Tweet: Santorum, Gingrich considering “unity effort” to stop Romney

posted at 12:30 pm on April 5, 2012 by Tina Korbe

What Time’s Mark Halperin called a “unity effort” to stop Mitt Romney appears to actually be an effort by Rick Santorum supporters to convince Newt Gingrich to exit the race.

Earlier today, Halperin tweeted, “”BREAKING NEWS: Santo meeting in Virginia now w conservative leaders. Talk re the path forward, Santo-Newt unity effort to stop Romney.”

He followed that up with this: ”Santor[um] source, responding to speculation: ‘He is NOT dropping out before Pennsylvania.’ [Meeting is about the] best way to proceed, not whether to.”

But Katharine Q. Seelye of The New York Times Caucus blog reports that the principal purpose of Rick Santorum’s meeting with conservative leaders was to convince Newt Gingrich to exit the race:

The conservative leaders met with Mr. Santorum and his top aides in northern Virginia. The conservative leaders sought the meeting, according to people familiar with it.

As the race narrows and Mitt Romney looks more and more like the inevitable nominee, several conservative leaders have said they still support Mr. Santorum. But Mr. Santorum has been losing some important states by small margins — in some cases, by the amount that Mr. Gingrich has been siphoning off.

The prospect that Mr. Gingrich might draw enough votes from Mr. Santorum in Pennsylvania — Mr. Santorum’s home state — on April 24 to cost him the primary has given new urgency to the task of getting him out of the race.

Reportedly, these leaders are considering “what role” Gingrich might be able to play in a Santorum victory. Given how unlikely a Santorum nomination is at this point, though, the Santorum campaign has little to offer Newt Gingrich. If it’s a position in a new Republican administration he wants, for example, he’s as likely to get it by staying in the race to make Mitt Romney “earn” the nomination as by dropping out to try to help Santorum.

Santorum’s continued presence in the race indicates that he still has a path to the nomination, though — and that path runs through the delegate-rich states that were already decided by this point in the 2008 primary process. If his supporters can convince Gingrich that his nomination is not only still possible, but even probable without Gingrich in the race, maybe they can inspire Gingrich to let go. Unfortunately, to build that case, Santorum’s supporters would have to be able to declare with confidence that the vast majority of Gingrich’s supporters would transfer their allegiance to Santorum. That wasn’t true several weeks ago when Santorum indicated he’d appreciate it if Gingrich would drop out and it’s probably less true now. Gingrich himself has stopped training his attacks on Mitt Romney, giving his supporters a chance to reevaluate Romney for themselves. The stalwarts of Rick Santorum’s coalition — very conservative evangelical voters — have even begun to warm up to Romney. Gingrich dropping out at this point might be more a boost for Mitt than for Rick.

(H/t Joel Gehrke of The Washington Examiner)


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Losers unite!

hanzblinx on April 5, 2012 at 12:32 PM

Waste of time and money.

Idiots.

crosspatch on April 5, 2012 at 12:32 PM

To what end? Even I am getting bored and I easily amused.

Cindy Munford on April 5, 2012 at 12:33 PM

day late and a dollar short.

thirtyandseven on April 5, 2012 at 12:33 PM

Too late. 3 months ago it would have worked.

wildcat72 on April 5, 2012 at 12:34 PM

The conservative leaders sought the meeting, according to people familiar with it.

Who are these so called “conservative leaders”?

JPeterman on April 5, 2012 at 12:35 PM

Hang in there Riwt!

Rusty Allen on April 5, 2012 at 12:37 PM

Yawn

Philly on April 5, 2012 at 12:38 PM

It is a bit late to try this, since the nominee is already Romney. Besides, if Gingrich left the race, it looks like net effect would help Santorum less than Romney.

Vashta.Nerada on April 5, 2012 at 12:38 PM

Way to end both your future “careers.”

sandee on April 5, 2012 at 12:38 PM

Santorum’s continued presence in the race indicates that he still has a path to the nomination, though — and that path runs through the delegate-rich states that were already decided by this point in the 2008 primary process.

It indicates he thinks he has a path to the nomination.

changer1701 on April 5, 2012 at 12:39 PM

Sore. Losers.

UltimateBob on April 5, 2012 at 12:39 PM

Geesh, don’t these guys get it? It’s over. All they are doing is helping Obama at this point.

mitchellvii on April 5, 2012 at 12:39 PM

you can set your clock by Tina’s posts

gatorboy on April 5, 2012 at 12:41 PM

Tweet: Santorum, Gingrich considering “unity effort” to stop Romney

Scorched earth tactic.

You know who this helps?

UltimateBob on April 5, 2012 at 12:41 PM

Realistic path to Nomination. Win 80 percent of remaining delegates.

gerrym51 on April 5, 2012 at 12:42 PM

Can someone point out to me the Executive Experience Santorum brings to the table here?

Romney could put his resume in front of any Fortune 500 Company right now and be on the short list for CEO. Santorum’s resume wouldn’t even make the first cut.

mitchellvii on April 5, 2012 at 12:42 PM

This is Santorum’s ego going full speed ahead at any cost. He should be trying to unite his supporters behind the inevitable nominee.

bopbottle on April 5, 2012 at 12:43 PM

These two need to take a hike before the blow it completely. They need to learn how to function in the best interests of the country and not in their own best interests. This is really getting disgusting.

rplat on April 5, 2012 at 12:44 PM

It’s worse. NRO reporting that Santorum’s latest flake, Richard Vigurie, is telling him to stay in with a “bolder platform.”

If Rick doesn’t promptly grasp reality, then the Romney PAC needs to go full speed into PA.

Enough of this crap.

matthew8787 on April 5, 2012 at 12:45 PM

So the goal is to stop Romney.

What about stopping Obama?

Gunlock Bill on April 5, 2012 at 12:45 PM

Newt’s answer to Rick, with apologies to Jack Nicholson:

Go sell crazy somewhere else; we’re all stocked up here.

FogDog on April 5, 2012 at 12:45 PM

As a Santorum supporter(I voted this past Tues. for Santorum in the WI primary), even I think it is time for Rick to graciously concede and put his support behind Romney, and focus on getting Barack “the USA destructor” Obama out of the presidency.

Sterling Holobyte on April 5, 2012 at 12:45 PM

Rick and Newt are not alike.

Newt has a sharper mind and is a better speaker. Newt has a track record of successful achievement–Rick not so much. Newt is quite effective in framing an issue while Rick is not.

The alternative to Newt is more Romney than it is Rick; so I see Newt staying in to turn what attention he can still get toward the current administration policies he disagrees with. He might still get a post-election post in a Romney administration such as a Congressional Liaisson where he could be effective.

KW64 on April 5, 2012 at 12:46 PM

Tina said:

Santorum’s continued presence in the race indicates that he still has a path to the nomination, though

No he doesn’t. Romney only needs to win 41% of the remaining delegates to reach 1144. After he wins at least four of the five April 24 he will only need to win about 35%, with winner take all CA, NJ, and Utah yet to vote. It’s over.

Jon0815 on April 5, 2012 at 12:46 PM

you can set your clock by Tina’s posts

gatorboy on April 5, 2012 at 12:41 PM

Hehe, I was thinking the same thing. And they are all in the same vein, too. Rah, rah, Santoron! Go Santoron!

Whatever, it’s over. These posts probably do draw some page views, though.

crosspatch on April 5, 2012 at 12:46 PM

It may get to a point tweety…where people will start to get PO’d at you pair!

KOOLAID2 on April 5, 2012 at 12:48 PM

This’ll never work unless they include Ron Paul.

/

ShainS on April 5, 2012 at 12:48 PM

Have to face reality now even though I still feel Newt is the smartest candidate. But votes mean something and now is the time to get behind Romney including Tea Party supporters and all conservatives. There is no perfect candidate and I hope that we will not have a McCain repeat with Romney. But it is what it is and there is always another election. Remember 2010!! Nothing is more important than removing this Marxist from office. Save this country for our children and grandchildren.

mrcasella on April 5, 2012 at 12:50 PM

This is what it looks like when narcissists start clutching at straws.

Northside on April 5, 2012 at 12:51 PM

. He might still get a post-election post in a Romney administration such as a Congressional Liaisson where he could be effective.

KW64 on April 5, 2012 at 12:46 PM

Why would Newt want a position in a Romney administration, which pays chump change, compared to what he’ll be able to earn giving speeches and selling books?

JPeterman on April 5, 2012 at 12:53 PM

i’ve been saying that they need to team up. hopefully it will happen.

Sachiko on April 5, 2012 at 12:53 PM

What was the last calculation? Santo has to win 76% of the remaining delegates to win the nomination? Now he thinks that gaining Newt’s 8-9% that he’s been garnering the in the last couple of contests is going to make a difference. This is getting sad and tired.

luckedout26 on April 5, 2012 at 12:53 PM

Santorum is starting to panic.

Canoedad on April 5, 2012 at 12:53 PM

It is done. I was as big an ABR as anybody, but Obama has got to go. Mitt is not stupid by any means. He knows he will be a one-termer if he goes lib.

Southernblogger on April 5, 2012 at 12:55 PM

To what end? Even I am getting bored and I easily amused.

Cindy Munford on April 5, 2012 at 12:33 PM

You have to keep things in perspective Dear Lady…

“Newt’s statement to Mittens”

:)

Seven Percent Solution on April 5, 2012 at 12:57 PM

Circular firing squad.

Pass the popcorn.

KeninCT on April 5, 2012 at 12:57 PM

Santorum should drop out…he’s a petulant child who hates pornography and hot and heavy butt sex. His daughter is smoking though.

DHChron on April 5, 2012 at 12:57 PM

you can set your clock by Tina’s posts

gatorboy on April 5, 2012 at 12:41 PM

…and lobotomy4life has it’s alarm clocks set!

KOOLAID2 on April 5, 2012 at 12:58 PM

Both of these guys are counting on Romney coming in to the convention short of the required 1144 delegates, to the point where their delegates will be needed to put Romney over the top on the first ballot. They are counting on Romney being forced to deal with them on their own terms if he wants to avoid a brokered convention.

Unfortunately, for that strategy to work, either Gingrich or Santorum must drop out. Romney will not be behind to the point where he needs both of those guys to get over the top. That’s why Gingrich is staying in. He know’s he is more attractive to Romney than Santorum, and therefore has leverage. If he quits now he gets nothing.

Santorum is in a terrible position. If he quits now he risks looking like a loser who fled certain defeat in his home state. If he stays in, he’s the spoiler who, even though he has more delegates than Gingrich, will have zero leverage at the convention if Romney and Newt (and Paul) make a deal.

If I were Santorum I would leave after Pennsylvania, win or lose. If he wins, he goes out with a moral victory, and shows real character and sacrifice. If he loses, at least he took his licking. He can release his delegates to Romney and screw Gingrich in the process, which would afford him some satisfaction. Let’s see how smart he is.

Mr. Arkadin on April 5, 2012 at 12:59 PM

KENIN!! How does it feel to be ugly and not have a brain?

I can’t imagine too good.

DHChron on April 5, 2012 at 12:59 PM

Wonder twins

cmsinaz on April 5, 2012 at 12:59 PM

Put me in the “acceptance” phase for Romney. I went through grief, anger and denial.

Marcus on April 5, 2012 at 1:02 PM

To what end?
Cindy Munford on April 5, 2012 at 12:33 PM

I was of the opinion that there was absolutely no reason for Santy & Newt to stay in, because even if it went to the convention, Romney still gets the nomination.

However, they might be trying to keep the process going long enough to increase the likelihood that Romney makes a catastrophic gaffe, like George Romney’s. Neither of them would get the nomination, but they would get sweet sweet revenge.

Dead Hand Control on April 5, 2012 at 1:04 PM

you can set your clock by Tina’s posts

gatorboy on April 5, 2012 at 12:41 PM

.
Thats a little harsh. This post has more substance than the usual reminder notice. If these 2 guys would have gotten together earlier, maybe things would have turned out a litlle different. Maybe.
But….. who gets to carry the flag between these two ??

The great corrupter of public man is the ego….Looking at the mirror distracts one’s attention from the problem.

FlaMurph on April 5, 2012 at 1:05 PM

The problem both of them face is that on their own, neither is very popular. It was easy being the anti-Romney, a lot harder being the solo front runner.

Tater Salad on April 5, 2012 at 1:06 PM

Santorum’s continued presence in the race indicates that he still has a path to the nomination, though — and that path runs through the delegate-rich states that were already decided by this point in the 2008 primary process.

No, his presence in the race indicates he’s delusional.

Buy Danish on April 5, 2012 at 1:07 PM

“Santo” has to win over 70% of the remaining delegates to win the nomination. What good does it do him for Gingrich to drop out? He cannot bring himself to live in the world the rest of us live in.

rogaineguy on April 5, 2012 at 1:07 PM

Put me in the “acceptance” phase for Romney. I went through grief, anger and denial.

Marcus on April 5, 2012 at 1:02 PM

LOL–

But, aren’t there 12 steps with that program ? ;)

FlaMurph on April 5, 2012 at 1:08 PM

Dead Hand Control on April 5, 2012 at 1:04 PM

He seems to leave his gaffes and attack ads to the hired hands. I wouldn’t mind if they had a bit of impact on the platform though. The story in the headlines suggesting that candidate Romney will be required to turn on the GOP members of the House is not inspiring.

Cindy Munford on April 5, 2012 at 1:09 PM

So the goal is to stop Romney.

What about stopping Obama?

Gunlock Bill on April 5, 2012 at 12:45 PM

+100

ptcamn on April 5, 2012 at 1:10 PM

These two need to take a hike before the blow it completely. They need to learn how to function in the best interests of the country and not in their own best interests. This is really getting disgusting.

rplat on April 5, 2012 at 12:44 PM

It is in the best interest of the country that Mitt Romney not be president.

Shump on April 5, 2012 at 1:11 PM

you’re such a pvssy Kenin.

now that’s ironic! considering your affinity for d!cks

DHChron on April 5, 2012 at 1:11 PM

Combining two crappy candidates together only make it twice as crappy.

Romney is unacceptable to most people, but then most people feel the same way about Santorum/Newt.

We need a 3rd party candidate that doesn’t have an unpopular big-gov agenda that most people don’t want. Stick to mainstream issues like cutting spending to balancing the budget in a reasonable time frame, and live and let live. We need a party that doesn’t want to use the force of government to take over our lives and turn us into socialists on the left or corporatists and religionists on the right. We need a party that campaigns against generational theft that the extremists on both sides of the isle use to finance their own gravy train and reelection candy while letting the country go to rot, ruining the future for young people, many that haven’t even been born yet.

We’re lucky, I think, that the socialists, corporatists and religionists all seem to be minority views that most people in this country would avoid if they could. All we have to do is provide them a sensible alternative.

FloatingRock on April 5, 2012 at 1:13 PM

Newt’s lost it and Rick never really had it.. go away so we can make an attempt to unify against the “one”

theblacksheepwasright on April 5, 2012 at 1:15 PM

I’m a Christian and I can’t stand Rick. Why is that? Because he’s a bullsh!t moralist. I can say that because Rick said it to a NY times reporter.

DHChron on April 5, 2012 at 1:17 PM

Let the fool lose. Evidently he has no one to take him aside and tell him the facts of life.

rubberneck on April 5, 2012 at 1:18 PM

KENIN!! you’re an idiot. Also you’re ugly. Do you ever get guys to watch you jerk off that tiny p3nis?

DHChron on April 5, 2012 at 1:19 PM

Santorum is angling to be the Chastity Czar in a Romney admistration

Bradky on April 5, 2012 at 1:22 PM

Santorum’s continued presence in the race indicates that he still has a path to the nomination, though — and that path runs through the delegate-rich states that were already decided by this point in the 2008 primary process

I voted for Santorum because I believed he was the one that could beat the liberal RINO. I hope others learn the facts as I have and do the same in the upcoming elections.

ABR = AB0 = taking our freedoms back from the Communist loving Liberals

DannoJyd on April 5, 2012 at 1:22 PM

Isn’t this the kind of behavior that got Santorum run out on a rail in Penn?

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KIBRg7G9c0c

rubberneck on April 5, 2012 at 1:23 PM

Put me in the “acceptance” phase for Romney. I went through grief, anger and denial.

Marcus on April 5, 2012 at 1:02 PM
LOL–

But, aren’t there 12 steps with that program ? ;)

FlaMurph on April 5, 2012 at 1:08 PM

Actually, I think the missing phase was bargaining. Looks like Rick and Newt are supplying that for you.

talkingpoints on April 5, 2012 at 1:23 PM

Tina’s caption:

A.k.a. Santorum supporters want Gingrich to drop out.

The goal is to nominate the best two candidates (P/VP) that we can, in order to defeat the Democratic ticket in November, regardless of whether that Democratic ticket is Obama/Biden, Obama/Clinton, or Clinton/somebody.

Romney is not the best candidate that we can nominate. And honestly, I don’t believe that any of the other three (Santorum, Gingrich, or Paul) are the best that we can nominate, either. In my opinion, a Huckabee/Palin ticket is the strongest ticket we could put forward from a brokered convention, with cabinet positions offered to the four candidates who won delegates. Your mileage may vary.

For the supporters of Santorum, Gingrich, and Paul who live in states that have yet to vote, I think the best way that they can help their candidate is by denying Romney as many delegates as possible. And the way to do that varies by state, as I’ll explain in a minute.

Coming out of this meeting, I think that Newt should tell his supporters in states that have yet to vote:
1) If your state has proportional allocation of delegates, vote for me.
2) If your state has “winner takes all” allocation of delegates, please vote for Santorum, because if you vote for me, Romney is more likely to win a plurality and take the delegates.

If you are a Gingrich or Paul supporter, then:
1) Delegates won by your candidate is best, when possible.
2) Delegates won by Santorum is second best, as it helps keep Romney from clinching the nomination.
3) Delegates won by Romney is worst.

The only way for your candidate to have any influence over the convention is to keep Romney from reaching 1,144.

If Romney reaches 1,144, he will have absolutely no incentive to listen to your candidate at all. And Romney would have no incentive not to shake the Etch-A-Sketch and revert back to self-described “progressive” Romney.

And oh, the Romney campaign is just itching to wrap this up and shake the Etch-A-Sketch

ITguy on April 5, 2012 at 1:23 PM

If Romney really had the nomination in the bag, then his supporters would not need to be so nasty to Santorum, Gingrich, Paul, and their supporters.

If Romney really had the nomination in the bag, then he and his supporters could literally just sit back, take it easy, and enjoy seeing his competitors battle valiantly, only to see Romney still win enough remaining primaries to accumulate 1,144 pledged delegates.

The reason why Team Romney is so nasty to his competitors is because they know that there is a real chance that Mitt could fail to get 1,144 pledged delegates before the convention, and he could fail to get 1,144 total delegates in any round of voting at the convention. THAT is why they are trying everything they can think of to discourage and discredit his competitors, and pressure them into quitting at halftime, like Mitt did in 2008 (even though he had given his word to battle “all the way to the convention”).

So, who’s dividing the party right now? The arrogant, aggressive, nasty players on Team Romney who don’t want to play a good, clean competition to the end.

ITguy on April 5, 2012 at 1:25 PM

Santorum is angling to be the Chastity Czar in a Romney admistration

Bradky on April 5, 2012 at 1:22 PM

hehehehehehehehehehehehehehehehehehehehehehehehehehehehehehehehehe

and hehehehehehehehehehehehe

DHChron on April 5, 2012 at 1:25 PM

“Santorum pulling out before Pennsylvania would be like Custer skipping Little Bighorn.”

rubberneck on April 5, 2012 at 1:26 PM

Circular firing squad.

Pass the popcorn.

KeninCT on April 5, 2012 at 12:57 PM

..why? You got a hot date who loves guns?

“..what’s the frequency, Kenneth?”

The War Planner on April 5, 2012 at 1:26 PM

“Santorum pulling out before Pennsylvania would be like Custer skipping Little Bighorn.”

rubberneck on April 5, 2012 at 1:26 PM

..I see what you did there, you crafty devil!

The War Planner on April 5, 2012 at 1:27 PM

ITguy on April 5, 2012 at 1:23 PM

::rolls eyes::

rubberneck on April 5, 2012 at 1:29 PM

Newt: This isn’t going anywhere.
Santorum: Speak for yourself.
Newt: why don’t we gang up on Mitt?
Santorum: Good idea. Gimmie you delegates and I will go for the jugular.
Newt: I was thinking the same thing, except you back me with your delegates.
Santorum: You’re kidding, right? Tell me you’re kidding.
Newt: This isn’t going anywhere.

timberline on April 5, 2012 at 1:31 PM

The losers should wrap up their campaigns and go back to peddling influence in DC, which is what they’re used to doing.

Imagine being a big enough sucker to believe either of those guys, who wouldn’t even leave DC after their careers in Congress ended, were somehow “anti-establishment outsiders” fighting the party elite.

Adjoran on April 5, 2012 at 1:31 PM

Romney/Gore

Schadenfreude on April 5, 2012 at 1:33 PM

If Romney really had the nomination in the bag, then his supporters would not need to be so nasty to Santorum, Gingrich, Paul, and their supporters.

If Romney really had the nomination in the bag, then he and his supporters could literally just sit back, take it easy, and enjoy seeing his competitors battle valiantly, only to see Romney still win enough remaining primaries to accumulate 1,144 pledged delegates.

The reason why Team Romney is so nasty to his competitors is because they know that there is a real chance that Mitt could fail to get 1,144 pledged delegates before the convention, and he could fail to get 1,144 total delegates in any round of voting at the convention. THAT is why they are trying everything they can think of to discourage and discredit his competitors, and pressure them into quitting at halftime, like Mitt did in 2008 (even though he had given his word to battle “all the way to the convention”).

So, who’s dividing the party right now? The arrogant, aggressive, nasty players on Team Romney who don’t want to play a good, clean competition to the end.

ITguy on April 5, 2012 at 1:25 PM

God, I am sooooo sick of this adolescent ABO crowd coming on here every day and whining like prepubescent girls about the mean ole Romney supporters. It’s politics; it isn’t personal! Romney getting the nomination doesn’t mean Marsha who sits behind you in math class said you have a zitty face. It means Romney got more votes. From adults. Grow the hell up. Really. No one is trying to hurt your tender feelings or soothe your tender feelings because your tender feeling haven’t got a thing to do with this. If you give a rat’s ass about this country of ours, you should get down on your knees and thank God Almighty that Romney has some supporters who are “arrogant, aggressive, nasty players,” because that is what it’s going to take to beat Obama. Get on board or don’t get on board, but for God’s sake quit whining about your hurt feelings. No. One. Cares.

Rational Thought on April 5, 2012 at 1:34 PM

Can someone point out to me the Executive Experience Santorum brings to the table here?

Romney could put his resume in front of any Fortune 500 Company right now and be on the short list for CEO. Santorum’s resume wouldn’t even make the first cut.

mitchellvii on April 5, 2012 at 12:42 PM

Executive experience or any experience, for that matter, is not a requirement for the job of President.

If you don’t believe me, just ask Obama.

timberline on April 5, 2012 at 1:34 PM

We’re lucky,…that the religionists all seem to be minority views that most people in this country would avoid if they could. All we have to do is provide them a sensible alternative.

Were are living the alternate views. Maybe you didn’t hear the cries of the 53 million humans such calloused thinking has brought upon America, the broken homes, the deadly smut, the morally corrupted culture, the sexuallize children, the corrupted education/indoctrination, which is now all perverse and mainstream? That is your majority’s hedonistic view.

The left is winning because it feeds such thinking to folks who think as you described, while sucking up the alternate to “religionists,” a clumsey euphamism for (Nature’s)God, who is all goodness, love and truth, and then complain that things aren’t going right.

Upon who’s authority do we go to? Yours, mine, the government’s, which our forefathers had enough moral sense to realize that only God could protect us from them, and they so stated in the Declaration of Independence -the very document that the Godless left, and no small number of fiscal/libertarian folks find so evil because of that.

Don L on April 5, 2012 at 1:34 PM

The reason why Team Romney is so nasty to his competitors is because they know that there is a real chance that Mitt could fail to get 1,144 pledged delegates before the convention, and he could fail to get 1,144 total delegates in any round of voting at the convention. THAT is why they are trying everything they can think of to discourage and discredit his competitors, and pressure them into quitting at halftime, like Mitt did in 2008 (even though he had given his word to battle “all the way to the convention”).

So, who’s dividing the party right now? The arrogant, aggressive, nasty players on Team Romney who don’t want to play a good, clean competition to the end.

ITguy on April 5, 2012 at 1:25 PM

..ya know, not to pick on you, ITGuy, but I see a lot of this and you all need to get over it. I mean, I see brickbats being thrown back and forth equally here on these HG threads and there’s a lot of this victocrat nonsense by those who back Santorum. You guys are always having a fit of the vapors if someone makes even the slightest disdainful remark about him.

I don’t like having Romney being called Willard, RMoney, or anything else and I don’t like being referred to as a mindless gort for — ahem — Willard but I don’t get my panties in a bunch over this. (Can’t afford to because they’re too expensive.)

The War Planner on April 5, 2012 at 1:35 PM

ITguy on April 5, 2012 at 1:25 PM

Can you please tell us about how Mitt “broke his word” by dropping out after delivering campaign bluster that every candidate delivers right before dropping out?

Because you’ve said it twenty-nine times already, but some people haven’t heard about that yet.

KingGold on April 5, 2012 at 1:35 PM

Get on board or don’t get on board, but for God’s sake quit whining about your hurt feelings. No. One. Cares.

Rational Thought on April 5, 2012 at 1:34 PM

Gosh, so much ranting for someone who says, “No one Cares”

Don L on April 5, 2012 at 1:36 PM

Rational Thought on April 5, 2012 at 1:34 PM

..hermano!

The War Planner on April 5, 2012 at 1:37 PM

The reason why Team Romney is so nasty to his competitors is because they know that there is a real chance that Mitt could fail to get 1,144 pledged delegates before the convention, and he could fail to get 1,144 total delegates in any round of voting at the convention…

ITguy on April 5, 2012 at 1:25 PM

There is also a real chance the world will end before the election. Not a statistically significant chance, but a real one. Same with your scenario.

FogDog on April 5, 2012 at 1:38 PM

Damn, I’m effing sick of Santorum.
Can’t he just go away?

DRayRaven on April 5, 2012 at 1:39 PM

In a Chapter 7 filing in the U.S. Bankruptcy Court, Northern District of Georgia, The Gingrich Group LLC, doing business as the Center for Health Transformation, filed for bankruptcy Wednesday. (Chapter 7 is “the chapter of the Bankruptcy Code providing for ‘liquidation,’ that is, the sale of a debtor’s nonexempt property and the distribution of the proceeds to creditors,” as defined by the federal courts.)

http://firstread.msnbc.msn.com/_news/2012/04/05/11036798-gingrich-group-files-for-bankruptcy

crosspatch on April 5, 2012 at 1:39 PM

Why would Newt want a position in a Romney administration, which pays chump change, compared to what he’ll be able to earn giving speeches and selling books?

JPeterman on April 5, 2012 at 12:53 PM

POWER

bopbottle on April 5, 2012 at 1:41 PM

If Romney really had the nomination in the bag, then his supporters would not need to be so nasty to Santorum, Gingrich, Paul, and their supporters.
The reason why Team Romney is so nasty to his competitors is because they know that there is a real chance that Mitt could fail to get 1,144 pledged delegates before the convention, and he could fail to get 1,144 total delegates

ITguy on April 5, 2012 at 1:25 PM

ABOmitt bots are tired of the shallow empty opposition that is purely ego driven so they may be able to STOP the Rominee, as they know their popularity is inadequate for the WH. Their goal is to STOP Mittens. HELLO ? Thats the democrites job.
And the turdfight these fine men threaten for the RNC is so divise- we are fed up. How dare they put their petty aspirations in the way of what should be an Oblamer thrashing nomination convention. Mittsters for the most part are ABO first- but some candidates have overstayed their welcome.

FlaMurph on April 5, 2012 at 1:43 PM

Not too many conservatives reading HA anymore I see. I stopped clicking on the election pieces lately myself. Soon the conservatives will be out of the race and the entertainment will be watching the Republicans rebranding Romney every week trying to get the conservatives to vote for him. If the comments are any indication of uniting the party, I predict it won’t happen.

lea on April 5, 2012 at 1:46 PM

Damn, I’m effing sick of Santorum.
Can’t he just go away?

DRayRaven on April 5, 2012 at 1:39 PM

Rick won’t go away. He’s on a spiritual mission…God says he the awesomenest. God doesn’t really talk to people though so I’m pretty sure Rick is insane.

DHChron on April 5, 2012 at 1:48 PM

So, who’s dividing the party right now? The arrogant, aggressive, nasty players on Team Romney who don’t want to play a good, clean competition to the end.

ITguy on April 5, 2012 at 1:25 PM

So, your choice of candidate is based on a bunch of anonymous bloggers/posters on the internet?

Brilliant/

JPeterman on April 5, 2012 at 1:48 PM

lea on April 5, 2012 at 1:46 PM

You have no earthly idea of what a conservative is, if you think Santorum is but Romney is not.

NoDonkey on April 5, 2012 at 1:49 PM

ABOmitt bots are tired of the shallow empty opposition

Thing is there really is no such thing as “ABOmitt bots” at this point. We are Republicans and we are trying to get Obama out of office. The primary is effectively over. Yes, it is POSSIBLE that a meteor could come flying to earth and land right on top of your car, but that is not very likely to actually happen.

If you aren’t behind Mitt Romney, then you are being Barack Obama. It pretty much is that simple. If you aren’t behind Romney, you aren’t a Republican.

crosspatch on April 5, 2012 at 1:51 PM

Meant “behind” Barack Obama

crosspatch on April 5, 2012 at 1:52 PM

I’m so sick of the unoriginal r3tards who think calling people bots is super cool. STFU please :) It’s not cool, it’s dumb.

DHChron on April 5, 2012 at 2:01 PM

Santorum is not politically conservative AT ALL.

Santorum believes that individuals do not have a right to privacy from the federal government and has said so in his own words several times.

Santorum believes that there is no limit to federal power over the individual and has said so in his own words several times.

Santorum believes that it is “wrong” that the constitution grants states all powers except those specifically prohibited in the constitution.

Santorum is NOT a political conservative. He is a Democrat with conservative social values who can not align with the Democrat party because of their stand on abortion and contraceptives. If the Democrats were to change their position on those two issues, Santorum would switch parties in an instant. He’s politically a Democrat.

crosspatch on April 5, 2012 at 2:09 PM

Newt should’ve dropped out long ago — at the latest right after he lost in Alabama and MS.

Newt’s ego has kept in the race even though he’s won nothing since SC. As much as he supposedly hates Mittens, Newt is siphoning off conservative votes and is practically handing the nomination to Mittens!

LevinFan on April 5, 2012 at 2:09 PM

Look at Santorum’s votes in the Senate. When the issue was not a social values issue, he was likely to side with the Democrats.

crosspatch on April 5, 2012 at 2:11 PM

Hey crosspatch:

Santorum is right on the core issues such as:

socialized medicine

global warming

crony capitalism/TARP/bailouts

Mittens still on the wrong side of these core issues and can’t run on his own record b/c it sucks.

He’s too much of a wimp to even call Maobama a socialist.

LevinFan on April 5, 2012 at 2:11 PM

Can you please tell us about how Mitt “broke his word” by dropping out after delivering campaign bluster that every candidate delivers right before dropping out?

Because you’ve said it twenty-nine times already, but some people haven’t heard about that yet.

KingGold on April 5, 2012 at 1:35 PM

I guess in your book it’s OK to publicly promise something one day, and then totally do the opposite less than 48 hours later and lie about your reasons for doing so, as long as you’re an Etch-A-Sketch politician “delivering campaign bluster”.

In that case, why are we to believe a single word that comes out of Romney’s mouth now? It could ALL be “delivering campaign bluster” just to win the nomination.

For those who don’t know Mitt made a public promise, broke it less than 48 hours later, while lying about his reasons for breaking that promise, you can read more about it in my comment here.

ITguy on April 5, 2012 at 2:11 PM

Well, Gingrich’s business (Gingrich Group) just filed for liquidation so he is apparently hurting for cash. His ego is driving him to be very irresponsible, in my opinion.

crosspatch on April 5, 2012 at 2:12 PM

Yeah, well, what about when Reagan dropped out in the 1976 primary?

He did EXACTLY the same thing Mitt did.

crosspatch on April 5, 2012 at 2:13 PM

Okay look, I haven’t wanted to jump onto the, “drop out Santy,” bandwagon, but this is getting ridiculous! I can sympathize for people that support Santorum and want him to be the nominee, I’ve been through this myself. But there comes a time where you just have to accept that things didn’t turn out the way you wanted and move on.

Yes I know, Romney doesn’t yet “have,” the nomination, but its pretty darn rare for the a candidate to have all the delegates he needs before clinching the nomination. Typically, once a candidate has a lead in both delegates and a polling advantage, its over. This nomination battle has taken longer because of proportional representation, and greater than normal resistance to Romney among key demographics, but he has both a massive delegate advantage and a massive polling advantage, which makes him all but certain to be the nominee.

Let me put it to you another way.

Right now Romney only needs 40% of the outstanding delegates to clinch the nomination. After April 24th, even assuming he loses Penn, he’ll need only 35%. Factor in New Jersey and Utah, both WTA states where Romney has held consistent polling advantages, and he needs only 30% Factor in California, where Romney holds a +20% advantage, and suddenly he only needs 25% of outstanding delegates.

That means that outside of the states I’ve mentioned, Santorum would need to win by, “MASSIVE MARGINS,” just to block Romney from the nomination.

So, where is Santorum going to find this strength? What states look promising enough to put him back into the race? Everybody talks about May looking like a favorable month, but people said the same thing about March after Super Tuesday, and Romney ended up winning the majority of the delegates for the remainder of the month.

Let it put it to you another way. Santorum needs big wins, but it looks like there may not be anymore left. It looks like he may even end up losing in his HOME, STATE, the state where he served as senator, the state that he insisted he could bring into play during the general election if he were the nominee. If Santorum is losing even slightly in his home state, he’s losing everywhere. There are no more pockets of strength left somewhere that could put him back into contention.

Finally, no, Newt dropping out wouldn’t put Santorum back on the map either. Gingrich is coming in behind Ron Paul at this point, he just doesn’t have much support to give at this point, even if you made the unreasonable assumption that the vast majority of his support went to Santorum, what little support he has left at this point likely wouldn’t make any difference.

Oh, and no, Gingrich cannot instruct his delegates for support Santorum. He can release some of his delegates, but once released he has no control over how they vote. Typically released delegates vote based on the instructions they receive from the state parties, so there is a good chance they would end up supporting Romney.

So, realistically speaking there is no path forward left for Santorum at this point. I hate to tell him to get out, but at this point he can only damage himself and the party.

Besides that, we NEED to start focusing on Obama. The man has been making mistakes on a near daily basis for two weeks straight, but its kinda hard to capitalize on them when we’re busy shooting ourselves in the feet!

WolvenOne on April 5, 2012 at 2:18 PM

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