By M. Ulric Killion
[Photo Source: Dogs Against Mitt Romney, Dogs Against Mitt Romney: Be in Our First Ad (You Tube Challenge), March 28, 2012].
The three state victories (i.e., Wisconsin, Maryland, and the District of Columbia) by Seamus’ owner may be much ado about nothing. This is not to say that Seamus’ owner, Mitt Romney, does not still have the Republican electorate strapped to the roof of his car and driving for the nomination whether they like it or not.
In order to understand the significance, if any, of Mitt’s three state victories, one must consider the prevailing demographics of these three states, which in this instance did favor—the Mitt. The problem for Mitt and media pundits is finding a spin that would suggest a broader conclusion, such as suggesting that Mitt is actually expanding his base support, when, in fact, he is not doing so.
Professor Matthew Dickinson, at Presidential Power | A NonPartisan Analysis of Presidential Politics, clearly explains why this is so. Even before the final counting of votes, Professor Dickinson, in “Tonight’s Primaries, Move Along, There’s Nothing To See Here,” writes:
The short story is that this is a good night for Mitt Romney who, the networks are projecting, is likely to win all three contests. More importantly, he’s likely to win 80 or more delegates tonight, leaving Rick Santorum to take maybe a dozen delegates, give or take a few. None of this is surprising, given the demographics of the three states. In Wisconsin, evangelicals constituted about 37% of voters, according to exit polls – far below the 50% threshold that has to date signified a certain Santorum victory. . . .
Meanwhile, media pundits are clearly hoping to create the impression that the Republican race is over by talking about the momentum Romney will pick up because of his victories tonight. . . .
Bottom line tonight? The media will come out strong tomorrow about how tonight’s results indicate that Romney has regained momentum and is poised to close this nomination fight out. The reality is that tonight’s results change nothing; Romney went into tonight as the frontrunner, and he will come out as the frontrunner, but there’s no evidence that he’s gaining “momentum” or expanding his coalition. . . .
In other words, there is hardly any real change in Romney’s stoic drive to the nomination with Republicans strapped to his roof, such as an expanding base that stems from his recent three state victories.
In the end, Mitt is still weird and mean. Mean mostly because of his treatment of a dog—the now famous Seamus—who was mistreated or, according to Dogs Against Romney, simply flat out subject to abuse. He also appears mean to us, because of his attitude toward the “very poor” and many other reasons.
As for why Mitt is weird, Brent Budowsky best described why, when he wrote:
Who ever heard of a presidential candidate who says that he likes firing people and does not care about the very poor, while glancing at statements from his Swiss bank accounts? But Romney needs an elevator to lift his cars up his mansion? Really? But I never heard of anyone dragging his poor pooch on the roof of his car down a highway, either. Romney needs a lobbyist to push for the mansion elevator for the Cadillac cars? Pardon my sarcasm, but I wonder if Romney hired a butler to care for the needs of his cars, or a pedicurist to tend to his feet for those hard times when Romney must bear the burden of walking up the stairs.
Romney has a very big problem. He conveys a weird and strange elitism and softness, an otherworldly super-duper-ultra- lifestyle of the rich and famous, and an inability to control his impulse to tell us how wealthy he is and to bask in the luxuries of his life.
As earlier stated, Seamus’ owner, the Mitt, may just be simply mean and weird, while also being genuinely out of touch with average Americans.
I would even venture to say that Seamus would enjoy knowing that Mitt’s three state victories were actually much ado about nothing.
To this, the Mitt would no doubt retort—“Well, dogs, no, huh, regularly, no feelings.”
See also Teaching Mitt new tricks
See also My pet Mitt
See also Dogging Mitt Romney
See also The Republican Conundrum
All Rights Reserved by M. Ulric Killion, 2012.