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The One Term Fund, Nevada, and “Going to War with the Federal Government”

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Mitt Romney raised over $700,000 with his appeal for donors yesterday, Politico’s Mike Allen reports.

The Romney appeal is styled The One Term Fund. You can contribute here.

We have to assume that big donors are providing the same sort of response at a much higher level, but the flood of internet donations is a leading indicator of Romney’s nearly insurmountable lead over his rivals in ever category of competitveness.

Also at Politico, Jim VandeHei’s assessment of Barack Obama’s enormous vulnerability as the CBO predicts a return to 9% unemployment. If that projection proves true, the president will be run out of office on a wave of fear and disgust. Even if the rate drops to 8% he has a very tough re-election campaign ahead.

If the GOP nominates a credible candidate, that is. And if there is no third party effort that drains votes from the GOP.

The Las Vegas Review Journal projects a big win for Romney in Saturday’s caucuses, which would mean back-to-back blowouts in swing states
, and three in a row in blue-states-that-must-turn-red-to-win category. That is a very strong momentum, and Rick Santorum will struggle to keep his forward progress going in Missouri, Michigan and Ohio if he doesn’t finish second in the land of loose slots and late nights.

Santorum does have an issue at hand –the president’s assault on the Catholic Church. My column on this will be up at later today, but Santorum’s urgent assessment of the Church’s only response –“They fight in the courts, and they fight by civil disobedience, and go to war with the federal government over this one.”-– on yesterday’s program is the sort of clarity that will rally people to his banner. Santorum also raised some big cash over the internet in the last 48 hours –about $350,000– but a Nevada knock-out by Romney may hurt that campaign-sustaining cash flow badly.

Newt counters with Trump: A Hail Mary pass to the hair. Unless I have completely misread the mood of the GOP base, this won’t be much more helpful than the kosher food cut-off gambit. Newt would be better off attacking the Obama HHS regs as Santorum is doing. Mitt should be doing the same, at every stop on every day.

The GOP can win and must win for the country’s sake in November. More and more Republicans are getting to the point where they want the party to settle on a nominee and get to the main event. Stopping that momentum towards Romney would require a real win by Rick or Newt, and very soon.

UPDATE: Mitt intercepts the Trump Hail Mary. Heh. The Donald head-faked us all, but as noted above, not much significance here to GOP voters.


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