Posts Tagged ‘Rick Santorum’

Santorum’s Out

April 10, 2012

Rick Santorum ended his campaign today.

After calling Mitt Romney to concede the race for the Republican nomination, Rick Santorum suspended his campaign Tuesday during a press conference in Pennsylvania, his home state.

“We will suspend our campaign effective today,” Santorum said surrounded by members of his family in Gettysburg.

Santorum spent the weekend off the campaign trail with his 3-year-old daughter, Bella, who suffers from a rare genetic disorder, after she was rushed to the hospital Friday.

“We made a decision over the weekend that, while this presidential race for us is over, for me, and we will suspend our campaign effective today, we are not done fighting,” he said. (Yahoo News)

Since Newt Gingrich and Ron Paul are behind Santorum, it looks as if Romney will be the Republican candidate for president. He is not the one I would have preferred and I am not sure he can beat Obama, but I will vote for him and do what I can to see he is elected. I hope that every Conservative will do likewise. It might be tempting to hope Romney loses in the expectation of getting a more truly Conservative candidate in 2016, but I don’t think this country can recover from another four years of Barack Obama.

 

 

 

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Illinois

March 22, 2012

Romney won big in Illinois, Obama’s home state. Second place Santorum didn’t come close. Romney now has 560 delegates compared to Santorum’s 246, Gingrich with 141 and Paul with 66. I wouldn’t declare Romney the nominee just yet but since he has more delegates than the rest combined, it is beginning to look that way.

Alabama, Mississippi, and Hawaii

March 14, 2012

Rick Santorum won Alabama and Mississippi with Gingrich in second and Romney in third. After his Super Tuesday wins, this must be really frustrating. He did win in Hawaii, though, and he is far ahead in total delegates. Romney is the likely nominee but we’re not making it easy for him.

Momittum

March 2, 2012

I have been remiss in not mentioning the results of the primaries this week. Mitt Romney won all three, Michigan and Arizona on Tuesday and the Wyoming caucus on Wednesday. Santorum was second but Romney won by a comfortable enough margin. He leads on delegates too, with 154 versus Santorum’s 69, Gingrich’s 33 and Paul’s 26. I guess Romney is the inevitable nominee, at least for now. Super Tuesday is next week and we’ll see what happens.

Romney Wins Maine Caucus

February 13, 2012

Now it’s time for Romney to win one. This one being the Maine caucus. He won 39% of the vote with Pon Paul in second place with 36%. Romney also managed to win the CPAC straw poll with 38% against Santorum’s 31%. By number of delegates, which is the only number that really matters,Romney is way ahead with 98 delegates. Santorum is in second place with 44, Gingrich in third with 32 and Paul last with 20.

There is some question whether or not this long, hard-fought primary campaign is good or bad for the GOP. I have a feeling that the millions of dollars these candidates are spending to attack each other might be better spent against Obama. Still, it’s a whole lot more interesting this way.

Romney Wins Florida

February 2, 2012

I should have posted on this yesterday, but I was out of town all day. Anyway Romney won the Florida primary by a fairly large margin. He got 46.4% of the vote to Gingrich’s 31.9% and Santorum’s 13.3%. The pundits and commentators have all had their say and I don’t have much to add. I would like to point out the gender gap that really hurt Gingrich. As Dick Morris put it,

Here’s the reason Mitt Romney won in Florida: Women turned against Newt. In the primary Tuesday, Romney carried men by only 5 points, according to the Fox News exit poll, while he won women 52 percent to 28 percent — a 24-point margin!

Did women turn against Gingrich because of his personal baggage or the interview with his second ex-wife? Did they just dislike his aggressiveness or feel that he couldn’t win? We don’t know. But what we do know is that a gender gap that was not much in evidence in South Carolina surfaced with a vengeance one week later in Florida.

Some theorize that it took a few days for Marianne Gingrich’s allegations to sink in. Others suggest that women might just have gotten an uneasy feeling about Gingrich. But the fact that the gender gap led to Newt’s defeat is incontrovertible.

I think this will become a real problem for Newt Gingrich in future primaries and the general election. I think that a lot of women will look at Newt and his three marriages and be reminded of all the selfish or immature men in their lives.

It would be one thing if Gingrich’s indiscretions were nothing more than a quiet affair. His divorces and infidelities suggest a lack of constancy, an unwillingness to follow through on commitments, even a lack of self-discipline that could be fatal in a President. His actions say something about him, and not something good.

Upset in South Carolina

January 22, 2012

Well, this race is starting to get interesting. Just when we thought Mitt Romney would cruise his way to a coronation, Newt Gingrich manages to pull off a victory in South Carolina. Here are the results according to Google. It wasn’t a narrow victory for Gingrich but a rout for Romney as Gingrich took 40% of the vote to Romney’s 28%. Santorum was third with 17% and Ron Paul was fourth with 13%. There is going to be a lot of pressure on Santorum now to quit and endorse Gingrich. I don’t think he can go much farther and Gingrich’s best chance now is to be the only not-Romney candidate standing. Romney is still ahead in Florida but the primary there isn’t until the 31st so things could change.

At this point, I don’t really have a preference between the two men. I don’t care for Romney. He doesn’t seem to stand for anything. On the other hand, I have doubts about Gingrich’s ability to lead. He seems too volatile, too mercurial. Contrary to conventional wisdom, I actually think that Gingrich is the more electable of the two. He seems to be more of a fighter, and a fighter is what we will need to defeat Obama. I don’t doubt that he will be able to beat Obama in any debate.

Romney seems to have more relevant experience. He was the governor of Massachusetts. I generally prefer governors as presidents because of the executive experience. His career in business and as director of the 2002 Olympic Winter games suggest that he has an ability to turn troubled organizations around. This is surely a talent that the next president will badly need. On the other hand, Romney is a manager. We need a leader. That is, someone who can inspire the American people to do the things we need to turn the country around. Romney is not that man. Gingrich may be, if his ego doesn’t get in his way.

 

New Hampshire

January 11, 2012

The New Hampshire primary was yesterday and Romney won it, as I expected. Here are the results from Real Clear Politics. Romney won by a respectable margin at 39% with Ron Paul in second at 22.9%. I expect that Paul will get a consistent 20-25% for the rest of this campaign. John Huntsman is in third. I doubt anything will come of that. Rick Santorum and Newt Gingrich are tied for fourth. I think Santorum and possibly Gingrich will do better in South Carolina, though Gingrich seems to be in the race more for revenge against Romney now. I expect that Romney will get the nomination in the end, especially of he does reasonably well in South Carolina.

Iowa Caucus Results

January 4, 2012

For whatever it’s worth here are the results of last night’s Iowa caucus. Adding up the results, only about 122,000 people actually participated in the caucus, less than 5% of Iowa’s population. Why so few people have such an outsized impact is beyond me. Anyway Romney won, by only 8 votes. I expect he will do much better in New Hampshire. If he manages to do well in the south, he will be the nominee.

Rick Santorum was second. He did very well for a man nobody knew about last week. He hasn’t had enough money to campaign anywhere outside of Iowa until now, so this may be a fluke.

I am glad to see Ron Paul was third. I would rather he were dead last, but that would be too much to hope for. He’ll stay in all the way to the end, making an annoyance of himself. Still, at least he didn’t win in Iowa. I am also glad to see Newt Gingrich in fourth place. Gingrich is a smart man. The problem is that he knows it.

Michele Bachman has dropped out. That’s too bad. Rick Perry probably should drop out too.

I noticed that 58 people voted to Herman Cain. I wonder who these people are. Thirty-one voted for  Buddy Roemer. He wa the governor of Louisiana way back in the 1980’s. I had no idea he was running.

Now, on to New Hampshire!


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