Rasmussen national poll: Romney 29%, Santorum 21%

posted at 12:20 pm on January 5, 2012 by Ed Morrissey

What does a narrow second-place finish get you in national polling?  A solid bounce to second place, if you’re Rick Santorum.  The latest Rasmussen national poll puts Santorum firmly into the top tier:

Former U.S. Senator Rick Santorum, coming off his photo finish with Mitt Romney in the Iowa caucuses, is now in second place among Republican voters in the race for the party’s 2012 presidential nomination.

The news for the rest of the field, save Mitt Romney, is less than stellar:

The latest Rasmussen Reports national telephone survey, taken the night after the caucuses, shows Romney again in first place with support from 29% of Likely Republican Primary Voters, followed by Santorum with 21%. Former House Speaker Newt Gingrich, who led the pack in late November with 38% of the vote, now runs third with 16%. Texas Congressman Ron Paul, the third place finisher in Iowa, picks up 12% of the vote, up from eight percent (8%) in the previous survey.

The two remaining Republicans in the race, Texas Governor Rick Perry and former Utah Governor Jon Huntsman, each earn four percent (4%), marking essentially no change from late November.

Santorum rose 17 points in the last month, rocketing to the position of the latest Not-Romney as support for past holders of that position dwindled substantially.  But he’s not the only one benefiting from a surprisingly good performance in Iowa.  Romney’s stock has risen by 12 points in the same period.  His favorability has barely changed, from 67% to 68% over that time, so it appears that Romney may have benefited from the exodus from Gingrich.  Gingrich, bt the way, has dropped nineteen points in favorability in the last few weeks since the previous survey, a precipitous fall that explains his current position in the field.

Rick Perry may have decided to keep going to South Carolina, but he won’t get much of a lift from this survey.  He’s in the exact same position as in late November, even with Michele Bachmann out of the race.  Interestingly, Ron Paul has fallen to fourth place but has more support at 12% than he did tied for third at 8% in the last survey.

Rasmussen’s sample looks pretty solid, with 73% Republicans and 27% independents among 1,000 likely primary voters.  The internals of this poll look pretty good for Romney, however.  He and Santorum finish first and second among men (29/19), women (30/24), and every age demo except 18-39YO, which goes Romney/Paul 34/18, which is bad news for Paul — although Rasmussen has consolidated its traditional age demos into fewer categories, it should be noted.  Santorum gets a third of “very conservative” voters, with Gingrich in second (33/25) and Romney in third at 18%.  It’s Romney/Santorum among “somewhat conservative” voters (33/21), thouggh, and Romney/Paul (36/17) among “other”.   Romney’s still winning the independents at 25%, with four candidates tying for second place, as well as the Republicans, 31/23 over Santorum in second place.

It looks like Santorum’s bounce is both wide and deep, but not enough to overpower Romney, at least not in a crowded field.


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I have a feeling that this next debate, Romney will get more than his RDA of Newtrition.

Would love to see Romney get knocked off his paper pedestal and then, Newt can just go home.

Norky on January 5, 2012 at 1:11 PM

Looks like this takes away the “why isn’t Mitt running away with this thing if he is suck a good candidate” talking point. Face it, Obummer has to good and Mitt is the best person to send him back to Chicago.

Roymunson on January 5, 2012 at 1:12 PM

Mitt on his way down to his always reliable 25%.

boogaleesnots on January 5, 2012 at 1:12 PM

On the other hand Romney will force me to buy health insurance, will raise my taxes, will implement Cap N Trade which will increase my energy costs tremendously.

angryed on January 5, 2012 at 12:53 PM

His positions are the opposite of each of those.

Ronnie on January 5, 2012 at 12:57 PM

His position now, are.

His actions as governor are exactly what I said.

What is he more likely to do as president…what he says he would do or what he’s already done in the past?

angryed on January 5, 2012 at 1:13 PM

You think the democrats will control both houses in 2012? I don’t.

Ronnie on January 5, 2012 at 1:08 PM

They probably will in 2014. And either way, neither party will have 60 in the senate. Which means Romney will need to compromise with Harry Reid for 4 years.

angryed on January 5, 2012 at 1:16 PM

His religion is too wierd.

Jailbreak on January 5, 2012 at 12:58 PM

…reflective of the poor crowd that made up HotGas during most of 2011. Not too many college-educated folks until the recent open registrations.

Jailbreak on December 28, 2011 at 6:18 PM

portlandon on January 5, 2012 at 1:17 PM

So 21% of Republicans thinks Santorum can beat Obama.

Can someone find me another party to join, please?

tkyang99 on January 5, 2012 at 1:19 PM

I have a feeling that this next debate, Romney will get more than his RDA of Newtrition.

Would love to see Romney get knocked off his paper pedestal and then, Newt can just go home.

Norky on January 5, 2012 at 1:11 PM

It’s too late for Newt to do that and have any effect. Timing is everything, and right after you get your ass handed to you is not the right time. People are just going to see him as a sore loser, which is basically what he said he is.

Ronnie on January 5, 2012 at 1:20 PM

The idea is BEATING OBAMA. That’s who you want. Santorum is the one that would lose 50 states to Obama.

Actually, this attitude is what has been killing us for years.

If all you want to do is best Obama, choose Hillary Clinton as your standard bearer. With Republican support she’d easily win all 50 states against him.

But what does replacing one liberal with another do for us? NOTHING.

Ok, so Romney is a status quo type, so he’ll cement Obama’s legacy instead of expanding it. Is that acceptable to you? Or should we actually try to pick a candidate that will roll back Obama’s policies like Obromneycare?

18-1 on January 5, 2012 at 1:22 PM

His actions as governor are exactly what I said.

angryed on January 5, 2012 at 1:13 PM

He’s never supported cap and trade. He’s never supported a national mandate (like Newt has). Did he break any promises from when he ran for Governor?

Ronnie on January 5, 2012 at 1:22 PM

latest gallup Mitt 27 Newt 19

gerrym51 on January 5, 2012 at 1:23 PM

*I’m consistently hearing liberals now say something to the effect of, “I could live with a President Romney, he’s not a kook like those conservatives in the race.
18-1 on January 5, 2012 at 12:44 PM

Aha! This must be why I keep hearing this amusing talking point repeated over and over (from parrots like Bob Beckel):

Romney’s not a moderate! Romney has moved soooooooh far to the right, once he’s wrapped up the nomination he’ll have to move away from these extreeeeme far right positions to the center.

Buy Danish on January 5, 2012 at 1:24 PM

It looks like Santorum’s bounce is both wide and deep, but not enough to overpower Romney, at least not in a crowded field.

Which is why Newt and Perry better decide quickly(i.e. BEFORE South Carolina) what their #1 priority is. Neither has a snowball’s chance in hell at the nomination. So if they’re both eager to deny Mittens a victory in the primaries, unfortunately they may have to take one for the team by dropping out and endorsing Santorum. If they did that and 80% of their combined support in this poll went to him with the rest going to Romney, you’d suddenly have Santorum leading 37-33. Not to mention all that anti-Romney financial support would be redirected to a single candidate.

It’s decision time for the Anybody But Romney crowd. Because if we don’t get this field narrowed quickly and consolidate our support behind one person, Mittens could have this thing in the bag after Florida.

Doughboy on January 5, 2012 at 1:25 PM

They probably will in 2014. And either way, neither party will have 60 in the senate. Which means Romney will need to compromise with Harry Reid for 4 years.

angryed on January 5, 2012 at 1:16 PM

I don’t agree, but if Congress goes 85% dem in 2012 or 2014, then we’ll have a situation like he had in Mass. Anything less than 60, and I’m not too sure how we could possibly see what you’re predicting.

Ronnie on January 5, 2012 at 1:25 PM

We need to beat Obama; and neither Santorum (whom I like) nor Gingrich (whom I don’t) can beat Obama. Neither has the organization, the money, or the credibility on the economy to overcome what will be the nastiest campaign since Adams-Jackson in 1828. Romney is squeaky clean; has been fully vetted; has been a Governor; has the strongest business sector experience; excels in debates; and is very articulate.

More than anything else, Romney is vicious on attacking his opponents; just ask Gingrich and Huckibee. To illustrate, Romney used Kennedy’s transgressions against him better than anyone else, coming the closest to beating the liberal icon….

Romney can beat Obama; the rest of this field can’t.

Other Republicans could also beat Obama; buy their not running.

RedSoxNation on January 5, 2012 at 1:26 PM

*I’m consistently hearing liberals now say something to the effect of, “I could live with a President Romney, he’s not a kook like those conservatives in the race.
18-1 on January 5, 2012 at 12:44 PM

So anyway…why don’t we have any not-kooks running again? Because I hate to agree with liberals on anything, but this is not a totally false statement.

Ronnie on January 5, 2012 at 1:27 PM

Doughboy: Out of curiosity, would you have any qualms voting for a candidate you know was a candidate only because other candidates decided to spike his opposition?

Scott H on January 5, 2012 at 1:27 PM

So 21% of Republicans thinks Santorum can beat Obama.

Can someone find me another party to join, please?

tkyang99 on January 5, 2012 at 1:19 PM

Uh yeah, I think the Democrats will be happy to have you, you’ll fit right in.

Norky on January 5, 2012 at 1:27 PM

I don’t know. You might bring me around, but I just can’t believe Santorum is actually in this thing now. I thought for sure he would be dropping out after Iowa like Bachmann.

portlandon on January 5, 2012 at 12:58 PM

It’s a matter of desperation by the Not-Romneys. Newt’s fading, Perry’s gone, and Paul is a nut. Who else do they have at this point? Santorum has managed to be the last not-Romney standing.

The calculus by Romney supporters has always been to demolish his opponents and make sure conservatives don’t have a choice. Unfortunately for him, this same logic may propel Santorum to a surprise victory as conservatives unite behind Santorum to defeat Romney because, well, who else do they have left?

Doomberg on January 5, 2012 at 1:28 PM

Why was Romney the conservative alternative in 2008, but is now a moderate? Romney is not perfect, but he is very competent. And he will effectively cut back government.

RedSoxNation on January 5, 2012 at 1:29 PM

Why was Romney the conservative alternative in 2008, but is now a moderate? Romney is not perfect, but he is very competent. And he will effectively cut back government.

RedSoxNation on January 5, 2012 at 1:29 PM

I have no idea what happened between him winning CPAC in 2009 and now.

Ronnie on January 5, 2012 at 1:30 PM

RSN: Correction. You believe Romney when he says that he will cut back government, and you believe that he will be effective at doing so.

Why you believe anything any politician says to you after last year, I am not sure…

Scott H on January 5, 2012 at 1:32 PM

I think some arguments can be made that a longer primary battle helps the eventual R rather than Obama. It keeps the focus on the shortcomings of the Obama administration, it prevents them from concentrating their fire on one person, and it helps develop a ground game in later states that typically don’t get to see a primary fight.

txmomof6 on January 5, 2012 at 12:57 PM

I’d disagree with that assessment. A primary, “can,” help the eventual R by vetting out the candidates better, but in a contentious primary eventually you reach the point where you’re just beating a dead horse. It ceases to educate voters about the candidate and instead exposes the voters to a strain of vitriol that turns off many voters.

Another benefit to ending a primary relatively early, is that it creates a larger gap in time between the primary and when the campaigns begin in earnest the following summer. This would be particularly helpful to the eventual R, as it creates a window where all the attention in on the incumbent.

Best of all, it’d give people on our general side time to come together. Granted, I suspect some people never will, but many more will gladly vote for the eventual R over Obama.

I mean, heck, I got over McCain and I never liked him. I would’ve voted for Huckabee over Obama, and I personally took offense at his campaign. When the other guy is just THAT far to the left, even weak candidates start looking mighty attractive. :P

WolvenOne on January 5, 2012 at 1:36 PM

These are the Romney and candidate to be named later polls. This is so silly posting these polls. Santorum gets the Cain/Perry/Bechman/Gingrich second place position.

Jdripper on January 5, 2012 at 1:39 PM

NOW the constantly shifting “anti-Romney” voting bloc is starting to embarrass me.

I’m sorry, but is there NOTHING ? No position whatsoever that will discourage people from swinging from one lousy candidate to another in hopes of magically finding an acceptable not-Romney ?

Rick Santorum is a HORRID candidate for President. He’s like George W. Bush II. Did the first incarnation not suck ENOUGH ? We want to try again ?

I’m not sure which of them is worse, Michelle Bachman and her “Gardisil causes retardation” bit, Rick Santorum with his “birth control is evil” bit, or Ron Paul. That ANYONE is considering voting for these turds is an embarrassment to sentient life on planet earth, nevermind how bad they make the GOP look.

deadrody on January 5, 2012 at 1:40 PM

The calculus by Romney supporters has always been to demolish his opponents and make sure conservatives don’t have a choice. Unfortunately for him, this same logic may propel Santorum to a surprise victory as conservatives unite behind Santorum to defeat Romney because, well, who else do they have left?

Doomberg on January 5, 2012 at 1:28 PM

See, that’s just nutty. Conservatives DO NOT have a choice because there is no conservative running in the Republican primary. There is no grand conspiracy, and you just sound like a DailyKooks nutter when you write stuff like that. There are no conservatives running. No one is conspiring to keep people off the ballot WHO DO NOT EXIST. They are conspiring to get someone from a field of nothing but moderates on the ballot who can win — because a moderate is better than a Marxist. Much better. Hundreds of thousands of miles better.

Rational Thought on January 5, 2012 at 1:41 PM

Ok, so Romney is a status quo type, so he’ll cement Obama’s legacy instead of expanding it. Is that acceptable to you? Or should we actually try to pick a candidate that will roll back Obama’s policies like Obromneycare?

18-1 on January 5, 2012 at 1:22 PM

Santorum can’t roll back Obama’s policies, because he can’t beat Obama. Santorum will lose. He will lose. He will lose. Please, guys, let this sink in. Try to realize this, and try to realize that what you’re really saying is that you’d rather have Obama as president for another four years in the hope that someone really, really good will be the GOP nominee in 2016. This is surrender in hopes you win the next war, and it shouldn’t be tolerated. With four more years, Obama will cement his own legacy, while a President Romney would’ve been under intense pressure from a GOP Congress to destroy it. Obama will get to pick more judges, write more regulations, set up more bureaucracies, legalize illegals and create a durably Democratic majority. Worse still, the economy bears a good chance of improving no matter who is president, and if it does then everything Obama has done is deemed successful and sets precedents. We’re more likely to lose in 2016 than now. So stop whining, stop crying, stop wishing for your fantasy candidate to ride in. Do what good men always do, the most good they can.

EricW on January 5, 2012 at 1:41 PM

NO MORE BUSH SANTORUM!

Lawn Gnome ’12

Archivarix on January 5, 2012 at 1:43 PM

Oh, and since mocking the “anti-Romney” bloc has already been labelled as “pro-Romney” let me put that foolishness to rest. I am HARDLY pro-Romney. Frankly, ALL the candidates suck in one way or another.

Problem is, Bachman, Paul, and Santorum all suck in a way that they have LESS than a zero percent chance of competing with Obama, let alone actually beating him.

That is not a pro-Romney position. Whether or not Romney could beat Obama is an open question. For those three turds it is NOT an open question. That ship has long since sailed.

I’d be curious to see some analysis of what happened in 2008 in various places, which GOP candidates got hammered the worst and how they fit on the moderate-conservative spectrum. Rick Santorum is possibly the LEAST nationally attractive candidate on this list.

deadrody on January 5, 2012 at 1:45 PM

Which is why Newt and Perry better decide quickly(i.e. BEFORE South Carolina) what their #1 priority is.

I don’t think people realize how fast this is going to be over. If there isn’t a clear single contender after FL, Romney will have this wrapped up before Super Tuesday.

lowandslow on January 5, 2012 at 1:45 PM

Which is why Newt and Perry better decide quickly(i.e. BEFORE South Carolina) what their #1 priority is. Neither has a snowball’s chance in hell at the nomination. So if they’re both eager to deny Mittens a victory in the primaries, unfortunately they may have to take one for the team by dropping out and endorsing Santorum. If they did that and 80% of their combined support in this poll went to him with the rest going to Romney, you’d suddenly have Santorum leading 37-33. Not to mention all that anti-Romney financial support would be redirected to a single candidate.

politicians are in in for themselves until they have no other alternativ.perry,gingrich,santorum,paul all have varying amounts of resources and won’t stop until they have too.

gerrym51 on January 5, 2012 at 1:48 PM

There are no guarantees Romney can beat obama. but i think most people believe he has the BEST CHANCE.

gerrym51 on January 5, 2012 at 1:50 PM

I don’t think people realize how fast this is going to be over. If there isn’t a clear single contender after FL, Romney will have this wrapped up before Super Tuesday.

lowandslow on January 5, 2012 at 1:45 PM

You may very well be right. Then Romney can go on to losing to obama.

Even if he picks Rubio as his running mate, obama can lose FL and STILL WIN! West Coast, Great Lakes states, and New England and the Northeast with the except of NH, which will go to Romney= LOSS for Romney.

We sure as hell better get some new leadership in the House and Senate and take back the Senate.

M_J_S on January 5, 2012 at 1:52 PM

EricW on January 5, 2012 at 1:41 PM

I approve!

WolvenOne on January 5, 2012 at 1:52 PM

Romney’s machine chewed up Newt. I’ve no doubt that they’ll be able to do the same to Santorum.

RBMN on January 5, 2012 at 12:33 PM

Yup. Romney is great at attacking Republicans, that’s how he lost last time. I suppose since he can’t run on his record, it’s all he has left. Make everyone more scared of the other candidates than they are of him.

Is this not how Obama won his nomination???

PuritanD71 on January 5, 2012 at 1:52 PM

Santorum = latest flavor of the month.
I bet he doesn’t even finish second in SC.

DRayRaven on January 5, 2012 at 1:54 PM

EricW on January 5, 2012 at 1:41 PM

And the evidence that Santorum would lose is what again???? Please, that is what was said of Reagan. Conservatism will win whenever it is foundational. Romney slightly less Conservative than McCain…which BTW was selected last time because CW states, “Moderates win elections”

PuritanD71 on January 5, 2012 at 1:56 PM

politicians are in in for themselves until they have no other alternativ.perry,gingrich,santorum,paul all have varying amounts of resources and won’t stop until they have too.

gerrym51 on January 5, 2012 at 1:48 PM

Agreed, its called rational self interest. Very few people in the world are entirely selfless, and politicians are no different. This is why pork and lobbying are so persistent, and will remain so until the rules of the game change. Usually however, it’s not a problem, so we shouldn’t decry it too much.

Gingrich and Perry still do have a real, if distant, chance to get the nomination. So if they have the funds to keep going I don’t begrudge them doing so. Typically candidates only drop out when they run out of a viable options, so we shouldn’t expect anything different here.

WolvenOne on January 5, 2012 at 1:59 PM

Hmm… the way I figure it, that means that 50% of Republicans haven’t been paying attention for the last 80 years.

mankai on January 5, 2012 at 12:37 PM

The way i see it is that 50% of the party remembers the “other” Newt

OrthodoxJew on January 5, 2012 at 12:58 PM

Yeah, Mitt’s tax plan that he borrowed from the Democrats is way better than Newt’s.

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mankai on January 5, 2012 at 2:03 PM

I’m not a social con, quite the opposite. I’d still prefer Santorum. I don’t really care what he believes, it won’t be relevant as president. What’s he going to do, force me to go to church? Force me to pray? Force me to hate gays? Overturn Roe v. Wade singlehanedly? Social issues are moot as far as policy goes since the president has no power to do anything about social issues.

On the other hand Romney will force me to buy health insurance, will raise my taxes, will implement Cap N Trade which will increase my energy costs tremendously.

That’s what matters
, no whether or not Santorum took his dead baby home.

angryed on January 5, 2012 at 12:53 PM

YES!!! Let’s stop all this beating around the bush (no pun intended) and talk about the ISSUES that count! Our next President will either help guide our country away from the brink of disaster or propel us right over the edge! I don’t give a flying FLIP about what Romney CLAIMS he’ll do once he’s in office, I want to know what he ALREADY DID while he was in office. For pete’s sake, people, RomneyCare was the BLUEPRINT for ObamaCare. Doesn’t anyone CARE?!?!

mom29js on January 5, 2012 at 2:05 PM

Sarah Palin,Donald Trump,Haley Barbour, Mitch Daniels, Paul, Ryan,Mike Huckabee,Tim Pawlenty, Michelle Bachmann, Rick Perry, Herman Cain, Newton Leroy-the zany-Stinkrich, Ron Paul, Rick Santorum…….Mitt Romney.

Falz on January 5, 2012 at 2:06 PM

RomneyCare was the BLUEPRINT for ObamaCare. Doesn’t anyone CARE?!?!

mom29js on January 5, 2012 at 2:05 PM

Don’t you care about states’ rights and federalism?

Socialism is super, double-extra cool when done on the state level. Mitt was only proving that it’s the states that should be Marxist entities and not the federal government.

/Mittbot

mankai on January 5, 2012 at 2:12 PM

Santorum is still unknown by a lot of people. I think if he can withstand the vetting his numbers could go up.

magicbeans on January 5, 2012 at 2:14 PM

Doughboy: Out of curiosity, would you have any qualms voting for a candidate you know was a candidate only because other candidates decided to spike his opposition?

Scott H on January 5, 2012 at 1:27 PM

I wouldn’t like that. If it comes down to a 2-man race between Romney and someone else, I hope that Not Romney candidate gives me a reason to vote FOR them, not just count on my support because they’re not Mittens.

I’m merely pointing out the obvious. If Newt, Perry, and Santorum all remain in this race through Florida, they’ll split the conservative vote, and Romney will win every single primary. While he’s unable to get above 25% outside of New Hampshire, that bloc of support is solid and good enough to get him the nomination in a crowded field.

Doughboy on January 5, 2012 at 2:15 PM

Santorum can’t roll back Obama’s policies, because he can’t beat Obama. Santorum will lose. He will lose. He will lose. Please, guys, let this sink in.

I disagree. If our candidate can differentiate himself from Obama, he wins. Its that simple. Romney will repeat McCain’s 08 campaign and lose, likely by more then McCain did. And fundamentally, in a Romney-Obama match up, who cares who wins? Either way we get Obromneycare and Obama’s policies for at least another 4 years.

18-1 on January 5, 2012 at 2:20 PM

His actions as governor are exactly what I said.

angryed on January 5, 2012 at 1:13 PM

Another STUPID Anti-Romney-oid!

Mass-Care has a way for you to avoid buying health insurance. But you don’t care about being truthful.

You are just another liar against Romney.

Gunlock Bill on January 5, 2012 at 2:23 PM

And fundamentally, in a Romney-Obama match up, who cares who wins? Either way we get Obromneycare and Obama’s policies for at least another 4 years.

18-1 on January 5, 2012 at 2:20 PM

The Voice of Reason!

mom29js on January 5, 2012 at 2:24 PM

Santorum did not get a real “bounce” out of Iowa.

Puh-leeze! The only one who got a real bounce out of Iowa was Ol’ Rick Perry.

Look at the numbers if you doubt this. That FIFTH place finish in Iowa allowed Ol’ Rick to maintain a solid 4% nationally, all “real Republicans, too. And as a result of his FIFTH place Iowa bounce, he has surged up to a very impressive 6% in South Carolina.

You people who are undecided better get with. The Perry Rocket is taking off. “Houston, we have no problem.”

BTW – For you dreamers of dreams, time to take down the posters and hold up on ordering t-shirts. Neither Jindal nor Rubio will be on a national ticket this year. Date/Location birth issues would be like raw meat to the Demoncrats.

Horace on January 5, 2012 at 2:24 PM

Glad to see that fat, bloated ego taking a dive. When he tries to go nuclear on Mitt, his numbers will tank even more. Put a fork in him.

Ruiner on January 5, 2012 at 2:26 PM

Mass-Care has a way for you to avoid buying health insurance.

Gunlock Bill on January 5, 2012 at 2:23 PM

Please explain to the rest of the class how that helps THE REST OF US! Doofus!

mom29js on January 5, 2012 at 2:26 PM

Neither Jindal nor Rubio will be on a national ticket this year. Date/Location birth issues would be like raw meat to the Demoncrats.

Horace on January 5, 2012 at 2:24 PM

That’s possible, but I don’t think Dems would dare open up that can of worms, do you? Talk about raw meat, the Republicans would go ballistic on Obama’s birth issues. They’d be nuts to go there.

mom29js on January 5, 2012 at 2:32 PM

I fail to see the relevance of a national poll at this stage of the primaries.

TheRightMan on January 5, 2012 at 12:49 PM

Ditto that comment. A tail (national polling) being wagged by the dog (the early caucus/primary states).

Carnac on January 5, 2012 at 2:34 PM

NOW the constantly shifting “anti-Romney” voting bloc is starting to embarrass me.

I’m sorry, but is there NOTHING ? No position whatsoever that will discourage people from swinging from one lousy candidate to another in hopes of magically finding an acceptable not-Romney ?
deadrody on January 5, 2012 at 1:40 PM

YUP!!!!

Sarah Palin,Donald Trump,Haley Barbour, Mitch Daniels, Paul, Ryan,Mike Huckabee,Tim Pawlenty, Michelle Bachmann, Rick Perry, Herman Cain, Newton Leroy-the zany-Stinkrich, Ron Paul, Rick Santorum…….Barak Obama.

Falz on January 5, 2012 at 2:06 PM

It looks like Obama will be the last Not-Romney standing.

Gunlock Bill on January 5, 2012 at 2:40 PM

Please explain to the rest of the class how that helps THE REST OF US! Doofus!

mom29js on January 5, 2012 at 2:26 PM

Mass-Care is different from Obama-care. If you had been paying attention you would know this, Doofus!

Gunlock Bill on January 5, 2012 at 2:43 PM

mom29js

You would think so.

But keep in mind that the Demoncrats, their kneepadders in the Lame Stream Media and compliant federal judges have already decided that the Obama “birther” issue is just noise from crazies and bitter clingers. A subject for mirth.

Also, the government-controlled media will say that The One put out his real honest-to-goodness birth certificate delivered by King Kamehameha II hisself from Hawaii.

They would like nothing better than to hit Rubio and Jindal on their issues. Rubio got slapped in the face with it awhile back and seemed very discombobulated. It would be a silly distraction, but a distraction nonetheless, something the Repubs can’t afford – focus must be on NoBama.

Horace on January 5, 2012 at 2:49 PM

Here is an unfortunately partial list of things that will happen if Obama wins this year. Remember that the guy will never have to face voters again and will have NO restraint on his leftist/socialist tendencies

1) Environmental regualtion by EPA dictat – we will have functional cap and trade, CO2 will be regulated as a pollutant

2) More and more pro-big labor, anti-business regulations from the NLRB and such

3) Supreme court vacancies – both Scalia and Kennedy are 75 and would be almost 80 by the end of a second Obama administration. the odds of one of them retiring can’t be discounted. We could easily be looking at a 6-3 liberal Court, with potentially 4 Obama appointees that could be there for decades to come

4) Continued foreign policy misadventures. Iran is thisclose to nukes. Syria is boiling over. The list goes on.

5) The Bush tax cuts will expire again, and Obama will have no reason whatsoever to keep them from doing so

6) Obamacare willhit in its full glory in 2014. Once fully entrneched, it will be nigh-impossible to remove.

7) Debt will be added to the tune of $1.5 trillion or more per year.

Note that even if Congress is (and behaves) resolutely conservative, and that is asking a lot, NONE of these things can be prevented. All of them will happen. We simply have to have the White House this year. If Mitt is our man, imperfect as he may be, he will be a vast improvement over the looming disater we have now.

While I fully understand the reservations that some have about Romney, and appreciate why you might wish to see someone else at the helm, at some point we have to realize that the odds are pretty good that he will be our nominee. If that is the case, it’s the duty of conservatives to see that he gets elected, and it is our further duty to keep him honest and true once there. All this hatred heaped on the man smacks of cutting of your nose to spite your face.

FuzzyLogic on January 5, 2012 at 2:55 PM

WolvenOne on January 5, 2012 at 1:36 PM
Did you hear Rush this afternoon? He agreed that a lengthy primary may not be a bad thing for Republicans. Who knows, but I think an argument can be made.

txmomof6 on January 5, 2012 at 3:02 PM

FuzzyLogic on January 5, 2012 at 2:55 PM

You forgot to mention that as a result of your item #3 Supreme Court vacancies, American’s will no longer be allowed to own guns. They are only 1 vote shy as things stand now.

I agree with all of your predictions. The country will cease to be recognizable.

And then our resulting debt burden will implode upon us. We, and the rest of the world as a result, will all become 3rd world. Islamic Fundamentalism steps in and fills the world-wide void, first in Europe and then on this side of the pond.

We’ll be beating down the doors of China to get in.

Carnac on January 5, 2012 at 3:12 PM

Please explain to the rest of the class how that helps THE REST OF US! Doofus!

mom29js on January 5, 2012 at 2:26 PM

Mass-Care is different from Obama-care. If you had been paying attention you would know this, Doofus!

Gunlock Bill on January 5, 2012 at 2:43 PM

My point exactly (if you’d been paying attention)! ObamaCare is WORSE than Mass-Care…we WON’T have the option of opting out. Now tell us again, how does ObamaCare being worse than Mass-Care help the rest of us?!?! Hmmmm?

mom29js on January 5, 2012 at 3:27 PM

Rick is passionate about this country. He’s also excitable, which we see in the debates. Be calm, focused, and patient; think clearly, speak deliberately and breathe deeply. Here’s another chance to get your story out there while you are in the hunt.

Philly on January 5, 2012 at 3:31 PM

Santorum is still unknown by a lot of people. I think if he can withstand the vetting his numbers could go up.

magicbeans on January 5, 2012 at 2:14 PM

You got it, right there. If the MSM, RNC and Romney can’t destroy him, he just might come out of this thing on top.

Norky on January 5, 2012 at 3:43 PM

sage0925

Ol’ Rick needs to “think clearly” to win this thing?

Uh-oh! RED ALERT! RED ALERT!

Horace on January 5, 2012 at 3:50 PM

Great news for Romney.

Rasmussen has consistently been the low end of Romney’s national poll numbers (but for some reason, they are at the high end on some of his individual state numbers).

BocaJuniors on January 5, 2012 at 5:50 PM

RCP has Mitt’s average at 26.8 nationally. And over his mythical ceiling of 25% in each of the last 4 polls.

Santorum’s surge has pumped him all the way to an 8.6% average. Vewy scawy.

MJBrutus on January 5, 2012 at 6:24 PM

deadrody on January 5, 2012 at 1:40 PM

I admire your understated way of putting things :-)

MJBrutus on January 5, 2012 at 6:28 PM

So 21% of Republicans thinks Santorum can beat Obama.

Can someone find me another party to join, please?

tkyang99 on January 5, 2012 at 1:19 PM

Actually only about 5% think he can, according to the latest poll from CNN. Of that 21%, 16% are lemmings willing to happily go down in flames so they can feel better about themselves. They’ll settle for a participation trophy even if they have no mantle left to place it on.

MJBrutus on January 5, 2012 at 6:32 PM

There is no need to discuss who can beat Obama and who cannot. Anybody can beat Obama. Obama is toast. The dems know this; the labor unions know this; the MSM know this. So who doesn’t know? Those who favor one Republican candidate over another.

Any one of the five (at this point in time) candidates can and will defeat Obama. Heck, give me the nomination and I can beat Obama.

gasmeterguy on January 6, 2012 at 1:19 AM