By Sam Stein in the USA:
Mitt Romney has morphed from the inevitable candidate into a Sisyphean character.
The former Massachusetts governor, with the looks, pedigree and resume tailor-made for a White House run, was forced to push the rock once again up the proverbial hill on Super Tuesday, falling well short of breaking away from the rest of the field.
A squeaker of a win over Rick Santorum in Ohio was, as GOP strategist Alex Castellanos called it on CNN, a “near-death experience” for his campaign. That it was coupled with defeats in Tennessee, Oklahoma, and North Dakota, made it all the more difficult to swallow.
By Patrick Martin in the USA:
While Romney and Santorum won comparable vote totals in the six primary states where they were both on the ballot, Romney’s huge financial advantage gave him a significant share of the delegates even in states where he trailed, because he had the paid staff and organization to make up for the lack of popular enthusiasm for his campaign.
Swiss bank accounts would damage Romney in Ohio during general election, former gov predicts: here.
Mitt Romney aides: Our candidate sucks: here.
Mitt Romney’s Zombie Problem: here.
The Republican presidential campaign is not just about the presidential race. It is about using conservative language to strengthen conservative values in the brains of voters — in campaigns at all levels from Congress to school boards: here.
Reacting to the inclusion of the “white nationalist” anti-immigration activist Peter Brimelow on a panel on “The Failure of Multiculturalism: How the Pursuit of Diversity Is Weakening the American Identity” at this year’s Conservative Political Action Conference (CPAC), Ed Schultz observed on MSNBC’s The Ed Show that, “We’ve come to expect CPAC to bring together the far righties. But even CPAC should draw the line somewhere”: here.
Bring Out the Dinosaurs: Sixty-Six Percent of Likely Mississippi GOP Primary Voters Are Creationists. Mark Karlin, BuzzFlash at Truthout: “In addition, the poll shows some further disarming responses: 66 percent of likely Mississippi Republican voters don’t believe in evolution; 60 percent of Alabama GOP followers share that opinion. Oh, and 67 percent of likely Alabama Grand Old Party voters believe that the state’s xenophobic and harsh anti-Mexican ‘immigration law’ is a ‘good thing'”: here.
Campaign Spending Shows Political Ties, Self-Dealing. Kim Barker, Al Shaw, ProPublica: “Our analysis found that more than $306 million has been spent so far by major super PACs and the five leading presidential candidates. In some cases, payees serve both candidates and the super PACs aligned with them, raising the specter that groups may be working together in ways that violate the rules, campaign finance experts said. We also found instances in which overseers of some political action committees directed hefty fees to their own companies, a legal form of self-dealing”: here.
Let’s Stop Big Media’s (B)AD Behavior. Bill Moyers, Michael Winship, Moyers & Co.: “‘You want coverage?’ the broadcaster replied. ‘Buy some ads and then we’ll talk!’ That pretty well sums up the game. But hold your nose: it gets worse. The media companies and their local stations – including goliaths like CBS and Rupert Murdoch’s News Corp – stand to pull in as much as $3 billion this year from political ads. Three billion dollars! And most of that money will pay for airing ugly, toxic negative ads that use special effects, snide jokes and flat out deception to take us to the lowest common denominator of politics”: here.