Is Mitt Romney about to unleash the hounds on Rick Santorum? (Jim Young/Reuters)
Wed Feb 08, 2012 at 09:30 AM PST
By- Barbara Morrill – Daily Kos
Following last night’s utter humiliation at the hands of Republican voters in Colorado, Minnesota and Missouri, Mitt Romney—formerly known as “inevitable”—and his team are trying to regroup. Which means advisors are out downplaying Romney’s crushing defeats and laying the groundwork for what looks to be a pathetic attack against Rick Santorum:
Romney’s political analyst also previewed what will likely emerge as the former governor’s latest critique of his Republican challengers, calling Rick Santorum and Newt Gingrich “two peas in a pod.”
Fehrnstrom characterized the pair as “longtime Washington legislators who never really left Washington,” and argued their nomination would mean a general election between “two insiders” as they faced President Obama in November.
That would be as opposed to Romney who has spent the past four or five years desperately trying to become a Washington insider. And of course it ignores Romney’s real problem: the base hates him.
As for the Romney campaign plan to paint Santorum and Gingrich as “two peas in a pod,” good luck with that. Rick Santorum doesn’t carry the Gingrich baggage of multiple affairs, marriages, ethics violations, general assholery and a habit of shooting himself in the foot. What Santorum does have is the true right-wing craziness credentials that today’s Republican Party stands for. Credentials that a flip-flopping Romney has tried to embrace … but that isn’t fooling anyone (except the GOP establishment).