I know why “Mitt’s Knickers” are in a wad this morning.
He’s getting an end-around run against his overly priced campaign that has outspent is biggest opponent 40 to 1 in his home state and he still may lose.
He’s expressing this morning his “outrage” and “disgust” at a concept that signals something very important to anyone watching the race from a general election perspective.
Earth to Mitt, Earth to Mitt: There are not enough pure Republican voters in the country for you to win a general election. Reaching out to Democrats isn’t only the savvy thing to do from a campaign strategy in the primary, it also makes a heck of a lot of sense in laying the groundwork for disaffected Democrats and Independents in the general election.
Mitt’s team feels sucker-punched because they have had almost no forethought on the Michigan race almost from the get-go. They weren’t paying attention when they lost Iowa. They weren’t paying attention when they lost Minnesota. They weren’t paying attention when they lost Missouri. They’re not paying attention now that they may lost Michigan, or that they are running a huge risk in possible losing Ohio, Pennsylvania, and Wisconsin.
The Team Romney scorched-earth, spend big, and no-one-challenge-us, mentality has not brought about an especially strong argument for why people should vote for their candidate.
Meanwhile, Santorum is talking about the current administration’s war on people’s freedom of religion, he is talking about the need to reinvent the American manufacturing capacity, he is talking about reducing the imposition of the federal government in to the intrusion of the life of the every day American, and he is blasting Obama on the governmental universal take-over of a person’s independent right to choose health care options. (Something Mitt can’t do with any genuine credibility.)
Santorum is increasingly connecting with people.
Heck he had a car with his name circle the Daytona track for a hundred laps and six hours worth of television last night, while Mitt fell into another “richie rich who can’t relate to the average joe” black-hole on the matter.
Mitt should be mad, but not at Santorum.
Santorum is doing exactly what any serious Republican should WANT to do in this election cycle–grow the number of people who vote for Republicans.
And as the economy has plenty of evidence of, this election cycle disaffected former Obama supporters should be ripe for the picking!