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The GOP may not deserve to win in 2012
Fox News ^ | 02/10/2012 | Peter Morici

Posted on 02/10/2012 9:14:39 AM PST by Responsibility2nd

Rick Santorum’s victories this week in Colorado, Missouri and Minnesota laid bare Mitt Romney’s weaknesses and the GOP’s fading prospects for defeating Barack Obama.

Romney’s advantages are money and organization. His well financed machine overwhelmed opponents in Florida, but he chose not to devote many resources to those beauty contests, and without the advantages of money—and massive attack ads—Mr. Santorum bested him by an average margin of 20 percent.

Mr. Santorum’s principal appeal is social issues and adherence to Republican economic fundamentalism. That plays well among Republican primary voters, who are dominated by rock-jawed conservatives, even in ideologically diverse states like Colorado, Missouri, and Minnesota.

If Santorum had Romney’s money, he could win the nomination but would still get trounced by Barack Obama.

Nationally, Mr. Santorum’s hard-right positions on social issues would not serve him with more moderate voters—even those who might privately lean toward his agenda.

Consider Catholics, who are a quarter of registered voters and went with the winner in 9 of the last 10 presidential elections, including President Obama. They are accustomed to weighing church edicts on abortion, contraception and gay marriage against more practical concerns.

For example in New York, they have typically supported moderate Republicans like Rudolph Giuliani and Michael Bloomberg who pitch making the transit system work and New York attractive to businesses.

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To: justiceseeker93

Thanks for the ping!


21 posted on 02/10/2012 9:52:57 PM PST by Alamo-Girl
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To: justiceseeker93

Deserve to win? That’s an irrelevant concept. We need them to win for the good of the country.

We’re 1 Supreme Court Justice stroke or car accident away from being screwed as long as Obama sits in the White House.


22 posted on 02/11/2012 11:31:21 PM PST by Impy (Don't call me red.)
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