Rick Santorum in Manchester 5-12-15 Story #1: The Horserace

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Rick Santorum in Manchester 5-12-15 Story #1: The Horserace

There were two Rick San­to­rum Sto­ries out of Man­ches­ter NH yes­ter­day. The first one is the only story that the media is inter­ested in:

Will he or won’t he?

With the announced GOP field already large enough to field a bas­ket­ball team with a six man (or woman) on the bench Cor­ner­stone NH wel­comed Rick San­to­rum to their annual Stew­ard of the Fam­ily Awards Banquet.

As the San­to­rum group Patriot voices manned a table near the entrance a crowd of clergy, state reps and other guest came to the Radis­son Ball­room to hear the Run­ner up of the for the GOP nom­i­na­tion in 2012 address them.

Given Sen­a­tor Santorum’s his­tory of elo­quent and out­spo­ken defense of faith and fam­ily a pos­i­tive recep­tion is a given, but the ques­tion that will be on national minds remains: Will the Sen­a­tor who gave Mitt Rom­ney agita in 2012 make a 2nd attempt for the right to go for the brass ring?

The Sen­a­tor has some intrin­sic advan­tages if he chooses to run. As the runner-​up last time around he has high name recog­ni­tion, hav­ing man­aged a 2nd place fin­ish he has the expe­ri­ence to avoid mis­take that 1st time can­di­dates might fall vic­tim, his labor mes­sage still gives him an appeal out­side of the tra­di­tional GOP base and his orga­ni­za­tion Patriot voices not only con­sti­tutes a loyal ground game to draw on for the work­ers vital in a statewide race but they have been on the ground, build­ing rela­tion­ships attend­ing events here in NH and around the coun­try for the past three years

On the other hand the early field is even large than 2012 with mul­ti­ple can­di­dates who would have the same appeal to reli­gious votes from Ted Cruz and Ben Car­son to Mike Huck­abee. You have strong con­ser­v­a­tives Gov­er­nors like Scott Walker and Bobby Jin­dal who have fought the good fight, the Rand Paul orga­ni­za­tion which is the envy of ground games every­where and of course the big Jeb Bush money to con­tend with. A 2016 run would be no pushover.

And there is always the pos­si­bil­ity that the Sen­a­tor might decide he would carry more weight out­side the crowded field caus­ing the var­i­ous con­tenders to reach out to him & his orga­ni­za­tion and give sup­port to the causes that are his.

After hear­ing his speech

recorded in two parts

and lis­ten­ing as other media con­ducted inter­views and con­duct­ing a short inter­view of my own

If I had to bet money I’d expect his announce­ment sched­uled for the 27th to be the offi­cial start of his sec­ond White House run.

And for those whose only inter­est in an elec­tion is a horser­ace that’s all the story you really care about.

There is how­ever a 2nd, more impor­tant story that those inter­ested in odds-​making might miss.

That’s the story I’ll be writ­ing tomorrow.

Update: Buz­zfeed and oth­ers have found my video and decided part of it is news­wor­thy.

the lack of hits or views of the video on Youtube from the Buz­zfeed the other two sites (and lack of hits here) speaks volumes

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There were two Rick Santorum Stories out of Manchester NH yesterday.  The first one is the only story that the media is interested in:

Will he or won’t he?

With the announced GOP field already large enough to field a basketball team with a six man (or woman) on the bench Cornerstone NH welcomed Rick Santorum to their annual Steward of the Family Awards Banquet.

As the Santorum group Patriot voices manned a table near the entrance a crowd of clergy, state reps and other guest came to the Radisson Ballroom to hear the Runner up of the for the GOP nomination in 2012 address them.

Given Senator Santorum’s history of eloquent and outspoken defense of faith and family a positive reception is a given, but the question that will be on national minds remains: Will the Senator who gave Mitt Romney agita in 2012 make a 2nd attempt for the right to go for the brass ring?

The Senator has some intrinsic advantages if he chooses to run.  As the runner-up last time around he has high name recognition, having managed a 2nd place finish he has the experience to avoid mistake that 1st time candidates might fall victim, his labor message still gives him an appeal outside of the traditional GOP base and his organization Patriot voices not only constitutes a loyal ground game to draw on for the workers vital in a statewide race but they have been on the ground, building relationships  attending events here in NH and around the country for the past three years

On the other hand the early field is even large than 2012 with multiple candidates who would have the same appeal to religious votes from Ted Cruz and Ben Carson to Mike Huckabee.  You have strong conservatives Governors like Scott Walker and Bobby Jindal who have fought the good fight, the Rand Paul organization which is the envy of ground games everywhere and of course the big Jeb Bush money to contend with.  A 2016 run would be no pushover.

And there is always the possibility that the Senator might decide he would carry more weight outside the crowded field causing the various contenders to reach out to him & his organization and give support to the causes that are his.

After hearing his speech

recorded in two parts

and listening as other media conducted interviews and conducting a short interview of my own

If I had to bet money I’d expect his announcement scheduled for the 27th to be the official start of his second White House run.

And for those whose only interest in an election is a horserace that’s all the story you really care about.

There is however a 2nd, more important story that those interested in odds-making might miss.

That’s the story I’ll be writing tomorrow.

Update: Buzzfeed and others have found my video and decided part of it is newsworthy.

the lack of hits or views of the video on Youtube from the Buzzfeed the other two sites (and lack of hits here) speaks volumes

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If you want journalism owned by you instead of the left elites I would ask you to hit DaTipJar and help me pay for it.

My goal for 2015 is Twenty Two grand

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That gets all the bills paid. (including my writers like Fausta)  If I can get to Forty Thousand I can afford to travel outside of New England and/or hire me a blogger to help me get it done.

Consider Subscribing 100 Subscribers at $20 a month will get the job done.

 

Our May Premium for a tip jar hitters of $50 or more is Tim Imholt’s book: The Forest of Assassins

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