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'We Did it Again!' Santorum Takes the South. Blue Collar Beats Blue Blood
Catholic Online ^ | 3/14/12 | Keith A Fournier

Posted on 03/14/2012 6:10:12 AM PDT by tcg

...This was blue collar vs blue blood. The pundits tried all evening to sound intelligent as they attempted to explain the vote. They failed miserably. In his victory speech, Rick Santorum nailed it, "This campaign is about ordinary folks doing extraordinary things, just like America."

As he ended his speech he told his supporters the campaign was about "Free people, a free economy, the integrity of the family and the centrality of faith in our lives". Just as he finished that line, a campaign worker informed the candidate that he had also won Mississippi. The entire room broke into an uproar. FOX news had just called Mississippi for Santorum.

Earlier in the day, Mitt Romney told CNN's Wolf Blitzer "Senator Santorum is at the desperate end of his campaign." Last week, he boasted that it would "take an act of God" for Rick Santorum or Newt Gingrich to derail his nomination. Well, it appears that God had a southern strategy this evening. The Rick Santorum for President campaign is anything but desperate.

As the evening began, the pundit class gave the former Senator from Pennsylvania little chance of winning either State. Even Matt Drudge had a headline banner on his aggregator site, "Romney Set for Mississippi Win". It was quickly changed as the evening progressed.

The pundits dissected what they thought were the demographics. They used exit polls in an attempt to call the event. They also provided fodder for their chatter. What became clear as the evening progressed was just how clueless they are about the real America - and how little they understand about the appeal of this candidate. Rick Santorum is the Real Deal. He has taken the South. Blue Collar beat Blue Blood. The Republican Primary Race is on...

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KEYWORDS: 2012gopprimary; al2012; conservatism; dixie; gingrich; ms2012; newt4romney; romney; santorum
This grandson of a coalminer, from a working class family from the coal and steel country of Pennsylvania has now done what no one thought was possible. He has blown this Republican primary race wide open. Not only is this going to be an exciting race, it will determine the future of the Republican Party. NBC was the first to call the Alabama race. Rick Santorum won with a wide margin, against all odds. One of the MSNBC commentators noted the trend toward the candidate surged as the hour got later because "working class people vote late. They vote after work."
1 posted on 03/14/2012 6:10:19 AM PDT by tcg
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To: tcg

It’s absolutely amazing what Santorum has pulled off with realtively little money. I have been involved in the grassroots campaign. It’s because real hard-working people are spreading the word person-to-person. The pundits can’t predict it, because they don’t understand the heartland of America.


2 posted on 03/14/2012 6:13:17 AM PDT by Elvina (BHO is doubleplus ungood.)
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To: tcg
Is this what you people want?

FACT CHECK: Santorum a “big-government conservative”?

3 posted on 03/14/2012 6:21:42 AM PDT by McGruff (Newt Gingrich, the closest thing we've got to Sarah Palin.)
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To: tcg
Mitt Romney told CNN's Wolf Blitzer "Senator Santorum is at the desperate end of his campaign."

Time for Mitt to drop out. He cannot win the base.

I respect Newt's intellect and what he did, but it is time for him to leave as well.

4 posted on 03/14/2012 6:21:52 AM PDT by FatherofFive (Islam is evil and must be eradicated)
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To: Elvina

“The pundits can’t predict it, because they don’t understand the heartland of America.”

One day, hopefully, the brains of leftists pundits will have to be used for productive pursuits rather than playing the role of brilliant Progressive geniuses calling the occupants of flyover country “knuckle-dragging, gun-loving, bible-thumping morons”.

IMHO


5 posted on 03/14/2012 6:24:47 AM PDT by ripley
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To: tcg

There is no such thing as “blue blood” in the United States. Allowing people whose grandparents snarfled some money to put on aristocratic pretensions is silly.


6 posted on 03/14/2012 6:25:28 AM PDT by Tax-chick (Oh, good Lord. Pat.)
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To: tcg

Somebody please remind me what the polls were saying prior. Try though they may, this Santorum guy just won’t stay dead. Somebody’s been praying.


7 posted on 03/14/2012 6:26:26 AM PDT by throwback ( The object of opening the mind, as of opening the mouth, is to shut it again on something solid.)
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To: Elvina
My wife and I put a somewhat large (for us) check in the mail to the Santorum campaign yesterday. I've been giving $20 here and there online for a while now but felt we really needed to get in to this. I prayed all day that it wasn't in vain and that Rick would do well enough yesterday to keep going. I really didn't expect a win in BOTH states! I thought he was going to do well and possibly win in AL but MS was a mystery to me.

Way to go Rick! Game On!

8 posted on 03/14/2012 6:26:53 AM PDT by pgkdan (Rick Santorum 2012. Conservative's last, best chance!)
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To: ripley

I suppose the leftist pundits could be put to good use...
splitting firewood, holding up fences (saving on posts), etc.


9 posted on 03/14/2012 6:27:47 AM PDT by MrB (The difference between a Humanist and a Satanist - the latter knows whom he's working for)
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To: Tax-chick
There is no such thing as “blue blood” in the United States. Allowing people whose grandparents snarfled some money to put on aristocratic pretensions is silly.

I know what you're saying but someone really needs to inform the Kennedy's.

10 posted on 03/14/2012 6:28:47 AM PDT by pgkdan (Rick Santorum 2012. Conservative's last, best chance!)
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To: tcg
This was blue collar vs blue blood

The results from last evening are sending more shockwaves through the Republican elites than through Team Obama.

The elites lost. The elites lost BIG time. The results -- 3rd place in both Alabama and Mississippi -- showed that Romney cannot win in the South. Texas will be the next big prize.

This morning, the elites might be satisfied with a brokered convention. That way, they could find an excuse to dump Romney. Otherwise, their chosen one will be limping into October to challenge Obama.
11 posted on 03/14/2012 6:31:30 AM PDT by TomGuy
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To: TomGuy

Its still all about Obamacare.

Saint Rick is the only one with credibility on this as Newt and Myth were both for mandates.


12 posted on 03/14/2012 6:33:02 AM PDT by GlockThe Vote (The Obama Adminstration: 2nd wave of attacks on America after 9/11)
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To: tcg

Ricky..wash the dye out of your hair and cut your phoney purity act and maybe we can start talking!


13 posted on 03/14/2012 6:33:02 AM PDT by WellyP (REAL)
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To: Elvina

I’d like to think that this is more evidence of a fourth turning that isn’t being picked up by the MSM, GOP-E and others in the chattering class.


14 posted on 03/14/2012 6:35:42 AM PDT by MulberryDraw (Newt: "The high price of gas is the deliberate strategy of the left.")
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To: TomGuy

More folks are coming to understand that this is a battle of the elitists vs US,
and yet more folks NEED to understand this.


15 posted on 03/14/2012 6:35:53 AM PDT by MrB (The difference between a Humanist and a Satanist - the latter knows whom he's working for)
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To: pgkdan
... someone really needs to inform the Kennedys.

I'd be happy to.

16 posted on 03/14/2012 6:36:49 AM PDT by Tax-chick (Oh, good Lord. Pat.)
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To: tcg

He’s better then Mitt and the ‘One’ but I’d rather have a team LEADER rather than just a team PLAYER.

JB


17 posted on 03/14/2012 6:37:28 AM PDT by thatjoeguy (MAYDAY! MAYDAY! We are so going in ! !)
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To: McGruff
Its no longer about what we want. Its about what we have.

Judging by the GOP nominees we've been dealt since 1988 I'm happy with Santorum, as flawed as he may be.

18 posted on 03/14/2012 6:49:29 AM PDT by skeeter
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To: McGruff

He’s a union guy.


19 posted on 03/14/2012 6:51:35 AM PDT by jersey117 (The Stepford Media should be sued for malpractice)
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To: tcg

Saint Rick wouldn’t stand a chance against O. O will win by a landslide.


20 posted on 03/14/2012 7:08:51 AM PDT by Gotterdammerung
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To: McGruff

Yes it is. And it’s the height of chutzpah for a gingrich backer to be criticizing anyone as a big government anything! Sheer hypocrisy.


21 posted on 03/14/2012 7:11:18 AM PDT by pgkdan (Rick Santorum 2012. Conservative's last, best chance!)
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To: WellyP
Ricky..wash the dye out of your hair and cut your phoney purity act and maybe we can start talking!

If you don't have anything more intelligent or substantial than that to contribute to the conversation then perhaps you should just not bother at all.

22 posted on 03/14/2012 7:20:21 AM PDT by pgkdan (Rick Santorum 2012. Conservative's last, best chance!)
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To: Gotterdammerung

*YAWN*


23 posted on 03/14/2012 7:22:11 AM PDT by pgkdan (Rick Santorum 2012. Conservative's last, best chance!)
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To: tcg
Rick Santorum nailed it, "This campaign is about ordinary folks doing extraordinary things, just like America."

Exactly so!

24 posted on 03/14/2012 7:23:07 AM PDT by pgkdan (Rick Santorum 2012. Conservative's last, best chance!)
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To: WellyP
cut your phoney purity act

Typical pagan reaction when confronted by common decency and genuine a Christian life.

25 posted on 03/14/2012 8:11:50 AM PDT by tbpiper
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To: Elvina
It’s absolutely amazing what Santorum has pulled off with realtively little money.

Absolutely correct. The only thing that has kept Romney in this race is his money. In a battle of ideas and charisma, Romney would finish below Ron Paul.

Imagine if Santorum or Newt had Romney's campaign cash, plus a four year head start (Romney has been running since 2008).

The GOP establishment must face reality... the base just doesn't like their annointed one.

Mitt Romney, the worst candidate money can buy.

26 posted on 03/14/2012 8:28:26 AM PDT by dmzTahoe
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To: FatherofFive

Sadly it is too late due to people like post 3 that think newt or sarah are going to win. they make this site look like DU.


27 posted on 03/14/2012 10:25:13 AM PDT by Dubya-M-DeesWent2SyriaStupid!
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To: Tax-chick

Yes, but just the mention of ‘blue blood’ brings out the class envy - even here on FR.

e.g.

“snarfled some money”


28 posted on 03/14/2012 10:29:23 AM PDT by ladyjane
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To: ripley

I am still hoping that a scientist will invent a cure for leftism and we can secretly add it to the water instead of flouride.


29 posted on 03/14/2012 10:31:35 AM PDT by GeronL (The Right to Life came before the Right to Pursue Happiness)
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To: Gotterdammerung

Calling Santorum Saint Nick is what DUers do.


30 posted on 03/14/2012 10:33:05 AM PDT by Dubya-M-DeesWent2SyriaStupid!
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To: pgkdan

I hereby vote your post as quote of the year.Very well spoken TRUTH.


31 posted on 03/14/2012 10:37:07 AM PDT by Dubya-M-DeesWent2SyriaStupid!
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To: ladyjane

My point is that there is no blue blood or aristocrat class. People become rich, fine. Those people’s grandchildren think they’re genetically superior, not fine.


32 posted on 03/14/2012 10:46:11 AM PDT by Tax-chick (Oh, good Lord. Pat.)
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To: tcg

This grandson of a coalminer, from a working class family from the coal and steel country of Pennsylvania.....

Santorum’s father ran medical facilitys for the VA. He was raised primarily in West Virginia and graduated high school in Illinois. He is a millionaire lawyer who lives on a multimillion dollar estate in Virginia. Where is the blue collar?


33 posted on 03/14/2012 10:54:42 AM PDT by csmusaret (I have kleptomania, but when it gets too bad I take something.)
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To: All; tcg

Let’s all pray for Rick and his family.

(The liberals will be worse than ever now.)


34 posted on 03/14/2012 10:56:41 AM PDT by Sun (Pray that God sends us good leaders. Please say a prayer now.)
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To: McGruff
Is this what you people want?

It is. Santorum is FAR more conservative than Romney. He has 88% lifetime rating from the ACU, led the charge on welfare reform in the 1990s and has voted for balanced budget amendment.

I'm so sick of those seeking the perfect candidate that they are willing to make conservatives out to be RINOs.

35 posted on 03/14/2012 11:06:01 AM PDT by Kazan (Mitt Romney: The greater of two evils)
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To: pgkdan

The American culture & society are so far gone that the people will not go for a guy that dictates morality esp from the oval office. They are also are tired of neverending wars that are never won.
Watch and see, that’s all I can say.
Vote Ron Paul.


36 posted on 03/14/2012 11:06:38 AM PDT by Gotterdammerung
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To: tcg

Santorum will be the nominee if he stays free of any stumbles. Romney has peaked and Newt is history. Can’t wait for the Tampa convention. The momentum coming out of there will be the real “Gamechanger”


37 posted on 03/14/2012 11:13:04 AM PDT by easyrighter
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To: MulberryDraw

There’s definitely a mass movement going on.


38 posted on 03/14/2012 11:16:46 AM PDT by Elvina (BHO is doubleplus ungood.)
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To: MrB
More folks are coming to understand that this is a battle of the elitists vs US, and yet more folks NEED to understand this.

It's clear that this is the case. Fox News is of course aomng the elitists.

39 posted on 03/14/2012 11:20:29 AM PDT by Elvina (BHO is doubleplus ungood.)
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To: dmzTahoe

Romney is the Republican Walter Mondale—that’s the way I saw it described somehwere.


40 posted on 03/14/2012 11:22:17 AM PDT by Elvina (BHO is doubleplus ungood.)
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To: pgkdan

That’s another big story here: Santorum has a large number of small donors, as opposed to Mr. Romney with a small number of large donors. It’s difficult to find actual humans who support Romney, though they must be out there somewhere. My daughter and I chuckled while in line at the Santorum rally in Kalamazoo in front of an “undecided” couple. The man complained about all of Romney’s negative ads. Then he proceeded to list all of the “concerns” he had about Santorum, which were all manufactured hype straight out of those ads that he hated so much. My daughter wouldn’t let me talk to them! We saw them later during the rally looking bewildered when the crowd started reciting the Declaration of Independence by memory.


41 posted on 03/14/2012 11:35:24 AM PDT by Elvina (BHO is doubleplus ungood.)
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To: Tax-chick

Just tweakin’ ya.

BTW was that you in Costco yesterday with an ‘Obama Bin Lyin” message on your shopping bag??


42 posted on 03/14/2012 1:18:41 PM PDT by ladyjane
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To: ladyjane

Nope, but I was in Walmart this morning in my Free Republic t-shirt with my name on it.


43 posted on 03/14/2012 2:04:45 PM PDT by Tax-chick (Oh, good Lord. Pat.)
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To: tcg
Except that he supported Arlen Spectre over Toomney. Santorum is just as much establishment as Romney.
44 posted on 03/14/2012 2:05:41 PM PDT by Sam Gamgee (May God have mercy upon my enemies, because I won't. - Patton)
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To: GeronL

“I am still hoping that a scientist will invent a cure for leftism and we can secretly add it to the water instead of flouride.”

How about if leftism is added to the list of sicknesses maintained by the American Psychological Association.
(It is, after all, a form of psychosis.)

IMHO


45 posted on 03/14/2012 2:36:06 PM PDT by ripley
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