Crumble: Santorum passes Romney nationally in Pew, within two points in Gallup

posted at 4:15 pm on February 13, 2012 by Allahpundit

Remember way back when Romney led Santorum by 16 points in Gallup’s national tracking poll? That was … four days ago. Today: Romney 32, Santorum 30, Gingrich 16. Mitt’s lucky that there’s a nice long break between Santorum’s three wins in the midwest last week and the next key primaries in Arizona and Michigan. If there wasn’t, I don’t know if even a flurry of negative ads from the Romney Super PAC death star would be enough to snuff Santorum’s momentum in time.

Santorum had been planning a slow-and-steady-wins-the-race plod through the primaries, but according to Politico, he’s now thinking about knockout blows:

A potential path to breaking open the race against Romney, they say, could run through Michigan’s Feb. 28 election and Ohio’s Super Tuesday vote on March 6 — two Rust Belt primaries in which they believe Santorum’s working-class background and manufacturing-heavy message will resonate. (Arizona’s winner-take-all primary, also on Feb. 28, looks less inviting.)

The privately held hope in the Santorum camp is that beating Romney in his native state of Michigan or in the ultimate general election battleground of Ohio would discredit, on a grand scale, the on-and-off Republican front-runner and make the other candidates in the race irrelevant in the remaining contests.

“If we can get it to a two-person race, I feel very confident that we will be the nominee,” said Santorum strategist John Brabender, who explained that the campaign is assessing where to play based on the number of delegates at stake and the cost of competing in each state.

They hadn’t made any decisions on what to do as of this morning but those new ARG and PPP polls out of Michigan will likely force their hand. Truth be told, though, I think this is less a story about “the Santorum surge” than “the Romney collapse.” Feast your eyes on these national numbers from Pew, which has Santorum suddenly up by two after trailing by double digits a month ago:

Three months ago, a slim majority (53%) of Republican and Republican-leaning voters said Mitt Romney was a strong conservative. Today, 42% see him this way, while the number who say he is not a strong conservative has jumped from 33% to 50%

Fewer Republican voters today think Romney has been consistent as well. By a 48% to 39% margin, more Republicans say Romney does not take consistent positions on the issues. In November, 47% felt he was consistent and just 33% said he was not…

Barack Obama now holds an eight-point lead over Mitt Romney in a general election matchup, and he has gained significant ground among independent voters. A month ago, 40% of independents said they would back Obama over Romney – today 51% say they would, while the number expressing support for Romney has slipped from 50% to 42%.

Romney’s downturn among indies is simply brutal:

Head to head, Obama now leads Santorum by 10 points and Romney by eight, leading David Frum to wonder what’s left of Mitt’s “electability” argument to the base. Now you see why Santorum’s thinking about going all in on Michigan and Ohio: In theory he could knock Romney into a death spiral where each new swing-state defeat erodes a little bit more of the base’s confidence in his electability, which in turn makes future swing-state defeats more likely. Given that Romney’s gotten off lightly so far in terms of attack ads aimed at him, though, I’m not sure how to account for his downturn among independents. Some of it must be due to the debates — remember how effective Santorum’s RomneyCare attacks were? — but the debates didn’t stop Mitt from a landslide win in Florida. Some of it must be from conservative talk radio talking up Santorum and talking down Romney, but I’d expect to see more movement among grassroots conservatives in that case than among independents. I wonder, actually, if Gingrich’s Bain attacks, coupled with Romney’s gaffes about how he likes being able to fire people and isn’t concerned with the very poor, were more effective with middle-class independents than we thought. Note the last line in that Pew graphic I posted above; his net on the question of whether he understands the needs of people like you more than doubled from -14 to a disastrous -29. I don’t know how he turns that around, especially against a candidate with blue-collar appeal like Santorum. Presumably he’ll just attack, attack, attack until he’s once again the most electable candidate in the field, even if increasingly he isn’t very electable at all.

Update: Annnnnnnd here we go. The death star prepares to fire:

Mitt Romney is getting some heavy air support in Michigan — the state where he was born and raised — as the “super PAC” supporting him invests almost $500,000 on television ads there.

According to someone who tracks Republican media spending, Restore Our Future has committed just over $470,000 for commercials starting Tuesday and set to run through Feb. 20. That marks the group’s largest purchase yet in Michigan, where it has already spent more than $700,000 on ads.

Supposedly their first ad buys will target … Gingrich. Why?


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Do you really want to pit a Catholics view on women in the military against a Mormons view on women in the military in America???

Another “vetting” failure on Romney by the GOP – that
Odie1941 on February 14, 2012 at 12:03 AM
your problem is that you can’t seem to be able to comprehend the difference between someone decent candidate who keeps his religion private simply because as a president he’s supposed to be everybody’s president, religious or not, and a bigot clown who thinks that it’s a good idea to get into people’s bedrooms and diktate what contraceptives (not to) take..

jimver on February 14, 2012 at 12:19 AM

And while you scream about “electability” – you seem to forget – the Dem playbook.

It will hammer Romney on Mormonism – namely polygomy.

If you think thats “out of bounds” – keep your head in the sand and hope its Romney’s “private matter.”

Do you remember the attack on Clinton and his “racism”, nevermind he was thought of as the “first black President” – that equity was thrown out when he ran against an actual black man.

See, this is what really bothers me about the establishment squishes and their minions. Myopic ego’s that arent even in the same ball park of General Elections – and hoping the rules will somehow magically change, while professing their “structure and money” McCain went this route… and got routed.

So will Mitt launch negative ads via his SuperPAC against Santorum on this issue… hell no. They will leak and slither like the cowards and fools they are.

So depill your mittens – while I bloody my knuckles.

Odie1941 on February 14, 2012 at 12:49 AM

Watching spineless priniple[sic]-free mittbots
Tim_CA on February 14, 2012 at 12:42 AM

Takes a whole lot of spine to hop on the latest bandwagon, huh.

V7_Sport on February 14, 2012 at 12:49 AM

Clearly, spelling is not in your skill-set. Do enlighten us about priniples.

Slainte on February 14, 2012 at 12:45 AM

lol….the last bastion of a supreme loser.

You and sundress need a hook-up.

I’ll spring for a bottle of “whine” for the two lovebirds.

Tim_CA on February 14, 2012 at 12:49 AM

There’ll be other opportunities, I’m sure.
listens2glenn on February 14, 2012 at 12:28 AM

I’ll try to do better next time.
sharrukin on February 14, 2012 at 12:36 AM

Yup. : )

listens2glenn on February 14, 2012 at 12:50 AM

But I reject, renounce, and defy that premise out of hand . . . period.

listens2glenn on February 14, 2012 at 12:48 AM

Please.
Persuade.
Me.
Obama has a billion dollars, the best PR and advertising agencies in the business, the minorities, the democrats, the liberals, the youth, the press, the media, everyone who wants to demonstrate that they aren’t “racist”.. If his re-election prospects don’t scare you right down to your socks you are underestimating him greatly.

V7_Sport on February 14, 2012 at 12:54 AM

lol….the last bastion of a supreme loser.

You and sundress need a hook-up.

I’ll spring for a bottle of “whine” for the two lovebirds.

Tim_CA on February 14, 2012 at 12:49 AM

Lamer and lamer. Well done toady, you are popular and get a gold star for hopping on the right bandwagon. Maybe another toady will tell you that you are smart! Good boy!

V7_Sport on February 14, 2012 at 12:55 AM

It will hammer Romney on Mormonism – namely polygomy.
Odie1941 on February 14, 2012 at 12:49 AM

it’s polygamy, not poligomy btw…you are not very smart in picking your arguments, Romney does not practice polygamy, so there, you just wasted so much time to type that utter nonsense…

jimver on February 14, 2012 at 12:56 AM

lol….the last bastion of a supreme loser.

You and sundress need a hook-up.

I’ll spring for a bottle of “whine” for the two lovebirds.

Tim_CA on February 14, 2012 at 12:49 AM

Awww, Tim. You seem like someone who’s just so much fun to be around. So upbeat, gracious, open-minded and snark-free. /

Slainte on February 14, 2012 at 12:57 AM

Takes a whole lot of spine to hop on the latest bandwagon, huh.

V7_Sport on February 14, 2012 at 12:49 AM

show me the proof internet wizard.

LMAO – Thought you were going to “research” me?

ROTFLMAO….c’mon sundress……show what a “bandwagon” type I am!!

Screech and Screech and Screech and Screech.

No-one’s electable til sundress says there electable….cuz sundress is smart and sh!t.

Petulant, childish, arrogant, d*uchebag twerp who probably breast-fed til he was 11….shilling for a pathetic Rino on a conservative blog amd EVERYONE ELSE is stupid.

You honestly make bammie look smart.

Tim_CA on February 14, 2012 at 1:00 AM

Awww, Tim. You seem like someone who’s just so much fun to be around. So upbeat, gracious, open-minded and snark-free. /

Slainte on February 14, 2012 at 12:57 AM

lol….love me or hate me!!

(let me guess)

Tim_CA on February 14, 2012 at 1:02 AM

jimver on February 14, 2012 at 12:56 AM

You read my mind. The polygamy noise is a non-issue, and besides, the alleged uber tolerant lefties being their hateful, religiously intolerant selves will turn voters off big time.

Slainte on February 14, 2012 at 1:02 AM

Do you remember the attack on Clinton and his “racism”, nevermind he was thought of as the “first black President” – that equity was thrown out when he ran against an actual black man.

Odie1941 on February 14, 2012 at 12:49 AM

huh??? ‘he ran against an actual black man??’ who are you even talking about, who is ‘he’?? As far as I remember the Clinton who ran against Obama was a ‘she’ not a ‘he’…the other Clinton never ran against Obama, if memory serves well…

jimver on February 14, 2012 at 1:04 AM

Petulant, childish, arrogant, d*uchebag twerp who probably breast-fed til he was 11….shilling for a pathetic Rino on a conservative blog amd EVERYONE ELSE is stupid.

Tim_CA on February 14, 2012 at 1:00 AM

Then you’re my next contestant. Please tell me what makes Rick Santorum qualified for the most important executive position on the planet. I’ll grant you that he meets the requirements laid out in the Constitution. That’s fine and dandy; so does the guy who runs the newspaper stand downtown.

For bonus points, name me just 1 executive decision he’s had to make. Just one.

Should be very simple for you to come up with 1 positive reason to vote for your guy.

swmontgo on February 14, 2012 at 1:04 AM

It will hammer Romney on Mormonism – namely polygomy.
Odie1941 on February 14, 2012 at 12:49 AM
it’s polygamy, not poligomy btw…you are not very smart in picking your arguments, Romney does not practice polygamy, so there, you just wasted so much time to type that utter nonsense…

jimver on February 14, 2012 at 12:56 AM

And you miss the point… again.

On one hand – Mittbots are talking about their awesome structure – and use Obamas blueprint, by proxy – as their “success” – without understanding the game. They also dont sem to understand the “Cult of Personality” that Obama brought to the table – as a “star”, due to a vapid American populous, who watches every mind sucking TV program. Know what else they watch – Sister Wives and Big Love.

Now tell me – how many LDS or Mormons are in the Dem camp??? None. Therefore – guess the effective loss of going after Romney – Mormons – and the association to polygamy. Zero.

Now if you think LDS/Mormonism is “mainstream” and off limits – good luck with that. If you think Santorums view on women in the military – namely combat roles (the gist of his accurate comments) as a Catholic is worse than Mormonism, good luck with that.

The Dems are waiting to pounce on everything religious about Romney and Mormonism.

And yet – you still think Romneys “provate matters and beliefs” are in any way “private” to a Dem. Wake up guy – and start paying attention.

Or cut and paste 1,285 pages of Romney’s “plan and beliefs” – your choice.

Odie1941 on February 14, 2012 at 1:05 AM

Maybe another toady will tell you that you are smart! Good boy!

V7_Sport on February 14, 2012 at 12:55 AM

ROTFLMAO!!! Is that the problem? Is that why you absolutely can’t stop the incessent rhetorical screeching? Does sundress just need some validation?

You’re very smart sundress….very, very smart.

Now how about you give it a rest for 30 seconds or so.

Tim_CA on February 14, 2012 at 1:07 AM

show me the proof internet wizard.

So you have been a sanatorium supporter from the start. Is that what you are saying?

LMAO – Thought you were going to “research” me?

I love the prepubescent teenage girl text message speak.

“ROTFLMAO….c’mon sundress……show what a “bandwagon” type I am!!”

Loving the attention, aren’t you?

“Screech and Screech and Screech and Screech.”

Trying to penetrate that thick skull of yours. I’ve given up on getting an intelligent rebuttal.

Petulant, childish, arrogant, d*uchebag twerp who probably breast-fed til he was 11….shilling for a pathetic Rino on a conservative blog amd EVERYONE ELSE is stupid.

That’s really great, I call you petulant and childish and you rub both IQ points together and come back with the same thing. Like I wrote, maybe you are safer being a bandwagon toady. It might have saved you from walking into traffic.

You honestly make bammie look smart.

When California defaults I hope they fence you in.

V7_Sport on February 14, 2012 at 1:08 AM

Then you’re my next contestant. Please tell me what makes Rick Santorum qualified for the most important executive position on the planet. I’ll grant you that he meets the requirements laid out in the Constitution. That’s fine and dandy; so does the guy who runs the newspaper stand downtown.

For bonus points, name me just 1 executive decision he’s had to make. Just one.

Should be very simple for you to come up with 1 positive reason to vote for your guy.

swmontgo on February 14, 2012 at 1:04 AM

You know who else didn’t have any executive experience, genius? Obama. That didn’t make him “unelectable.”

gryphon202 on February 14, 2012 at 1:08 AM

swmontgo on February 14, 2012 at 1:04 AM

oh good god.

Tell ya what genius…..start at page 1…….read up to page 12.

We’ve covered it ad-nauseum.

Gonna turn the thread over to you mittbots now…..gonna catch the news and grab some z’s

Try not to hurt yourselves…..computers use electricity.

Tim_CA on February 14, 2012 at 1:10 AM

Do you remember the attack on Clinton and his “racism”, nevermind he was thought of as the “first black President” – that equity was thrown out when he ran against an actual black man.

Odie1941 on February 14, 2012 at 12:49 AM
huh??? ‘he ran against an actual black man??’ who are you even talking about, who is ‘he’?? As far as I remember the Clinton who ran against Obama was a ‘she’ not a ‘he’…the other Clinton never ran against Obama, if memory serves well…

jimver on February 14, 2012 at 1:04 AM

You can really tell the 20 year olds and their poltical history and knowledge.

THATS THE POINT – through Hillary’s association – Obama attacked Bill Clinton – and the damage was done. THE Bill Clinton – Dem darling, until he and HIllary weren’t useful anymore.

You have a lot to learn about politics in America kid – a lot.

And say – I also remember a certain Rep candidate, POW – who was labeled a “coward” by the left – while running against a devout anti-military Socialist who never served a day in his life. I also remember a 40+ year career going down the toilet at CBS – by forging actual military records of Bush.

But hey, those nice Dems wont dare paint Romney as a fringe LDS/Mormon – and I doubt they will dig up a photo of Mitt – even 30 years ago – with any polygamist at some random function…

Clueless these kids are. Clueless.

Odie1941 on February 14, 2012 at 1:11 AM

You know who else didn’t have any executive experience, genius? Obama. That didn’t make him “unelectable.”

gryphon202 on February 14, 2012 at 1:08 AM

Fail. Don’t hate the player if you don’t have any game, sport. I asked a very simple question.

I’m unimpressed with Santorum’s crew.

swmontgo on February 14, 2012 at 1:13 AM

Nite sundress.

I’ll be back at approx 7:00 am Pacific.

Keep screeching, keep shilling for the Moderate Rino who oversaw the deployment of RomneyCare.

I’ll catch-up in the a.m.

Peace!

Tim_CA on February 14, 2012 at 1:14 AM

Tim_CA

ROTFLMAO!!!

Prepubescent girl.

Is that why you absolutely can’t stop the incessent rhetorical screeching?

Why not try t come up with a rebuttal to anything I wrote? Oh yeah, you can’t.

Does sundress just need some validation?

Psycological projection much? Gee, that pretty much what you have stated from the start.

um….d*uchebag….current HA Poll:

Romney: 21%
Not Romney: 79%

As if that signified that he was a better candidate. Yay timmy! you run with the popular kids! Yay! Timmy got his validation! Better hope they don’t stop short, timmy, you will break your nose.

V7_Sport on February 14, 2012 at 1:15 AM

You know who else didn’t have any executive experience, genius? Obama. That didn’t make him “unelectable.”

gryphon202 on February 14, 2012 at 1:08 AM
Fail. Don’t hate the player if you don’t have any game, sport. I asked a very simple question.

I’m unimpressed with Santorum’s crew.

swmontgo on February 14, 2012 at 1:13 AM

Oh, look at the Mittbot hipster and his lingo… was that #23 in the How to Succeed in 2012 Mitt guide?

MC Brigham Young.

Odie1941 on February 14, 2012 at 1:16 AM

Hey gryph….didn’t see you pop in!

Nite! and have a good evening!

Tim_CA on February 14, 2012 at 1:16 AM

oh good god.

Tell ya what genius…..start at page 1…….read up to page 12.

We’ve covered it ad-nauseum.

Gonna turn the thread over to you mittbots now…..gonna catch the news and grab some z’s

Try not to hurt yourselves…..computers use electricity.

Tim_CA on February 14, 2012 at 1:10 AM

Actually, what one finds is a lot of emotional claptrap, confirming my suspicion about many of you: Many of Santorum’s supporters are doing it out of emotional need and not from a factual basis.

But thanks for playing. Actually, Obama thanks you for playing. You’re doing yoeman’s work getting him re-elected.

BTW. Why do you people have to resort to dropping insults all the time? Insecurity issues?

swmontgo on February 14, 2012 at 1:16 AM

Oh, look at the Mittbot hipster and his lingo… was that #23 in the How to Succeed in 2012 Mitt guide?

MC Brigham Young.

Odie1941 on February 14, 2012 at 1:16 AM

Fail. It’s amazing how like the libs many of you Santorum folks are. It’s not my fault not a damn one of you can tell me why your guy ought to be President in a positive way.

And if dealing with someone with a command of the English Language is a problem for you, that’s going to be a problem, hunh? After all, how will you take orders at McDonald’s if you can’t understand your customers?

swmontgo on February 14, 2012 at 1:19 AM

I’m unimpressed with Santorum’s crew.
swmontgo on February 14, 2012 at 1:13 AM

I didn’t know Santorum had announced his “crew.”

Who are they?

listens2glenn on February 14, 2012 at 1:19 AM

swmontgo on February 14, 2012 at 1:16 AM

lol….you mittbots are friggin’ exausting…..come back tomorrow…..we’ll play then.

Peace!

Tim_CA on February 14, 2012 at 1:20 AM

Actually, what one finds is a lot of emotional claptrap, confirming my suspicion about many of you: Many of Santorum’s supporters are doing it out of emotional need and not from a factual basis.

But thanks for playing. Actually, Obama thanks you for playing. You’re doing yoeman’s work getting him re-elected.

swmontgo on February 14, 2012 at 1:16 AM

…and that, in 2 sentences was what I just spent hours trying to say. ‘Night all.

V7_Sport on February 14, 2012 at 1:21 AM

But hey, those nice Dems wont dare paint Romney as a fringe LDS/Mormon – and I doubt they will dig up a photo of Mitt – even 30 years ago – with any polygamist at some random function…

Clueless these kids are. Clueless.

Odie1941 on February 14, 2012 at 1:11 AM

And your point is, what, exactly?

Oh, I get it! Santorum is going to be immune from all that because he’s a Catholic. Riiight. The Bamster and the freak brigades are just going to leave him alone.

Wake up and smell reality. If Santorum is our guy, the left is going to throw the kitchen sink of racist, bigot, homophobe at him all day long. All this whining from you people is going to amount to a hill of beans.

swmontgo on February 14, 2012 at 1:23 AM

Peace!

Tim_CA

“Peace”… Must be a California thing.

V7_Sport on February 14, 2012 at 1:23 AM

Ace: http://minx.cc/?post=326667

Old Rick and his morale crusade. Sigh…

rubberneck on February 14, 2012 at 1:24 AM

Wake up and smell reality. If Santorum is our guy, the left is going to throw the kitchen sink of racist, bigot, homophobe at him all day long. All this whining from you people is going to amount to a hill of beans.

swmontgo on February 14, 2012 at 1:23 AM

They’ll do the same to whoever is our nominee. I don’t know what you think makes Romney so special.

gryphon202 on February 14, 2012 at 1:24 AM

lol….you mittbots are friggin’ exausting…..come back tomorrow…..we’ll play then.

Peace!

Tim_CA on February 14, 2012 at 1:20 AM

Thanks. I’ll gracefully accept your surrender. Next time bring your A game. I don’t waste my time with minor league pitching.

swmontgo on February 14, 2012 at 1:24 AM

Oh, look at the Mittbot hipster and his lingo… was that #23 in the How to Succeed in 2012 Mitt guide?

MC Brigham Young.

Odie1941 on February 14, 2012 at 1:16 AM
Fail. It’s amazing how like the libs many of you Santorum folks are. It’s not my fault not a damn one of you can tell me why your guy ought to be President in a positive way.

And if dealing with someone with a command of the English Language is a problem for you, that’s going to be a problem, hunh? After all, how will you take orders at McDonald’s if you can’t understand your customers?

swmontgo on February 14, 2012 at 1:19 AM

Any kid who begins a post with Fail – is a joke not to be taken seriously. And before you profess your “skills” – spell correctly tool.

And then you went full oh my gosh, like McDonald’s…

Get off your computer now, trust me – I send your crap to my buddy who is a Romney guy – and a damn good one at that. He shakes his head and says “well, thats not my department”

You are doing more harm (check every single poll) than good for your own candidate.

I get being a young, passionate kid about politics – I actually respect that – but you are out of your league when going toe to toe on a conservative site.

Isn’t there some Dem site you can cut and paste on?

Odie1941 on February 14, 2012 at 1:26 AM

Fail. Don’t hate the player if you don’t have any game, sport. I asked a very simple question.

I’m unimpressed with Santorum’s crew.

swmontgo on February 14, 2012 at 1:13 AM

I don’t care if you’re unimpressed with Santorum’s crew. I’m not going to say to myself, “Oh! swmontgo is unimpressed with Santorum’s crew! I’d better not vote for him now!” Oh no. Gryph don’t play dat sport.

And my assertion stands as a settled question. If Obama was electable, Santorum is electable. Doesn’t necessarily mean Santorum will secure the nomination or win the general if he does, but after SCOAMF, I’m not counting anyone else out, Rombot.

gryphon202 on February 14, 2012 at 1:26 AM

But thanks for playing. Actually, Obama thanks you for playing. You’re doing yoeman’s work getting him re-elected.
swmontgo on February 14, 2012 at 1:16 AM

…and that, in 2 sentences was what I just spent hours trying to say. ‘Night all.
V7_Sport on February 14, 2012 at 1:21 AM

Regurgitating the same old, same old . . . . . .
.
THE REPUBLICAN PARTY WILL WIN THE WHITE HOUSE THIS COMING NOVEMBER NO MATTER WHICH OF OUR CANDIDATES GET THE NOMINATION . . . . . period.

listens2glenn on February 14, 2012 at 1:26 AM

You can really tell the 20 year olds and their poltical history and knowledge.

THATS THE POINT – through Hillary’s association – Obama attacked Bill Clinton – and the damage was done. THE Bill Clinton – Dem darling, until he and HIllary weren’t useful anymore.
Odie1941 on February 14, 2012 at 1:11 AM

let’s leave my age and your presumed wisdom out of it…your first post was simply rambling, and this above is too, it’s full of presuppositions and conjectures that it’s hard to make much sense overall…also, a lot of elliptical constructions in your sentences…I don’t even know where you are going with all this…let me be clear, if Romney loses to Obama it will not be because of his mormonism, as simple as that…

But hey, those nice Dems wont dare paint Romney as a fringe LDS/Mormon – and I doubt they will dig up a photo of Mitt – even 30 years ago – with any

polygamist at some random function…

yeah, if you start from this hypothetical premise, you think they can’t find a photo of Rick at some pro-life rally with some extreme religious, bigot looney who wants to ban contraceptives…oh, wait a sec, no need for guilt by association, that’s his views right there…

jimver on February 14, 2012 at 1:32 AM

And your point is, what, exactly?

Oh, I get it! Santorum is going to be immune from all that because he’s a Catholic. Riiight. The Bamster and the freak brigades are just going to leave him alone.

Wake up and smell reality. If Santorum is our guy, the left is going to throw the kitchen sink of racist, bigot, homophobe at him all day long. All this whining from you people is going to amount to a hill of beans.

swmontgo on February 14, 2012 at 1:23 AM

I am glad you are trying to focus now.

That hill of beans is called Romneys paid for support eroding.
Severely.

Now again – how many Catholics are in the Dem camp – a lot. IN case you have been sleeping – they have been vocal over the past 2 weeks.

If you dont understand political collateral damage – and how its factored into an election – you are lost.

SO yes – I do believe more Americans and Dems are both Catholic and will not allow the poison – vs Mormonism – which is a small, non traditional religion – with zero collateral damage within the Dem party.

Its not the attack on religion, from a Dem strategy – its what religion they can and will attack.

Odie1941 on February 14, 2012 at 1:33 AM

If Obama was electable, Santorum is electable.

Famous last words.

rubberneck on February 14, 2012 at 1:34 AM

They’ll do the same to whoever is our nominee. I don’t know what you think makes Romney so special.

gryphon202 on February 14, 2012 at 1:24 AM

Okay. Let’s break it down for you. We have the weakest executive in office since…ever. What the country needs is somebody with both private sector -and- public sector executive experience to lead the nation. You know, that there job called “President”.

We’ve seen what happens when you have an idiot learning on the job. No offense to Santorum, or Gingrich or Paul, but the Presidency of the United States of America is hardly a place for OJT.

So. There’s one guy left in the race who – wait for it…has actually hired and fired people! One guy left in the race who…wait for it…has actually functioned as a chief executive! Care to guess who that is?

Experience matters, people. Period. Why don’t all of you take a stroll down to GE and tell them you want Immelt’s job. You don’t have a lick of experience, but by Golly you’ve got great ideology. See how long it takes corporate security to taser you out of the lobby.

I understand how SoCons feel left out this cycle. I really do. The candidates that everyone thought would be there – Perry, Daniels, Pawlenty, Huntsman – either didn’t run or flamed out.

Direct your anger at them for not running (Daniels) or showing up unprepared (Perry) or chickening out too early (Pawlenty) or running an inexplicable campaign that attempted to be the NotRomney from the left (Huntsman). Not us.

If you’re really all that passionate about Rick Santorum, good for you. Take that energy and use it to friggin’ convince Romney and Gingrich supporters that he’s the guy. And indies and democrats, too. Because a lot of those folks aren’t going to give a poop that you feel RS is the most pure conservative in the race when it comes time to vote for him or that troll Obama.

In other words, try and catch some flies with honey instead of pi$$.

swmontgo on February 14, 2012 at 1:35 AM

Any kid who begins a post with Fail – is a joke not to be taken seriously. And before you profess your “skills” – spell correctly tool.

And then you went full oh my gosh, like McDonald’s…

Get off your computer now, trust me – I send your crap to my buddy who is a Romney guy – and a damn good one at that. He shakes his head and says “well, thats not my department”

You are doing more harm (check every single poll) than good for your own candidate.

I get being a young, passionate kid about politics – I actually respect that – but you are out of your league when going toe to toe on a conservative site.

Isn’t there some Dem site you can cut and paste on?

Odie1941 on February 14, 2012 at 1:26 AM

Right back atcha. Learn to punctuate correctly if you’re going to whine about spelling. I also think you meant “sent”, if we’re going for full correctness.

And sorry, buddy. You’ve made no case here. All you can do is call names. LOL at the young kid thing, though.

swmontgo on February 14, 2012 at 1:38 AM

Okay. Let’s break it down for you. We have the weakest executive in office since…ever. What the country needs is somebody with both private sector -and- public sector executive experience to lead the nation. You know, that there job called “President”.

We’ve seen what happens when you have an idiot learning on the job. No offense to Santorum, or Gingrich or Paul, but the Presidency of the United States of America is hardly a place for OJT.

So. There’s one guy left in the race who – wait for it…has actually hired and fired people! One guy left in the race who…wait for it…has actually functioned as a chief executive! Care to guess who that is?

Experience matters, people. Period. Why don’t all of you take a stroll down to GE and tell them you want Immelt’s job. You don’t have a lick of experience, but by Golly you’ve got great ideology. See how long it takes corporate security to taser you out of the lobby.

I understand how SoCons feel left out this cycle. I really do. The candidates that everyone thought would be there – Perry, Daniels, Pawlenty, Huntsman – either didn’t run or flamed out.

Direct your anger at them for not running (Daniels) or showing up unprepared (Perry) or chickening out too early (Pawlenty) or running an inexplicable campaign that attempted to be the NotRomney from the left (Huntsman). Not us.

If you’re really all that passionate about Rick Santorum, good for you. Take that energy and use it to friggin’ convince Romney and Gingrich supporters that he’s the guy. And indies and democrats, too. Because a lot of those folks aren’t going to give a poop that you feel RS is the most pure conservative in the race when it comes time to vote for him or that troll Obama.

In other words, try and catch some flies with honey instead of pi$$.

swmontgo on February 14, 2012 at 1:35 AM

And there you go again waxing poetically about Romneys cred – like a tired and boring script that has been read 486 times.

And yet – no one is buying it – but just the opposite. In fact – Romney’s failure is convincing all other supporters – Romneys not the guy.

Funny – isn’t this post about how Santorum gained 14 points in 4 days???

You kids need the updated version.

Now I need to go to bed, early OBG/YN appointment with the wife… or I am the McMuffin 6AM guy.

Odie1941 on February 14, 2012 at 1:41 AM

I am glad you are trying to focus now.

Uhh, okay.

That hill of beans is called Romneys paid for support eroding.
Severely.

Now again – how many Catholics are in the Dem camp – a lot. IN case you have been sleeping – they have been vocal over the past 2 weeks.

Sure. And this issue is blowing up now, and not when we need it to. By September they’ll be back in Obama’s camp again.

If you dont understand political collateral damage – and how its factored into an election – you are lost.

Now you’re not making sense.

SO yes – I do believe more Americans and Dems are both Catholic and will not allow the poison – vs Mormonism – which is a small, non traditional religion – with zero collateral damage within the Dem party.

Its not the attack on religion, from a Dem strategy – its what religion they can and will attack.

Odie1941 on February 14, 2012 at 1:33 AM

democrats (They’re not worthy of a capital ‘D’, by the way) will attack any and everything to get Obama elected. Santorum is going to be painted as a Jesus freak who happens to be BushLite on policy. You folks better get prepared for that now, because if he’s our guy he’s going to get absolutely plastered.

Death Star? Obama has the equivalent of 40 of them.

swmontgo on February 14, 2012 at 1:42 AM

Let’s see: the national polls have been extremely volatile, beginning last May or so when Trump soared and fell, followed by Bachmann, Perry, Cain, Gingrich, and now Santorum.

So now that Santorum gets his turn at the top, that’s it, they can’t change any more, he can’t fall like the others?

Sorry, I heard similar cries from the Perry, Cain, and Gingrich backers when their guys took the lead. How’s that working out so far?

Adjoran on February 14, 2012 at 1:43 AM

Right back atcha. Learn to punctuate correctly if you’re going to whine about spelling. I also think you meant “sent”, if we’re going for full correctness.

And sorry, buddy. You’ve made no case here. All you can do is call names. LOL at the young kid thing, though.

swmontgo on February 14, 2012 at 1:38 AM

I don’t recall being the grammar police. But hey – between that, your ignorance and cut and paste skills – I have a nice $10 secretary job for you.

You will need the cash soon.

Odie1941 on February 14, 2012 at 1:44 AM

swmontgo on February 14, 2012 at 1:38 AM

Good night KeninCT. Your “swm” on tango handle gives it away you pathetic slug.

No wonder the ladies arent buying.

Odie1941 on February 14, 2012 at 1:45 AM

And there you go again waxing poetically about Romneys cred – like a tired and boring script that has been read 486 times.

And yet – no one is buying it – but just the opposite. In fact – Romney’s failure is convincing all other supporters – Romneys not the guy.

Funny – isn’t this post about how Santorum gained 14 points in 4 days???

You kids need the updated version.

Now I need to go to bed, early OBG/YN appointment with the wife… or I am the McMuffin 6AM guy.

Odie1941 on February 14, 2012 at 1:41 AM

I was asked a question and I answered it. I’d remind you that we’re all on the same team, but some of you seem hellbent on alienating anybody not in your tribe.

All I ask of you is this: Put down the negativity. It’s not going to buy you jack squat.

Look at how you all carried on when a few pro-Romney people showed up. Is this how you’re going to act when a few indies start asking you to defend your candidate? Gonna lash out at them, too?

Good luck with the OB/GYN appointment. I assume you mention that because you’re expecting. Here’s hoping for a big, healthy little one.

swmontgo on February 14, 2012 at 1:45 AM

Good night KeninCT. Your “swm” on tango handle gives it away you pathetic slug.

No wonder the ladies arent buying.

Odie1941 on February 14, 2012 at 1:45 AM

Actually, it’s Steve and I live in Seattle (it’s only 10:46 here on the West Coast. Fling all the crap at me you want; I can take it. Good luck with the OB/GYN appointment.

swmontgo on February 14, 2012 at 1:47 AM

Death Star? Obama has the equivalent of 40 of them.
swmontgo on February 14, 2012 at 1:42 AM

And this has been, yet another:

“ALL IS DOOM . . . . . . . . . . . . WE DON’T HAVE A PRAYER . . . . . . . . . .”

- moment.

listens2glenn on February 14, 2012 at 1:48 AM

I don’t recall being the grammar police. But hey – between that, your ignorance and cut and paste skills – I have a nice $10 secretary job for you.

You will need the cash soon.

Odie1941 on February 14, 2012 at 1:44 AM

Indeed I will. Obama’s tax increases are going to suck, big time.

swmontgo on February 14, 2012 at 1:49 AM

y’all are funny.

Bmore on February 14, 2012 at 2:36 AM

Mitt Romney still sucks. . .BIG TIME!

Pragmatic on February 14, 2012 at 2:43 AM

Mitt Romney still sucks. . .BIG TIME!

Pragmatic on February 14, 2012 at 2:43 AM

Awesomeness. That’s a great argument for your guy.

swmontgo on February 14, 2012 at 2:52 AM

News is over….Greece is a mess and Athens looks like a warzone!!

Nite again!

I’ll leave y’all with this gem:

I was asked a question and I answered it. I’d remind you that we’re all on the same team, but some of you seem hellbent on alienating anybody not in your tribe.

All I ask of you is this: Put down the negativity. It’s not going to buy you jack squat.

Look at how you all carried on when a few pro-Romney people showed up. Is this how you’re going to act when a few indies start asking you to defend your candidate? Gonna lash out at them, too?

swmontgo on February 14, 2012 at 1:49 AM

ROTFLMAO!!!!:

Fail. It’s amazing how like the libs many of you Santorum folks are. It’s not my fault not a damn one of you can tell me why your guy ought to be President in a positive way.

And if dealing with someone with a command of the English Language is a problem for you, that’s going to be a problem, hunh? After all, how will you take orders at McDonald’s if you can’t understand your customers?
swmontgo on February 14, 2012 at 1:19 AM

Just gotta love me some deeeeeeee-ranged mittbots!!

Tim_CA on February 14, 2012 at 3:07 AM

Just gotta love me some deeeeeeee-ranged mittbots!!

Tim_CA on February 14, 2012 at 3:07 AM

LOL @u. Can’t argue, so you insult.

swmontgo on February 14, 2012 at 3:26 AM

Indeed I will. Obama’s tax increases are going to suck, big time.

swmontgo on February 14, 2012 at 1:49 AM

Boo-hoo-hoo. Actions have consequences. MittBots insisted — against sanity; against logic; against even simple, garden variety common sense — upon backing an insincere, unlikeable Massachusetts liberal for the GOP’s presidential bid this year, while simultaneously waging wide-eyed, all-out holy war against every genuinely conservative candidate running. Now whatever’s left, is whatever’s left.

I give you the gift of knowledge, gratis, knowing full well ahead of time it won’t do any damned good whatsoever: try running conservatives next time out, rather than sneering at them.

Here endeth the lesson.

Kent18 on February 14, 2012 at 4:45 AM

Just doing a drive by in the comment section and see that HA posters have STILL remained hyper-negative against Romney…

Way to go conservatives! Do you realize the Democratic Machine is just smiling at how we are pounding each other and will be all bruised up walking into the General against Obama.

I am surprised at how EXCITED some of you get about these polls. Haven’t the last 6 months taught you anything about polls? How many times have we seen leads shoot rapidly to the top and then crash and burn? Santorum’s rise is because HIS RECORD has not been made public yet and we’ll see that he has been a profligate spender while in Congress and was one of THE TOP earmarkers in Congress. Not exactly what we were hoping for from the TP perspective.

Romney has the required executive and private experience that we need and he will come through just fine!

g2825m on February 14, 2012 at 5:08 AM

g2825m on February 14, 2012 at 5:08 AM

Mittbot talking points. What say you to Mark Levin’s charge that Romney supported the biggest earmark in US history, the auto bailout. “Not exactly what we were hoping for from the TP perspective.”

Marcus on February 14, 2012 at 5:49 AM

I can’t see somebody like Santorum, who is pro life, encouraging people not to use contraceptives. That doesn’t jive if you think about it.

Dr. Tesla on February 14, 2012 at 12:22 AM

You’d think so, wouldn’t you? And you would be wrong. Santorum is on record as opposing contraception. That position is the Roman Catholic Church’s position. Santorum is a very, very conservative Roman Catholic. That’s fine as long as it’s his personal view, but it’s not a sound basis for public policy — the majority of Catholics don’t agree with the Church on the point, and by far a majority of Americans are not Roman Catholic and think the opposition to birth control (whether they choose to use it or not) is nuts. Santorum, if you look at what he’s said over the years and read up on him, is on the very far right end of the Roman Catholic spectrum, which in an American political context is very far right indeed on social issues involving personal behavior, but involves significant support for big government (the Church has never had a problem with big government, as long as it was on the inside looking out – it only became concerned when it wasn’t the established church) and for a social welfare state. Santorum has explicitly rejected the separation of church and state formulation that political Catholics have adhered to since JFK calmed the Protestants worried about ties to Rome in 1960. He sounds like he’s pining for Pio Nono.

I’m no fan of Mittens, but my sense after following presidential politics in the US since 1956 is that Santorum would be an electoral disaster of epic proportions: akin to Hoover in 1932 or Goldwater in 1964.

CatoRenasci on February 14, 2012 at 5:52 AM

Gingrich should make some kind of deal with Santorum to crush Romney

Dollayo on February 14, 2012 at 6:09 AM

Regurgitating the same old, same old . . . . . .
.
THE REPUBLICAN PARTY WILL WIN THE WHITE HOUSE THIS COMING NOVEMBER NO MATTER WHICH OF OUR CANDIDATES GET THE NOMINATION . . . . . period.

listens2glenn on February 14, 2012 at 1:26 AM

Some of you guys really just don’t get it. Obama is more likely than not to win reelection. I would put the odds of Obama getting reelected at about 55 to 60 percent. I don’t like saying it, but it’s true. Obama is going to spend tens of millions of dollars making whomever we nominate look crazy, like an unacceptable, risky alternative.

I’m not saying that Romney is the only guy that can beat him. But let’s not pretend that anybody that we run out there can win, because it just isn’t so. Gingrich and Paul are unacceptable for a variety of reasons. Romney and Santorum are our two best choices right now. However, they are both imperfect choices with plenty of baggage. Obma will try to make Romney look “weird,” and he will make Santorum look like a religious extremist.

Santorum has said plenty of things in the past that put him out on the fringes of what might be acceptable to middle-of-the-road voters, which would play nicely into Obama’s strategy of making the alternative look crazy.

ghostwriter on February 14, 2012 at 6:57 AM

I’m no fan of Mittens, but my sense after following presidential politics in the US since 1956 is that Santorum would be an electoral disaster of epic proportions: akin to Hoover in 1932 or Goldwater in 1964.

CatoRenasci on February 14, 2012 at 5:52 AM

Santorum makes me nervous too. Hoover got beat because of the Depression. Goldwater got beat, because he was painted as a dangerous extremist, “In your heart, you know he’s nuts.” I could easily envision the same thing getting done to Santorum. On the other hand, I think that Santorum is smarter than Goldwater, he might be better capable of weathering the storm, and he will have ample opportunities to prove himself in the presidential debates (I can’t recall Goldwater ever debating Johnson).

ghostwriter on February 14, 2012 at 7:49 AM

Bad faith is calling yourself conservative (or an American, IMHO) while you help elect Obama in some petulant, self aggrandizing display.

V7_Sport on February 14, 2012 at 12:28 AM

Your obsession with Obama (which is similar to the left’s obsession with Bush, and just as futile) proves my point. Has it been Obama, or the Democratic/Left establishment, who’s pushed the agenda? Dear Liar is a useful figurehead, nothing more. Your desire to elect Romney is merely a wish to cover up skin cancer with a band-aid in hopes that it will go away.

Romney will do NOTHING but cement the Left’s legacy. He not only will not fight progressive statism, but he has embraced their vision of technocratic fascism in the past and will do so in the future on the odd chance he is elected President.

ebrown2 on February 14, 2012 at 7:55 AM

At least Pew and Gallup are reputable organizations so one can have some confidence in their findings. Unlike say the WaPo/ABC News Poll which – as has been pointed out here at Hot Gas – utilize a questionable, at best, methodology. Might there be a simple solution to push back against this MSM bias … http://bit.ly/qVdDUt

ombdz on February 14, 2012 at 8:10 AM

Romney will do NOTHING but cement the Left’s legacy. He not only will not fight progressive statism, but he has embraced their vision of technocratic fascism in the past and will do so in the future on the odd chance he is elected President.

What a load of horsecrap.

Priscilla on February 14, 2012 at 8:19 AM

Obama has a billion dollars,
V7_Sport on February 14, 2012 at 12:54 AM

That alone disqualifies you…show us the link that states he has anywhere near $1 billion…that is how easily you are fooled and how easy it is to back weak minded people down.
When you see what he really has in his coffers, you will,of course, say he will get it…and you will still be wrong.
But it doesn’t matter, they have done what they needed to to, scare you into not supporting the Republican candidate…what a wimp.

right2bright on February 14, 2012 at 8:22 AM

There is no doubt Mitt can win, he will do or say most anything to obtain victory…but we are looking for a leader, not a leading panderer.
He embraced the killing of children, abortion, against his faith, to secure victory…what kind of man sacrifices unborn children to obtain power?
Answer that question truthfully, and you will see why Mitt can win, and why he shouldn’t win.

right2bright on February 14, 2012 at 8:25 AM

Another 12 pages of Mittbots being ripped apart intellectually.

And you wonder why Mitt can’t break 30%.

Spliff Menendez on February 14, 2012 at 8:25 AM

What a load of horsecrap.

Priscilla on February 14, 2012 at 8:19 AM

You’d like to think so, but his past and his record don’t help your case at all.

Spliff Menendez on February 14, 2012 at 8:28 AM

AC would own your ass in a debate.

Ann Skin’Bones would own the strawman she created to argue with in a debate.

Sad, but true, her argument style is best summerized as: Ad hominim, personal attacks, and character assassination, all directed at a strawman. To be honest, I always had a problem with that, even before she jumped the shark with her ham-fisted and disingenuous defense of Willard Fillmoure Romney’s disastrous flirtation with communism.

Frankly, so long as you had a good moderator to keep Ann “The Harpy” Coulter from screeching you down like a barn owl, I’d give 2/3′s of the posters here a perfectly good shot at beating her cold in a debate.

SilverDeth on February 14, 2012 at 9:01 AM

Romney will do NOTHING but cement the Left’s legacy. He not only will not fight progressive statism, but he has embraced their vision of technocratic fascism in the past and will do so in the future on the odd chance he is elected President.

^ Truth imho

SilverDeth on February 14, 2012 at 9:02 AM

There is no doubt Mitt can win, he will do or say most anything to obtain victory

right2bright on February 14, 2012 at 8:25 AM

Mitt is not unique in that regard.

And, there’s a big difference between having a passionate desire to win, and being determined to avoid failure …

RedPepper on February 14, 2012 at 9:08 AM

You know who else didn’t have any executive experience, genius? Obama. That didn’t make him “unelectable.”

gryphon202 on February 14, 2012 at 1:08 AM
Fail. Don’t hate the player if you don’t have any game, sport. I asked a very simple question.

I’m unimpressed with Santorum’s crew.

swmontgo on February 14, 2012 at 1:13 AM

I am not here to extol the overwhelming “virtue” of Lil’Rick. I offer no defense for him or his actions.

That being said, I would ask, that in the blue hell is the point of “executive experience” when it was used to act like a democrat? I’d rather have a random name picked out of the New York phone book than some Democrat HACK like Willard Fillmoure Romneycare.

“Experience” means jack-s*&^ when the “experience” was banning guns, appointing liberal judges, setting up socialized healthcare, and promoting the global warming FARCE.

SilverDeth on February 14, 2012 at 9:09 AM

I think Romney negatives is too high to win but I think Santorum is the most unelectable candidate since Dole/Goldwater. So, where do we go from here? Brokered Convention?

A lot of the blame I lay at the feet of Rubio, Daniels, Ryan or Christie, for not answering the call of their countrymen to “try” and run for the presidency.

The more I learn about Santorum the more I think he is a bad bet. For example, I just learned about the Gas Affordability and Security Act of 2006 which regulating “price gouging and unfair practices of big oil.” This along with his union ties really bothers me.

I might not think Romney can win but maybe his relentless attack on Santorum can get these things out in the open now, instead of later, for Santorum to address them head on. I for one would buy a “I am sorry, I was in PA but promise to be anti-union.”

Also, Romney cannot blame his lackluster campaign on anti-mormonism. But, one must admit there has been an effort in some evangelical/religious circles to make sure a Mormon did not win. The mistake was Santorum, Huckabee was a more interesting/competent choice.

Anyway, that is just my opinion. I think Palin is right, a brokered convention might sink us but it might not be the end of the world. We could still draft someone exciting and electable.

Lincoln was selected on the third ballot right at the Republican National Convention in 1860?

ConservativeLaw on February 14, 2012 at 9:14 AM

Boo-hoo-hoo. Actions have consequences. MittBots insisted — against sanity; against logic; against even simple, garden variety common sense — upon backing an insincere, unlikeable Massachusetts liberal for the GOP’s presidential bid this year, while simultaneously waging wide-eyed, all-out holy war against every genuinely conservative candidate running. Now whatever’s left, is whatever’s left.

I give you the gift of knowledge, gratis, knowing full well ahead of time it won’t do any damned good whatsoever: try running conservatives next time out, rather than sneering at them.

Here endeth the lesson.

Kent18 on February 14, 2012 at 4:45 AM

Lesson? I don’t think so. All I’ve seen on this board are a lot of little kids sticking their tongues out. Very little in actual ‘debate’.

I don’t know what kind of problem the Santorum people have other than being programmed to think they’re pure conservatives, but I don’t much care. You guys ought to understand that we’re on the same team. If my guy is the nominee I sure as hell hope you all vote for him, just like if your guy is the nominee I’ll vote for Rick. But get over the persecution complex.

swmontgo on February 14, 2012 at 9:14 AM

Romney will do NOTHING but cement the Left’s legacy. He not only will not fight progressive statism, but he has embraced their vision of technocratic fascism in the past and will do so in the future on the odd chance he is elected President.

What a load of horsecrap.

Priscilla on February 14, 2012 at 8:19 AM

GREAT COUNTER-ARGUMENT!

/

fossten on February 14, 2012 at 9:15 AM

Just doing a drive by in the comment section and see that HA posters have STILL remained hyper-negative against Romney…

Way to go conservatives! Do you realize the Democratic Machine is just smiling at how we are pounding each other and will be all bruised up walking into the General against Obama.

I am surprised at how EXCITED some of you get about these polls. Haven’t the last 6 months taught you anything about polls? How many times have we seen leads shoot rapidly to the top and then crash and burn? Santorum’s rise is because HIS RECORD has not been made public yet and we’ll see that he has been a profligate spender while in Congress and was one of THE TOP earmarkers in Congress. Not exactly what we were hoping for from the TP perspective.

Romney has the required executive and private experience that we need and he will come through just fine!

g2825m on February 14, 2012 at 5:08 AM

You can sense their frustration, but the blasting of Romney people is over the top, yeah.

swmontgo on February 14, 2012 at 9:18 AM

I am not here to extol the overwhelming “virtue” of Lil’Rick. I offer no defense for him or his actions.

Then why bother to show up? Elections are about supporting 1 guy/gal. Not just tearing open the other side. You’re doing Obama’s work for him.

swmontgo on February 14, 2012 at 9:21 AM

You know, it may not be such a bad idea to bring social conservative principles out into the light. Considering the rabid rampage of and strengthening abortion and contraceptive mandates, gay “marriage”, deteriorating morality, assault on the Constitution, etc., etc. on this country. We should be as determined and resolute as our misguided liberal democrat bretheren are when supporting what they stand for. See how they continue to chip away at our foundations and advance their ideology stealthily. Instead, from the republican postings I see on here on Rick Santorum, we’re supposed to be afraid of our own shadows and appease and hide what we believe in order not to scare people away. This is why we keep losing elections, people! No resolution or loyalty to our principles! And as for Romney having executive and financial skills – so do Donald Trump and George Soros, but that doesn’t make them any more desirable for president. So we need a rounded candidate and Rick Santorum is the only one I see right now.

mozalf on February 14, 2012 at 9:22 AM

fossten on February 14, 2012 at 9:15 AM

LOL!

Cindy Munford on February 14, 2012 at 9:23 AM

When you talk about Romney negatives, it is really sad to think that republicans think being a wealthy successful businessman is a big negative. What is the matter with you people?

Knowing how to run a business and how to cut state government is not so good, because it was a blue state. Not an easy to run big red state.

It is sad to hear republicans repeating on this blog that Romney has money hidden, yes, revealed on his taxes, but Hidden in tax Shelters.

It is sad to hear Santorum cheering along with Gingrich that Mitt doesn’t care about the poor, and labeling that a negative. He didn’t say that, you have parsed to the sound bite and joined Soledad Obrien’s side. That is sick.

Fleuries on February 14, 2012 at 9:40 AM

Lesson? I don’t think so. All I’ve seen on this board are a lot of little kids sticking their tongues out. Very little in actual ‘debate’. I don’t know what kind of problem the Santorum people have other than being programmed to think they’re pure conservatives, but I don’t much care. You guys ought to understand that we’re on the same team. If my guy is the nominee I sure as hell hope you all vote for him, just like if your guy is the nominee I’ll vote for Rick. But get over the persecution complex.

swmontgo on February 14, 2012 at 9:14 AM

Fail. It’s amazing how like the libs many of you Santorum folks are. It’s not my fault not a damn one of you can tell me why your guy ought to be President in a positive way.
And if dealing with someone with a command of the English Language is a problem for you, that’s going to be a problem, hunh? After all, how will you take orders at McDonald’s if you can’t understand your customers?
swmontgo on February 14, 2012 at 1:19 AM

LOL – This dope in particular is hilarious!!

ROTFLMAO – Physicician….heal thyself. The koolaid is strong with you mittbot. It absolutely misses the irony of it’s rhetoric.

Tim_CA on February 14, 2012 at 3:07 AM

Tim_CA on February 14, 2012 at 10:43 AM

I don’t think

swmontgo on February 14, 2012 at 9:14 AM

Noted.

Kent18 on February 14, 2012 at 11:01 AM

He embraced the killing of children, abortion, against his faith, to secure victory…what kind of man sacrifices unborn children to obtain power?

Answer that question truthfully, and you will see why Mitt can win, and why he shouldn’t win.

right2bright on February 14, 2012 at 8:25 AM

About sums it up.
However, don’t forget that he was set to lose re-election by such a humiliating margin that he declined even to run. Sort of like voting “present” so he wouldn’t have a loss on his record.

joe_doufu on February 14, 2012 at 1:01 PM

ghostwriter on February 14, 2012 at 6:57 AM

And I reject that out-of-hand. Now what?.

listens2glenn on February 14, 2012 at 2:42 PM

This is what the left wants. Us fighting against each other. Remember we get 4 more years of Obama if we can’t work together and get the best man elected. Let the process play out.

wi farmgirl on February 14, 2012 at 7:33 PM

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