Top GOP Senator: “If Romney Loses Michigan, We Need a New Candidate”

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romneyBy Jonathan Karl

A prominent Republican senator told me that if Romney can’t win in Michigan, the Republican Party needs to go back to the drawing board and convince somebody new to get into the race.

“If Romney cannot win Michigan, we need a new candidate,” said the senator, who has not endorsed anyone and requested anonymity.

The senator believes Romney will ultimately win in Michigan but says he will publicly call for the party to find a new candidate if he does not.

“We’d get killed,” the senator said if Romney manages to win the nomination after he failed to win the state in which he grew up.

“He’d be too damaged,” he said.  “If he can’t even win in Michigan, where his family is from, where he grew up.”

What about Rick Santorum?

“He’d lose 35 states,” the senator said, predicting the same fate for Newt Gingrich.

It would have to be somebody else, the senator said.  Who?

“Jeb Bush,” the former Florida governor.

{ABC News/ Newscenter}


  1. Same old, same old. The “anonymous” establishment wants to retain their grip on power. Because if a true conservative wins, this senator will eventually find himself gone as well.

  2. This anon Senator is a total idiot! Why would Matzav even print such trash? Who is Jonathan Karl? Why read such a bafoon? Jeb Bush?! Oh sure! The Country would love another “Bush”! Right, he would win in a landslide! Matzav, you’ve got to think before you print such immature articles!

  3. What about Rick Santorum?

    “He’d lose 35 states,” the senator said, predicting the same fate for Newt Gingrich.

    I don’t put stock in what this “anonymous Senator” says. And comparing Gingrich — the candidate with horrible favorability ratings — to Santorum — whose ratings are excellent — is preposterous.

  4. Mitt Romney is the Republican Establishment’s candidate. He has Bush 1’s top advisors as his advisor including James Baker & John Sununu, 2 virulent haters of Jews. So far, Romney made some neutral statements about Israel and is not really close to our community’s positions on social issues. He mirrors Obama’s positions more than the other 3 candidates.

    He is being referred to as “Obama light”!

    Ron Paul? Forget about him. He is a Nobody and will always be a nobody but watch out for his son Senator Rand Paul. I hope he doesn’t follow in his father’s anti-Semitic foot steps.

    Rick Santorum is a nice guy and says the right things. His Xian position’s on social issues are similar to ours (slight exceptions). During the GOP Convention in New York Santorum and then Senator Norm Coleman visited the offices of OHEL in Boro Park then went around the block to visit the Novominsker Rebbe. Unfortunately, they both lost their re-elections. Santorum has little name ID and almost no money to run a national campaign. He is expected to drop out of the race after Super Tuesday, March 6th. Newt Gingrich will benefit by Santorum’s departure.

    Newt Gingrich says and does the right things when it comes down to tachless, he has already proven himself as Speaker of the House of Representatives. Just listen to what his positions are: Here is the link:
    He recently spoke to a Jewish crowd (mostly frum) but it was carried on all the major networks, nationally & internationally. Just list to what he had to say. Gevaldikt!!!

  5. The Trouble With Mitt
    Ben Domenech · Feb. 17 at 1:03pm
    John Hinderaker encapsulates an assumption which has started to take hold among many of Mitt Romney’s backers: that the fault for what appears to be an increasingly likely 2012 election loss lies with conservatives for making this a real primary. Speaking of the see-saw of not-Romney candidates, he writes:

    The same pattern has been repeated more than once during the current, discouraging presidential nominating process. If the GOP loses this year’s presidential contest, the party will have no one to blame but its own activists.

    I’m hearing this meme repeated by many increasingly dejected Romney supporters around Washington, D.C. See, if people had just gotten in line when we told them to, the theory goes, things would be looking up. But this is revisionist history, and this is a meme that deserves to die.

    It is ludicrous to claim that the fault lies among conservatives for Romney’s precipitous drop among independents, which he’s endured over the past month (in some polls, it’s been a negative swing of 20 points), the primary reason he now lags Obama in most measures. Consider: since Romney ground Newt Gingrich into pulp in Florida with his 65-1 ad ratio three weeks ago, there has been not one debate, not one major piece of scandal or breaking news, not even one major round of negative ads against Romney. There has only been a series of gaffes on Romney’s part (most notably his line about not caring about the very poor) and a series of numbers which show mild economic improvement.

    In reality, it’s those who demanded conservatives get in line ages in advance who made a fundamental mistake in how they approached this election. By demanding an ideological shift from a more populist, more fiscally(sic) conservative base they no longer direct or control, Romney’s most prominent backers failed to learn any of the right lessons from what led to the 2009-2010 cycles. They failed to realize that the base expected more from a candidate, from a leader, than the politics and policy of the past. This problem worsened when their candidate put forward a meandering, maintenance-based agenda which inspires no one, not even his backers. As Jim Pethokoukis put it recently:

    Mitt Romney wants to be the next president of a country in need of serious and sweeping economic reform. And here are the first two points in his 59-point economic plan:

    1. Maintain current tax rates on personal income
    2. Maintain current tax rates on interest, dividends, and capital gains

    Now imagine private-equity boss Romney back at Bain Capital sitting down to read his team’s 59-point turnaround plan for some troubled widget maker. And imagine if the first two action items started with the phrase “Maintain current ….” Romney probably wouldn’t bother reading any further before tossing the report in the trash, calling a meeting, and cracking heads. Heck, if Private Equity Romney were called in to turn around Romney Campaign Inc., axing CEO Romney might be the first move on his to-do list—especially after looking at last night’s numbers from Colorado, Minnesota, and Missouri.

    Even worse than this unimpressive agenda is a failing of the candidate: that Romney has proven incapable of selling himself to the American people. In 2008, Romney failed in a horserace against McCain, Huckabee, Giuliani and Thompson. (Read Dan McLaughlin for reasons why.) Having the only real machine in the 2012 cycle and as an experienced candidate, he absolutely should have been able to stand on his own right as soon as this race came down to the far more flawed and less politically capable efforts of Santorum, Gingrich, and Paul. By all rights, he should be running circles around them all.

    Romney has every advantage in money, endorsements, organization, name ID, looks, technology, volunteers, mail, data, and infrastructure. What’s more, Romney’s staff is fastidious and detail oriented. A recent news story focused on the effort his advance team puts into getting the lighting right for their candidate to make for the best newspaper photos the next day. Rick Santorum, for .. sake, doesn’t even have an advance staff.

    The reason Romney hasn’t ended this thing in a walk is that he hasn’t successfully sold himself to the base or the country. He has simply not delivered as a salesman of his ideas or himself. For someone who’s been compared time and again to a used BMW salesman, he is stuck in the same pandering rut that prevented him from closing the deal last time around.

  6. Whomever gets the gop nomination will get my vote. I would vote for Attila The Hun before I would see Obama re-elected. I know where he stands on Israel policies. I have not forgotton the events that took place post that fraudulent Iranian election. Students were being shot to death in the streets. Moost were begging obama to intervene for they had believed him when he said during his campaign that establihing democracy in the region was his first priority. People, whomever you vote for, please don’t let it be HIM.


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