The on-going antics in the Republican presidential primary fight right now rival the plot of a teen comedy starring Mitt Romney and Rick Santorum, with special guest appearances from Newt Gingrich and Ron Paul.
Earlier today the Romney campaign press release calling for “Senator Santorum” to drop out of the Republican primaries, saying,
“The remaining contests offer no path to 1,144 for Senator Santorum, a fact which even he has acknowledged. Each day Senator Santorum continues to march up this steep hill of improbability is a day we lose to unite in our effort as Republicans to defeat President Obama. So as Senator Santorum continues to drag out this already expensive, negative campaign it is clear that he is becoming the most valuable player on President Obama’s team.”
That’s right. Romney felt the need to call out Santorum in a PRESS RELEASE, saying it’s impossible for him to get the 1,144 delegates needed to become the nominee. Whether or not that’s true isn’t important.
What’s important to take away from this spat is that Romney felt a press release was the best medium for letting his opponent know it was time to leave. Has he never heard of the phone? And what about Newt Gingrich? Why isn’t Romney calling for his withdrawal himself, if he’s so concerned about dragging out this campaign with candidates that aren’t going to win? He wouldn’t be the first to tell Newt it’s time to pack it up. It would also free Newt up to have more time to see the Cherry Blossoms. Or pitch his reality show. Whichever.
Not to be outdone, Rick Santorum retaliated by letting the world know the United States would be better off with a second Barack Obama term than with an “Etch-A-Sketch Republican.”
The exact quote?
“If you’re going to be a little different, we might as well stay with what we have instead of taking a risk with what may be the etch a sketch candidate of the future.”
Really, Rick Santorum? Would you really support Barack Obama over Mitt Romney? Haven’t you been blaming the president for the high cost of energy and calling him a bad dad? Yet we’re to believe you think Obama is a better option than the guy you endorsed four years ago? Please.
Romney, upon hearing Santorum’s statement then released ANOTHER press release saying,
“I am in this race to defeat Barack Obama and restore America’s promise. I was disappointed to hear that Rick Santorum would rather have Barack Obama as president than a Republican. This election is more important than any one person. It is about the future of America. Any of the Republicans running would be better than President Obama and his record of failure.”
Apparently someone decided to put on his big boy pants and realized that his focus should probably be on Obama, not other Republicans.
In a race that has already been plagued with dumb errors due to campaign fatigue, ridiculous statements and strange press releases, one thing is clear: This primary has gone on long enough and EVERYONE is tired of it.