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Posted on 03/13/2012 8:08:17 PM PDT by Steelfish
Santorum Wins Mississippi and Alabama Primaries
By Michael O'Brien, msnbc.com -- Rick Santorum scored victories in the Mississippi and Alabama primaries on Tuesday, depriving Mitt Romney of a signature win in a conservative stronghold and raising fresh doubts about the viability of Newt Gingrich's campaign.
The former Pennsylvania senator made his case for being the lone, serious Republican challenger to Romney for the remainder of the primary by besting Gingrich in states the former speaker's campaign had previously said were essential to its long-term viability.
We did it again, Santorum said to wild applause from supporters in Louisiana, and amid projections by NBC News that he would win both Mississippi and Alabama.
Romney had hoped to score a victory in Mississippi, thereby proving his ability to win a state that composes part of the heart of the modern GOP. But he appeared to be heading to a third-place finish in both contests, failing to even surpass Gingrich, a candidate whos weathered growing calls to exit the race.
A former governor of Massachusetts, Romney acknowledged these contests were an away game for a figure like him, marking an effort to set low expectations for how he might finish in the contests.
John David Mercer / AP Republican presidential candidate, former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney greets supporters who braved the rain during a campaign stop at the Whistle Stop Cafe, Monday, March 12, 2012 in Mobile, Ala.
The Romney campaign was able to pick up delegates in both states, contributing to its march to collect the 1,144 delegates needed to secure the nomination. His campaign was also likely to pick up those crucial delegates in Hawaii's caucuses, which were set to take place overnight. A total of 107 delegates were up for grabs between the three states on Tuesday.
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You have no way of knowing that, and indeed, it's likely that a lot of Newt supporters would simply have sat out.
Newt was tossed out of the Speakership (not Congress) by his own colleagues because they didn't like that he wasn;t going along to get along like a RINO. Grief, you people really don't know what you're talking about, do you?
It is now the time to ask this question ... why does Newt want Romney nominated? Because he obviously does.
“Gingrich was tossed out of Congress by his own colleagues.”
That is to his credit.
Bunch of Dumbs*&^t GOP-E that had personality problems with Newt and who would rather support lying Democrats like David Bonior and that other Idiot Cooter. We all know Gingrich was innocent and exonerated.
Did Newt happen to mention anything about his “Southern Strategy”?
“The corrupt, decrepit Republican Party needs to be thrown off the cliff. “
Not this cycle, but soon. Very, very soon.
ain’t that a little like peein’ in the wind?
Whistling past the graveyard are we?
Whistling past the graveyard are we?
Nope, just thinking in terms of weeks, rather than hours.
Except that your guy has never been ahead of Obama in the polls while Santorum has spent quite a lot of time (including right now) ahead of Obama.
This primary season has been very eye opening for me. Many of those that I felt to be solid Conservatives have been exposed as establishment shills. Pawlenty, Christie, and Snyder are just a few that come to mind and will never get my vote for dog catcher.
That mantra is getting old. If Rick is so awful, if so many people AREN'T going to vote for him, then why is he winning so many states? Obviously he's doing something right. How 'bout Newt drop out sooner rather than later? If staying in until the convention will keep 0 on edge then fine, but he needs to get out of the way of the other conservative running when the time comes.
Democrats continue to vote for Santorum in open primaries. He’ll be toast in the general against Obama.
I’ve already said tonight that Newt is my man, but, he needs to go. It would be nice if the Casino mogul who is financing the Super Pac for Newt, would now join forces with the billionare who is financing Rick’s Super Pac. They could team up and both back Santorum and run attack ads on RINO-Rom and give him a taste of his own medicine.
“Problem - Ricky would get rolled by Obama.”
ARE WE GONNA MAKE THIS MISTAKE AGAIN, FOLKS?
Of course they are - that's why Santorum has received virtually no vetting so far. And he won't, unless he manages to squeak out the nomination. Then he will be hit from every angle and his inability to stay on task and control his tongue will send him to a flaming landslide loss.
Every Democrat I've talked to - and I mean every last mother's son among them - has emphatically hoped that the GOP nominates Santorum, even more so than Ron Paul. The GOPer they are most scared of tends to divide evenly between Newt and Romney.
Sigh... You’re whistling past the graveyard. Newt is going to go from hurting the Conservative movement to hurting his own reputation if he doesn’t get out soon. He is nothing more than a spoiler now...
Not so saintly Santo has his big time Super Pac supporters.
Oh, here is Ricky not being truthful and getting caught at fibbing:
"Rick Santorum on Thursday afternoon slipped away from the campaign trail to speak to a fundraiser for a supportive super PAC, despite denying previous reports that he planned to do so.
The fundraiser drew between 20 and 25 donors to a gated country club in Dallas where Santorum spoke for about half-an-hour about the previous evenings debate and the upcoming primaries, then chatted briefly with supporters, according to a source familiar with the event...."
Read more: http://www.politico.com/news/stories/0212/73262.html#ixzz1p3kqrqKF
John King just sketched in a scenario on CNN whereby if Gingrich leaves now, Santorum could catch up to Romneys delegate count. But it would be IMPOSSIBLE to do so if Gingrich continues in the race.
Time for true conservatives to now demand that Gingrich quit. He was a spoiler in WA, MI, and OH. Enough is enough unless we want Romney. Interestingly, on Super Tuesday Carl Cameron reported on FoxNews that the Romney camp is happy to have Gingrich in the race. Gingrichs sugar-daddy dropped him a $20m rope because he dislikes Santorums social conservative views and is a strong supporter of Israel and likes Gingrichs idea of wanting to move the US Embassy to Jerusalem- a move that every American president since 1980 has been unwilling to do.
Gingrich has been described as an erratic and unstable “Hindenberg ready to explode” and it will we who will end up sweeping the debris if he helps Romney get the nomination.
Because what it takes to win Republican primaries and what it takes to win the general election are not the same thing.
Because what it takes to win Republican primaries and what it takes to win the general election are not the same thing.
“...Newt is rising, and Santorum is dropping...” la la la... La LA LAAA... la la LA... laaa laaa laaaaaaa la la... la la... la... la... l... l... ... ... .. .. . “o
Newsflash to Santorumites: You need Gingrich to stay in the race in order to deprive Romney from hitting 1,144.
In a 1-1 with Romney vs. Santorum, Santorum would be far less competitive; this has already been demonstrated in Ohio and Michigan.
Mind you, not all Gingrich voters would go Santorum’s way. Also, it’s good that he stays in to keep Romney divided on two fronts.
Another problem, your guy is not a completely 'true conservative' candidate.
“the Rats are praying for Santorum.”
Don’t be deceived. They fear Santorum the most because he connects with blue-collar voters and Reagan Democrats. If any of the battleground states like OH, PA, or other rust-belt states go for Santorum, its all over for Obama. Gingrich has baggage to bring down a fleet of commercial airliners and his unfavorability ratings are through the cellar and suffers from a Grand Canyon-size gender gap.
Newt stated (post 77) on Fox mirrors what you said.
And your guy wants trillion dollar cap and trade; favored individual mandates; and wants amnesty because it helps grandmothers
I’m for whatever works to keep Romney from picking up more states, as long as it doesn’t destroy both of the conservatives.
To all who are saying that Santorum would lose to Obama:
Remember that a collie or Persian cat could beat Obama.
Note that hard core liberals who mock Santorum as a “saint” (just like some Freepers do) would never vote for him. But they fall on the ground laughing at the thought of voting for newt.
And ask your moderate friends which they would rather have, if their choice was Santorum or obama. A lot of the family people would rather have a good guy with the Christian values they know and trust than a somewhat subversive person who has proven he can destroy the economy without missing a beat, and whose motivations are entirely secretive. You might be surprised how many religious blacks and Jews will vote Santorum. Again, I am talking about moderate or apolitical families. Not the hard core libs. Newt or Rick could not get their vote. But people were burned by voting Obama, and they don’t want him back in there.
It is a MYTH that you have to be a milquetoast romney to beat Obama. Real conservatives win. They surprise the media and everyone who sucks the media’s boob, but they do win!
While Santorum voted to confirm Sonia Sotomayor while on her career way to become Obama’s Supreme Court nominee who will keep on giving and giving to the socialist agenda for decades to come.
“Newt is rising, and Santorum is dropping. Santorum should have had both states by ten points”
You Newters get to make up any crazy crap you want, I guess. No one had Santorum up by 10 points. Newt staked everything on winnning big in the South. And he was up by 10 points and more in a number of polls.
He lost tonight. Period. And your response is to make up some absolute fantasy nonsense about Santorum having been up by ten so winning by 5 in Alabama don’t count?
Can you not see how foolish this sort of argumentation is? Tinfoil quality.
The real problem is that all the GOP candidates are weak candidates, all are flawed candidates, and all for different reasons. It isn’t going to be easy in the fall no matter who faces B. Hussein.
Nah, that would have been too good a point to waste on Fox.
The two “good” points described upthread strike me as rather contrived and weak points. Got to hand it to him, he’s got chutzpah.
Santorum's team put out a release earlier today claiming Mitt won't get near as many delegates as the media is granting him (and as CNN granted in their simulation.) I don't know enough to evaluate their claims, I can only relay their summary. Part was based on FL and AZ having gone winner take all contrary to GOP rules. They claim that will be overturned at the convention. Newt's fight to get a share of FL is well known here; AZ would be comparable and would be a sweet hit on McCain. Their other claim, which is more nebulous, but may more significant. They claim Rick's forces are out maneuvering others in caucus states as they progress through county and district levels. That they'll get more delegates than expected and Mitt fewer than expected. There has been minimal news coverage other than the usual wild Ronulan claims. Iowa had its county conventions Saturday. Rick's guy claimed Romney and Paul were wiped out there. My Scott county (Davenport) convention was covered by the local rag, but little was said about any changes... except that Ron Paul's guys were whining big time. Apparently Paul's guys tried to stage coups in several counties.
If Newt can’t stand Romney, why is he handing the nomination to Romney?
Newtie actually will back Romney before he backs Santorum. His sugar daddy Adelson is deliberately using Newt to aid Romney. And Newt knows it and goes along with it because Newt is all about Newt and Newt wants his last, dying, gasping minutes of fame.
How will splitting the 60% not-Romney vote keep Romney from picking up states?
Do you Newsters even think before you promulgate arguments?
Rick has multiple events lined up for Illinois later this week, but most of them are downstate as that's where the bulk of his voters will be. (polls show the Chicago area will go Romney and the downstate area will go Santorum. Statewide, they're about evenly tied as the GOP primary has a much larger share of the downstate vote than the general election has)
He does have 2 big events in the Chicago area. One is a fundraiser, and the second is a GOTV campaign rally. If you're interested in attending the rally (I'm carpooling with some Santorum delegates from the Palos area), it will be THIS Friday:
March 16, 7pm-9pm
Christian Liberty Academy @ the Grace Gym
502 W. Euclid Ave.
Arlington Heights, IL
Admission is free and I believe the capacity is 960 or so.
Also, Dengar, make sure to vote for Santorum's DELEGATES as well as the candidate himself. It's actually the MOST important part of the primary as we're one of only two states where the voters elect the delegates directly. I think you said you've been redistricted in the 3rd Congressional District (Lipinski). If so, the 3 Santorum delegates are Rich Grabowski (who is also on the ballot for Congress and should get your vote), Lynn Livesay, Thomas M. Mann, and 2 alternate Santorum delegates Jacqueline Grabowski, and Dean Mann .
Newt won’t take the VP spot with anyone. He’s 68. He doesn’t know how to play second fiddle (and VP is 13th fiddle, not second fiddle.
If Newt can’t have it all Newt don’t want none of it.
Nice try to pass off a canard as truth. This is what the Gingrich brigade does here.
It was President George H.W. Bush who appointed her to a district court judge in NY in 1991. Often times to break a filibuster over another conservative candidate, a conservative senator will make a trade-off. By your logic Nixon appointed Justice Blackman who authored Roe v. Wade, and Reagan appointed Justice Kennedy who authored Lawrence v. Texas that gave us the gay rights decision. Ergo, Nixon and Reagan are liberals. This is the kid of absurdity we get here.
From the Miami Herald:
Read more here: http://www.miamiherald.com/2012/03/12/2685728/romneys-sad-search-for-authenticity.html
Sotomayors only previous ruling that dealt with abortion was one where she sided with the pro-life arguments. The case involved a policy that prohibited giving government funding to groups that either perform or advocate for abortion in foreign countries.
She never directly put her judicial view on the core issue, the constitutionality of abortion.
Meanwhile, shes been very clear about how she views the Constitution. This statement, from her 1997 confirmation hearing, could be used in a political ad positioning her as the patroness of conservative causes, not the devils mistress: I dont believe we should bend the Constitution under any circumstance. It says what it says. We should do honor to it.
So, let’s make the EXACT same mistake we made in 2008, by electing someone with NO MONEY, no network support, no business support, no GOTV support, etc.
Romney HAS the networks required to run against the FOUR HUNDRED MILLION DOLLARS the AFLCIO alone is already planning to dump in to the Obama coffers.
Newt has the ability to CREATE those networks, and build the coalitions required, as well as the balls to do what is going to be required to defeat Obama, his BILLION DOLLARS, and most of the mainstream media.
Santorum does not, and that’s the EXACT same mistake we made in 2008. And I won’t even begin to go in to his ‘Google Problem’.
“Newt is a strategic thinker” like proposing permanent moon-based colonies within eight years at a time of exploding trillion dollar budget deficits and $16T national debt, and $2.50 gas/gallon within two years regardless of world energy markets and geo-political conditions.
LoL Fishy you’re defending the leftist Sonia, and daddy Bush was a GOP-E player if there ever was one. No need to try at all. Here it is - Santorum confirmed Ms. Sonia the socialist on her career leg to become Obama’s SCOTUS justice.
Question: On the Nomination (Nomination: Sonia Sotomayor to be U.S.Circuit Judge, 2nd Circuit )” ...
Santorum (R-PA), Yea
Sarbanes (D-MD), Yea
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There he is Ricky ...voting for the socialist like a good GOP-E team player.
That was a nice side step you made on the Miami Herald article that gave you the basis for Santorum’s vote.