Kevin Fobbs
Mitt Romney plays Leap Year politics with GOP conservatives
By Kevin Fobbs
March 1, 2012

Mitt Romney made it out of the Michigan GOP primary with barely his expensive negative ad driven campaign intact, in what appears to now be a first place tie with challenger former Pennsylvania U.S. Senator Rick Santorum. When all of the hot political air is cleared, both Romney and Santorum will net about 15 convention delegates each, in this Leap Year dance for the presidential nomination

Leap year appears to be the year of multiple photo finishes for GOP conservative presidential primary and caucuses, with Newt Gingrich, Libertarian leaning congressman Ron Paul and Rick Santorum battling Mitt Romney; the moderate in disguise. The power brokers in the GOP and the ever flippant mainstream media had made it clear that Mitt would send the conservative candidates packing when it came to a shown down at the Michigan OK Corral.

Well, instead Michigan nearly became Mitt's Waterloo. This native born Michigander had come into one of several of his supposedly home states, waiting to set a political bear trap for Newt or Rick or any other conservative, because after all his dad had been a popular governor. Well, as it turns out, Michiganders and conservatives in the state don't take kindly to a supposed native son, telling its residents in the auto industry to "drop dead."

Romney's New York Times op-ed piece from four years earlier, came back to bite Mitt in the back of his expensive jeans, while conservatives and some Reagan democrats decided that payback was fair play. So they leapt on the Leap Year conservative bandwagon and challenged Mitt's new conservative pedigree, and on Super Tuesday there will be even more Leap Year surprises to come for Romney.

So with Super Tuesday right on the horizon, Romney can ill afford to hit repeated speed bumps that could cause him to have his delegate count spill out on the side of the road in the neighboring state of Ohio. You see in Ohio, Romney will not have the memory of his father's governorship to help convince GOP voters that he is truly a bona fide died in the wool conservative, while pinching his nose all the way to the Republican Presidential Convention.

Instead Romney will most likely rely on his mega million political garbage dump barrage against Santorum or Newt, or whomever else he or his campaign honchos deem to be a threat toward his intended anointing at the summer presidential convention. Let's see if Leap Year has more surprises in store for the very ideologically leap conscious Romney on the way to success, or a derailment of a presidential nomination.

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Kevin Fobbs is founder and president of a policy organization called National Urban Policy Action Council (NuPac), that supports conservative colorblind solutions to universal issues and domestic policies that impact urban America... (more)


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