This is not a "I know better than everyone and the campaign is wrong!" post. Just genuinely curious whether this is the right strategy.
I guess more to the point, why do we want to help Romney win Michigan? If we benefit from a divided field, shouldn't we be happy that Santorum is giving Romney a run for his money?
I assume the theory is, the sooner we weaken Santorum, the sooner people might start looking back towards Ron Paul as the alternative anti-Romney. But it seems to me that what will instead happen is the media will just continue making it Santorum vs. Romney just with Romney leading instead of Santorum. So in the event we don't succeed at shifting the narrative away from Santorum vs. Romney, wouldn't we rather have that narrative as it is right now with Santorum leading in all the polls?
To underscore my point, here's how politico writes about Paul's latest ad:
Originally Posted by Politico.com