Mitt Romney won the Michigan Primary because, by rule, someone had to win it.
Romney and his super-pac spent an estimated 3.1 million dollars, or a million dollars more than runner-up Rick Santorum. You would think an extra million or so could get a candidate something more than a three per cent victory margin. Then again, when it comes to Romney anything is possible, no matter how much he has and has had all of his life.
I dare say that Romney could have done better in Michigan and saved a million or two if only he did not actually speak, or at the very least put himself on a leash and never, ever try to ad-lib. That is when he gets into trouble and makes it clear he is out of touch with a wide swath of America. You do not have to have Karl Rove at your side to advise it is not a good idea to volunteer to America that your wife drives two Cadillacs. I’ve looked at this bit on you-tube over and over, and I swear he had no idea that, especially in Michigan with its towering unemployment rate, proudly telling the people about the two Cadillacs is not a good idea.
Now what would have been a good idea is for Mitt to stay out of the harsh light and have his wife Ann do the talking. She is good, calm, witty and somewhat street smart. I bet if she were asked the question she would have said, “I drive a Cadillac.” That is true because, as far as I know, you can only drive one Cadillac at a time.
When it comes to Romney you just don’t know what you are getting. At least with the other three candidates you know what you are getting, for better or for worse, and they don’t waffle.
Newt Gingrich has always been a political pit-bull and he is proud of it.
Santorum is not saying anything different than he did when he was a Pennsylvania senator. He is just saying it on a much bigger stage and getting a lot more in the way of raised eyebrows.
And Ron Paul? Ron Paul hasn’t changed since the day he entered politics. He may have some goofy ideas but he has stuck to his guns and for that he should get some points.
Romney has solidified his front-runner status and, unless he gets a really bad case of foot-in-mouth disease, it is his to lose. But he will not be able to outspend the Obama Campaign.
What happens after that? I wouldn’t bet either way, but I will bet you this: at one of the presidential debates when there is a serious disagreement, Obama will bet Romney ten dollars or maybe tens cents, but it surely will not be 10,000 dollars.