Metropolitik: Has Mitt Romney lost his luster?
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Has Mitt Romney’s alleged mantle of inevitability revealed itself to be a cloak of invisibility? That depends on whether you take pollsters at their word.
Three new polls give credence to the latest campaign narrative: Rick Santorum is unpredictably leading the Republican primary pack. The latest of these reports, one commissioned by CBS/New York Times, shows Santorum capturing 30 percent of GOP voters, with Romney taking 27 percent, Ron Paul at 12 percent and once-front-runner Newt Gingrich at a lonely 10 percent. (Earlier this week, Public Policy Polling data gave Santorum a 15 point lead, with Pew putting his lead at a much closer 2 points.)
Santorum, long considered a long shot, lays claim to four of nine total nominating contests so far. But is the social conservative just the latest not-Romney come lately? Only time will tell, though our guess is that Romney is likely dusting off the ol’ super PAC attack machine he used with such brutal efficiency against Gingrich.
Unfortunately for Mitt, Santorum is just as un-Gingrich as he is un-Romney: He lacks the toxic baggage of the former speaker, and his consistent conservatism doesn’t require him to get tangled in his rhetoric as he touts his righty credentials.
Sex columnist Dan Savage popularized the idea of Google-bombing when he forever linked Rick Santorum and frothy lube mixture. Now “Romney” has his own gross Web definition.
From spreadingromney.com comes the following new definition, now the third result when one Googles “Romney”: “Romney 1. To defecate in terror.”
The term refers to an incident in which the former governor allegedly strapped the family dog to the top of a car for a long road trip, then simply sprayed down the whole car to clean the rooftop waste.
Animal lovers protested the candidate at this week’s Westminster Kennel Club Dog Show.