Yep... looks like it's a done deal...
Rick battled hard and achieved far more than anyone ever expected when all this started, but after PA hands Romney its delegates, it'll be time for Rick to call it a day.
To save America, .... Romney should pull out.
PA is going to be interesting: PPP trend line is going Romney, Quinnipiac trend line went from Romney to Gingrich to Santorum.
Republican Candidates could improve their Primary vote count by campaigning with the following idea:
Due to the FHA, Fannie and Freddie Bankruptcies of September, 2008, American home owners lost 30 % of the value of their homes. That is a 30 % cut in just one month. Home values are still down 30 %.
Thus, let us cut the total compensation to all elected Federal politicians, and their staffs by 30 %, and an additional 10 % cut to elected Federal politicians each year until Federal Spending is LESS THAN the average of the previous 2 years of Federal income.
BTW, since slightly less than half of the US House, and 2/3 of the US Senate are Millionaires, it will be a great opportunity for Congress to lead by example that EVERYONE should give up their fair share of the American Dream.
What better way can there be to demonstrate that Federal politicians are on the same page as the voters?
I live in PA. People here don’t like Santorum. Some still remember the flap over the taxpayers footing the bill for his kids’ cyber education. He is perceived as ignorant and arrogant. Plus most Republicans are RINOs or even liberal. So look for voters in PA to reject him.
If the polls keep trending against Santorum in his home state I’d expect him to call it quits before the primary. After having lost his state by 18 points the last time he ran for Senate, it would be incredibly humiliating to lose it yet again to Romney. This is especially true when one considers that there is no point to it anymore, Santorum has no chance of being the nominee even if he ends up eeking out a win at home anyway.
That river is the DNC smear team drooling...
It really doesn’t matter (delegate-wise) who wins the PA primary. None of the delegates are bound. They are all free to chose who to support at the convention.
Santorum is going to need to think long and hard about this.
He has re-established himself as a major player in Republican Party politics after one of the biggest political human humiliations in history. He is in the discussion for VP. He could almost certainly demand a Cabinet post. Maybe he can make a run for governor at some point.
However, if he loses his home state in a primary, all that good work may be lost.
That would leave Newt, for whom one might have a glimmer of hope, were he not living off cash infusions from a single donor. And there's still, Ron Paul, who keeps on going apparently because the microchip in his head is stuck in a feedback loop.
Not much to say here!!! Rick Santorum, exactly like Newt Gingrich, got foot in the mouth sickness. Santorum has tons of talent, is a bonfide conservative, is relatively young, ran a great campaign, and...if he uses his God given brains, he will withdraw from the POTUS race right now, today, and while doing so, with grace, dignity and enthusiam, back Mitt Romney for POTUS!!!! Rick can and should be a future GOP POTUS, but.....if he overstays his welcome in the POTUS contest and does not avidly back the chosen nominee, he like Gingrich will destroy his future, bright political career!!!
If he acts like the moron, spoiled brat, Newt Gingrich he will kill his career, just as Newt has done himself in with self-inflicted wounds!!! Face it, folks Mitt Romney is the GOP candidate for POTUS, and...while I am not crazy about Mr. Romney, he will get my undying support and total campaign effort because for me, it is simply just ABO, Anybody But Obama!!!
It’s getting to the point where it doesn’t much matter who stays in and who drops out.
The outcome is pretty much set and Willard has already shifted to general election mode (at least to a certain extent).
The question is, what do we as conservatives do next. I’m inclined to 3rd party.
RAS says Santorum up 42-38 %
It is all over but the shouting Very disappointing and sad indeed Romney only chance for defeating Obama is that the gas prices remain high by elections day but any Republican nominee would have defeated Obama because of the high gas prices Other than that Obama is going to utterly destroy Romney mainly using Bain Capital against him
I think the throat that needs to be cleared is the one belonging to Mr. Gingrich. Newt, if he can set his ego aside, should campaign FOR Santorum in PA and by doing so prevent the Coronation of King Myth.
I am stunned by the number of FReepers just resolving...it’s Obamney’s turn, and by the way...who is in the cast for the next DWTS?
Santorum has some warts...but he is NOT Obama 2.0. Romney IS!!! Mr. Gingrich...put your country’s future first, come to PA and point out the candidate differences.
The pro-union candidate did lose in Penn. the last time he ran. The unions are willing to cross over in the primary, so he still has a chance, but they will not in the general.
“Is the fat lady clearing her throat?”
Yep. Rick is taking a four day break from the campaign trail. Likely to think things over and then announce he’s out.