"Conservatism is alive and well in Missouri and Minnesota," Santorum said when he took the stage at his victory party in St. Charles, Mo., calling his wins "a victory for the voices of our party, conservatives and tea party people, who are out there every day in the vineyards. I don't stand here to be the conservative alternative to Mitt Romney. I stand here to be the conservative alternative to Barack Obama."Meanwhile Mitt Romney's feet of clay became ever more apparent as he took broad criticism from conservatives for his inane comments on the minimum wage.
Romney, who was talked about as the Republican Party's inevitable nominee after his wins in Florida and Nevada last week, had his worst night of the 2012 presidential campaign. For the first time, he did not finish in first or second place in a Republican primary or caucus. In Minnesota, ABC News projects that Ron Paul will take second place, while Romney and Newt Gingrich battle for third.
Mitt Romney's position on the minimum wage has some on the right sounding the alarm about his candidacy--and it could expose a dangerous fault line between Romney and some of the Republican Party's most reliable backers.Well, Mitt, as Walter E. Williams showed in his seminal 1984 work, The State Against Blacks, as you increase the costs to employ people it becomes harder and harder for potential employers to employ them. It simply costs more than what it is worth. The people that end up most adversely affected by increasing the costs of unskilled labor are the unskilled laborers themselves. The problem is, it's 2012, twenty-eight years after Williams' book came out, and we still have to explain this stuff to the man who wants to lead the conservative party.
Romney said last week that he supports regular increases in the minimum wage to keep pace with inflation, a position he took as a candidate for president in 2008. Six years before that, as a candidate for Massachusetts governor, Romney supported linking automatic increases in the state's minimum wage to inflation. "I haven't changed my thoughts on that," he told reporters.
Meanwhile, Romney appeared to be solid for second place in Colorado, but was fighting for his life to hang on to third in the Minnesota primary.
Said NBCs David Gregory: "It's inconceivable!"