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How close is Mitt Romney to becoming toast?
February 21st, 2012
04:00 PM ET

How close is Mitt Romney to becoming toast?

FROM CNN's Jack Cafferty:

There's growing concern among Republicans that Mitt Romney can't deliver. If he loses his home state of Michigan next week, expect those whispers to become shouts.

Rick Santorum has opened a 10-percentage point lead over Romney in one national poll - his largest lead ever. Gallup's latest daily tracking poll shows Santorum leading Romney 36% to 26%. Santorum is also leading in Michigan, where Romney's father was governor, and in the key swing state of Ohio.

And all the money in the world doesn't seem to matter. The Romney campaign spent nearly $19 million last month. The super PAC supporting him spent another $14 million, and he's still fighting off the likes of Rick Santorum. What's more, Romney spent nearly three times what he brought in last month.

One of the few things still working in Romney's favor is electability. A USA Today/Gallup Poll shows Americans think Romney is nearly twice as likely as Santorum to beat President Obama.

Meanwhile, some senior Republicans are so nervous about the state of the race that they are circulating a so-called Plan B: a scenario where another candidate - who's not even in the race yet - wins the nomination and faces off against Obama.

Some of the names out there include the usual suspects: Indiana Gov. Mitch Daniels, New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie and former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush.

While none of them seems all that interested, there's always Sarah Palin. The half-term dropout governor of Alaska says that if there were a brokered convention, she'd "do whatever I could to help." That prospect should help Republicans sleep well at night.

Here’s my question to you: How close is Mitt Romney to becoming toast?

Interested to know which ones made it on air?

Greg:
Butter his back side and call him a biscuit. He's done, but I hope he doesn't give up just yet. The millions of dollars the candidates are pumping into this race are good for the economy.

Jim in San Antonio:
He loves trees, lakes, and cars. How can such a "people person" possibly be toast?

Brian in San Diego:
For the nomination? Still a long ways away. It'll take a lot to fully knock Romney off his "inevitability" pedestal. But for the general election, the toaster's crackling and Romney's going to feel the heat before long. Every week he fails to seal the deal, every forced swing to the right he'll have to try and gloss over, every strong monthly jobs report, every uptick in the Dow, each of those is another electoral vote slipping away.

Alison on Facebook:
Toast? He seems more like plastic! I don't think Romney should be ruled out just yet, because Santorum just keeps going too far out there with the religious issues. Romney is much safer choice...especially with the threat of Palin on the horizon!

Michael:
I think Mitt Romney is toast, his political positions are all over the place and Independents like myself simply don't like and don't trust anything Mitt Romney says. I also think Mitt Romney has some explaining to do about the Mormon Church that he is a member of.

David in Tampa:
We haven't gotten to Super Tuesday yet, Jack. All four of the Lack Luster Gang still have a shot at the Republican brass ring unless Kermit the Frog enters the race. The Kermit/Ms. Piggy ticket is the only way I'll vote Republican.

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  1. Dave - Phx

    The whole Republican party is becoming toast. They have leaned so far right, that the rest of us Independents have no choice but to side with the Democrats. There are seriously no adults in the Republican party, just golden spoon kids throwing spoiled fits.

    February 21, 2012 at 12:59 pm |
  2. Bob D Iowa

    As long as someone keeps thumping a bible in everyones face, not long.

    February 21, 2012 at 1:00 pm |
  3. JD in NH

    I'm not a Romney fan, but given the ups and downs of the Republican race he might find himself on top again . . . especially when you consider the absolute lunacy coming from Santorum.

    February 21, 2012 at 1:00 pm |
  4. Pete in Georgia

    I think predictions of Romney's demise are premature.
    Americans have been sadly conditioned by mass media along with the entertainment industry, setting our sights and minds on all the WRONG parameters in selecting a presidential candidate. We've reduced it all to "show business".
    Mitt Romney is not perfect but he's a thousand percent better than the current socialist deception artist now in power. Unfortunately this madness will not go away any time soon.

    February 21, 2012 at 1:06 pm |
  5. David R Bebeau,Springfield Missouri

    Oh Jack,I hope soon,,,,,,,,after making a career of running for president...............I hope we are done.................
    yes its close Jack.................
    David

    February 21, 2012 at 1:09 pm |
  6. Noel Sivertson New Mexico

    Pretty close. If he loses Michigan consider him burnt toast. If he does pull off the nomination the his toast won't burn untl November.

    February 21, 2012 at 1:17 pm |
  7. Susan-NJ

    Mitt Romney has a habit of falling and rising-just when he looks to be out of a race he's back in. He'll be back-he's not toast.

    February 21, 2012 at 1:18 pm |
  8. Meredith

    Romney is done. His campaign is well funded, yet he is losing ground. He just doesn't seem consistent or trustworthy.

    February 21, 2012 at 1:20 pm |
  9. Beth O'Connor

    Hi Jack, I am from Canada and watch you (and Wolf) everynight – I love your direct approach; I think you could give candidates lessons. I have yet to hear any of them give a straight answer when asked even the simplest of questions. Obama's poll numbers are risting because Americans are too smart to turn their country back over to the party that caused the financial disaster in the first place. The GOP would argue that the players have changed since Bush was in office but the ideologies are the same. Obama may not have been able to fulfill all his promises but he has intelligence, sincerity and class- traits each of the GOP candidates lack in one way or another.

    February 21, 2012 at 1:22 pm |
  10. Bud

    The entire party is toast. The Republicans have always anointed a candidate early in the process, but this time have been so wishy-washy and afraid of standing on principle that all their candidates are now damaged goods. Mitt should bow out and watch from a distance as they completely self-destruct at a brokered convention. In January 2013, when president Obama is sworn in for his second term, the Republicans will wail about how the election was somehow stolen from them. Truth is, they gave it away.

    Bud in Kansas City, MO

    February 21, 2012 at 1:22 pm |
  11. Steve Newman

    Get the butter!

    February 21, 2012 at 1:22 pm |
  12. David Edenden

    Repeat after me MSN pundits ... never make predictions ... especially about the future!

    February 21, 2012 at 1:24 pm |
  13. tom bulger, Canandaigua, NY

    That's like his pink slip joke. He will never be toast, at worst a croissant.

    February 21, 2012 at 1:24 pm |
  14. Doug Ericson

    There is only one person out there who could beat Romney and Obama too, but the Republican Establishment has intentionally forfieted this Presidential election, in order to avoid taking the heat for the disaster that is going to ensue the next four years. If we still have a Republic in 2016, Lindsey Graham will be the President who succeeds Obama. The 2012 Republican Nomination is still Mitts to lose. Its the same reason as before, who else is going to beat him? Newt, Rick, and Ron are still major league bwa ha ha's. Ron Paul will probably get his turn next on the greased Fire Station Pole. Doug, Pepperell, MA.

    February 21, 2012 at 1:25 pm |
  15. Phil, georgia

    Michigan needs to send a message to Romney, in a landslide, letting him know that he cannot be against their Bread and Butter "Car Industries" allowing them to fail which would have looted the state and caused massed migration. If someone who is supposedly so close to the Industry through his father, Romney out of all people should have felt the pain of allowing the companies to go under. Its not like he is against "Bail outs" cause he will help Wall Street and Banks all day but not main street. It just speaks to his out of touchness, Bain Callousness to average, everyday working people.

    February 21, 2012 at 1:25 pm |
  16. Annie, Atlanta

    I'm not giving up on him yet, but one has to almost feel pity for the man. He's so unable to show compassion or humanity towards others (as well as dogs, apparently), that it's almost sad. I say almost because this is a character flaw we don't really want from someone in charge at any level, but especially from our president.

    February 21, 2012 at 1:29 pm |
  17. Mr D

    He is already "slightly burned around the edges." Maybe it's time he "flips" again so we can see how well done he is on the other side.

    February 21, 2012 at 1:35 pm |
  18. John from Alabama

    Jack: Mitt Romney will be toast, if he loses Michigan, Ohio, and Arizona. Mitt Romney needs at least one win before March 6, and March 13th Primaries, because Newt Gingrich will win many of the Southern States. Mitt might be able to close the deal in Michigan, if he spends tons of money on attack ads adainst Santorum. John McCain needs to seal the deal for Romney in Arizona. Trump's support Romney is laughable.

    February 21, 2012 at 1:35 pm |
  19. Bill of New Mexico

    Romey seems to have nothing left but negative campaigning.

    But, Romey has not yet slipped below second place.

    The next series of elections might tell.

    What choices! Maybe the Republicans can find someone new at their convention.

    February 21, 2012 at 1:41 pm |
  20. David in Tampa

    We haven't gotten to Super Tuesday yet Jack. All four of the Lack Luster Gang still has a shot at the Republican Gold Ring unless Kermit the Frog gets into the fray. The Kermit/Ms. Piggy ticket is the only way I'll vote Republican. Lamb Chop for Secretary of State, and Mighty Mouse for Secretary of Defense. Where are the clowns? Never mind, they are running for office this year.

    February 21, 2012 at 1:46 pm |
  21. Matthew C.

    It will be a and long and costly battle with Romney coming out on top at the expense of a split republican party and most assuredly guaranteeing another term for Obama. – Matthew from Oregon

    February 21, 2012 at 1:47 pm |
  22. Mel - Houston

    August 30, 2012 is the last day of the Republican Convention, so; the toast will not be lightly browned until then. As long as he can stay in 5 star hotels, eat like a king, wear $1000 suits and sell books why would you call it quits. Jack, if a millionaire/billionaire told you could do all of the above and all you had to do was to continue your song and dance routine for the next six months what would you do.

    February 21, 2012 at 1:48 pm |
  23. Brian, San Diego

    For the nomination? Still a long ways away; it'll take a lot to fully knock him off his "inevitability" pedestal. But for the general election, the toaster's crackling and Romney's going to feel the heat before long. Every week he fails to seal the deal, every forced swing to the right he'll have to try and gloss over, every strong monthly jobs report, every uptick in the Dow, each of those is another electoral vote slipping away.

    February 21, 2012 at 1:51 pm |
  24. Paulette from Dallas,PA

    Not very. Santorum will implode. Let's see what happens on Super Tuesday and what follows after in Pennsylvania,New York,Californaia and other states. Santorum has offended many groups ie,gays,women. The guy could not even get reelected for Senate in Pennsylvania. Romney has the cah to outlast Santorum anyway. What a shame that all of this cash is being wasted on a political campaign when Obama is going to get a second term anyhow.

    February 21, 2012 at 1:56 pm |
  25. Michael

    I think Mitt Romney is toast, his political positions are all over the place and Independents like myself simply don't like and don't trust anything Mitt Romney says. I also think Mitt Romney has some explaining to do about the Mormon church that he is a member of and what I mean by that is the book of Mormons has a very racist history against African Americans when you look at the teachings of the book of Mormons. How does Mitt Romney explain this? At the very least African Americans deserve to know the truth about this especially when you have someone running for President, this is a very important issue that needs some answers.

    February 21, 2012 at 1:57 pm |
  26. bonnie from NJ

    I don't think that is going to happen, the RNC will see to it. They know he is the only one with any chance in a general election. Santorum is a right wing nut job, Gingrich has too much baggage and Ron Paul (although I have respect for him) is not a Republican, he's a libertarian. Although as an independent who is going to vote for Obama again, I am hoping for Santorum, it would thrill me to see the right wing get crushed.

    February 21, 2012 at 2:04 pm |
  27. Steve Newman

    I think the GOP is toast. They ought to declare a Mulligan and start over! Or, if no candidate gets to the convention with a victory on the first ballot, the GOP turns to Jeb Bush. But, he would be a fool to take it when 2016 is looking like a better year for the Republicans (at least one in which they would have a chance).

    February 21, 2012 at 2:05 pm |
  28. Julie from Illinois

    He's out of the bag and laying really close to the toaster. Wonder if anyone will decid to pick him up and put him back in the bag.

    February 21, 2012 at 2:05 pm |
  29. Bill Huff

    Well let's see, he can't seem to win over the conservatives or the tea party, he lost Co which he won by 60% in the last election, and now he can't win the state where his father was the govenor, so the question is not how close he is to being toast, it's how burned do you like your toast.

    February 21, 2012 at 2:05 pm |
  30. Michael Bindner, Alexandria, VA

    Ask us a two weeks from tomorrow. If Santorum does well on Super Tuesday, that is the test. It is easy for Santorum to win in Michigan on facetime and by appealing to a few conservative ideological networks. It will be much harder for him to make a good showing on Super Tuesday.

    February 21, 2012 at 2:08 pm |
  31. Michael Bindner, Alexandria, VA

    Of course, if Ron Paul wins Virginia, its over for Mitt.

    February 21, 2012 at 2:08 pm |
  32. Bizz, Quarryville Pennsylvania

    Let's just say there is a lot of smoke coming from the toaster. Making statements like that trees are the right height doesn't help him either. Whenever Romney tries to connect with the average voter even if they are right wing fanatics he comes across as phony. He looks so uncomfortable and out of place that sometimes I even have to cringe sitting in my seat. This is something money cannot fix, it has to come naturally. It is like a coach telling an athlete at tryouts," son, you just don't have it".

    February 21, 2012 at 2:09 pm |
  33. MARK, OKLAHOMA CITY

    He's already toast, Jack. The problem is Romney just thinks he is a large crouton, and nobody is having his salad.

    February 21, 2012 at 2:12 pm |
  34. BillfromArizona

    Romney won't lose in Arizona or Michigan....... He is the man for the job!!! America is crazy not to vote for a honest and good man like Romney. He is the only one with money and electibility to beat Obama.... Rick is a good guy, but I can't see him as the president of the us.

    February 21, 2012 at 2:17 pm |
  35. Rick McDaniel

    He has no better than a 50-50 chance, of securing the nomination. At this point in time, it is questionable as to whether any of the candidates has sufficient appeal to the GOP to win the primary, much less the appeal to win the general election, in spite of the fact, an Obama re-election, would absolutely be disastrous to this country.

    February 21, 2012 at 2:21 pm |
  36. Brandon from Denver, CO

    I think the appeal of a millionaire that wants to lower his own tax rate to zero while keeping ours the same is losing it's luster. He was toast before he started.

    February 21, 2012 at 2:24 pm |
  37. Connie from Logansport,IN.

    Jack,
    If he can't win Michigan, get out the butter.

    February 21, 2012 at 2:26 pm |
  38. Bert in Los Angeles

    Hi Jack, Romney is toast; his religion is all wrong to those Nixon called “the Silent Majority,” Reagan called “the Moral Majority” and who now stand at the door and knock with a battering ram! The Republican Base has always been schmoozed by its corporatist leadership but now the tail wags the dog. The self-righteously pious Santorum leads these American fanatics and promises them he will bomb Iran’s fanatics.

    February 21, 2012 at 2:27 pm |
  39. David E Cheek

    Romney is fighting an uphill battle at the moment, but as more Americans hear the nonsense pouring from Santorum's mouth, I believe that most people will come to see Santorum as he really is, a demagogue who reminds me of Hilter and the speeches he delivered so that he could gain power.

    February 21, 2012 at 2:27 pm |
  40. Julia, Fayetteville, NC

    Well, basically he is already toast. BUT he could ensure that Obama wins if he is all the Republicans have.

    February 21, 2012 at 2:28 pm |
  41. DT - Saint Paul, MN

    I like how absolutely nothing revolves around what is best for the country, or what the people want. The only thing that matters is getting another crony in the White House.

    February 21, 2012 at 2:29 pm |
  42. Steve

    He'll be toast when the Press says he's toast. The Press is on Obama's side, is trying to belittle Romney any time they can find some little negatively to glorify. Romney is the only candidate that can beat Obama. Obama people are afraid of Romney. He's a greator orator than Obama. Santroum has no orator skills. You can't convince the Republican voters of the facts. They're stupid. If they don't vote for Romney they're going to loose.
    Just like they picked old phart McCain in 2008, who in turn picked the kiss of death Palin. Enough said.

    February 21, 2012 at 2:29 pm |
  43. Pete in Florida

    Doesn't matter, none of the 4 slugs in the GOP clown car has any chance of winning in November The REAL leaders of the Republican party already understand this, so the real question is, do they nominate a dark horse at the convention, or do they decide that the economy is still so unstable that they really want Obama to remain in office. It is, after all, a lot easier to throw rocks from the sidelines than it is to actually jump in and fix problems yourself.

    February 21, 2012 at 2:30 pm |
  44. Greg in Arkansas

    Romney...butter his back-side and call him a biscuit.....he's done....but I hope he doesn't give up just yet....
    The millions of dollars the candidates are pumping into this race are good for the economy, not to mention, the Super PACs that billionaires control will bring some of that money that has been sitting in the Cayman Islands back to this country for us to pass around.

    February 21, 2012 at 2:31 pm |
  45. Paul From Austin Texas

    Very close anyone should be able to tell that all he is doing is trying to please all with what comes out of his mouth. Also he does not mean what he says. If people though Kerry was a flip flopper than this is Flipper.

    February 21, 2012 at 2:33 pm |
  46. Alison McManus - Mount Pocono PA

    Toast? He seems more like plastic! I don't think Romney should be ruled out just yet, because Santorum just keeps going too far out there with the religious issues, and that is just working for him temporarily in the more conservative states. Romney is much safer choice...especially with the threat of Palin on the horizon!

    February 21, 2012 at 2:34 pm |
  47. Larry Feierstein-Denver

    Stick a fork in Mitt, he's done. Use the same fork for Rick (Mr. Mom) Newt and Ron. Doesn't anyone see this as a brokered convention? Why are the Republicans afraid to just say it? They dont want Rick, or Newt or Ron and Mitt is done before we get to super Tuesday. Can you say Jeb?

    February 21, 2012 at 2:35 pm |
  48. James - Alexandria, VA

    He is already toast. Just like all of the other candidates they will fall to the wayside. The republican party should have known better than to listen to the Tea Party and to not do anything thinking it will bring the President's adminstration down. Now they will get what they deserve in November and if they think they won't just look at what is happening in Wisconsin and Ohio.....that is all that needs to be said.

    February 21, 2012 at 2:36 pm |
  49. Ken from Pinon Hills, California

    In the end it will Romney. His main competition for today seems to attract those who care not leave century's of the past and feel they must integrate their private religions in our government.
    As for Governor Mitch Daniels, New Jersey Governor Chris Christie, and former Florida Governor Jeb Bush, they don't have any nut house business cards in their wallets. They still have their wits about them and will wait until 2016 to test the political waters.

    February 21, 2012 at 2:36 pm |
  50. Beth O'Connor

    Hi Jack, as you probably know, here in Canada our three major political parties are Liberal, Conservative and NDP (New Democratic Party). I am Liberal to the bone and, as such, sincerely hope that Obama is re-elected. Having said that, I think that Romney will prevail – or maybe I should say I sincerely HOPE he does because having to watch any of the other "three wisemen" trying to match Obama would be so embarassing and uncomfortable I don't think I could watch and that would be a shame because I really love American politics. Romney may not win Michigan but he will ultimately prevail.

    February 21, 2012 at 2:37 pm |
  51. Karen from Naples, FL

    Oh puleaz, after the GOP slapped Mitt to the ground and stomped on him for 6 months, now they are worried???
    They deserve Rick Santorum. I guess men are voting for him because they are sick of strong american women.
    Any woman voting for him should have her birth control taken away for life (ha, see what happens after they have 19 kids!!!) and no military job or other; back to the stone age. Way to screw up, GOP. It should have been decided a year ago. Get candidate and platform ready (shaking head).

    February 21, 2012 at 2:40 pm |
  52. Tanner from Arizona

    If he loses Arizona and Michigan then he's definetly toast. If he loses just one of them he'll be in bad shape but able to recover. If he wins both then he'll have momentum going into Super Tuesday and then hopefully nobody will be able to stop him so that we can get this thing over with and beat Obama!

    February 21, 2012 at 2:45 pm |
  53. rex in portland, oregon

    I hope Mitt upgrades himself to the level of "toast". One hates to see total denigration in a person.

    February 21, 2012 at 2:51 pm |
  54. Kevin in CA

    He's not even on the breadboard yet. Romney is the Republican establishment guy with oodles of Pac money behind him.

    February 21, 2012 at 2:51 pm |
  55. Ed from California

    Jack, Willard will be the nominee. You still have the big states left to hold their primaries. I don't think it'll matter though, Pres Obama is in, and he'll win big. Let's just hope hope the Hoopleheads vote with their "brains" and not with their hatred. It's really a shame though, that we let the Hoopeheads vote in the first place. What were the writers of the constitution, thinking??

    February 21, 2012 at 2:52 pm |
  56. Ken - Kingsport, TN

    I don't believe Mitt Romney is in any trouble because most of the population doesn't do any homework on individual candidates. The Average American voter has to work for a living, then go home and try to maintain a home environment. These voters get most of their information from corporate television and, in this case,most likely Fox News. Mr. Romney's formidable PAC money will continue to destroy any other candidate with those infamous negative commercials, and this will have a major effect on these typical voters. After all, in the age of Plutocracy replacing this democratic republic called the United States, money really rules elections thanks to the Citizens United ruling a few years ago..

    February 21, 2012 at 2:53 pm |
  57. Dave Laguna Niguel, CA

    Jack, when is CNN and the other liberal media going to declare Obama the winner and save all the billions of dollars that will be spent on the so called election?

    February 21, 2012 at 2:54 pm |
  58. Jim, Denver CO

    Jack,
    If he looses Michigan you can pull him out of the toaster and put butter on him, he really is toast.

    February 21, 2012 at 2:55 pm |
  59. riley oday

    Hes done. Bring out the Palin plan B. I really need the laughs.

    February 21, 2012 at 2:56 pm |
  60. Kim , Dodge City, Ks

    I hope he survives long enough to get Righteous Ricky Santorum out of the picture. After that, he can win or lose the nomination and it won't matter, because he will have done something far more valuable for his country.

    February 21, 2012 at 2:57 pm |
  61. Dave, Orlando, FL

    It makes no difference whether he or the next flavor of the month is toast or not. They were all dredged up from the same swamp. If any of these dunces manages to defeat Obama it won’t matter who. While they may take different paths, they each have the same ultimate goal; to annihilate the middle class and, in the end, destroy this country as it was intended to be by our Founding Fathers, and as it has been until this millennium. Pick your flavor of poison.

    February 21, 2012 at 3:01 pm |
  62. Jeff In Minnesota

    If he loses Michigan and Arizona, he may as well pack it in. No sense wasting any more money. The GOP will go on to repeat 1964 and learn a valuable lesson that they will then go on to forget in the next couple of generations.

    February 21, 2012 at 3:07 pm |
  63. Nate NC

    His candidacy is as stale white bread. He is getting burned by a relative new comer. Losing Michigan adds a nice layer of Butter (or Parkay for us not so rich folk). However, it looks like the Republican party is ready to eat him up and spit him out anyway.

    February 21, 2012 at 3:11 pm |
  64. Mark in Houston

    Jack... Since Romney can't seem to communicate/connect with a majority at this point, his nomination depends on his opponents.

    Sanatorium, who's front runner status seems to have brought on a bad case of "Idiot-speak" and which appears to be approaching chronic and ongoing, could implode in March. Paul wont win . And Gingrich is an example of the above mentioned disease in it's final advanced stage.

    My guess..... the toast is getting pretty brown... but .Romney will squeak into the nomination. The Republican party doesn't want their dysfunction displayed on a world wide stage at a brokered convention. Romney then goes on to be drubbed by Obama in November, the Republican party saves face and starts planning for mid term elections in 2014.

    February 21, 2012 at 3:12 pm |
  65. bud rupert

    He IS toast if he loses Michigan. After that emabarrassig performance espousing the height of Michigan trees and the the big and litlle lakes is there any wonder. People don't like phony and that is about as phony as it gets.
    Bottom line Jack – he is just not lileable....and from what I hear the press can't stand him. Santorim on the other hand maybe a touch more likeable but if he does win the GOP nomination he TOO is TOAST against the President.

    February 21, 2012 at 3:12 pm |
  66. Michael "C" Lorton, Virginia

    Jack: He is already "toasted,"-–now he is about to become "burnt toast."

    February 21, 2012 at 3:14 pm |
  67. rocraccoon

    Mitt is toast, Rick is toast and Newt is toast. Mass media tries to downplay Ron Paul, but he makes the most sense of the lot. Even the veterans march in Washington, yesterday, (not covered by mass media) shows that the military is behind him. Can't wait for November to prove it.

    February 21, 2012 at 3:15 pm |
  68. Jenny from Nanuet, New York

    Well, he's white bread, but Santorum is gonna self-destruct pretty soon with all the crazy talk. And as much as Romney seems to be a robot with a bug in his program, he'll be the last one standing.

    February 21, 2012 at 3:17 pm |
  69. Cy Gardner

    He just announced his vice presidential choice, it's marmalade. cy from arlington, va

    February 21, 2012 at 3:26 pm |
  70. Dan5404

    Romney's money and mainstream billionaire financing and support may still take him through, but it is clear that his support is grudging, at best. When an extremist like Santorum can even offer a challenge is an indication of his weakness. Neither of them have a serious shot against Obama.

    February 21, 2012 at 3:29 pm |
  71. Karl in Flint, MI

    I don't think these numbers mean Rick is really more popular, it's that Mitt is more unpopular right now. Newt and Ron Paul aren't even in the equation. These two are smearing each other here in Michigan every five minutes. It's disgusting. If Mitt loses here, he isn't necessarily out but he will have to sweep Super Tuesday. Rick will never be the nominee and if not Mitt it will be a brokered convention with an outsider being picked or forced to run.

    February 21, 2012 at 3:34 pm |
  72. Cy Gardner

    Mitt had an image picked out that he wanted to sell the American public. Unfortunately for him, between his opponents and his own ad libbing, that image is being replaced in the public eye. The pundits, the comedians, his fellow Republicans have painted him as an out of touch phoney baloney multimillionaire who just might be a little weird. This is the picture of Mitt that the public is buying into. Even Americans don't want a president who straps his dog to the roof of the car and who's great grandfather had 32 wives in Mexico. President Romney? Pass the jelly. cy from arlington, va

    February 21, 2012 at 3:36 pm |
  73. Big Red Lee, Soux falls

    As close as Rick Santorium is to having egg on his face, and Newt Gingrich is to being fried. Very bad breakfast Jack.

    February 21, 2012 at 3:36 pm |
  74. Cy Gardner

    When you need Donald Trump to come to one of your "home" states to convince blue collar workers that you are just a regular guy who cares about them, ... Wow! That sounds pretty toasty. cy from arlington, va

    February 21, 2012 at 3:40 pm |
  75. susan in Ohio

    Oh so close. Smoke is rising out of the toaster so someone better pop it up soon!

    (Actually I'm rooting for Santorum, being that I support Obama!!😉

    February 21, 2012 at 3:41 pm |
  76. Cy Gardner

    Rick Sticks the Mitt-mellow into the fire. Do we really need to hear s'more? cy from arlington, va

    February 21, 2012 at 3:41 pm |
  77. Paul - North Carolina

    Too late, Jack. The toast is alreday burned. Mr. Inevitable has been roaming all over Michigan virtually begging for votes. He even told them how much he liked their trees; how pathetic is that? And poor Mitt still can't understand why rolling up the sleeves on a custom tailored shirt and wearing very expensive and way too tight designer jeans hasn't convinced the little people that he's one of them. And it's also too late for Plan B. The Republican party has reached Plan D; for Desperation.

    February 21, 2012 at 3:42 pm |
  78. Deb in MT

    How close is Romney to toast?

    If you look at the fundraising numbers out today, it would appear that Willard Romney has gotten most of his funds (@ 90%) from wealthy individual donors, and that @ 2/3 of his high flying individual donors have already maxed out on their contributions ($2500).

    Yes, there will be a ton of Super Pac money rallying to Romney,but it might not be enough. Until the GOP justices on the USSC deliver a 5-4 decision to allocate a vote for each dollar contributed, we're still at 1 vote per person: Romney will have to get actual humans to vote for him, and he's having a heck of a time with that.

    So, Romney: not quite ready to be scraped into the sink, but close.

    February 21, 2012 at 3:44 pm |
  79. Buster in Poughkeepsie, NY

    Mitt Romney is already toast, and The GOP is chopped liver. Gosh Jack, I'm getting hungry!!!

    February 21, 2012 at 3:47 pm |
  80. Wilhelm von Nord Bach

    a better question might be "IF Santorum is the nominee, how close is the Republican Party to being toast?" he has Republican leadership in a PANIC otherwise there wouldn't be all this talk about a "new" candidate.

    February 21, 2012 at 3:51 pm |
  81. desert voice

    If the American Dream is to be restored, America must set its record right with God. Obama is not the right person to do that. Millions of abortions were performed with his approval, on his watch. Why not give a try to Rick Santorum and Michele Bachmann as his second? I would compromise on Sarah Palin also. Sarah's problem is that she isn't as sincere as Bachmann. By the way, I do not think that Sarah can see China from the White House... and China's future will partly determine the future of the next presidency!

    February 21, 2012 at 3:52 pm |
  82. Tom

    Sounds like you're describing a bad episode celebrity apprentice where no one can get fired because none of them can pass the tests. Nominate Gary Busey, close our eyes and hope for the best

    February 21, 2012 at 3:54 pm |
  83. LeRoy_Was_Here

    If Romney is toast, he's RAW toast. The man is Velveeta on Wonder Bread with Miracle Whip. Obama is bratwurst on pumpernickel with hot spicy mustard. Santorum? He's beef tongue and sheep intestines on moldy rye. Gingrich? I don't even want to think about that one. Certainly unappetizing.

    February 21, 2012 at 3:55 pm |
  84. GeorgeBos95

    The GOP is toast – chaos in the form of Musical Chair Primaries does not bode well for them.

    This is what happens when only the 2nd, 3rd, 4th, ... string candidates are running. Chalk it up as a loss, kids. The GOP is toast.

    February 21, 2012 at 3:56 pm |
  85. Richard Texas

    Even if Romney wins his state and the nomination it is highly unlikely that he will beat Obama in the election. As far as any of the other choices you mentioned they don't stand any chance of winning against Obama because not enough people would vote for them. Obama is safe for another 4 years with the likely candidates running against him on the republican ticket.

    February 21, 2012 at 3:58 pm |
  86. Jim, San Antonio

    He loves trees, lakes, and cars. How can such a "people person" possibly be toast?

    February 21, 2012 at 3:58 pm |
  87. Michael from Miami, Florida

    Mitt is definately toast. Has been from the beginning. Maybe had he run as the Democrat he really is........

    February 21, 2012 at 3:59 pm |
  88. Jeff, Chicago

    The media likes to sensationalize, but Romney is not toast regardless of the outcome in Michigan. There is a long way to go. Romney still probably gets the nomination and most likely beats Obama in the fall.

    February 21, 2012 at 3:59 pm |
  89. Bob from Bellmore Long Island, New York

    He's closer to becoming sausage. Looks good from the outside, but once you find out what it's made of it's not very appetizing.

    February 21, 2012 at 4:00 pm |
  90. Pat from Wyoming

    Romney must be creating jobs with all the money he's throwing around, and that's
    a good thing. But he just doesn't have the star power to grab the nomination - he's
    already toast.

    February 21, 2012 at 4:00 pm |
  91. faboge

    Well, you would be toast too, if youre on both sides of every freakin issue!

    February 21, 2012 at 4:01 pm |
  92. Sam from CT

    He jumped into the toaster from the moment Donald Trump endorsed him. Romney has shown such a disconnect from the average american that his own party constituency has turned to Santorum. If Mitt wants go get back into the race, then he needs to distance himself from the super wealthy and tailure his speeches more towards specific plans for change.

    February 21, 2012 at 4:01 pm |
  93. BG-Calif

    If these two candidates are the best that the RNC can muster up, then its time to pack it up and head for the hills. The election will be a no brainer!

    February 21, 2012 at 4:01 pm |
  94. Gigi Oregon

    Jack, what are you trying to tell us...please, never underestimate the devil. The one thing I've learned is, never say never. If I was to vote Republican again it would not be this year. The Democrats haven't cleaned up the eight years of GW Bush yet. And they don't want to clean up the Bush debt and the Obama do nothing years. LOL... Instead of backing Republican candidates this time around the Super Pacs should pay down the debt they helped to create with all their tax breaks. If the tax rate was spread equally among the people we would bring the debt down. But as long as the elite and the church feel they are entitled...well...

    February 21, 2012 at 4:02 pm |
  95. Larry from Georgetown, Tx

    I can see the elements glowing brighter and brighter and soon the pop will happen to bring up the toast for breakfast. Yes, he's history in the GOP but what the hay, none of them really have excited the Republicans and the quitter governor is not the meshia either regardless of what she may think of herself.

    February 21, 2012 at 4:02 pm |
  96. waikikijohn

    Ah, please don't stop now. Got to say just love watching these guys destroy themselves and now Rev. Graham says Mitt's religion scary....Luv it, luv it, luv it...

    February 21, 2012 at 4:05 pm |
  97. ls

    Romney is a joke. All he tries to say is whats people want to hear, he is all talk and will run those country further in the hole than obama bin laden did. At least you can look at santorem and believe what he is saying. Even ron paul is all this world needs. It should be santorem/paul on the ticket

    February 21, 2012 at 4:05 pm |
  98. Renee Peoria,Ill

    He's already burnt toast. And unless there's somebody else in that plan B scenario so is the GOP in the next election. There's a lot of fingerpointing and scapegoating about who's to blame for everyone's woes but no concrete plans coming out of the conservative candidates. That's their real problem.

    February 21, 2012 at 4:05 pm |
  99. Keith Caravelli

    I agree with the comment about bible thumping.....our churches are full every weekend and we still have serious social issues to address that are not being affected by the God talk. Our faith must be at our core and as strong as my faith in God is, this election is not about my God. It is about my country. I really think we need to think WAY outside the box. My thinking is to somehow get Hillary Clinton and Newt Gingrich on the same ticket and stand up and show the world who we really are and what we are really capable of. Think through it, just think through it.

    February 21, 2012 at 4:06 pm |
  100. Paul, Parry Sound, Ontario

    He probably is toast, but so is the Republican party if they put forward a candidate as profoundly root-stupid as Rick Santorum.

    February 21, 2012 at 4:07 pm |
  101. Tom

    As an independent I am backing away from Romney.And Santorum it seems a little too far right for my tastes. unless we get a Christie or Jeb....I will probably sit this one out and let the party fanatics decide.

    February 21, 2012 at 4:07 pm |
  102. Hal Bass - Los Angeles

    Romney has reinvented himself so many times, he makes Thomas Edison and Ben Franklin look like amateurs. But this time Mittens with his millions may not be able to devise a way out of the current troubles that are all of his own making.

    February 21, 2012 at 4:08 pm |
  103. jan denharder

    The aroma of blackened toast began to rise to my nostrils the moment Romney declared that he was "severely conservative."

    February 21, 2012 at 4:08 pm |
  104. Chris Dixon - Texas

    If after 3 years of screaming, yelling and gnashing of teeth and this is what Republicans can come up with, they have more serious problems than Romney. It starts with a T and ends with the Party.

    February 21, 2012 at 4:08 pm |
  105. Bookenz

    Romney toast? I'd say more like a waffle.

    February 21, 2012 at 4:09 pm |
  106. Tom

    The GOP Has no one to run against Obama. This is got to be a cakewalk for Obama this is independents are probably going to stay home

    February 21, 2012 at 4:09 pm |
  107. Steele in Ohio

    More like milk toast.

    February 21, 2012 at 4:11 pm |
  108. Carolyn - W. Palm Beach, FL

    Let's see...we have one crackpot who refuses to step aside (Ron Paul); we have one former Senator from PA who earns his living as a lobbiest (Santorum); another so-called "historian" who is history and now a lobbiest (Ginrich); and one former Governor who is super successful in the private marketplace - Romney is not toast - he's the only qualified candidate to lead this nation in creating jobs. The issue in this country is: JOBS, JOBS, JOBS!!!

    February 21, 2012 at 4:11 pm |
  109. BHPT

    So between them Romney and his Super PAC spent $34 million last month. At least it's not like that money just disappeared – it doubtless helped the Michigan economy. And it's heartwarming to see politicians cannot count on buying elections from the current electorate.

    February 21, 2012 at 4:12 pm |
  110. My popcorn is ready

    The GOP candidates are all clowns. I used to be a Republican. My popcorn is ready!!

    February 21, 2012 at 4:13 pm |
  111. Briton Allen

    Romney will win for sure, Oh Gingrich is challenging Romney in Iowa, Romney is back ahead but Santorum is surging, Romney wins, and NH. Romney won both he's the strongest candidate ever. Wait, Gingrich wins SC, it's a two man race Gingrich vs. Romney, oops, just kidding Santorum actually won Iowa, well if Romney wins Florida it's probably over, Romney wins Florida, Gingrich is fading, Romney will win, oops wait a minutes Santorum just won three more, now it's a two man race Romney and Santorum and if Romney doesn't win Michigan he's screwed.

    It seems at some point news networks would just go, sorry guys we have no idea, you're just gonna have to wait

    February 21, 2012 at 4:13 pm |
  112. Jack - Lancaster, Ohio

    Mr. Cafferty:

    Please throw us independents a bone for God's sake! The Republicans were thrown out once and will be again as they are a train wreck without a caboose...or is that Sarah Palin's role? I have to go now, we got troubles right here in "River City USA".

    February 21, 2012 at 4:14 pm |
  113. Rick, Medina, OH

    Jack,

    It would seem that the only 'winners' so far are the folks who sell media advertising and 'ad-free' streaming entertainment. We'll see a heavily tested (and perhaps, damaged) Romney this fall; this election is reminiscent of 1976.

    Rick,
    Medina, OH

    February 21, 2012 at 4:14 pm |
  114. Eye of Newt

    The problem is with the entire republican party. Since Ronald Regan, its been a steady descent (slow with Bush Sr., fast with Bush Jr., accelerated by Rove, Norquist, and the current candidates) into moral decay, insincerety, and hypocrisy.

    Don't get me wrong. The democrats and politicians in general are rarely saints. But the republican party these days seems to have more than its share of problems related to character and integrity. At the top of that list would be its recent efforts to get the 98% to pay more than its fair share of taxes. That's just wrong.

    February 21, 2012 at 4:15 pm |
  115. Dean

    I can't imagine he's that close to being toast. Electability has to mean something, and as long as he remains twice as electable as Santorum, sooner or later Republican voters will realize that Romney's strong suit – economic policy issues – pervade the lives of all Americans to a far greater extent than the social issues Santorum constantly barks about.

    February 21, 2012 at 4:16 pm |
  116. Whymittmatters

    At some point people will realize that Santorum is not a great leader. Mitt will rise above the rest an even better candidate and show the world what a true leader can bring to the table, a balanced budget, less taxes, and a reduced government.

    February 21, 2012 at 4:17 pm |
  117. Fred Wood Hamilton, Al.

    the miitster is brown around the edges; 10 more days and the whole thing will be black as soot.

    February 21, 2012 at 4:17 pm |
  118. Rebecca from Georgia

    Truth be told, none of the republicans stand much of a chance. Their views are far too conservative to be accepted by the majority of the population. Those who do agree with them are as conservative and right now that is not what this country needs.

    February 21, 2012 at 4:17 pm |
  119. Biff Loehman

    Romney toast? Nah, that's too firm. I'd say he's more like grape jam. But that's far more tolerable than what Santorum is: a wet smelly dog poo on the bottom of your shoe.

    February 21, 2012 at 4:17 pm |
  120. Brational

    what really bugs me is the way these right wing candidates and their supporters keep saying that this country is not strong enough...period! The republic won't survive, our trust in each other (i.e. the monetary system) will collapse, the world won't respect us. These right wingers are the truly not patriotic. Just like the right wingers that caused the civil war, they warn against others and they themselves are really the only danger to the republic.

    February 21, 2012 at 4:17 pm |
  121. Brian Shugar

    Can someone please explain this to me....

    Romney has spent over 35 million so far. Some of this may even be his own money... This is so he can hold a job that pays him $300 K a year. And he calls himself a businessman???. Hey I am from Canada. What would I know???

    February 21, 2012 at 4:18 pm |
  122. Jim Beard

    Romney was toast the moment he flip-flopped once again and became a self-declared "severe" conservative. That's undisguised code for "extreme right wing." Moderates and Independents don't quite believes it's true, but they have no trouble believing that Romney will do and say anything to make neoconservatives swallow it. He's the try-to-please-everyone Scarecrow who hasn't received his brain yet.
    -Jim in Estes Park CO

    February 21, 2012 at 4:19 pm |
  123. Rajiv Shaw, Mt. Pleasant, UT

    A milquetoast more like it! He is so awkward in personality and is by nature reserved, so he comes across as fake.

    February 21, 2012 at 4:19 pm |
  124. Shuttdlrl

    Romney 123 delegates Santorum 72 Gingrich 32 Arizona 29 delegates Michigan 30 delegates Who is ahead?

    February 21, 2012 at 4:20 pm |
  125. Mike D

    It's really hard to say with Mitt. The other candidates rise and fall around him and there he is in his middle ground, plodding ever onward. I wouldn't count him out, certainly, not against Santorum or Gingrich. Against Obama? That's a very different story, especially if the economy continues to recover.

    February 21, 2012 at 4:20 pm |
  126. Doug in NYC

    But I thought republicans were against "Plan B" even in the event of an emergency!

    February 21, 2012 at 4:20 pm |
  127. Nick

    Have you ever put bread in the aster and had it finish before it was actually toasted? Ya know, the slices "pop up" but the bread is really only slightly browned? Another thirty seconds would've done it??
    That's how close Romney is to being Toast. As a practical matter, he already is. If we were in Denny's, they would've served him to you already.

    February 21, 2012 at 4:20 pm |
  128. Andy

    I think he is already burned out. Bring Jeff Bush

    February 21, 2012 at 4:20 pm |
  129. Bioteacher

    Right now he is really stale white bread. He will be toast if he runs against Obama.

    February 21, 2012 at 4:21 pm |
  130. Brian V. Lee, Esq.

    Toast? More like milquetoast.

    February 21, 2012 at 4:21 pm |
  131. Tim

    Perhaps Jon Huntsman left too soon, He could have been the "jam" on Romney's toast.

    February 21, 2012 at 4:21 pm |
  132. Larry in Atlanta

    Pass the Butter Please!

    February 21, 2012 at 4:22 pm |
  133. Charles - San Antonio

    I believe that the republicans are shooting themselves in the foot. Romney is the only republican canidate who has a chance of defeating President Obama. Santorum is a religous crazy person. He is the "Osama Bin Laden" of christainity. If Santorum gets the denomination, Obama will win in a landslide.

    February 21, 2012 at 4:22 pm |
  134. Jeff in San Diego

    Romney isn't out. There are many Republicans that aren't hung up on religion and would prefer a businessman for President. Unfortunately for the GOP, their party is split – half are bible-thumping, teatards who refuse to compromise on anything and the other half are slimy, rich, Wall Street types who just want to never pay taxes. I predict that this will go to the convention.

    February 21, 2012 at 4:22 pm |
  135. Jim

    Jack,

    How close is Romney to becoming toast? Well, he's a well-bred crumb from the upper crust. Sounds pretty close to me.

    Jim
    Reno, Nevada

    February 21, 2012 at 4:22 pm |
  136. Ed in California

    Obama supporters hope that Mitt is toast because he is the most likely Republican to win the Presidency. 'bama supporters don't like that Mitt has a well financed and organized campaign.

    February 21, 2012 at 4:22 pm |
  137. Doug in Oregon

    If Santorum continues his religious self immolation, it will be down to the Grinch and flip flop Mitt...perfect.

    February 21, 2012 at 4:22 pm |
  138. Harry

    Throw some butter and cinnamon on him, Jack. But ya better hurry, before he's burnt toast !!🙂

    February 21, 2012 at 4:22 pm |
  139. Jim Kelly

    It seems we have a new sport for the super rich in America. No longer do they need to buy a sports franchise when Sheldon Adelson can own Team Gingrich, Foster Friess can compete with his own Santorum, and Mitt Romney can be owned by a consortium of five ultra rich contributors.

    February 21, 2012 at 4:23 pm |
  140. Bryan TN

    Hes definitely a stiff shirt on burnt toast!But should serve as an appealing appetiser for Obama to devour.

    February 21, 2012 at 4:23 pm |
  141. Kylene

    No, too many reporters are just trying to make a story. He is the ONLY electable candidate... so as long as the media doesn't destroy the GOP we will be okay.

    February 21, 2012 at 4:23 pm |
  142. Larry in Houston

    Jack – After reading your Last paragraph – (regarding Palin) I almost fell off my chair ! LOL – well, You Do Tell It Like It Is, Jack !

    How close is Mitt Romney to becoming toast?

    Answer: (My Opinion) –
    1 ) If he doesn't do well in the debate against Santorum
    2 ) If he loses Michigan
    3 ) If he loses Arizona

    February 21, 2012 at 4:23 pm |
  143. Melinda Mitravcih

    Why would he be toast?–I don't think any of the GOP candidates can win their states–so we'll be going this with them all-It will be a wash.

    February 21, 2012 at 4:23 pm |
  144. PiedType

    He could be very close to being toast. After all, you can't fool all the people all the time. Surely there's a decent, electable Republican out there somewhere (and that doesn't mean Santorum, whose own state rejected him by an 18-point margin, nor Sarah Palin, who almost single-handedly destroyed the McCain campaign).

    Susan
    Denver

    February 21, 2012 at 4:23 pm |
  145. Ron in Oklahoma

    Rick Santorum is just the latest front-runner in a field of many. Scrutiny through a microscope will eventually narrow (or demolish) his lead. This is far from over. The Reps just can't get their act together – just like their counterparts in Congress.

    February 21, 2012 at 4:23 pm |
  146. George in NH

    Toast? Try a flaming bagel caught in the oven. He's done Jack. The only thing the American people can look forward to is the coronation of President Obama. I wonder if the Democrats will have a 'porn' night at their convention and have the likes of Elliot Spitzer, John Edwards and Bill Clinton speak. It's all we have to look forward too.

    February 21, 2012 at 4:23 pm |
  147. rachid ,nc

    hes already in limbo ,in fact the whole republican party is,

    February 21, 2012 at 4:24 pm |
  148. Cee.Louisiana

    He has always been toast, but he is about to be burnt....toast.

    February 21, 2012 at 4:24 pm |
  149. Robert (in Loouisville)

    If enough people pull one of the other levers, Mitt will definitely be toast.

    February 21, 2012 at 4:24 pm |
  150. Get out Democrats

    We can't take another 4 years of Obama. This country will be at the point of no return if that happens. Wouldn't that be funny if Michelle Obama doesn't get to take her 5 vacations a year! LOL...........now that is ridiculous 16 vacations in 3 years...she just got back from a 17 day vacation in Hawaii....

    February 21, 2012 at 4:24 pm |
  151. Tappy, West Palm Beach, FL

    Absolutely not! Romney is a strong candidate of women, seniors, business owners, conservatives, Independents, moderates, establishment Republicans, etc.

    February 21, 2012 at 4:24 pm |
  152. freelance

    Romney can get toast on one side, but he will surely flip to the other side that is not toasted.. just in time.. just sayin'

    February 21, 2012 at 4:24 pm |
  153. deborah ballweg Seibert, co

    It would help if you would stop promoting "non-christian" as a lead story. As a Mormon, I can assure you, we are Christian and if you took the time to investigate, instead of denegrate, you would find that out. Your objective is to re-elect Obama and EVERYBODY KNOWS IT.

    February 21, 2012 at 4:24 pm |
  154. Robin - Winthrop, MA

    If Mitt is toast, it will be a slam dunk for Obama, but in the end Romney can't get the job done either. He doesn't have enough overall support of the party. In 2016 the Republicans will have a good shot at the presidency. Chris Christie, Marco Rubio, Eric Cantor, Paul Ryan and possibly Scott Brown are all viable contenders. The Democrats, on the other hand, will have their work cut out for them. Biden and Clinton will be past their prime and they need to showcase some rising stars as early as the 2012 Democratic National Convention to get things lined up after Obama.

    February 21, 2012 at 4:24 pm |
  155. Damon Arial

    The GOP has made religion an issue in this campaign. Romney's religion is a HUGE factor, whether anyone wants to admit it publicly or not. While Santorum attacks our President's Christian faith, he has been silent as far as Romney's Mormon faith goes. The more Americans understand Mormonism, the more they will back away from Romney. Stick a fork in him... he's done.

    Stockton, Kansas

    February 21, 2012 at 4:25 pm |
  156. Brandon

    CNN, I expected more. Honestly, your poll numbers should show the trend of Romney in Michigan and Arizona. Romney is not in trouble. Santorum is finally getting vetted and his "war on Satan", career congressional politician WILL NOT resinate. Watch the debate tomorrow with Romney, Ron Paul, and even Newt highlighting Why Santorm lost re-election by the largest maring ever and lets see the polling just befor the votes.

    February 21, 2012 at 4:25 pm |
  157. Bob T - Southfield, MI

    Interesting question Jack but considering that Romney has already become toast I think the question should be "how close is he to becoming bread?".

    February 21, 2012 at 4:25 pm |
  158. Scott

    Yes Romney is done if he looses MI. He was never a majority choice & his convictions have been questioned by GOP stalwarts. If Newt drops out Rick S will win big!

    February 21, 2012 at 4:25 pm |
  159. Louis in Rhinebeck, NY

    Mitt Romney may be the most white-bread presidential candidate I've seen, but he isn't toast. Santorum is too much of a religious zealot to get the nomination, and the Republicans will again run back to Mitt's open arms

    February 21, 2012 at 4:25 pm |
  160. Micci

    Once GOP voters realize that Rick Santorum is running for Pope instead of President, Romney will be back at the top of the polls.

    February 21, 2012 at 4:25 pm |
  161. Harold

    Not toast. He's leading by a country mile on Kolob.

    Bracebridge, Ontario

    February 21, 2012 at 4:25 pm |
  162. Mohammad, Los Angeles, CA

    Let's wait and see if Santorum pulls a Newt and crashes and burns at tomorrow's debate. Then we'll know!

    February 21, 2012 at 4:25 pm |
  163. marsha

    Please, pass the peanut butter

    February 21, 2012 at 4:25 pm |
  164. Monique Manna

    Jack – I don't know how you can assume Mitt Romney is close to toast. I honestly believe Mitt ROmney is being tested by the media to see how much he can take. Ever since I started following this race it has been nothing but negative against Mitt. WHy don't you bring up Rick Santorums dining experience at CPAC with a known white naitonalist "Vandervoot" or his ties with a teen cult leader Ron Luce. With all the off the wall statements Tick has made in reference to President Obama being close in nature to Hitler, this has not made your headline news, this has been put in "small font" if you would. No, Mitt is not toast he will prove this once again at tomorrows debate and on February's super Tuesday the "28th" when he wins Arizona and Michigan, then once again he will be in the front ready to fight off more of the media. It is no wonder he has spent as much on ads, he is not only defending himself against what Rick Santorum has to say, he is defencding hismelf form what you, the media has to say as well. He needs to get the facts out there about Rick and I think he is doing a fine job. Good day.

    February 21, 2012 at 4:25 pm |
  165. mario

    too close to call

    February 21, 2012 at 4:25 pm |
  166. Marilyn, Powell, OH

    Call Donald Trump because he will have the correct answer to that question. He's smart and always knows everything.

    February 21, 2012 at 4:26 pm |
  167. Pam

    Romney is so close to being toast that I'm sure I could see his image in the slice I made this morning. Perhaps I should have sold it on eBay. Then at least I could have gotten the heck out of here. This country, particularly the Republicans, are fast imploding. The Democrats are no better. They can't seem to find their spines. Greece is looking mighty good, Jack. And that's saying something, isn't it?!

    February 21, 2012 at 4:26 pm |
  168. Joe, Ohio

    If anything, the GOP must be sweating bullets. Right now, the National polls see a culture warrior with no attachment towards independent and moderate voters in in the lead, and the guy that everyone thinks is most electable comes off as phoney and unelectable. It's a monster of their own making.

    February 21, 2012 at 4:26 pm |
  169. Abdulai Jah

    Very close!

    Abdulai Jah

    February 21, 2012 at 4:26 pm |
  170. Che Bravo!

    Too soon! Let Santorum scare the country some more and Romney will be back on top.

    February 21, 2012 at 4:26 pm |
  171. freelance

    PLEASE PLEASE bring in Palin!! That would amplify this entertainment!

    February 21, 2012 at 4:26 pm |
  172. Mary

    I Love Santorum to defeat the worst US President EVER!!

    YES!! Romney, the non-enthsiastic, robotic, unemotional ickadate, is toast!

    February 21, 2012 at 4:27 pm |
  173. Melanie in ATL

    I really do not have a problem with the nomination being contested well into the primary season. A vigorous primary season is great preparation for the general elections. Why spread the primary season out over several months if it is best that the nomination be decided by March? Do the states that vote later just don't matter? The media is so quick to jump on any flunctation of support and toll the death knell of any candidacy which loses momentum. Why don't you guys just report the facts, fire the pundits, stop with all of the speculation and just let the American people vote!

    That being said, as an independent, I am very disappointed in the GOP candidates. The revival of the cultural war is offensive to me and a waste of time as we have far more serious problems to solve. It makes the GOP base very happy, but it really turns me off. Romney is the most palatable of the bunch to me but if the GOP prefers a cultural warrior, so be it. I guess I will be voting for President Obama.

    February 21, 2012 at 4:27 pm |
  174. Mike St George, Utah

    I am an independant and have watched this race very closely. I am leaning to Romney for his business background at this time. I can not possibly see any of the other 3 beating anyone let alone Obama this November. You have Paul with his radical view of how things work in the world, followed by Newt who has been a hater of anyone that does not agree with him for years. Imagine how he would do dealing with Iran, China, or North Korea...God help us all. Lastly there is Santorum with his holyier than thou outlook according to the Catholic Church and what is good for all of us. I don't need a president to preach to the females of the world on contraception. Romney gets this independant vote.

    February 21, 2012 at 4:27 pm |
  175. Jerry in Montana

    Romney's "human-like" qualities have not shown us enough to like or trust him, he's got the personality of a dial tone and clearly says whatever he thinks will to get him elected.

    February 21, 2012 at 4:27 pm |
  176. Gary, Massachusetts

    Given all the smoke coming from the republican kitchen does anyone wonder if they can cook anything.
    Doesn't anyone realize we have a single party payer system now basically since most healthcare is delivered to seniors
    On Medicare. What is the difference between a mandate and. Tax ?

    February 21, 2012 at 4:28 pm |
  177. Terry in Chandler, AZ

    I'm a former Republican. I did not leave the party, the party left me. Santorum is part of the new Republican party, Mitt is not. Mitt is a moderate who, to answer your question Jack, had better be ready for the grap jam.

    February 21, 2012 at 4:28 pm |
  178. Loren

    I doubt too close. There have been several runs at Romney from other candidates and now it appears that its Santorum's turn. The problem for Santorum is that he doesn't have broad appeal and would lose against Obama. Personally, I think that the media keeps picking new Republicans as favorites to damage Romney's chances against Obama because the media has some misplaced love for Obama, similar to what they had for Clinton. We will be living with the damage to the U.S. economy from Clinton and Obama for a long time and I wish the media would stop their politicking and just report.

    February 21, 2012 at 4:29 pm |
  179. Joseph Smith

    As a prophet myself, I think...um, lemme see, where's that darn Magic 8 ball...oh there it is. Mitt will...wait for it...become a Democrat and run against Obama head to head! White Horse prophecy fulfilled!

    February 21, 2012 at 4:29 pm |
  180. Larry from Kansas

    Jack,

    Mitt Romney was toast before this primary started. He cannot accept the fact that his money cann't buy this election.

    February 21, 2012 at 4:30 pm |
  181. Ben

    No fan of Republicans here, BUT... Santorum is lucky to be where he is. One or two losses for Santorum and Romney will be the Republican candidate. He is far from toast.

    February 21, 2012 at 4:30 pm |
  182. John George

    Jack: I don't know about the "toast" part but I prey for the day when Romney will finally go back to his home state of New Hampshire, Michigan, Massachusetts, New Jersey, Utah or wherever the hell he's really from, turn off his exhaust stack, and human voice synthesizer, shut up, power down and go away forever!

    February 21, 2012 at 4:31 pm |
  183. judy symcox

    Romney must be the nominee. The nominee is NOT about the activists !, it is about BEATING OBAMA. !! !! Are they forgetting ! ! Repub activists and Gingrich have about destroyed Romney, be they must know the other 3 coulD never, no matter what, beat Obama !! So stand tall, and nominate a Republicn who COULD ,

    February 21, 2012 at 4:31 pm |
  184. Wishful Thinking

    Oh please, please, please can it be Sarah Palin! Having her run against the President would be so much fun, I wouldn't stop laughing until the election was over!

    February 21, 2012 at 4:31 pm |
  185. ingybert

    The fact that Romney is plummeting even in his home state despite the obscene amount of money being spent on his behalf leads to just one question: White or wheat?

    February 21, 2012 at 4:31 pm |
  186. Gerry Iowa

    Round and round the republican bench, Romney chased the weasel. The weasel stopped to make some toast. And out popped Romney burnt to a crisp.

    February 21, 2012 at 4:31 pm |
  187. Jack - Toledo

    Jack, Romney is already toast, unless he makes a hard right turn. He can only survive if he converts religion to a more acceptable form of Christian-Talibanism, sign a pledge to depersonalize and criminalize the LBGT community, vow to build a wall, dig a moat and to tear families apart through immigration policies, condem condoms as being against Christ,and promise to destroy all Federal social,and educational programs. That should put him about middle-of-the-road modern Republican. Yep!

    February 21, 2012 at 4:31 pm |
  188. Dj

    In a nutshell, Mitt the Milquetoast is already toast. Pass the jam, please.

    February 21, 2012 at 4:32 pm |
  189. Peter Samson

    Hindsight is 20:20 so there is no way Mitt can walk back the "Let Detroit go bankrupt" position. Bob Lutz has already voted for Santorum and many others will follow, expressing their disappointment with Romney while holding their noses over the ballot. Michigan will punish Mitt, so the best he can do is to offer a mea culpa and move on.

    February 21, 2012 at 4:33 pm |
  190. Jim Green, Seguin, TX

    Jack, less than one-half of one percent of those eligible to vote in Maine—voted for ALL of the Republican candidates—how do you spell radical fringe! If Romney is beaten out by Santorum and this bunch—YOU CAN BET HE IS TOAST!

    February 21, 2012 at 4:34 pm |
  191. Name*shedrick

    Yes mit will be toasted as the campaign drag on the American people will truely see the negative side of mitt Romney and santorum the people will pick the less of the evil.

    February 21, 2012 at 4:34 pm |
  192. Whymittmatters

    Mitt can't deliver? The people who feel this way are most likely republicans in name only. The fact is he has already delivered. Saved the Utah Olympics, balanced the budget, has saved hundreds of companies, the guy thrives off the energy that comes from making things better and more profitable. Why would someone not want that? I guess it's hard to want to work when the government is paying the for my cup of coffee each morning!

    February 21, 2012 at 4:35 pm |
  193. George in PA

    Well considering the Republicans took him out of the freezer to be "re-served" you can't expect him to be as palatable as a fresh face.

    February 21, 2012 at 4:35 pm |
  194. walter

    With Santorum squawking about Satan, Romney is the only chance Republicans have. Sadly, despite the hideous 3+ years we've had with Obama (quick libs, identify anything Obama has done that you want done for 4 more years), I think he's going to be re-elected. Hopefully, that will put the Tea Party and far right conservatives back in the proverbial closet.

    February 21, 2012 at 4:35 pm |
  195. Praetorian

    Romney is having this much difficulty because he just can't energize the voters. He's about as exciting as dishwater. Santorum is exciting to those who support his lunatic fringe point of view, but so frightens most voters that Tibbles the Wonder-Cat would have a better chance in November. Newt and Ron are so far out of it that the others might literally have to quit or croak for them to have any shot. As for Caribou Barbie, the only person of note still supporting her is Larry Flynt. Just imagine all the money he'd make on 4 years worth of Sarah Palin look-alike porno flicks.

    February 21, 2012 at 4:36 pm |
  196. Name*Dennis

    He looks like a puppet ready to explode.

    February 21, 2012 at 4:36 pm |
  197. Jay Huehn

    I've been predicting Romney will not be the GOP nominee since the Iowa caucus. It is obvious he is going down. He performs his best in voter percentage only when voter participation is low. People have been staying home since constantly hearing the media claim he will be the nominee. This does not fare well for any republican being electable if the voters stay home. Gingrich and Santorum have always had the best platforms-true GOP conservative platforms without flip-flops and without plastic looking speeches. Soon it will be only Gingrich and Santorum battling for the nomination. Romney IS toast-melba toast. St. Cloud MN

    February 21, 2012 at 4:36 pm |
  198. Larry Coleman of Arkansas

    If Romney isn't toast after the Michigan primary, he is sure to be " BURNT " toast this November when he runs against Obama. He will lose this election for us for sure. We need someone else. Anyone else.

    February 21, 2012 at 4:36 pm |
  199. Eric Hatch (Loveland OH)

    I don't think Romney's toast, but he may be a corn muffin! Seriously, his party base can't stand him, and he's plain not likeable. On the other hand, Santorum is enough of a fruitcake to terrify anybody BUT the Republican base. Obama's going to eat either one for lunch.

    February 21, 2012 at 4:36 pm |
  200. jimmy

    The only thing worse that trying and failing to win the Republican nomination to run for President in 2012 is winning the nomination. Anyone who wins enough delegates to gain that nomination is not only "toast" but a certified lunatic.

    February 21, 2012 at 4:37 pm |
  201. Jk from Minnesota

    As long as the Republican Party is still under the controll of the right wing – he doesn't have a chance – they just don't like Mitt.

    February 21, 2012 at 4:37 pm |
  202. Pofo

    Anyone can can beat Obama all they have to do is show what he promised, Then show what he Did, show what Bush spent in 8 years and show what Obama spent in 3.5 years. That alone will fire up the majority of Conservatives, And Liberals you have been aborting Liberal babies since the 1970ties, your numbers are dwindling. You are gonna get a thrashing in November.

    February 21, 2012 at 4:37 pm |
  203. Paul from Chicago

    If there was another viable candidate, you could stick a fork in him if he loses MI. However, the other candidates are completely un-electable in a general election. Newt has lost touch with reality, and Santorum has completely alienated 1/2 of the population with his 1950's moralistic views. Its a sad commentary on a political party when their best option is a candidate that no one trusts and seemingly can't understand the needs of every day Americans.

    February 21, 2012 at 4:37 pm |
  204. ShaneW

    Say what you will about Mitt, but have you seen the alternatives? Seriously, Mitt is not only the best choice but the only serious choice. Republicans are inexplicably throwing this election away by losing focus on beating Obama and instead focusing on everything from ideological purity to their own prejudices to debate sound bites. Mitt is doing this pack of ungrateful, illogical losers a favor by offering to represent their party. Give the people what they want, Mitt: Step aside and leave them with the cranky old luggage rack or the birth control guy. Another four years of Obama will hone thier focus, I suspect.

    February 21, 2012 at 4:37 pm |
  205. DavidE7

    What is gradually becoming toast is the determination of the mainstream media to sell Mitt Romney to an American public that never was interested in him in the first place. The media have shoved him down our throats in every way possible, the results of biased polls, placing him in the center of the debates, repeatedly referring to him as the presumptive nominee, and so on. As always, the American people will not be dictated to by the elites who think they run this country. For Romney and everyone like him, it is a matter of live by the sword, die by the sword.

    February 21, 2012 at 4:37 pm |
  206. Mitoosense

    Look at the Romney competition. Perry all hat No Cattle. Cain a waste of energy. Then Gingrich who resigned as Speaker in disgrace and fined for lying to Congress. Santorum who was tossed out in the Keystone State in 2006 humiliating loss. All scored heavy on Mitts poll numbers. Not a strong frontrunner. The GOP is a rudderless ship without power

    February 21, 2012 at 4:38 pm |
  207. Sashatree

    Call it the curse of Seamus! Irish Setters don't get mad. They get even!

    February 21, 2012 at 4:39 pm |
  208. Not toast

    Romney is the last slice left, so the zealots better not turn him into toast,,,, they're toast next election if they dare to destroy our only possiblity for victory, Impossible for Santorum to win independents or carry majority of our 50 states !
    Time for intelligent people to take chage of the zealots,

    February 21, 2012 at 4:39 pm |
  209. Paul....Pennsylvania

    Jack, you know how the smoke alarm always goes off before you actually smell anything.
    I think the toast is done.

    February 21, 2012 at 4:39 pm |
  210. Gordo from NJ

    I hope this is just media mania. For this one-time Reagan Democrat, Romney is probably no worse than Bush 41, while Santorum scares the daylights out of me. This democrat is rooting for Romney, because God forbid an October surprise puts the nutty one in the White House. I want the country run by our Constitution, not Rick Santorum's Bible.

    February 21, 2012 at 4:39 pm |
  211. Paul

    Jack,
    I don't know what kind of toast Mitt Romney is....more options there than at Panera Bread Company depends on what mood the "Mitt" is in...but is sure is fun to watch....

    February 21, 2012 at 4:40 pm |
  212. Jill - Iowa

    Not that close. Who would have projected that Rick Santorum would be where he is now? Who projected Gingrich would have come back after Iowa? Any suggestion that Romney is "toast" is premature & unfounded. We are less than 300 total delegates given to date – a long way to go before someone gets 1144 – a lot can happen between now & then.

    February 21, 2012 at 4:40 pm |
  213. swin - Pittsburgh

    Beginning on that cold rainy morning in Pittsburgh when I saw a number of people at a major intersection in the city's South Hills holding up 'Santorum For Congress' signs to that day when I met the then congressman and found a man who didn't talk down to anybody, who was likeable, and wasn't a phony, I was impressed by this man's ability to win both supporters and votes. He won his first term in congress by defeating an entrenched machine-backed democratic incumbent in a city and county where, if you are a democrat, you may die but you will continue to vote straight party ticket for years to come after your demise.

    Rick is a vote-getter. He lost his last election in the anti-Bush wave and primarily because Pennsylvanians very early on saw both the futility and the charade that was Bush's war in Iraq. As senate minority leader, Santorum paid the price for backing the party and not looking behind at what got him there in the first place. Now he seems to have learned that lesson and is running the kind of grass roots campaign that won him 4 elections in liberal Pennsylvania.

    Rick is likable. You meet him and listen to him and even if you don't always agree with him you realize that this man is sincere and stands for something. And that's the point. Romney is not likable. He lives in his own little world of wealth and privilege and stands for whatever will get him elected. An election to him is something that can be bought. Just look at how much more appreciative of his supporters Santorum is compared with Romney. Forget the ideology and forget the politics – you won't win an election unless they first like you and if they do like you you're just about there. Look at Ronald Reagan – a man still living in the 1930's of limited intelligence whose policies began the destruction of the middle class and the bankruptcy of America, but many people consider him a great president. The reason? They liked him.

    People like Rick. They don't like Mitt. That's it.

    February 21, 2012 at 4:40 pm |
  214. TPF

    These very same pundits had Hillary Clinton beating the heck out of Obama in 2008. But Obama could read better off the teleprompter. Hillary was just using her intelligence. If people had known then what Obama was going to do to this country, she would have won by a landslide. She could win like that now, but she is burned out. Any democrat would run the map against him. I'm a republican but sure wish we had a 3 party system. Out system now is broken, and isn't even a democracy anymore, thanks to Obama.

    February 21, 2012 at 4:40 pm |
  215. Chana

    As an expatriate living in Amsterdam in the Netherlands – I must say that the Dutch are amazed and horrified by the right-wing agenda in America. The biggest problem with the right-wing lunatics is that they are not conservatives – they are reactionary. They dream of a world that never existed. They long for something that never was. It is embarrassing – and frankly scary. Should a Republican actually be elected, my Dutch friends have offered to sponsor me for humanitarian asylum – only slightly tongue-in-cheek. Frankly, I would NOT want to live in an America that could elect a Rick Santorum, Newt Gingrich, et. al. And Romney may not be toast – but he is being forced to swing so far to the right to try and appease these lunatics that every statement he makes is going to come back and haunt him in the general election. The Republicans are cannibalizing themselves...toast and all.

    February 21, 2012 at 4:40 pm |
  216. Arlene, Roselle, Illinois

    Its not to late for Romney to change his religion.

    February 21, 2012 at 4:40 pm |
  217. Shiloh

    Jack,

    Three of the four GOP candidates are running binary campaigns. Only one candidate has a unique message with the goal of "evolving" the party agenda.

    If you want to make the campaign truly interesting, ask Romney not about his "definition" of marriage, but what should be done to those who have already engaged in pluralist marriages?

    February 21, 2012 at 4:41 pm |
  218. Ethan in Brooklyn, NY

    The Republicans know if they run anyone but Mitt Romney against Obama, they will lose in a landslide. Santorum is too polarizing for a general election, he is just benefiting from the "anyone but Mitt" virus that has infected the republican party. The Media knows all this too but we have to fill a 24 hour news cycle.

    February 21, 2012 at 4:41 pm |
  219. J T from Ar

    Start scraping

    February 21, 2012 at 4:41 pm |
  220. Just Saying

    The GOP is having trouble finding a candidate that the party faithful can get behind and who is also not so extreme that the rest of the country won't find objectionable. the question has been asked repeatedly – "Are these guys the best the Republicans can offer us?" Unfortunately, the answer is "Yes. These pathetic candidates ARE the best the Republicans can offer." There was a time when the Republican Party stood for something. No longer. Now it only about blind hatred, rejection of fact, rejection of science, rejection of knowledge, complete disdain for what America stands for, gutting of the Constitution, radical false "Christianity," "voodoo economics," etc.

    The Democrats leave a lot to be desired, but not nearly as much as the Republicans do.

    Just Saying...

    February 21, 2012 at 4:41 pm |
  221. Jesse

    The nomination is Mitt's to lose, but for all the wrong reasons. Rick, Ron and Newt are only in this race because Mitt 'looks' electable, in that he has the physical appearance of a president. If Mitt Romney looked Ron Paul, he would not be the front runner, and if Newt looked like Mitt, he'd have this thing locked up.

    February 21, 2012 at 4:42 pm |
  222. diridi

    My prediction still tells me, Romney is going to be front-runner. But will not win to Pres. Obama. Romney needs to change his tune, and style. He needs to stop saying repealing Health Care. It is a nation's dire need. He needs to be more towards Middle Class America. People are scared of him and other contenders in Republican party. True.,

    February 21, 2012 at 4:43 pm |
  223. Burbank from CA

    I don't understand how these Republicans can be so short sighted and narrow, they all seem to be wasting time and money having this immature, sophomoric contest on "who is the most conservative" when that is exactly what will lose them the election!

    What they need is someone more in the center like Romney if they ever want to get the independent votes as well as votes of Democrats that are dissatisfied with Obama. Not everyone wants to get on board with the Catholic Taliban and someone that takes orders from the Pope! ...And they worry about Romney's Mormon ties?? Go figure!

    February 21, 2012 at 4:44 pm |
  224. Terry

    I know he's in the toaster. True republicans just don't feel comfortable with this guy. They are still looking for the right guy and I think they are feeling Santorum is the man. As far as the Republican Party being toast, 4 more years of Obama will assure a party comeback! It looked one time, not too long ago, that the Dems were toast.

    February 21, 2012 at 4:44 pm |
  225. Bubacarr

    VERY CLOSE jack, so close that the smoke is rising from the toaster, the longer the this ridiculous republican primary goes on the worst it gets for "hot shot Mitt" I kinda feel bad for the guy, I mean who runs for president and can't even win his home state, C'MONE mitt, President Obama has to be the happiest person in the world

    February 21, 2012 at 4:45 pm |
  226. Nancy, Cunningham, TN

    Mitt Romney is not toast because everytime he gets hurt in the primaries more money is thrown at his campaign. It's the money that is talking and not Romney. If Romney doesn't pull it off and become the nominee, it's not because a group of rich people aren't trying.

    February 21, 2012 at 4:45 pm |
  227. Ally - Honolulu

    Romney is already toast in my opinion. He has been dishonest throughout the whole election.

    February 21, 2012 at 4:45 pm |
  228. MD

    Keep posting how much he (and his potential benefactors) can afford to spend on his campaign. A total of 33 million dollars?!? What more can anyone add to reasons why this man should not preside over a country where the median income is less than $40,000. He has no idea about the real world and real people are beginning to find out just who he will be representing and it's not the average U.S. citizen.

    February 21, 2012 at 4:45 pm |
  229. Myth Romney Should Know That There Are Some Things You Just Can't Buy, No Matter How Much of Your Father's Money You Have

    Get Mitt MorNEY all buttered up...he's TOAST!!!

    February 21, 2012 at 4:46 pm |
  230. Lisa from Austin, Texas

    It's frightening that the best the Republican party can apparently do is a total right-wing nut job like Santorum, and Romney, a man who belongs to a religion that has its roots in Joseph Smith, another nut job. (Anyone doubting that should learn about what the Mormon church actually believes; suffice it to say that it is based on the teachings of Smith, who supposedly heard an angel tell him in a dream that he would find golden tablets in the woods that had strange engravings on them; the angel conveniently gave him "special spectacles" to decipher the engravings, but no one else ever saw those golden tablets - and those tablets are the basis of the Book of Mormon. It just gets stranger from there.)

    But then Santorum is even nuttier. Anyone even contemplating voting for him should really dig into his religious and social beliefs. He has publicly said that he would be in favor of states being able to outlaw birth control because it "interferes in the natural function of sex" or some such ridiculousness. So he truly believes that all of us should just have as many children as "God gives us"? It's so outlandish as to be laughable. I can see American women going on sex strikes en masse.

    He has also said that he believes that American law should mirror Biblical law. OMG - how different is that from the Sharia law that he apparently abhors? What happened to separation of church and state? He is so far to the right that all Romney (or Obama, if Santorum gets the nomination) needs to do is let their Super PAC do the dirty work of telling the American voter what Santorum really believes. Then Santorum will be toast.

    February 21, 2012 at 4:46 pm |
  231. Katherine

    The GOP establishment is cutting off its nose despite its face.....again. The fools don't seem to grasp that they need a main stream candidate with main stream ideas. The party as a whole is worried about the base when they should be taking the temperature of the Independents. The party that carries the Independents will win the election and they don't want a bible thumper. I'm a practicing Catholic and I don't want one either! As for Santorum's 'true fiscal conservative' credentials, all I needed to know about that is he voted for the Bridge to Nowhere (AK). Yup, a true conservative he is (dripping sarcasm). I say let the Christian Right stay home, court the Independents.

    February 21, 2012 at 4:47 pm |
  232. Dax Soule

    Robert Gates needs to serve his country once more. We need a serious man to lead us in a non-partisan manner. Robert Gates for president!

    February 21, 2012 at 4:47 pm |
  233. scott

    Jack – Romney is only toast if he tries to paint himself as a social conservative, that's playing right into both Santorum's and the Dem's hands. Obama will beat Santorum in a landslide and the dem's know that. In a general election Romney represents a very real alternative to Obama for independents and fiscal conservatives. Mitt needs to remember that ALL voters care about their financial well-being first and foremost. He needs to remind them of what life has been like under Obama the last 3+ years, of what's happened to their personal wealth, theirs and their kids prospects for the future. If Santorum wants to make the debate about social issues, let him try, Mitt needs to hammer home everyone's #1 concern – fear about their own financial well-being.

    February 21, 2012 at 4:48 pm |
  234. sbssue1

    Santorum's theory for women is old school. Can't believe anyone, male or female, would want to go backwards in history. What would happen next?

    February 21, 2012 at 4:48 pm |
  235. Paul

    Paul, Nashville TN
    Jack,
    I don't know what kind of toast Mitt Romney is....Too many options there, more than at Panera Bread Company so depends on what mood the "Mitt" is in...but is sure is fun to watch....

    February 21, 2012 at 4:48 pm |
  236. Jack

    Pass the jam, he's toast!
    Go Santorum!

    February 21, 2012 at 4:48 pm |
  237. Conor in Chicago

    He’s not close at all. The Right Wing is simply expressing its wish to put a Right Wing Zealot in the White House. The convention will happen, the party will over-rule the religious right, they will fall in like “good Christians”, Romney will be the nominee. Santorum will never win a general, Paul is a threat to the establishment, everyone else has too much baggage, and having someone completely untested jump in at the convention will be madness. This all makes for interesting reading, and it kills time, but let’s not get carried away here. Romney has a chance. Everyone else is nuts. Romney it is.

    February 21, 2012 at 4:49 pm |
  238. Peggy Howard

    Toast! He's is milk toast, after Santorum wins Michigan and Arizona and a bunch of the super Tuesday states!!
    You can include the coffee and the butter too! Santorum is a real Christian, Catholic, real smart, real savvy, and very
    good looking and charismatic! Thats why Romney is toast!

    February 21, 2012 at 4:50 pm |
  239. Dale N.M.

    Hello Jack

    closer than anyone ever can imagine

    February 21, 2012 at 4:51 pm |
  240. samiam

    To any conservative interested in not having Obama be your president for the next 4 years, the following is ALL that should matter to you........"A USA Today/Gallup Poll shows Americans think Romney is nearly twice as likely as Santorum to beat President Obama."

    February 21, 2012 at 4:53 pm |
  241. Richard

    As a teacher of political science I must admit that I saw this coming awhile back...there is no such thing as a Republican anymore...the GOP amounts to either a radical with a Bible throwing around words like "theology" because he has no handle on today's economic issues or foreign policy, a disgraced former Speaker who only spouts mean spirited epithets, a Libertarian who only is aware of the Tenth Amendment and the previously anointed frontrunner who can't keep his facts straight on a day to day basis and throws millions around like its pocket change. The GOP tossed the 2012 election months ago when they backed the "non-Romney" flavor of the week, then exposed each one as flawed in someway or other...any sane Republican will have nothing to do with 2012 (when was the last time the American people voted against an incumbent President while there is a war going on?) ) The GOP can only succeed by using the next four years to bring the Party back closer to the center because it's been hijacked by lunatics

    February 21, 2012 at 4:54 pm |
  242. tom in connecticut

    The biigger question is how close is the GOP to being toast. Rick Santorum is a right wing fringe candidate with no chance of winning. He is offensive and an unpolished bully.

    He will win 5 states in general if that.

    To me, it appears that the GOP may not be national party anymore if they run him. He is a joke.

    February 21, 2012 at 4:56 pm |
  243. The Left Wing

    Maybe Romney is toast, maybe not. Whatever the outcome, it is not close.

    February 21, 2012 at 4:56 pm |
  244. Shane Wood

    I don't think he's done yet. I was once heard a saying that goes like this "Democrats fall in love; Republicans fall in line". Sooner or later they are going to wake up and realize he is the only one with a shot to beat President Obama. They will figure it out and come around to him like there was never any problem at all.

    February 21, 2012 at 4:56 pm |
  245. Rob

    A few weeks back Henry Kissinger promised the Chinese president that Jeb Bush will be the next president. He said the Republicans will be so confused that there will not be a clear candidate at the Republican convention this summer. He said they will have to nominate a "Concensus Candidate" that everyone would agree to support. That would be Jeb Bush.

    February 21, 2012 at 4:56 pm |