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Who really won Tuesday night?

Thursday, February 9, 2012

It did not take long for the national pundits to crown former Sen. Rick Santorum, of Pennsylvania, the winner of caucuses in Missouri, Minnesota and Colorado Tuesday evening. He won handily with about 55 percent of the vote in Missouri, about 45 percent support in Minnesota and just north of 40 percent in Minnesota (pun intended).

Pundits also wasted no time wondering what Santorum's wins mean, how they will affect the race for a Republican presidential nominee and whether or not he poses a real threat to front-runner Mitt Romney.

One individual compared the competition to men trying to woo a woman. Romney and former Speaker of the House Newt Gingrich spent most of their time talking about each other, while a guy in a sweater vest -- Santorum -- has been focusing on the woman and promising to spoil her, she said.

Others added that Santorum's perceived empathy and sincerity contrast him against Romney, who has been caught saying many different contrasting comments on many different occasions.

Especially considering Romney's trial run in 2008, and the fact he has been the media's pick from the beginning of this race, he has been thoroughly vetted by the media and potential voters. Now that Santorum is rising in the ranks, he's going to have to be prepared for the same sort of treatment.

There's more in the closet than one might think.

For example, Santorum created the Operation Good Neighbor Foundation in 2001, but the organization spent just 35.9 percent of nearly $1 million on charitable grants through 2003, less than half of the expectation to spend at least 75 percent on such causes. Similarly, only 18 percent of the America's Foundation Political Action Committee went to fund political candidates.

Members of the Tea Party movement that have been supportive of Santorum thus far have either been able to over look his work as a lobbyist and his support of a $100 million federal loan for a $750 million energy plant or are unaware of those components, in addition to $72,000 the Penn Hills School District had to pay for cyberschooling of Santorum's kids and other not-so-conservative pieces of his history.

But, reporters should be banging down the doors to get the scoop on such stories now.

At the same time, Romney is in a pickle because he can either try to pander to conservatives and continue to look like a flip-flopper, or keep his moderate approach and have difficulty distinguishing himself from Obama if and when he wins the nomination.

Romney does have the pocketbook advantage over Santorum, though, with about $54 million raised overall and 71 times more cash on hand. Yes, Tuesday night's wins are expected to pump funds into Santorum's campaign, but can he catch up enough to steal the show?

Most likely, he will raise just enough to continue to drag out the nomination process, along with Gingrich and Rep. Ron Paul. Even if this drawn-out process does not lead to a brokered Republican National Convention, it will wear out the eventual nominee and weaken the odds.

So, who really won Tuesday night?

He's already sitting in the White House.

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Ron Paul will receive all of the delegates in Minnesota. And at least half in each of the others such as Nevada. He will receive probably half from Iowa.

So who is really winning? Paul is only a few points behind Romney nationally (agreeable it's a worthless poll for the most part). Santorum? Anybody actually believe he has a real chance? No way.

If it's Romney vs Obama, the election is pointless. They're two wings of the same bird. Both endorse preemptive military interventionism in the name of "fighting terrorists" but set no achievable political goals for such adverturisms. Both endorse central economic planning. Both support the police state and oppressive agents dressed in costumes armed up the wazoo parading around airports and schools. Both support bureaucratic oversight of healthcare. Both support Keynesian monetary and fiscal policy. Both support corporatist bailouts and other rent seeking. It's just the special interests that are different. Obama is only "winning" in the sense the government releases fraudulent economic data about inflation and unemployment while simultaneously stymieing data that's unfavorable to improvements in those numbers.

If Obama is winning, or Romney is wining, or the theocratic warmonger Santorum or his "historian" partner in lobbyist schemes Gingrich is winning, or more appropriately Barewt Romtorum, it doesn't really matter. Americans lose.

-- Posted by jlees on Thu, Feb 9, 2012, at 1:23 AM

jlees - Quit regurgitating the one-sided information you are getting from the Paul campaign. Try thinking for yourself and you won't say that any of the GOP candidates are at all like Obama. You are just a sore loser.

-- Posted by guitarman on Fri, Feb 10, 2012, at 3:43 PM

If Obama wins we can all bend over, grab our ankles and kiss our A good bye. He will control every breath we take. I don't want to have to live that way! And I certainly don't want my Grand kids to grow up under his communism!

-- Posted by iowagirl on Thu, Mar 8, 2012, at 3:09 PM

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