Mitt Romney is to the Republican presidential nomination what Ramen noodles are to college students: The candidate of last resort.
As such, the Michigan primary could well be Romney’s Last Supper, at least according to the Washington Post:
For Romney, the contest is a chance to show that he can connect with working-class voters, who have been lukewarm toward him. He has a built-in advantage in a state where he grew up and his father was a popular auto executive and governor. But for those same reasons, a defeat here could be devastating.
“If Romney loses Michigan, the perception is that it’s just a huge loss for him, one that could really cost him the nomination,” said Steve Mitchell, a Republican pollster based in East Lansing.
And from The Daily Beast:
Mitt Romney’s Michigan surrogate Rep. Bill Huizenga is confident in his candidate, but thinks “it’d be a huge embarrassment if he’s not able to win the Michigan primary.” Tuesday alone, Romney has penned a Detroit News op-ed and released a new TV ad aimed at proving his Michiganness to Michigan voters.
Slight problem: The feeling is not Mittual.
From Politico’s Morning Score:
62% OF MICHIGANDERS DO NOT CONSIDER ROMNEY A MICHIGANDER: Only 26% do, according to the PPP numbers out yesterday. “Only 39% have a favorable opinion of George Romney with a 46% plurality having no opinion about him,” Democratic pollster Tom Jensen writes. “Romney really doesn’t have some great reservoir of goodwill in Michigan to fall back on.” http://bit.ly/ypaFEc
So Romney will fall back on what he always does: The Super PAChyderm Restore Our Future, which truncated Newt Gingrich in Iowa and Florida and has now turned its attention to Rick Santorum in this TV spot (for starters):
The ad is currently running in Michigan, Arizona, and Ohio. Restore Our Future is also reportedly buying airtime in Tennessee, Georgia, and Mississippi – obviously intended to blunt both Santorum’s and Gingrich’s appeal in the South.
There will be blood in the GOP presidential primary over the next four weeks.
The question is, whose?
Blue Mass Group contends that the cah Mitt Romney is driving in his “I’m a Detroiter” ad was built in Canada. Does Ed Schultz know this?
Not unless he reads Campaign Outsider, Laurence, which I sincerely doubt. So maybe you should give Ed a heads-up.