Santorum Sweeps Alabama, Mississippi Primaries

Santorum Sweeps Alabama, Mississippi Primaries – Ocala

A resurgent Rick Santorum swept to victory in primaries in Alabama and Mississippi Tuesday night, upending the race for the Republican presidential nomination yet again and trying to nudge Newt Gingrich toward the sidelines.

Mitt Romney was running third in both states.

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“We did it again,” Santorum told cheering supporters in Lafayette, La. He added, “Now is the time for conservatives to pull together” in an effort to defeat Romney, the former Massachusetts governor who still is the faraway leader in the delegate competition to pick an opponent to President Barack Obama in the fall.

In defeat, Romney issued a brief written statement congratulating the night’s big winner but also saying, “I am pleased that we will be increasing our delegate count in a very substantial way after tonight.” In the hours before the votes were counted, he had bristled that Santorum was “at the desperate end of his campaign.”

While Romney must regroup, it was Gingrich with the most to lose as he struggled for political survival in a part of the country he hoped would fuel one more comeback in the unpredictable race.

Appearing before supporters in Birmingham, Ala., Gingrich twice referred to remaining in the marathon contest. But he was unusually complimentary toward Santorum, a contrast to pokes at Romney. “If you’re the front-runner and you keep coming in third, you’re not much of a front-runner,” he said.

It is rare for Alabama and Mississippi to play an important role in a Republican nominating campaign, but the 2012 race has gone on far longer than usual. Equally improbable was the decision by Santorum and Romney to campaign in the next few days in Puerto Rico, which holds a primary on Sunday.

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Santorum wins Kansas, GOP establishment, Newt Ginghrich hardest hit.

Stacy McCain is pleased, to say the least. Both because of Santorum’s win big, the political nut shots Newt has been suffering

This pattern of Gingrich’s fade since the Jan. 31 Florida primary — which was exacerbated by his Feb. 4 meltdown in Nevada — hasn’t gotten much serious analysis from most conservative pundits, who seem rather embarrassed to admit that Gingrich is no longer in serious contention.

Or maybe the pundits are just embarrassed to acknowledge that Santorum, the candidate they never thought had a snowball’s chance in 2012, has run a surprisingly effective campaign and emerged as the only viable conservative alternative to Romney.

Well, Santorum has surprised me, he deserves credit. And, best of all, I think he has trashed that horrid insult to manhood, the sweater vest!

As a side note, isn’t it time that Newt packed it in? I know he really wants to be president, but that was never going to happen. First of all, his head would never fit in the Oval Office, and two, he would forget which wife was First Lady. But, Newt really should step aside if he is serious about beating Romney. If he needs comfort, I am sure Nancy Pelosi still has that couch……….

The main stream media declares war on Santorum

Matt notes what we all know, the media will NEVER let this election be about the economy and also offers some solid advice to Santorum.

 The administration and MSM are on a quest to avoid the economy at all costs.  To do that with Santorum, they have to hammer him on social issues, even if they have to do some cherry picking or making some stretches to do so.  Forget that gas prices are through the roof, and expected to rise even higher.  Forget that a couple million jobs are gone, and the people aren’t even bothering to look anymore.  Instead, let’s talk about how Rick Santorum is going to ban condoms, or some other nonsense. Santorum needs to do more refocusing.  Every time he is hit with a social issue question, he needs to comment quickly and go right back to economy

Go read the rest, Matt is right. Keep going back to the economy. But, I would add that this is good advice no matter who the nominee is. And, no matter who the nominee is, the DNC and the media have an attack strategy. If Romney wins, they will play the class warfare card like never before,and they will try to make Romney look like a candidate who is grossly out of touch with the common man. With Newt, well, take your pick on any number of issues, from, temperament to past “scandals”.  So, get ready folks, this one will be very nasty. There is not one trick the Left will not use to win. No matter who our nominee is, we best get ready to work our collective behinds off.

UPDATE!!

The Reaganite Republican wonders if the book on Sarah Palin is open?

No thanks- if Noot can’t come back I’d prefer and open convention, Palin vs. Jeb Bush or some such thing.

 
Mittens would lose in November due to insufficient contrast and a disgusted GOP base. I agree he’s an improvement over Obama, (not a maniacal racist/marxist) BUT I and many others deeply resent having Romney stuffed down my throat by the GOP old guard. At this point is merely slowing the growth rate of the state sector good enough? Methinks not.

Mark me down for ‘Cuda, then: We used to fear her polling negatives, and honestly I was glad she didn’t run. But now, after how all the negative campaigning has played out… Palin looks more than worth a chance since everybody else on the GOP side has suffered similar damage from flailing negative attacks.

Hmmm, I keep hearing about the brokered convention, it would make for fascinating TV and great blogging fodder, but, I would be surprised if it happens. Of course, we already know what the media attack on Palin would be. The message would be “she is stupid” repeated over and over and…… Of course, it would be fun watching Chris Matthews head explode if she actually beat Obama. Hell, MSNBS might pack up and move to Canada. Just think how that would raise the national IQ average.

 

With apologies to Dan Riehl

I must take a slight exception to this post by Dan and no, I do not know if Dan’s comments were intended to this blog or not, I rather suspect they were not, but in any case, I felt a need to bring some clarity to my position on Santorum.

I’m going to move on from this issue, as I’m tired of people whining about various religion-based comments Santorum has made over time. What is wrong with you people? Are you incapable of understanding what he is actually saying, or simply clueless that the promiscuity and deterioration in certain values America now lives with due to the sexual revolution have had profoundly negative consequences on our society in some ways?

Dan, you are perfectly right about the effects of promiscuity and about the decline of certain values. As is Senator Santorum. I have no issue with anyone commenting on these matters, in fact, I might question their sanity if they did not see those problems.

It’s an acknowledged fact, one Santorum has also clearly stated he does not believe one can reverse through legislation, executive action, or something governmental in nature. There is no there there to all this nonsense, except for the sheepish way some of you are bowing to pressure from a liberal media intent on making a big deal of it.

Well, Dan, I would whole heartedly agree that the government cannot fix those issues. The fact is, like most things our government attempts to “fix” they would likely exacerbate the problems, and waste billions doing it.

As to some of us, “bowing” to the media on this, well, while I can only speak for myself, I must call horse shit on that. I raised these issues, and my concerns over a few of Santorum’s past statements long before the media did. Others might be “bowing to the Liberal media, but Ed Daley, nor myself are guilty of that.

If that isn’t enough for you, the current occupant of the White House worshipped at the church of Reverend Wright for one, or two decades. But, hey, no problem with that – it’s personal because it’s his religion, or whatever. Yet, you want to tell me Santorum’s devout Catholicism makes him unsuitable for the presidency? What kind of gutless wonders are you people, anyway? You call yourself conservative fighters but lack the intelligence, or can’t muster the courage to push back against silly bullshit like this from the liberal media? Then, go away. I’m tired of hearing and reading your clueless whining.

Dan, I would say that anyone who says Santorum’s Catholicism makes him unsuited for the White House is a moron, to be frank. To be even more frank, I really could not give a flip less about his religion. He seems to be a good man, with deeply held convictions, and that is to be admired and applauded. The fact is, I have liked Santorum better as this process has moved forward. He was not my first, pick, Perry was, but now, I prefer Santorum to Newt or Romney. And, of course, Santorum is  far, far better than our current president, who is a disaster frankly.

Now, the concerns I have about Santorum is ideological. As Duane Lester has noted today, Santorum seems to be slightly hostile to Libertarianism influences in the GOP.

In my podcast this week, I took Rick Santorum to the woodshed for his stance on libertarianism. Rick said this:

“I am not a libertarian, and I fight very strongly against libertarian influence within the Republican Party and the conservative movement. I don’t think the libertarians have it right when it comes to what the Constitution is all about. I don’t think they have it right as to what our history is, and we are not a group of people who believe in no government.”

If that’s not bad enough for you, he said this to NPR in 2006:

One of the criticisms I make is to what I refer to as more of a libertarianish right. You know, the left has gone so far left and the right in some respects has gone so far right that they touch each other. They come around in the circle. This whole idea of personal autonomy, well I don’t think most conservatives hold that point of view. Some do. 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. You know, people should do whatever they want. Well, that is not how traditional conservatives view the world and I think most conservatives understand that individuals can’t go it alone. That there is no such society that I am aware of, where we’ve had radical individualism and that it succeeds as a culture.

Duane sums up my feelings pretty well here

Imagine that.  Being an American and thinking government should just leave people alone?  Crazy, right?  Can Rick show me where the Constitution gives moral busybodies in DC the power to legislate my behavior in my bedroom?  And don’t give me this, “Well, you can’t kill someone in your bedroom” stuff.  You know what I’m talking about.

Now, those are Santorum’s words, not mine. Whether or not Santorum means thegovernment when he says “we” is up for debate I suppose. But, I strongly disagree with the sentiments expressed there. Sorry, that is just me. I want the government to stay OUT of my life as much as possible. Again, this is an ideological difference between Senator Santorum and myself, sort of like his defending of earmarks rubs me the wrong way. I am funny that way I guess, I stick to certain principles.

Again, let me stress that I will work my ass off to get the GOP nominee elected because yes, defeating Team Obama is the most important thing.

Reaganite Republican: ​Obama machine would destroy Santorum

He raises some good points, and I agree with a lot of what he says. Of course, I am very doubtful, sorry, but it is true, of Mitt or Newt as well. My feeling as of right now, is this, the GOP, and yes, the voters, and the inane process has given us three candidates that are highly beatable. The good news is that Obama might be even more beatable than the eventual GOP nominee.

Cutting-to-the-chase, Rick Santorum is a very weak and uncharismatic candidate, one who was almost completely ignored until all more savory choices where destroyed in Romney/PAC/MSM/negative attacks. Basically, he’s still here because nobody bothered to even look at him, let alone slander. Much like Obama, he’s become a ‘blank slate’ that allows people to see what they want to see… but why delude yourself out of some false sense of necessity?
With his hollow record of accomplishment, zero leadership experience, whining demeanor, and loser’s aura in the wake of getting trounced by 19 pts last time out (as an incumbent!), Obama will simply paint him a nosy church-lady and intolerant kook as he absolutely SHREDS HIM in November.
Since the Left would love for Santorum to be the nominee, you’re not hearing a peep from them- yet.  But the the progs would have a field-day with Ricky, given the chance. Obama himself plans a billion dollar campaign… most of it negative, sure as you’re born. 
And as noted by VodkaPundit, Santorum does like to pontificate on almost any topic you care to serve-up, and therein lies another problem: Ramblin’ Rick doesn’t seem able to stay on-message -or really to even have one: a walking, talking disaster in the presidential election (even worse if he managed to find his way to the Oval Office). 
All I know is this: I didn’t just fight for three years, day-in-and-day-out just to hook up my wagon to a lame nag like this… rather go to a brokered convention and beg Palin to run. 
Never thought I’d miss Bachmann and Perry so much either… WHY did they even pack it in and hand so much to Santorum? Either would have been far more preferable from where I’m standing.
I am not quite as negative as RRR is here, but, again, some valid points are raised. Yep, it was hard to imagine that the GOP could screw itself this year, but……………


 

 

Just when I start to like Rick Santorum………..

Just when I start to think that I can overlook his over the top Social Conservatism. Just when I start to think that maybe he has realized that government needs to stay OUT of American’s sex lives, he goes THERE!

I don’t care if it’s in the Bible, I don’t care if you can point to all sorts of studies showing how it leads to bad economic outcomes or even health problems. People will not vote for Rick Santorum once they see things like this:

(Warning DKos link)

One of the things I will talk about that no president has talked about before is I think the dangers of contraception in this country, the whole sexual libertine idea … Many in the Christian faith have said, “Well, that’s okay … contraception’s okay.”

It’s not okay because it’s a license to do things in the sexual realm that is counter to how things are supposed to be. They’re supposed to be within marriage, for purposes that are, yes, conjugal … but also procreative. That’s the perfect way that a sexual union should happen. We take any part of that out, we diminish the act. And if you can take one part out that’s not for purposes of procreation, that’s not one of the reasons, then you diminish this very special bond between men and women, so why can’t you take other parts of that out? And all of a sudden, it becomes deconstructed to the point where it’s simply pleasure. And that’s certainly a part of it—and it’s an important part of it, don’t get me wrong—but there’s a lot of things we do for pleasure, and this is special, and it needs to be seen as special.

Again, I know most presidents don’t talk about those things, and maybe people don’t want us to talk about those things, but I think it’s important that you are who you are. I’m not running for preacher. I’m not running for pastor, but these are important public policy issues.

Drew seems to agree with me, or maybe I agree with him, anyway, great minds agree that Santorum will lose to Obama if he keeps that up.

Also, one more point that folks like Santorum overlook. What if someone IS married, but in their forties, and simply feels like they are too old to have kids? Should they NOT use contraception? Not have sex? Is THAT sex somehow, “diminished”? Good grief Santorum!
 

Trump Thumps Rick Santorum: “I Don’t Get Santorum. I Don’t Get the Whole Thing” (Video) | The Gateway Pundit

Via The Gateway PunditTrump does not “get” Santorum? Who the Hell cares what a publicity whore with bad hair “gets”? Someone explain to me why CNN, or Fox, or anyone gives this man any air time at all.