Have you stopped to really question why we are being told that with a win in Florida today, Romney has the nomination all but wrapped up? Just how does that math work? At this moment, 1:21 pm eastern, the total delegate count is Santorum with 14, Gingrich with 25, and Romney with 33. Florida is the first winner take all contest, which means there are 50 delegates up for grabs.
Even though I graduated from public school, (sarcasm intended), I can tell that if as predicted Romney wins Florida, he will have a total of 83 delegates. That’s 83 delegates out of the 1,144 delegates needed to secure the nomination. Granted, I’m not the sharpest pencil in the box, so if you can tell me how 83 is commensurate with 1,144, I’m all ears.
Why are we being told Romney is inevitable, that he has an air of invincibility, that he has the money and organization, and cannot be beat? Remember when Karl Rove was singing “the song of Romney,” pursuant to how he was the first candidate to sweep the first four primaries? We see how that worked out. Romney hasn’t been able to put Santorum out yet. For all of his money and organization, there’s still a lot of opponents standing.
Romney and the Super PACs supporting him have spent mightily in the first four primaries. He has received marquee endorsements from the inside the beltway crowd and the old guard establishment is singing his praises. The party apparatchiks are let slipped from their leashes to attack his opponents with cruel fierceness, the media has crowned him the inevitable winner since 2009, and yet with all of this support he has 33 delegates and when the dust settles after Florida is certified probably 83.
According to my limited math skills, even with a win in Florida, he would still need 1,061 delegates to secure the nomination. These are the numbers the party apparatchiks and hacks are using to tell the other candidates to drop out of the race. The other three candidates would be foolish to drop out now, just to appease party insiders who are intent upon more of the same, not true leadership.
We’ve heard all of the reasons why the other candidates should roll over and play dead for Romney, but let’s be honest – Romney is just another looser in the tradition of John McCain and Bob Dole. If he was flustered by Rock Perry and Gingrich, what will happen when he goes against the slickest elapid in the forest since the Garden of Eden? If it took him weeks to respond to the attacks from Gingrich what will he do against Obama?
We’re being set up for a blood bath that the Tea Party is going to be blamed for. Mark my words, you may not agree, but I am convinced of what I speak. The enlightened can cite any reason they want to bolster their argument for the belief that Romney will win, but they’ve got a better chance of winning back to back powerball jackpots than they do of Romney besting Obama – and that’s only if he gets the nomination and there’s no guarantee he will.
That’s why they are trying so hard to have us buy the argument of inevitability pursuant to Romney. Well, he’s not invincible nor is his nomination inevitable, and we shouldn’t be fooled/misled by the media and talking heads who pontificate with the statuesque air of knowing what you and I do not. They know talking points and they know that the money and power lined up behind Romney would make MacBeth look like a nursery rhyme, if at any time it appears things are slipping away from him – but that doesn’t negate my assessment.
To that point, witness the attacks on Herman Cain and now Newt Gingrich. Notice how the media simply ignores Ron Paul and Rick Santorum. And it’s going to get ugly the longer Santorum and Gingrich stay in the race.
The bottom line is that true conservatives don’t trust Romney and well they shouldn’t. He may smile nicely, he may have done missionary work, and he may not have been caught in a compromising situation with another woman, yet. But, that doesn’t make him a leader, and making money doesn’t make him one either. Massachusetts isn’t the United States of America and from what we know, his record as governor there is one we would be much better off if it were contained to that state alone.