The only way Mitt Romney wins a nomination is by destroying others.  It was true in 2008, and it’s true in 2012.  He is incapable of bringing people together with positive inspiration.  He had the chance early in this cycle to prove he would not run the type of nasty campaign he ran in 2008, but when push came to shove in Iowa, he fell back on what he knows.

In 2008, the Republican insiders had someplace else to go (McCain), but they don’t this time, so the wounds will not be healed, even with the prospect of 4 more years of Obama.

Someone is going rogue, as this series of tweets (read bottom to top) based on this Politico article indicates:

In the meantime, Romney’s strategy has lifted him in the most recent polling to a substantial single digit lead:

  • And We Should Hate Newt Gingrich for This? “All the members of the Republican Party who have been complicit and collaborative in the destruction of our nation in the past few decades always talking about smaller government while never fighting against the tide of creeping socialism have now come out against Newt Gingrich.”
  • If It Ain’t Brokered, Don’t Fix It!  Part of the problem is that it feels like Romney 2012 is trying to pull off a rerun of the Obama 2008 campaign, running as a largely blank slate, letting voters of diverse ideological stripes project their desires and preferences onto him…. I’ve laid out my gripes with Newt. But Romney is making that divided convention, party-elders-look-for-a-unifying-candidate scenario look better and better each day.”
  • Florida primary pits tea party vs. cocktail party:  “Exit poll data and unmistakable anecdotal evidence from their events reflects an unfolding campaign in which Romney does best  with voters that are a lot like him — wealthy, well-educated and lukewarm about the populist tea party movement. Gingrich is appealing most to Republicans who earn under six figures, make up the core of the middle-class and are worried about their economic prospects and furious at the establishment.”
  • And Tweet of the Day:

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  • No surprise, in early 1990s Romney donated to Dems while running away from Reagan.
  • Mark Levin: ““Newt Gingrich, if he does nothing else, did more for the conservative movement and to stop the liberal Democrats in the House of Representatives than virtually everybody today who is criticizing him!” You must listen to the whole thing, shame on Romney and his attack dogs.