Pro-Santorum Super PAC targets Gingrich’s coveted southern states

posted at 1:20 pm on March 8, 2012 by Tina Korbe

To further complicate Newt Gingrich’s “southern strategy,” the same pro-Santorum Super PAC that yesterday released a memo to call for Gingrich to exit the race has today announced that it purchased  $500,000 worth of advertising time in Alabama and Mississippi, two states Gingrich desperately needs to win to remain in the game.

The Red, White, and Blue Fund announced Thursday that it is making an ad buy of between $500,000 and $600,000 in the two southern states, both of which Newt Gingrich has prioritized as primaries he hopes to dominate.

Both states hold primaries on March 13.

The ad buy reportedly includes a television commercial attacking Gingrich and Mitt Romney on healthcare. …

“On the heels of our call for Newt Gingrich to unite conservatives by exiting the race, now we are investing heavily in the next two primary states to ensure that happens with a Santorum victory,” Red, White, and Blue Fund adviser Stuart Roy said in a statement. “Then voters will be able to have a choice between an authentic conservative in Santorum and a calculated conservative in Mitt Romney.”

The Super PAC is smart to stay focused on healthcare. What has fueled Santorum’s success so far has been his ability to tap into American anger about Obamacare and the American hunger for freedom. Daniel Henninger explains:

What Mr. Santorum has discovered in this campaign is that for a large number of voters, a connection has surfaced between Barack Obama’s economic policies and the issue of personal freedom. The potency of the latter is what’s new, and a vulnerability for this presidency.

Freedom, or liberty, is a staple of conservative politics. Ron Paul speaks about “liberty” as libertarian philosophy, and that has drawn new support. In the Santorum version it comes out as “freedom,” and it wells up from something more akin to the “Don’t tread on me” motto and coiled rattlesnake sewn into the famous yellow Gadsden flag created before the American Revolution. The Gadsden flag was a staple at tea party rallies two years ago.

Rick Santorum has linked these concerns about the status of personal freedom directly to ObamaCare and beyond that to the broader policy legacy of Obama administration.

As I wrote yesterday, the GOP nominee — whoever he is — has to continually remind voters of the central-planning tendencies of this president, which are most clearly expressed in his signature legislation of Obamacare but have begun to be particularly evident in other areas of his administration, too, as in his energy policy. The GOP nominee needs to force Obama to own his own ideas and make it impossible for him to hide behind conservative rhetoric or rallying words like “hope” and “change.”

So far, Rick Santorum and Newt Gingrich both have done that better than frontrunner Mitt Romney — but that doesn’t mean Romney couldn’t begin to do that now or in the general. The question is: Does he recognize the need to do that at all and will he be willing to risk dislike to very clearly and in no uncertain terms call the president out? Whatever he’s doing now is working in a technical sense — he continues to score more and more delegates — but not in a general sense, as his approval ratings have sunk over the course of the primary. His goal — indeed any of the candidates’ goal — can’t just be the nomination; it needs to be the presidency. He needs a new approach if he wants to have any momentum going into the general.


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Now Tina playing pretend that this is a race.

rubberneck on March 8, 2012 at 1:22 PM

HA PAC targets Gingrich’s coveted southern states.

Schadenfreude on March 8, 2012 at 1:24 PM

Waste of time and money, Dick.

John the Libertarian on March 8, 2012 at 1:25 PM

Santorum pushing hard for Foxnews gig at this point. It could be the Huck n’ Ricky show.

hanzblinx on March 8, 2012 at 1:28 PM

Hot Air must think its visitors are so dumb they need to tell us the same story three times in three hours before we understand. I get it, Santorum has a southern strategy. Gingrich voters are only helping Obama.

rndmusrnm on March 8, 2012 at 1:29 PM

$500,000?

That’s chicken feed. Wait till Mitt McCain and his SUPERPAC spend $14,000,000,000 on negative Santorum ads in Bama.

PappyD61 on March 8, 2012 at 1:29 PM

If Romney wins he will not be able to say shi** about Obamacare. If he does Obama will run adds showing Romney saying it would be good for the country.

KBird on March 8, 2012 at 1:30 PM

Santorum pushing hard for Foxnews gig at this point. It could be the Huck n’ Ricky show.

hanzblinx on March 8, 2012 at 1:28 PM

I think FoxNews filled their quota with Huckabee but who knows. Can Santy play guitar? Drums?

rhombus on March 8, 2012 at 1:30 PM

♥♥♥ In your heart, you know it’s Newt! ♥♥♥

Emperor Norton on March 8, 2012 at 1:31 PM

Hot Air must think its visitors are so dumb they need to tell us the same story three times in three hours before we understand. I get it, Santorum has a southern strategy. Gingrich voters are only helping Obama.

rndmusrnm on March 8, 2012 at 1:29 PM

WHAT? I had no idea. Ed and Tina must be holding out on how they really feel.

rhombus on March 8, 2012 at 1:32 PM


As I wrote yesterday, the GOP nominee — whoever he is — has to continually remind voters of the central-planning tendencies of this president, which are most clearly expressed in his signature legislation of Obamacare but have begun to be particularly evident in other areas of his administration, too, as in his energy policy.

These are not his “tendencies,” they define him. The fundamental belief of a Communist is the State, and the central planning of the State … and the control over the people that results from such central planning.

Obamuh is a Communist, and the central planning of the State is the weapon that he will use to destroy the individual and his liberty.

OhEssYouCowboys on March 8, 2012 at 1:33 PM

♥♥♥ In your heart, you know it’s Newt! ♥♥♥

Emperor Norton on March 8, 2012 at 1:31 PM

He drives the ladies wild! What woman wouldn’t want to be led around like Calista. ;-)

rhombus on March 8, 2012 at 1:33 PM

The super pac should invest in personality lessons for Santorum instead of TV commercials. They also need to figure out a way to make the Santorum family shots a bit less morose. Santorum may at least be a marginally nice guy, but as a Presidential Candidate…..PULEEZ…..

The Romney Destructo-mobile, flush with cash and semi-plausible lies, will most likely once again prevail.

Hang in there, Newt….!!!!!

NOMOBO on March 8, 2012 at 1:37 PM

So…Both Santorum and Newt have a Southern strategy, well have been forced into a Southern strategy because they can’t win in the upper midwest and I”m suppose to believe that this is a viable strategy? Give me a break. GOP contenders that are relying on states that will go to the GOP in the general election regardless of who the nominee is.

It’s over. Its time for Ricky and Newty to back it in for the good of the party and the country and throw their support behind Mitt and get everyone focused on the larger picture.

tpw on March 8, 2012 at 1:37 PM

Torch the phrase “Super PAC”

apocalypse on March 8, 2012 at 1:37 PM

Oh dear, something else for Newt to whine about.

JPeterman on March 8, 2012 at 1:37 PM

“Vote for the Medicare Part D candidate, Southern rubes!”

Daikokuco on March 8, 2012 at 1:38 PM

Look at the 3 candidates pictures here. It’s got to kill the Mittbots at HQs that he can’t jump this hurdle and it’s possibly that way through the summer. Obama and Clinton were two racehorses running against each other, but face it: Mittens can’t even compete with two political donkeys.

Marcus on March 8, 2012 at 1:38 PM

By the time the primary is over…

… the winning candidate is going to ask for money to start running ads against Obowma, only to find that there is none left.

Seven Percent Solution on March 8, 2012 at 1:40 PM

“…— but that doesn’t mean Romney couldn’t begin to do that now or in the general.”

BBBBWWWWWWWWWWWWAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAHHHHHHHHHHHHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHA…!!!

Stop it, Tina…

(chortle)

(snort)

(gasp)

… You’re killing me!

Seven Percent Solution on March 8, 2012 at 1:43 PM

The question is: Does he recognize the need to do that at all and will he (Romney) be willing to risk dislike to very clearly and in no uncertain terms call the president out?

Excellent question Tina. So far, Romney has been incredibly unwilling to say anything bad about Obama’s policies. So, again, very astute question.

Jailbreak on March 8, 2012 at 1:43 PM

Hit him hard in return, Newt! Show him who is the Man of the South

galtani on March 8, 2012 at 1:44 PM

If Romney wins he will not be able to say shi** about Obamacare. If he does Obama will run adds showing Romney saying it would be good for the country.

KBird on March 8, 2012 at 1:30 PM

I can’t get my mind around the fact that Mitt supporters can’t get their minds around this fact.

It’ll be the first question asked at the first debate. And after Romney stammers out an incoherent answer that makes him sound evasive at best and a liar at worst, it’ll be all over because independents will be lost.

BuckeyeSam on March 8, 2012 at 1:45 PM

It’s over. Its time for Ricky and Newty to back it in for the good of the party and the country and throw their support behind Mitt and get everyone focused on the larger picture.

tpw on March 8, 2012 at 1:37 PM

It was over in Ohio. Now it’s a numbers game, with Santorum, Gingrich and Paul attempting to rack up enough delegates to gain influence at the convention. To be fair, few candidates would drop out this late in the primary cycle since there’s always a chance the frontrunner could stumble, although the odds of that–especially with someone as cautious as Romney–are miniscule.

troyriser_gopftw on March 8, 2012 at 1:48 PM

Now Tina playing pretend that this is a race.

rubberneck

Have you not noticed? Hotgas is now all Santorum/All the time.

but not in a general sense, as his approval ratings have sunk over the course of the primary.

but not in a general sense, as his approval ratings have sunk over the course of the primary.

I guess thats why his intensity score has risen since December in Gallup eh Tina? This shiz is getting embarrassing.

Zaggs on March 8, 2012 at 1:48 PM

LOL, the petulant whining from the Mittbots continues unabated.

Tina, you’re doing a great job. Don’t let the patehtic Mittbot whining get to you.

Norwegian on March 8, 2012 at 1:52 PM

$500,000?

That’s chicken feed. Wait till Mitt McCain and his SUPERPAC spend $14,000,000,000 on negative Santorum ads in Bama.

PappyD61 on March 8, 2012 at 1:29 PM

Mitt’s PAC is spending 3 million. Think like a Wall Street Investment Banker…it’s Alabama for goodness sakes it’s not going to take that much money to manipulate those NASCAR fans……oh wait.

Dr Evil on March 8, 2012 at 1:52 PM

If Romney wins he will not be able to say shi** about Obamacare…

KBird on March 8, 2012 at 1:30 PM

I just want him to do something. I don’t care what he says.

Would it hurt your feelings if he contradicted himself or his earlier doings as governor? I don’t care if he is sincere, do you? So long as he does it.

I think the purity meme is a lil overblown. Also: Heritage did eff Mitt: he was implementing the purist conservative plan of the moment. Also: Reagan signed a mandate that hospitals treat all regardless of care or even of citizenship. What’s your view on that mandate?

kunegetikos on March 8, 2012 at 1:54 PM

ROMNEY 2012: An Echo, not a Choice!

Emperor Norton on March 8, 2012 at 1:55 PM

Hit him hard in return, Newt! Show him who is the Man of the South

galtani on March 8, 2012 at 1:44 PM

It’s the South all Newt has to do is point out Santorum’s lack of charm.

Dr Evil on March 8, 2012 at 1:56 PM

The left used subliminal messages in the presidential campaign
between Bush and Clinton. All the alphabet channels used photos
in the right hand top corner of the screen of Clinton with a smiling face; all the left hand top corners had photos of a scowling Bush.

Look at the photos above. Only Newt Gingrich has a “frown”.

Amjean on March 8, 2012 at 1:56 PM

care = cost

kunegetikos on March 8, 2012 at 1:56 PM

I would prefer that Santy drop out, as opposed to Newt.

Sarah’s big endorsement really pushed Newt over the top, no?

kunegetikos on March 8, 2012 at 1:58 PM

How about this?

Romney gets the nomination, but Gingrich substitutes for him in all debates, interviews, and TV spots, while Santorum handles all the Obamacare-repeal rallies. Romney just shows up with his wife and waves.

BuckeyeSam on March 8, 2012 at 1:59 PM

This may be the first time Mississippi has mattered in the primary season in many years. Usually, one candidate has locked up the race by the time we vote.

tom on March 8, 2012 at 2:01 PM

At this point I have to wonder how much of the Santorum campaign chest is flowing to Hot Air in order for them to post so many stories about how Santorum is really doing well and that Romney is supposedly struggling.

AngusMc on March 8, 2012 at 2:01 PM

Only Newt Gingrich has a “frown”.

Amjean on March 8, 2012 at 1:56 PM

Newt may actually look better pissed.

The left used subliminal messages in the presidential campaign between Bush and Clinton.

Seriously, you should have seen the photos of Bush that the Associated Press was providing to daily newspapers every day! The absolutely horrid ones that they usually ended up printing to great effect were actually in the middle range. The worst ones were for the reporters to laugh about and to show to their friends. This went on every day.

kunegetikos on March 8, 2012 at 2:05 PM

Look at the photos above. Only Newt Gingrich has a “frown”.

Amjean on March 8, 2012 at 1:56 PM

It’s now a frown; it’s a scowl. And directed at most things Obama, I like it.

What I find troubling is the photo of Mitt with that effeminate head-tilt he does when he’s listening to people.

Mitt suffers from white guilt. He’ll pull all his punches. Indeed, because he’s a weasel and a vindictive pr*ck, my guess is that he voted for Obama in 2008. Obama probably has footage of Romney crying in Grant Park on Election Night 2008.

BuckeyeSam on March 8, 2012 at 2:09 PM

I think the purity meme is a lil overblown. Also: Heritage did eff Mitt: he was implementing the purist conservative plan of the moment. Also: Reagan signed a mandate that hospitals treat all regardless of care or even of citizenship. What’s your view on that mandate?

kunegetikos on March 8, 2012 at 1:54 PM

That sounds like excuses. Heritage suggested a mandate for (cheap) catastrophic insurance only, and as an alternative to HillaryCare. So once HillaryCare is dead and gone and there’s no need for an alternative, Mitt suggests a mandate for expensive comprehensive health insurance. What a negotiator!!

The more you know of RomneyCare, the weaker and more progressive Romney looks.

tom on March 8, 2012 at 2:09 PM

Newt is going to be on the Record this evening with Greta.

Dr Evil on March 8, 2012 at 2:11 PM

HA for Santorum. In. The. Tank. The people who knew Santorum the politician best (Pennsylvania) tossed him out on his sorry a$$ in a 20 point blowout.

But if sweatervest is doing it for you, by all means, have at it.

maineconservative on March 8, 2012 at 2:11 PM

***

The more you know of RomneyCare, the weaker and more progressive Romney looks.

tom on March 8, 2012 at 2:09 PM

Your explanation is well put. I think that we can expect to hear more lefty cries insisting that the mandate was a Heritage Foundation idea. The problem is that they tell only that fact and omit Paul Harvey’s…the rest of the story.

BuckeyeSam on March 8, 2012 at 2:13 PM

At this point I have to wonder how much of the Santorum campaign chest is flowing to Hot Air in order for them to post so many stories about how Santorum is really doing well and that Romney is supposedly struggling.

AngusMc on March 8, 2012 at 2:01 PM

This whining is getting old. I think HotAir is way too easy on Romney and way too hard on Gingrich, but they don’t have any obligation to favor a particular candidate. They also spent way too much time airing every negative attack on Palin, but it was at least arguably pertinent, since the attacks were being made, anyway.

As long as they’re upfront about who they like and don’t try to prevent you from criticizing them…

tom on March 8, 2012 at 2:13 PM

The question is: Does he recognize the need to do that at all and will he be willing to risk dislike to very clearly and in no uncertain terms call the president out? Whatever he’s doing now is working in a technical sense — he continues to score more and more delegates — but not in a general sense, as his approval ratings have sunk over the course of the primary. His goal — indeed any of the candidates’ goal — can’t just be the nomination; it needs to be the presidency. He needs a new approach if he wants to have any momentum going into the general.

What? He’s been criticized for not kissing up to the base…now you want him to in effect focus on the general, as he’s been doing all along?

And his approval ratings have sunk because this tedious, drawn-out clusterfark of a process has him taking it from all sides. But that negates your earlier assertion that he’s not risking dislike (as clearly he is, if it’s there), so…I really don’t get it.

changer1701 on March 8, 2012 at 2:14 PM

LOL, the petulant whining from the Mittbots continues unabated.

Tina, you’re doing a great job. Don’t let the patehtic Mittbot whining get to you.

Norwegian on March 8, 2012 at 1:52 PM

Agreed! Lol. Look, this race needs to continue as far as I’m concerned. If Mitt is going to buy this thing, I want him to spend A LOT of money doing it. Buying a presidency isn’t cheap.

KickandSwimMom on March 8, 2012 at 2:19 PM

This whining is getting old.

tom

Not really whining when you’re pointing out how badly they’re skewing things (some would say lying). Yesterday we get “Well Romney needs to criticize Obama on energy and all he does is give him cover for not precisely setting gas prices” despite supposedly looking at a video where Romney said Obama was holding back this energy, holding back another, failed on the pipeline. Today we get a 1 week old poll, with a small survey size, but hey, it has Santorum up in Alabama. I mean, who gives a rip? Today we get Tina trumpeting that Romney’s favorables are dropping, yet Gallup doesn’t show it and Wapo shows the exact opposite from only 2 days ago. So at best, they’re highly sloppy and that sloppiness has been favoring Santorum.

Zaggs on March 8, 2012 at 2:22 PM

Well now that Truecons™ have gotten their typical 40+ comments of trolling out of the way, who’s up for some real discussion?

Romney winning and being competitive in the South? Pretty much gives me hope for humanity and shatters the whole Mormon bias meme. I stand corrected on this.

Romney – 3,196,523 votes
Santorum – 1,957,983 votes (5-10% of these are union dems, and Michael Moore supporters)

Sorry Truecons™, as much as you want to spin the facts, you don’t represent the majority of the Republican party.

1984 in real life on March 8, 2012 at 2:23 PM

What? He’s been criticized for not kissing up to the base…now you want him to in effect focus on the general, as he’s been doing all along?

changer1701

However they can attack him, they will. Facts be damned.

Zaggs on March 8, 2012 at 2:24 PM

As long as they’re upfront about who they like and don’t try to prevent you from criticizing them…

tom on March 8, 2012 at 2:13 PM

Absolutely, their site, and they can do what they want. It’s just disappointing to find out that Ed and Tina are no different than Rove, Frum, Axelrod, Carville, etc in terms being just the same old tired media spinners. Hot Air has joined the MSM establishment.

AngusMc on March 8, 2012 at 2:24 PM

tom on March 8, 2012 at 2:09 PM

Point taken.

I do imagine that he will do something about it this time around, having painted himself into a corner. He has a lot of support among people reasoning along “least worst” lines. I suppose I have one foot in that camp and one in the air. It’s not an easy call. It does not strike me as correct that he will do nothing about it because of the MA example. Nothing prevents a contradiction.

kunegetikos on March 8, 2012 at 2:25 PM

Agreed! Lol. Look, this race needs to continue as far as I’m concerned. If Mitt is going to buy this thing, I want him to spend A LOT of money doing it. Buying a presidency isn’t cheap.

KickandSwimMom on March 8, 2012 at 2:19 PM

I don’t think you’ve thought this through. Or, if you have you’re a simpleton and clearly favor an Obama reelection.

1984 in real life on March 8, 2012 at 2:25 PM

“Then voters will be able to have a choice between an authentic conservative in Santorum and a calculated conservative in Mitt Romney.”

Rick Santorum authentic conservative? Hardee har har.
He’s on record saying he wants the tea party out of the GOP.
Voted for Sonia Sotomayor, voted against the Nat’l Right to Work Act, voted for Federal funding for anti-gun education, voted to allow gas tax revenues to subsidize Amtrak, voted twice for internet taxes, voted against repealing the Clinton gas tax increase, voted to allow statees to impose health care mandates stricter than proposed new fed mandates…the list goes on and on.
Santorums two top campaign contributors Blue Cross Blue Shield and High Mark. While I agree that Mitt should be more aggressive going after Obama to say the whiny beta male Santorum would be any tougher is laughable. He wins the doofus category.

Buttercup on March 8, 2012 at 2:26 PM

Rick Santorum authentic conservative? Hardee har har.
He’s on record saying he wants the tea party out of the GOP.
Voted for Sonia Sotomayor, voted against the Nat’l Right to Work Act, voted for Federal funding for anti-gun education, voted to allow gas tax revenues to subsidize Amtrak, voted twice for internet taxes, voted against repealing the Clinton gas tax increase, voted to allow statees to impose health care mandates stricter than proposed new fed mandates…the list goes on and on.
Santorums two top campaign contributors Blue Cross Blue Shield and High Mark. While I agree that Mitt should be more aggressive going after Obama to say the whiny beta male Santorum would be any tougher is laughable. He wins the doofus category.

Buttercup on March 8, 2012 at 2:26 PM

But…but It’s God’s will that Santorum win the primary!

1984 in real life on March 8, 2012 at 2:30 PM

Agreed! Lol. Look, this race needs to continue as far as I’m concerned. If Mitt is going to buy this thing, I want him to spend A LOT of money doing it. Buying a presidency isn’t cheap.

KickandSwimMom on March 8, 2012 at 2:19 PM
I don’t think you’ve thought this through. Or, if you have you’re a simpleton and clearly favor an Obama reelection.

1984 in real life on March 8, 2012 at 2:25 PM

Or both.

Jailbreak on March 8, 2012 at 2:31 PM

Zaggs on March 8, 2012 at 2:22 PM

Hey now, what’re you doing bringing actual facts about the race to Hot Gas instead uncontrollable spin and distortions about Mitt Romney?

WealthofNations on March 8, 2012 at 2:32 PM

Also, I will absolutely piss myself laughing if, as one recent poll suggests he might, Romney wins Alabama. That would destroy the narrative that Romney wouldn’t be able to win in the South and that base voters don’t trust him.

Then again, I’m sure Tina, Allah, Jazz and Ed would just come up with a whole new narrative and set of spin anyway.

WealthofNations on March 8, 2012 at 2:34 PM

I don’t think you’ve thought this through. Or, if you have you’re a simpleton and clearly favor an Obama reelection.

1984 in real life on March 8, 2012 at 2:25 PM

Whatever you say bubba. Another Mitt-wit heard from – Yay.

KickandSwimMom on March 8, 2012 at 2:35 PM

Santorum pushing hard for Foxnews gig at this point. It could be the Huck n’ Ricky show.

hanzblinx on March 8, 2012 at 1:28 PM

Dear Gaia, please not another televangelist show…

Archivarix on March 8, 2012 at 2:37 PM

Agreed! Lol. Look, this race needs to continue as far as I’m concerned. If Mitt is going to buy this thing, I want him to spend A LOT of money doing it. Buying a presidency isn’t cheap.

KickandSwimMom on March 8, 2012 at 2:19 PM

Look, if you want to act like a child and play pretend, do it elsewhere. People with common sense know that this race is done. It is impossible for Santorum to win…even with Gingrich and Paul out of the race, he would need 2 our 3 delegates. That’s not gonna happen. Grow up.

rubberneck on March 8, 2012 at 2:39 PM

Rick Santorum authentic conservative? Hardee har har.
He’s on record saying he wants the tea party out of the GOP.
Voted for Sonia Sotomayor, voted against the Nat’l Right to Work Act, voted for Federal funding for anti-gun education, voted to allow gas tax revenues to subsidize Amtrak, voted twice for internet taxes, voted against repealing the Clinton gas tax increase, voted to allow statees to impose health care mandates stricter than proposed new fed mandates…the list goes on and on.
Santorums two top campaign contributors Blue Cross Blue Shield and High Mark. While I agree that Mitt should be more aggressive going after Obama to say the whiny beta male Santorum would be any tougher is laughable. He wins the doofus category.

Buttercup on March 8, 2012 at 2:26 PM

Gee Buttercup, you say Santorum is not conservative-well, either is Romney. The difference is that people believe Santorum when he speaks now about conservative principles and what he will do in Washington. With Romney it’s all wink, wink until the conservative rubes get him the nomination. Then he’ll promptly screw them over.

KickandSwimMom on March 8, 2012 at 2:40 PM

kunegetikos on March 8, 2012 at 1:54 PM

How do you know he is sincere?

antisocial on March 8, 2012 at 2:41 PM

Whatever you say bubba. Another Mitt-wit heard from – Yay.

KickandSwimMom on March 8, 2012 at 2:35 PM

Santorun virtually mathematically eliminated + Hoping Romney drains his resources to continue fighting him off = Supporting Obama reelection plan / Continued decline of America

I’m guessing math isn’t your thing though.

1984 in real life on March 8, 2012 at 2:41 PM

I like the idea that the MSM has at least 3 Republicans to keep track of, and the closer to November the better!
Imagine being down to one candidate…it would be like having 10 thousand reporters al turning over rocks at a Texas Ranch…or trying to read every word of 20 thousand emails to find something on our candidate…
7-8 more months of vetting our cadidate vs 3 or more years of hiding and ignoring JugEars background? No thanks! Let the vultures sit on the fence until the last minute. Less time for strategy on their part. You know that is going on!

KOOLAID2 on March 8, 2012 at 2:42 PM

KickandSwimMom on March 8, 2012 at 2:40 PM

Talking about Jesus =/= conservative principles. There’s alot of Democrats like Jesse Jackson for example who love to talk about religion. That obviously doesn’t make them “Conservative” though.

1984 in real life on March 8, 2012 at 2:43 PM

Look, if you want to act like a child and play pretend, do it elsewhere. People with common sense know that this race is done. It is impossible for Santorum to win…even with Gingrich and Paul out of the race, he would need 2 our 3 delegates. That’s not gonna happen. Grow up.

rubberneck on March 8, 2012 at 2:39 PM

Another Mitt-wit I’m sick of. Look, why don’t you stick your rubber neck where the sun don’t shine. I’ve had about enough of Romney folks spamming HotAir for months now. If Romney is to buy this nomination, I hope he spends A LOT of money doing it–preferably his own.

KickandSwimMom on March 8, 2012 at 2:45 PM

Another Mitt-wit I’m sick of. Look, why don’t you stick your rubber neck where the sun don’t shine. I’ve had about enough of Romney folks spamming HotAir for months now. If Romney is to buy this nomination, I hope he spends A LOT of money doing it–preferably his own.

KickandSwimMom on March 8, 2012 at 2:45 PM

Well you just carry right on then comrade! Obama might have a special position for you at the 2012 reeducation camps.

1984 in real life on March 8, 2012 at 2:49 PM

Dear Mittbots,
Instead of telling us why everyone else is bad, tell us why Mitt is the preferred candidate? What will he do that helps this country? Anybody think Buffet will be a great President? How about Bill Gates? George Soros?

antisocial on March 8, 2012 at 2:55 PM

1984 in real life on March 8, 2012 at 2:49 PM

I supported Romney in 2008. This election cycle, I felt he was not the right guy–not a fighter for conservative principles. I didn’t have a problem with him until I started getting treated to both his wonderful supporters as well as his own despicable campaign tactics. Now, I pretty much despise him. Just goes to show you what a network of nasty supporters can do for you come election time. Great work ya’ll.

KickandSwimMom on March 8, 2012 at 3:01 PM

I supported Romney in 2008.

KickandSwimMom on March 8, 2012 at 3:01 PM

LOL

Midwesterner on March 8, 2012 at 3:09 PM

“Then voters will be able to have a choice between an authentic conservative in Santorum and a calculated conservative in Mitt Romney.”

Rick Santorum authentic conservative? Hardee har har.
He’s on record saying he wants the tea party out of the GOP.
Voted for Sonia Sotomayor, voted against the Nat’l Right to Work Act, voted for Federal funding for anti-gun education, voted to allow gas tax revenues to subsidize Amtrak, voted twice for internet taxes, voted against repealing the Clinton gas tax increase, voted to allow statees to impose health care mandates stricter than proposed new fed mandates…the list goes on and on.
Santorums two top campaign contributors Blue Cross Blue Shield and High Mark. While I agree that Mitt should be more aggressive going after Obama to say the whiny beta male Santorum would be any tougher is laughable. He wins the doofus category.

Buttercup on March 8, 2012 at 2:26 PM

Santorum’s conservatism is subject to criticism. Romney’s conservatism is subject to mocking.

Better go back to the electability argument.

tom on March 8, 2012 at 3:11 PM

LOL

Midwesterner on March 8, 2012 at 3:09 PM

Your obviously new around here. If you checked the archives you’d be more informed.

KickandSwimMom on March 8, 2012 at 3:15 PM

One of the criticisms I make is to what I refer to as more of a Libertarianish right.
They have this idea that people should be left alone, be able to do whatever they want to do, government should keep our taxes down and keep our regulations low, that we shouldn’t get involved in the bedroom, we shouldn’t get involved in cultural issues.
That is not how traditional conservatives view the world. There is no such society that I’m aware of, where we’ve had radical individualism and that it succeeds as a culture.”
- Rick Santorum

Buttercup on March 8, 2012 at 3:19 PM

I supported Romney in 2008.

KickandSwimMom on March 8, 2012 at 3:01 PM

So did Santorum, he endorsed Romney.

Buttercup on March 8, 2012 at 3:20 PM

I’ve had about enough of Romney folks spamming HotAir for months now.

Actually I’ve been spamming here for years. What are you a noob?

Buttercup on March 8, 2012 at 3:22 PM

Your obviously new around here. If you checked the archives you’d be more informed.

KickandSwimMom on March 8, 2012 at 3:15 PM

I don’t doubt that you voted for him…

Midwesterner on March 8, 2012 at 3:27 PM

Santorum’s conservatism is subject to criticism. Romney’s conservatism is subject to mocking.

Better go back to the electability argument.

tom on March 8, 2012 at 3:11 PM

Santorum’s voting to fund planned parenthood because the bill had earmarks for other stuff should be cause to kick him out of the GOP altogether. That’s a truly reprehensible act to support baby killing for political profit and pork barrel. Not to mention his shilling for Mr. “60th vote” Arlen Specter.

1984 in real life on March 8, 2012 at 3:38 PM

Congrats Tina on getting this post listed on the Best of Blog portion of RCP!

txmomof6 on March 8, 2012 at 3:51 PM

Santorum’s conservatism is subject to criticism. Romney’s conservatism is subject to mocking.

Better go back to the electability argument.

tom on March 8, 2012 at 3:11 PM

Santorum’s voting to fund planned parenthood because the bill had earmarks for other stuff should be cause to kick him out of the GOP altogether. That’s a truly reprehensible act to support baby killing for political profit and pork barrel. Not to mention his shilling for Mr. “60th vote” Arlen Specter.

1984 in real life on March 8, 2012 at 3:38 PM

The Romney’s cutting Planned Parenthood a personal check is of course much better.

tom on March 8, 2012 at 4:53 PM

Dear Mittbots,
Instead of telling us why everyone else is bad, tell us why Mitt is the preferred candidate? What will he do that helps this country? Anybody think Buffet will be a great President? How about Bill Gates? George Soros?

antisocial on March 8, 2012 at 2:55 PM

supported Romney in 2008. This election cycle, I felt he was not the right guy–not a fighter for conservative principles. I didn’t have a problem with him until I started getting treated to both his wonderful supporters as well as his own despicable campaign tactics. Now, I pretty much despise him. Just goes to show you what a network of nasty supporters can do for you come election time. Great work ya’ll.

KickandSwimMom on March 8, 2012 at 3:01 PM

Sometimes you don’t need to say a thing. Other people articulate it better!

melle1228 on March 8, 2012 at 5:41 PM

Well now that Truecons™ have gotten their typical 40+ comments of trolling out of the way, who’s up for some real discussion?

Romney winning and being competitive in the South? Pretty much gives me hope for humanity and shatters the whole Mormon bias meme. I stand corrected on this.

Romney – 3,196,523 votes
Santorum – 1,957,983 votes (5-10% of these are union dems, and Michael Moore supporters)

Sorry Truecons™, as much as you want to spin the facts, you don’t represent the majority of the Republican party.

1984 in real life on March 8, 2012 at 2:23 PM

Despite Romney running for President continuously for the last five years, despite him outspending all of his opponents put together by multiples of many to one, despite the entire Republican establishment pushing for Romney and despite the fact that the media has been pushing for him (the same way that they pushed for McCain in 2008 until he won the nomination), Romney still has not been able to close the deal. The reason for this is that he is simply Obama light. Most of the party doesn’t want him. The fact that Romney only wins in Democratic strongholds should tell you something.

Romney – 3,196,523 votes
Not Romney – Over 4,000,000 votes. :) :) :)

Theophile on March 9, 2012 at 2:22 AM

Regarding RINO Romney (aka Obama-Lite), Willard (from the RAT movie of the same name) LIED, and LIED, and therefore, CHEATED all over Iowa and especially Florida about Newt Gingrich (see “What Really Happened to the Gingrich Ethics Case?” By Byron York, Townhall.com 2/6/2012), and stole the Florida primary. Romney is therefore, a LIAR, CHEAT, and Thief!?! Is this who you really want in the White House?? A RepublicRAT establishment PUPPET????
While I could live with Santorum as a NOT-Romney guy, Newt IS the candidate who HAS herded cats in the abjectly-corrupt DC. FOUR balanced budgets, and welfare to work reform. That, Boys and Girls, is REAL ACCOMPLISHMENT!?!?! Newt is the ONLY candidate who can wipe the floor with the J@ck@ss-In-Chief in any debate forum. WISE UP, AMERICA!?! RINO Romney is NOT the most electable!?! Axelrod and the MSM will crucify Willard (from the RAT movie of the same name) NON-STOP about RACISM/Cultism in Mormonism, Soros and the OWS croud will kill Willard NON-STOP as the quinescential 1%er, and in debates, the J@ck@ss-In-Chief will just pat Willard on the shoulder and say “Thanks for the inspiration for ObamaCare!”
GAME OVER!?!?!

Colatteral Damage on March 9, 2012 at 5:00 PM