One Percent. Actually, Half of That
Mitt Romney won the Maine Presidential Primary with 2,000 votes.
Not BY 2,000 votes. WITH 2,000 votes.
In a state with 1.3 million people, exactly 5,585 of them cared about the Republican nominee for President enough to bother to vote. In an open caucus, not limited to voters who had registered as a Republican. Even an unregistered voter could show up, register, and vote.
It wasn’t a case of bad weather. The weather forecast was that there was a chance of two to three inches of snow. Which never fell. And anyway, in Maine, two to three inches of snow is a light sprinkle.
The real winner of the 2012 Maine Republican Presidential Caucus was a French fellow named Je M’En Fou. (Translation: “I don’t give a damn.”) Mr. Fou got 99.5% of the vote. If Kim Jong Il were still alive, he would be jealous.
To show you how low this turnout was, when I ran for Congress in 2008, I got almost 100 times as many votes as Mitt Romney did on Saturday. In a congressional district half of the size of the State of Maine.
The Republicans must think that GOTV doesn’t mean Get Out The Vote, but rather Go Observe TeleVision.
The right wing has been a manservant to the One Percent for as long as I remember. In fact, a friend recently suggested to me that GOP actually stands for “Greedy One Percent.” But now, it seems, they can’t even get one percent to show up and vote.
You get the feeling that if you actually cornered most voters and asked them to choose among Romney, Gingrich, Santorum and Paul, they would run screaming from the room.
Which makes me feel optimistic about the November election.