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Rick Santorumís Sweep Changes Republican Race
yesbuthowever.com ^ | 8 February, 2012 | Michael Fell

Posted on 02/09/2012 7:50:54 AM PST by marktwain

(YBH) – As the final Colorado vote counts were coming in late Tuesday night/early Wednesday morning, confirming that Rick Santorum scored a hat trick against his Republican competitors, it was becoming clear that a sea change is occurring within the GOP race.

More than before, it’s now arguable that the inevitability of Mitt Romney’s candidacy is a fallacy. This opinion has been long espoused by Republican grassroots activists across the country. Now there are numbers to back it up.

Santorum has now won four out of the eight contests. He has victories in four contests compared to three for Romney. He beat Romney by 30 points in the key manufacturing Battleground State of Missouri.

Rick Santorum also accomplished another key task on Tuesday February 7, 2012. He dispelled the myth that Newt Gingrich is the only Conservative alternative to Mitt Romney. Of the four remaining candidates, the voters in Minnesota, Missouri and Colorado appeared to agree that Santorum has the most consistent Conservative track record on the issues.

Issues…remember them? Not, whose investments were most intricately woven into the Fannie Mae fabric or whose money a trustee handles. Real issues, not, who spent the most money destroying their opponents with dug up half-truth dirt.

Real issues.

Santorum has stuck to the issues that matter. Issues like supporting the exceptional American idea of self-governance, personal responsibility and individual liberty. Issues like reigniting America’s economy, creating jobs and reducing our dependence on OPEC by developing domestic energy. Like reducing America’s trade imbalance while increasing IRS revenues by implementing tax policies that stimulate job creation within the manufacturing sector. Like reducing spending, lowering taxes and cutting regulations. Like national and border security. Issues like Second Amendment rights. Issues like freedom of religion.

In all four of his victories, candidate Santorum compensated for his relative lack of funds by spending time talking with people and listening to their concerns.

What a concept, a presidential candidate who actually speaks with and listens to the people. Instead of taking into a microphone, giving a speech filled with platitudes and applause lines before moving on to the next fund raising photo op campaign stop.

Rick Santorum’s sweep changes the race on many levels and in many ways. It shows that Mitt Romney is not necessarily the inevitable GOP candidate. It indicates that the Conservative alternative is not presumably Newt Gingrich. It demonstrates that despite his almost fanatically devoted loyal following, Ron Paul can be beaten in Caucus State races. It shows that candidates can win by running a positive campaign based on real issues that concern the electorate. That a candidate can win by talking with and listening to the voters instead of talking at them.

Most importantly, it shows that We The People will decide who the GOP nominee and eventual President will be, not the liberally biased media, not establishment Republicans, not SuperPACs, not Wall Street bankers, not Chicago style intimidation, not George Soros, not the Koch brothers.

Despite massive amounts of power, money and influence seeking it’s destruction, it’s not yet time for government of the people, by the people and for the people to perish from the earth.


TOPICS: Culture/Society; Government; News/Current Events; Politics/Elections
KEYWORDS: 2012gopprimary; colorado; issues; primary; santorum; santorum2012
This article may be a bit optimistic, but the race is still open, and Romney is not inevitable.
1 posted on 02/09/2012 7:51:06 AM PST by marktwain
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To: marktwain

Minnesota, Missouri and Colorado show that if Romney doesn’t dedicate substantial money toward destroying the competition...someone other than Romney wins.


2 posted on 02/09/2012 7:55:20 AM PST by RoosterRedux (Go Newt!)
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To: marktwain
Santorum has now won four out of the eight contests. He has victories in four contests compared to three for Romney. He beat Romney by 30 points in the key manufacturing Battleground State of Missouri.

They can call it a beauty contest all they want but a spread that wide is a pretty good indicator of which way the official vote will go.
3 posted on 02/09/2012 7:55:55 AM PST by cripplecreek (What does it profit a man if he gains the whole world but loses his soul?)
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To: marktwain

Optimistic may be the corerct word. Facts: Santorum has only won caucus States and Beauty contests. In total vote count he is 3rd. Paul’s and Santorun’s total vote count don’t even come up to Newt’s, much less Mitt’s. http://www.realclearpolitics.com/epolls/2012/president/republican_vote_count.html


4 posted on 02/09/2012 7:56:35 AM PST by WellyP (REAL)
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To: marktwain
I called Santorum’s 800 number to send a contribution and was directed to a call center in India.
5 posted on 02/09/2012 7:56:35 AM PST by Eric in the Ozarks (Beware the Sweater Vest)
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To: marktwain

This article may be a bit optimistic,


Yep in that MO was a ‘for show’ only and Noot wasn’t even on the ballot.


6 posted on 02/09/2012 7:58:09 AM PST by deport (..............God Bless Texas............)
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To: marktwain

I think the likelihood of this going to the convention just went up dramatically.


7 posted on 02/09/2012 7:59:37 AM PST by TexasFreeper2009 (Go Newt!)
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To: Eric in the Ozarks

[I called Santorum’s 800 number to send a contribution and was directed to a call center in India.]

Sucker........Romney thanks you. Keep that conservative split alive at all costs!


8 posted on 02/09/2012 8:00:04 AM PST by PSYCHO-FREEP (If you come to a fork in the road, take it........)
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To: marktwain

Why are we paying attenion to Rick? Romney will be the nominee! We are so lucky, we don’t have to do anything, he has been chosen for us!


9 posted on 02/09/2012 8:05:06 AM PST by GrandJediMasterYoda (How ironic that Ann Coulter should write a book called Treason.)
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To: Eric in the Ozarks

I don’t believe you. Nice try though.


10 posted on 02/09/2012 8:05:26 AM PST by pgkdan (Rick Santorum 2012. Conservative's last, best chance!)
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To: deport
Yep in that MO was a ‘for show’ only and Noot wasn’t even on the ballot.

But Newt WAS on the ballot in MN and CO and came in 41th out of 4!

11 posted on 02/09/2012 8:07:44 AM PST by pgkdan (Rick Santorum 2012. Conservative's last, best chance!)
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To: TexasFreeper2009

yep..

I agree. this will be a convention decision.. While I love Rick, and of course he would get my vote if he won the nod, Obama will eat him for lunch in the general. Physically he looks like a light weight..and the physical thing is a bug factor with many women..I hate to say it, but it’s true. Mind you, Obama isn’t exactly John Wayne..but he carries the weight of having been President and the corresponding physical aura and presence that comes with that.

Sad, that we could not come up with some kind of strong manly candidate. They all opted out of this contest.


12 posted on 02/09/2012 8:07:44 AM PST by Chuzzlewit
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To: deport
Yep in that MO was a ‘for show’ only and Noot wasn’t even on the ballot.

But Newt WAS on the ballot in MN and CO and came in 4th out of 4!

13 posted on 02/09/2012 8:07:55 AM PST by pgkdan (Rick Santorum 2012. Conservative's last, best chance!)
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To: RoosterRedux
We are now getting to middle America. It is not the East Coast / West Coast liberal bastions and the union thug states now. Mittins is not an acceptable alternative to those of use that actually work for a living and give a crap about what our Churches teach./rant
14 posted on 02/09/2012 8:08:10 AM PST by verga (Protestant puppies have their eyes closed, Catholic ones have their eyes open.)
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To: marktwain

How? Rick didn’t get delegate #1 from any of those states. That’s right: NOT ONE DELEGATE!!!


15 posted on 02/09/2012 8:11:57 AM PST by 2ndDivisionVet (You can't invade the US. There'd be a rifle behind every blade of grass.~Admiral Yamamoto)
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To: WellyP
That will all change when Santorum sweeps the south.
16 posted on 02/09/2012 8:15:50 AM PST by org.whodat (Sorry bill, I should never have made all those jokes about you and Lewinsky, have fun.)
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To: TexasFreeper2009

A funny thing happened on the way to the coronation, Rick Santorum has passed the “electability” test.


17 posted on 02/09/2012 8:21:36 AM PST by CPT Clay (Pick up your weapon and follow me.)
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To: PSYCHO-FREEP
I'm a Santorum supporter.

btw; stick it in your ear.

18 posted on 02/09/2012 8:23:57 AM PST by Eric in the Ozarks (Beware the Sweater Vest)
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To: pgkdan

Try it yourself;

888-321-6675.


19 posted on 02/09/2012 8:27:35 AM PST by Eric in the Ozarks (Beware the Sweater Vest)
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To: deport

And who knows, Santorum could face problems. Politico:

http://www.politico.com/news/stories/0212/72607_Page2.html

>>Losing Big in 2006
Lobbying, D.C. Background
Endorsed Romney in 2008
Backed Arlen Specter: In 2004, Santorum endorsed Specter (liberal) over Pat Toomey (conservative) in the Pennsylvania Republican senatorial primary, a nod that has since come to haunt him. Specter defeated Toomey, but would switch parties in 2009.

Medicare Prescription Drug Benefit: Santorum voted for Medicare Part D, an big expansion in the size of government, which has irritated some conservatives. In fact, the senator played a key role in urging his colleagues to vote for the costly plan.

etc


20 posted on 02/09/2012 8:35:35 AM PST by raccoonradio
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To: marktwain

One things is for sure. Newt wont be cslling on Santorum to get out of the race when it is perhaps he that should be withdrawing.


21 posted on 02/09/2012 8:42:58 AM PST by Old Retired Army Guy
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To: marktwain

Santorum’s newly found popularity may indicate he is a serious contender or it may mean he is just the latest flash-in-the-pan like Bachmann, Perry, Cain, Newt, etc.

The next three to four weeks will tell the tale.

One thing is certain - much of his rise in popularity is due to his response to Obama’s attack on the Catholic church.

Obama made that attack at this time for a reason - but why?

Is it to change the dabate from jobs and the economy to emotionally charged religion, birth control and abortion?

Is it to change the dynamic among the republican primaries?

Is it to change the primary debate to favor or harm particular repubblican candidates?

You can bet it was done for a well planned reason and as part of a higher level startegy.


22 posted on 02/09/2012 8:52:15 AM PST by Iron Munro ("Don't pick a fight with an old man. If he is too old to fight he'll just kill you." John Steinbeck)
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To: Chuzzlewit
“Obama isn’t exactly John Wayne..but he carries the weight of having been President and the corresponding physical aura and presence that comes with that.”

The weight 0 will be carrying is the dubious distinction of being the most anti-American and irresponsible CIC in our history, hands down.

Moochelle’s not exactly an asset either.

23 posted on 02/09/2012 8:59:18 AM PST by MichaelCorleone (Stop feeding the beast; spend money only with those who support traditional American values.)
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To: Chuzzlewit
"Sad, that we could not come up with some kind of strong manly candidate. They all opted out of this contest."

Yep, Sarah's not running.

24 posted on 02/09/2012 9:01:19 AM PST by Truth29
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To: marktwain

Well, I don’t know about the rest of you, but Tuesday was rejuvenating for me. After Florida, when Gingrich failed miserably to capitalize on his SC showing, I didn’t see much hope of derailing Romney, nor, I might mention, did many of the pundits, all of whom were saying that the next several states would pave Romney’s path into Super Tuesday by building his “inevitability” credentials.

Then along comes Santorum, just like in Iowa. And he blasts not only Romney out of the water in all three states, but takes Gingrich out at the same time. Suddenly, the man who can’t beat Romney (Gingrich) is a third tier candidate again, and the man who’s already beat him (Santorum) is not only vying to beat Romney, but actually does beat him, even in Colorado where Romney was the heavy favorite going in (as he was in Iowa.)

And to top it off, of the two, Gingrich vs. Santorum, I’m much more comfortable that Santorum will stick to basic conservative principles than I am that Gingrich will (recall “right-wing social engineering” and “the pic with Pelosi on the couch”, and in support of a carbon tax to boot.)

Yes, rejuvenated. That’s how I feel. Going to get interesting from here on, and I’ll bet that Santorum soon has Romney sweating in both AZ and Michigan. Plus, Romney now has a well-earned reputation for trashing fellow Republicans, and will only burnish it if he goes after Santorum the way he went after Gingrich in both Iowa, and again in Florida. If Santorum proves he can handle that inevitable colonoscopy Romney’s Pac’s are about to deliver, he could do quite well in the races before Super Tuesday.

Now if only Gingrich would bow out instead of splitting the vote and paving the way for Romney....(Sorry, couldn’t resist....*s*)


25 posted on 02/09/2012 9:08:27 AM PST by Norseman (Defund the Left-Completely!)
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To: marktwain

Well, I don’t know about the rest of you, but Tuesday was rejuvenating for me. After Florida, when Gingrich failed miserably to capitalize on his SC showing, I didn’t see much hope of derailing Romney, nor, I might mention, did many of the pundits, all of whom were saying that the next several states would pave Romney’s path into Super Tuesday by building his “inevitability” credentials.

Then along comes Santorum, just like in Iowa. And he blasts not only Romney out of the water in all three states, but takes Gingrich out at the same time. Suddenly, the man who can’t beat Romney (Gingrich) is a third tier candidate again, and the man who’s already beat him (Santorum) is not only vying to beat Romney, but actually does beat him, even in Colorado where Romney was the heavy favorite going in (as he was in Iowa.)

And to top it off, of the two, Gingrich vs. Santorum, I’m much more comfortable that Santorum will stick to basic conservative principles than I am that Gingrich will (recall “right-wing social engineering” and “the pic with Pelosi on the couch”, and in support of a carbon tax to boot.)

Yes, rejuvenated. That’s how I feel. Going to get interesting from here on, and I’ll bet that Santorum soon has Romney sweating in both AZ and Michigan. Plus, Romney now has a well-earned reputation for trashing fellow Republicans, and will only burnish it if he goes after Santorum the way he went after Gingrich in both Iowa, and again in Florida. If Santorum proves he can handle that inevitable colonoscopy Romney’s Pac’s are about to deliver, he could do quite well in the races before Super Tuesday.

Now if only Gingrich would bow out instead of splitting the vote and paving the way for Romney....(Sorry, couldn’t resist....*s*)


26 posted on 02/09/2012 9:08:27 AM PST by Norseman (Defund the Left-Completely!)
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To: marktwain

(i’m quoting myself from another thread because I think it deserves repeating)

To emphasize a point, here is Newt vs. Romney mano-a-mano:

IA Romney 24.5%, Gingrich 13.3% (-12%)
NH Romney 39.3%, Gingrich 9.4% (-30%)
SC Gingrich 40.4%, Romney 27.8% (+13%)
FL Romney 46.4%, Gingrich 31.9% (-14%)
NV Romney 50.1%, Gingrich 21.1% (-29%)
MN Romney 16.9%, Gingrich 10.8% (-6%)
CO Romney 34.9%, Gingrich 12.8% (-22%)

Now, if you were a pollster, which result looks like the outlier? In every other poll, Newt loses to Romney and, in all but one defeat, loses to Romney by double digits. I’m also being kind by not including MO since Newt wasn’t on the ballot.

Let’s now look at Rick vs Romney - mano-a-mano:

IA Santorum 24.6%, Romney 24.5% (+ .1%)
NH Romney 39.3%, Santorum 9.4% (-30%)
SC Romney 27.8%, Santorum 17.0% (-11%)
FL Romney 46.4%, Santorum 13.3% (-33%)
NV Romney 50.1%, Santorum 10.0% (-40%)
MN Santorum 44.9%, Romney 16.9% (+28%)
MO Santorum 55.2%, Romney 25.3% (+30%)
CO Santorum 40.3%, Romney 34.9% (+5%)

Now, if you are looking at this like a pollster, you’d say this was almost a dead heat. Romney has won by some big margins but so has Santorum.

Now, there are still some holes for Santorum (he does worse in primaries, in non-heartland states and probably does better in “closed” primaries). But there is also room for optimism because he improves as more conservatives drop out and his positions stand out more from the others.

You may want to weigh this in terms of delegates (which is not unimportant) or capital (Romney dwarfs them both), but in terms of who can generate support to beat Romney, Santorum appears to be much more viable than Gingrich according to these results.


27 posted on 02/09/2012 9:27:27 AM PST by OrangeHoof (Obama: The Dr. Kevorkian of the American economy.)
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To: raccoonradio

Did Santorum endorse Dede Scozzafava?
Did Santorum cut global warming commercials with Nancy Pelosi?
Did Santorum take money from Freddie Mac?
Did Santorum cheat on his wife?

Santorum’s not perfect and neither is Newt but I certainly wouldn’t want to get into an argument about political baggage with as much as Newt has around his neck.


28 posted on 02/09/2012 9:33:46 AM PST by OrangeHoof (Obama: The Dr. Kevorkian of the American economy.)
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To: Norseman
I’m much more comfortable that Santorum will stick to basic conservative principles than I am that Gingrich will

I like Santorum, just think of what could happen if Newt backed Rick. We would have ideas that would leave Mitt behind and really dump te big "O".

If the people will only use their brains.

29 posted on 02/09/2012 9:33:54 AM PST by cotton
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To: marktwain; Grampa Dave; tubebender; hedgetrimmer; forester; Amerigomag; budwiesest; ...
"Romney is not inevitable."

George Romney claimed, when he ran for POTUS, to be "a constitutional conservative, a Teddy Roosevelt progressive and a Abraham Lincoln liberal."

I think Mitt is a chip off the old block!!! Beware!!!

30 posted on 02/09/2012 9:47:59 AM PST by SierraWasp (I'm done being disappointed by "He/She is the only one who can win" and being embarrassed later!!!)
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To: Eric in the Ozarks

stop it, lol:) it did not.... your not a fan?


31 posted on 02/09/2012 9:50:59 AM PST by GoCards (I am a Hobbit)
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To: GoCards

Did too.

And, you can’t spell.


32 posted on 02/09/2012 9:59:15 AM PST by Eric in the Ozarks (Beware the Sweater Vest)
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To: Chuzzlewit

It was the totally feminine one that I was sorry to see depart.


33 posted on 02/09/2012 9:59:34 AM PST by Josephat (The old claim your evengelizing people who haven't heard the gospel, but go to a Catholic country tr)
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To: Eric in the Ozarks

Are you angry this morning?


34 posted on 02/09/2012 10:04:31 AM PST by GoCards (I am a Hobbit)
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To: cripplecreek

Santorum has now won four out of the eight contests”””

Iowa
New Hampshire
Florida
Nevada
Minnesota
Missouri
Colorado.....

What is the 8th???


35 posted on 02/09/2012 10:11:05 AM PST by ridesthemiles
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To: ridesthemiles

South Carolina - Newt


36 posted on 02/09/2012 10:12:26 AM PST by chemicalman (The more support I see,the harder I want to work,and the more determined I am not to let folks down.)
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To: ridesthemiles

The one Gingrich won isn’t on your list.


37 posted on 02/09/2012 10:21:59 AM PST by cripplecreek (What does it profit a man if he gains the whole world but loses his soul?)
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To: GoCards
I think a faux pas like this needs to be brought to the attention of the Santorum campaign and I did exactly that today.
I don't think it helps a candidate who talks about American jobs to have someone on his staff do the exact opposite. I'm sure Rick didn't approve this and I'm sure a change will be made.
Btw, I cast my vote for Rick in the Missouri beauty contest earlier this week.
38 posted on 02/09/2012 10:43:36 AM PST by Eric in the Ozarks (Beware the Sweater Vest)
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