Mitt Wins! Rick Whines!

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“Mr. Romney got more people to vote for him than I did!” That is basically what Rick Santorum was telling Candy Crowley on CNN’s “State of the Union” when he said, “I don’t try to rig straw polls.” The complaint focused on the assertion that Mitt’s campaign “worked aggressively behind the scenes for a strong showing, including busing students from colleges along the Eastern Seaboard to show their support,” as reported by the Caucus at the New York Times.

Helping college-age students attend CPAC is not a new practice. This is basically a sort of “get out the vote” activity that is commonplace with any campaign, in any election, anywhere. The event does, however, provide RedState.com the opportunity to join the whining: “Let’s not pretend that this is some ‘severely’ impressive display of the strength of Mitt Romney with conservatives.” They were joined by Race42012.com which stated, “we’re kidding ourselves if we believe Romney’s straw poll win was the result of assuaging conservative leaders.” They of course forgot to add Mitt’s win in Maine and the national poll also conducted by CPAC which Mitt won.

Everyone knows that it is perfectly within the rules to help supporters attend such a conference. While a resulting positive outcome might not be worth a whole lot, it does demonstrate that a campaign has the ability to organize and make good things happen. The capabilities of the Romney campaign do in fact go way beyond straw polls, providing more significant and meaningful displays of strength, such as getting on the ballot in Virginia, something Santorum’s campaign was unable to make happen. The ability to organize a campaign should also translate into the ability to administer the affairs of the country, although President Obama fails that particular test! (On the other hand, is it possible that our current president has achieved the exact ends he sought all along?)

In Mitt’s case we don’t really need such reassurance, since his resume is filled with examples of his previous success. Indeed, we have already discussed here the fact that there really is no comparison between Mitt’s organizational prowess and that of Newt Gingrich, who now seems to have faded from the scene. Now, as we get a look at Rick Santorum in the spotlight, what we see is not all that impressive, especially when seen alongside Mitt’s numerous successes, including of course the CPAC Straw Poll!

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Michael Bush first met Mitt in 1966 when they reported for a one-week training session in Salt Lake City before heading to France on the 4th of July to serve as missionaries for The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints for 2 1/2 years. They also served at the same time in Bordeaux for several months in 1968, where they worked together quite often. Mike is on the faculty of Brigham Young University and grew up in Alabama. He graduated from Brigham Young University in Political Science. He also has an MBA from the University of Missouri and a PhD from The Ohio State University in Foreign Language Education with an emphasis in Computer Science. He is a retired Air Force Lieutenant Colonel who spent most of his career at the US Air Force Academy teaching French and doing research in the area of computer-assisted language learning. He and his wife Annie have four children and 18 grandchildren. It goes without saying that the things written on this site reflect his views and opinions and are in no way intended to reflect those of Brigham Young University or its sponsor, The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.

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