Hugh Hewitt doesn’t know what he’s talking about
Clearly Hewitt knows nothing about my state or the protracted Primary battle that has occurred here for the past 15 months. His headline regarding the Mass Governor’s Primary win in Michigan: Romney Wins Easily
I tell you the truth: I am not a Mitt Romney supporter. At best I am a skeptic and a cautious one at that. It is inarguable that Governor Romney had to fight and work very hard to score his one and only Primary victory (that does not count his one earlier Caucus). To suggest otherwise in fact undercuts the work of his crew, employees, so-called “Grassroots” infrastructure, and campaign organizers.
Mitt Romney doesn’t have a chance of getting nominated.
Update 9/16/08: It was a drubbing
Yes, Romney has superior organization. Yes, he outspent McCain 2-1. Yes, he’s a native son. Yes, weather likely played a factor (how about the irony of global warming-panicked McCain losing voters because of cold, snowy weather?). But Michigan plays to all McCain’s strengths. He won it over a Romney-esque Bush in 2000 because the state has a large independent vote, plenty of Reagan Democrats ready to cross over, and a primary where only the Republican vote mattered. Yet, McCain stepped all over himself with a careless, “straight-talking” strategy of telling Michiganians their jobs weren’t coming back. And then he stubbornly stuck to the line despite its obvious damage. The comment came across as callous and out-of-touch, independents stayed home, and Romney rode it all the way to a nine-point shellacking. Even Huckabee, who had been playing tag team with McCain against Romney, couldn’t resist jabbing at McCain’s defeatism.
Romney’s victory was greater than I anticipated, thanks to the difference between today’s views of the poll numbers and yesterday’s forecast.
Despite the great numbers, indicating a whopper, my initial assertion is correct. Mitt Romney had to work disproportionately hard for this victory and part of the deficit between the Mass Governor and the Arizona Senator is because John McCain slipped up personally on the road. Ultimately for all the Massachusetts native put into this state (and other states) his victory should have been a lot easier. One could say it would have been “easy” if he put in less money and his visits carried much word of mouth, or if he had to visit less while spending as much, but if what Mitt Romney did in Michigan was easy… a lot of people lying, which would not be unusual in politics.