GOP candidates “commence the world” and head west

posted at 4:50 pm on February 13, 2012 by Tina Korbe

Who knows who actually said, “Go west, young man”? The quote is sometimes attributed to Horace Greeley, who did write something similar in an 1838 edition of the newspaper New Yorker. ”If any young man is about to commence the world, we say to him, publicly and privately, ‘Go to the West,’” Greeley penned.

Whether the GOP candidates qualify as “young men” is another subject for debate, but, by running for president, they’re certainly seeking to “commence the world,” albeit in a different sense than Greeley meant it. The presidency is as “real” as “the real world” gets. There’s no escaping the problems of the planet as president, that’s for sure, even though our present president tries.

In their quest to capture the most powerful office in the world, they’re taking Greeley’s advice: Mitt Romney, Rick Santorum and Newt Gingrich all headed West today. WaPo provides the round-up:

Mitt Romney is holding an evening rally in Mesa, Ariz., ahead of the Feb. 28 primary there. Four years ago, Romney lost the state to Sen. John McCain (R-Ariz.), who took 47 percent to Romney’s 35 percent. But this time around, the Romney camp is confident about the state, which awards 29 delegates.

Newt Gingrich is campaigning Monday in California, holding events in South El Monte and Pasadena. The Golden State, which has 172 delegates, doesn’t hold its primary until June, which might make one wonder why Gingrich is spending time there now when the Super Tuesday races loom. (His camp is likely smarting over a National Review editorial out Monday morning urging Gingrich to step aside to make way for a Romney- Rick Santorum contest.)

Santorum, who on Sunday called Romney’s attacks on his record “desperate,” is spending the day out in Tacoma, Wash. He plans an evening rally in the state, which holds its caucuses on March 3 and awards 43 delegates.

Romney does look to be strong in Arizona, where Santorum has little organization. The primary is still a couple weeks away, so perhaps that will change, but the Santorum campaign hasn’t given much indication the former Pennsylvania senator intends to compete there. Instead, Santorum said after last week’s trifecta that his next push would be in Ohio and Michigan. His efforts in Michigan already appear to be paying off. Santorum might be smart to skip Arizona. The primary is winner-take-all and, in the most recent Rasmussen poll in the state, Santorum is running a very distant third. Twenty-nine delegates are quite a few to give up without any fight at all — but it might be better to sacrifice those 29 rather than waste resources in the state only to lose the delegates to Romney anyway.

Washington is a better fit for Santorum. Voters there have demonstrated their willingness to support socially conservative candidates. In the 2008 Washington caucuses, they boosted the socially conservative Mike Huckabee to a close second place finish — although John McCain ultimately swept the later primary.

Meanwhile, Gingrich’s seemingly strategically strange decision to focus on California actually makes the most sense of all: He needs money and he’s hitting up the Golden State to get some.


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Horace Greeley, don’t hear that reference much.

Bmore on February 13, 2012 at 4:52 PM

Lol, no Paul on the story image.

ebrawer on February 13, 2012 at 4:53 PM

Good lede, Tina!

davidk on February 13, 2012 at 4:58 PM

I’m with you on the Arizona part, with on the Washington part, Newt in California? Why does that not seem like it will ever fit? Maybe he can raise some $, but unless he starts picking up some votes, he’s done. Can’t see Newt winning California. Stranger things have happened I suppose.

Bmore on February 13, 2012 at 4:59 PM

Go Team Santorum!!!

multiuseless on February 13, 2012 at 5:02 PM

Showdown in the West? Hope it’s not a circular firing squad!

abobo on February 13, 2012 at 5:03 PM

Feb. 12, 2012: The DAY Obama LOST the ELECTION

Mutnodjmet on February 13, 2012 at 5:05 PM

Mutnodjmet on February 13, 2012 at 5:05 PM

Hope you are right.

Bmore on February 13, 2012 at 5:09 PM

Does it really matter if Santorum doesn’t have a strong ground game in AZ?
Serious question.

I had thought that once we got past New Hampshire and Iowa people didn’t expect the coddling that those two states seem to require from a candidate.

Nathan_OH on February 13, 2012 at 5:10 PM

Romney does look to be strong in Arizona

not surprising given it’s proximity to Utah. I expect him to do well in Wyoming and Idaho too. The Mormon vote is the only reason Colorado was even close. When Samuel L Jackson votes based on race – everyone notices, when Mormons vote based on religion – apparently only closed minded evangelical “bigots” are allowed to notice.

abobo on February 13, 2012 at 5:12 PM

abobo on February 13, 2012 at 5:03 PM

Knowing these four that are left, they’ll go to their neutral corners and fire from there. I’m with you on that second comment.

Bmore on February 13, 2012 at 5:18 PM

OT:Feds just approved Google’s purchase of Motorola

ConservativePartyNow on February 13, 2012 at 5:24 PM

Mitt governed as a “severe conservative.” Not on global warming:

http://www.forbes.com/sites/jamestaylor/2012/02/08/santorum-sends-the-right-message-on-global-warming/

anotherJoe on February 13, 2012 at 5:27 PM

Santorum! I posted this several times before CO, MO and MN wins. Let’s make it stick. He’s the most conservative remaining. Romney would be ok for the business aspect of running the country, Gingrich is insane, and Paul is totally insane (but I like him better than Newt).

Don’t let the establishment media pick our candidate!

kirkill on February 13, 2012 at 5:35 PM

Why is Ron Paul being dissed?
If I was Santy, I would not skip Arizona. McCain is the man who endorsed Romney…and you know after he used the Tea Party there to get elected (barely)…he told those folks to “Pull my finger!”
(Remember that Michigan was a wrap for our native son…in January). Never say never altar boy!

KOOLAID2 on February 13, 2012 at 5:53 PM

Romney has a problem in Michigan. The Michigan primary is the same date as Arizona’s. While Mitt has not lived in Michigan for 40 years he still is viewed as having a relationship with the state.

Losing Michigan would be far more damaging to Romney’s image than losing Arizona.

bw222 on February 13, 2012 at 5:57 PM

Don’t let the establishment media pick our candidate!

kirkill on February 13, 2012 at 5:35 PM

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AND don’t let democrites voting in OPEN primaries change the outcome of who the Rs truly would vote for either.

FlaMurph on February 13, 2012 at 6:00 PM

There’s no escaping the problems of the planet as president, that’s for sure, even though our present president tries.

Ha! I see what you did there.

Lost in Jersey on February 13, 2012 at 6:05 PM

And BTW- Arizona’s primary is a closed primary and rasmussen polling shows an almost identical breakdown to Florida’s CLOSED primary results with Romney @48%-
Newt 25% and Santorum with 13%.
Now go to THE OPEN PRIMARY like Michigan and you have similar results that we had in South Carolina’s OPEN primary – with Romney 2nd and the difference of Newt switching places with Santo for 1st-
Coincidence ? I think not!!!!!
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Get these damn democrites out of our primaries.

FlaMurph on February 13, 2012 at 6:08 PM

Here’s hoping we get a rare rain in Phoenix and all the unmotivated “I guess it’s Romney” folks stay home.

Jinxed on February 13, 2012 at 6:14 PM

Will Saturday Night Live portray Santorum as a bunny rabbit or a mouse with whiskers? Any predictions?

jan3 on February 13, 2012 at 6:31 PM

Mitt governed as a “severe conservative.” Not on global warming:

anotherJoe on February 13, 2012 at 5:27 PM

It’s an adjective. Do you hang a man on an adjective? Are we Democrats, for crying out loud?

jan3 on February 13, 2012 at 6:33 PM

No, you hang a man for having a liberal record as Governor!We are conseervatives,for crying out loud!

redware on February 13, 2012 at 6:45 PM

No, you hang a man for having a liberal record as Governor!We are conservatives,for crying out loud!

redware on February 13, 2012 at 6:46 PM

No, you hang a man for having a liberal record as Governor!We are conservatives,for crying out loud!

redware on February 13, 2012 at 6:46 PM

Reagan was a Democrat and a union boss. People change with time. Get used to it.

jan3 on February 13, 2012 at 7:05 PM

jan3 on February 13, 2012 at 7:05 PM

And some people never change.

Bmore on February 13, 2012 at 9:47 PM