron Paul is crazy. Unhinged. The whole gold standard thing is insane. Nearly everything he says is insane. He's right about marijuana legalization and the war in Iraq, but only by happy accident. The rest of his public policy is sheer lunacy. I don't get why he ever gets more than maybe 5% of the vote.
Posted by Reverse Polarity on March 6, 2012 at 5:23 PM · Report this
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@6 I know a few people who think Paul's ideas are a bit extreme, but who voted for him as a protest against the status quo.
Posted by Ken Mehlman on March 6, 2012 at 5:31 PM · Report this
Will in Seattle 8
@6 plus he's still saner than the other guys.

Not that that's saying much.
Posted by Will in Seattle http://www.facebook.com/WillSeattle on March 6, 2012 at 5:40 PM · Report this
passionate_jus 9
Well this is certainly interesting:

As of now, with 6.4% of Ohio reporting, President Obama is leading both Santorum and Romney COMBINED.

And Obama is the only candidate on the Democratic ballot.

Wow. Just wow.

http://vote.sos.state.oh.us/pls/enrpubli…
Posted by passionate_jus on March 6, 2012 at 6:06 PM · Report this
What Now? 10
Rocky Anderson is calling for a "money bomb" today.

Here is a selection of tweets from his Super Tuesday Twitter feed (@RockyAnderson):


SUPER TUESDAY MONEYBOMB: A Message From Rocky Anderson: http://youtu.be/buQHmpknXak via @youtube



We're the only nation in the industrialized world failing to provide millions basic healthcare. We deserve better. http://t.co/auub5LSI



45k Americans die each year because they don’t have healthcare coverage. America deserves better. http://t.co/wHSaWyr1



Our national energy policy hasn't improved: We are committed to using the dirtiest and most volatile forms of energy. http://t.co/auub5LSI



700,000 Americans go #bankrupt each year because of medical bills. America deserves better. Join our #SuperTuesday #moneybomb to say no more



Blacks and Hispanics are less likely to get treatment for serious disease and more likely to die from the illness. America deserves better.



#America must ensure that the US will never again engage in illegal wars of aggression. #JoinUs #SupertuesdayMoneybomb voterocky.org



#US must lead a global energy revolution – the deliberate transformation to a low-carbon sustainable future. #DemandIt bit.ly/xEdM6Q



We must end the bizarre & corrupted reliance in the US on for-profit insurance companies for essential health care. #AmericaDeservesBetter



As evidenced by the bailouts, both parties have pledged allegiance to big business – not the American people. Join us: http://t.co/IiANfm6A



We've had over 100 donors so far today! We still have time to go! Keep spreading the word everywhere online! http://t.co/wHSaWyr1



We must launch an economy-wide initiative to make the US the most energy-efficient industrial economy in the world within 20 years.



#Democrats & #Republicans continue handing out subsidies and protectionist favors to their largest campaign donors. #AmericaDeservesBetter
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Posted by What Now? http://voterocky.org on March 6, 2012 at 6:08 PM · Report this
What Now? 11
Whoops, broken link. Here is Rocky's Twitter feed:

@RockyAnderson

Another tweet:


Extreme Poverty In The U.S. Has Doubled In The Last 15 Years http://thkpr.gs/whBcTq via @thinkprogress // http://VoteRocky.org @RockyAnderson
Posted by What Now? http://voterocky.org on March 6, 2012 at 6:19 PM · Report this
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Another sign of the enthusiasm gap: just how many votes are going to candidates that aren't even in the race anymore.
Posted by YoungBS on March 6, 2012 at 6:43 PM · Report this
Bub 13
If Gingrich pulls out, watch for Santorum to surge.
Posted by Bub on March 6, 2012 at 6:44 PM · Report this
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That Virginia result is hot! Image for a second that Obama and Dennis Kucinich had a two-man primary in Michigan and Kucinich got 40% of the vote! How many news outlets would praise Obama for his 20pt victory?
Posted by LukeJoe on March 6, 2012 at 7:09 PM · Report this
Fifty-Two-Eighty 15
"I hate it when straight people rub our faces in it."

Huh? Wait, you're straight. WTF drugs are you on tonight?
Posted by Fifty-Two-Eighty http://www.nra.org on March 6, 2012 at 7:12 PM · Report this
seandr 16
You guys realize the Republican primary is all about selecting the candidate who will not become president in November, right? Doesn't that sort of kill your interest?
Posted by seandr on March 6, 2012 at 7:51 PM · Report this
Supreme Ruler Of The Universe 17

The chart is obvious.

If either Romney or Santorum shoots more water into their horse's mouth, their red bar moves faster along the track and the winner gets a prize worth between 300 and 500 points.
Posted by Supreme Ruler Of The Universe http://www.you-read-it-here-first.com on March 6, 2012 at 8:23 PM · Report this
Supreme Ruler Of The Universe 18
Imagine for a second that Obama and Dennis Kucinich had a two-man primary in Michigan...

For the love of Pete, I would then use a Nail Gun on my skull like that bald dude in "PI" !!

http://www.frontroomcinema.com/wp-conten…
Posted by Supreme Ruler Of The Universe http://www.you-read-it-here-first.com on March 6, 2012 at 8:26 PM · Report this
Keister Button 19
I'm still surprised Santorum won two states that border Canada. It seems likely he won't carry a coastal state or a state that borders Mexico either.
Posted by Keister Button on March 6, 2012 at 8:41 PM · Report this
stinkbug 20
Wurzelbacher/Plumber is back in the lead:

http://vote.sos.state.oh.us/pls/enrpubli…
Posted by stinkbug on March 6, 2012 at 8:53 PM · Report this
stinkbug 21
If everyone who voted for Rick Perry in Ohio had voted for Santorum instead, Santorum may have won.
Posted by stinkbug on March 6, 2012 at 8:59 PM · Report this
switzerblog 22
Santorum's daughter looks at him a little...TOO adoringly. She creeps me out more than Rick. And can we get a screen cap of the creepy over-smiling guy behind Mittbot during his speech?
Posted by switzerblog on March 6, 2012 at 9:25 PM · Report this
stinkbug 23
Paul, you really think this color is "shit-brown"?

http://www.colourlovers.com/color/B96155…
Posted by stinkbug on March 6, 2012 at 9:58 PM · Report this
Supreme Ruler Of The Universe 24

Really I think the important number is delegates and the best way to break it down is Romney vs. ~Romney.

Before today, I believe ~Romney had 180+ votes to Romney's 220. If the current NYT counts hold up, it's 386 to 286, Romney. So the ratio remains at about 4:3 Romney and obviously he'll win unless that can be inverted.

As far as Santorum, I don't see his message carrying West at all. I still think he stops mostly east of the Mississippi. No one talks about the big win for Romney in Arizona. Santorum did win Colorado, but Colorado is the closest thing to an east coast city the Mountain Time Zone has.
Posted by Supreme Ruler Of The Universe http://www.you-read-it-here-first.com on March 6, 2012 at 10:11 PM · Report this
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@23 Seriously.
Either Constant is color blind or he needs to reassess his diet.
Posted by dirge on March 6, 2012 at 10:39 PM · Report this
Ph'nglui mglw'nafh Cthulhu R'lyeh wgah'nagl fhtagn 26
That Santorum Belt runs up and down and spreads out a little at the bottom. It's a Santorum Skidmark, you ask me.
Posted by Ph'nglui mglw'nafh Cthulhu R'lyeh wgah'nagl fhtagn http://youtu.be/zu-akdyxpUc on March 6, 2012 at 11:06 PM · Report this
Reverse Polarity 27
One can argue the finer points of different hues of shit brown. But the reality is that a number of news agencies are using some shade of brown to represent Santorum. Brown is becoming Santorum's color, and it is consistent, and it is not accident.

I, for one, think it's hilarious.
Posted by Reverse Polarity on March 6, 2012 at 11:07 PM · Report this
mikethehammer 28
@27,

Agreed. I mean, from a purely aesthetic standpoint it seems obvious there's a couple different color choices they could've made that'd have been more appealing -- a simple red or yellow perhaps. And it's funny too, as I'm guessing they're not even being called out on it, as to do so would require acknowledging the basis of the complaint, which all the Republican media operatives are loathe to do. Comedy.
Posted by mikethehammer on March 6, 2012 at 11:27 PM · Report this
ScrawnyKayaker 29
@6 How about for the fun of doing something crazy? Say you're a fairly moderate, non-Klansman Republican, who's sensible enough to recognize that Obama is NOT a socialist, but rather would fit into the overlap zone of Rs and Ds not that many years ago. So, you're not desperate to see him gone, and want to vote for the most entertaining R, if none of them are actually appealing: As well as being shifty, Rmoney is clearly just a hubristic egomaniac who could retire with his millions and some other hobby if he didn't have this alpha-dog jones to be elected to ever-higher office. Gingrich is just a smug, entitled, adulterous grifter, who needs to keep plugging at this to finish his streak of not working a real job since forever. Frothy Spawn-of-the-Church-Lady repels pretty much anyone who is not a foaming-mouthed Dominionist. For some, that may leave Ron Paul as the least personally repugnant, but he's also entertaining, mixing one part iconoclast (drug legalization, isolationism) with two parts kookoo for cocoa puffs (gold standard, Stormfront, states rights, etc).

Personally, I'd be happier if the libertarian iconoclasts outnumbered the Dominionists and it was Paul, not Frothy, who was giving Rmoney fits.
Posted by ScrawnyKayaker on March 7, 2012 at 12:04 AM · Report this
this guy I know in Spokane 30
Possibly they knew they couldn't make it too obviously "shit" brown or they'd get called on it. This way it's at least somewhat plausibly deniable.
Posted by this guy I know in Spokane on March 7, 2012 at 12:05 AM · Report this
Wicked Virgin 31
Romney looks like he got bitten by Charlie Sheen in that top picture.

"Wiiiiiinnnn-iiiinnnnggg!"
Posted by Wicked Virgin http://goo.gl/nBxVY on March 7, 2012 at 12:17 AM · Report this
Zebes 32
Test patterns are creepy.
Posted by Zebes http://www.badrap.org/rescue/index.html on March 7, 2012 at 2:03 AM · Report this
bleedingheartlibertarian 33
[Ron Paul] feels like the most over-reported candidate in the 2012 election cycle so far.

Maybe. But he is notable in that a lot of (if not most of) the people voting for him will not likely turn out for any of the other three candidates. It is pretty reasonable to assume that anyone voting for Romney/Santorum/Gingrich at this stage would likely vote for any of those three in the general.

And considering that, Paul's numbers (double digits in most places) in a nearly deadlocked field are not trivial. And I suspect that is why Romney has been so magnanimous towards him lately...he's going to need those votes.

Posted by bleedingheartlibertarian on March 7, 2012 at 10:21 AM · Report this
Fred Casely 34
@32: I know they are, angel. Have a nice glass of warm milk and watch this.
Posted by Fred Casely on March 7, 2012 at 10:49 AM · Report this
dwightmoodyforgetsthings 35
"Gingrich says, saying that he hopes those "analysts" in New York and "Warshington" who said his campaign was dead last summer will learn something from this win."

Well I learned something: Unlimited Super PAC spending can keep vanity candidates afloat for a really long time.

Posted by dwightmoodyforgetsthings http://www.reddit.com/r/spaceclop on March 7, 2012 at 10:54 AM · Report this
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So.... Romney has been running for President pretty much since he decided not to run for a second term of governor of Massachusetts in 2006. Given that it looks like 2012 is probably not his year and that his time in office in such a liberal state may be hurting him in the primaries, perhaps he should use his wealth and multiple homes to make a lateral move.

In 2013 he could challenge Christie in New Jersey, but he should seriously consider taking over for term-limited Bob McDonnell in Virginia. Depending on how hard their state legislature gets adjusted for their forays into fetal person-hood and forced vaginal probing, there is a good chance Romney could polish his primary bona fides without actually signing anything that might hurt him in a general election.

2014 has even more opportunities with both Jan Brewer (Arizona) and Dave Heineman (Nebraska) hitting term limits headlining 36 states, including recent stepping stones California and Texas.

While it would be bad for him to start filing paper-work while he still technically has a chance in 2012, which state should Governor Romney be considering as a steeping stone towards the office he so clearly deserves?
Posted by Horror Author on March 7, 2012 at 11:03 AM · Report this
ScrawnyKayaker 37
@36 Good thought experiment. Outside the DC metro, I doubt VA would cotton to a Yankee carpetbagger, but he might fit NJ as the Anti-Corzine.

Living in NE doesn't really seem like it would be right for the Rmoney brand. Too fly-over-plebian. He might be willing to live in Denver and jet in regularly to give the illusion of being there, but he could also use that dodge with AZ while actually living in SoCal. Since the social circle in Cali is more high-rent, I'd bet he'd prefer that.

AZ would toughen his image more than NE, but he'd never get elected there 'cause the gun-nuts and tax-rebels wouldn't forgive him of the sin of governing MA.
Posted by ScrawnyKayaker on March 7, 2012 at 2:11 PM · Report this
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Whaddya mean Romney would never visit Idaho if he wasn't running for president? Idaho is home to Sun Valley, one of the most expensive places to live. I bet he's got a house there!
Posted by idaho on March 7, 2012 at 3:20 PM · Report this
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Well, this website said he's got a house in Park City, so maybe no home in Sun Valley. You drive past the Sun Valley airport though and it is always chock full of private jets. http://www.celebrityhousepictures.com/mi…
Posted by idaho on March 7, 2012 at 3:22 PM · Report this

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