“A Santorum vote in Michigan is ultimately the only way to help Newt.”
If Santorum wins Michigan, Newt is done.
I was thinking more along the lines of if Santorum wins Michigan, Romney is done.
If Romney wins Michigan, Newt is done as well. His chances are much better if Santorum wins.
I feel comfortable saying that if Romney loses Michigan, the chance for a brokered convention that doesn’t include Romney is very good.
Whether that would help Newt or Rick, I don’t know, and frankly, I don’t care. We need to stop Romney, and then get a conservative candidate that can beat Obama. It doesn’t really matter if that conservative is Newt, or Rick, or some other person, so long as they can be widely accepted by the conservative and republican communities, and will generate enthusiasm and drive turnout for both presidential and congressional races.
But we’ll never get there so long as Romney is seen as a viable candidate. So the first step has to be to knock Romney out, no matter which candidate it helps.