Mitt Romney wins Nevada caucuses

Romney 49.0%

Gingrich 21.7%

Paul 18.8%

Santorum 10.6%

via Mitt Romney wins overwhelming victory in Nevada caucuses – The Washington Post.

Next up on Tuesday:  caucuses in Colorado and Minnesota, with a non-binding primary in  Missouri.

It looks like Romney’s way is pretty clear to the nomination, does it not?  Can he be stopped?  If so, how likely is that?

It seems to me that a lot of Republicans who at first couldn’t stand him are getting reconciled to the idea of Romney as the nominee.  Does that apply to any of you?

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  • SKPeterson

    Nope. But, I’m not a very good team player. Most Republicans are voting for Mitt because they see he has an “R” after his name, as opposed to Obama, who has a “D”. That’s pretty much the summation of the depth of this election and the level of importance anyone should attach to it. It means four more years of the same thing that we’ve been having for the last 20 years. The D’s and the R’s are relatively interchangeable.

    The real story will be the House and Senate. I don’t think Romney has any tails to speak of, so each Congressman who comes in as an R could and should be relatively independent of him, should he win. Maybe, just possibly, we can make headway there. But I doubt, boy oh boy, do I doubt.

  • SKPeterson

    Nope. But, I’m not a very good team player. Most Republicans are voting for Mitt because they see he has an “R” after his name, as opposed to Obama, who has a “D”. That’s pretty much the summation of the depth of this election and the level of importance anyone should attach to it. It means four more years of the same thing that we’ve been having for the last 20 years. The D’s and the R’s are relatively interchangeable.

    The real story will be the House and Senate. I don’t think Romney has any tails to speak of, so each Congressman who comes in as an R could and should be relatively independent of him, should he win. Maybe, just possibly, we can make headway there. But I doubt, boy oh boy, do I doubt.

  • SKPeterson

    And the argument is always that he’s “electable.” Maybe not so much.
    http://www.politico.com/news/stories/0212/72490.html

  • SKPeterson

    And the argument is always that he’s “electable.” Maybe not so much.
    http://www.politico.com/news/stories/0212/72490.html

  • Tom Hering

    Not many people believe Romney is a hard-core conservative. Yet he’s way ahead. Obvious conclusion: most Republicans don’t want a hard-core conservative. Just a guy who’s conservative enough to oppose abortion, gay marriage, gun control, and tax increases.

  • Tom Hering

    Not many people believe Romney is a hard-core conservative. Yet he’s way ahead. Obvious conclusion: most Republicans don’t want a hard-core conservative. Just a guy who’s conservative enough to oppose abortion, gay marriage, gun control, and tax increases.

  • Booklover

    And, Tom, he’s probably not conservative enough to oppose those four things.

  • Booklover

    And, Tom, he’s probably not conservative enough to oppose those four things.

  • Tom Hering

    Booklover @ 4, not once he’s in office, no. He’ll compromise those four things in order to get other things. Things that insure crony capitalism continues (by new means if necessary).

  • Tom Hering

    Booklover @ 4, not once he’s in office, no. He’ll compromise those four things in order to get other things. Things that insure crony capitalism continues (by new means if necessary).

  • Dennis Peskey

    I need another cup of coffee – or not. Consciousness is not always a good thing.
    Pax,
    Dennis

  • Dennis Peskey

    I need another cup of coffee – or not. Consciousness is not always a good thing.
    Pax,
    Dennis

  • Steve Billingsley

    I am not a big Romney fan, but there may be a very simple explanation. This is his second go-around (so he likely learned a few things from what went wrong in 2008) and he is the best-financed and organized candidate. Santorum, for example, simply doesn’t have the financing and organization that Romney does. I think the same applies to Gingrich (particularly the organization aspect).

    Romney has basically been running for President since 2007. It stands to reason that after 5 years he has mastered a good amount of the process.

  • Steve Billingsley

    I am not a big Romney fan, but there may be a very simple explanation. This is his second go-around (so he likely learned a few things from what went wrong in 2008) and he is the best-financed and organized candidate. Santorum, for example, simply doesn’t have the financing and organization that Romney does. I think the same applies to Gingrich (particularly the organization aspect).

    Romney has basically been running for President since 2007. It stands to reason that after 5 years he has mastered a good amount of the process.

  • Tom Hering

    So, Steve @ 7, your argument is that the guys with the most money are the ones who win elections in our system. Who, then, rules in our system?

  • Tom Hering

    So, Steve @ 7, your argument is that the guys with the most money are the ones who win elections in our system. Who, then, rules in our system?

  • Steve Billingsley

    Tom @7
    Often, all other things being relatively equal, yes that is the case. Genuine political talent can overcome this to some extent – but it isn’t just the money, it is the experience campaigning, the networking with influential backers (and navigating the media landscape, etc.)

    If you ask me who rules in our system, in my opinion, the K Street/Corporate nexus is really the biggest player in our system. I don’t think we are a capitalist economy or a socialist economy – I think we have a corporatist/crony capitalist economy.

    I don’t really like it, but I do think that is reality.

  • Steve Billingsley

    Tom @7
    Often, all other things being relatively equal, yes that is the case. Genuine political talent can overcome this to some extent – but it isn’t just the money, it is the experience campaigning, the networking with influential backers (and navigating the media landscape, etc.)

    If you ask me who rules in our system, in my opinion, the K Street/Corporate nexus is really the biggest player in our system. I don’t think we are a capitalist economy or a socialist economy – I think we have a corporatist/crony capitalist economy.

    I don’t really like it, but I do think that is reality.

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  • MarkB

    Steve @ 9,

    Welcome to the new Feudalism.

  • MarkB

    Steve @ 9,

    Welcome to the new Feudalism.

  • Tom Hering

    Steve @ 9, Washington D.C. is now the wealthiest city in America, and I think the three of four counties around it are the wealthiest counties. Because that’s where the lobbyists live and work.

    You can click the link below to go for a ride with Thomas Frank, from D.C. – with its monuments and its quaint little New Deal houses – to the real center of power, Crystal City, VA.

  • Tom Hering

    Steve @ 9, Washington D.C. is now the wealthiest city in America, and I think the three of four counties around it are the wealthiest counties. Because that’s where the lobbyists live and work.

    You can click the link below to go for a ride with Thomas Frank, from D.C. – with its monuments and its quaint little New Deal houses – to the real center of power, Crystal City, VA.

  • SKPeterson

    Tom @ 11 – One sad thing – these are the very same people who are making hay out of Romney’s income and related taxes. Where do these people get their money – from even more disreputable sources: Congressmen and their enable bureaucrats. It’s like the temple prostitute calling the street whore a harlot.

  • SKPeterson

    Tom @ 11 – One sad thing – these are the very same people who are making hay out of Romney’s income and related taxes. Where do these people get their money – from even more disreputable sources: Congressmen and their enable bureaucrats. It’s like the temple prostitute calling the street whore a harlot.

  • Steve Billingsley

    SKPeterson @12
    “It’s like the temple prostitute calling the street whore a harlot.”

    LOL (hey, if you don’t laugh sometimes, you’ll cry)

  • Steve Billingsley

    SKPeterson @12
    “It’s like the temple prostitute calling the street whore a harlot.”

    LOL (hey, if you don’t laugh sometimes, you’ll cry)

  • Grace

    Many of you are a fan of Romney, but I’m not, nor do I respect the stand Utah takes regarding guns. The latest news from the Mormon state is this:

    Reuters / ANDREW BURTON)

    Posted Feb 6, 2012

    Politics
    Bloomberg Report Takes Aim At Mormon Church For Online Gun Sales
    “One would think that a church would feel a special obligation to make sure that they weren’t fueling a black market for a particularly deadly form of commerce,” a source involved in the report says.

    McKay Coppins

    The Mormon Church owns one of the most active and unregulated gun sale portals on the web, according to a national investigation released by the New York City Mayor’s office.

    The website in question is KSL.com, the online hub for Utah’s NBC affiliate and sister radio station, which are both owned and operated by the for-profit arm of the Mormon Church. In addition to local news, KSL.com produces a popular classifieds section that reaches millions of users well beyond Utah.
    The LDS connection drew little notice when Mayor Michael Bloomberg, a leading financier of the gun control movement, published the report in December, but an official involved with Bloomberg’s investigation is calling out the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints for putting “profits over principle.”

    “A church, like any other organization, has the right to raise money,” said the person, who requested anonymity because he was not authorized to speak for the mayor. “But one would think that a church would feel a special obligation to make sure that they weren’t fueling a black market for a particularly deadly form of commerce.”

    According to the Bloomberg report, KSL.com had the third-most active gun listings of any site on the web during a 100-day period last year (2,713), coming in behind only large specialty firearm sites Gunlistings.org, and Armslist.com, and beating out even Craigslist.

    But the real problem isn’t the volume, the report’s authors say; it’s the unregulated nature of KSL.com. While other classifieds sites require users to deal only on their sites with registered and confirmed accounts, KSL makes it easy for buyers and sellers to deal behind closed doors.

    From the report:

    “[On KSL.com] sellers frequently list their contact email and phone number, which are openly displayed on the ad. This feature makes it easy for buyers to contact sellers and arrange to buy a firearm without identifying themselves – a feature that is particularly attractive to unscrupulous purchasers who do not want their purchases detected or recorded. And the website allows visitors to search for items being sold by private individuals who, in contrast to licensed dealers, are not required to conduct background checks.

    http://www.buzzfeed.com/mckaycoppins/bloomberg-report-takes-aim-at-mormon-church-for-on

    There is much more to the article. I didn’t know about this, and now it surfaces?

  • Grace

    Many of you are a fan of Romney, but I’m not, nor do I respect the stand Utah takes regarding guns. The latest news from the Mormon state is this:

    Reuters / ANDREW BURTON)

    Posted Feb 6, 2012

    Politics
    Bloomberg Report Takes Aim At Mormon Church For Online Gun Sales
    “One would think that a church would feel a special obligation to make sure that they weren’t fueling a black market for a particularly deadly form of commerce,” a source involved in the report says.

    McKay Coppins

    The Mormon Church owns one of the most active and unregulated gun sale portals on the web, according to a national investigation released by the New York City Mayor’s office.

    The website in question is KSL.com, the online hub for Utah’s NBC affiliate and sister radio station, which are both owned and operated by the for-profit arm of the Mormon Church. In addition to local news, KSL.com produces a popular classifieds section that reaches millions of users well beyond Utah.
    The LDS connection drew little notice when Mayor Michael Bloomberg, a leading financier of the gun control movement, published the report in December, but an official involved with Bloomberg’s investigation is calling out the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints for putting “profits over principle.”

    “A church, like any other organization, has the right to raise money,” said the person, who requested anonymity because he was not authorized to speak for the mayor. “But one would think that a church would feel a special obligation to make sure that they weren’t fueling a black market for a particularly deadly form of commerce.”

    According to the Bloomberg report, KSL.com had the third-most active gun listings of any site on the web during a 100-day period last year (2,713), coming in behind only large specialty firearm sites Gunlistings.org, and Armslist.com, and beating out even Craigslist.

    But the real problem isn’t the volume, the report’s authors say; it’s the unregulated nature of KSL.com. While other classifieds sites require users to deal only on their sites with registered and confirmed accounts, KSL makes it easy for buyers and sellers to deal behind closed doors.

    From the report:

    “[On KSL.com] sellers frequently list their contact email and phone number, which are openly displayed on the ad. This feature makes it easy for buyers to contact sellers and arrange to buy a firearm without identifying themselves – a feature that is particularly attractive to unscrupulous purchasers who do not want their purchases detected or recorded. And the website allows visitors to search for items being sold by private individuals who, in contrast to licensed dealers, are not required to conduct background checks.

    http://www.buzzfeed.com/mckaycoppins/bloomberg-report-takes-aim-at-mormon-church-for-on

    There is much more to the article. I didn’t know about this, and now it surfaces?

  • JunkerGeorg

    Tom Hering, post #3

    “Obvious conclusion: most Republicans don’t want a hard-core conservative.”
    —————————–
    Actually, what most Republicans AND Democrats do not want is a hard-core constitutionalist (e.g., Ron Paul).

  • JunkerGeorg

    Tom Hering, post #3

    “Obvious conclusion: most Republicans don’t want a hard-core conservative.”
    —————————–
    Actually, what most Republicans AND Democrats do not want is a hard-core constitutionalist (e.g., Ron Paul).

  • Jonathan

    JunkerGeorg @15: I never know what to think about Paul. Of course he’s a constitutionalist, but I’m left scratching my head when you put all of him together. He’s the clear (VERY clear) favorite among my classmates on Facebook (we’ll be voting March 20, though I feel like my school is mostly liberal, including the Republicans).

    The strange dichotomy he presents with his conservative label but strong liberal support is a bit confusing.

  • Jonathan

    JunkerGeorg @15: I never know what to think about Paul. Of course he’s a constitutionalist, but I’m left scratching my head when you put all of him together. He’s the clear (VERY clear) favorite among my classmates on Facebook (we’ll be voting March 20, though I feel like my school is mostly liberal, including the Republicans).

    The strange dichotomy he presents with his conservative label but strong liberal support is a bit confusing.

  • JunkerGeorg

    @Jonathan, #16,

    “The strange dichotomy he presents with his conservative label but strong liberal support is a bit confusing.”
    ————-

    Actually, it’s pretty simple why a conservative, pro-life political thinker (and confessional Lutheran) like myself can rally behind a candidate like Ron Paul along with a cross-dressing Samoan, an occupier, a progressive lib, etc., despite our many personal differences on morality/culture, etc., that is, when the unifying principle is no more than and no less than the US Constitution and the individual liberty it stands up for, under which one has the freedom to be what they want to be/belief and practice how they want to belief and practice, provided they do not in any way infringe upon the rights of every other individual to do the same, or extort/exploit them by force. (i.e., “FICA”, in which two individuals are made slaves of the Federal Government, namely, the one paying the taxes and the one receiving the tax benefits). I’ve yet to find how he is any more or any less “libertarian” than most of the founding fathers were, despite their differences. He is guilty of “repristination”, that is, in political terms. This “individual liberty” is appalling to the authoritarian Big Government establishment who want to control every last detail of everyone’s lives, whether they be fascist/crony-capitalist or socialist….but it is appealing to many on “Mainstreet”, despite their many differences over their personal manner of life/worldview/religion, etc.

    But hey, I wouldn’t worry about him. He won’t win the Republicrat nomination. (Granted, I doubt Romney will win the presidency). Now, perhaps you might want to start worrying about his son Rand though, in 2016.

  • JunkerGeorg

    @Jonathan, #16,

    “The strange dichotomy he presents with his conservative label but strong liberal support is a bit confusing.”
    ————-

    Actually, it’s pretty simple why a conservative, pro-life political thinker (and confessional Lutheran) like myself can rally behind a candidate like Ron Paul along with a cross-dressing Samoan, an occupier, a progressive lib, etc., despite our many personal differences on morality/culture, etc., that is, when the unifying principle is no more than and no less than the US Constitution and the individual liberty it stands up for, under which one has the freedom to be what they want to be/belief and practice how they want to belief and practice, provided they do not in any way infringe upon the rights of every other individual to do the same, or extort/exploit them by force. (i.e., “FICA”, in which two individuals are made slaves of the Federal Government, namely, the one paying the taxes and the one receiving the tax benefits). I’ve yet to find how he is any more or any less “libertarian” than most of the founding fathers were, despite their differences. He is guilty of “repristination”, that is, in political terms. This “individual liberty” is appalling to the authoritarian Big Government establishment who want to control every last detail of everyone’s lives, whether they be fascist/crony-capitalist or socialist….but it is appealing to many on “Mainstreet”, despite their many differences over their personal manner of life/worldview/religion, etc.

    But hey, I wouldn’t worry about him. He won’t win the Republicrat nomination. (Granted, I doubt Romney will win the presidency). Now, perhaps you might want to start worrying about his son Rand though, in 2016.

  • JunkerGeorg

    Oh, lastly, it’s ok if you disagree with me…I mean, given the principle of individual liberty, I can’t force you to be right. ;)

  • JunkerGeorg

    Oh, lastly, it’s ok if you disagree with me…I mean, given the principle of individual liberty, I can’t force you to be right. ;)

  • Jonathan

    I’d rather have Rand than Ron. To be honest, Rand should be running this year instead of Ron.

  • Jonathan

    I’d rather have Rand than Ron. To be honest, Rand should be running this year instead of Ron.

  • –helen

    Steve @ 9
    Who, then, rules in our system?

    Obviously, “the guys with the most money”.
    And “Citizens United” was only proof of that; it wasn’t invented then!

  • –helen

    Steve @ 9
    Who, then, rules in our system?

    Obviously, “the guys with the most money”.
    And “Citizens United” was only proof of that; it wasn’t invented then!


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