markamerica.com Romney is looking weak in Michigan. Rush Limbaugh opened his show on Presidentâ€™s Day with a monologue on the GOP panic over the rise of Rick Santorum and the diminution of the â€œinevitable nomineeâ€ Mitt Romney. What Limbaugh has identified is a trend weâ€™ve been watching for some time, whereby the GOP insiders are doing everything they can to put Romney over the top. Itâ€™s true to say that Romney is in trouble, but heâ€™s clawing his way back a bit in Michigan, as the media continues to hammer on Rick Santorum, suggesting that heâ€™s too conservative. Itâ€™s not clear that Rick Santorum is really so conservative as they pretend, and it shows the problem the establishment has with its man Mitt: While they try to convince us that Romney is conservative, they detest cultural conservatism.
The juxtaposition is laughable. On the one hand, the GOP establishment tells us Mitt is a conservative, Romney himself saying he was â€œseverely conservative,â€ but the conservative wing of the Republican electorate knows better, simply by examining his record. Romneycare is merely the most egregious example of Romneyâ€™s flat-out liberalism, but itâ€™s far from the only one. Meanwhile, Rick Santorum is too conservative on social issues, although the fact that he is really doesnâ€™t make him a well-rounded conservative because he stood with a number of big-spending plans, like the Medicare prescription drug program implemented by President Bush. If nothing else, what this should provide to you is a template for which leg of the conservative stool the GOP establishment would like to be sawed-off.
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