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Santorum moves ahead in Michigan (Santorum 39, Romney 24, Paul 12, Gingrich 11)
Public Policy Polling ^ | 2/13/12 | staff

Posted on 02/13/2012 8:12:57 AM PST by TexasFreeper2009

Rick Santorum's taken a large lead in Michigan's upcoming Republican primary. He's at 39% to 24% for Mitt Romney, 12% for Ron Paul, and 11% for Newt Gingrich.

Santorum's rise is attributable to two major factors: his own personal popularity (a stellar 67/23 favorability) and GOP voters increasingly souring on Gingrich. Santorum's becoming something closer and closer to a consensus conservative candidate as Gingrich bleeds support.

Santorum's winning an outright majority of the Tea Party vote with 53% to 22% for Romney and 10% for Gingrich. He comes close to one with Evangelicals as well at 48% to 20% for Romney and 12% for Gingrich. And he cracks the 50% line with voters identifying as 'very conservative' at 51% to 20% for Romney and 10% for Gingrich.

Santorum's benefiting from the open nature of Michigan's primary as well. He's only up by 12 points with actual Republican voters, but he has a 40-21 advantage with the Democrats and independents planning to vote that pushes his overall lead up to 15 points. Santorum is winning by a healthy margin in every region of the state except for Oakland County, where Romney has a 40-26 advantage, and the area around Lansing where Paul actually has an advantage at 30% to 27% for both Romney and Santorum.

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To: KansasGirl

I believe that the most sensible way to interpret the support that Santorum gets from Indy&Dem voters (evangelical, etc.) “who intend to vote in the primary” is that there are many conservative Dems and Indys (of which I could count myself) who can’t stand Obama, distrust Romney and Paul, and worry about Mr.Newt. In other words: interpret it straight up, as opposed to how some “operation chaos” fearmongers encourage.


151 posted on 02/13/2012 10:37:31 AM PST by AFPhys ((Praying for our troops, our citizens, that the Bible and Freedom become basis of the US law again))
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To: All
Democrat polling firm PPP is now the favorite of Santorum supporters.

Pray he gets the full-force vetting deserved before its too late.

152 posted on 02/13/2012 10:38:34 AM PST by newzjunkey (Romney vs. Santorum? The establishment wins.)
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To: Cato in PA
I look at it this way. We have never had a complete whole social conservative run before. This is an election where people are disillusioned by the way principles and morals are falling everyday. I bet it will be refreshing for people to actually vote for someone with character. I think Santorum could win in a landslide. All those family values folks who didn't like McCain can PROUDLY step up and vote for Santorum. I for one will run to the polling center with such excitement. Also I will help to elect Santorum something I did not do for McCain.
153 posted on 02/13/2012 10:40:18 AM PST by napscoordinator (A moral principled Christian with character is the frontrunner! Congrats Santorum!)
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To: ohioWfan

This guy’s modus-operandi is always the same. Name calling and rude remarks. He is one of about 8 that does the same. He is probably responsible for driving a nice sized contingent away from Newt by his remarks, thereby helping the cause for Rick. There is zero chance of having a reasoned argument or discussion with him without this happening. Some people are just that way. Wear it as a badge of honor. His home page says he has nothing to prove but his name calling and rude remarks say otherwise. Typical keyboard bravery.


154 posted on 02/13/2012 10:40:23 AM PST by FresnoRobert (When born, you cried and the world rejoiced. Live your life so that when you die, it's reversed.)
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To: KansasGirl; TexasFreeper2009
I cannot find anything from PPP showing if the survey was of:
Registered Republicans
Likely voters
Or, WHAT?
They only say this in their press release:
PPP surveyed 404 Republican primary between February 10th and 12th. The margin of error for the survey is +/-4.9%. This poll was not paid for or authorized by any campaign or political organization. PPP surveys are conducted through automated telephone interviews. PPP is a Democratic polling company, but polling expert Nate Silver of the New York Times found that its surveys in 2010 actually exhibited a slight bias toward Republican candidates.
Can anyone interpret this???
155 posted on 02/13/2012 10:45:58 AM PST by Ooh-Ah
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To: napscoordinator

The clock is ticking and it sounds like the bank account is nearing empty. I don’t think Newt should get out yet, but if Rick takes Michigan and does well in the South, I think it will be time.


156 posted on 02/13/2012 10:46:30 AM PST by FresnoRobert (When born, you cried and the world rejoiced. Live your life so that when you die, it's reversed.)
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To: dt57
Just because we're supposed to forgive as people doesn't mean I trust that person to be hired as CEO of the government.

Five serious candidates want the job. As a member of the board of directors of the Michigan branch, I choose from.
The current failure. Obama.
Mitt Romney. A guy who tries to be everything to everyone and inspired the failure. He's out.
Ron Paul. I like him, but voting for him would help Romney.
Newt Gingrich. Good Newt and Bad Newt. Good Newt can be really good and bad Newt is awful. Global Warming is also a dealbreaker issue with me, and he was on the coach with Pelosi. His cheating on his past wives casts doubts on his word. Is he lying about what he's going to do as president? That's my concern. Maybe he's been good this time. That's between him and Calista. Forgiveness is one thing. Trusting him with CEO is another. I have voted for a cheater before when he's kept his word to voters on every other issue. On it's own, it's a black mark, but not a dealbreaker with me. In addition, he's not competing in my state. Ok. I'm not going to waste my vote.

Santorum - Pro-life. Pro-2nd Amendment. Voted against Nafta (a good thing). Voted for the balanced budgets, but also the bad ones. Polling the best against Romney. Competing in my state. Worked his way up from a working class background compared to Romney. Santorum is who he is and I know what to expect from him.

I would have actually voted for Perry if he was still in, but he's out. I know he endorsed Newt, but politician endorsements mean little with me.

157 posted on 02/13/2012 10:48:48 AM PST by Darren McCarty (Rick Santorum in the primary)
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To: PSYCHO-FREEP; ohioWfan

I don’t believe that there is much of any difference in the way the discussion was carried out by either side on this thread from the standpoint of “personal attacks”.


158 posted on 02/13/2012 10:49:49 AM PST by AFPhys ((Praying for our troops, our citizens, that the Bible and Freedom become basis of the US law again))
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To: newzjunkey

ARG is Republican and had Santorum up by 6.


159 posted on 02/13/2012 10:51:14 AM PST by Darren McCarty (Rick Santorum in the primary)
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To: Logical me
Beating a dead horse.
160 posted on 02/13/2012 10:52:01 AM PST by First A Patriot (Resistance to tyranny is obedience to God)
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To: Ooh-Ah
Can anyone interpret this???

Polling groups are biased, but usually try to be accurate and professional (outside of push polls or released internals).

PPP and EPIC/MRA lean dem.
ARG and Mitchell lean Republican.
I've seen Mitchell give better dem numbers than EPIC/MRA.

161 posted on 02/13/2012 10:54:24 AM PST by Darren McCarty (Rick Santorum in the primary)
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To: TexasFreeper2009
I would never have thought that he could do it, but apparently he is.

I didn't either, but here we are. He's a good man.
162 posted on 02/13/2012 10:54:41 AM PST by Antoninus (Mitt Romney -- attempting to execute a hostile take-over of the Republican Party.)
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To: Ooh-Ah
BTW - here's the crosstabs

70% GOP
26% Indy
4% Democrat

BTW - There are no registered parties in Michigan. Anyone can call themselves anything they want.

163 posted on 02/13/2012 10:57:50 AM PST by Darren McCarty (Rick Santorum in the primary)
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To: dt57
So Saint Rick has never made any mistakes that speak to his character.

I stopped reading here. You entirely missed the point, and there's no reason to think you'll be able to understand anything else said on the subject.

164 posted on 02/13/2012 10:59:22 AM PST by ohioWfan (Proud Mom of a Bronze Star recipient!)
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To: newzjunkey

As much as it disturbs me, given that I have long associated PPP with DUh, PPP has done a very credible job of polling over the last 3-4 years or so. They seem to manage to get rapid swings accurately, somehow - I believe they were one of the first to publish the swing toward Mr.Newt in SC ... let me check RealClearPolitics on that ... http://www.realclearpolitics.com/epolls/2012/president/sc/south_carolina_republican_presidential_primary-1590.html#polls ... yes, my memory of that is accurate.

PPP has been doing increasingly well these last few years.

PS- it has been a long time since I’ve even thought about DUh (AKA DemocratsUnderground ... I kinda wonder how they are doing over there)


165 posted on 02/13/2012 11:01:17 AM PST by AFPhys ((Praying for our troops, our citizens, that the Bible and Freedom become basis of the US law again))
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To: All; dragonblustar

“I’m sure the Romney smear machine will be putting itself on overdrive.”

Rick could use our help in fighting the Romney smear machine for those who can affrod to contribute. Even a little helps, as it all adds up.

http://www.ricksantorum.com/


166 posted on 02/13/2012 11:01:53 AM PST by Sun (Pray that God sends us good leaders. Please say a prayer now.)
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To: pgkdan; PSYCHO-FREEP
Hard to say if it's actual insanity, or just an act.

I'm leaning toward the latter, as a sorry attempt to get attention.

Nevertheless, psycho is obviously a sensitive soul who can't take any criticism without crying and lashing out, so perhaps we'd best leave the poor boy alone.

167 posted on 02/13/2012 11:02:35 AM PST by ohioWfan (Proud Mom of a Bronze Star recipient!)
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To: PSYCHO-FREEP
And like another here, you will also be ignored from here on.

Hey there.......weren't you just whining and calling someone a 'coward' for talking about you without pinging you?

Yet another example of your hypocrisy (using the actual definition of the word, and not your made-up one).

168 posted on 02/13/2012 11:05:46 AM PST by ohioWfan (Proud Mom of a Bronze Star recipient!)
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To: Ooh-Ah

I suspect from their terse description their sample consisted of people called at random who said they are registered voters and were intending to vote in the MI GOP primary. Unlikely that they did any further cuts or verification questions.


169 posted on 02/13/2012 11:06:18 AM PST by AFPhys ((Praying for our troops, our citizens, that the Bible and Freedom become basis of the US law again))
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To: napscoordinator

Amen to that, Santorum is the only one left standing who has any guts and honesty. I know that Romney cannot beat Obama just as McCain and Dole couldn’t win. You can see it in their eyes.


170 posted on 02/13/2012 11:06:38 AM PST by RichardMoore (There is only one issue- Life)
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To: All

“Here are his ratings from when he was in Congress:

American Conservative Union — 88%
National Right to Life Committee — 100%
Americans for Tax Reform — 95%
National Tax Limitation Committee — 92%
U.S. Chamber of Commerce — 88%
League of Private Property Voters — 94%

Now remember, this is Santorum’s House ratings, in a DEMOCRAT district. How many Republicans in Democrat areas vote this conservative?”

http://www.redstate.com/wosg/2012/01/06/rick-santorum-yes-he-is-a-true-conservative/

Santorum IS a conservative, and always was a conservative, even when it risked his political career, he STAYED conservative.


171 posted on 02/13/2012 11:12:24 AM PST by Sun (Pray that God sends us good leaders. Please say a prayer now.)
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To: Sun

Good post, and he got re-elected by a large majority to his House seat, and then beat a Dem incumbent for his Senate seat. Santorum is the one candidate who’s been elected and re-elected in a Dem area without abandoning his principles, unlike Romney, who resets his principles depending upon the electoral base he’s after next.

As for his support for Spector, according to Wikipedia, Spector was instrumental in helping Santorum win the Senate seat in 1994, so Santorum didn’t abandon Spector even though Spector was well off the GOP reservation many times. That speaks to character, although I’m sure it was tough for Santorum to do.


173 posted on 02/13/2012 11:18:16 AM PST by Norseman (Defund the Left-Completely!)
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To: cookcounty

Wish I could move west...

Go, Rick!


174 posted on 02/13/2012 11:18:27 AM PST by madison10
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To: TexasFreeper2009

Oh noez

the MI gov’s son is dissed...


175 posted on 02/13/2012 11:18:31 AM PST by Tennessee Nana (Why should I vote for Bishop Romney when he hates me because I am a Christian)
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To: ruschpa

Yes and I’ll never forgive the state of pennsylvania for doing that.


176 posted on 02/13/2012 11:28:49 AM PST by ichabod1 (Mr. Gingrich)
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To: TexasFreeper2009; writer33

This is awesome. Supposedly one of the several “home” states of Romney.


178 posted on 02/13/2012 11:33:58 AM PST by GeronL (The Right to Life came before the Right to Pursue Happiness)
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To: Tzar

>>Any scare tactics against Santorum’s social conservatism will backfire.<<

Probably. After all, as liberal as California appears, the voters did vote to uphold traditional marriages.


179 posted on 02/13/2012 11:35:28 AM PST by Norseman (Defund the Left-Completely!)
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To: frogjerk

Paul is being propelled by Democrat votes crossing over in their own operation chaos.


180 posted on 02/13/2012 11:35:34 AM PST by GeronL (The Right to Life came before the Right to Pursue Happiness)
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To: Norseman

Yes, and Rick Santorum won 4 states, out of 5, in a blue/purple district/state.

Rick said he endorsed Specter because he thought Specter would have the best chance of winning (and Specter DID do very well in that race), and Rick wanted the Senate to have the majority so they had control of the Judiciary Committee.

Rick said we wouldn’t have Alito if it weren’t for Specter. Specter was the head of the Judiciary Committee, as you probably know.

Some of our fellow FReepers seem to go on a witch hunt to find weaknesses, but if ONLY they at least found out the reason WHY Rick did what he did.

Nobody is perfect, but I can understnd Rick’s logic for endorsing Specter.

I love Palin, and she endorsed McCain, and I like Newt, and he endorsed Dede, the RINO. But yet that is ignored.


181 posted on 02/13/2012 11:36:39 AM PST by Sun (Pray that God sends us good leaders. Please say a prayer now.)
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To: Darren McCarty

Well, I hope you are right. But I don’t think so. Good luck.


182 posted on 02/13/2012 11:36:54 AM PST by dt57
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To: ohioWfan

I got ya. I think you just said everything that needs to be said. You stopped. Got it. Closed minds are the worse. Good luck. I will vote for Rick if he makes it to the general, but get back with me after the election.


183 posted on 02/13/2012 11:37:03 AM PST by dt57
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To: TexasFreeper2009

Its over for Newt. Newt, please drop out.


185 posted on 02/13/2012 11:45:26 AM PST by nwrep
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To: dragonblustar; All
They don't need a "smear machine" they simply need to pull back the curtain on Santorum and let his devotees see into his record.

1. His charity Operation Good Neighbor (2001-07), illegally never registered with PA, doled out just 36% of income as grants, far less than the 75% of responsible causes. I'm sure it's coincidence the charity which spent most of its money on lobbyists, aides and fundraisers closed after he was defeated for reelection.

2. His "leadership PAC," "American's Foundation," was worse--just 18% went to candidates, well below similar PACs.

3. The $500,000 mortgage for his Leesburg mansion came from a private bank run by a big campaign donor. By all appearances, Santorum was not eligible for the closed program.

4. Santorum bilked a Pennsylvania school district out of $72,000 to pay for home "cyberschooling" of five of his kids ... in Virginia.

5. As the third-ranking Republican, he worked closely with House majority leader Tom DeLay, now felon, on the "K-Street Project" to grow ties between the GOP and major lobbyists. Twenty-three of his own staffers landed well-paying jobs at lobbying firms. When he was fired by the PA voters? Santorum turned to lobbyists.

6. This supporter of Medicare Part D was so important to this culture of crony capitalism, an internal memo at pharmaceutical giant GlaxoSmithKline said his loss "creates a big hole that we need to fill."

7. Before anyone heard of Solyndra, Santorum was securing $100 million federal loans for a coal-to-liquids plant that was never built. The project's lobbyist was PA's top GOP power broker, Bob Ashner, and paid nearly $1 million.

That's seven places just to start. Besides his unheard of 18-point loss for reelection, putting electability in question there's his hypocrisy of campaigning on requiring health insurance in 1994, on his public tort reform position vs. his testimony in his wife's own legal case, his "problem" with working women, his union pandering and more.

What has this failed lawyer and career politician really done; what specific reforms does he propose?

We all know what Romney is.

Newt's vetted for more than a decade.

Can you honestly say you know all there is you need to know about Rick Santorum?

Don't fall for his "family values" cover story.

186 posted on 02/13/2012 11:45:26 AM PST by newzjunkey (Santorum has baggage too. Demand an inspection!)
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To: TexasFreeper2009

Rasmussen has Mittens up by +15 with an overall average of all the other polls of +7 for him. PPP was the only poll that had Santorum up.
This is not good.


187 posted on 02/13/2012 11:45:31 AM PST by Mountain Mary ("Mush is not going to carry the day" Mark Levin 2/09/12)
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To: All

Help Rick beat the Mitt smear machine:

http://www.ricksantorum.com/


188 posted on 02/13/2012 11:49:00 AM PST by Sun (Pray that God sends us good leaders. Please say a prayer now.)
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To: Mountain Mary

An ARG poll has Santorum up by 6. Also, the two polls on RCP that have Mitt up by 15 were taken well before Santorum’s big week and subsequent surge.


189 posted on 02/13/2012 11:52:50 AM PST by ConservativeTeen (Proud Right Wing Extremist)
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To: ConservativeTeen

Good! and if you really are a Conservative teen, kudos to you for “getting it” at your age.


190 posted on 02/13/2012 11:54:31 AM PST by Mountain Mary ("Mush is not going to carry the day" Mark Levin 2/09/12)
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To: Mountain Mary

I was a conservative teen (16 to be precise) when I registered nearly 11 years ago. I’m still a conservative, but now a twenty-something.


191 posted on 02/13/2012 11:59:52 AM PST by ConservativeTeen (Proud Right Wing Extremist)
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To: ohioWfan

Give it up already. You sound like a big nag.
read chuck norris’s column in wnd re; Santorum. If you still think that Santorum should be nominated than you are the hypocrite. Go newt.


192 posted on 02/13/2012 12:05:48 PM PST by nurse-rn
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To: Artcore

Touche! That “he’s not electable” garbage drives me NUTS. NO ONE can predict electability reliably.


193 posted on 02/13/2012 12:22:51 PM PST by arderkrag (Georgia is God's Country. LOOKING FOR ROLEPLAYERS. Check Profile.)
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To: chrisnj
No, this does not show that Rick Santorum is liberal and not a Conservative.
By that logic, Reagan would be a non-Conservative Liberal.
What this shows is that Rick can and will appeal to the blue collar workers in Michigan, Ohio, Pennsylvania, and Blue collar Democrats and Independents.

194 posted on 02/13/2012 12:32:17 PM PST by American Constitutionalist (The fool has said in his heart, " there is no GOD " ..)
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To: Mountain Mary

2 more polls out today show Santorum in the lead, and Santorum just took the lead on RCP nationally.


195 posted on 02/13/2012 12:38:54 PM PST by TexasFreeper2009 (Go Newt!)
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To: PSYCHO-FREEP
Why don't you just come right out and say it of your hatred of Christians ? or do you have to hide it by attacking Rick Santorum ?
What is your stance and position on Abortion ? Gay Rights ?
196 posted on 02/13/2012 12:40:25 PM PST by American Constitutionalist (The fool has said in his heart, " there is no GOD " ..)
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To: grellis

I don’t and it would be pretty dated if I did. I do regularly send the Navair ping list to my alternate for such emergencies.


197 posted on 02/13/2012 12:57:57 PM PST by magslinger (Who cares if they are"electable" if they are going to govern like Democrats? -noprogs)
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To: conservaterian; chrisnj; cookcounty; All
72 posted on Monday, February 13, 2012 11:04:53 AM by chrisnj: “Granted the media and the GOP E might want Santorum to keep Gingrich in check, but if they help to creat a Santorum monster to threaten their chosen Romney, how will they get Romney nominated?”

You're on to something important here.

If the leaders of the moderate wing of the Republican Party decide to “create a monster” by boosting Rick Santorum on the grounds that Romney can't win, they could easily get much more than they bargained for.

If the moderates are forced to compromise with us on an acceptable candidate, we as conservatives win whether we're social conservatives, military conservatives, or economic conservatives. A President Santorum will know he needs economic conservatives to run the country, and he's already got years of experience on the Senate Armed Services Committee and having a father work as a career VA psychologist, so he's already supportive of the military conservative agenda. Forcing the moderate wing of the Republican Party to compromise with conservatives on an acceptable candidate is not a bad thing — and I think there's an excellent chance Gingrich could be a devastatingly effective president of the Senate in a VP role, especially if the Democrats keep control.

Imagine Gingrich gaveling down Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid and using parliamentary procedure from the chair to tie Reid's agenda in knots. Gingrich has a long history as a bomb-thrower in the House of Representatives and in the Senate. That could end up being a good thing by breaking up the collegiality and running the Senate the way he did the House during his time as Speaker.

I am supporting Rick Santorum because he's the last social issues conservative left. He's not my first choice, but I can live with him, and I can also live with Newt Gingrich because I think he means it when he says he understands the importance of social conservatives to the Republican Party. I also **REALLY** like Gingrich's views on Islamofascism and the need for a moral foundation to fight people who have declared holy war on us.

The people who think Gingrich doesn't care about religion need to read more about what Gingrich thinks. If we elect a President Gingrich, I think there's an excellent chance he's going to end up declaring a de-facto crusade on the Islamofascists, and that's not a bad thing in my view. Read carefully what he's said about the Roman Catholic Church being the only religious institution in history with a successful track record of fighting Islam — I don't agree with Gingrich (actually, Calvinists in Hungary did a pretty good job of fighting Islam, and Reformed Christians were doing successful missions in the 1800s in the Middle East long before oil was discovered there) but Gingrich's views on a religious role for the United States in a worldwide conflict with Islam should scare the leftists ten times more than Santorum’s focus on abortion and gay marriages.

54 posted on Monday, February 13, 2012 10:52:51 AM by cookcounty: “West Michigan is a pocket of the country that is VERY VERY conservative. Way back in 1964, when Lyndon Johnson clobbered Goldwater in a 60%-40% landslide, Ottawa County had its own landslide, 60-40 for Goldwater. It’s also crawling with tons of social conservatives... benefitting Santorum. Romney may have been born in Michigan, but he was in the Detroit area, outstaters barely know him. And his Dad was Governor in ancient history, the mid-1960’s, a generation and a half ago.”

Cook is right.

Besides Michigan being the home of the original suburban Detroit “Reagan Democrats,” who tend to be Roman Catholic or evangelical and are good pickups for Santorum, West Michigan, where I am from (born and raised in Grand Rapids), is the denominational home of the Christian Reformed Church, as well as a major center of the midwestern and more evangelical wing of the Reformed Church in America and a number of smaller more conservative denominations. It's also the home of Cornerstone University, the college of the General Association of Regular Baptist Churches, a strongly fundamentalist denomination, and has a significant number of large evangelical megachurches and pentecostal/charismatic churches.

The CRC and RCA have serious liberal problems in their denominational operations, but that doesn't mean the people are politically liberal. It typically takes about two generations for liberalism to percolate down into the pews and wreck the social attitudes of the people, and that hasn't happened yet.

When Jerry Falwell came to West Michigan about a decade ago to speak at an Amway convention, Falwell said Grand Rapids is probably the most conservative large city in the United States. That should give an idea how an unquestioned Bible Belt evangelical leader viewed West Michigan, and while there are definitely disturbing trends going on, the direction of the CRC and RCA synods haven't yet wrecked the people's personal faith and socially conservative views. That's coming — look at the fight in Holland, Mich., over a gay rights ordinance — but it's not there yet in the Republican primary. The nut case leftists have generally been honest enough to join the Democrats, leaving the Republican Party still fairly evangelical in its core voters.

60 posted on Monday, February 13, 2012 10:59:18 AM by conservaterian: “GREAT News! But can someone please tell me how the hell Mitt beats Newt among Tea Partiers and Evangelicals??? How does Mitt get ANY votes from Tea Partiers and Evangelicals?”

I can't speak for secular conservative Tea Partiers (most Tea Party people I know are social conservatives, they just don't make that their main focus) but with regard to self-identified evangelicals, it's the family values issue that's killing Gingrich.

I am spending a bunch of time on Calvinist forums where I am personally known trying to make a case that Gingrich and Santorum are both acceptable candidates. (And yes, that's a significant part of the West Michigan electorate.) )I spent a bunch of time Saturday arguing with an intelligent Ron Paul supporter who considers Gingrich to be utterly unacceptable because of moral background issues. For him, it's Paul first, Santorum possibly, but Gingrich never. For other people, they'd say Romney first, Santorum or Paul possibly, but Gingrich never. I disagree, but unfortunately that's the sort of thing I'm having to argue against, even in my own local church.

Arguing for Santorum isn't that difficult, but arguing that Gingrich is acceptable is a real problem. I'm having to spend a lot of time pointing out that the Reformation would never have succeeded without the help of a number of Protestant monarchs and lesser nobles whose personal lives were a horrible mess but made the decision for pragmatic rather than principled reasons to support Luther, and to a lesser extent, Calvin.

We have a real problem in evangelical circles. I'll almost certainly support Gingrich if he's the nominee, but it's going to be a hard fight to avoid losing voters who won't vote for Obama but may stay home.

198 posted on 02/13/2012 1:16:37 PM PST by darrellmaurina
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To: newzjunkey
152 posted on Monday, February 13, 2012 12:38:34 PM by newzjunkey: “Democrat polling firm PPP is now the favorite of Santorum supporters. Pray he gets the full-force vetting deserved before its too late.”

You haven't heard me disagreeing with you.

I'm fairly sure that with his track record of winning elections (until the last) under difficult conditions in a Democrat-leaning state, we won't find any wild surprises about Santorum.

But if they're there, we need to know... RIGHT NOW.

199 posted on 02/13/2012 1:22:09 PM PST by darrellmaurina
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To: TexasFreeper2009

Santorum has only done well since the Catholic vote was mobilised.

It’s almost as if Obama has helped him....

But of course Obama knows he can beat Santorum. Anyone can.


200 posted on 02/13/2012 1:23:46 PM PST by plenipotentiary (Obama was a BRITISH SUBJECT at birth, passed to him via Pops, can't be NBC)
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