Activists rate Romney’s appeal to Georgia conservatives

After all the hand-wringing and rancor, the Rock ’Em Sock ’Em Republican primary came to an abrupt, if unofficial, conclusion this week. On paper, 20 state contests and two challengers remain. But Rick Santorum’s suspension Tuesday of his second-place campaign removed the last, best challenge to Mitt Romney. Barring tragedy or scandal, the former Massachusetts governor will be the GOP standard-bearer against Barack Obama come November.

Newt Gingrich and Ron Paul pledge to soldier on toward Tampa and this summer’s GOP convention, but Romney has earned the right to begin running against Obama instead of his fellow Republicans. His biggest bit of unfinished primary business is whether the 60 percent of GOP voters who chose a candidate other than Romney will transfer their loyalty to him without some wooing. If the general election becomes a matter of which party can fire up its base more, can Romney inspire the kind of conservative turnout needed to win?

Georgia, where Romney finished a solid but distant second to favorite son Gingrich, is a good testing ground for those questions.

Four years ago, John McCain won our state narrowly by recent standards, with just a 5-percentage-point margin over Obama. But the closer margin owed to larger turnout among black voters supporting Obama; the electorate was almost as conservative and a tad more evangelical as it was four years earlier when George W. Bush was re-elected.

But this year, and Romney? “I definitely think he’s got some challenges to overcome,” says Kay Godwin, a co-founder of Georgia Conservatives in Action and a key GOP activist in South Georgia.

“People honestly do not see him as conservative. We see it a lot with what he says, but we’ve not seen it lived out in action, and we’re getting a little bit wiser. But at this point, our goal is Obama has to go. It’s my number-one goal, period. … At this particular moment in time, I think people are trying their best to settle into this [with Romney as the apparent nominee]. And I just hope and pray they can. But there’s so much skepticism out there, time will tell.”

Julianne Thompson, state coordinator of the Tea Party Patriots, says she does see Georgia’s grassroots activists coming to accept Romney.

“I think most people see the bigger picture here. It’s what I hear from a lot of tea-party people, I can tell you that … they’re looking toward November and want to concentrate on Barack Obama and really are ready to be done with the primary.”

Thompson says Romney’s choice of running mate will be critical to solidifying conservative support here.

“There are a lot of great names out there that have been put out,” she says, mentioning Rep. Paul Ryan of Wisconsin and Sen. Marco Rubio of Florida specifically. “I personally like [former Arkansas Gov.] Mike Huckabee a lot, though I’m not sure he’s interested in doing anything like that. But I really do like him and he would be a good contrast, and we would be hitting all across the Republican spectrum if we had a vice-presidential candidate like that.”

Godwin also mentions those three names, along with Louisiana Gov. Bobby Jindal (who just might be my own choice to join a Romney ticket).

“If he puts somebody on there that the conservatives trust, that would make a big difference,” Godwin says. “It can’t be [New Jersey Gov.] Chris Christie … it’s got to be somebody from the heartland, the conservative movement, so that we’ll get behind him with everything we’ve got.”

Chris Perkins, the state director for Ralph Reed’s Faith and Freedom Coalition, strikes a more optimistic note. Romney, he predicts, “will do better than McCain did four years ago.”

Why? “Mostly because I think there are people who voted for Obama four years ago who are going to change their mind. Hard-core Democrats will vote for Obama, hard-core Republicans will vote for Romney — but there are people in the middle who are going to want change, or they’re not happy with the way things have gone under Obama.”

The GOP primary dragged on longer than some people would have liked, but it still wrapped up with almost five months to go before Tampa. That ought to leave Romney time to wrap up some loose ends with conservative voters — and ensure the election is a referendum on Obama, not his own reliability.

– By Kyle Wingfield

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258 comments Add your comment

Joel Edge

April 12th, 2012
5:22 am

“Romney’s choice of running mate will be critical to solidifying conservative support here.”
I agree. We could use at least one actual conservative on the ticket. Maybe round two of the Republican Party shooting itself in the foot will cause the leadership to reassess what type of party they want to be.

arnold

April 12th, 2012
5:42 am

The Georgia GOP will support Romney simply because they don’t want a Democrat in office.

Stephenson Billings

April 12th, 2012
6:36 am

I’d vote for Elmer Fudd if he was running against Obama.

Ayn Rant

April 12th, 2012
6:43 am

Romney is handling the “conservative” (meaning rabid) wing of the Republican electorate the only way a dignified, educated, experienced politician can: act like a fool and cater to their stupid, self-destructive notions until the day after the election.

If he should win the November election, he’ll govern as he did in Massachusetts.

Ha! Ha!

xdog

April 12th, 2012
7:00 am

Romney should put Georgia in the win column easily. Not all the gopers will stay home and the donks don’t have the special circumstances of 4 years ago, and even then they lost.

I live in Oconee County and we vote goper 2-1, 70-30 if he’s invaded some country lately. It doesn’t matter if the candidate is Romney or Ralph Reed or some other fraud and it won’t matter in the rest of the state either.

ByteMe

April 12th, 2012
7:15 am

Republicans nominate a liberal flip-flopper from Massachusetts.

Heh. Heh-heh. Heh-heh-heh… HAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHA :lol: :lol: :lol:

Karma’s a B—

jconservative

April 12th, 2012
7:42 am

I do not understand the “conservative” Republican desire to have a “conservative” head the GOP ticket. If getting Obama out of the White House is the goal, I would think having a “conservative” head the ticket would be an error. I would think that having a moderate, like 4 of the last 5 Republican White House winners, would the the ticket.

Look at history. Since 1932 Republicans have had one “conservative” elected president, Reagan in 1980. (And Reagan turned out to be one of the more moderate presidents.) All other Republican winners of the White House since 1932 have been “moderate” to liberal.

Romney fits the mold of the Republican winners of the White House since 1932.

Kyle Wingfield

April 12th, 2012
7:48 am

Folks, commenting was temporarily on moderation this morning due to the content of a different post. It’s now turned off, and comments should be going straight through again. Thanks for your patience.

Lyman Hall

April 12th, 2012
7:52 am

Its the old, stagnant,violent ,morally bankrupt Statism of Obama/Romney versus the young,vibrant,peaceful ,dynamic, animating ideas of Personal Liberty espoused by Ron Paul.
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Time is on the side of Decency.
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Ron Paul 2012.
Bring it on.

JohnnyReb

April 12th, 2012
8:00 am

Georgia will go Romney easily and voices from the Left of otherwise is their wishful thinking.

I also agree any desires not manifested in Romney pale to voters desire to get Barry out of office.

My biggest concern with Romney is will he be tough enough against the Left? I don’t want no stinking compromises. Compromises are another word for the Left getting at least some of their way. And we know what we get with their way.

Repealing Obamacare is not enough. The Whitehouse and all the various departments controlled by POTUS need an enema, manybe two.

Really?

April 12th, 2012
8:01 am

Despite technical difficulties, little interest…sound of crickets….

Tiberius - Your lightning rod of hate!

April 12th, 2012
8:09 am

“If he should win the November election, he’ll govern as he did in Massachusetts.”

Exactly, Ayn Rant! But not in the way you think he will (since you don’t really “think” much at all).

He’s govern by working with Democrats and Republicans to come up with consensus on solutions that will work. Unlike the current Disaster-in-Chief who doesn’t know how to work with the other side of the aisle.

independent thinker

April 12th, 2012
8:13 am

Romney has to do more than eat grits and say y’all when he comes south to get the independent vote. If he saddles up with Scott Walker and takes on the unions, that would be a good beginning.Just being “severely conservative” only attracts the sheep who listen to Limbaugh, Hannity, Boortz etc.

carlosgvv

April 12th, 2012
8:18 am

Ann Rant – 6:43

I sincerely hope you’re correct in this. If he is elected, he might feel the only way to get re-elected is to cater to these morons and act accordingly.

@@

April 12th, 2012
8:20 am

If I don’t vote for Romney, it’ll be the same as voting FOR Obama. Romney, it is!

President Obama: Quoting Reagan out of context

No-o-o-o-o-o-ooooo!!! Obama wouldn’t lie by omission or otherwise, would he?

Sho’nuff, he would!!!!

Don Abernethy

April 12th, 2012
8:29 am

Unless the Tea Party puts some life in the Republican party it is going to be hard to beat Obama.

JohnnyReb

April 12th, 2012
8:35 am

Don Abernethy

April 12th, 2012
8:29 am

Unless the Tea Party puts some life in the Republican party it is going to be hard to beat Obama.
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No it’s not. Most Americans can see what Obama is and don’t want anymore of it. Even with legacy media in his pocket, he’s done. The mid-term results was the warning shot across the bow. Don’t be led astray by pole results; they are structured to produce a desired result.

Republicans Tried On Every Pair of Pants In The Store and They End Up With MittWitt

April 12th, 2012
8:36 am

” the election is a referendum on Obama, not his own reliability.”

Is Mitt Witt reliable?

Does Mitt have the quality of being solid and reliable factually or morally?

The reliability of the people giving you the facts is as important as the facts themselves.

Mitt Witt is a Liar’s Liar.

Dinner Table

April 12th, 2012
8:41 am

A new Washington Post/ABC News poll shows that 54 percent of Americans disapprove of President Barack Obama’s handling of the economy, while only 44 percent approve.

Likely Republican presidential nominee Mitt Romney scored some major victories over Obama on economic issues. A total of 47 percent of respondents said Romney would handle the economy better, while 43 percent chose Obama. And 51 percent said Romney would handle the budget deficit better, while only 38 percent chose Obama.

The numbers are mixed for Obama when it comes to gasoline prices. Only 28 percent of respondents approve of his handling of that issue, while 62 percent disapprove. But only 21 percent of Americans blame Obama for high gas prices, while 28 percent blame U.S. oil companies, and 25 percent blame foreign oil-producing countries.

While the recession officially ended in June 2009, a whopping 76 percent of Americans say it feels like we’re still in a recession, while 21 percent feel it’s over. Respondents were about equally split as to whether the economy is improving, with 48 percent saying yes and 49 percent saying no.

gm

April 12th, 2012
8:46 am

Stephenson Billings

Stephenson Billings

April 12th, 2012
6:36 am
I’d vote for Elmer Fudd if
This is why no one takes the conservative voter in Georgia serious aroound the world.
The rep party really served you well in Georgia, last in every catergory from poor schools to job creation, but the loserville voters continue to vote rep just to say we hate Obama, these issues were here way before he was President.

Tiberius - Your lightning rod of hate!

April 12th, 2012
8:47 am

“Does Mitt have the quality of being solid and reliable factually or morally?”

Yes. Do you have evidence otherwise?

Republicans Tried On Every Pair of Pants In The Store and They End Up With MittWitt

April 12th, 2012
8:47 am

@JohnnyReb

April 12th, 2012
8:35 am
Don Abernethy

April 12th, 2012
8:29 am

Unless the Tea Party puts some life in the Republican party it is going to be hard to beat Obama.
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No it’s not. Most Americans can see what Obama is and don’t want anymore of it. Even with legacy media in his pocket, he’s done. The mid-term results was the warning shot across the bow. Don’t be led astray by pole results; they are structured to produce a desired result.

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Women will guarantee Obama’s re-election.

The crows may crow but the hens deliver the goods.

Republicans Tried On Every Pair of Pants In The Store and They End Up With MittWitt

April 12th, 2012
8:54 am

@Tiberius – Your lightning rod of hate!

April 12th, 2012
8:47 am
“Does Mitt have the quality of being solid and reliable factually or morally?”

Yes. Do you have evidence otherwise?

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Mitt Romney’s ‘Amazing’ Statistic On Women’s Jobs Called Into Question

WASHINGTON — Mitt Romney has come up with an “amazing statistic” “92.3 percent of all the jobs lost during the Obama years have been lost by women.”

But more men than women have lost jobs since the recession began – that’s why economists called it a “man-cession.”

In blaming Obama for “turning the clock back 20 years on American women,” as the Romney campaign puts it, Republicans are hoping to counter Obama’s perceived advantage with female voters.

“This is political gaming,” said Diane Swonk, chief economist at Mesirow Financial, a financial services company.

“You can play a lot games with statistics.

gm

April 12th, 2012
9:02 am

Does it really matter who Georgia conservatves vote for?, 08, Obama lose Georgia and he still won President, 2012, Mitt loses Georgia but still going to win the nominee , apparently conservatives in this state are losers so who who be concern other then people live in this state.

Tiberius - Your lightning rod of hate!

April 12th, 2012
9:04 am

So, Trashman, you’re saying that Romney’s reliance on a valid statistic during the actual Presidency of the current Disaster-in-Chief, rather than the totality of the recession as a whole, is not a valid campaign issue?

Just when is this President supposed to:

A. Take responsibility for his actions or failures, and
B. Actually do something of note to fix the problems he inherited?

Bottom-line, it is factually correct that during the term of office of the current Disaster-in-Chief (as the article you parsed from states), far more women have lost their jobs than men, and Obama has done little, if anything to correct that problem.

Deal with it.

td

April 12th, 2012
9:08 am

ByteMe

April 12th, 2012
7:15 am

If Romney is a liberal then what does that make Obama? Communist? Socialist? Left wing loon?

Dinner Table

April 12th, 2012
9:09 am

Women are lagging behind men in the nation’s slow economic recovery, new government statistics show.

Of the 1.3 million jobs created in the last 12 months, some 90 percent have gone to men, according to a report from the Bureau of Labor Statistics. Women have gained just 149,000 jobs.

Richard

April 12th, 2012
9:11 am

Romney needs a running mate that can fire up the conservative base? Really? Do these people not remember what happened when McCain tried that in 2008?

You conservatives need to remember one thing: your vote doesn’t win the election. The Independent vote does. If Romney picks a running mate like Santorum to fire up conservatives, you can kiss the Independent vote and the White House goodbye.

Don't Tread

April 12th, 2012
9:14 am

“People honestly do not see him as conservative”

That assessment is spot-on. As I’ve said before, one does not become governor of the most liberal state in the Union without being a liberal themselves. It just doesn’t happen.

Assuming he wins the election, our Senators and Reps should not give Romney a free pass just because he has a (R) after his name. Anything he does should be scrutinized just as carefully as if King Obama had done it himself.

Don't Tread

April 12th, 2012
9:15 am

To answer your question, td, “yes”.

td

April 12th, 2012
9:22 am

gm

April 12th, 2012
8:46 am

I’d vote for Elmer Fudd if
This is why no one takes the conservative voter in Georgia serious aroound the world.
The rep party really served you well in Georgia, last in every catergory from poor schools to job creation,

That is a worn out line used by the left that conservatives do not buy. We know if you took the Democrats out of all the statistics in education then the rest of the state would be right near the top of the rest of the country. We know if you take the Democrats out of the labor stats then out unemployment and job creation would be near the top of the rest of the nation. We know if you take the Dems of this state out of any negative stat in the state then Georgia would be at the top of the nation.

In other words it is the Democratic voters that are dragging the state down.

Tiberius - Your lightning rod of hate!

April 12th, 2012
9:24 am

Don’t Tread, I suggest you refrain from commenting on Massachusetts politics until you learn something about them.

You become a Republican governor in Massachusetts by being a MODERATE, not a liberal. Massachusetts has a legislature and a Congressional district makeup based on years of gerrymandering and control, so while they have a resounding majority in both their State House and Congressional delegation on the Democrat side, at the state-wide level they have elected 3 Republican governors following the days of Mike Dukakis, and would have elected a fourth last year if a former Democrat turned independent hadn’t run a third-party campaign. And they elected Scott Brown just recently to the U.S. Senate (and look to be ready to re-elect him).

JohnnyReb

April 12th, 2012
9:26 am

Women and Romney

The whole contraceptive hubub was manufactured by the White House and put in place by legacy media to try and save Obama.

George Stephanopoulos kicked it off asking Romney about banning contraceptives during a debate. It’s a manufactured issue by the Left to try and dig Obama out of his problems with the Catholic Church and the Constitution.

It will be a distant memory by November.

All the abortion advocates and those constantly with their hand out won’t be enough to offset the women who recognize true importance – liberty.

Tiberius - Your lightning rod of hate!

April 12th, 2012
9:29 am

Richard, Santorum will never be Mitt Romney’s running mate. You can take that one to the bank.

After watching a montage of Santorum video remarks against Romney (sure to be used by the DNC ad nauseum) the LAST thing Romney needs is having his own running mate being used against him.

He’ll pick someone more conservative than he is, but I don’t think he’ll go all religious-right in his pick.

td

April 12th, 2012
9:29 am

Richard

April 12th, 2012
9:11 am

If you go back and look at the exit poll results of 2008 and 2004 then you will find that Obama received about the same votes as Kerry did (he received a more actual votes). McCain is the one that lost votes (people stayed at home). If you look at the exit polls then you will see that it was the social conservatives that stayed home. If the same number of Social conservatives had come out in 2008 as in 2004 the McCain would be President right now. McCain received more independent votes then did Bush.

DannyX

April 12th, 2012
9:30 am

“You become a Republican governor in Massachusetts by being a MODERATE, not a liberal.”

Rasmussen, April 11, Massachusetts

Obama 51%
Romney 40%

I guess you can add candidates who are “severely conservative” to your list. Like you said Massachusetts voters prefer moderates like Obama, LOL!

tiredofIT

April 12th, 2012
9:30 am

Romney is like the windsock/balloon figure that blows over the roofs of gas stations — every second he has a different position. So that’s a severely conservative, interesting!

Tiberius - Your lightning rod of hate!

April 12th, 2012
9:34 am

“If the same number of Social conservatives had come out in 2008 as in 2004 the McCain would be President right now.”

Possible, td, but not likely. The message of “Hope and Change”, while trite to thinking people, was a powerful message to those more affected by the economic downturn, and those wishing for a change in the party that held the Presidency.

Tiberius - Your lightning rod of hate!

April 12th, 2012
9:35 am

Apparently DannyX doesn’t know the difference between a Presidential election and a gubernatorial election.

Or much of anything else, either.

Republicans Tried On Every Pair of Pants In The Store and They End Up With MittWitt

April 12th, 2012
9:42 am

@Dinner Table

April 12th, 2012
8:41 am
A new Washington Post/ABC News poll shows that 54 percent of Americans disapprove of President Barack Obama’s handling of the economy, while only 44 percent approve.

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Polls are just what people think and feel on any given day . They change everyday.

President Obama Job Approval

Polling Data

Poll Date Sample Approve Disapprove Spread

RCP Average 3/20 – 4/10 — 48.4 46.6 +1.8

Rasmussen Reports 4/8 – 4/10 1500 LV 48 51 -3

Gallup 4/7 – 4/10 1500 A 45 45 Tie

ABC News/Wash Post 4/5 – 4/8 1103 A 50 45 +5

CNN/Opinion Research 3/24 – 3/25 1014 A 51 45 +6

McClatchy/Marist 3/20 – 3/22 846 RV 48 47 +1

Republicans Tried On Every Pair of Pants In The Store and They End Up With MittWitt

April 12th, 2012
9:49 am

@JohnnyReb

April 12th, 2012
9:26 am
Women and Romney

“The whole contraceptive hubub was manufactured by the White House and put in place by legacy media to try and save Obama.”

ANSWER: That is an outright lie. Keep believing that lie and see where it gets you.

“George Stephanopoulos kicked it off asking Romney about banning contraceptives during a debate. It’s a manufactured issue by the Left to try and dig Obama out of his problems with the Catholic Church and the Constitution.”

ANSWER: Women kicked it off after they saw where the catholic was on this issue.

“It will be a distant memory by November.”

ANSWER: In whose mind? YOURS not women. Women have a long memory.

“All the abortion advocates and those constantly with their hand out won’t be enough to offset the women who recognize true importance – liberty.

ANSWER: The CROWS may crow but the HENS deliver the goods.l

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ByteMe

April 12th, 2012
9:52 am

If Romney is a liberal then what does that make Obama? Communist? Socialist? Left wing loon?

A Corporatist. Or have you not noticed who your masters really are?

ragnar danneskjold

April 12th, 2012
9:52 am

I am with Stephenson Billings @ 6:36 – even a cipher would be less destructive than the community organizer. The Mad Spender may have destroyed the country already, even if ObamaCare is thrown out completely by the Supreme Court. The leftists have been in control since 2006, and our republic shows the distress.

ragnar danneskjold

April 12th, 2012
9:52 am

It is so bad I would even vote for Hillary against Chauncey. Romney can only be an improvement over the current Occupy Oval Office movement.

Republicans Tried On Every Pair of Pants In The Store and They End Up With MittWitt

April 12th, 2012
9:53 am

@Tiberius – Your lightning rod of hate!

April 12th, 2012
9:29 am
Richard, Santorum will never be Mitt Romney’s running mate. You can take that one to the bank.

After watching a montage of Santorum video remarks against Romney (sure to be used by the DNC ad nauseum) the LAST thing Romney needs is having his own running mate being used against him.

He’ll pick someone more conservative than he is, but I don’t think he’ll go all religious-right in his pick.

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No one wants to touch Mitt Witt with a TEN foot poll.

He is TOXIC for anyone’s political career.

Ask Fat Boy Gov. Chris Christie.

Tiberius - Your lightning rod of hate!

April 12th, 2012
9:55 am

Love the deep, intellectual discourse by the Trashman: “MittWitt”. “Fat Boy”.

You belong over at Bookman’s with that kind of juvenile banter.

timbo

April 12th, 2012
9:57 am

“Mostly because I think there are people who voted for Obama four years ago who are going to change their mind. Hard-core Democrats will vote for Obama, hard-core Republicans will vote for Romney — but there are people in the middle who are going to want change, or they’re not happy with the way things have gone under Obama.”

This, and the fact gas will be $4+ a gallon, economy is still in the tank, unemployment is still high, and Obama has a record this time.

BuckeyeInGa

April 12th, 2012
9:59 am

I wonder will the far right discuss Romney’s religious beliefs as much as they discussed the President’s religious beliefs in 07. So far it’s barely a blip on the radar.

Tiberius - Your lightning rod of hate!

April 12th, 2012
10:01 am

Here’s how contrived this whole “GOP War on Women” mantra really is.

Last night on ‘The Ed Show’ on MSNBC, Ed Schultz began talking about a media conference call with the Romney campaign – note I said the Romney campaign, not Romney himself – where a reporter asked a Romney staffer “What is Mitt Romney’s position on the Lilly Ledbetter Act?” There was a long pause – Oh, no! – followed by the reply, “We’ll get back to you on that”. (Note: The Lilly Ledbetter Act merely changes the date when a discriminatory pay act is considered to have occurred)

Well, you would have thought that Mitt Romney himself had just committed the rape of a woman after denying her contraception if you listened to Ed Schultz’s contrived angst! Even though the Romney campaign did, in fact, respond later in the day with a statement saying that he supports equal pay for everyone and WOULDN’T CHANGE ANY LAWS, Schultz brings in Lilly Ledbetter herself and they both start bemoaning how Mitt Romney would REPEAL the act named for her!

To summarize, we go from a campaign staffer not having the candidate’s specific view on a specific act handy, to later having the candidate’s view supplied as being in support of the act in question, to the candidate trying to repeal the act, which of course is all part of the GOP’s War on Women. Did you follow that logic?

Contrived doesn’t even begin to describe what this latest alleged GOP “war” really is.

Tiberius - Your lightning rod of hate!

April 12th, 2012
10:04 am

So I see that BuckeyeInGa subscribes to the “two wrongs make a right” theory of behavior . . . :roll: