Report: Perry’s internal polling confirms that Santorum’s surge is real

posted at 8:50 pm on December 29, 2011 by Allahpundit

So says Stephen Hayes, reporting for the Weekly Standard. If he’s right, then your final three for the Republican presidential nomination are the guy who came up with RomneyCare, the guy who got blown out in Pennsylvania by almost 20 points five years ago, and Ron Paul.

Second look at seppuku?

A CNN poll of registered Iowa Republicans released Wednesday puts Santorum in third place with 16 percent of the vote – his highest share yet. It’s not an outlier. In fact, data from Perry’s internal daily tracking polling shows that the Santorum surge is real and that he has the potential to continue gaining in the days before voters gather for the caucuses next Tuesday.

The polling was described to TWS by a strategist for a rival campaign and confirmed by a source familiar with the numbers. The four important takeaways from Perry’s polling: Mitt Romney is “pulling away” from a group of four second-tier candidates bunched together behind him; Ron Paul’s numbers have dropped steadily in the aftermath of the attention given his troubling newsletters; Santorum’s rise has coincided with the erosion of support for Newt Gingrich; and Michele Bachmann is in danger of becoming a non-factor in the race…

One number Team Romney is watching carefully is Bachmann’s. According to a senior Iowa Republican, Romney’s team is concerned that if her support dips below 8-10 percent of the vote – where she’s been hanging in recent weeks – Santorum could present Romney with a real challenge. And further erosion for Bachmann could happen. On Wednesday, her campaign chairman defected to Ron Paul’s campaign and now a Super Pac that was once supporting her candidacy is backing Romney.

If Romney’s pulling away then I’m not sure why it matters who’s surging and who isn’t. That said, the point about Bachmann’s fade is interesting and timely given that she lost another senior staffer today: Romney (and Paul) need to divide the social-con candidates in order to conquer, so if Santorum is emerging from that bracket, then the best hope for the “Anyone But Mitt” diehards out there is for Gingrich, Perry, and Bachmann to fold ASAP. Bachmann will quit after Iowa, I think, but the other two will soldier on — potentially to Romney’s benefit and Santorum’s detriment in South Carolina.

One more detail about Bachmann, via Politico: The long-held suspicions that she’s been going easy on Mitt and hard on his opponents because she covets the VP spot are … confirmed.

She repeatedly passed up opportunities to ding Mitt Romney in the debates — a product, Rollins said, of preserving her options for sharing a ticket with him.

“There was some talk early on between her and her husband that she could end up as the vice presidential nominee,” Rollins said.

I’ve argued before that she couldn’t possibly seriously think Romney would put her on the ticket, but there you go. Strange days, my friends. Meanwhile, the good news for Santorum is that he’s in for a weekend full of sunny press and then, if he wins, another week after that in the run-up to New Hampshire. The media loves a cinderella story and political journalists find it gratifying to see his old-school Iowa strategy — camp out, hit all 99 counties, press the flesh — paying off. He’s their guy, right up until the moment when he starts to look like he has an outside shot at the nomination, when they’ll turn on him as some sort of “American Taliban” holy warrior or whatever. For a sharper critique, read Erick Erickson’s take on Santorum as more of a “pro-life statist” than a conservative. Reason enough not to prefer him to Mitt?

Here’s Perry’s ad taking aim at the new social conservative frontrunner; Santorum’s allies are already punching back. Just think, if all goes according to Romney’s plan in Iowa, we’ll be spending next Wednesday batting around suggestions for who should primary him four years from now. Exit question: In 2008, two-thirds of the party didn’t like the nominee. This year, three-quarters don’t. When do we get someone who can excite a majority of Republicans?


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winning?

freshface on December 29, 2011 at 8:53 PM

Bachmann thinks she is queen of the tea party. An opportunist like Romney but at least she is conservative while she does it.

Flapjackmaka on December 29, 2011 at 8:54 PM

Dude

Allendundit on December 29, 2011 at 8:55 PM

I’ve argued before that she couldn’t possibly seriously think Romney would put her on the ticket, but there you go.

Hate to say it, but…told you (all) so.

steebo77 on December 29, 2011 at 8:58 PM

So Bachmann was willing to sell out her principles and not go after Romney for the possiblity of a VP pick. Nice.

29Victor on December 29, 2011 at 8:58 PM

When do we get someone who can excite a majority of Republicans?

In this cycle, when Gov.Palin is drafted or enters the race as a late entrant.

promachus on December 29, 2011 at 8:59 PM

Ricko…!

Seven Percent Solution on December 29, 2011 at 9:01 PM

Once more unto the breach, dear friends, once more

sharrukin on December 29, 2011 at 9:02 PM

Color me shocked.

You mean Santorum is gunning to be the new Huckabee – social but no fiscal conservative – and probably end up with a TV Show (The Whiners).

AllahP, Santorum and Bachmann are finished after Iowa and no “surge” will change that. Anyone that seriously thinks either of them can win the nomination and beat Obama must be on hourly shots of Gardasil.

TheRightMan on December 29, 2011 at 9:02 PM

First Bachmann’s SuperPac money goes to Romney and now it’s shown all along she went easy on Mitt to position herself as his running mate? Talk about the biggest con in the history of politics! A supposed Tea Party conservative conspiring to get the biggest RINO elected?

No wonder all her staff and endorsements are leaving. Truly disgusting.

ModerateMan on December 29, 2011 at 9:02 PM

Rick freaking Santorum? We’re dooooomed. Honestly, though, I wouldn’t mind seeing him as Attorney General.

SouthernGent on December 29, 2011 at 9:02 PM

Romney lost to Ted Kennedy in a GOP year by a landslide!! Seriously your bias is showing!!!

nhgop on December 29, 2011 at 9:03 PM

I’m fine with either Rick, but I sincerely doubt Santorum can hold off Mitt.

El_Terrible on December 29, 2011 at 9:03 PM

Santorum/Blackburn 2012

predator on December 29, 2011 at 9:03 PM

Doesn’t it make more sense for a candidate like Bachman to go after the other Not-Romneys harder than Romney? The idea was to get it down to two-man race.
Romney supporters were never going to flip over to her.

Dr. Tesla on December 29, 2011 at 9:04 PM

Seven Percent Solution on December 29, 2011 at 9:01 PM

…Suave!

29Victor on December 29, 2011 at 9:05 PM

This was a year when conservatives could have had a solid candidate to face Obama but oh no…

We had to have two long-shot candidates (Bachmann and Santorum) enter the race because of their ego and desire for personal glory. One wanted a VP slot after she couldn’t gain a House leadership slot. The other wants a TV show because his career is going nowhere.

Someone please put me out of my misery.

TheRightMan on December 29, 2011 at 9:05 PM

I have a platform that would allow me to surge by Jan. 3rd!!! Any candidate can borrow it. :)

Mutnodjmet on December 29, 2011 at 9:06 PM

Second look at seppuku?

I’m voting for Harry Caray.

ZGMF_Freedom on December 29, 2011 at 9:06 PM

When do we get the melting bunny of despair?

ronval912 on December 29, 2011 at 9:07 PM

TheRightMan,

So there’s no ego and desire for personal glory on the part of Romney, Perry, Gingrich?

Dr. Tesla on December 29, 2011 at 9:08 PM

And when some of us suggested months ago that Bachmann was a Romney tool , most of you scoffed….LOL

idesign on December 29, 2011 at 9:09 PM

Republicans are out of their mind. Rick freaking Santorum?
Are really Iowaians that naive to vote for a total loser like him?

nancysabet on December 29, 2011 at 9:10 PM

Romney came from the corporate world where there are lots of SVPs and VPs in the company. Maybe he could make history by having multiples on his ticket. So far Christie, Haley, now Bachmann. More to come.

momoftxmomof3 on December 29, 2011 at 9:10 PM

The Republican field is a disaster . . .

Conservchik on December 29, 2011 at 9:10 PM

Just think, if all goes according to Romney’s plan in Iowa, we’ll be spending next Wednesday batting around suggestions for who should primary him four years from now. Exit question: In 2008, two-thirds of the party didn’t like the nominee. This year, three-quarters don’t. When do we get someone who can excite a majority of Republicans?

Yeah, maybe thats because there are 7 people he is fighting for to get the nomination. You expected him to have a plurality with 8 people on the stage. Not sure your political anaytical powers are all that hot, Allah. BTW, I love your analysis that three quarters of the party doesnt like the nominee (presumably Romney). Yet, we see Romney consistently on most people’s second choice picks, if not their first choice picks.

This must be a tough day for you, Allah. You have been dogging Romney for years now…and he is on the cusp to win the party and probably the nomination.

Jailbreak on December 29, 2011 at 9:11 PM

Bye, Michele. Let me know who primaries you so that I can send him or her some campaign $$$.

Punchenko on December 29, 2011 at 9:11 PM

So the woman who said Newt Romney several times throughout the course of one debate was going easy on Romney? Wow.

Dr. Tesla on December 29, 2011 at 9:11 PM

The Republican field is a disaster . . .

Conservchik on December 29, 2011 at 9:10 PM

It’s better than the 08 field…

ZGMF_Freedom on December 29, 2011 at 9:11 PM

Whee-doggie.

Now… will he last until Missouri gets a chance to primary him?

Logus on December 29, 2011 at 9:12 PM

When do we get someone who can excite a majority of Republicans?

Sorry AP, lost the keys to my time machine. If I can find them, you’re welcomed aboard but leave the damn cats at home. One clue: dress 80′s so you’ll fit in when we get there.

TXUS on December 29, 2011 at 9:12 PM

I don’t see him putting a woman on the ballot with him. Republican women get all worked up with a woman is on the ballot.

Dr. Tesla on December 29, 2011 at 9:12 PM

Santorum could present Romney with a real challenge.

For the uneducated, I shall translate: “Time to crank up the smear machine.”

Snorkdoodle Whizbang on December 29, 2011 at 9:13 PM

I’m not big fan of Eric Erickson, and that guy jumped the shark if he is calling Santorum a statist.

I get Erickson loves Perry, but let’s not get crazy with the attacks on others.

Dr. Tesla on December 29, 2011 at 9:13 PM

Bachmann as V.P.? Oh lord have mercy.

While I agree that Romney will need to shore up the south/midwest with a strong pick (I would venture Barbour or Mitch Daniels would seem prudent picks) he’d be a fool to pick Bachmann.

It goes against all his exclamation of private sector managerial experience to pick someone who has none of it.

Who is advising these clowns to make such incredulous claims?

rgrovr on December 29, 2011 at 9:13 PM

I just cannot believe the voters are going to miss their chance to vote for the most qualified candidate we ever had in the recent history! Rick Perry has accomplished executive success in real time, not the past as Romney, Gingrich, Santorum have all claimed. Bachmann and Paul have no executive experience. Perry has been doing this and been successful at the same time that Obama has failed – in the same economy, the same world, similar natural disasters like a drought and wildfires that consumed Texas. And also, let’s not forget……Rick Perry followed George W. Bush into office. Now, how is Obama going to argue those points in a debate? Can he stand on a stage and tell Rick Perry that it’s Bush’s fault? That it’s the tsunami or the earthquake? That the economy was in the hole? Well, none of those affected Rick Perry’s performance.

nancysabet on December 29, 2011 at 9:13 PM

Republicans are out of their mind. Rick freaking Santorum?
Are really Iowaians that naive to vote for a total loser like him?

nancysabet on December 29, 2011 at 9:10 PM

He has a lot to recommend him.
His name not being Romney looms large.

sharrukin on December 29, 2011 at 9:14 PM

You mean Santorum is gunning to be the new Huckabee – social but no fiscal conservative – and probably end up with a TV Show (The Whiners).

TheRightMan on December 29, 2011 at 9:02 PM

It’s not like anyone else in the field has a great fiscal record (unless you count Newt’s “balancing” of the federal budget) — Romney grew Massachusetts’ debt and spending faster than GDP or inflation and Perry’s record in Texas is awful on all accounts. If any of them can claim to be fiscal conservatives, why not Santorum?

steebo77 on December 29, 2011 at 9:14 PM

Romney lost to Ted Kennedy in a GOP year by a landslide!! Seriously your bias is showing!!!

nhgop on December 29, 2011 at 9:03 PM

yeah, taking out Ted Kennedy in Massachussetts is easy.

Jailbreak on December 29, 2011 at 9:14 PM

Mitch Daniels is as bad as Romney on healthcare.

Dr. Tesla on December 29, 2011 at 9:15 PM

When do we get someone who can excite a majority of Republicans?

Oh, that’s easy. When spotless ideology stops becoming the final frigging benchmark to knock charismatic and electable conservatives out of the race.

Nitpicking, of the sort Erickson’s engaging in right now because it happens to concern a candidate who didn’t declare while standing ten feet from him.

KingGold on December 29, 2011 at 9:15 PM

Rubio or Jindal are his best options.

Dr. Tesla on December 29, 2011 at 9:15 PM

She repeatedly passed up opportunities to ding Mitt Romney in the debates — a product, Rollins said, of preserving her options for sharing a ticket with him.

Congresswoman Bachmann… are you familiar with the term ‘useful idiot’?

Snorkdoodle Whizbang on December 29, 2011 at 9:15 PM

For the uneducated, I shall translate: “Time to crank up the smear machine.”

Snorkdoodle Whizbang on December 29, 2011 at 9:13 PM

Yep.

1) The press will get a mysterious tip about something Santorum may or may not have done years ago and beat him with it until he is no longer a threat to Romney.

2) If he is still a threat to Romney after Iowa, Bachmann will begin attacking him in debates.

29Victor on December 29, 2011 at 9:16 PM

Erickson thinks he calls the shots in the Republican party but you could find guys dumpster diving brighter than him.

Dr. Tesla on December 29, 2011 at 9:17 PM

and Perry’s record in Texas is awful on all accounts.
steebo77 on December 29, 2011 at 9:14 PM

Please elaborate. Are you talking about the HPV/DREAM or something else?

ZGMF_Freedom on December 29, 2011 at 9:18 PM

We need Rick Santorum to provide us the family values leadership needed to get the country’s economy back on track. Family values.

Romney 2012

Punchenko on December 29, 2011 at 9:18 PM

Seriously, if Romney wins and announces his veep, half the newbies in GOP will commit suicide. Because Romney seems to have promised the veep spot to that many people.

promachus on December 29, 2011 at 9:18 PM

P-A-L-I-N only 5 letters. Iowa, you have the power to change the course of history. 30,000 people voting for Palin in Iowa could change 2012 as we know it!

Every Iowa Republican that voted for her to be VP can send a message to Republicans and Write-In P-A-L-I-N. 5 Letters can change the world!

CoolChange80 on December 29, 2011 at 9:20 PM

Romney will probably pick Scott Brown to be his VP. Shore up the moderate vote. :)

Dr. Tesla on December 29, 2011 at 9:20 PM

Punchenko on December 29, 2011 at 9:18 PM

We need Newt Gingrich to provide judicial activism needed to get economy back on track. Federal judges. Newt 2012.

promachus on December 29, 2011 at 9:20 PM

It’s better than the 08 field…

ZGMF_Freedom on December 29, 2011 at 9:11 PM

How can this be when the loser in the 08 field is the front runner in the 2012 field?
What is becoming pretty obvious is that we conservatives are sorely lacking in leaders, the best we have been able to put up since Reagan is G.W.Bush.

neuquenguy on December 29, 2011 at 9:21 PM

Where did Rick get that *awesome* sweater vest that he’s sporting? K-Mart? Did he get it at K-Mart? Someone please tell me he got it at K-Mart, because I’m thinking about hopping in the car and going there tonight.

Romney (or Santorum) 2012. Oh, or Bachmann 2010.

Punchenko on December 29, 2011 at 9:21 PM

Santorum would probably be our nominee if he was gay.

Dr. Tesla on December 29, 2011 at 9:22 PM

CoolChange80 on December 29, 2011 at 9:20 PM

Seek psychiatric help immediately. Your inner crazy is showing.

Hollowpoint on December 29, 2011 at 9:22 PM

Whatever you think of Romney, he has been pretty shrewd, playing all his opponents against each other and standing back as they self-destructed.

andy85719 on December 29, 2011 at 9:22 PM

CoolChange80 on December 29, 2011 at 9:20 PM

Amen.

promachus on December 29, 2011 at 9:22 PM

Is it possible that the only reason Bachmann hasn’t dropped out yet is that she’s intentionally helping Romney divide conservative voters so she can get the VP slot?

29Victor on December 29, 2011 at 9:22 PM

Santorum would probably be our nominee if he was gay.

Dr. Tesla on December 29, 2011 at 9:22 PM

“Was”? So if he went to Dr. Bachmann’s treatment center?

andy85719 on December 29, 2011 at 9:23 PM

Yeah, Romney planned out Cain’s womanizing, Perry’s poor debate performances, Bachman’s lack of experience, Gingrich’s adultery, etc.

It was all Romney’s strategy.

Dr. Tesla on December 29, 2011 at 9:24 PM

We need Newt Gingrich to provide judicial activism needed to get economy back on track. Federal judges. Newt 2012.

promachus on December 29, 2011 at 9:20 PM

Newt is a Communist just like Sarah Palin, come to think of it. She nationalized the oil industry up there.

Say NO to Communism and yes, yes, yes to a brand new sweater vest!

Romney/Santorum 2012

Punchenko on December 29, 2011 at 9:24 PM

Cult of personality.

This country needs J-O-B-S. No, I’m not talking about gainful employment. I’m talking about the man who took a company of the verge of bankruptcy and turned it into the world’s most valuable company in the span of 10 years.

Every Iowan with an iphone needs to send a text message to the nation. JOBS 2012!

ZGMF_Freedom on December 29, 2011 at 9:24 PM

CoolChange80 on December 29, 2011 at 9:20 PM

You go right ahead, Palin cultist. If she cares about this country more than her own ego…she’ll stay out.
Btw:I’ve got 5 letters for you: P-E-R-R-Y.

annoyinglittletwerp on December 29, 2011 at 9:24 PM

Romney lost to Ted Kennedy in a GOP year by a landslide!! Seriously your bias is showing!!!

nhgop on December 29, 2011 at 9:03 PM</blockquote

jeez, do you even understand the context at all? Obama would have lost to Teddy Kennedy by lanslide in MA, if they contended for office there, and both Clintons would have too…he had to die for somebody else to take a shot at that seat…

jimver on December 29, 2011 at 9:25 PM

“Was”? So if he went to Dr. Bachmann’s treatment center?

andy85719 on December 29, 2011 at 9:23 PM

No, i’m of the opinion if somebody tells you they are gay, they are gay. Praying isn’t going to make it go away. :)

My point is the gay issue comes up everytime Santy is mentioned, so I just theorize that if he was gay, he would be our nominee. :)

Dr. Tesla on December 29, 2011 at 9:25 PM

Well New Zealand looks nice, or maybe Costa Rica

poljunkie51 on December 29, 2011 at 9:26 PM

Bachmann has been a great proponent of Conservative principles, but her political instincts are awful. Hiring Rollins, who has no problems reading her campaign diary to everyone, was the red flag. She should’ve fought for the spot instead of veep and she would’ve had a better chance. Sad really.

conservative pilgrim on December 29, 2011 at 9:27 PM

ZGMF_Freedom on December 29, 2011 at 9:24 PM

Honey, bless your heart, but Jobs is a very smelly corpse by now.

andy85719 on December 29, 2011 at 9:27 PM

I want Santorum as AG too. I’m giving my 2nd look to Perry. He needs to get out there more. Show up on the radio shows. Santorum’s been doing that alot.

And I like Santorum, but the gay mafia and the press (BIRM) are gonna kill him.

Iblis on December 29, 2011 at 9:27 PM

SOME Republican women get all worked up with a woman is on the ballot.

Dr. Tesla on December 29, 2011 at 9:12 PM

ahem…

pannw on December 29, 2011 at 9:28 PM

Please elaborate. Are you talking about the HPV/DREAM or something else?

ZGMF_Freedom on December 29, 2011 at 9:18 PM

FISCAL record.

steebo77 on December 29, 2011 at 9:28 PM

Can’t wait until the actual votes are counted…

… Oh, wait!

Seven Percent Solution on December 29, 2011 at 9:28 PM

Dr. Tesla on December 29, 2011 at 9:25 PM

I was being a jerk and critiquing your grammar. It should have been “if he were gay”.

andy85719 on December 29, 2011 at 9:28 PM

“Was”? So if he went to Dr. Bachmann’s treatment center?

andy85719 on December 29, 2011 at 9:23 PM

You leave Marcus out of this! Marcus is a good man and I would let him decorate my house in a heartbeat! In a HEARTBEAT!

Romney 2012

Punchenko on December 29, 2011 at 9:29 PM

“There was some talk early on between her and her husband that she could end up as the vice presidential nominee,” Rollins said.

Rollins isn’t the most trustworthy source, but given that this matches what we’ve witnessed of Bachmann’s behavior towards Romney, this rings true.

And it means (1) that Bachmann’s effectively been running for months with no expectation of actually winning, and (2) that Bachmann’s been attacking other conservatives who rose to challenge Mitt, to prevent them from winning, BECAUSE IT WOULD THREATEN HER VP chances. After all, a conservative nominee won’t need to pick a conservative VP, right.

Bachmann should be ruined as a national conservative leader after this debacle. She won’t be, but she should be.

Robert_Paulson on December 29, 2011 at 9:29 PM

Pann,

You can’t deny that a lot of women went batty when McCain put Palin on the ticket.

WE don’t have time for cat fights this year. :)

Dr. Tesla on December 29, 2011 at 9:29 PM

Perry didn’t even know about Lawrence v. Texas. Not so good.

andy85719 on December 29, 2011 at 9:30 PM

You go right ahead, Palin cultist. If she cares about this country more than her own ego…she’ll stay out.
Btw:I’ve got 5 letters for you: P-E-R-R-Y.

annoyinglittletwerp on December 29, 2011 at 9:24 PM

Actually, I respect Palin a lot more since she decided not to run. It means that she recognizes reality and has her head on straight. She is much more effective in her current role.

ZGMF_Freedom on December 29, 2011 at 9:30 PM

was being a jerk and critiquing your grammar. It should have been “if he were gay”.

andy85719 on December 29, 2011 at 9:28 PM

I’m not writing a thesis here, brother.

I’m an engineer and we let Microsoft word correct our spelling and grammar mistakes. Teh heh. :)

Dr. Tesla on December 29, 2011 at 9:30 PM

SOME Republican women get all worked up with a woman is on the ballot.

Dr. Tesla on December 29, 2011 at 9:12 PM

correct would be: ‘when dumb women are on the ballot’…:-)

jimver on December 29, 2011 at 9:30 PM

mr. santorum might be extracting some payback for the spector/rove thing in 2004. the gop establishment hung that on him. thank you rovester.

newrouter on December 29, 2011 at 9:31 PM

What is Palin’s current role?

She’s effective at a whole lot of nothing is what you are basically saying. Teh heh.

Dr. Tesla on December 29, 2011 at 9:31 PM

What makes Mrs. Palin “dumb”?

She seems more intelligent than Obama to me. People touted him as smart.

Dr. Tesla on December 29, 2011 at 9:33 PM

There is a surge for Santorum. Where can conservatives go? There are not a lot of choices for them right now.

And credit where credit is due: Robert Stacy McCain made it rain for Rick Santorum.http://theothermccain.com/2011/12/29/rick-santorum-gets-the-kind-of-optics-a-cash-strapped-candidate-can’t-buy/

Mr. Joe on December 29, 2011 at 9:33 PM

I’m an engineer and we let Microsoft word correct our spelling and grammar mistakes. Teh heh. :)

Dr. Tesla on December 29, 2011 at 9:30 PM

then set it for English :-)…

jimver on December 29, 2011 at 9:34 PM

Honey, bless your heart, but Jobs is a very smelly corpse by now.

andy85719 on December 29, 2011 at 9:27 PM

Jesus died once too. That’s all I’m saying.

ZGMF_Freedom on December 29, 2011 at 9:34 PM

When do we get someone who can excite a majority of Republicans?

When the GOP electorate man up and stop allowing the GOP Establishment to destroy our candidates. I would say 2016 presents great possibilities with Rubio, Jindal, McDonnel, Susanna Martinez, and Rick Scott. But who are we kidding? It’s Jeb Bush’s year that cycle, because the Establishment, the Big Money, and The Media will make it so.

And yes, I presume that Romney will lose to Obama in 2012.

milemarker2020 on December 29, 2011 at 9:34 PM

I’ve argued before that she couldn’t possibly seriously think Romney would put her on the ticket, but there you go.

steebo77 on December 29, 2011 at 8:58 PM

idesign on December 29, 2011 at 9:09 PM

So it turns out Michelle was wearing the tinfoil hat all this time…

de rigueur on December 29, 2011 at 9:34 PM

Bachman and Cain wanted the VP slot on Romney’s ticket. Now both will be forgotten soon enough. They are both political hos.

they lie on December 29, 2011 at 9:34 PM

Some liberal at work was insisting that Palin said that she could see Alaska from her porch. I told him that was a Tina Fey joke, and he denied it and got all angry about it.

I emailed him Palin’s comments about Alaska and Tina Fey’s spoof of Palin. He doesn’t bring up Palin’s stupidity anymore.

Dr. Tesla on December 29, 2011 at 9:35 PM

OT: Ron Paul just on Hannity defending Iran’s president, Mr. A.

andy85719 on December 29, 2011 at 9:36 PM

Bachmann should be ruined as a national conservative leader after this debacle. She won’t be, but she should be.

Robert_Paulson on December 29, 2011 at 9:29 PM

Michele Bachmann is the Maggie Thatcher of our time. Show a little respect please, Mr. Paulson. Oh, and her husband is an absolute doll! At the ABC News debate, I had the pleasure of sitting in front of him and he told me my brand new Jimmy Choo’s looked rather “fetching” on me. He did, however, make a catty comment or two about my shade of lipstick which deflated me a bit — only a bit though, mind you.

Romney 2012

Punchenko on December 29, 2011 at 9:36 PM

I’d take Palin over Romney, Paul, Gingrich. I’m neutral on the others.

Dr. Tesla on December 29, 2011 at 9:36 PM

annoyinglittletwerp on December 29, 2011 at 9:24 PM

You mean Perry doesn’t care for his country? Is that why he barged into an election without a campaign, without a policy agenda, with nothing but bare ambition?

promachus on December 29, 2011 at 9:36 PM

I’m still going to hold onto the fact that Perry is drawing standing-room only crowds of 150-200+ while Santorum can barely muster a dozen. It’s being reported via the press following Perry and the pictures are all over Twitter.

Last week reports were that Bachmann could barely get three people at her events and the polling has proven that. If Santorum, who is NO Tea Partier (not with his love of pork and earmarks!) can’t get people to his events, then people will not caucus for him.

Perry’s ground game can still turn into a groundswell; Santorum’s “surge” could evaporate just as quikly as it came since he has nobody coming to his events.

I can imagine the conversations at caucases, “I’m thinking of Santorum” to which a reply could be “but have you seen Perry in person? I have and I was impressed”. That’s what all the people are telling the press when they leave a Perry rally: “I was impressed/I’ve changed my mind now that I’ve seen him in person”. No one’s going to say that of Santorum because no one’s seeing him in person. Word-of-mouth is ver important to IA caucuses.

My only fear is that Santorum’s surge is coming too close for the other candidates to show what a non-Tea Partier he is. I’m glad Perry’s got his ad up today, that was fast. Fast is needed right not. Iowans need to know what a pork-barrel lover Santorum is.

-Aslan’s Girl

Aslans Girl on December 29, 2011 at 9:37 PM

ZGMF_Freedom on December 29, 2011 at 9:34 PM

Hahahahahaha!!

andy85719 on December 29, 2011 at 9:37 PM

I’m surprised Paul would go on Hannity.

Dr. Tesla on December 29, 2011 at 9:37 PM

Amazing, When Ed rollins says something that hurts Bachmann everybody believes him, Not long ago on this website we ripped him on a daily basis as a liar, kookoo, etc…

OrthodoxJew on December 29, 2011 at 9:37 PM

Rick Perry and conservatives have on last shot and that’s South Carolina to turn it around. It’s either we get our s**ts together then or it’s Romney vs. Obama. So who will it be Santorum or Perry? I’m willing to give Santorum his chance not to blow it like Perry did earlier, but if he blows it, then it’s back to Perry.

milemarker2020 on December 29, 2011 at 9:38 PM

She seems more intelligent than Obama to me. People touted him as smart.

Dr. Tesla on December 29, 2011 at 9:33 PM</blockquote

well, I wouldn't hold Obama as the paragon of intelligence :-) au contraire :-)…

jimver on December 29, 2011 at 9:39 PM

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