There was little drama on GOP Primary night this week in general; a little before 10 p.m. NBC News declared Willard Mitt Romney the winner in Wisconsin the state with the most delegates up for grabs. It was also the state that was supposed to be the most hotly contested between Romney and former Pennsylvania Senator Rick Santorum.
But, in Maryland and Washington D.C. the night was downright anticlimactic.
Moments after the polls closed at 8 p.m. in Maryland, Romney was declared the winner followed shortly by a declaration of victory for the former Massachusetts governor in D.C.
Romney actually made a campaign stop in Arbutus late last month and Santorum allegedly skipped through Maryland on Election Day, on his way to the town of Mars, Pa. in the Southwestern part of the state in Butler County.
It was appropriate Santorum made his speech that evening from Mars because his chances for becoming the Republican nominee are about as remote as the red planet itself after getting swept by Romney.
Santorum wasn’t even on the ballot in Washington, D.C., the town where he spent almost two decades of his professional life.
We found out last week that Newton Leroy Gingrich, the man who has ignorantly referred to President Obama as, “the food stamp president,” is actually charging $50 to have a picture taken with him on the campaign trail.
Perhaps, we should refer to him as the, “food stamp candidate,” as he continues his rapid descent into political oblivion.
But, ultimately no surprises came out of the GOP Primary on Tuesday.
The real action Tuesday came during a blistering speech delivered by President Obama before the annual meeting of the Associated Press in Washington, D.C.
In that speech the president took direct aim at Romney, name-checking him for the first time during the 2012 campaign cycle.
“One of my potential opponents, Governor Romney, has said that he hoped a similar version of this plan from last year would be introduced as a bill on day one of his presidency,” President Obama said.
The “plan” he was speaking of is the Republican budget authored by Wisconsin Rep. Paul Ryan and passed by the House, but is headed to almost certain defeat in the Senate.
“He said that he’s “very supportive” of this new budget, and even called it “marvelous” – which is a word you don’t often hear when it comes to describing a budget,” Obama said. His observation was greeted with laughter by many in attendance.
“It’s a word you don’t often hear generally,” the president added, followed by more laughter.
However, for the people who will be most adversely impacted by the Ryan Plan – the vast majority, poor and lower income – it’s no laughing matter.
According to The Washington Post, about 62 percent of the budget’s tax cuts would come on the back of lower income Americans. There would be drastic cuts in food stamps, Medicare and Medicaid.
And millionaires would get an average tax cut of about $265,000. Haven’t we seen this movie before?
“It makes the Contract with America look like the New Deal,” President Obama argued before he outlined what he characterized as the stark contrasts between his vision for America and the GOP’s.
“This congressional Republican budget is something different altogether. It is a Trojan Horse. Disguised as deficit reduction plans, it is really an attempt to impose a radical vision on our country,” he said.
“It is thinly veiled social Darwinism. It is antithetical to our entire history as a land of opportunity and upward mobility for everybody who’s willing to work for it…,” President Obama added.
After his fiery speech the president answered questions and at one point invoked the name of perhaps the most revered Republican of them all, Ronald Reagan to suggest just how far to the Right the 2012 GOP has lurched.
“Ronald Reagan, who, as I recall, is not accused of being a tax-and-spend socialist, understood repeatedly that when the deficit started to get out of control, that for him to make a deal he would have to propose both spending cuts and tax increases,”
Obama said. “Did it multiple times. He could not get through a Republican primary today,” he added.
Indeed, the Maryland, D.C. and Wisconsin primaries took place this week but, they were badly overshadowed by President Obama emphatically throwing down the gauntlet for the 2012 General Election.