The Broken System: Santorum Leads Nationally But Everything Hinges On Michigan

Santorum Over Romney

It’s an antiquated system designed before the internet and with the intention of allowing voters and delegates to see their nominees in person. It harkens to a day when trains crossed from sea to sea with candidates waving at people who were lining up just for a glimpse. Those days are behind us. The system should be as well.

The grind of the nomination process (and the state-based election system altogether) no longer make sense. Currently, Rick Santorum leads all GOP nominees in national polls, but most of those voters will not have a voice. If Michigan goes to Romney, this race has 10 days left. For people living in states who have primaries after Super Tuesday on March 6th, your votes won’t make a difference.

A win for Romney will give him the momentum he needs to wrap up the nomination. The fight will continue for a long time, possibly up to the convention, but everyone other than the hardcore supporters of each remaining candidate will lose interest.

How can someone better-represent a party’s choice but not have a chance of reaching the majority of the voters? Why is a vote in Michigan more powerful than a vote in Utah, a state that has more delegates but who has very little chance to make an impact with their primary in late June?

According to the most recent USA Today poll, Santorum is ahead of President Obama head-to-head by 3% while Romney is tied with the President. As you can see in the graphic above, Santorum also beats Romney in a nationwide poll. The fact that we still have this ludicrous system is asinine.

We have television. We have the internet. We have ways to see each candidate and have them speak to the people in each state. The primary system should be consolidated to one that makes more sense in the digital age. Standard conservative thinking is to allow the states to do what they feel like doing to select delegates, but for once we’re deviating from the norm. Regardless of who wins today, the fact that voters in Michigan are more empowered than voters in other states is absolute proof of a broken system.

ABORT! Romney’s Inability To Galvanize His Own Party Is Why It’s Time to Write Him Off

Mitt Romney Abort

I was one of those people. The person in the large group at the restaurant who was last to order, mulling over the menu because nothing popped out at me and I didn’t want to make the wrong selection – that was me. With a heavy heart, I started supporting Mitt Romney when my last hope for a solid choice, Herman Cain, turned out to be a dud.

Romney was the safe bet. He could appeal to moderates. He might not have had the chops to beat Obama, but he was less-likely to say or do something that would make him outright lose to Obama. He was the veteran quarterback who couldn’t take over a game for his team but had a good record because he didn’t make many mistakes and ran an efficient offense.

Now that it’s crunch time with Michigan and Arizona around the corner, I realize the error of my thinking and I’m hopeful that the Tuesday primary states do the same thing.

Mitt Romney has zero chance of defeating Barack Obama.

I came to this conclusion over the last month during a time when Romney should be wrapping up the nomination. He hasn’t. He cannot get his own party to believe in him. His passion seems insincere at best (contrived and forced is probably a better way to put it) and his decision-making abilities are absolutely abysmal.

This was his nomination. He had everything working for him – more money, opponents with baggage, favorable states in the early primaries – but he lacks the leadership skills that Republicans and Americans in general desperately crave. The sheer fact that we’re still looking for someone better is a crystal clear indicator that he’s not the right person for the nomination.

“Landslide” doesn’t remotely approach the proper context of Obama’s victory if Romney wins the nomination.

At this point, sobering up from the drunken stupor I put myself in over wishing that Romney was more than what he really is, I can only hope for Santorum to win on Tuesday. Both Ron Paul and Newt Gingrich appeal to me more than Santorum, but Republicans allowed themselves to be bought by Romney’s campaign dollars and Santorum is the only one within striking distance. Romney was my 1st choice. He’s now my 4th (and possibly 5th). Yes, even as a relatively-conservative Republican, I am to the point to where Romney’s ineffectiveness worries me.

I’m to the point that I would rather see Obama get another term than to see Romney try to lead this country.

I (poorly) Photoshopped the image above because that’s how I feel right now. The man that had earned my vote by default a month ago is now just a crooked-mouthed politician who doesn’t deserve to be in the conversation.