Santorum doesn’t do polls — he’s never had the money — and didn’t really know how big his lead was. On Tuesday afternoon, members of the Santorum circle were suggesting he would win, but not by much. “We are looking at a five-point win in Minnesota, a four-point win in Colorado, and a three-point win in Missouri tonight,” one said before any votes had been counted. At the time, that seemed like spin; later, it turned out to be understatement…
After the returns came in, I asked Santorum spokesman Hogan Gidley what he thought about Rich Beeson’s message. Sure, Santorum did well on Tuesday, but doesn’t Romney have the money and infrastructure to outdistance Santorum, and everyone else, in the long run?
“What an inspiring message,” Gidley said sarcastically. “That is really inspiring. I can’t wait to put a bumper sticker on my truck that says MONEY-INFRASTRUCTURE 2012.”
“No one had more money and infrastructure than Hillary Clinton, and hope and change wiped her off the map,” Gidley continued. “We’ll have money, and we’ll have infrastructure, but our nominee has to have a message that people can get behind and inspires people.”