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

April 12th, 2012
12:26 pm

@Tiberius – Your lightning rod of hate!

April 12th, 2012
11:58 am
gm @ 11:43: “you people are the most idiots of any generation of rep voters.”

Must I really break down the below run-on sentence with incorrect punctuation, word usage and spelling to point out the irony of the above statement by gm?

“There are plenty lib who are making money the difference between lib and right nut wingers the lib are not going to get expolited most rich people like Mitt would not even let common georgia voters stand on his porch, you people are the most idiots of any generation of rep voters.”

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It makes sense to me. :)

It would make sense to you if you were not a right wing nut.

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

April 12th, 2012
12:34 pm

@gm
11:43:
Mitt would not even let common georgia voters stand on his porch.

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Mitt Witt made fun of the south by talking about “Cheesy Grits” and “Ya’ll.”

He was so glad to get out of town because he said he was tried of killing roaches.

But southerners are to dumb and lame to be INSULTED.

Ben

April 12th, 2012
12:50 pm

Not much of a choice either way. A northeastern RINO vs big government socialist. Doesn’t bode well for the southern states for the next 4 years.

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

April 12th, 2012
12:53 pm

The most recent Washington Post/ABC News poll, which overall gave Obama a lead of 51-44 percent among registered voters.

Among non-white Americans, Obama leads Mitt Romney by 59 percentage points, 78-19 percent.

Among women voters, Obama leads by a margin of 19 points, 57-38 …

Old timer

April 12th, 2012
12:54 pm

I like the comment by a democrats activist that Anne Romney never worked a day in her life. She raised five boys, with a mostly absent father, fought cancer, and has MS…..that sounds like a lot of work to me….just saying…..

MrLiberty

April 12th, 2012
1:08 pm

For Ron Paul supporters its Ron Paul or nobody at all!

What would be the point of voting for Romney? My vote is too precious to throw away on someone with his policies and lack of principles. He, Newt, Rick and everyone else running except Ron Paul are basically the same as Obama when it comes to the important matters of liberty, freedom, small government, sound foreign policy, sound monetary policy, etc.

There is a revolution going on even if the media and the GOP establishment are choosing to ignore it or hope it isn’t really happening. The big government, civil liberty and freedom destroying policies of the republicans and democrats are no longer going to be tollerated by the citizens of this country. The values and ideals of the founding fathers that every other republican candidate gives mere lip service to are embodied in Ron Paul and his voting record and it is these values that are driving this campaign. Ron has merely been the spokesman because he and he alone in Washington has the record to prove that his word can be trusted and that his principles are consistent and not up for sale by the corporatists that own the two/one party system we now suffer under.

Liberty and Freedom are going to win eventually. Those of us who have taken the red pill can no longer have the wool pulled over our eyes by Goldman Sachs candidates like Romney and Obama. Why would we take so many steps forward just to willingly take so many back by supporting someone who cares so little about the constitution, freedom, or liberty.

At a series of events in California last week Ron Paul drew between 5 and 10 thousand screaming, enthusiastic supporters each (and most of these events were held on University of California campuses). The youth have figured out that Obama was the joke everyone said he was. They know where REAL change will come from (and it isn’t Romney). This week thousands more are showing up at every event in Texas. The next generation has figured out how screwed they are even while the current generations desperately cling to the failed policies that got us here.

The future is bright, but only with a Ron Paul presidency. For the sake of america I hope the GOP does the right thing at the inevitable brokered convention and finally picks a candidate that can win against Obama – Ron Paul.

June

April 12th, 2012
1:13 pm

I would be proud to have Ann Romney as 1st lady. The “never worked a day in her life” comment reminded me of my mother and how hard she worked at home for her family — I was blessed..

Progressive Humanist

April 12th, 2012
1:15 pm

Romney- wrote the blueprint for Obamacare

Progressive Humanist

April 12th, 2012
1:16 pm

Romney- a long track record of shutting down companies and laying off Americans while sending jobs overseas

Progressive Humanist

April 12th, 2012
1:17 pm

Romney- liberal his entire career until yesterday (we don’t know what he’ll be tomorrow)

Progressive Humanist

April 12th, 2012
1:18 pm

Romney- a big government, establishment candidate

timbo

April 12th, 2012
1:18 pm

gm
April 12th, 2012
11:43 am

There are plenty lib who are making money the difference between lib and right nut wingers the lib are not going to get expolited most rich people like Mitt would not even let common georgia voters stand on his porch, you people are the most idiots of any generation of rep voters.

I would really, really, really like to respond to you, but I can’t understand what you are saying. You are either drunk, or you failed to master 3rd grade english.

Fail.

Progressive Humanist

April 12th, 2012
1:19 pm

Romney- panderer in chief, just tell him what you want him to say and he’ll say it

Progressive Humanist

April 12th, 2012
1:20 pm

Romney- a Mormon in a Christian Evangelical party

Lil' Barry Bailout (Revised Downward)

April 12th, 2012
1:21 pm

Obama adviser attacks Ann Romney’s lifestyle choices?

Why are Democrats waging a war on women?

Progressive Humanist

April 12th, 2012
1:21 pm

Romney- can’t win a red state, but has won all the blue ones that he will lose in November anyway

Progressive Humanist

April 12th, 2012
1:22 pm

Romney- can’t break 50% in any red state

Progressive Humanist

April 12th, 2012
1:23 pm

Romney- never worked a day in his life, but pays a lower tax rate than you

Progressive Humanist

April 12th, 2012
1:23 pm

Romney- speaks French

Progressive Humanist

April 12th, 2012
1:24 pm

Romney- dodged the draft while hanging out in Paris

Progressive Humanist

April 12th, 2012
1:25 pm

Romney- he really likes trees

Progressive Humanist

April 12th, 2012
1:26 pm

Romney- he was for socialized medicine before he was against it

Progressive Humanist

April 12th, 2012
1:27 pm

Romney- Pro choice at heart (danged abortionist!)

Progressive Humanist

April 12th, 2012
1:28 pm

Romney- huge proponent of planned parenthood (before he was against it)

Progressive Humanist

April 12th, 2012
1:28 pm

Romney- nice hair for a cardboard cutout

Progressive Humanist

April 12th, 2012
1:32 pm

Romney- feels your pain and understands your financial plight while he’s in one of his wife’s Cadillacs on his car elevator talking on his cellphone with his Nascar owner buddy about which US automaker they’d like to see go bankrupt

Progressive Humanist

April 12th, 2012
1:35 pm

Romney- his idea of a funny story is when is dad shut down a factory in Michigan and then had to deal with the fallout when he ran for governor and had to duck and run from workers he made unemployed

Progressive Humanist

April 12th, 2012
1:35 pm

Romney- the next Republican to lose to Obama in a huge landslide

Serious Robuck

April 12th, 2012
1:39 pm

Sure, Romney will win in Georgia. So what?

Obama will win the election. Get over it.

timbo

April 12th, 2012
1:50 pm

Progressive Humanist,

Ever feel like you are talking, and no one is listening?

timbo

April 12th, 2012
1:57 pm

Serious Robuck
April 12th, 2012
1:39 pm

Obama will win the election. Get over it.

I wouldn’t go betting the house on that.

Junior Samples

April 12th, 2012
1:57 pm

Tiberius,

Your post at 9:55am solidifies your hypocrisy. Calling out someone for name calling while you do the same is adult banter?

Own it.

Tiberius - Your lightning rod of hate!

April 12th, 2012
1:59 pm

“Romney- wrote the blueprint for Obamacare”

And yet no matter how many times you repeat it, he didn’t.

“Romney- a long track record of shutting down companies and laying off Americans while sending jobs overseas”

And yet no matter how many times you repeat it, that’s not his record. Rather he has a record of creating and saving jobs.

“Romney- liberal his entire career until yesterday (we don’t know what he’ll be tomorrow)”

And yet no matter how many times you repeat it, his record is one of working with the other side of aisle which just so happens to be liberal, which is the sure sign of a moderate.

“Romney- a big government, establishment candidate”

:lol:

Progressive Humanist – A mindless DNC drone (isn’t that redundant) who couldn’t debate a single subject if their life depended on it.

kelly

April 12th, 2012
1:59 pm

Tiberius, thanks for pointing out the contrived and faux outrage over the Romney campaign response to the Ledbetter Act. Kind of like the faux outrage about the remarks Hilary Rosen made about Ann Romney. And Hilary Rosen is not even an official Obama campaign spokesperson.

timbo

April 12th, 2012
2:04 pm

Preaching hate is a daily topic over in Jay Trashman land. And somehow the GOP is racist?!?!? That’s funny.

Tiberius - Your lightning rod of hate!

April 12th, 2012
2:04 pm

Junior Samples, the use of the word “juvenile” in my 9:55 was an accurate description of someone who used nothing but name calling to make a post. The use of “Trashman” was because I’m tired of his / her renaming games.

Got anything of substance to respond to, or do we just have to put up with your usual drivel this afternoon?

hryder

April 12th, 2012
2:11 pm

Anyone with REAL UNITED STATES EXPERIENCE BUT OBAMA. VOTE OUT ALL ELECTED INCUMBENT OFFICE HOLDERS IN THE NOVEMBER ELECTIONS.

Tiberius - Your lightning rod of hate!

April 12th, 2012
2:12 pm

“Kind of like the faux outrage about the remarks Hilary Rosen made about Ann Romney.”

kelly, I’ll agree that attempting to link Hillary Rosen to the Disaster-in-Chief’s campaign is a stretch, however, the outrage is, and should be real regarding her remarks. And is all-too typical for the liberals who make up the majority of the media. They are the least tolerant of any group around.

For all the claims of bigotry and intolerance thrown about conservatives, liberals alternately denigrate the religious aspect of conservatives, the working nature of stay-at-home mothers, and instead of preaching actual equality, they deliberately separate people into designated groups to play one off of another in order to buy their votes.

Liberals are, by and large, the worst hypocrites on the planet.

timbo

April 12th, 2012
2:16 pm

If Ann Romney even mentioned the name of Michelle Obama, she would get flogged by the leftist media. If she said that Michelle never ‘worked a day in her life’, she would be cast as a racist. Truth hurts libs.

Tiberius - Your lightning rod of hate!

April 12th, 2012
2:18 pm

MrLiberty, if there were any such real “revolution” going on in America regarding the policies espoused by Ron Paul, he would have won a caucus or a primary during this GOP primary season.

He did not.

And he won’t.

There is a HUGE divide between intensity and acceptance regarding Ron Paul and his policies. Ron Paul supporters don’t get that. But the rest of America does.

MrLiberty

April 12th, 2012
2:49 pm

Tiberius – Those who know exactly what has gone on at the caucuses know that he has actually won several (Maine as the most blatant example of corruption and vote tampering) but these facts have been specifically covered up by the mainstream media to insure his label of “unelectable” holds throughout the primary season. The collapse of the american economy, the dollar, the global economy, etc. will only further solidify the support for the sound economic policies he has been promoting for his entire career. With Diebold counting the votes I have no reason to trust any of the totals we have seen. Goldman Sachs has already chosen Romney as their candidate. What they will do to insure that happens is limitless as far as I can see. They chose Obama last time and did what they needed to do to Hillary and Bill to keep the whole Kenyan thing under wraps and they were richly rewarded with bailouts, etc.

America has a choice – freedom or continued slavery. The next few months and the next few years will show what this country is made of. I am encouraged by the young people but ultimately the older generations need to start caring about the future of america if this is going to change. Those of us currently in the freedom movement aren’t going to be able to do it alone.

Tiberius - Your lightning rod of hate!

April 12th, 2012
3:09 pm

“With Diebold counting the votes I have no reason to trust any of the totals we have seen.”

There’s your sign . . .

MrLiberty, how many Diebold machines have you ever seen in your lifetime, let alone touched for more than the time it takes to vote?

Tiberius - Your lightning rod of hate!

April 12th, 2012
3:11 pm

“Those who know exactly what has gone on at the caucuses know that he has actually won several (Maine as the most blatant example of corruption and vote tampering) but these facts have been specifically covered up by the mainstream media to insure his label of “unelectable” holds throughout the primary season.”

Are the unmarked black helicopters swirling overhead right now, MrLiberty?

Tiberius - Your lightning rod of hate!

April 12th, 2012
3:28 pm

“They chose Obama last time and did what they needed to do to Hillary and Bill to keep the whole Kenyan thing under wraps”

Holy crap . . . :roll:

illegal alien

April 12th, 2012
3:29 pm

Enter your comments here

illegal alien

April 12th, 2012
3:31 pm

FLASH!

Romney’s birth certificate found. His real name is ELMER FUDD.

You can have it both ways.

Dusty

April 12th, 2012
3:36 pm

Well, I don’t know any real activists and don’t give a hoot about polls. I do enjoy watching liberal activists knock themselves out trying to build a romney/ruin when they might as well take up knitting. I do hope some of them get paid minimum wage for their services. They do try hard.

And we should express appreciation to those hucksters here who run up a slew of chain lib complaints which makes the numbers just great on Kyle’s blog. Thank you.

Go for it, fellows. Somebody has got to act like they like the country in debt, unemployment and foreclosure and throw fireworks for Obama. Now don’t forget, no more bad talk about the “evil rich”. Shhhh…’cause Obama is one of the “evil rich” sitting on millions. Oh well. Being a community organizer and part time professor in Chicago is a very lucrative job! Obviously!

Tiberius - Your lightning rod of hate!

April 12th, 2012
3:42 pm

Nice to see Hillary Rosen finally man-up and apologize for her remarks.

And thanks, Hillary, for diffusing the “War on Women” meme for us. We appreciate it. :D

timbo

April 12th, 2012
3:55 pm

Ohhh…..Hillary Rosen is a lesbian? Well, that explains the whole working mom thing. She has never been a mom, and never will be.

Mark

April 12th, 2012
4:02 pm

While that was not a smart thing to say, she was speaking the truth. Being able to be a stay at home mom in this economy is a luxury. Most women need to find care during the day while they go to work along with their husbands to make ends meet. I’m sure all mothers would love to stay home with their children but the reality is that the majority of families can’t afford that, something the Romney’s have never had to worry about.