A change in tone from Santorum?

posted at 12:10 pm on March 29, 2012 by Ed Morrissey

As we move through the halftime break in the Republican nomination process, all of the campaigns have an opportunity to retool their strategies, or even rethink their possibilities.  The New York Times reports that Rick Santorum has tweaked his approach on the stump, moving away from hard attacks on Mitt Romney and focusing more on Barack Obama:

Rick Santorum has eased up on using phrases like “worst Republican in the country” when tearing into Mitt Romney. And he is no longer saying that a vote for Mr. Romney would be basically the same thing as a vote for President Obama.

Meet subdued Santorum.

After several highly publicized remarks that left many in his party questioning whether he had crossed the line in attacking a fellow Republican, Mr. Santorum has struggled to find the balance between being a tenacious underdog and leaving himself open to criticism that he is just an embittered also-ran.

He still reserves plenty of derision for Mr. Romney, mocking him repeatedly as the “Etch A Sketch” candidate whose conservative values are malleable and insincere. But in campaign speeches across Wisconsin the past few days he has directed more of that outrage at Mr. Obama, particularly over the issue of government-mandated health care.

He is now refraining from more pointed language. Mr. Romney is “uniquely disqualified,” as Mr. Santorum has mildly put it, to make the argument for conservatives that Mr. Obama’s health care plan should be repealed.

The opening lead is rather dishonest, and seems to be intended to provide cover for NYT colleague Jeff Zeleny, who got chewed out by Santorum for twisting his words on the stump.  Jeffrey Peters’ link to the source for the quote “worst Republican in the country” goes to the NYT’s Caucus Blog, which actually gets the quote correct, emphasis mine — ironically, a post written by Zeleny:

Rick Santorum urged Republicans here Sunday evening to carefully study the record of Mitt Romney, declaring: “He is the worst Republican in the country to put up against Barack Obama.”

That’s hardly the same thing as calling Romney “the worst Republican in the country,” and Santorum relates it directly to Romney’s health-care reform in Massachusetts in a year when Republicans can expect to attack Obama on ObamaCare.  That’s hardly outside the bounds of debate over the nomination; it’s a concern conservatives have had since the beginning of the nomination process.  That doesn’t mean Romney can’t make the case for himself, and he has — even here on my show as recently as last week — but Santorum’s criticism of Romney’s record is hardly unique within the Republican Party, and hardly the sharpest offered in that vein, either.

Still, critics of Santorum have accused him of being too shrill, especially since it appears that Romney has the only chance of winning the nomination in the primary process.  Recently, Santorum said he’d consider a running-mate slot on the GOP ticket, which means that he’d have to tone down his rhetoric sooner or later anyway.  And if a recent poll in Pennsylvania is accurate, it will have to be sooner rather than later.  Salena Zito interviewed a few political analysts (including myself) about Santorum’s prospects in the race nationally and in Pennsylvania, and what a loss in the Keystone State would mean:

Republican strategist Brad Todd said Santorum faces a tough series of contests before Pennsylvania, especially primaries in Wisconsin, Maryland and Washington, D.C., on Tuesday.

“I think with Wisconsin, it will be hard to stitch a narrative together, even by his most ardent backers, if he loses there to go on,” said Todd, noting polls show Santorum trailing Romney by 8 percentage points in the Badger State. “The support isn’t there for him. Losing another blue-collar, Catholic-rich Midwestern state to Mitt Romney isn’t a good story to tell.” ….

The campaign should end before the April 24 primary here if the former senator continues to slide in opinion polls and lose other primaries, said Ed Morrissey, editor of the widely read conservative blog, Hot Air.

“Losing in Pennsylvania not only finishes him in the race, but it may finish him for good,” said Morrissey, who caucused for Santorum last week in Minnesota.

Of course, it’s worth pointing out that the FMC poll showed Santorum still leading by two points in Pennsylvania, but that was a 13-point drop from the previous month’s poll in the FMC series.  We won’t likely see a Rasmussen, Survey USA, or PPP poll from Pennsylvania until after next week’s primaries, but a further collapse in support there should have Santorum considering whether it would be better for his future prospects to avoid an embarrassing home-state defeat by withdrawing.  Santorum will be 54 years old in May, which would make him 58 in 2016 if Republicans lose this election, and 62 in 2020 if they win.  He has plenty of time to build strength and try again later, but another home-state loss added to the 2006 result might reinforce the notion that Santorum simply can’t sustain a campaign.

Joe Trippi, who ran Howard Dean’s campaign in 2003-4, understands why Santorum may not want to consider those issues:

“It is very hard to pull out of that once you start to taste victory,” Trippi said. “I understand the human difficulty of walking away.”

If Santorum can’t win Pennsylvania, then the nomination race is over anyway.  If it looks like his support is truly collapsing after next week’s primaries, it might be time for rethinking rather than retooling.  If Santorum can win in Wisconsin, though, Pennsylvania will suddenly look a lot brighter.


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Maybe church lady Rick will fade into oblivion once he loses Wisconsin and Pennsylvania.

ObamatheMessiah on March 29, 2012 at 12:12 PM

It’s clear Santorum is now looking for a graceful exit, he should have started this process after Ohio.

BradTank on March 29, 2012 at 12:17 PM

Perfect time to introduce the “sweater vest hoodie”

Uncledave on March 29, 2012 at 12:17 PM

I can’t see him winning pa, but who knows…I didn’t think he’d win la after his sound bites

cmsinaz on March 29, 2012 at 12:18 PM

Perhaps he’s starting to realize it’s over and the kids are behind in their home schooling.

Annar on March 29, 2012 at 12:19 PM

Looking forward to 4+ more years of birth control.

hanzblinx on March 29, 2012 at 12:19 PM

Etch-a-Sketch?

Red Cloud on March 29, 2012 at 12:20 PM

If Santorum can’t win Pennsylvania, then the nomination race is over anyway. If it looks like his support is truly collapsing after next week’s primaries, it might be time for rethinking rather than retooling. If Santorum can win in Wisconsin, though, Pennsylvania will suddenly look a lot brighter.

Ed, the race is already over.Santorum cannot get enough delegates to get the nomination. The only thing he could possibly do is prevent Romney from getting 1144.

The problem it seems to me is some pundits( i mean YOU) keep coming out with this possible scenario and that possible scenario that seem to have no basis in reality.

gerry-mittbot-rombot-mittwit-mittler-etc.etc.

gerrym51 on March 29, 2012 at 12:22 PM

Maybe he is chastened by the blowback from his suggestion that Romney is no different than 0 (and the interpretation that if Mitts is the nominee, we may as well vote for 0).

Could be he is finally seeing the writing on the wall, he’s not going to win the nomination. I don’t think he wants his legacy (going into the next prez campaign?) to be the guy who encouraged the re-election of 0bama.

iurockhead on March 29, 2012 at 12:22 PM

Looking forward to 4+ more years of birth control.

hanzblinx on March 29, 2012 at 12:19 PM

Even if ObamneyCare goes down in flames, you can be sure that Hussein will make it free by having this essential freebie attached to a defence authorization bill.

Annar on March 29, 2012 at 12:23 PM

Ed,

It is a huge stretch to say Santorum’s comment “he is the worst Republican in the country to put up against Barack Obama,” is markedly different from Zeleny’s question.

If removing Obama is indeed the most important political challenge facing Republicans, then saying Romney is the worst to accomplish that goal IS the same as saying he is the worst Republican in the country.

Sorry. If you are defending Santorum on this you must defend Romney against the Etch comments. Period.

antisense on March 29, 2012 at 12:24 PM

If Santorum wins the primary somehow (he won’t), we will have another four years of Obama.

If he doesn’t get out soon and quit trashing Romney, we still might have another four years.

teri_b on March 29, 2012 at 12:25 PM

Santorum has struggled to find the balance between being a tenacious underdog and leaving himself open to criticism that he is just an embittered also-ran.

He’s tended towards that whining cry-baby tone since the beginning of the campaign, even when making good arguments. He’s much more appealing (as is Newt) when he has a jovial attitude, even when delivering a hard jab. “Anger” from a President should be a rare emotion reserved only for the most extreme situation, if ever.

peski on March 29, 2012 at 12:26 PM

Etch-a-Sketch?

Red Cloud on March 29, 2012 at 12:20 PM

Etchy-Sketchy

Sorry. If you are defending Santorum on this you must defend Romney against the Etch comments. Period.

antisense on March 29, 2012 at 12:24 PM

Your logic is flawed, but both are not worth, nor s/b defended.

Schadenfreude on March 29, 2012 at 12:26 PM

If Rick loses PA…I don’t want him for VP (Hang in there Newt…!!!)…Let him have a Cabinet position.

KOOLAID2 on March 29, 2012 at 12:26 PM

The hypocrisy of the GOP elite is off the richter scale. They seem to have no problem with their annointed one spending tens of millions of dollars on negative attack ads against Gingrich and Santorum, but think Santorum should tone down his campaign rhetoric. The GOP is going the way of the Whigs.

Cheetah1956 on March 29, 2012 at 12:27 PM

Ed, the race is already over.Santorum cannot get enough delegates to get the nomination. The only thing he could possibly do is prevent Romney from getting 1144.

The problem it seems to me is some pundits( i mean YOU) keep coming out with this possible scenario and that possible scenario that seem to have no basis in reality.

gerry-mittbot-rombot-mittwit-mittler-etc.etc.

gerrym51 on March 29, 2012 at 12:22 PM

Ed’s point is (I believe) that if Santorum can win Wisconsin, and use that momemtum to win Pennsylvania, he can gain further momemtum in the May/June primaries. While he wouldn’t get to 1144 himself, he would probably keep Romney from getting there or getting remotely close. That could give Santorum a chance at the convention. I really don’t believe this will happen, but it’s an interesting theory.

Bitter Clinger on March 29, 2012 at 12:27 PM

gerry-mittbot-rombot-mittwit-mittler-etc.etc.

gerrym51 on March 29, 2012 at 12:22 PM

LOL. Me too, at this point.

peski on March 29, 2012 at 12:27 PM

He’s tended towards that whining cry-baby tone since the beginning of the campaign, even when making good arguments.

peski on March 29, 2012 at 12:26 PM

He has always been a whiner. He, in fact, has given Mitt the nimination. The land will hate him for it.

Schadenfreude on March 29, 2012 at 12:28 PM

nimination = nomination = coronation

Schadenfreude on March 29, 2012 at 12:28 PM

So Santorum is going with the boring and meek approach that worked so well for Pawlenty?

/guffaw

Jeddite on March 29, 2012 at 12:29 PM

The problem it seems to me is some pundits( i mean YOU) keep coming out with this possible scenario and that possible scenario that seem to have no basis in reality.

gerry-mittbot-rombot-mittwit-mittler-etc.etc.

gerrym51 on March 29, 2012 at 12:22 PM

It’s tough for Ed too and I think the Trippi quote was for his benefit too. We love you, Ed but you go to war with the military you have. Time to enlist.

rhombus on March 29, 2012 at 12:29 PM

Bitter Clinger on March 29, 2012 at 12:27 PM

Additionally, I think Ed feels that if the scenario I just described played out, Santorum makes himself a more attractive VP candidate to Romney. He could release his delegates to Romney for the sake of party unity in exchange for the VP slot.

Bitter Clinger on March 29, 2012 at 12:29 PM

I see a very good guy and a statesman. Definitely what I’m looking for in a president as well as a candidate. Rick Santorum still has my support and vote in our upcoming primary.

mozalf on March 29, 2012 at 12:30 PM

but think Santorum should tone down his campaign rhetoric. The GOP is going the way of the Whigs.

Cheetah1956 on March 29, 2012 at 12:27 PM

Wrong, I think he shouldn’t whine and scream and curse like a child. I have no problem with him pushing hard on Romney’s flaws. He just doesn’t do it well, and Romney has the luxury of paying surrogates to craft his attacks for him.

peski on March 29, 2012 at 12:30 PM

Your logic is flawed, but both are not worth, nor s/b defended.

Schadenfreude on March 29, 2012 at 12:26 PM

Ed says the NYT is lying about what Santorum said, and his supporters are in near aspergian hysterics over it. The defense of Santorum’s comments are weak.

On the other hand, everyone knows the playbook is to go to the middle in the general after going to the right during the primary. Also, once the primary is over, Romney’s advisor makes the (mistaken?) assumption Republicans will rally around the nominee and have a “clean slate” to go after Obama. That is all he was saying.

antisense on March 29, 2012 at 12:30 PM

Ed’s point is (I believe) that if Santorum can win Wisconsin, and use that momemtum to win Pennsylvania, he can gain further momemtum in the May/June primaries. While he wouldn’t get to 1144 himself, he would probably keep Romney from getting there or getting remotely close. That could give Santorum a chance at the convention. I really don’t believe this will happen, but it’s an interesting theory.

could all this happen-maybe-but a brokered convention is not going to give it to Santorum. If not Romney it will be someone not currently running. I’m sure that will go over well.

gerrym51 on March 29, 2012 at 12:30 PM

As we move through the halftime break in the Republican nomination process, all of the campaigns have an opportunity to retool their strategies, or even rethink their possibilities.

Conference table for Santorum and Gingrich

“well, we have zero chance of winning.”

“any new strategies?”

“how about not being Mitt Romney”

“we’ve tried that.”

“let’s meet tomorrow on this, right now let’s discuss some book deals and a tv gig”

joey24007 on March 29, 2012 at 12:31 PM

So Santorum is going with the boring and meek approach that worked so well for Pawlenty?

/guffaw

Jeddite on March 29, 2012 at 12:29 PM

Or should he stay with angry rabid dog approach which worked so well for Gingrich.

rhombus on March 29, 2012 at 12:31 PM

Santorum will be 54 years old in May, which would make him 58 in 2016 if Republicans lose this election, and 62 in 2020 if they win.

Hmm. I wonder if Santorum is delusional enough to believe that he could be a contender in 2016 or 2020. If so, I doubt the voters would be.

If he was ever a contender this year, it was only as a “Not Romney” protest vote, particularly among those who want to elect not a President, but a Pastor in Chief. Almost nothing about him screams “presidential material”.

The only question left is how long we’ll have to listen to him whine about losing because of the vast conspiracy against him by Drudge, Fox News, the MSM, the Establishment, and possibly space aliens.

Hollowpoint on March 29, 2012 at 12:32 PM

I see a very good guy and a statesman. Definitely what I’m looking for in a president as well as a candidate. Rick Santorum still has my support and vote in our upcoming primary.

mozalf on March 29, 2012 at 12:30 PM

Yeah he’s a regular George Washington.

antisense on March 29, 2012 at 12:32 PM

Sorry Rick, too too late to make nice after throwing all those firebombs…

Welcome to the wilderness… you charted your own course… enjoy the ride…

Lesson 1: Don’t blow up a bridge if you want to cross it later…

Khun Joe on March 29, 2012 at 12:32 PM

It’s not half time, it’s over. Tuesday will be a Romney sweep. Rick needs to rebuild his brand before quitting. The angry guy brand will hurt his new career as commentator on one of the cable news channels. Bye Rick.

BobScuba on March 29, 2012 at 12:33 PM

gerry-mittbot-rombot-mittwit-mittler-etc.etc.

Non-mittbot-rombot=mittwit-mittler-etc.etc. = Obama supporter

JannyMae on March 29, 2012 at 12:33 PM

He has always been a whiner. He, in fact, has given Mitt the nimination. The land will hate him for it.

Schadenfreude on March 29, 2012 at 12:28 PM

Well, whether the land will hate him for it remains an open question.

But he has given Romney the nomination with his incessant whining. I think he is the whiniest politician, on a national level, that I’ve ever seen. And that includes our whiny president.

Priscilla on March 29, 2012 at 12:34 PM

Or should he stay with angry rabid dog approach which worked so well for Gingrich.

rhombus on March 29, 2012 at 12:31 PM

Pawlenty knew when to throw in the towel.

Jeddite on March 29, 2012 at 12:34 PM

I see a very good guy and a statesman. Definitely what I’m looking for in a president as well as a candidate. Rick Santorum still has my support and vote in our upcoming primary.

mozalf on March 29, 2012 at 12:30 PM

Why do you want four more years of Obama?

/

JannyMae on March 29, 2012 at 12:34 PM

He has always been a whiner. He, in fact, has given Mitt the nimination. The land will hate him for it.

Schadenfreude on March 29, 2012 at 12:28 PM

More precisely, he has given Willard the nomination and B. Hussein the no limit credit card for four more years.

Annar on March 29, 2012 at 12:36 PM

I hope Santorum and Gingrich realize if Barry squeaks by and wins re-election by a few percentage points, that some of us are going to blame them for what happened to the GOP candidate.

Our opponent is Barry, not Mitt.

NoDonkey on March 29, 2012 at 12:38 PM

He’s so good at burning bridges that even the river disappears.

Ward Cleaver on March 29, 2012 at 12:38 PM

Time to angle for an appointment?

Archivarix on March 29, 2012 at 12:38 PM

He still reserves plenty of derision for Mr. Romney, mocking him repeatedly as the “Etch A Sketch” candidate whose conservative values are malleable and insincere

The irony here comes not so much from the message as from the messenger.

thirtyandseven on March 29, 2012 at 12:38 PM

Good morning, JannyMae.

Rusty Allen on March 29, 2012 at 12:40 PM

This thread is another example of Hoe air trying to rehabilitate romneycare. Romneycare IS the worst republican ever. Are you paying attention to the supreme court and obamacare, well Romneycare was BEFORE Obamacare. Further, Romneycare STILL doesn’t denounce indiviual mandates.

Hoe Air, when was the last thread on Romneycare and the impact on conservatives like me not voting for a sociolist!

Danielvito on March 29, 2012 at 12:40 PM

All bad things come to an end !

Rook on March 29, 2012 at 12:41 PM

He’s so good at burning bridges that even the river disappears.

Ward Cleaver on March 29, 2012 at 12:38 PM

You’re talking about Mittens right? The guy has blown up more bridges than a retreating German division.

angryed on March 29, 2012 at 12:41 PM

I see a very good guy and a statesman. Definitely what I’m looking for in a president as well as a candidate. Rick Santorum still has my support and vote in our upcoming primary.

mozalf on March 29, 2012 at 12:30 PM

Why do you want four more years of Obama?
JannyMae on March 29, 2012 at 12:34 PM

Exactly right, Jan. Glad to see you are coming around to seeing reality, assuming you weren’t being sarcastic.

Everyone knows that…
A Vote for Rick Santorum in the Primary = A Vote for Barack Obama’s Reelection

Anyone who votes for Santorum is just helping Obama. It is time for Rick Santorum to get off the stage and think about doing what’s best for the country.

bluegill on March 29, 2012 at 12:42 PM

You’re talking about Mittens right? The guy has blown up more bridges than a retreating German division.

angryed on March 29, 2012 at 12:41 PM

Says the resident economic illiterate.

antisense on March 29, 2012 at 12:42 PM

Welcome, Mr. Santorum. We’ve saved a seat for you right over there between Herman Cain and Jon Huntsman. Across from Rick Perry and Michelle Bachmann. Please save the empty seat for Newton Leroy Gingrich. Now, sit down and be quiet.

rogaineguy on March 29, 2012 at 12:43 PM

Unfortunately Santorum is too flawed a candidate to be fully believable as a TRUE Conservative.

he’s right on the Founders.

he’s right on Foreign Policy.

he’s right on a lot of issues…..but he’s not too likeable, he comes across as a bit strident, and he seems a bit like Nixon (in the sense that RMN saw himself as always thought of as inferior).

I wish we had a Charismatic, telegenic, effective Communicator that was for Limited government and could get through the whorish media…….not this time apparently so looks like we’re stuck with MITT FRICKING MCCAIN.

UGH!!!!

The Stupid Party and it’s voters strike again.

PappyD61 on March 29, 2012 at 12:43 PM

Karen must have read him the riot act.

Philly on March 29, 2012 at 12:43 PM

This thread is another example of Hoe air trying to rehabilitate romneycare. Romneycare IS the worst republican ever. Are you paying attention to the supreme court and obamacare, well Romneycare was BEFORE Obamacare. Further, Romneycare STILL doesn’t denounce indiviual mandates.

Hoe Air, when was the last thread on Romneycare and the impact on conservatives like me not voting for a sociolist!

Danielvito on March 29, 2012 at 12:40 PM

Romney appointed 36 judges. Of those, 9 were Republicans. And yet this is the guy who will save SCOTUS from Obama, LOL. Whatever makes the Mitt-tards sleep at night.

angryed on March 29, 2012 at 12:43 PM

Non-mittbot-rombot=mittwit-mittler-etc.etc. = Obama supporter

JannyMae on March 29, 2012 at 12:33 PM

I’ve always suspected you were for Obama. now you’ve told us the truth

gerrym51 on March 29, 2012 at 12:44 PM

I don’t know what the heck happened (TROLL INVASION?) to Hot Air, but when ObamaRomney wins the poll here…..

….something has happened to HotAiropolis.

PappyD61 on March 29, 2012 at 12:45 PM

Exactly right, Jan. Glad to see you are coming around to seeing reality, assuming you weren’t being sarcastic.

Everyone knows that…
A Vote for Rick Santorum in the Primary = A Vote for Barack Obama’s Reelection

Anyone who votes for Santorum is just helping Obama. It is time for Rick Santorum to get off the stage and think about doing what’s best for the country.

bluegill on March 29, 2012 at 12:42 PM

That is such bullcrap.

Bitter Clinger on March 29, 2012 at 12:45 PM

Hoe Air, when was the last thread on Romneycare and the impact on conservatives like me not voting for a sociolist!

Danielvito on March 29, 2012 at 12:40 PM

Even Markos Moulitsas would rather post here than at dailykoskiddies

Roy Rogers on March 29, 2012 at 12:45 PM

Danny Devito, wandering around the house in his penguin costume from
Batman 2, scared of the “sociolists”.

Rusty Allen on March 29, 2012 at 12:45 PM

Hmmm. Maybe Santorum realized his over the top Romney attacks had him digging a hole so deep that he’d hit bedrock and he was starting to dig into and toss out his own base…

drfredc on March 29, 2012 at 12:45 PM

PappyD61 on March 29, 2012 at 12:43 PM

Yep.

Bitter Clinger on March 29, 2012 at 12:46 PM

Once again, the word “Constitution” is nowhere to be found.

Dante on March 29, 2012 at 12:47 PM

Yep! Obama sure is popular these days!

ROFLMAO!

Roy Rogers on March 29, 2012 at 12:48 PM

Mitt Romneycare’s claim to fame is getting elected govenor w/49% of the vote, outspending his democratic challenger 10 to 1 and having the advantage of a green party taking 3.5 %.

This election, Satan will outspend romneycare, if their is a third party run it’s coming from the right. So the way I figure it, if a conservative runs Romneycare gets 18% of the general vote. If it’s romneycare and satan, he’ll be lucky to get 44% of the vote.

Unlike 2008, when 9% of registered republicans voted for Obama because Gov. palin was on the ticket, I expect only about 5% of conservatives like me to sit this election out. It will impact close senate, congressional and govenor races.

Thanks bush establishment hacks!! Four more years of satan so your boy jeb bush gets a clean run in 2016. I mean to Rove and you hacks, the country or the bush family. Why of course the bush family!

Danielvito on March 29, 2012 at 12:48 PM

But he has given Romney the nomination with his incessant whining. I think he is the whiniest politician, on a national level, that I’ve ever seen. And that includes our whiny president.

Priscilla on March 29, 2012 at 12:34 PM

he was just the last ABR to come up to bat agin Mittens. The last batter- in the bottom of the ninth.
If the take away from the 2012 Republican primary is anything other than a ‘terribly weak and checkered field of candidates campaigning for a terribly critical election” – than a teachable moment will have been lost.

FlaMurph on March 29, 2012 at 12:48 PM

Everyone knows that. . . A Vote for Rick Santorum in the Primary = A Vote for Barack Obama’s Reelection

Everyone? You mean everyone in Salt Lake City? Heh.

Anyone who votes for Santorum is just helping Obama.

Really, anyone? Anyone who votes for Willard is voting for socialized medicine. See? Anyone can play this game.

It is time for Rick Santorum to get off the stage and think about doing what’s best for the country.

I would think Willard and his minions would enjoy running up the score–unless they don’t think it’s going to be that easy.

Emperor Norton on March 29, 2012 at 12:49 PM

Danny Devito, wandering around the house in his penguin costume from Batman 2, scared of the “sociolists”.

Rusty Allen on March 29, 2012 at 12:45 PM

I pity him. It must be dangerous jerking off at his keyboard with pincers for hands.

Roy Rogers on March 29, 2012 at 12:50 PM

Danny Devito, wandering around the house in his penguin costume from
Batman 2, scared of the “sociolists”.

Rusty Allen on March 29, 2012 at 12:45 PM

Hehehe.

I know everyone is accusing everyone of being a moby these days, but I really wonder about that guy. The “sociolist” spelling and the repeated declarations that Republicans will lose in November and that all the Republican candidates are bad just makes me think he may be Obama supporter pretending to be a liberal’s idea of a not-so-sharp Tea Partier.

bluegill on March 29, 2012 at 12:53 PM

Emperor Norton on March 29, 2012 at 12:49 PM

Salt Lake City? Oh, I get it, you’re trying to be clever again. Are any of the Romney supporters here actually from SLC? What did those mean Mormons do to you to leave you so bitter?

Rusty Allen on March 29, 2012 at 12:53 PM

Danielvito on March 29, 2012 at 12:48 PM

Daniel,

maybe i’m wrong about you. Maybe your problem is you haven’t been laid in a long time-or maybe ever.

Sexual frustration

lol

gerrym51 on March 29, 2012 at 12:54 PM

This election, Satan will outspend romneycare, if their is a third party run

Danielvito on March 29, 2012 at 12:48 PM

Satan references and grammatical confusion all in one sentence. How very appropriate.

thirtyandseven on March 29, 2012 at 12:55 PM

Here’s a wacky theory. Santorum’s campaign for president was really an attempt to raise money and support for a rematch against Bob Casey for his old Senate seat. He meant only to contest the first three primaries, and then move on to the Senate race after South Carolina. From the Senate, he’d be better positioned to run for president in ’16 or ’20. However, when Santorum won Iowa, and the non-Romneys were reduced to just him and Newt, he figured he might just have a real chance to be the nominee. After all, the GOP isn’t crazy about Romney, and few people really thought the GOP would ever rally behind someone with personal negatives as high as Newt’s. And he would’ve gotten away with it too if it weren’t for those meddling kids…oh, no wait…sorry…lost my train of thought. Sadly for Santorum, though, Romney held Ohio and Michigan, and Santorum’s campaign declined as the media attention it got began to highlight his problems as a national candidate.

So now Rick has run longer than he intended, and there’s probably not a way to get him on the ballot for the PA Senate. Without some way back into office, another four to eight years out of politics will keep him from ever being a serious contender for the presidency. He took a very big chance with long odds, and while brave, big chances often lead to big losses. His career in politics is now all but over. So why drop out now? This is his last chance either way, so why not just keep going and see if any new chance at appears.

This is purely guesswork. I researched it for about five minutes, so I’m not about to say even I’m persuaded. Just thought I’d post it and see if anyone could tell why this makes sense, or is just plain crazy.

EricW on March 29, 2012 at 12:55 PM

I know everyone is accusing everyone of being a moby these days, but I really wonder about that guy. The “sociolist” spelling and the repeated declarations that Republicans will lose in November and that all the Republican candidates are bad just makes me think he may be Obama supporter pretending to be a liberal’s idea of a not-so-sharp Tea Partier.

bluegill on March 29, 2012 at 12:53 PM

Oh good, then it’s not just me.

or is it?

Jeddite on March 29, 2012 at 12:56 PM

Rusty Allen on March 29, 2012 at 12:45 PM

Hey Rusty, ever checked out the defination of your first name;

rust·y (rst)
adj. rust·i·er, rust·i·est
1. Covered with rust; corroded.
2. Consisting of or produced by rust.
3. Of a yellowish-red or brownish-red color.
4. Working or operating stiffly or incorrectly because of or as if because of rust.
5. Weakened or impaired by neglect, disuse, or lack of practice.

http://www.thefreedictionary.com/rusty

So you mittbot, are named after corrosion! Rusty!

Danielvito on March 29, 2012 at 12:56 PM

What sucks is that Texas with a huge amount of delegates cannot vote in the primary yet. We are a very conservative state. Until we can get the conservative states at the beginning of the primary season, we will have issues with McCain type candidates.

jeffn21 on March 29, 2012 at 12:56 PM

bluegill on March 29, 2012 at 12:53 PM

Absolutely, most tea partiers can spell, have jobs, and pay attention to world events. Devito is most likely mad that the cops made him take his tent out of the park.

Rusty Allen on March 29, 2012 at 12:57 PM

thirtyandseven on March 29, 2012 at 12:55 PM

Is thirtyandseven your IQ mittbot!

Danielvito on March 29, 2012 at 12:58 PM

It’s at least better than the five hundredth thread of Romney/Santorum flame wars. This is starting to look like the Battle of New Orleans.

EricW on March 29, 2012 at 12:59 PM

“He is the worst Republican in the country to put up against Barack Obama.”

WOW!!! Just WOW!!!

A Richard (Dick) supporter admitting that Richard (Dick) actually said it. And look NOTHING about it being with respect to Obamacare ANYWHERE in the context.

And Richard (Dick) is STILL wrong.

Can you say,
Dee Dee Scozzafava?

John McCain?

Mike Castle?

Olympia Snowe?

Richard (Dick) Santorum?

Newton L. Gingrich?

Just to name a few.

That’s hardly the same thing as calling Romney “the worst Republican in the country,”

Pretty damn close.

and Santorum relates it directly to Romney’s health-care reform in Massachusetts in a year when Republicans can expect to attack Obama on ObamaCare.

Yeah, that was the AFTER THE FACT spin Richard (Dick) was trying to put on it. But again NOTHING in the context supports that, because if there was, we KNOW that Ed would have shown it.

Right Ed?

Gunlock Bill on March 29, 2012 at 12:59 PM

Says the resident economic illiterate.

antisense on March 29, 2012 at 12:42 PM

And Obama voter.

Gunlock Bill on March 29, 2012 at 1:02 PM

Oh my gosh, it found a dictionary–in the sewer.

Rusty Allen on March 29, 2012 at 1:02 PM

Joe Trippi, who ran Howard Dean’s campaign in 2003-4, understands why Santorum may not want to consider those issues

Well, Santorum is the Howard Dean of the 2012 Republican Primary.

Recently, Santorum said he’d consider a running-mate slot on the GOP ticket, which means that he’d have to tone down his rhetoric sooner or later anyway.

Santorum will never be offered the VP slot, nor will he be offered any appreciable role in Romney’s campaign. He is toxic and damaging to the Republican brand. He needs to go far, far away if we are to win this thing.

Look, Romney is openly mocking Santorum in public now, which for the notoriously cool, “above-it-all” Romney, is a big effing deal. Santorum has no power, Romney doesn’t need him or his delegates. Even if Romney goes into the convention short of the necessary 1144, he’ll be close, and the Superdelegates, plus a quick deal with Paul or even Gingrich, if necessary, will get him over the top before the first ballot. That’s why Huckabee got squat in 2008; he had the delegates, but no-one was calling.

It makes sense for Gingrich to stay in because the more delegates he amasses going into the convention, the more power he has. He knows he is more attractive, and potentially more helpful to Romney than Santorum is. Gingrich is the True Conservative who is not the Contraception Candidate, and right now that’s a big plus. I think Santorum thought he held some cards, but someone explained reality to him, and he’s realized that he hardly has Romney by the balls. He’s going to have to make himself attractive to Romney to have any clout; of course, it’s now too little too late.

Mr. Arkadin on March 29, 2012 at 1:03 PM

Maybe church lady Rick will fade into oblivion once he loses Wisconsin and Pennsylvania.

ObamatheMessiah on March 29, 2012 at 12:12 PM

Maybe His Royal Highness King Willard the Inevitable will fade into oblivion once he loses the general, and take his Mittler Youth with him.

Dunedainn on March 29, 2012 at 1:04 PM

bluegill on March 29, 2012 at 12:53 PM

So now mittbot your trying to analyze me! Get it threw your head I can’t stand Romneycare, he is obamacare. In your rose colour world of no principle you may noy understand that.

But when your commie enacts indiviual mandates, just like Obama, most conservatives don’t like it.

As regard to you mittbot’s thinking I’m a Obama supporter, are you this desperate not to have people in lock step with your leftist.

For the record, Obama like romneycare suck, both are leftist, both are radical.

I support the person you Mittbots have tried to destroy for 4 years, govenor palin.

I sort see where she comes from at being attacked by the Mittbots and other liberals.

Danielvito on March 29, 2012 at 1:04 PM

Not-Romneys of Wisconsin and Pennsylvania, UNITE!

Brokered convention or bust!

ITguy on March 29, 2012 at 1:05 PM

Rusty Allen on March 29, 2012 at 1:02 PM

Hey, corrosion, are you this stupid to use your real name! God you mittbots are dumb!

Danielvito on March 29, 2012 at 1:06 PM

Romney appointed 36 judges. Of those, 9 were Republicans. And yet this is the guy who will save SCOTUS from Obama, LOL.

angryed on March 29, 2012 at 12:43 PM

Well, let’s analyze this. 9/36= 25%

Mass Legislature Rep/total = 15%

So, Romney out preformed the Legislature by 25/15 = 167%

Man, if he could just do that with the SC.

Gunlock Bill on March 29, 2012 at 1:07 PM

I also maintain that had Gingrich not taken Romney’s bait, had he not melted down when Romney went negative against him and stuck to his Obama/issues-focused “Good Newt” strategy, he would have recovered in the polls and stayed the not-Romney of choice. He wouldn’t be ahead of Romney, but he would be a strong second, stronger than Santorum is now. In fact Santorum, who only got traction after Gingrich’s implosion, would probably be back in PA by now. Gingrich made a huge mistake, and he’s paying the price now. But he’s not done yet; Santorum, on the other hand, is a dead man walking.

Mr. Arkadin on March 29, 2012 at 1:08 PM

Well, Santorum is the Howard Dean of the 2012 Republican Primary.

Mr. Arkadin on March 29, 2012 at 1:03 PM

I think that title lies squarely on Herr Doktor’s shoulders.

Dunedainn on March 29, 2012 at 1:09 PM

Is thirtyandseven your IQ mittbot!

Danielvito on March 29, 2012 at 12:58 PM

Go upstairs and have your mother get you some milk and cookies to help you feel better. You should put on some pants first.

Gunlock Bill on March 29, 2012 at 1:09 PM

Gunlock Bill on March 29, 2012 at 1:09 PM

Again, a commenter who names himself after one of the most fascistic gun-control methods is a Romney supporter. Big shocker!

Dunedainn on March 29, 2012 at 1:11 PM

The only question left is how long we’ll have to listen to him whine about losing because of the vast conspiracy against him by Drudge, Fox News, the MSM, the Establishment, and possibly space aliens.

Hollowpoint on March 29, 2012 at 12:32 PM

None of the above. He will blame it on Satan.

gravityman on March 29, 2012 at 1:12 PM

Rick doesn’t need a change in tone – he needs a miracle – and if God doth not shineth on Rick, what good is he anyway?

DHChron on March 29, 2012 at 1:13 PM

I see a very good guy and a statesman. Definitely what I’m looking for in a president as well as a candidate. Rick Santorum still has my support and vote in our upcoming primary.

mozalf on March 29, 2012 at 12:30 PM

Ditto that.

ITguy on March 29, 2012 at 1:13 PM

Sound the alarm! Ed posted an article about Santorum. Quick, mobilize the 734th Mittler Youth Brigade!

Dunedainn on March 29, 2012 at 1:14 PM

I’ve always suspected you were for Obama. now you’ve told us the truth

gerrym51 on March 29, 2012 at 12:44 PM

Well, all those Mittwits that keep telling me that can’t be wrong, can they?

JannyMae on March 29, 2012 at 1:14 PM

Again, a commenter who names himself after one of the most fascistic gun-control methods is a Romney supporter. Big shocker!

Dunedainn on March 29, 2012 at 1:11 PM

Oh look, another illiterate ABRtard commenter.

Gunlock Bill on March 29, 2012 at 1:15 PM

Gunlock Bill on March 29, 2012 at 1:09 PM

Romneycare has the Hershey squirts, he needs you to lick up the mess!

Danielvito on March 29, 2012 at 1:15 PM

Oh look, another illiterate ABRtard commenter.

Gunlock Bill on March 29, 2012 at 1:15 PM

Oh look, another closet Obama supporter posing as a Mittler Youth member who snuck in during our last open registration!

Dunedainn on March 29, 2012 at 1:16 PM

I see a very good guy and a statesman. Definitely what I’m looking for in a president as well as a candidate. Rick Santorum still has my support and vote in our upcoming primary. mozalf on March 29, 2012 at 12:30 PM

Right. Because statesmen are usually angry. You win today’s prize for humor.

Basilsbest on March 29, 2012 at 1:17 PM

Maybe His Royal Highness King Willard the Inevitable will fade into oblivion once he loses the general, and take his Mittler Youth with him.

Dunedainn on March 29, 2012 at 1:04 PM

Oh, look!

Godwin’s law proven true.

Gunlock Bill on March 29, 2012 at 1:17 PM

I remember some of the Romney supporters in 2008 being downright nasty in their comments about Romney’s competitors and their supporters.

We’re seeing that same behavior again, and it ain’t pretty.

ITguy on March 29, 2012 at 1:18 PM

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