This post has been updated. See note at the bottom for details.
The latest insult to
His dad was a popular Michigan governor, but that was a long time ago and Mitt has not lived in the state for 46 years. The ties are growing tenuous. Four years ago he won the primary against
So, with the advantages that worked in 2008 rapidly dissipating, Romney is having to fall back on the one huge advantage he has over all his challengers: tons of money to buy attack ads. Between the Romney campaign and the "independent" super PAC that backs Romney, Santorum is being outspent in Michigan by a margin of 40 to 1.
Destroying the opposition has worked before for Romney. Negative ads knocked back
One more thing can’t be helping Romney in Michigan: his opposition to the federal bailout of
Bankruptcy is good for stockholders and creditors, not so good for workers, and that leads to one more reason it’s tough for Romney to connect in Michigan: Blue-collar
If Romney can’t persuade Michigan Republicans to vote for him in a primary, it will be doubly hard for him to win the state in a general election. All those autoworkers might vote for a Republican if he was standing tall for blue-collar guys the way
[Updated 2:16 p.m. Feb. 17:] CLARIFICATION: The phrase "Bankruptcy is good for stockholders and creditors" is inaccurate. The much more precise point is that employees of companies that go into bankruptcy are last in line (or not even in line at all) behind bondholders, creditors, some stockholders and others with financial claims. This may be bad or good depending on your point of view. What is relevant as he seeks votes in Michigan is that Romney favored bankruptcy procedures that probably would have made things harder on workers while the Obama administration, by inserting federal money and oversight into the eventual bankruptcies of Chrysler and GM, was able to insist on some protections for employees and, particularly in the case of Chrysler, make the United Auto Workers a big part of the deal.