Mitt Romney won more than twice as many delegates on Super Tuesday as Newt Gingrich or Rick Santorum. The non-Fox media’s take-away is that Romney suffered a major setback Tuesday night.
No matter what happens, Barack Obama’s boosters in the NFM portray it as a debilitating blow to Romney. On Nov. 7, The New York Times’ headline will be: “Romney ekes out narrow electoral victory, leaving race uncertain.”
To explain the widening gulf in delegates won by Romney compared to the others — he now has more delegates than all of the other candidates combined — the media claims that a vote for any candidate other than Romney is an explicit vote against Romney.
Of course, even the NFM can’t pretend Ron Paul’s supporters would pick Gingrich or Santorum, both big-government, career politicians, as their second choice.
But in what universe would the second choice of Santorum supporters be a two-time adulterer on his third marriage, who lobbied George W. Bush to support embryonic stem cell research?
And are we to presume that voters who have no problem with Gingrich’s $1.6 million payoff from Freddie Mac would be morally offended by Romney’s hard-earned wealth? That voters willing to forgive a man who called Paul Ryan’s Social Security reform plan “right-wing social engineering” could never trust Romney?
Why isn’t it possible that votes for Santorum are votes against Gingrich, and vice versa?
The NFM doesn’t explain. Reporting their hopes and dreams rather than the facts, they simply assert that all votes for Santorum or Gingrich are “anti-Romney” votes.
It’s not Republicans who are looking for the anti-Romney. It’s Democrats.
Obama is already spending millions of dollars on anti-Romney ads. Obama’s campaign adviser, David Axelrod, is desperately tweeting anti-Romney messages all day long. In open primaries in Michigan and Ohio, Obama’s Democratic supporters came out to vote for Santorum or Gingrich. MSNBC hosts openly encourage Democrats to vote for Rick Santorum.
There’s a reason liberals are frantically searching for an anti-Romney candidate. While it’s true that any of the Republican candidates for president would be an improvement over Obama, it is not true that any of them can beat him.
It’s not easy to take out an incumbent president, even one far to the left of the voters, whose policies have directly resulted in millions of unemployed workers, as well as putting billions of taxpayer dollars in the pockets of his friends on Wall Street, at Solyndra, in public sector unions, etc., etc.