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Mitt Romney trouncing Rick Santorum even among Catholics
Religious News Service ^ | 03/04/2012 | Daniel Burke

Posted on 03/04/2012 4:44:49 PM PST by SeekAndFind

(RNS) Mitt Romney has trounced Rick Santorum, an ardent Catholic, among Catholic voters, but Romney's support among evangelicals has wavered thus far in the GOP presidential primary, according to a new analysis of exit poll data.

Though he won evangelicals in two states, in general Romney has performed 15 percentage points better among non-evangelicals, according to an analysis released Friday (March 2) by the Pew Forum on Religion & Public Life.

Exit poll data is available in seven of the 11 states that have held primary contests to date, according to the Pew Forum. More detailed religious affiliations are available in six of those states.

White evangelicals formed more than a third of all GOP primary voters in each state except for Nevada (24 percent) and New Hampshire (21 percent). Romney, a Mormon, won the evangelical vote in those two states, and nearly tied for first in Arizona and Florida. But he lost the evangelical vote badly in three states: Michigan, Iowa and South Carolina.

Somewhat surprisingly, Santorum has not won the Catholic vote in a single state in which data is available, according to the Pew Forum.

Romney won the Catholic vote by at least 25 points in Florida, New Hampshire and Nevada. Romney also won 47 percent of the Catholic vote in Arizona, compared to Santorum's 33 percent. In Michigan, Romney bested Santorum among Catholics 44 to 37 percent.

Santorum has spoken far more about his faith during the campaign, while Romney has largely been mum on his Mormonism.

According to numerous separate polls, a significant minority of GOP voters, especially evangelicals, remain reluctant to vote for a Mormon president. Most Mainline Protestants and Catholics do not display the same aversion.

Romney, who has won more primary elections and delegates than any other GOP candidate, also won the Protestant vote in three states: New Hampshire, Nevada and Arizona.

However, the Pew Forum notes that Romney's success among Protestants in Nevada and Arizona is boosted by their large Mormon populations. (The Pew Forum does not typically consider Mormons Protestant, but exit polls often do.) Romney won 88 percent of the Mormon vote in Nevada and 96 percent in Arizona.

Texas congressman Ron Paul has performed the best among religiously unaffiliated voters in the two states -- Nevada and New Hampshire -- where they participated in large enough numbers to be analyzed.


TOPICS: Catholic; Current Events; Religion & Culture; Religion & Politics
KEYWORDS: catholics; elections; romney; santorum; unexpected; whatasnob
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1 posted on 03/04/2012 4:45:02 PM PST by SeekAndFind
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To: SeekAndFind

Catholics don’t like Santorum, even in 2006 when Santorum was being dumped from office, he received 42% of the white Catholic vote, and 71% of the white Evangelical vote.


2 posted on 03/04/2012 4:48:15 PM PST by ansel12 (Rick Santorum, Catholic, “I was basically pro-choice all my life, until I ran for Congress,” he sa)
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To: SeekAndFind

This Methodist voted for Santorum.


3 posted on 03/04/2012 4:48:48 PM PST by cripplecreek (What does it profit a man if he gains the whole world but loses his soul?)
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To: SeekAndFind

Santorum will only fade from here.


4 posted on 03/04/2012 4:49:45 PM PST by toddausauras (FUMR x 1,000)
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To: ansel12

RE: Catholics don’t like Santorum, even in 2006 when Santorum was being dumped from office, he received 42% of the white Catholic vote, and 71% of the white Evangelical vote

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Hmmm... I wonder what the reason is. Why do people who supposedly share Santorum’s faith NOT vote for him, while those who share it peripherally do?


5 posted on 03/04/2012 4:51:14 PM PST by SeekAndFind (question)
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To: ansel12

Despite what the Catholic church says, Catholic voters are far less socially conservative than Evangelicals.

In 2008, 54% of Catholics voted for Obama. With an increasing percentage of American Catholics being Hispanic, I’d expect Hussein to get a majority of the Catholic vote yet again.


6 posted on 03/04/2012 4:51:54 PM PST by Longbow1969
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To: SeekAndFind
One reason might me the smear campaign on him. The second reason could that many Catholics (like my daughter-in-law) are cafeteria Catholics, who or either liberal or tend to lean liberal, ever if they vote republican. I went to Catholic school for 12 years and then taught CCD for a few years. When I became politically aware, the priest in the different parishes I attended, never spoke of abortion, purity, homosexuality.....hot button issues. It was then I started questioning the church, shouldn't they be at least talking about these issues once a year??? I became an evangelical a few years later.
7 posted on 03/04/2012 4:53:19 PM PST by Linda Frances (Only God can change a heart, but we can pray for hearts to be changed.)
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To: ansel12
Santorum has some baggage that the Catholics I know are having an issue with. He needs to come clean and explain otherwise it will continue to detract some catholics from supporting him.

“Don't lecture me until”

Its on the web to be seen in many place.

8 posted on 03/04/2012 4:58:50 PM PST by Bailee (Vote Newt the Pitt bull we need. Energy Independence and we bow to NO foreign dictator.)
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To: SeekAndFind
Catholics, we need to educate people that Romney is not a Christian but a member of a cult.

Find out about a cult

9 posted on 03/04/2012 4:59:28 PM PST by Salvation ("With God all things are possible." Matthew 19:26)
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To: ansel12

Source please


10 posted on 03/04/2012 5:00:22 PM PST by Salvation ("With God all things are possible." Matthew 19:26)
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To: Salvation

RE: Catholics, we need to educate people that Romney is not a Christian but a member of a cult.

I don’t think most people are voting someone based on religion.


11 posted on 03/04/2012 5:08:39 PM PST by SeekAndFind (question)
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To: Longbow1969

Correct.

The Catholic church is a big supporter of illegal amnesty in order to attempt to regain what was lost when all of the middle class whites left the church after it became so politicized.


12 posted on 03/04/2012 5:16:20 PM PST by KeyLargo
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To: SeekAndFind

Then maybe we need to tell them that Romneycare is a flop and that Romney supports abortion.

However, I don’t see how any Christian could ever vote for Romney.


13 posted on 03/04/2012 5:16:52 PM PST by Salvation ("With God all things are possible." Matthew 19:26)
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To: SeekAndFind

The elites better not give us Romney.


14 posted on 03/04/2012 5:17:03 PM PST by RIghtwardHo
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To: SeekAndFind

Japanese Catholics, Korean Catholics, Nigerian Catholics, Malaysian Catholics, Kenyan Catholics, Filipino Catholics, Sri Lankan Catholics, Thai Cathiolics, Indian Catholics, Catholics in the Middle East yet underground, many Catholics worldwide who still love their faith and support their church and live the Christian faith seven days a week and proudly stand up for it, and do not selfishly cherry pick but are tried and true, would go for Santorum in DROVES if they somehow had the vote. I realize that is not a reality, but it just goes to show how soft the core of American Catholicism has gotten. It would not surprise me that in 20 years time they might support abortion and euthanasia. The Vatican has already talked about the libertine influences in the American Catholic church and the great problematic situation (decay). Probably the Santorum-Romney thing reflects it. How else can you explain that American Catholics went for a majority for Obongo himself three years ago? I just think people are socially going through the motions but in a larger sense when push comes to shove, have very week if not no moral commitments nor values at this point. So cafeteria, as it were. The compass seems to be broken for so many people. People will reap what they sow, though.


15 posted on 03/04/2012 5:18:20 PM PST by AmericanInTokyo (Power up the ROMNEYBOT-ZAPPER. FR is going to need it. These folks will start appearing like maggots)
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To: SeekAndFind

Probably for the same reason a lot of liberal Jews do not support Israel.


16 posted on 03/04/2012 5:19:16 PM PST by ReformationFan
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To: SeekAndFind

I know many people who won’t vote for romney because he believes Jesus is satans brother, that Mary and God the Father had sex, that they are gods and will get their own planet when they die, if they worked to a certain level. If romney get the presidency, he might be a galaxy. Obama will do ANYTHING to win, actually, the left will. Can you imagine him in a church, telling people these things?


17 posted on 03/04/2012 5:28:01 PM PST by Linda Frances (Only God can change a heart, but we can pray for hearts to be changed.)
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To: SeekAndFind

Not surprising. Most of my Catholic friends are far more liberal than my Evangelical friends.


18 posted on 03/04/2012 5:30:11 PM PST by montag813
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To: ansel12

Misleading since Santorum’s voters are split with Newt. They could do the same hit piece on Newt but when you combine the anti-Romneys, I bet it’s a different story.


19 posted on 03/04/2012 5:30:35 PM PST by Kenny
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To: Salvation

Yeah, I don’t get that either.


20 posted on 03/04/2012 5:33:41 PM PST by RIghtwardHo
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To: Linda Frances

As Romney inches toward the nomination, the media will start exposing the cult of Mormonism more and more. I can’t vote for Romney because he is a liberal, but his Mormonism has much to do with my decision also.


21 posted on 03/04/2012 5:38:51 PM PST by PeachyKeen
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To: ansel12

Santorum was endorsed by an Evangelical group, and I’d suspect that most of his voters are among that group, who are well-intentioned but too trusting.

Catholics, even very conservative ones, don’t seem to like him that much. For one thing, every parish has somebody like him: the scornful, prissy “homeschooling dad” who looks down on everybody around him and keeps his family under some wierd control (ever seen a picture of him and all of his slope-shouldered sons in their matching sweater vests???).

It’s got to be his invisible wife who does the actual homeschooling, btw, even though he stole the services from the State of Pennsylvania and got them to pay a $50,000 fine on his behalf.

And if he’s such a great Catholic, why aren’t his kids going to Catholic school instead of getting the State of PA curriculum?

Sorry, but I’m a very conservative Catholic, and I think he’s just an ambitious hypocrite with a vicious streak.


22 posted on 03/04/2012 5:49:09 PM PST by livius
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To: SeekAndFind
Why do people who supposedly share Santorum’s faith NOT vote for him, while those who share it peripherally do?

Liberal Modernist Catholics, who are a big block, nearly a majority and are not real Catholics, don't like him.

Traditional and conservative Catholics, who worship like he does and believe as he does, pretty much all support him, even if they haven't made up their mind on the vote (it's a complicated subject -- Gingrich has some things going for him also even if his personal life isn't exemplary).

23 posted on 03/04/2012 5:53:21 PM PST by steve86 (I have Schizoid Personality Disorder and am exercising the privileges thereof)
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To: toddausauras
Santorum's fade is due primarily to lack of campaign funds to battle Romney's media blitz, and the lack of a state by state organization.

Romney has boots on the ground in every state, Santorum doesn't. Santorum's fade is only a matter of time.

24 posted on 03/04/2012 5:53:56 PM PST by usconservative (When The Ballot Box No Longer Counts, The Ammunition Box Does. (What's In Your Ammo Box?))
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To: livius

I guess you’re the exception. Around here we like the guy.


25 posted on 03/04/2012 5:54:29 PM PST by steve86 (I have Schizoid Personality Disorder and am exercising the privileges thereof)
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To: SeekAndFind

“The Catholic Vote” doesn’t exist. Any sociologist-demographer with half a brain knows that. When it’s convenient, lefties like this author consider Pelosi and her ilk Catholic, even though she has openly defied every Catholic belief imaginable and has been, in effect, told not to present herself for Communion.

Romney is winning the white suburban “Catholics” who are about as Catholic as my dog is Catholic.

And FRingrich supporters eat this crap up because it suits their meme.

The exit polls in Michigan showed that Romney won the wealthy, suburban non-Evangelicals, which includes “Catholic-lites.” Since the stoooooopppppiddd pollsters couldn’t be bothered to distinguish between “Catholics in name only” and weekly Mass-goers, we don’t have the stats we need. But Santorum is winning the Catholic vote that counts—the Reagan democrat blue-collar, petty-bourgeois, the ones who weren’t already in the Republican camp. Romney’s winning the ones who will end up voting for Obama anyway.

But who cares? Fringrichers are eager for Romney to win anyway. So they’ll get what they want: Obama for four more years when Romney does an epic FAIL.


26 posted on 03/04/2012 6:03:49 PM PST by Houghton M.
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To: SeekAndFind

Sheesh. Who won the “Catholic vote” in 2008? Obama.

“The Catholic vote,” unless broken down between committed Catholics and CINOs is a meaningless concept.


27 posted on 03/04/2012 6:05:14 PM PST by Houghton M.
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To: SeekAndFind

Well, no offense to any devout Catholics here, but from what I can tell, most Catholics are only nominally so, much like most Jews in the US live almost totally secularly and vote that way as well. Why do Catholics and Jews vote in general elections for the democrat party, which opposes many of the tenets of their faiths? Just look at what goes on with Mardi Gras and Lent. Those folks are probably all in for “contraceptive rights”.


28 posted on 03/04/2012 6:07:31 PM PST by mtrott
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To: Salvation

I don’t think appealing to Protestants, whom of many view Catholics to also be part of a cult, will serve your purposes very well. You’re niche is getting smaller.


29 posted on 03/04/2012 6:11:04 PM PST by Allon
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To: SeekAndFind

Catholics, ever since Vatican II and the shame of multiplying in big families that caused the crusades against savages multiplying muslim clones, have become self-hating nihimlists who fail to figure preventing sin from fruitfulness.


30 posted on 03/04/2012 6:15:16 PM PST by JudgemAll (Democrats Fed. job-security Whorocracy & hate:hypocrites must be gay like us or be tested/crucified)
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To: Longbow1969
Despite what the Catholic church says, Catholic voters are far less socially conservative than Evangelicals.

I've been both and I can tell you that is clearly the case.
31 posted on 03/04/2012 6:15:50 PM PST by crosshairs
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To: AmericanInTokyo

Or Newt.


32 posted on 03/04/2012 6:17:27 PM PST by moonhawk (Rush, Mark, Sean: Conservative talkers. Sarah, Newt: Conservative DOers. Mitt: Conservative faker)
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To: PeachyKeen
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Partially correct ...


Yes ... the Liberal MSM will expose Mormonism for the satanic nonsense that it is ... an utter fool's game ...


But NOT until "after" the GOP E-RINOs award Mittens the Nomination ...


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33 posted on 03/04/2012 6:21:16 PM PST by Patton@Bastogne (Newt Gingrich and Sarah Palin in 2012 !)
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To: mtrott
Before mass immigration from the south Catholics mostly had their roots in the Northeast. And most of those from big cities since that's where the boat landed. The Northeast is a union stronghold and so like my father and 10 uncles most were tradesman in unions and big JFK fans.

I know this because I am from NYC and my family consisted of World War 2 vets who then went into the trades, on the police force or in the fire department. Union strongholds.

Needless to say almost to a man and woman they were democrats and the survivors still are.

Now my brother and I, also vets, are as conservative as it gets. So are some of our cousins but others are as lefty as it gets. Don't see them much. :->

The point here is that Catholics as a group, including church goers like myself and non practing Catholics, are not as conservative as southern evangelicals and never will be. But the republican candidate can and probably will win a majority of the Catholic vote this tikme around because of the economy. Obamas attack on the free exercise clause may swing a percent or two but that's about it. I think that attack is more likely to increase Evangelical turnout than swing Catholic votes and it pains me to say that but there it is anyhow.

34 posted on 03/04/2012 6:22:08 PM PST by jwalsh07
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To: SeekAndFind

RE: Catholics don’t like Santorum, even in 2006 when Santorum was being dumped from office, he received 42% of the white Catholic vote, and 71% of the white Evangelical vote

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Hmmm... I wonder what the reason is. Why do people who supposedly share Santorum’s faith NOT vote for him, while those who share it peripherally do?

Catholics don’t like the Evangelical crowd one bit. In fact it’s like a mutual hate contest between them. Sort of like the other splits in history as the orthodox churches held on to the established traditions of the church “New Church” went separate ways.


35 posted on 03/04/2012 6:22:11 PM PST by gfbtbb (The answer to your question will not be found here.)
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To: Houghton M.
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Good analysis of the Michigan Catholic vote ... thanks ...

Bad Call: Newt supporters "loathe" Willard the Mormom God-Child ...


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36 posted on 03/04/2012 6:23:25 PM PST by Patton@Bastogne (Newt Gingrich and Sarah Palin in 2012 !)
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To: mtrott

Not many protestants are true to their faith either.


37 posted on 03/04/2012 6:23:40 PM PST by moonhawk (Rush, Mark, Sean: Conservative talkers. Sarah, Newt: Conservative DOers. Mitt: Conservative faker)
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To: gfbtbb

RE: Catholics don’t like the Evangelical crowd one bit.

If true ( and I reserve my opinions on this one barring further reliable poll results ), then I would have to say the feeling does not seem to be mutual. Otherwise, why would a vast majority of Evangelicals support a devout Catholic like Santorum?


38 posted on 03/04/2012 6:24:55 PM PST by SeekAndFind (question)
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To: SeekAndFind

I’m a Catholic who will vote for Rick Santorum, but the majority of Catholics voted for the Clintons. Can’t help but wonder if these self-proclaimed “Catholics” are practicing Catholics, or not, at least many, many of them.


39 posted on 03/04/2012 6:30:02 PM PST by Sun (Pray that God sends us good leaders. Please say a prayer now.)
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To: SeekAndFind

If there was a viable socially conservative evangelical candidate, they would support that candidate, but there’s not. Santorum is just the lesser of four evils.


40 posted on 03/04/2012 6:31:17 PM PST by RegulatorCountry
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To: All; SeekAndFind

Rick Santorum has walked the walk, choosing life for two disabled children.

Let’s help Rick:

http://www.ricksantorum.com/


41 posted on 03/04/2012 6:31:54 PM PST by Sun (Pray that God sends us good leaders. Please say a prayer now.)
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To: Linda Frances
One reason might me the smear campaign on him.

That wouldn't explain why as an incumbent Senator running for reelection he won 42% of the white Catholic vote and 71% of white Evangelicals.

42 posted on 03/04/2012 6:34:47 PM PST by ansel12 (Rick Santorum, Catholic, “I was basically pro-choice all my life, until I ran for Congress,” he sa)
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To: Allon

Santorum did fine with Protestants in Pennsylvania as Senator. Much better with them than with Catholics.


43 posted on 03/04/2012 6:40:32 PM PST by ansel12 (Rick Santorum, Catholic, “I was basically pro-choice all my life, until I ran for Congress,” he sa)
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To: Houghton M.

What is a Fringricher, are they supporters of the Catholic Newt Gingrich?


44 posted on 03/04/2012 6:43:05 PM PST by ansel12 (Rick Santorum, Catholic, “I was basically pro-choice all my life, until I ran for Congress,” he sa)
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To: Houghton M.
Sheesh. Who won the “Catholic vote” in 2008? Obama. “The Catholic vote,” unless broken down between committed Catholics and CINOs is a meaningless concept.

Why does that only apply to Catholics, and not Protestants? Protestants have only voted Democrat for President 3 times, 1932, 1936, and 1964, I don't think it is because Protestants are all devout church going saints.

45 posted on 03/04/2012 6:49:16 PM PST by ansel12 (Rick Santorum, Catholic, “I was basically pro-choice all my life, until I ran for Congress,” he sa)
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To: Houghton M.

**“The Catholic Vote” doesn’t exist. **

I don’t have the links anymore, but the Catholic vote got W elected in my opinion.


46 posted on 03/04/2012 6:51:08 PM PST by Salvation ("With God all things are possible." Matthew 19:26)
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To: Kenny

Look at that post again, it is the same thing that sitting Senator Santorum faced in Pennsylvania


47 posted on 03/04/2012 6:56:51 PM PST by ansel12 (Rick Santorum Catholic “I was basically pro-choice all my life, until I ran for Congress,” he said)
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To: gfbtbb

It is Catholics and Evangelicals who do the most praying at Planned Parenthood Clinics. Get your facts straight, please.

Don’t judge unless you want to be judged.


48 posted on 03/04/2012 6:57:01 PM PST by Salvation ("With God all things are possible." Matthew 19:26)
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To: Salvation

That was the weekly churchgoing Catholics. The idea that everyone who, when asked by a pollster, answers “Catholic” exist as a voting block is ridiculous. Among those who self-identify as “Catholic,” sharp divisions are found. Some are liberals, some are conservatives.

“The Catholic Vote” as an undifferentiated entity
does
not
exist.

Any analyst with half a brain knows that. Advocacy journalists make use of a “monolithic Catholic vote” when it suits their purposes.

So too, apparently,do FRingrichers. Anything to discredit the eeeeeeeeevvvvvvvvvvvviiiiiiiiiiillllllllll Santorum and save the Great Hero Gingrich’s bacon.

Still waiting for that huge Gingrich surge.
Waiting.
Waiting.
Waiting.

Meanwhile Romney cruises to victory.

Thank you, FRingrichers.


49 posted on 03/04/2012 6:58:51 PM PST by Houghton M.
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To: RIghtwardHo

The elites don’t have to give us Romney. The fissiparous conservatives are doing just fine at giving us Romney, if you please. When Romney becomes the nominee, we have only ourselves to blame. The elites are laughing at us—we are doing exactly what their strategy requires: stay divided long enough for Romney to get the nomination with 2/3 of the Republican primary voters having voted against him.

It’s a replay of 2008 when Huckabee stayed in long enough to cancel out Romney and give us McCain. The elites didn’t do that, Huckabee conservatives did that.


50 posted on 03/04/2012 7:01:49 PM PST by Houghton M.
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