Four straight: Romney wins Washington GOP caucus

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  • Christy Beaverton, OR
    March 4, 2012 9:25 p.m.

    Thank goodness for Anne, who can actually connect with people.

  • NeilT Clearfield, UT
    March 4, 2012 8:26 a.m.

    Limbaugh is out of control and hindering not helping conservatism. His rude comments were unprofessional. It's time for Republicans to tune out talk radio and get behind Romney. Romney needs to work on overcoming the perception that he is an elitest. He is not connecting with middle class voters who are struggling and concerned about their future. Romney needs to stop bragging about how many expensive cars he can afford to own. Thank goodness the Romney's don't have any Hondas or Toyotas. That is a subject for another time.

  • MoJules Florissant, MO
    March 3, 2012 11:56 p.m.

    Newt needs to take his temper tantrum and get out of the race. But then he does help Romney, cause those votes would go to Santorum, maybe some to Romney. But congratulations to Mitt Romney, his family and team on the success up in Washington.

  • The Rock Federal Way, WA
    March 3, 2012 11:53 p.m.

    I live in Washington State and I am a vice chair of the Republican party in my legislative district. I helped set up and run one of the pooled caucuses this morning. Our 2004 caucus had attracted only 415 voters and that was the record up until today.

    It was a mad house. We used a school cafeteria (largest venue we could get). It only held 490 people. At 10:00 when we were supposed to close the doors the facility was packed and we had more outside than inside. We had to operate in two shifts.

    The Ron Paul folks attempted to take over the meeting. That attempt was rejected. Voters from the other campaigns were motivated but a bit more reasonable.

    We did not count the votes locally. They were counted at the county GOP headquarters.

    This caucus did not elect delegates committed to one candidate or another. We elected delegates to another caucus that will be held later. The caucus today was the precinct caucus. The delegates will vote at the district caucus in a few weeks. The district caucus will elect delegates to the state convention on June 2nd and 3rd. The state convention will then elect delegates to the national convention. (Yuck, a very convoluted process.)

    Each successive caucus concentrates the winners. If 35% of the delegates elected today favor Romney, then it is likely that the district caucus will elect Romney leaning delegates by an even wider margin. We could end up with 55% + Romney delegates at the state convention and that would result in 100% Romney delegates going to the national convention.

    Bottom line: I have never seen so many motivated conservative voters in my life. People were very upset that they did not get into the caucus on the first wave. These people have intensity. They want Obama gone. They mean business. I guess that hope and change thing is not working out well for them.

  • JWB Kaysville, UT
    March 3, 2012 10:10 p.m.

    As a person that was born in the liberal Washington state, I am glad to see that Mitt Romney, a real Republican who can lead, manage, and keeps his established principles of the U.S. Constitution. Any Republican is conservative compared to the Democrats. Conservative is a wide range or doctrines and principles from the wide and varied U.S. Constitution. There are black and white principles in the Constitution. However, due to the variety of principles, written and practiced there is some play from moderate conservative and right conservative, depending on the topic or section of the Constitution. However, the real black and white issues are not as flexible and people have to take a stand. The Congress, President and especially the Supreme Court should know and understand those solid governmental principles of the Constitution and those with more flexibility in the governmental processes. However, Congress isn't doing much about protecting those principles, especially the Senate at this time. The President, a supposedly Constitutional attorney and maybe a professor is using what he knows to circumvent what many of us believe have been protected for over 200 years. The Constitution states who can be the President of the United States of America and those requirements were made as a real American would protect those rights and principles of the U.S. Constitution. The Supreme Court is the final authority but being appointed by the President there is still the chance these appointed people who have the rest of the life on the Court, can also lose their perspective due to their circumstances.

    We need a President that has principles and not one, whether a supposedly conservative from the U.S. Senate of the past of the present President of the United States who is more than liberal in principles, beliefs and practices.

  • David King Layton, UT
    March 3, 2012 9:19 p.m.

    @Kramer's Corner
    "Pres. Obama will finally be gone and our great nation will be on a Constitutional path to return to liberty and Freedom once more!"

    Here is a list of things that I believe show Mitt Romney is not the Constitutional, liberty, or freedom candidate:
    -support for TARP under George W. Bush
    -support for the stimulus package by President Obama
    -support for an individual mandate requiring individuals to purchase insurance
    -support for the NDAA, which allows military or police to detain American citizens indefinitely and without a trial
    -has shown support for the Patriot Act, which basically repeals the 4th amendment
    -believes the President does not need a declaration of war by Congress, as the Constitution clearly requires in order to send the troops to war

    Is Mitt Romney better than Barack Obama? I guess you could make that case. But it is tough to label Mitt Romney the "Constitutional", "liberty", or "freedom" candidate without drastically changing the meaning of those words.

  • David King Layton, UT
    March 3, 2012 9:10 p.m.

    "this nation will have a clear choice to return to principles of freedom or continue down the road to socialism and bankruptcy"

    I am not convinced that Mitt Romney represents the "principles of freedom." His support of the NDAA, the bank bailout, the stimulus package all reveal that he is much closer to the typical politician than his rhetoric would suggest. Also, how can he take care of America's deficits, while promising to spend more on the military? If we are truly concerned about a debt crisis, we can't just eliminate the things we don't like. There will be a need for compromise to cut spending from every person's pet agenda item.

  • Hutterite American Fork, UT
    March 3, 2012 9:04 p.m.

    That's too bad. We were hoping for someone else, correct?

  • Kramer's Corner Penryn, CA
    March 3, 2012 8:33 p.m.

    It ia great to see things going better for our future President Mitt Romney. Even some of the media has changed their critical attacks to a realization that Romney will be the GOP candidate. They (the media) are swinging their support towards Mitt. This will mean more contributions of time and money for his orginizations. He is acting presidentual already. Pres. Obama will finally be gone and our great nation will be on a Constitutional path to return to liberty and Freedom once more!

  • toosmartforyou Farmington, UT
    March 3, 2012 8:16 p.m.

    State by State the one best suited to winning the election moves forward while the others grouse and try and hammer home some kind of caustic message that doesn't quite resonate. Mitt's on his way and after he wins the nomination, this nation will have a clear choice to return to priciples of freedom or continue down the road to socialism and bankruptcy.