Washington: Santorum 38, Romney 27, Ron Paul 15, Newt Gingrich 12

posted at 3:40 pm on February 21, 2012 by Tina Korbe

Rick Santorum is well-poised to win the Washington GOP caucus, especially if he pulls off another primary win or two before all eyes turn to the Evergreen State March 3. According to a new survey by Public Policy Polling, Santorum shines in the Pacific Northwestern state:

Wedged between the Michigan/Arizona primaries and Super Tuesday the Washington state GOP caucus hasn’t received a lot of attention. At least for now it looks like it could give Rick Santorum some momentum headed into the critical March 6th contests. He leads there with 38% to 27% for Mitt Romney, 15% for Ron Paul, and 12% for Newt Gingrich.

Santorum is by far the most popular of the Republican candidates with 69% viewing him favorably to only 18% with a negative opinion.  Romney is the only other one who even has a positive favorability rating. He’s at 47/42. The disparity between Santorum and Romney’s numbers in Washington resembles what we found for the contests two weeks ago in Missouri and Minnesota, both of which Santorum ended up winning by a healthy margin.

PPP predicts a particularly rough time in Washington for Newt Gingrich — and states explicitly that Gingrich’s continued presence in the race keeps Romney competitive, as 59 percent of his supporters say they would switch to Rick Santorum if the former Speaker of the House dropped out. Just 13 percent say they would go to Romney. Question 8 of the poll removes Gingrich from the equation and asks voters again whom they’d pick. In that scenario, Santorum leads Romney 49 to 28.

But the polling group also reminds readers that the race has been and still is volatile. Half of voters in Washington say they could change their mind between now and March 3 — and Romney’s supporters are more firmly committed than Santorum’s, which means a Romney victory in Washington is definitely not out of the question.

Still, this poll confirms that Santorum’s strategy so far has been sound: He’s zeroed in on the states in which he thinks he could be competitive and has concentrated his time and attention accordingly. Washington has been one of those states — and, just as in Iowa, Missouri and probably Michigan, voters will reward him for his pointed physical presence in their state.


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Washington.

Oh my!

Lanceman on February 21, 2012 at 3:44 PM

Another day – another poll that says Romney’s capped out at 25%

UNELECTABLE!

HondaV65 on February 21, 2012 at 3:44 PM

I hate that Romney really isn’t a conservative, and probably cannot be trusted to repeal Obamacare, but defeating Obama simply is beyond Santorum’s reach.

doufree on February 21, 2012 at 3:44 PM

But..but Romney is inevitable and oh, so electable…….

Bitter Clinger on February 21, 2012 at 3:45 PM

I hate that Romney really isn’t a conservative, and probably cannot be trusted to repeal Obamacare, but defeating Obama simply is beyond Santorum’s reach.

doufree on February 21, 2012 at 3:44 PM

Yet another. Sigh…..

Bitter Clinger on February 21, 2012 at 3:46 PM

This proves nothing. Everyone knows Washington is full of wingnut Christians.

flyfisher on February 21, 2012 at 3:47 PM

Washington ain’t exactly a red or even purple state. If Santorum’s message is playing there, then it means he can compete in a lot of not-so-conservative places.

Now queue the Mittbots saying he’s a religious zealot who’ll lose 57 states.

Doughboy on February 21, 2012 at 3:47 PM

This proves nothing. Everyone knows Washington is full of wingnut Christians.

flyfisher on February 21, 2012 at 3:47 PM

The same wingnut christians Romney tries to persuade everyone he is one of?

portlandon on February 21, 2012 at 3:49 PM

Santorum’s comments are utter lunacy. I have no problem with the content per se; I have a problem with the fact that this will play about as well with independents in November as a box of scorpions. No way I can vote for him in the primary now. No flipping way.

ConservativeLA on February 21, 2012 at 3:49 PM

Still, this poll confirms that Santorum’s strategy so far has been sound: He’s zeroed in on the states in which he thinks he could be competitive and has concentrated his time and attention accordingly. Washington has been one of those states — and, just as in Iowa, Missouri and probably Michigan, voters will reward him for his pointed physical presence in their state.

And Santorum will lose all four of those states (along with about 42 or so others) in the general against Obama. So, you know, more of that True Conservative Winning by Losing strategy.

Rational Thought on February 21, 2012 at 3:49 PM

I love the Brady Bunch tiled picture. Santorum has a nice healthy glow, and the other three look like various stages of zombification.

Marcola on February 21, 2012 at 3:50 PM

Another day – another poll that says Romney’s capped out at 25%

UNELECTABLE!

HondaV65 on February 21, 2012 at 3:44 PM

He’s at 27%. So much for your Romney ‘ceilings’
/sarc

El_Terrible on February 21, 2012 at 3:50 PM

This proves nothing. Everyone knows Washington is full of wingnut Christians.

flyfisher on February 21, 2012 at 3:47 PM

The same wingnut christians Romney tries to persuade everyone he is one of?

portlandon on February 21, 2012 at 3:49 PM

Yep. It’s full of ‘em.

flyfisher on February 21, 2012 at 3:50 PM

I love the Brady Bunch tiled picture. Santorum has a nice healthy glow, and the other three look like various stages of zombification.

Marcola on February 21, 2012 at 3:50 PM

ROTF

SparkPlug on February 21, 2012 at 3:51 PM

I hate that Romney really isn’t a conservative, and probably cannot be trusted to repeal Obamacare, but defeating Obama simply is beyond Santorum’s reach.

doufree on February 21, 2012 at 3:44 PM

That’s the whole shootin’ match there, buddy.

And there’s no evidence of that. Screaming extremist isn’t evidence.

Lanceman on February 21, 2012 at 3:51 PM

This proves nothing. Everyone knows that if Mitt was a real conservative he would do better.

SparkPlug on February 21, 2012 at 3:52 PM

The sooner everybody gets over their Romney Derangement Syndrome, the better. If you can make excuses for Santorum’s comments, your Mitt Hate has stripped you of anything approaching rationality. I can’t think of a more stupid reason for four more years of the Marxist In Chief.

ConservativeLA on February 21, 2012 at 3:52 PM

The bias at HA is overwhelming! There are NO POSTS about Santorum’s wacky beliefs in a ‘Jesus’
/sarc

El_Terrible on February 21, 2012 at 3:53 PM

This proves nothing. Everyone knows Washington is full of wingnut Christians.

flyfisher on February 21, 2012 at 3:47 PM

Really? There are a number of states that one could plausibly state this stereotype about. Washington doesn’t come to my mind.

Bitter Clinger on February 21, 2012 at 3:53 PM

Washington ain’t exactly a red or even purple state. If Santorum’s message is playing there, then it means he can compete in a lot of not-so-conservative places.

Now queue the Mittbots saying he’s a religious zealot who’ll lose 57 states.

Doughboy on February 21, 2012 at 3:47 PM

Yeah, he’ll surely be competitive in WA against Obama if he wins the GOP contest there. /

changer1701 on February 21, 2012 at 3:53 PM

Santorum’s comments are utter lunacy. I have no problem with the content per se; I have a problem with the fact that this will play about as well with independents in November as a box of scorpions. No way I can vote for him in the primary now. No flipping way.

ConservativeLA on February 21, 2012 at 3:49 PM

While I agree with the general tone of your assessment, I don’t agree with “I have no problem with the content per se”, I’m looking for a conservative leader, not a preacher, reverend, bishop or any other religious leader in the WH. Everybody here at HA may like to use the Reagan references, however I know one president that would be rolling over in his grave with Santorum’s latest – Thomas Jefferson.

Tater Salad on February 21, 2012 at 3:53 PM

This is beginning to be like the “Black Friday” newscrap media outlet film footage, every year after Thanksgiving.

HotAir should just loop all previous comments about the GOP “candidates,” just like the newscrap media outlets should just loop the previous “Black Friday” film footage, that has looked the same since 1990.

The word for today is: redundant.

OhEssYouCowboys on February 21, 2012 at 3:53 PM

The sooner everybody gets over their Romney Derangement Syndrome, the better. If you can make excuses for Santorum’s comments, your Mitt Hate has stripped you of anything approaching rationality. I can’t think of a more stupid reason for four more years of the Marxist In Chief.

ConservativeLA on February 21, 2012 at 3:52 PM

Satan-Gate.

portlandon on February 21, 2012 at 3:53 PM

I hate that Romney really isn’t a conservative, and probably cannot be trusted to repeal Obamacare, but defeating Obama simply is beyond Santorum’s reach.

doufree on February 21, 2012 at 3:44 PM

But Jesus looked at them and said to them, “With men this is impossible, but with God all things are possible.”

Matthew 19:26

ITguy on February 21, 2012 at 3:54 PM

The sooner everybody gets over their Romney Derangement Syndrome, the better. If you can make excuses for Santorum’s comments, your Mitt Hate has stripped you of anything approaching rationality. I can’t think of a more stupid reason for four more years of the Marxist In Chief.

ConservativeLA on February 21, 2012 at 3:52 PM

What Romney Derangement Syndrome? I just think dude is a lousy candidate and he’s no conservative. So Santorum is a social conservative. Big f’ing deal. Since when does that prevent someone from winning the Presidency?

Doughboy on February 21, 2012 at 3:54 PM

doufree on February 21, 2012 at 3:44 PM

Don’t fall into the “unelectable” trap. He’ll do fine. Why the full frontal assualt by the GOP insiders and MSM?

They will tell you who they fear.

Why fear Santorum?

Maybe because he is the only one who is serious about repealing Obamacare and is electable.

WisRich on February 21, 2012 at 3:54 PM

This proves nothing. Everyone knows Washington is full of wingnut Christians.

flyfisher on February 21, 2012 at 3:47 PM

Really? There are a number of states that one could plausibly state this stereotype about. Washington doesn’t come to my mind.

Bitter Clinger on February 21, 2012 at 3:53 PM

I don’t believe in the SarcMark. I like to see how people respond.

flyfisher on February 21, 2012 at 3:55 PM

Some say: “I wish Santorum would ditch this ‘revive manufacturing’ nonsense.”

I think that’s a key part of Santorum’s electoral appeal. Jefferson wrote of the unique American Agrarian Ideal: “Those who labor in the earth are the chosen people of God… etc”
There could also be an “industrial heart” of America that is a bit withered. I don’t want to get deep into how much economic sense it makes to incentivize manufacturing specifically, other that to say that it probably would not effect overall economics that much, and that there are national security reasons for maintaining manufacturing proficiency, but the main thing is that it fits into the election meme that Santorum is on the side of the working man. So this will help Santorum make the case to your avg Joes, and Joe the Plumbers.
So I say all the more power to Santorum on this. And maybe it’s real. Maybe he really could revive manufacturing, and help the working man, and industrial (swing) states.

anotherJoe on February 21, 2012 at 3:55 PM

Santorum is playing it smart and carefully, but it isn’t as if he has a choice. He doesn’t have the money or the organization to compete everywhere.

Washington state is sort of like Michigan, though: if a Republican wins that state in the general election, it will be as part of a major landslide.

The strategy of picking up delegates in the states the others aren’t emphasizing because they won’t be targets in the general election isn’t new. It is the Obama plan from 2008, which itself was directly a copy of McGovern’s playbook from 1972.

Adjoran on February 21, 2012 at 3:56 PM

Yeah, he’ll surely be competitive in WA against Obama if he wins the GOP contest there. /

changer1701 on February 21, 2012 at 3:53 PM

Yeah, and Romney will? The guy is struggling against Obama in Ohio for God’s sake! We’ll have to struggle to carry him over the finish line in the states that should be gimmes.

Doughboy on February 21, 2012 at 3:56 PM

He may be up on Romney but he can’t beat Obama out here

tommy-t on February 21, 2012 at 3:56 PM

I’ll be caucusing for Ron Paul regardless of the polls but it’s beginning to look like another 4 years of Obama are inevitable.

FloatingRock on February 21, 2012 at 3:57 PM

I’ll be caucusing for Ron Paul regardless of the polls but it’s beginning to look like another 4 years of Obama are inevitable.

FloatingRock on February 21, 2012 at 3:57 PM

What are you paying for gas right now?

El_Terrible on February 21, 2012 at 3:58 PM

He may be up on Romney but he can’t beat Obama out here

tommy-t on February 21, 2012 at 3:56 PM

Dino couldn’t beat Christine out there.

Oh, wait!

Lanceman on February 21, 2012 at 3:58 PM

Another reason to vote Newt. I’m not sure where Washington rates on the Liberal list, but I bet it’s high.

DDay on February 21, 2012 at 3:59 PM

anotherJoe on February 21, 2012 at 3:55 PM

It’s total baloney, though. Before the recession, manufacturing output was at an all time high. When we get rid of the socialists and begin to recover in earnest, it will once again be vibrant and growing.

Santorum offers at least the hint that his plan will bring more manufacturing JOBS, though, and that is just not likely. The world has changed since Ford invented the assembly line. You don’t need to pay a guy $40 an hour plus benefits to tighten lug nuts – a machine can do it for multiple shifts and never calls in sick or goes on strike.

That’s just reality. No amount of tax incentives can bring back labor-intensive manufacturing. To pretend otherwise is delusional and/or deceitful.

Adjoran on February 21, 2012 at 4:00 PM

Romney’s not conservative and he loves Obama.
Santorum is a total Jayeeeezus freak.
Newt has his panties in a perpetual bunch.
Ron Paul wears a tinfoil hat and possibly Batman underoos.

If yo guys haven’t figured out that they all stink, every last one of them, you haven’t been paying attention.

They. All. Stink.

PetecminMd on February 21, 2012 at 4:00 PM

Wow … I can only hope that Santa keeps up his great work.

Monkei on February 21, 2012 at 4:01 PM

Yeah, and Romney will? The guy is struggling against Obama in Ohio for God’s sake! We’ll have to struggle to carry him over the finish line in the states that should be gimmes.

Doughboy on February 21, 2012 at 3:56 PM

This is the funny thing about polls…people will make a big deal out of Santorum being ahead in a poll like this, but they will ignore the fact that two polls out this week show Romney the stronger candidate in the general.

In fact the CBS poll had Santorum two ahead, but showed that even among Republicans Romney is considered stronger against Obama by 55 to 16. In the Gallup poll out today, Romney actually beats Obama by four and he is the only Republican that does.

I think Santorum will not be able to sustain this lead..going after working women, birth control and Protestants does not make him a social conservative, it makes him a kook.

Terrye on February 21, 2012 at 4:02 PM

OT:Unemployment back up to 9%, but no one in media is talking about it.

ConservativePartyNow on February 21, 2012 at 4:02 PM

I hate that Romney really isn’t a conservative, and probably cannot be trusted to repeal Obamacare, but defeating Obama simply is beyond Santorum’s reach.

doufree on February 21, 2012 at 3:44 PM

Yet another clueless moron zombie

Gregor on February 21, 2012 at 4:03 PM

a machine can do it for multiple shifts and never calls in sick or goes on strike.

Adjoran on February 21, 2012 at 4:00 PM

You forgot – a machine never gets caught smoking dope in the parking lot on company time.

Lanceman on February 21, 2012 at 4:03 PM

I’m beginning to find Santorum’s Christianity references a little over the top and becoming very patronizing and pointed to the non-Romney crowd who think his religion is a cult. His message isn’t bringing out the best in people, it is dividing people, he better remember Jesus was a forgiving inclusive man, not an angry divisive man.

As a Catholic, Santorum better reread the passage about “casting the first stone”, it hasn’t been that long since Catholicism was considered a cult by many.

Tater Salad on February 21, 2012 at 4:04 PM

Lil Ricky must beat the DEVIL!

ObamatheMessiah on February 21, 2012 at 4:04 PM

I’ll be caucusing for Ron Paul regardless of the polls but it’s beginning to look like another 4 years of Obama are inevitable.

FloatingRock on February 21, 2012 at 3:57 PM

Comments like this are why you should stop smoking weed. It damages brain cells.

Gregor on February 21, 2012 at 4:05 PM

Yeah, he’ll surely be competitive in WA against Obama if he wins the GOP contest there. /

changer1701 on February 21, 2012 at 3:53 PM

And Romney will just kick Obama’s butt there right? It’s was cool having watched Patty Murray get creamed by that firebrand Dino Rossi.

arnold ziffel on February 21, 2012 at 4:06 PM

Yeah, and Romney will? The guy is struggling against Obama in Ohio for God’s sake! We’ll have to struggle to carry him over the finish line in the states that should be gimmes.

Doughboy on February 21, 2012 at 3:56 PM

Ohio isn’t a gimme by any stretch, for anyone. And yeah, I think Romney would be more competitive than Santy in WA.

changer1701 on February 21, 2012 at 4:07 PM

If Santorum managed to win Washington, then I daresay the conservatives here in Washington are as bizarely bizare as the liberals, albeit in different ways.

Listening to Michael Medved, he thinks Washington will go to Paul?

This state is so weird.

Jeddite on February 21, 2012 at 4:08 PM

What Romney Derangement Syndrome? I just think dude is a lousy candidate and he’s no conservative. So Santorum is a social conservative. Big f’ing deal. Since when does that prevent someone from winning the Presidency?

Doughboy on February 21, 2012 at 3:54 PM

Since he started saying batsh*t crazy stuff like this:

“Satan has his sights on the United States of America!” Republican presidential hopeful Rick Santorum has declared.

Satan is attacking the great institutions of America, using those great vices of pride, vanity, and sensuality as the root to attack all of the strong plants that has so deeply rooted in the American tradition.

“This is a spiritual war. And the Father of Lies has his sights on what you would think the Father of Lies would have his sights on: a good, decent, powerful, influential country – the United States of America. If you were Satan, who would you attack in this day and age?

“He attacks all of us and he attacks all of our institutions.

“We look at the shape of mainline Protestantism in this country and it is in shambles, it is gone from the world of Christianity as I see it.”

Rational Thought on February 21, 2012 at 4:08 PM

“Woe is me.” ~~The Mitt

timberline on February 21, 2012 at 4:08 PM

What Romney Derangement Syndrome?

Doughboy on February 21, 2012 at 3:54 PM

Romney Derangement Syndrome is what everyone who does not accept the inevitability of Romney winning the nomination suffers from.

SWalker on February 21, 2012 at 4:09 PM

They. All. Stink.

PetecminMd on February 21, 2012 at 4:00 PM

but who smells the least?

Deafdog on February 21, 2012 at 4:09 PM

Look how long it took for conservatives to warm to Santorum. How long will it takes the independents to warm to him? I fear too late to win the election in November. The bottom will have to drop out more, and that is not a good thing for any of us. If gas gets too much higher, I just don’t know how some of us are going to make it. Rural America can’t just hop on mass transit to get to our jobs.

jazzuscounty on February 21, 2012 at 4:11 PM

Lefty Spinning?!

Mitt Romney holds narrow lead over Rick Santorum in Arizona, 1 week before primary,

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canopfor on February 21, 2012 at 4:11 PM

Ohio isn’t a gimme by any stretch, for anyone. And yeah, I think Romney would be more competitive than Santy in WA.

changer1701 on February 21, 2012 at 4:07 PM

Ohio better be in the GOP column come November. The problem Mittens has is the conservative base doesn’t like him(and may resent him if it feels like the establishment forced him upon us) and he’ll have a very difficult time appealing to working class voters. So that’ll make swing states like Ohio and Virginia tougher for him to lock down. He will be more competitive in places like New Hampshire(in fact, he’d probably win there), but those EVs are peanuts compared to what’s at stake in the aforementioned states.

Doughboy on February 21, 2012 at 4:12 PM

“A funny thing happened to me on the way to the White House.” ~~Richard Nixon 1960 Mitt Romney 2012

timberline on February 21, 2012 at 4:12 PM

Seattle and environs are a liberal place,but from Yakima through the tri-Cities, and Walla Walla to Spokane are individualists that hate collectivism, hence they are Conservatives.

jimw on February 21, 2012 at 4:12 PM

Romney & his SuperPAC has spent $10M+ in 10 days in MI, and he is still behind Santorum in most polls.

In states where he hasn’t outspend Santorum 100-1 (like OH and WA); he is massively behind.

Let’s face it, Romney will NEVER be the nomninee. The sooner this Massachusetts Clown realizes it, the better.

Norwegian on February 21, 2012 at 4:13 PM

I think Santorum is going to start dropping like a rock. His views are nutty and a lot of people haven’t heard about them yet, but they are starting to come out. The latest satan talk isn’t going to help. He is the only one of the bunch that will not get my vote under any circumstance.

bopbottle on February 21, 2012 at 4:13 PM

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canopfor on February 21, 2012 at 4:14 PM

He is the only one of the bunch that will not get my vote under any circumstance.

bopbottle on February 21, 2012 at 4:13 PM

So you are voting for Obama, that’s cool, I guess.

SWalker on February 21, 2012 at 4:15 PM

If Romney is such a great manager, how come his campaign is so obviously mis-managed?

He and his friends spent about $20 MM trashing Newt, now he has Santorum and he has yet to launch the same negative campaign against Santorum

If he was a better manager, he would have split the negative campaign money between Newt and Santorum.

Really, the whole rationale for Romney is totally gone.

Santorum would lose to Obama by at least 8% in the general, Newt, the only one could actually defeat Obama, is struggling in the polls, and Obama is sitting on millions of dollars he may never even need for his campaign.

And Newt is right about one thing, if Obama wins, we could lose at least one American city to Islamist terrorism

georgealbert on February 21, 2012 at 4:15 PM

Look how long it took for conservatives to warm to Santorum.

A couple of weeks.

Romney’s been running for at least 5 years and he’s not attracting anything. Romney spent what, $32 million in January? How much did his competition drop? Romney won’t outspend and out carpet bomb Obama. He’s toast.

El_Terrible on February 21, 2012 at 4:16 PM

Washington has been one of those states — and, just as in Iowa, Missouri and probably Michigan, voters will reward him for his pointed physical presence in their state.

I wouldn’t be making predictions like that yet. And what does it mean to say he has a “pointed physical presence in their state”? He was in Iowa every day, all day for a year. That’s true. But Michigan? What am I missing here.

Buy Danish on February 21, 2012 at 4:16 PM

My daughter’s college friends are horrified. Many planned to shrug off the campus propaganda and vote Republican (Ron Paul was a natural preference but they were okay with Romney or Gingrich), but Sphinctorum scares the living bejesus out of them. There go over half a million college votes across the country – and worst of all, some of them will go to Obama.

Archivarix on February 21, 2012 at 4:17 PM

I’ll be caucusing for Ron Paul regardless of the polls but it’s beginning to look like another 4 years of Obama are inevitable.

FloatingRock on February 21, 2012 at 3:57 PM

I am so sick of this defeatist attitude around here I could scream.

JPeterman on February 21, 2012 at 4:17 PM

Is this it? Are these the only Zeroes I have to choose from?

ManWithNoName on February 21, 2012 at 4:17 PM

Mitt Romney was overheard saying:

“standing outside Fenway Park? In the cold? Shaking hands?”

joe_doufu on February 21, 2012 at 4:18 PM

I am so sick of this defeatist attitude around here I could scream.

JPeterman on February 21, 2012 at 4:17 PM

You and me both.

Lanceman on February 21, 2012 at 4:18 PM

My daughter’s college friends are horrified. Many planned to shrug off the campus propaganda and vote Republican (Ron Paul was a natural preference but they were okay with Romney or Gingrich), but Sphinctorum scares the living bejesus out of them. There go over half a million college votes across the country – and worst of all, some of them will go to Obama.

Archivarix on February 21, 2012 at 4:17 PM

Then let them vote for Obama or sit on their asses at home. And when they can’t find a job once they graduate, tell them to look straight in the mirror when they’re wondering who’s to blame. I’ve reached the point where I no longer feel any sympathy for stupid people.

Doughboy on February 21, 2012 at 4:20 PM

I am so sick of this defeatist attitude around here I could scream.

JPeterman on February 21, 2012 at 4:17 PM

The Ronulans will vote for Obama out of spite.

SWalker on February 21, 2012 at 4:20 PM

If Romney is such a great manager, how come his campaign is so obviously mis-managed?

He and his friends spent about $20 MM trashing Newt, now he has Santorum and he has yet to launch the same negative campaign against Santorum

If he was a better manager, he would have split the negative campaign money between Newt and Santorum.

Really, the whole rationale for Romney is totally gone.

Santorum would lose to Obama by at least 8% in the general, Newt, the only one could actually defeat Obama, is struggling in the polls, and Obama is sitting on millions of dollars he may never even need for his campaign.

And Newt is right about one thing, if Obama wins, we could lose at least one American city to Islamist terrorism

georgealbert on February 21, 2012 at 4:15 PM

Romneycare hangs around Mitt’s neck like a boat anchor.
His highly paid campaign consultants all thought the nomination would be a walk and so never positioned him with poliicies that would appeal to the base. Now, they have to play catch-up.

I never thought Santorum would be in this position. When there were 8 candidates on the stage, he always seemed the least likeable. But his message is resonating better now…at least I hear a message from him. Whether he could pull off a win in november will depend on the economy – same as it will with Romney or Newt.

Deafdog on February 21, 2012 at 4:21 PM

Romney’s been running for at least 5 years and he’s not attracting anything. Romney spent what, $32 million in January? How much did his competition drop? Romney won’t outspend and out carpet bomb Obama. He’s toast.

El_Terrible on February 21, 2012 at 4:16 PM

Yep.

Romney is like Meg Whitman. He can spend $1 Billion trying to win this, but regardless of the amount of money he spends, it won’t matter. He will never win the nomination.

Norwegian on February 21, 2012 at 4:21 PM

I’ve reached the point where I no longer feel any sympathy for stupid people.

Doughboy on February 21, 2012 at 4:20 PM

That’s no joke. And we’re gettin’ full up on stupid around here, too.

Lanceman on February 21, 2012 at 4:22 PM

. He is the only one of the bunch that will not get my vote under any circumstance.

bopbottle on February 21, 2012 at 4:13 PM

Oh look, another spoiled brat Hotair idiot who loves paying $4 bucks for a gallon of gas.

JPeterman on February 21, 2012 at 4:22 PM

Then let them vote for Obama or sit on their asses at home. And when they can’t find a job once they graduate, tell them to look straight in the mirror when they’re wondering who’s to blame. I’ve reached the point where I no longer feel any sympathy for stupid people.

Doughboy on February 21, 2012 at 4:20 PM

Then you understand how so many of us feel about Santorum supporters, huh? If he is nominated, Obama will win in a landslide. A deep, humiliating landslide. So when you’re out of work and can’t find a job, you’ll be looking in that big ole mirror when you’re wondering who to blame, right? Stupid people, indeed.

Rational Thought on February 21, 2012 at 4:23 PM

Yep.

Romney is like Meg Whitman. He can spend $1 Billion trying to win this, but regardless of the amount of money he spends, it won’t matter. He will never win the nomination.

Norwegian on February 21, 2012 at 4:21 PM

And what if he does? You stayin’ home in Nov?

changer1701 on February 21, 2012 at 4:24 PM

Then let them vote for Obama or sit on their asses at home. And when they can’t find a job once they graduate, tell them to look straight in the mirror when they’re wondering who’s to blame. I’ve reached the point where I no longer feel any sympathy for stupid people.

Doughboy on February 21, 2012 at 4:20 PM

You have no effing clue what kind of courage is required of a young person to openly proclaim Republican affiliation of a state university campus. Not only one’s circle of friends (and dates) shrinks instantly, but there’s a considerable chance of being shortchanged on some gen-ed course grading. So those kids who do so have both the brains and the nuts; they just believe that there are worse things than being jobless in a poor country, and Santorum is a poster boy for them.

Archivarix on February 21, 2012 at 4:27 PM

Obama will win in a landslide. A deep, humiliating landslide.

Rational Thought on February 21, 2012 at 4:23 PM

He didn’t win in a ‘landslide’ when he ran on no record as the anti-Bush against the worst candidate in history.

Where the hell do you get off with this ‘humiliating landslide’ now?

Perhaps you need to re-examine your moniker.

Lanceman on February 21, 2012 at 4:27 PM

Here’s what’s going to happen if Santorum wins the GOP nomination: Obama’s campaign will paint Santorum as a religious extremist, the second coming of the Inquisition, thus successfully deflecting any debate or discussion of his miserable performance as President, the disastrous state of the economy, the looming entitlement crisis, or the shambles of our foreign policy and defense strategies. Independents, upon whom this or any other presidential election hinges, spooked by saturation coverage of Santorum’s shrill advocacy of social issues both past and present, will feel forced to choose between the incumbent, who doesn’t care about their sex lives, and the self-righteous, insufferable prig who does.

But hey, you Not Romney supporters finally get your way. There’s that, I guess.

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canopfor on February 21, 2012 at 4:27 PM

canopfor on February 21, 2012 at 4:28 PM

Washington has been one of those states — and, just as in Iowa, Missouri and probably Michigan, voters will reward him for his pointed physical presence in their state.

But Michigan? What am I missing here.

Buy Danish on February 21, 2012 at 4:16 PM

.
so WHY do these LIBERAL states LOVE Santorum ? Anyone? Iowa-Mich-Wash-Minn these are all states that Rs CAN’T and WON’t win in Nov ANYWAY!!

You would think these liberal strongholds would go for the “liberal” candidate Romney. What’s going on here Mr. Media ???

FlaMurph on February 21, 2012 at 4:28 PM


If Santorum managed to win Washington, then I daresay the conservatives here in Washington are as bizarely bizare as the liberals, albeit in different ways.

Listening to Michael Medved, he thinks Washington will go to Paul?

This state is so weird.

Jeddite on February 21, 2012 at 4:08 PM

Sounds like you are from WA, as am I. The Republican Party here is known for supporting nutty candidates. Given that it almost never wins an election at the state level and has no hope of governance, it is free from the need to behave responsibly, and can instead indulge its wackier impulses (remember Ellen Craswell’s gubernatorial campaign?).

So I am not surprised that Santorum is leading in the polls. He showed up here recently at an anti-gay marriage rally to talk about his favorite subject, and also to get heckled by numerous protesters, but that will just make the SoCons love him more, as this silly “rah rah” post by Tina (“Santorum shines“) goes to show.

HTL on February 21, 2012 at 4:30 PM

Then you understand how so many of us feel about Santorum supporters, huh? If he is nominated, Obama will win in a landslide. A deep, humiliating landslide. So when you’re out of work and can’t find a job, you’ll be looking in that big ole mirror when you’re wondering who to blame, right? Stupid people, indeed.

Rational Thought on February 21, 2012 at 4:23 PM

And you base that on what? The polls don’t back up your assertion. If it’s because a politician publicly expressing socially conservative views makes you feel uncomfortable, get over yourself. Because it didn’t hurt Bush in 2000 or 2004. And it didn’t hurt Reagan in 1980 or 1984. In fact, history seems to show that Republicans do far better in Presidential elections when they don’t shy away from talking about their faith then when they try to hide it. Shoot, most thought McCain’s finest moment in the 2008 campaign was when he sat with Rick Warren at the Saddleback Forum.

Doughboy on February 21, 2012 at 4:31 PM

PREDICTION; ROMNEY AND PAUL WILL TAG TEAM DESTROY SANTORUM TONIGHT.

fatlibertarianinokc on February 21, 2012 at 4:31 PM

He didn’t win in a ‘landslide’ when he ran on no record as the anti-Bush against the worst candidate in history.

Where the hell do you get off with this ‘humiliating landslide’ now?

Perhaps you need to re-examine your moniker.

Lanceman on February 21, 2012 at 4:27 PM

The Mittbots have become unhinged or something.

JPeterman on February 21, 2012 at 4:31 PM

And Santorum will lose all four of those states (along with about 42 or so others) in the general against Obama. So, you know, more of that True Conservative Winning by Losing strategy.

Rational Thought on February 21, 2012 at 3:49 PM


Obama vs. Willard:

Rasmussen Tracking 2/18 – 2/20 1500 LV 45 43 Obama +2
CNN/Opinion Research 2/10 – 2/13 937 RV 51 46 Obama +5

Obama vs. Santy:

Rasmussen Tracking 2/18 – 2/20 1500 LV 46 44 Obama +2
CNN/Opinion Research 2/10 – 2/13 937 RV 52 45 Obama +7

You were saying……

angryed on February 21, 2012 at 4:33 PM

PREDICTION; ROMNEY AND PAUL WILL TAG TEAM DESTROY SANTORUM TONIGHT.

fatlibertarianinokc on February 21, 2012 at 4:31 PM

That should be interesting. What and where exactly is this going to happen tonight?

JPeterman on February 21, 2012 at 4:33 PM

Here’s what’s going to happen if Santorum wins the GOP nomination: Obama’s campaign will paint Santorum as a religious extremist, the second coming of the Inquisition, thus successfully deflecting any debate or discussion of his miserable performance as President, the disastrous state of the economy, the looming entitlement crisis, or the shambles of our foreign policy and defense strategies. Independents, upon whom this or any other presidential election hinges, spooked by saturation coverage of Santorum’s shrill advocacy of social issues both past and present, will feel forced to choose between the incumbent, who doesn’t care about their sex lives, and the self-righteous, insufferable prig who does.

But hey, you Not Romney supporters finally get your way. There’s that, I guess.

troyriser_gopftw on February 21, 2012 at 4:27 PM

Take a reality check. Romney’s ran a miserable campaign for the nomination. Don’t blame the “Not Romney” people for that. If Romney loses it’s because Romney blew it. Romney needs to focus on a message of why he seserves it. This constantly telling us that Santorum or Newt can’t win doesn’t buld support for Romney.

Deafdog on February 21, 2012 at 4:35 PM

But hey, you Not Romney supporters finally get your way. There’s that, I guess.

troyriser_gopftw on February 21, 2012 at 4:27 PM

At this point, I’m desperate enough to have Christie shoved up our collective arse by the brokered convention, but between Romney and Santorum I’ll choose Romney in a NYC jiffy. And if the rumor that Romney is in cahoots with the ol’ loon RP regarding Rand’s appointment has any truth to it, I’ll contribute to Romney.

Archivarix on February 21, 2012 at 4:36 PM

troyriser_gopftw on February 21, 2012 at 4:27 PM

LOOK! A KA KA KA CHRISSSHEEEYAAAN!
-Obama

El_Terrible on February 21, 2012 at 4:37 PM

You have no effing clue what kind of courage is required of a young person to openly proclaim Republican affiliation of a state university campus. Not only one’s circle of friends (and dates) shrinks instantly, but there’s a considerable chance of being shortchanged on some gen-ed course grading. So those kids who do so have both the brains and the nuts; they just believe that there are worse things than being jobless in a poor country, and Santorum is a poster boy for them.

Archivarix on February 21, 2012 at 4:27 PM

Yeah, they’re so courageous that the moment a Republican candidate for President starts to talk about his Catholic faith, they run for the hills. And some of them are so brave, they’ll even vote for Obama out of protest. Enjoy life in the unemployment line with that redhead and the Stormtrooper.

Doughboy on February 21, 2012 at 4:38 PM

Has Romney won a single red state yet?

Lanceman on February 21, 2012 at 4:38 PM

Where the hell do you get off with this ‘humiliating landslide’ now?

Perhaps you need to re-examine your moniker.

Lanceman on February 21, 2012 at 4:27 PM

Santorum is RELIGIOUS FANATIC who does NOT believe in small government nor individual liberty. He is a RADICAL just like Barack Obama, but wants to replace Obama’s Marxist radicalism with Christian radicalism. Both men want to CONTROL how people live and DICTATE what their freedoms should be. So, voters will have two types of authoritarianism to choose from: liberal authoritarianism that promises them lots of free stuff, and religious authoritarianism that promises lectures and finger-pointing. Thus, an Obama landslide. The common sense it takes to understand this does not even require one to use reasoned and rational thinking. One needs merely to be awake, with one eye opened, and a couple of brain cells functioning. So, please, wake up.

Rational Thought on February 21, 2012 at 4:38 PM

Wow. It’s almost like the country’s 78% Christian…or it’s full of average Americans…or something.

kingsjester on February 21, 2012 at 4:41 PM

Yeah, they’re so courageous that the moment a Republican candidate for President starts to talk about his Catholic faith, they run for the hills. And some of them are so brave, they’ll even vote for Obama out of protest. Enjoy life in the unemployment line with that redhead and the Stormtrooper.

Doughboy on February 21, 2012 at 4:38 PM

You might be surprised but forced to choose between socialism and Catholic faith, many will choose socialism. I lived in the USSR for twenty years, and then a decade in Israel. Socialism is awful but theocracy is worse hundredfold. And hey, don’t knock the redhead!

Archivarix on February 21, 2012 at 4:41 PM

My daughter’s college friends are horrified. Many planned to shrug off the campus propaganda and vote Republican (Ron Paul was a natural preference but they were okay with Romney or Gingrich), but Sphinctorum scares the living bejesus out of them. There go over half a million college votes across the country – and worst of all, some of them will go to Obama.

Archivarix on February 21, 2012 at 4:17 PM

Good for them!!

Much better to have no job and free birth control pills with Obama than have a job and pay $15 a month for birth control pills with Santorum.

angryed on February 21, 2012 at 4:41 PM

Some of you guys (and gals) need to head over to reddit once in a while. As someone mentioned above, Santorum is being destroyed daily by the Liberal College Punks (LCP for short) that troll there. Its predominently geared to college/young adults and they do vote. Social issues aren’t nearly as important to them as Fiscal issues at this point but Santorum wants to die on the Social hill. Its why he’ll be beat in the General.

If some of you wish to bury your heads then so be it. Just don’t be surprised with another 0bama win.

ManWithNoName on February 21, 2012 at 4:41 PM

I hate that Romney really isn’t a conservative, and probably cannot be trusted to repeal Obamacare, but defeating Obama simply is beyond Santorum’s reach.

doufree on February 21, 2012 at 3:44 PM

After reading many of the posts in various it seems odd that most of the posts seem that the only one that can beat Obama is a white version of Obama? Seems odd to me, as Obama is probably the most un-re-electable president of my lifetime and that includes LBJ, and Carter. Of course the entire MSM was in shock for months after Reagan got elected. When the economany is as bad as it is, no amount of lipstick will pretty it up. I say this knowing that Freddy & Fanny are pumping 10′s of millions maybe 100′s into lowering home mortgage rates (forcing banks to pay the closing cost) to pump money into the economany as fast as they can, before midsummer or November anyway.

Most corrupt administration ever, and I’ve lived through many.

whbates on February 21, 2012 at 4:42 PM

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