Ok can we start taking Santorum as nominee a little more seriously now?

by Datechguy | March 14th, 2012

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Ok can we start taking Santorum as nominee a little more seriously now?

What a dif­fer­ence a few days makes.

Wasn’t the Drudge Head­line: “San­to­rum tires to lower expec­ta­tions” as Alabama and Mis­sis­sippi came up? Wasn’t Newt’s man say­ing after his deci­sive win in Geor­gia that Alabama and Mis­sis­sippi were “must wins”, words a man­ager doesn’t lose unless they believe they will win? Did we not see sto­ries yes­ter­day before the close of polls show­ing Mitt Rom­ney ahead in Mis­sis­sippi and Alabama “steal­ing” a pri­mary? Did we not hear Mitt Rom­ney speak him­self about Santorum’s “des­per­ate end” just last night?

Well despite being out­spent by Rom­ney, despite being a north­erner in the south against TWO south­ern can­di­dates Rick San­to­rum won BOTH Alabama and Mis­sis­sippi.

Let’s be fair Rom­ney DID man­age to win Hawaii a state where repub­li­cans have no prayer of win­ning in the fall, and Amer­i­can Samoa which will not vote in the fall. Newt Gin­grich has no such con­so­la­tion prize as Stacy McCain notes:

11:50 p.m. ET: Newt Gingrich’s all-​the-​way-​to-​Tampa speech — in the wake of two defeats in his own back­yard — might not exactly be “whistling past the grave­yard.” He can con­tinue cam­paign­ing, of course. But unless I’m seri­ously mis­taken about the impact on his fundrais­ing, Gin­grich is either going to have to start lay­ing off staff or find some other way to cut expenses. If he can’t win in the Deep South, where will he win? And why keep giv­ing him money, if he keeps losing?

Well if I’m the Rom­ney cam­paign instead of out­spend­ing San­to­rum 16 – 1 in states I’d out­spend him 6 – 1 and prop up Gin­grich as much as possible.

An even bet­ter ques­tion is this: Gin­grich picked up the endorse­ments of both Her­man Cain and Rick Perry in South Car­olina, yet those endorse­ments couldn’t bring him over the top in the deep south?

I think this makes the case I made for Rick San­to­rum a week ago even stronger. Not only did he once again beat two oppo­nents with every dis­ad­van­tage but we’ve seen the final nail in the cof­fin to the “social con­ser­vatism will hurt us nonsense.

Con­sider: the left and the media with help from the White House spent a week with the drum­beat of the GOP “war on women”. On every net­work “con­tra­cep­tion” was all they would talk about, yet Obama’s num­bers tanked in that same week and David Axel­rod is run­ning scared from the mil­lion dol­lar man Bill Maher.

How bad is it for the left? The White House is reduced to pick­ing fights with Sarah Palin… and los­ing.

Oh one other thing, Dur­ing MSNBC’s Morn­ing Joe show a cur­rent poll came out show­ing San­to­rum and Obama dead even in Penn­syl­va­nia, with Rom­ney 6 points down. Willie Geist’s “fools gold” quote not with­stand­ing sim­ple ques­tion, the GOP can win with­out Penn­syl­va­nia, can Obama?

It is Rick San­to­rum or Mitt Rom­ney vs Obama in 2012 and San­to­rum is the best match-​up for us, it’s that simple.

Update: An MSNBC ana­lyst is angry about Santorum’s suc­cess last night with women but not as much as the GOP estab­lish­ment cock­tail party types in DC and Wash­ing­ton. They know the dirty lit­tle secret that GOP women who might actu­ally be upset by the social posi­tions of the base tend to live in states that are safely democratic.

What a difference a few days makes.

Wasn’t the Drudge Headline: “Santorum tires to lower expectations” as Alabama and Mississippi came up? Wasn’t Newt’s man saying after his decisive win in Georgia that Alabama and Mississippi were “must wins”, words a manager doesn’t lose unless they believe they will win? Did we not see stories yesterday before the close of polls showing Mitt Romney ahead in Mississippi and Alabama “stealing” a primary? Did we not hear Mitt Romney speak himself about Santorum’s “desperate end” just last night?

Well despite being outspent by Romney, despite being a northerner in the south against TWO southern candidates Rick Santorum won BOTH Alabama and Mississippi.

Let’s be fair Romney DID manage to win Hawaii a state where republicans have no prayer of winning in the fall, and American Samoa which will not vote in the fall. Newt Gingrich has no such consolation prize as Stacy McCain notes:

11:50 p.m. ET: Newt Gingrich’s all-the-way-to-Tampa speech — in the wake of two defeats in his own backyard — might not exactly be “whistling past the graveyard.” He can continue campaigning, of course. But unless I’m seriously mistaken about the impact on his fundraising, Gingrich is either going to have to start laying off staff or find some other way to cut expenses. If he can’t win in the Deep South, where will he win? And why keep giving him money, if he keeps losing?

Well if I’m the Romney campaign instead of outspending Santorum 16-1 in states I’d outspend him 6-1 and prop up Gingrich as much as possible.

An even better question is this: Gingrich picked up the endorsements of both Herman Cain and Rick Perry in South Carolina, yet those endorsements couldn’t bring him over the top in the deep south?

I think this makes the case I made for Rick Santorum a week ago even stronger. Not only did he once again beat two opponents with every disadvantage but we’ve seen the final nail in the coffin to the “social conservatism will hurt us nonsense.

Consider: the left and the media with help from the White House spent a week with the drumbeat of the GOP “war on women”. On every network “contraception” was all they would talk about, yet Obama’s numbers tanked in that same week and David Axelrod is running scared from the million dollar man Bill Maher.

How bad is it for the left? The White House is reduced to picking fights with Sarah Palin… and losing.

Oh one other thing, During MSNBC’s Morning Joe show a current poll came out showing Santorum and Obama dead even in Pennsylvania, with Romney 6 points down. Willie Geist’s “fools gold” quote not withstanding simple question, the GOP can win without Pennsylvania, can Obama?

It is Rick Santorum or Mitt Romney vs Obama in 2012 and Santorum is the best match-up for us, it’s that simple.

Update: An MSNBC analyst is angry about Santorum’s success last night with women but not as much as the GOP establishment cocktail party types in DC and Washington. They know the dirty little secret that GOP women who might actually be upset by the social positions of the base tend to live in states that are safely democratic.

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