It's called Puerto Rico, so what did everyone expect? Mitt Romney continued his streak of winning the kind of territories to which his money goes on vacation, taking 83% of the vote in the Commonwealth to Rick Santorum's 8%. Some lessons from Sunday's results:
1. Turns out, taking two days to tell Puerto Rican voters they need to learn to speak American, instead of campaigning in southern Illinois, whose primary is upcoming on Tuesday, was not the optimal strategy for the Santorum campaign. Also, saying JFK makes you vomit is a sub-optimal method of recruiting Catholic voters to your cause. Thankfully, this means "negging" people to undermine their confidence so they'll be vulnerable and open to your appeal will remain the province of bar crawling douchebags rather than become a campaign tactic. Telling voters that the palm trees are just the right height and the water just the right color is a better strategy.
2. Romney may be letting this island win streak get to his head. This morning while campaigning in Springfield, Illinois, Romney beeped, "These pancakes are something. These pancakes are as large as my win in Puerto Rico." They are so big, they could only fit on the roof of his car.
3. The idea that a primary or caucus result has some bearing on how a state or particular demographic will vote in the general election is still one of the dumbest ideas in politics. Speaking in Vernon Hills, Illinois, Romney explained, "Those people that don't think Latinos will vote for Republicans, need to take a look at Puerto Rico." Yes, we all remember how Barack Obama took down John McCain in Utah after sweeping that state's caucuses and how Obama struggled (read: won by double-digits) in Pennsylvania after losing that state to Hillary Clinton in the primaries.
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