Skip to comments.Three-State Sweep Revives Santorum's White House Hopes (Reuters)
Posted on 02/08/2012 2:27:58 AM PST by AmericanInTokyo
(Reuters) - Former U.S. senator Rick Santorum rejuvenated his presidential hopes on Tuesday with a shocking sweep of the three nominating contests in Colorado, Minnesota and Missouri, dealing a blow to wounded front-runner Mitt Romney.
Even though Romney still holds strong advantages in financing and organization, his campaign will now have to refocus to fight back the challenge from the surging conservative Santorum...
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The upshot? (synposizing here): "The GOP race has been thrown into chaos, as it was assumed Romney would be the nominee. Romney was humiliated by Santorum's stunning win in three midwest and western states on Tuesday. Now things will build to a crescendo for Super Tuesday, and there are still 40 states to go for the GOP."
I saw that Romney was including attacks on Santorum in e-mails (to his supporters?) though he hadn’t had any anti-Santorum ads. Anyone know more about this?
People in those three states yesterday might know better than me, I don’t. But for sure, the famous ROMNEY SLIME MACHINE is going to go into overdrive now. Hold on to your hats. The Bishop and his skunworks in the basement is going to get down and nasty on the Rick Santorum campaign! Guaranteed! It will all be good training though for the general when Obama throws even more mud out of sheer desperation and no record to run on.
Romney gets a taste of feathers.
I’ll have the schadenfreude platter.
I have to say Rick is a big government spender guy.
He voted against a flat tax. Look at his record. He is a earmarks politician. He voted for Sonia Sotomayor, as a Circuit Judge knowing of her radical background now, she is USS justice.
If Santorum would have endorsed Toomey over Specter in 2004, perhaps Toomey would have beat Specter in the primary, Toomey would have beat the Democrat in the general, and Specter would not have been the 60th vote for Obamacare in the Senate; no Obamacare.
I am worried about him beating Obama. Same old politician.
I think Newt has the best chance and best ideas. I can't believe people think he is for limited government. Rush and Michele Malkin, too. What are they thinking.
Good news in my opinion.
I was glad to vote for him in SC.
If folks were paying closer attention he should be sweeping the thing at this point.
Hopefully the popularity contest is over.
GINGRICH DÉSTABILISÉ ... Ces succès permettent à Santorum de rivaliser avec Newt Gingrich pour devenir le principal rival de Mitt Romney, favori pour affronter Barack Obama le 6 novembre, mais qui est jugé trop modéré par certains membres du Grand Old Party. "Le conservatisme est toujours vivant et se porte bien au Missouri et au Minnesota", a déclaré Santorum devant ses partisans à Saint Charles, dans le Missouri, après les premières projections. "Je ne suis pas devant vous pour être l'alternative conservatrice à Mitt Romney, je suis ici devant vous pour être l'alternative conservatrice à Barack Obama", a-t-il ajouté, sous les acclamations de ses supporteurs.
I have it on good sources that within the White House, the GOP candidate they MOST want to run against is ROMNEY. And the candidate they LEAST want to run against is SANTORUM. This has been picked up from multiple sources. The part A of this was already inadvertently leaked by high DNC organizational leaders (former). I think their opposition research yields the fact that there is the least amount of personal “dirt” on Rick Santorum. And since they cannot win on the issues or Obama’s track record, necessarily their campaign will HAVE to be on some personality defect or scandal surrounding their GOP opponent. That is my take at least.
Interesting. You wouldn't know that from the brave face the White House was putting on last night - at least according to the supine MSM. The official line is that the White House was gleeful in the face of Santorum's success. I'm sure we'll be hearing much more of the same in an attempt to prop up "frontrunner" Romney and squash Santorum.
“they” want this primary to drag out for as long as possible, into a brokered convention hopefully. Then they want us to go into the primary cycle with an impoverished candidate that doesn’t unify the party and who has spent the last year having every bit of poo that he has ever buried dug up and flung on him by his own party for the whole country to see. And guess what, that’s exactly what they’re going to get.
This is how I read it...
These successes make it possible Santorum to compete with Newt Gingrich to become the principal rival of Mitt Romney, favourite to face Barack Obama on November 6, but which is considered too much moderated by certain members of Large Old Party.
“ Conservatism is always alive and goes well to Missouri and Minnesota” , Santorum declared in front of its partisans with Saint Charles, in Missouri, after the first projections. “ I am not in front of you to be l’ preserving alternative to Mitt Romney, I am here in front of you to be l’ preserving alternative to Barack Obama” , he added, under the acclamations of his supporteurs.
Blow to Romney? This was more of a blow to Newt. I’ve been for Newt since the second debate but he hit a wall. Look at the numbers... Romney still in the low 30’s. Rick is getting voters that are leaving Newt and looking for another anti-Romney.
Mitt’s best argument was that he was most electable. Shattered last night. Newt’s best argument was that he could out’debate Obama. Shattered in FL. This thing is outa control. The GOP-E needs an industrial size box of Depends.
Romney wins when there is a split among conservatives. If they can unite behind Santorum or Newt, (or whatever just unite behind someone darn it!) and Romney doesn’t have a chance.
Rove says his turn for vetting now. Romney is a terrible person for being so negative. Rick may be sparred some of those negative ads, after Newt took the most (people sick of those ads) though his record will come out. Most of his ideas are backed up to a government plan. Rick is stern social conservative. The media will focus there and pound him. The election is about jobs recovery. I prefer Newt/ideas of how he has got things done by reform with big solutions.
Before anyone gets too carried away they should glance at the delegate totals.
I take great comfort in knowing there are 40 more states to go. Romney has a little over 100 delegates, big deal, while more than 1100 are required to win it. Romney must not win. If he does, we don’t win the presidency, it’s that simple.
I might add, that if Romney is the nominee, I don’t want republicans to win the presidency.
No Romney - ever!
6 more weeks of this guy and his “I’m the true perfect conservative from God” routine.
While Newt took all of the flak and bombs, he stood off in the corner like a coward and tossed some at him too, All with the idea that he is some super candidate when in fact he’s just been ignored.
Now the Romney/MSM blowtorch crew will take it to the show to his door.
I will just grab some popcorn.
Be that as it may, the delegate total takes some of the luster off Santorums sweep. Here he had the best single night of any candidate so far and he STILL trails more than 2 to 1 in delegates.
All right! Go Rick! The “Rick revolution?” He’s the best family values candidate in my estimation.
I agree with you Christie, I just don’t think Santorum has the “it” that we need to beat Obama. I KNOW Obama can beat Romney, but I think Obama would srtuggle with Newt.
Santorum’s serious lack of Government management experience, added to his history of being a big Pork spender and somewhat moderate, in regards to his actual record, leaves more than mere qualities to be desired.
You can place your entire agenda on “family values” if you like, but that is not what will fix this mess. Hell, even Obama qualifies for your criteria. He is a good father, family man, etc,.
This whole primary is just getting insane and quite stupid. There is no way Santorum will win against Obama. He lacks the personality and the leadership ability, required to be President. It's just that simple. God help us all if he gets the nomination. But most of all, the foolish people who are making this happen is the part that alarms me the most.
Romney may be ahead, but his "inevitability" meme is shattered, and his momentum is greatly damaged. He spent a lot in FL for just 50 delegates, and his ability to raise money was dependent on his being seen as inevitable.
We shall see what Super Tuesday brings.
How many states have the others won?
That is how I feel. All of the candidates, he is the weakest one. When will this nightmare work itself out. People are voting for family values while the country is in dire straits financially and with corruption.
I would rather lose w newt or Rick fighting Obama to the death, than win w myth who is Obama-lite.
Like dig up some long forgotten girl who went to HS with Rick that saw him eat meat on Friday during Lent. Wolf Blitzer would love that one! (the pompous ass)
Right you are. We may wind up with Ron Paul before this is over. We are witnessing the implosion of the Republican Party. No way can we win an election after this house divided. Obama et al are laughing.
Sorry...I will no vote for a coward never less a big government social “conservative”..
BTW...How many of those “wins” were in states that Newt wasn't on the ballot?
I am one of about four folks who voted for Rick here in Florida.
He appears to blow the doors off mitt and newt when it comes to ethics and I am hoping he continues to show that mitt is NOT inevitable.
enough of the Bill Chrystal, Chas. Krauthammer, Ted Baxter, Bret Beahr, Toyko Rove, Ann Colter, Sean Wannabe, et. al. Romney cheerleading squad
It's time for some honesty - the rank and file don't want mittens and don't want to be TOLD he's the chosen one
Beautifully said, Elle Bee!
The wife and I have been watching Newt's self destruction with dismay. He and Romney have been acting like un-disciplined, destructive children since SC.
Their styles are different but the net is the same...they both have made themselves less likeable and less presidential to those who were in their camps.
Santorum looks good in comparison by assuming the mantle of the only adult in the room.
I think Santorum would be an awful candidate, for all the reasons that you have pointed out, but at least this makes Romney look bad.
Gingrich was not even on the ballot in one of these, and he was not expected to do well in either of the others; also, the caucuses are non-binding.
However, Romney was expected to do well in at least 2 of the states, and the only thing that this says is that people do not want Romney. Even what I would consider the RINO crowd, who are basically the majority of GOP voters and would be the majority of Santorum’s voters, don’t like Romney. So maybe this will get a message to the GOP that Romney is not “inevitable.”
I’m thinking that Santorum is angling for a VP slot.
That said, as everyone probably knows, I started w/Cain and am now a Newt supporter. I have been clear that I have serious concerns about both Rick's record as an conservative and his apparent lack of depth in terms of having any sort of a vision and/or plan for saving America. It is all well and good to offer platitudes about freedom, liberty, right to life etc; but, where is the plan and the vision that will move us out of the current dire predicament and into the future?
Some things that to ponder regarding last nights results:
1. According to CNN the turnout in all three states was low. Why? Would this have changed if delegates were actually being assigned? Will the answer to those questions have a significant impact upon the actual election in these states?
2. Were these wins more a rebuke to Obama (directly related to his intransigent stance against the Catholic church and religious freedom/freedom of expression) rather than an endorsement of Santorum himself? (Santorum appears to have the most doctrinal “right to life” position and the most lengthy and consistent record of practicing his Catholic faith.) How will this issue affect the female vote in an actual election?
3. Why, if the “tag team” strategy that was rumored early Monday was true (Newt to concentrate on delegates in the South; Santorum in the Mid-West; w/the objective of arriving at a brokered convention) is Santorum projecting the image that he, alone, is now the “solid” alternative to BOTH Romney and Obama???
4. Why no immediate congratulatory speech from Newt??? Did Rick and Newt actually have some sort of accord as rumored; or, was that just a ruse??? If they had an agreement; has Santorum violated it in some manner; hence, no “congrats” from Newt; or, is Newt just being a “sore loser???”
There appear to be many "undercurrents" suddenly developing in this primary election cycle.
So, you have good sources that within the white hut? hahahaha
Some people say...conventional wisdom...your critics claim...your ex-wife said...I read on the internet...got any other solid sources?
Obama can’t run on his record, so he’ll have to go negative. Santorum is the hardest guy to go negative on.
Yesterday, Santorum showed that Romney is not inevitable.
Your post shows that Santorum is in the best position to beat Obama.
ping for sanity
The result? Likely Newt will take the next primaries or the public will be sick of Romney's attack strategy and Santorum will win more.
Either way, I think good ol' Mitt is done! I could certainly breathe easier if our choice is between Gingrich and Santorum with Romney watching from the sidelines!
Is it time for Newt to drop out?
If you only knew. Believe what you want to believe. I know with whom I have talked.
Could be reverse psychology perhaps? Pretend you would like to face the one you don’t want to face? Too many folks get sucked into the political process and fail to use their own judgment.