Janet Folger continues her great coverage of the race for the GOP nomination. Apparently Mitt Romney is attempting to buy his way to victory. This is not very surprising since I’ve heard the rumors about him buying the CPAC, Ames and other straw polls. He does have the money to do it, after all. And if he is taking such dishonest shortcuts it does tend to cast a bad light on his character, or rather lack of it.
With that in mind, here’s a bit of Janet Folger’s latest column about Mitt’s latest “victory:”
There are now two major polls that put Gov. Mike Huckabee in a 5-to-1 lead among values voters: the Values Voter Presidential Debate and the Values Voter Summit.
Among summit attendees, who paid the registration, airfare and accommodations, and actually heard the candidates’ speeches, Gov. Huckabee won more votes than all the other candidates combined – including Mitt Romney. Huckabee earned 51 percent of the vote compared to Romney’s 10 percent, Fred Thompson’s 8 percent and Tom Tancredo’s 7 percent.
Isn’t that interesting? But isn’t Huck, like former candidate Sam Brownback, a longshot who can’t win? Hmmm.
Efforts to try and skew the results of the Internet poll, such as the e-mail sent by Mark DeMoss (now on the Romney campaign), complete with a link and instructions to stack it, gained Romney a .5 percent edge for his prominently announced “win.” By the way, when that announcement was made following fanfare, including a drum roll, the audience (who were 5-to-1 Huckabee supporters) sat stunned. Had they announced the results of the real grass-roots activists who actually attended the event, we would have heard explosive applause instead of the sound of crickets and the clapping of a few Romney shills.
That sound is the Republican party being flushed down the toilet. Sad, isn’t it? Something is awfully fishy about this process. Buy a few votes here and there and squeak out “victories” over the candidates that actual honest grass-roots activists prefer. People were right, Mitt’s a slick businessman. But is this good for our democracy? Is it good for the Republican party? Is this good for America? I’m not sure I like where it’s headed.
More people need to get involved at the grass-roots and take charge of the process, otherwise astroturf wins. And that means we all lose.