By The Right Scoop


***UPDATED***

Santorum had a strategy meeting to try and turn his campaign around after their big defeat on Tuesday night. One of the ideas is that if Newt got out it would increase Santorum’s chance of beating Romney. I concur as I think Newt probably won’t win anymore states and therefore wouldn’t qualify to be on the ballot at the convention. Also, Newt has always been about defeating Romney and Santorum is the only one competitive with Romney at this point.

And just as a note, here are the polls for Pennsylvania, the state that even Santorum’s strategists seem to believe is a must win:

Poll Date Sample Santorum Romney Paul Gingrich Spread
RCP Average 3/20 – 4/4 37.5 35.8 8.8 6.3 Santorum +1.7
Rasmussen Reports 4/4 – 4/4 750 LV 42 38 7 6 Santorum +4
PPP (D) 4/4 – 4/4 403 LV 37 42 9 6 Romney +5

Rasmussen has Santorum leading and PPP has Romney leading. Not sure what’s going to happen between now and voting day, but if Santorum loses his home state I think he’ll lose any momentum that he has.

POLITICO - Rick Santorum huddled in Virginia Thursday with a group of conservative leaders led by Reagan-era activists Richard Viguerie and Rebecca Hagelin to chart a path forward in the presidential race, multiple sources familiar with the meeting told POLITICO.

The former Pennsylvania senator personally met with a crew of longtime activists and consulted with others over the phone, sources said, as part of a late attempt to unify the right against Mitt Romney.

Santorum campaign officials confirmed that the candidate consulted with conservative leaders after a trio of primary losses on Tuesday night sparked a wave of calls for him to exit the race.

Former Family Research Council chief Gary Bauer, who was present at the sit-down with Santorum, called it a “strategy meeting to discuss how Sen. Santorum prevails.”

“I would say the consensus in the room is, we continue to believe that Sen. Santorum has the best message that is most likely in November to be a winning message,” said Bauer, who ran for president himself in 2000. “And so because of that, we want to make sure that we’re doing all the things that need to be done so that he will be successful.”

Asked whether he would characterize the mood as one of optimism or pessimism, Bauer answered: “Realism.”

Viguerie, the legendary Republican direct-mail strategist, said the conservative group pitched ideas to Santorum on how to turn around his campaign.

“Most of us don’t think we need small course corrections, we need to come up with some big, bold ideas,” Viguerie said. He declined to be more specific but said to expect changes in Santorum’s approach “in the next seven to 10 days.”

“He’s got to get control of the narrative,” said the old conservative warrior. “Right now he doesn’t have control of it and the establishment Republicans and the media are telling everybody it’s over with. That’s the thing you’ve got to deal with. He’s got to get access to a microphone.”

Viguerie said there was no talk of Santorum exiting the race, but acknowledged it would be difficult to press on without winning Pennsylvania’s April 24 primary. And he said the former senator made it clear that he hoped Newt Gingrich would step aside at some point so he could take direct aim at Romney.

“It would be difficult to draw a scenario that he can get the nomination if he doesn’t win Pennsylvania,” said Viguerie. “There’s a strong feeling in the Santorum campaign that if Gingrich did drop out it would significantly increase our chances to beat Romney.”

UPDATE: According to National Review, it now looks like Santorum is going to “reengineer” his campaign:

Richard Viguerie, a veteran conservative activist and top Santorum supporter, tells National Review Online that Santorum is “reengineering” his presidential campaign.

“You can’t repeat the same behavior and expect different results,” he says. “We’ve got to do things different. We’ve got to reengineer the campaign. We’ve got to add things, take things out, and make changes. Everyone recognizes that, from the candidate on down.”

Earlier today, Viguerie, along with a group of movement leaders, met with Santorum at an office in northern Virginia. For over an hour, they discussed ways to revive his bid.

“We came up with a number of bold plans,” Viguerie says. “It’s obvious that we need to do things that aren’t minor tweaks. We need to make significant changes to the campaign.”

Santorum’s aides, Viguerie adds, do not expect Newt Gingrich to drop out of the race. Today’s meeting, he insists, was a brainstorming session, not a commiseration.

“It was upbeat,” he says. “Everybody was optimistic. We all see a path to victory. But in the next few days, we’ll be doing some neat and exciting things.”

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  • http://twitter.com/BlueGoggles Steve

    delusions of grandeur – a delusion (common in paranoia) that you are much greater and more powerful and influential than you really are

    • http://twitter.com/PuritanD71 PuritanD71

      And this is why we constantly desire that Mitt would drop out for the best of the country.

      • http://profile.yahoo.com/GW2I22PNFAWGMQMXWV6YU2M5D4 m

        The voters have chose Romney, over 1.5 million more voters have chosen him. Why do you want to ignore the will of the people?

        • http://profiles.yahoo.com/u/2GR77FIJZ2A2ZBKZFGRXYG7QY4 kim

          That would be 41% of the voters. 59% have voted for someone else.

          • http://profile.yahoo.com/GW2I22PNFAWGMQMXWV6YU2M5D4 m

            That’s what happens in a 4 person race.

            All the polls show in a 2 person race, Romney gets well over 50% vs. Santorum.

            • http://profiles.yahoo.com/u/2GR77FIJZ2A2ZBKZFGRXYG7QY4 kim

              The polls have been right every single time. Why do we even bother voting when we can just believe the polls? /sarc

            • las1

              Your evidence for “over 50%”?

              Go back and add up 41 and 59.

            • xam3991

              Actually many polls say 75% would go to Rick.

              • http://twitter.com/BlueGoggles Steve

                actually the polls show Newts supporters do split equally between the two

                • Conservative_Hippie

                  I’m a Newt Supporter (just barely), and I would have gone with Rick if Newt were not in.

                • http://twitter.com/2Eskies2Many Kari George

                  Why just barely, C_H?
                  Just curious :-) or nosey.

                • Conservative_Hippie

                  Neither one won me over enthusiastically. That’s why I say barely. But they are better than Romney and Paul by a mile!

                • keyesforpres

                  Nope. About 75% would go to Rick.

              • narniagirl55

                And strategists are all forgetting the college vote! Many will be voting in November and they are a conservative bunch! Yep, they know a phoney when they see on and Mitt is definitely NOT a conservative..he is a puppet of big money just like Obama! Romney is clearly NOT prolife and most of Americans and college students are..he talks in generalities but his plans are not that different. Rick is an expert in foreign policy and the military since he served 8 years on the armed services committee and he was a legislator for 16 years!!! He is for smaller gov’t and has an amazing plan that values people to fix the economy. The guy knows all of Obama’s mistake and failings and the stuff he is hiding in his closet! Rick will be able to debate on every issue from health care, to cap and trade, Obamacare, economy to the military to foreign policy and have Obama stuttering! (Obama has been a LOUSY foreign policy president and he knows it…don’t care if Osama bin Ladin is dead..he can’t take that much credit for it..the military did it.. not him! and he’s buying the forgiveness of the Afghan citizens with money..Obama has a whole mass of corruption in his presidency! In the meantime, Mitt Romney is a businessman but he better be good at something else if he wants to be my president.. the last time we had a businessman for a president, we ended up in trouble in foreign policy (yes, Carter’s foreign policies were terrible and cost many soldiers their lives!) Being a man of business and money does NOT a president make..being a man of substance and character does..and Rick Santorum is that man! Furthermore, his conviction on issues and his plans are well thought out (go check out his website http://www.ricksantorum.com!)

                and if you want to see a history of Romney’s statements going “back and forth” check out this website:

                http://massresistance.org/docs/marriage/romney/record/

                I do not trust Romney..but I do trust Rick Santorum! I have seen him debate, heard his views over and over and I know where he stands..he stands with US!

                Many of you haven’t even heard Rick talk one on one about where he stands..Until you do, you are simply spitting out liberal media bias and nothing more.

                And if Romney is so good, how come when he wins a state, Rick gets more of the counties than he does!!!! ya know why, b/c the average everyday person trusts Rick. Romney gets the big city votes..and if Paul and Newt supporters voted for Rick..Rick would be beating Romney hands down..it ain’t over until its over! Rick Santorum for president if you want a gov’t that will be different and values the freedom of Americans to make their own decisions..(BTW, I’ve read the healthcare bill..have you? It’s pretty darn scary and it is going to make insurance companies richer and bankrupt our nation!)

                • keyesforpres

                  I have seen Rick in person a couple of times and you are right, he is great.
                  He is the only candidate that has talked about what O did to Honduras when Honduras did the right thing and threw their president out because he was going to try to overturn their constitution by ignoring their term limits.

                  I confess I haven’t read the NO medical care bill, but I have read some of the disastrous highlights. I was in the House the night the rammed the first version through. Boehner actually read some of the stuff in the bill. He’d say, “On page so and so line so and so” (of course, he actually said the page and line number). Anyway, in that bill there was a $250,000 fine or 5 years in jail!! I guess most of us would have been in jail.

            • TPDanbo

              As Rush has said many times, polls can easily be manipulated by the pollsters to suit their agenda. Funny just before Reagan was elected, the polls said he was going to lose clearly and guess what he won by a landslide,(twice).So Phuey on Polls!!!

          • http://twitter.com/BlueGoggles Steve

            getting 41% in a four person race is not that bad, And it is definitely better than the 28% for Santorum, or the 72% against him. Just so you know, that is almost 3/4 of the party that do not want Santorum!!!

            • keyesforpres

              Well great! What are you worried about then?

            • TPDanbo

              Typical Romneybot blather!

        • http://twitter.com/PuritanD71 PuritanD71

          Oh, so now it is no longer delegate count but the will of the popular vote. Sorry, the bar from Mittbots keeps on changing over and over and over again. I guess since GWB did not win the popular vote in 2000 that he should have bowed out, right?

          Which are we going to go with, delegate count or popular vote? You cannot have it both ways.

          • bbitter

            wow. There are quite a few people here who are not “mitt-bots” as you call them, but are willing to look at the math and accept fact.

            Truth is that this IS a 4-man contest, and that Romney HAS the most popular and delegate votes so far. Unless we have something change, ie. Newt and Paul drop out, then there will be no coalescing of voters against Mitt, and you’ll have the larger block, which is still a minority, win against the scattered majority voting against.

            I am a bit more concerned with the entire ‘etch-a-sketch’ tendencies of both the front-runners. “Re-engineer” the campaign? Unless they are really changing course, then they must believe that we don’t know them and they just need to start using smaller words?

            Well, I hope something good comes out of this.

            • RighteousCrow_JustCaws

              [Accidently hit the “liked” button]

              Regarding Santorum ‘etch-a-sketch’ tendency: I didn’t read anything about him changing his ideology or platform or even rhetoric. They said he needs to “get control of the narrative”…”access to the microphone” to get his message out.

              Please! It’s critical to maintain perspective…listening to Levin every day helps a lot.

              • bbitter

                LOL… Thanks for the ‘like’ anyway. :-) I’ll karma-share.

                “Please! It’s critical to maintain perspective…”

                I assume you mean a positive perspective? You are talking to a confirmed realist. I didn’t get this name for nothin’. (Besides, if I expect the worst, I’ll always be pleasantly surprised or justified. Every time. Not a bad way to live life, really.)

                • hbnolikeee

                  You really think living life always expecting the worst is “not a bad way to live”?! If you’re one of the glass is half empty types, I suppose…

                • bbitter

                  what part of ‘bbitter’ didn’t you catch there? jk.
                  lol. No… always being pleasantly surprised and prepared for most every situation is a good way to live life.

                  Glass half-empty is not a good definition for me… perhaps, ‘glad and grateful that the glass still has some’ is a better description. In reality, I probably work harder at being “optimistic” than most, I just plan to be prepared and understand the worst, because the good situations are managed much better than the bad ones.

                  Let me put it this way… how often are you disappointed? If your expectations were always met or exceeded in a way that things were better than you expected, would you still be disappointed as often?

                • RighteousCrow_JustCaws

                  I didn’t say “positive” – actually, was referring to your statement about being willing to “…accept fact.”

                  Numbers (the math) can be manipulated easily, so we must constantly examine the whole picture and draw our own conclusions; Levin provides his experienced insight to help do this.

              • B-Funk

                I couldn’t agree more! Levin is very grounded in his thought process. It does keep things in perspective. Like Levin, I’ll vote Romney if he’s the nominee, but I’d like to know who he is. Still no answer from Romney on that topic…

              • K-Bob

                If you hit the “Like” button again, it will undo the previous hit (ie, removes the “like”).

                • http://twitter.com/2Eskies2Many Kari George

                  I tried that earlier on that m person- but I ended up with 2 “likes” (:scream:) The board is wonky for me today. I had 2 delayed posts, too.

                  Glad to see you, btw. By last night, I was thinking “wait. where’s k-bob?”

                • K-Bob

                  Thanks! I was cursing at my cellphone’s GPS and trying to stay awake on a loooong road trip.

                  New rules for me: no more drives over 8-hours. I don’t care how many nights I have to stay in hotels.

                • http://twitter.com/2Eskies2Many Kari George

                  ugggghhhh HATE that! DH has to go out on truck wrecks to places like Del Rio & Eagle Pass (although actually the road to Victoria is worse) & it makes me a nervous wreck.

                • RighteousCrow_JustCaws

                  Thanks for the info, K-Bob. I will probably need it again sometime.

        • Linky1

          Chosen him for what? He hasn’t won the nomination yet.

        • http://profile.yahoo.com/NH4WP4T7D7OZK25QPOLATPPS54 Nathaniel w. Stone

          The people who cast the votes don’t decide an election, the people who count the votes do -Josef Stalin

          The Republican establishment are doing the counting.

          In some of the races, the Democrats are entering the voting to do mischief.

          In the caucus states, much mischief and irregularity has taken place.

          Despite buying votes and endorsements – Romney is doing all that well.

          He not a conservative…and he is not a suitable candidate.

          He lied eight times in the last two debates.

          His record in business and government were due to heaping helpings – billions of taxpayer dollars and draining pension funds of factories.

          His liberalism is left of most Democrats. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lyolbpbeAMI

        • http://www.facebook.com/people/Chris-Dias/1680711668 Chris Dias

          It’s not the will of the people. We have masses of people voting for people who make economical decisions, but the voters don’t often know much about economics. I think they should be doing driving-test like tests so people can vote. I live in Hungary, and they once started WWI and WWII (along with others) – I would have fought against their will then too. We got communists on both sides. Republicans have lost their principles – and marbles. Santorum! Is the only one left.

      • http://twitter.com/BlueGoggles Steve

        Romney is the best candidate to fix the problems with this county. Santorum has lost. It is his right to continue on, but it will hurt any future he has in the GOP

        • http://profiles.yahoo.com/u/2GR77FIJZ2A2ZBKZFGRXYG7QY4 kim

          I think Rick is not caring about his future. He cares about the country. And that is what I like about him. We need a patriot, not another self-absorbed politician.

          I love his humility. He freely admits his errant thinking when he was in “the bubble.” He holds no animus against his detractors b/c he admits he used to think just like them. His sobering loss created a fresh perspective for Rick. I love that he has an insider’s working knowledge, yet humility and a love for America.

          • xam3991

            You said that perfectly

          • http://twitter.com/PuritanD71 PuritanD71

            Have you thought of working as a deputy campaign press secretary? LOL!

            • http://profiles.yahoo.com/u/2GR77FIJZ2A2ZBKZFGRXYG7QY4 kim

              Funny. I have supported Rick all along but I did not become on fire for him until this morning after being on the Team Santorum conference call. It was greatly encouraging. I am mad as a hornet about all the lies we’ve been sold and now I am on a tear. Like Rick, I am not easily deterred.

          • http://profile.yahoo.com/GW2I22PNFAWGMQMXWV6YU2M5D4 m

            Santorum hates this country, that’s why he said we should vote for Obama over Romney, because he is a hater.

            • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=100000679899592 John Bohler
              • las1

                …. Romney the death of a thousand cuts… And it’s not that he’s Mormon… he’s not Mormon enough… great clip there JOhn.

            • xam3991

              LOL ok I give up on this lying troll

            • las1

              I was wondering when you would blow your cover.

            • 3seven77

              Gee whiz. That’s the most juvenile comment I’ve ever read on this site. You need to take your head out of your backside and try to put on your grown-up pants.

            • ApplePie101

              Ron Paul much?

            • Trust1TG

              Oh gosh – another liberal. Only words you guys know are hate, bigot, phobe, racist.

              Why don’t you try to get them all in one short sentence?

            • keyesforpres

              You’ve never used the phrase, “You might as well….”?

            • TPDanbo

              Crazed Romneybot alert!!!

          • http://twitter.com/BlueGoggles Steve

            Santorum has spent his life as a politician, so I would say he is more of a self-absorbed politician. Tell me what are Santorum’s achievements, Tell me what experience does he have of being a leader. I just don’t see it. I see Santorum as more of a Preacher then a President.

            • JRD1

              The only reason Mittbama hasn’t spent his life as a politician is because he keeps losing elections, next.

              • keyesforpres

                Heh. Heh.

                • xymbaline

                  Just so’s you remember, it was Newt who first pointed this out. :-)

            • http://twitter.com/Sunnie57 Bevie Moran

              “Tell me what are Santorum’s achievements,..”

              You need to do your own research, but a few examples are that he actually wrote the Welfare Reform bill, was the architect of the effort to ban partial-birth abortion (Rick does more than simply vote pro-life) and got a bill to the floor to stop frivolous law suits against gun manufacturers (which would make them stop manufacturing guns in the U.S.). No wonder NRA gave Rick and A+ rating!

        • xam3991

          Santorum is a Fiscal and Social Conservative. We don’t want a RINO who would raise minimum wage among many other liberal stances.

          • http://twitter.com/BlueGoggles Steve

            Did you know that Santorum supported raising the minimum wage as well. You really should look into the record of Santorum.

            • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=100000679899592 John Bohler

              he supports a MINIMUM wage, not a bar that can be raised at will for political gain, like the other guys supported

            • xam3991

              Yes I do, it was a slight adjustment. Rush limbaugh ripped Romney to shreds because Romney takes raising the minimum wage to the next level.

            • JRD1

              Do you know that Mittbama is the author of socialized medicine in this country.

          • http://twitter.com/2Eskies2Many Kari George

            xam, Rick’s not a fiscal conservative in any way. His Senate record proves it.

            • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=100000679899592 John Bohler
              • http://twitter.com/2Eskies2Many Kari George

                try senate.gov There used to be a link from Liberty Council that listed his votes by category & that linked back to senate.gov, but I don’t have the bookmark on this computer. It was pretty dismal.
                I think it- the list, is in a Red State post somewhere. I’ll look for it later.

                Anyway, I tried to post it here 3 different times a couple of months ago, but it would never “take”.
                Y’All should at least look at it. To try & do damage control if nothing else.

                • keyesforpres

                  Actually, I read something on Redstate and it showed that Rick had a pretty conservative record.

                • http://profile.yahoo.com/VNYSALCJWXWHB4TV2AXW5VFYBU TJ

                  http://www.redstate.com/wosg/2012/01/06/rick-santorum-yes-he-is-a-true-conservative/
                  The author of this article’s conclusion after going over Rick’s record:
                  excerpt: “The bottom line is that between Newt, Santorum, and Romney .. Santorum is the one who is most fiscally conservative and who will have the most fiscally conservative administration as President.”

                • http://twitter.com/2Eskies2Many Kari George

                  :-) That was an answer to this one

                  http://www.redstate.com/erick/2012/01/06/what-a-big-government-conservative-looks-like/

                  which has the links to senate.gov

                  (I’m a member at Red State, though barely active. It’s a regular stop during my day.
                  Rick posts there occasionally, you know.)

            • xam3991

              Question, do you think Reagan was a conservative?

              • http://twitter.com/2Eskies2Many Kari George

                Yes & no. He wasn’t as fiscally conservative as I would have liked.

        • http://twitter.com/PuritanD71 PuritanD71

          What exactly in Romney’s political career makes him the best suited to fix the problems?

          • http://profile.yahoo.com/GW2I22PNFAWGMQMXWV6YU2M5D4 m

            4 different executive jobs, all with balanced budgets. Romney has never had a deficit, not in business, the Olympics, or as governor. Best economic candidate in GOP history.

            • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=100000679899592 John Bohler

              yeaaaaaah but needed the feds to help bail him out….

            • http://twitter.com/2Eskies2Many Kari George

              He levied “fees” all over the place- even against the disabled & the blind. He sure sucked up a lot of federal funds when he “saved” the Olympics. See here

              http://www.factcheck.org/2012/02/slaloming-through-olympic-facts/

              And if he’s such a great economic candidate, how come Massachusetts was *47th* in jobs when he left the governor’s office. That’s third to last out of 50 states.

              And while I “have you on the phone”, why *did* he buy up all the hard drives when he left office?

            • http://twitter.com/PuritanD71 PuritanD71

              Well I guess anything is possible when you have the Fed Government bailing you out with earmarked funds. Fail

            • keyesforpres

              You need to read this.

              Mitt raised corp. taxes by over 300 million bucks. Corporations pass those taxes to the customer.

              http://www.humanevents.com/article.php?id=48596

          • http://twitter.com/BlueGoggles Steve

            Once you actually look into Romney’s record you will see that he has a great track record of turning things around, He is a great fix it guy! I can’t wait until he get’s to Washington so that he can turn this country back around.

            • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=100000679899592 John Bohler

              really? two sides to every issue….. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=K9njHHyRI7g

              • http://twitter.com/BlueGoggles Steve

                Really, showing attack adds to argue your point. I’m sure that I can find a more than a few slamming Santorum. Also, Santorum has switched his positions on more than just a few things as well.

                • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=100000679899592 John Bohler

                  yeah sure….. No Child left behind…. ummmm ….. ummmm what were the others again?

                • http://twitter.com/BlueGoggles Steve

                  He Flip Flopped on No Child Left Behind, on earmarks, on the debt limit, on ethanol subsidies, on raising the minimum wage, He also flip flopped on Title X and funding for Planned Parenthood, and during this campaign Santorum flips on Dems voting in GOP primaries.

                • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=100000679899592 John Bohler

                  ummmm No Child left behind and ethanol are the only ones i see any credibility to be called “flipped flops” title X? Ear Marks? minimum wage? how did he flip flop on these?

                • http://twitter.com/BlueGoggles Steve

                  Minimum wage from his own tv ad.

                  And flipping on Earmarks

                  Here is a quote from Santorum supporting Title X
                  “I vote and have supported birth control because it is not the taking of human life. But I’m not a believer in birth control and artificial birth control. I think it goes down the line of being able to do whatever you want to do without having the responsibility that comes with that. I think it breaks that … this is from a personal point of view of, from a governmental point of view I support that Title X”

                • http://twitter.com/BlueGoggles Steve
                • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=100000679899592 John Bohler

                  1. he supports a MINIMUM wage, not a bar that can be raised at will for political gain, like the other guys supported. didn’t flop flop.

                  2. he didn’t flip flop, he’s always been for them.

                  3…… how is this a flip flop?

                • http://twitter.com/BlueGoggles Steve

                  This is from his own TV ad where he says “they didn’t like my legislation calling for a RAISE in the minimum wage” Then later he say’s he is against raising them so this is a flip flop

                • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=100000679899592 John Bohler
                • http://twitter.com/BlueGoggles Steve

                  I’m not going to watch a 27 min video, It doesn’t’ matter what he say’s in that clip anyways. I have already documented that he has taken both sides of the issue, regardless of what he wants to say now. He has switched on this issue and there for he is a flip flopper.

                • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=100000679899592 John Bohler

                  he still supports a type of MINIMUM wage fyi didn’t flip!

                • K-Bob

                  I, too support a minimum wage.

                  It should be set permanently at one cent. This will set to rest all of the foolish claims that we can pay people fractional wages.

                • http://twitter.com/2Eskies2Many Kari George

                  I think he addressed flip flopping on Title 10, John. I can’t swear to it, but I believe he said something to the effect of making up for it with Title 20 (XX)?

                • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=100000679899592 John Bohler

                  he did.

            • JRD1

              He has a great record of vulture capitalism. He has a great record of going to the government to bail him out. He is for quantitative easing which is devaluing our dollar. He will give us Cap and Trade.

              He is spending money with reckless abandon torching his party. He will have nothing left to fight Obama with. Not very fiscally responsible is he.

              Nothing to like here. We don’t intend to vote for a leftist even if he has an R after his name.

              Romney runs as a Republican because there is too much competition in the Democrat party for his brand. He would never get recognized. There is much less competition as a Ma. Republican.

          • xam3991

            He put tough gun laws in place and mandated health care and a host of other great things.

            • K-Bob

              Heh. Good one.

      • keyesforpres

        Agreed.
        He has said that this was the time he dropped out in 2008 for the good of the party. Well, it’s time he drop out again, but this time, for the good of the country.

    • MrMicawber

      I wouldn’t quite go that far. I suspect the GOP establishment has some degree of self-knowledge; and at least know very well that they count far less than they think they do.

  • http://twitter.com/PuritanD71 PuritanD71

    Go Santorum – 2012

  • http://profile.yahoo.com/GW2I22PNFAWGMQMXWV6YU2M5D4 m

    Delusional as always. Thankfully, PA will once again end Santorum’s career, this time for good.

    • http://profiles.yahoo.com/u/2GR77FIJZ2A2ZBKZFGRXYG7QY4 kim

      He doesn’t care about his career. He cares about the country.

      • http://profile.yahoo.com/GW2I22PNFAWGMQMXWV6YU2M5D4 m

        he cares only about his ego. he is most arrogant GOP candidate in history.

        • keyesforpres

          You’ve obviously never met him in person. I loved how he had two microphones set up and let us line up to ask him a question face to face. No screening.

          Willard wouldn’t take questions. He did let McCain open for him though. Ha! Ha! Now that was funny.

  • GraceKnows

    It was just on April 2nd when Santorum talked about how going to the convention could be a good thing:

    “I would argue even if it ends up in a convention, that’s a positive thing for the Republican Party,” he said. “That’s a positive thing for activating and energizing our folks heading into this fall election.”

    Rather than sundering the party, a contested convention in Tampa “would be a fascinating display of open democracy,” Mr. Santorum said, adding, “I think it would be an energizing thing for our party to have a candidate emerge who isn’t the blessed candidate of the Republican establishment. It makes this election a short election, the shorter this election in the fall, the better off we are, not the worse.”

    http://thecaucus.blogs.nytimes.com/2012/04/02/santorum-says-contested-convention-could-benefit-g-o-p/

  • http://profile.yahoo.com/GW2I22PNFAWGMQMXWV6YU2M5D4 m

    Santorum, member of the Senate leadership and Bush rubber-stamp, and Gingrich, Speaker of the House and leader of the congressional leadership, continue to stand in the way of a businessman who has never worked in D.C.

    Those 2 establishment legislators need to accept reality, the outsider businessman is our nominee.

    • xam3991

      Do you have the slightest clue how stupid you sound calling Santorum “establishment”?

      this guy is proof that Santorum can still win this thing he admits he is standing in the way of Romney! Rick Santorum 2012!!

      • http://profile.yahoo.com/GW2I22PNFAWGMQMXWV6YU2M5D4 m

        Santorum was a member of the Senate leadership and was key to stopping Pat Toomey from beating Arlen Specter, and was key to passing all of Bush’s big government programs like No Child and Medicare Part D.

        • http://profiles.yahoo.com/u/2GR77FIJZ2A2ZBKZFGRXYG7QY4 kim

          And he admits his past mistakes. …While others hold dearly to their past big government debacles and argue on why they are good.

          • marketcomp

            ie, Romney care where Romney will not back off of that aweful law. But I don’t think it was a mistake for Santorum. On one hand he was representing the State of PA and on the other hand he was supporting George W. Bush. I mean we all do this in business or any group. The mistake was supporting George W. Bush and his policies and now the establishment, specifically Karl Rove, is supporting Mitt Romney without question when Santorum was a team player now being eviscerated for it. I mean the negative advertisements that Romney is running are about his positions for supporting Bush or about doing what the State of PA expected for him to do which is to represent the citizens of PA.

        • xam3991

          Santorum sacrificed ONE conservative (pat toomey) for THREE conservatives on the supreme court.

          you do realize Romney did and STILL supports No Child Left Behind…right? Rick no longer does and says it was a horrible mistake.

          You are parroting everything you hear the media/RINO Romney say.

        • keyesforpres

          Uh huh….and what about the freedom stealing Romney-fine-care?

    • JRD1

      He’s not an outsider businessman.

      He’s a deadbeat politician that keeps losing elections.

  • http://profile.yahoo.com/GW2I22PNFAWGMQMXWV6YU2M5D4 m

    Santorum is the new Al Gore. Soon he’ll try suing to be President.

    • http://www.therightscoop.com/ The Right Scoop

      This is your only warning. Stop trolling or you will be banned.

      • http://profiles.yahoo.com/u/2GR77FIJZ2A2ZBKZFGRXYG7QY4 kim

        Thank you TRS.

  • TANGO40

    I have a better idea… Tell Romney to get the hell out of the race!!!

    • http://profile.yahoo.com/GW2I22PNFAWGMQMXWV6YU2M5D4 m

      ummm…..Romney’s won. The people have spoken.

      • xam3991

        I got news for ya, Romney is not going to win, he only has half the delegates needed and he’s being propped up by the GOP establishment endorsements etc

        • http://profile.yahoo.com/GW2I22PNFAWGMQMXWV6YU2M5D4 m

          Romney leads Santorum by over 400 delegates, leads him by millions in the popular vote, and the party is rallying around him.

          It’s over.

          • http://profiles.yahoo.com/u/2GR77FIJZ2A2ZBKZFGRXYG7QY4 kim

            No he does not. The AZ and FL delegates cannot be winner-take-all according to the RNC’s own rules.

            http://www.tampabay.com/news/politics/national/if-gop-fight-drags-on-so-could-argument-over-floridas-delegates/1212342

            • http://profile.yahoo.com/GW2I22PNFAWGMQMXWV6YU2M5D4 m

              yes they can, the RNC has already confirmed it. Besides Santorum finished in single digits in FL and won 0 counties.

              • http://profiles.yahoo.com/u/2GR77FIJZ2A2ZBKZFGRXYG7QY4 kim

                Santorum won most of the northern counties. Check your facts before commenting and then you’ll have credibility.

                http://www.foxnews.com/politics/elections/2012/florida-primary-jan-31

                • http://twitter.com/BlueGoggles Steve

                  Actually, I don’t see ANY counties that santorum won in Florida. He will not pick up any delegates in Florida, even if they changed the rules. One more thing, who pathetic is it that he wants to change the rules of the game after the game has started.

                • http://profiles.yahoo.com/u/2GR77FIJZ2A2ZBKZFGRXYG7QY4 kim

                  He doesn’t want to change the rules. It is if the RNC followed its own rules.

                • http://twitter.com/BlueGoggles Steve

                  If he had a problem then he should have challenged the rules before the game began, it really is just pathetic. But let him try, It will only hurt him if they take away there WTA status. They would have to restore 100% of AZ and FL delegates, that will only help Romney

                • keyesforpres

                  Romney and the RNC did it in Michigan.

                • http://twitter.com/2Eskies2Many Kari George

                  ?? Gingrich won 34 counties, including all but 3 in the panhandle. Romney won 33.
                  Santorum won 0.

                  http://www.cbsnews.com/primary-election-results-2012/county.shtml?state=FL&race=P&jurisdiction=0&party=R

            • http://twitter.com/BlueGoggles Steve

              Then they get back 100% of there delegates. They were already penalized by loosing 50%. If they give them back 100% then Romney’s lead only increases. Santorum would not get any in Florida (he was under 15%) and In Arizona Romney won every District. So tell my how this helps Santorum.

        • http://www.facebook.com/people/Michael-Andrew-Alaniz/1698789104 Michael Andrew Alaniz

          Your really delusional.

        • http://profile.yahoo.com/VNYSALCJWXWHB4TV2AXW5VFYBU TJ

          Now is the time for all true conservatives to come to the aid of Rick Santorum!

      • http://profiles.yahoo.com/u/2GR77FIJZ2A2ZBKZFGRXYG7QY4 kim

        He has? How many delegates does he have?

        • http://twitter.com/2Eskies2Many Kari George

          According to Politico

          Romney 658
          Santorum 281
          Gingrich 135
          Paul 51
          Huntsman 1
          Unallocated 431

          @m According to this, Mittens has 377 more votes than Rick, not “over” 400.

      • BrownDeerLady

        He isn’t “winning” so much as he’s buying the nomination. He’s also destoying the Replublican party in the process.

        • keyesforpres

          That could very well be his plan and why Soros likes him.

    • dave_ct

      Whoever becomes the nominee, he must stay focused on Obama and his FAILED “presidency.” Obama and his group are going for the juggler vein…the Republican nominees family (wife and children) with blatant and public smear attacks. It’s going to be vile.

      • TANGO40

        yep, this election is going to be the ugliest one ever…

  • xam3991

    the Romney supporters are really coming out of the woodwork..I have never seen more than one on an article at a time.

    • http://twitter.com/2Eskies2Many Kari George

      Hot Air has been extremely dull lately. I suspect they needed a fresh group to troll.

      • K-Bob

        Ever since Michelle Malkin left, yes. Extremely.

  • http://profile.yahoo.com/GW2I22PNFAWGMQMXWV6YU2M5D4 m

    Conservatives in PA remember when Santorum betrayed them and Pat Toomey to help turncoat Arlen Specter. We will repay him on the 24th for that betrayal.

    • marketcomp

      I am really appreciative that Rick supported Arlen Spector because if he had not the Supreme Court would look very different right now and there would be no question as to Obama care being law. George Bush wanted to nominate Harriet Meyers and this would have been diasterous. Pat Toomey is now supporting Romney and Romney is more like Spector than Toomey so you tell me how can Pat Toomey support the establishment candidate but you call Arlan Spector a turncoat? Rick had nothing to do with Spector’s decision to become a Democrat, you need to blame Spector for that! Rick has always said that Arlan supported him on certain legislation and Rick supported Arlan Spector because he was the chairmen of the judicary commitee which is critical for selecting judges. What part of that don’t you understand?

      • http://profile.yahoo.com/GW2I22PNFAWGMQMXWV6YU2M5D4 m

        Umm Toomey would’ve won and we would’ve had a better chairman on the judicial committee and our nominees for the court would’ve been the same.

        Toomey knows Santorum is a liar and a traitor and will pay him back for his betrayal and his dishonesty.

        • marketcomp

          Look the chairman seat is assigned by seniority and even if Toomey had won he would not have been the Chairmen of the Judiciary committee. That would have gone to someone else. So Rick said he agreed to support Arlan because Arlan had seniority and he was also the chairmen of that board so Arlan would ensure the Bush’s appointments got through and that is indeed what happened. You need to understand how the Senate works, pilgrim!

          • keyesforpres

            Doh! m is silent on that one!

        • http://profiles.yahoo.com/u/2GR77FIJZ2A2ZBKZFGRXYG7QY4 kim

          Toomey would not have chaired the committee. Chairmanship comes with seniority. Please study before commenting.

      • http://twitter.com/2Eskies2Many Kari George

        The problem is, MC that Spector voted for ObamaCare. I’m not sure why it’s considered his vote, specifically, that was the “50th” vote, but it is. Maybe he was the last holdout.

        • marketcomp

          What does that have to do with Rick Santorum? Look, Obama was looking for someone to pick off to get Obamacare passed so he choose Arlan Spector. But, Arlan Spector made that decision based on some garbage that Obama told him about supporting him or funding his primary if he voted for for Obama care so Arlan was the turncoat and you cannot blame Rick for that. When Rick supported Arlan he was a Republican, although a liberal one. Arlan knew he was going to loose the Senate so he switched parties and the citizens of PA were not having it. Remember in the townhall meetings. “you have waken the sleeping giant!” Espoused by one of the townhall participates during a townhall meeting conducted by Arlan Spector.

          • http://twitter.com/2Eskies2Many Kari George

            ?? I just explained it to you…

    • xam3991

      No “we” won’t I lived in PA during this and he was an amazing conservative leader.

      he was in the gang of seven who fought corruption.

      • http://profile.yahoo.com/GW2I22PNFAWGMQMXWV6YU2M5D4 m

        The only thing Santorum fights for is the rights of union bosses, and he fights for Arlen Specter’s career.

        • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=100000679899592 John Bohler

          Specter’s career got the 5-4 conservative majority that’ll knock Obamacare into the dust, thanks Rick!!

          • http://profile.yahoo.com/GW2I22PNFAWGMQMXWV6YU2M5D4 m

            Ummm any GOP judicial chairman would’ve given us this court.

          • http://profile.yahoo.com/GW2I22PNFAWGMQMXWV6YU2M5D4 m

            Specter gave us Obamacare to begin with, wouldn’t need a court challenge if Toomey had replaced him.

            • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=100000679899592 John Bohler

              i’d rather have the 5-4 majority court thank you very much.

            • Asian_chic

              I guess I could say if Romney wasn’t born, we wouldn’t have Obamacare. Your argument is absurd!

            • keyesforpres

              Toomey didn’t lose because of Rick’s endorsement. He lost because of Bush’s endorsement of Spector.

              I would hope the folks in Pa had enough sense to know that Spector was a Rep. back then and Rick had no way of knowing he’d go back to the dem party.

            • keyesforpres

              Toomey didn’t lose because of Rick’s endorsement. He lost because of Bush’s endorsement of Spector.

              I would hope the folks in Pa had enough sense to know that Spector was a Rep. back then and Rick had no way of knowing he’d go back to the dem party.

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Steven-Valdez/1806887704 Steven Valdez

    Santorum’s campaign dealing with realism = Newt Gingrich dropping out, lol

    I know the Newt supporters won’t agree with this addition by subtraction strategy for the Santorum campaign, even if that happened not sure how much would even vote for Rick, I know I heard a lot say they would rather vote for Romney. Rick needs like 100% Newt voters to vote for him. This is why it’s over. There are too many conservatives that don’t believe Santorum is the conservative alternative to Mitt Romney, They want Newt and they actually believe he has a chance to win the nomination still.

    Good luck with Newt dropping out if Newt thought Santorum was good enough he would have dropped out already and endorsed Santorum.

    • http://profiles.yahoo.com/u/2GR77FIJZ2A2ZBKZFGRXYG7QY4 kim

      We would all love the rest of the field to clear for our man. I am willing for each man to drop out when they personally feel it is time. What harm is there in giving people choices? I honestly do not get these authoritarian calls.

      • http://profile.yahoo.com/GW2I22PNFAWGMQMXWV6YU2M5D4 m

        Obama has $85 million in the bank for the general, Romney only $7 million because Santorum keeps wasting our time after having lost.

        • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=100000679899592 John Bohler

          Romney burns the cash as he does coal, i mean… he has spent over 15 dollars per vote, santorum has spent only 6. whose more fiscally conservative again?

          • http://twitter.com/2Eskies2Many Kari George

            This is a good point, John. Money obviously means nothing to him ($10,0000?), so why would anyone think he would treat the taxpayers’ money any differently? (Look at 0 & Mooch’s extravagance)

        • http://profiles.yahoo.com/u/2GR77FIJZ2A2ZBKZFGRXYG7QY4 kim

          If Santorum is as weak as you claim, then seems like Romney could just ignore him.

          • ApplePie101

            The fact that his posse is out in force proves that they’re worried. They recognize that Santorum is the serious threat. No attacks on Newt or Paul. Keep going, Rick.

            • keyesforpres

              LOL. That is so true!
              You think they’d figure it out that they look scared and desperate, because they do!

        • http://twitter.com/PuritanD71 PuritanD71

          Last was checked, no candidate has reached the 1144 mark….your conclusion is baseless. There has been no winner no matter how many ways you spin this.

        • keyesforpres

          Santorum won Iowa. I guess Mitt should have dropped out after that to save Rick money.
          Oops! That’s right the establishment called it for Mitt at first, didn’t they? They did that to take momentum away from Rick.

    • http://twitter.com/2Eskies2Many Kari George

      Asian_girl posted that she heard that “massive Newt supporters had voted for [Santo]”
      Romney got 44.1% Rick got 36.9- with the dim tricksters + the “massive Newt supporters. Newt got 5.9%
      Even if Rick had gotten all of Newt’s votes, he still would have lost because the total between his & Newt’s was 42.8.

      Steven, honestly. Sometimes I wonder about you. Do you actually support someone, do you dislike them all or what? If you’re a lib in drag, you’re the most subtle & self-controlled one *I’ve* ever seen (no, I don’t think you are) :-) Big Thanks for your post, though! When you’re right, you’re right.

      • http://www.facebook.com/people/Steven-Valdez/1806887704 Steven Valdez

        I’m not emotionally attached to any of them, lol, that’s funny the lib in drag, no I’m not.

        I wanted to beat Romney bad, I thought it could be done with Newt when he surged, then Rick surged I hoped it would be him but now I don’t think it’s possible anymore, so my focus must to shift to beating Obama, because now that’s more important than trying to stop Romney at this point, that’s just my opinion. I’m not a mitt-bot, I just don’t see a path to the nomination for the other non-Romney’s, I just see long shot impossibilities for them. Obama must go down, and Romney wouldn’t be my choice but he will be our nominee and I will vote for him.

        • http://twitter.com/2Eskies2Many Kari George

          :-) I knew that.

          Got it. Thanks for clearing that up. Carry on & Godspeed.

    • keyesforpres

      I thought you were a Santorum supporter?
      Your posts are really downers lately. Quite depressing.
      We aren’t giving up.
      You sound like you have, but we haven’t.

      • http://www.facebook.com/people/Steven-Valdez/1806887704 Steven Valdez

        Keyes, Rick gave a good fight but I expected him to do better than he did. Michigan, Ohio, Wisconsin were huge losses. I just don’t see a convention stopping Romney. I think it’s time to focus on Obama getting out of office. I rather just be surprised if some miracle happens than wasting hoping on something that’s very very unlikely to happen. I wish it could be someone else but I just believe voters have settle for Romney, they think he is the best to take on Obama and fix the economy, those issues are the most important to voters. I thought Santorum had a pretty good plan and the values, and had my trust to back it up but what I think isn’t enough to turn the tide.

    • keyesforpres

      I thought you were a Santorum supporter?
      Your posts are really downers lately. Quite depressing.
      We aren’t giving up.
      You sound like you have, but we haven’t.

  • http://profile.yahoo.com/GW2I22PNFAWGMQMXWV6YU2M5D4 m

    Santorum on his way to humiliating loss in PA. So happy my state will once again end Santorum’s career!

  • las1

    A headline we will never see:

    “Calls for Ron Paul to bow out of Republican race.”

    • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=100000679899592 John Bohler

      oh if only if only if only…. but then again Ron Paul is a Nut and will never do it. Gingrich at least has brains…..

    • teri_b

      I don’t think it matters. His supporters are just as likely to vote Obama, or to stay home. They are not Republicans.

      • keyesforpres

        I actually know two that said they would vote for Rick if he’s the nominee, but not Mitt or Newt.

    • GraceKnows

      ROFL! Good one, las1!

      GO NEWT 2012!!!

    • keyesforpres

      I’ve been calling for that from the second he put his name on the ballot. Crazy uncle Ron needs to go home.

  • http://profile.yahoo.com/GW2I22PNFAWGMQMXWV6YU2M5D4 m

    over 70% of the party continues to vote against Santorum, yet he continues his pro-Obama campaign. so sad.

  • http://twitter.com/ARTHUR_SWE ARTHUR STEINBERG

    Rmoney are Dead on Arrival (DOA) for TEA and Conservatives.

    He is SEWER (crony capitalist= socialist on testosterone) with out conservative heart and mind.

  • Jaynie59

    Newt should drop out and endorse Santorum. He really should. Newt tried his best but it just wasn’t meant to be. And Santorum really needs to lose without any excuses. As long as newt stays in the race it just keeps giving Santorum supporters false hope.

    Besides. I really, really, really want Santorum to be humiliated in PA.

    • http://twitter.com/BlueGoggles Steve

      the Polls show that Newt supporters split equally between Romney and Santorum, So that will not help

      • Jaynie59

        Help who? Or is it whom?

        • http://twitter.com/BlueGoggles Steve

          It will not help Santorum, Romney is already ahead of santorum by at least 10% nationally.

          • Jaynie59

            I know it won’t help Santorum. It’ll just mean Romney will win by a bigger margin. I mean, some of Newt supporters will either stay home or vote for Paul before they vote for Santorum. If I hadn’t already voted and I was faced with the choice of Romney or Santorum? I’d be tempted to stay home. But I wouldn’t because I really loath Santorum and Paul so I’d vote for Romney as a way to vote against the other two.

            • http://profiles.yahoo.com/u/2GR77FIJZ2A2ZBKZFGRXYG7QY4 kim

              Sounds like Santorum should not be of any concern then. What’s all the fuss about?

              • keyesforpres

                Amen!

                As Rush said, “You know who they fear by who they target”.

    • teri_b

      If you want Santorum humiliated in PA, just run endless ads of him endorsing Arlen Specter.

  • http://disqus.com/joelgp/ Unicon™

    Newt’s going the Chapter 7 route: http://firstread.msnbc.msn.com/_news/2012/04/05/11036798-gingrich-group-files-for-bankruptcy

    Rick’s just gonna go the “exhaust the kid’s college fund” route.

    • http://twitter.com/2Eskies2Many Kari George

      I figured this was coming. Not Newt- his consulting firm. Newt had to divest himself of
      it to run for prez & did so May of last year. So it goes belly-up just under a year later? Sounds like the House going to poop when he left.
      Here’s the story from Gretawire

      http://gretawire.foxnewsinsider.com/2012/04/05/grim-news-for-speaker-newt-gingrich-his-former-group/

      Not sure why it’s “grim” for him. He’s not there.

      • http://disqus.com/joelgp/ Unicon™

        On his campaign filings, he had listed a $5 to $25 million receivable due him. It was a major source of his income.

        • http://twitter.com/2Eskies2Many Kari George

          Where did my post go? I understand. Thanks for the explanation, Unicon.

  • http://twitter.com/2Eskies2Many Kari George

    Is this necessary? It’s not very flattering.

    • http://twitter.com/2Eskies2Many Kari George

      this was @m Is he gone?

  • wodiej

    Gingrich dropping out will not help Santorum.

  • http://twitter.com/ARTHUR_SWE ARTHUR STEINBERG

    If americans are voting for husseincare 2012, they know exactly what they are voting for ( communist, maoist, socialist, free stash for afro-latino-pederasto-lesbo-pedofilo-necrofilo and so on) all that shuit ), BUT They know precisely.

    but with rmoneycare ver.2012 Americans have no idea what they are voting for.
    In Communistchusett rmoneycare did exactly same what husseincare are doing now with USA.

    So husseincare 2012 love to trash rmoneycare ver.2012 in the november

  • LIBERTYUSA

    … take a deep breath , as it is NOT OVER TILL IT’S OVER !”

  • marketcomp

    I think Santorum should be courting West right now before he goes establishment.

  • http://profile.yahoo.com/VNYSALCJWXWHB4TV2AXW5VFYBU TJ

    Please, all Newt supporters who don’t hate Rick, consider volunteering, phoning for, and donating to Rick’s campaign and do your utmost for people to have the opportunity to elect a conservative via open convention! Will you?

    • http://twitter.com/2Eskies2Many Kari George

      Now TJ, I understand why you’re saying it, but you know better (We’re sticking with Newt!) We, too, are supporting a strong pro-Life candidate, who will begin reversing the war on Christianity on day one of his presidency & will reinstate Reagan’s Mexico City Policy at the same time.
      Sarah voted for Newt. I imagine Todd did, too, since he endorsed him.

      Do *you* know why “massive Newt supporters [would have] voted for Rick” in Wisconsin as Asian_girl said? You seem honest to me, but I know some of Rick’s supporters’ halos are a wee bit tarnished (like in the Missouri caucus that yielded no delegates for anyone). This smells. Something isn’t right. Is tampering with voters’ impressions a Christian value now? And is “winning” at any cost really winning?

      • GraceKnows

        Well said, Kari! It’s not just about “electability” – it’s about the issues, and it’s about the MAN. Newt lays out his plans and marches forward, not to what the establishment wants.

        Amazing, isn’t it, how many people and media (all sides) want to force Newt out? They tried to ignore him, marginalize him, attack him, and he hasn’t done their bidding. He is not desperate – THEY are! Otherwise, why aren’t they demanding Paul leave the race?

        GO NEWT 2012!!!

        • http://twitter.com/2Eskies2Many Kari George

          Indeed it is, Grace.
          I was looking at the Florida stats just now & Florida was portrayed as such a stunning, devastating loss for Newt. Santorum has been been beaten as badly or, maybe worse, by Romney several times since Florida. (Romney bested Newt by 14 percentage points)

          Newt is the ONLY ONE of these 4 candidates who has every one of the crucial skills, the experience, & the *proven record* to lead America out of this mess.
          No one else even comes close.

          Santorum supporters could get their wish list with Newt & then some. I’m not sure what’s up with that.

          • keyesforpres

            I didn’t like Newt’s support of the individual mandate for over 20 years and his talk of amnesty.

            • http://twitter.com/2Eskies2Many Kari George

              Keyes, that’s another distortion and another lie. Newt supported requiring a bond, not the individual mandate as it has been defined since 0 took office. It was 0Care that changed his position.
              He never supported amnesty. Amnesty is giving citizenship to people who have come to the US. What Newt said was that if an illegally immigrated person has been here for 25 years, had legal family that was here & had established themselves in the community (he used membership in a church as an example of that), they could not have a path to citizenship, but they wouldn’t be deported.

              Have you ever heard of Thou shalt not bear false witness? There isn’t a caveat for “technicalities” or “unless you’re trying to take out a political rival”.

              • keyesforpres

                Giving citizenship is one form of amnesty. Amnesty is forgiving a person’s crime, etc.
                The folks that Newt is talking about got amnestied in under Reagan anyway. Why talk about it? It encourages more running for the border.
                You should check out NumbersUSA and sign up for their alerts regarding illegal immigration bills coming up for a vote in congress.
                Newt gets a D on illegal immigration.

                I saw a video posted in the comments section here about a month ago and Newt said he supported the individual mandate. This was in May of 2011. Those are the reasons I could not support Newt.

                There is no false witness business going on. I heard what I heard in that video and his stance on illegals is bad.

                Also, you give someone legal status and they can petition for all their family members to stay.

                • GraceKnows

                  Newt apparently did discuss individual mandates with David Gregory in May 2011, and everyone’s freaking out and using it to justify not supporting Newt. Here’s what happened during the 90’s, from Politijim:

                  “THIS IS THE POINT about Newt Gingrich and the individual mandate. It is so easy for us after 2 intensive years of self-education to come to the conclusion of mandate problems, and even THAT wouldn’t have happened without the practice of learning about HillaryCare. This is why Newt is correct in saying MOST conservatives were trying to find a solution that didn’t put government in charge of the entire healthcare system. When the Heritage Foundation ALSO was for an “individual mandate” you have to really stop and check yourself on what this meant AT THAT TIME. With a prosperous country and the public widely ready to adopt HillaryCare, conservatives were frantically trying to find out a conservative solution while not losing the battle as people that wanted to deprive poor people of healthcare.”

                  From Newt.org:

                  “In the 1990s, Newt and many other conservatives, such as the Heritage Foundation, proposed a mandate to purchase health insurance as the alternative to Hillarycare. However, the problems outlined above caused Newt to come to the principled conclusion that a mandate to purchase health insurance was unconstitutional, unworkable and counterproductive to lowering the cost of healthcare.

                  Today, Newt carries the banner in fighting for the repeal of Obamacare and advocates for a “patient power” replacement that will create a free market framework for healthcare, provide affordable, portable, and reliable healthcare coverage, and establish a healthcare safety net focused on those truly in need. This system moves us towards the goal of healthcare for all with no unconstitutional mandate of any kind.”

                  http://www.newt.org/answers/#health-insurance-mandate

                  So, keyes, maybe it was an acknowledgment of a need for affordable healthcare by cutting government regulations and freeing up states and private insurance companies, rather than the radical position you suggest? In other words, Newt wants to create a free market form.

                  From November 9, 2011 interview with The Weekly Standard:

                  Gingrich also addressed the individual mandate. He explained that “a mandate doesn’t work in part because it means more and more and more government definition of, ‘What are you mandating?’”

                  In response to a follow-up question from Charles Krauthammer about whether he opposed the mandate as a matter of policy or constitutionality, Gingrich replied, “I believe that it is unconstitutional for the Congress to require you to buy something…because then the Congress could require you to do anything.” Krauthammer asked, “So, you’re saying, in principle, it’s a terrible idea, even if [as a matter of policy] it might work.” Gingrich replied, “Yes.” He added, “A lot of us, in ’93, as opposed to Hillarycare, thought [the individual mandate] was a less destructive alternative. The longer we dealt with it, the more we concluded it was hopeless.”

                  So, what I seem to be hearing from some is that ‘Newt supported the individual mandate for 20 years!’ Nope. They are just putting what he and many conservatives said in 1993, what he said in May 2011, and then simply drawing a line as if that is supposed to connect the dots and represent continuity. And that’s just wrong.

                • http://profile.yahoo.com/VNYSALCJWXWHB4TV2AXW5VFYBU TJ

                  You might want to see in this May 16, 2011 article that in May (evidently May 15) of 2011, while running for president, Newt was asked by David Gregory of NBC in an interview about comments (a clip played) made from a long time ago.

                  Newt responded in that interview in May of 2011 that he had been consistent in saying he felt a requirement to buy insurance be made or else post a bond. The article states Gingrich admitted his plan was a “variation” of the individual mandate. He also gave his take on Romneycare (please see the article) and that he would not make it a campaign issue.

                  http://www.newsmax.com/Headline/gingrich-health-care-insurance/2011/05/15/id/396426

                • GraceKnows

                  Yes, TJ, I’ve seen the interview and read the Newsmax article. But Newt does not endorse a mandate now. I confess I don’t understand all of this, but I’ll quote Newt here:

                  “With respect to President Obama’s health insurance mandate, Newt believes it is an unprecedented and unconstitutional expansion of federal power. If the federal government can coerce individuals—by threat of fines—to buy health insurance, there is no stopping the federal government from forcing Americans to buy any good or service. It is a serious and unconstitutional infringement of individual liberty.

                  “With respect to Governor Romney’s mandate, we have observed that it doesn’t achieve its goal of providing low cost catastrophic coverage for the uninsured. The intractable problem we have learned from experience with health insurance mandates is this: once you have a mandate, the government has to specify exactly what coverage must be included in insurance for it to qualify. This introduces political considerations into determining these minimum standards, guaranteeing that nothing desired by the special interests will be left out.

                  “Today, Newt carries the banner in fighting for the repeal of Obamacare and advocates for a “patient power” replacement that will create a free market framework for healthcare, provide affordable, portable, and reliable healthcare coverage, and establish a healthcare safety net focused on those truly in need. This system moves us towards the goal of healthcare for all with no unconstitutional mandate of any kind….”

                  http://www.newt.org/answers/#health-insurance-mandate

                  Newt has come to the conclusion that mandates are unconstitutional, and has advocated against them ever since he’s been running for president.

                  As I said, I don’t understand it all, and Newt apparently once supported a ‘variation’ of mandated health care. I know that this is not his position any more.

                • http://profile.yahoo.com/VNYSALCJWXWHB4TV2AXW5VFYBU TJ

                  A problem Santorum supporters have with this is that Gingrich still supported a ‘variation’ of mandated medical insurance in that month of May, 2011, earlier on in his run for president.

                • GraceKnows

                  Oh, well! I’d be glad to provide you with an entire *litany* of all that the Newt supporters don’t like about Santorum! You got an hour? :)

      • http://profile.yahoo.com/VNYSALCJWXWHB4TV2AXW5VFYBU TJ

        Can you tell me what you are talking about? I wonder if the Right Scoop removed it, but to the best of my recollection, I put the link about Santorum being pro-life because a Mitt supporter was posting on here smearing Rick’s pro-life record, but I was kind of responding indirectly, because I had suggested not replying to them as a tactic (but posted the pro-life detailed record link just in case any would led astray by the a Mitt supporter’s post).

        I know Newt is pro-life.

        Has he been not drawing in any delegates toward a goal of preventing Romney being the nominee? Do you know how actively he’s campaigning? Though you are for Newt, if Mitt is able to reach 1,144, neither Rick or Newt will have any opportunity to get the position of president at an open convention. And in a place such as NC, for example, where the race is tight between Rick and Mitt, throwing support behind Rick might help beat out Mitt, if the Lord wills.

        I do believe I put the resume link to try to convince Newt supporters to consider Rick as a person they could hopefully support beyond just fighting against Romney being nominated.

        And I think I already mentioned to you about Newt’s seeming unwillingness to defend marriage in this nation if states (not courts and though many I’m sure in those states and some other states where the people might move to are vehemently opposed) choose to falsely redefine it. Under Newt, the divided states of America and the decay of the nation about the advance of the ‘gay’ activist agenda of sanctioning immorality as marriage apparently would continue by states with no fight from Newt. Little by little the ‘gay’ activists are aiming for what I believe is their goal… the nation as a whole recognizing immorality as marriage.
        http://politics.blogs.foxnews.com/2012/02/24/gingrich-least-states-are-using-bills-not-judges-legalize-same-sex-marriage

        What smells in MO? I heard that a bunch of Ron Paul supporters became so raucus and out of control at one of the caucus sites, the officials closed it down and no delegates came out of it. Is there something else you’ve heard?

        • http://twitter.com/2Eskies2Many Kari George

          I reread the post, TJ, & I’m not sure what you’re asking me before the stuff about Missouri.
          I think that’s ultimately what happened, yes, but it’s not the whole story.
          The Examiner & some other news sources & blogs reported it as being that the people running the caucus blew off Roberts Rules & just arbitrarily decided things & appointing people without regard for the Rules or the bulk of the people who attended. The people running it were Santorum supporters. My knee jerk assumption before I read it (& that’s a pretty strong impression, so it lingered as skepticism through the 2nd, 3rd, maybe 4th article) was it was the Paul people because they’ve made that reputation. Apparently, the Paul & Romney people made a stink about what was happening, it went on for hours, some of the people gave up & left, the people running it dismissed the caucus with no delegates chosen, the Paul people continued the discussion outside, the people running the caucus called the police & 2 Paul people were arrested.
          I’ll try to find some links to articles (or you can look. I’m going to google “Missouri caucus fiasco”) & come back & edit. I think there are some videos, too.

          I am really upset by the stuff going on in these primaries. It doesn’t matter who it is doing it. It’s wrong & it looks bad.

  • carbonfootprints

    I keep donating to Rick, hoping that he stays in. Think he is by far the best choice in the running. I know what Paul is doing, but have to wonder what is Newt doing at this point?

  • K-Bob

    Stacy McCain is bleating that Newt will drop out and endorse Romney. The guy really hates Newt, so that could be coloring his reasoning juuuuust a little.

    I’d think better of Newt if he endorsed Santorum. Otherwise nearly everything he said negatively about Romney will turn into one giant flip flop. I think Newt’s best bet is to coast into the convention, get his turn at the mic, say he’ll support the nominee, and go home. He doesn’t get any mileage out of endorsing anyone at this point.

    • http://www.facebook.com/people/Steven-Valdez/1806887704 Steven Valdez

      I see Newt endorsing Romney when Rick drops out and endorses Romney first.

      • keyesforpres

        Rick has been very clear he is taking it to the convention and I believe him.

    • http://twitter.com/2Eskies2Many Kari George

      I don’t see Newt *endorsing* Mittens. I think he would support “the nominee”.
      But then, this is academic. None of really knows what tomorrow brings & it could bring plenty of surprises.

      • K-Bob

        Yep.

        Of course, in every political forum, you’ll see a good twenty percent who claim to know what tomorrow brings. I’m occasionally happy to bet on decent odds, but most of these sunshine salesmen seem to want folks to bet on fog, noise, and fear. We have a process to follow. I’m content to see it play out.

        • http://twitter.com/2Eskies2Many Kari George

          Well said, k-bob. It’s stressful if we let it be, but it’s fun, too. Well- maybe not fun-fun. Fascinating.

  • http://twitter.com/wbcsaint Sam R

    Mitt, wrong for MA, wrong for USA. Sorry but we dont need Obama Light. We tried that in 2008 with McCain and it didnt even work to pair him with a true conservative like Sarah. Granted I think Mitt can win on the “Anybody but Obama” platform but come on Mitt is who the establishment is pushing on us. Even if Obamacare is overturned it is still going to be an issue because it stands to the character and intentions of the current president and Mitt has no appendages to support him in that debate since Romneycare was the basis for Obamacare. Come on America, we need someone who stands for what we stand for, who believes in conservative principles, and Romney is a Massachusetts conservative through and through meaning he aint very conservative (ie Scott Walker).

  • http://profiles.yahoo.com/u/2GR77FIJZ2A2ZBKZFGRXYG7QY4 kim

    Almost time for Levin to weigh in. This should be good.

  • David_Krys

    No, I will not consider volunteering, phoning, or anything for the Senator. If the Senator wanted a conservative he should of gracefully bowed out after South Carolina. Now he is destined lose the race, and to put the icing on the cake, he will be humiliated in his own state. The Senator is obviously panicking now. I have to say that the Romney campaign was clever in taking Newt out so early in Iowa as they knew they had a much better chance of beating Santorum. On the other hand, Newt wants to get to the convention and get some of his ideas injected into the platform to hold Mittens feet to the fire and this now is more important to me than supporting Santorum. Why? If Romney wins in November, his ability to govern will be greatly diminished from all of his carpet bombing and I am sorry to say, lying, so he needs a strong conservative platform with ideas that can really change the US and not just manage its decay.

    • http://twitter.com/2Eskies2Many Kari George

      Another missing post?
      Well said, David!

    • keyesforpres

      Why should Rick have dropped out after SC? They each had won one state.

  • ApplePie101

    Now that we have you Romney supporters gathered in one place, maybe you can answer some of our concerns about your candidate.

    1. Romney supports the individual mandate. So does Obama.
    Do you believe it’s constitutional to force Americans to buy a product as a condition of simply being alive?

    2. Romney believes in global warming. So does Obama.
    Do you agree with Romney’s statement, ‘I believe the world is getting warmer, and I believe that humans have contributed to that.’

    3. Romney supported cap and trade. So did Obama.
    In 2003, Romney told governor Pataki, ‘We are the first state to enact a cap on CO2′, calling cap-and-trade ‘an effective approach’ to fighting global warming. Do you also support using environmental legislation to penalize industry?

    4. Romney subsidized ethanol with taxpayer money. So did Obama.
    He also gave taxpayer funds to solar energy startup Konarka. Do you think taxpayer money should be used by politicians to invest/gamble on private industry?

    5. Romney thinks there should be ‘quality control’ on new media. So does Obama.
    He told the American Society of Newspaper Editors, ‘Some people thus welcome the tumult in your industry, heralding the new voices and the unfiltered or supposedly unbiased sources. Frankly, in some of the new media, I find myself missing the presence of editors to exercise quality control.’ Which voices do you think he wants to silence or filter, and do you agree with him?

    6. Romney and Obama. Do you agree with George Soros that there is not much difference between them?

    • ApplePie101

      Hello, Romney people? No takers? Hello?

      • ApplePie101

        Not a peep. Sorry if I frightened you.

  • NoMoreMeh

    Right Scoop,

    sort of off-topic, apologies — but I love the box-shadow poll table & css. :)
    Groovy-looking!

  • http://twitter.com/2Eskies2Many Kari George

    +1000, David. Well said!

  • teri_b

    If Rick is going to reengineer his campaign, I have a suggestion. Quit whining and playing the victim. Quit repeating (every third sentence) that you are being outspent. Quit complaining about the establishment. Quit bragging about your lack of organization. If you wanted to run for president, you should have been able to raise money, build an organization that would give us confidence that you have good executive skills, and build a coalition amongst other elected officials that would show they have confidence that they think you being at the top of the ticket will help them get reelected. And you needed to be on the ballot if you wanted to win.

    Every time you point to Romney and say what a weak candidate he is, it illustrates that you are losing to a weak candidate, even though you won the very first state (Iowa).

    Stop with all the negativity and maybe people will be able to envision you as president.

  • K-Bob

    All the Romney fans know this is coming. They just act like they don’t know it.

    With Romney as the nominee, the best thing to hope for is that, after 8 years of Obama, there’s something left for a Republican to fix in 2016.

    • TANGO40

      Bingo!!!

  • Constance

    What I would really like to see before the next presidential primary season is a complete change in the way the primaries are held in this country. There is no reason that a state the size of Texas should not have a primary until the end of May… by then, they have one choice, right? Last time around in 2008, here in AZ, I went and voted, and within a few days, my candidate dropped out and endorsed McCain, because all the big guns were out telling us McCain was the guy. Why do we have non-binding votes? Why are there open primaries, where every flipping democrat and who knows what can vote? What the heck is the purpose of silly caucuses anymore? Votes go missing, nothing is electronic, Joe Blow is driving boxes of votes in the trunk of his car to be counted. Please. It seems to me that the entire process is inherently flawed. We started hearing Romney was the guy after what, the third primary? I’m truly sick of this entire process. Something has to change so that ALL republicans have a voice, NO democrats can get involved, and every state has a say. Is that really so much to ask?

    • GraceKnows

      Wow! You are exactly right, Constance! You hit the nail on the head. Thank you for articulating a real problem with our voting process, er, what there is of it!

    • http://www.davemacleod.net/ dmacleo

      closed primaries (not caucuses) all within very short time frame for all 50 states.
      and if not a state don’t bother.

  • BostonBruin

    Just read on another blog that all the delegates in North Dakota were awarded to Romney even though he came in third place behind Santorum and Paul when they had their caucuses.

    Yet another reason to not vote for Romney. The Republican party must be destroyed.

    • http://www.facebook.com/people/Steven-Valdez/1806887704 Steven Valdez

      Do you have a link to that?

      From my research it shows the delegate count in ND Santorum with 11, Romney for 7, Newt with 8, and Ron Paul 2

      • BostonBruin

        Just modified my original comment and added a link. I hope this isn’t true in the end.

        • http://www.facebook.com/people/Steven-Valdez/1806887704 Steven Valdez

          Might be right I found this link that shows 20 soft Unpledged delegates to Romney. 6 to Rick Santorum and 2 to Ron Paul. Caucus states are weird, but I also heard that Rick Santorum hoped for the similar result in Iowa, where he would get more of the delegates. http://www.thegreenpapers.com/P12/ND-R

          But stories like this the reason I put very little stock in any possibility there would be an open convention where Rick Santorum would win it. The delegates would go to Mitt Romney. Rick Santorum in order to win would need to reach 1144 first to take the nomination away from Mitt.

    • http://twitter.com/2Eskies2Many Kari George

      I’m sure it’s happened in our history before, but this is about crookedest, banana republic joke of an election I’ve ever seen.
      It’s shameful & embarrassing, not to mention infuriating.
      Graft N Corruption R Us

      • http://profile.yahoo.com/NH4WP4T7D7OZK25QPOLATPPS54 Nathaniel w. Stone

        Absolutely right on.

        The Republicans should be ashamed of themselves. The irregularities and disorder have been disgraceful.

        Then has been Romney’s lies and ruthless Alinsky tactics.

        Romney supporters typing nasty epithets about Newt has been the worst part, though. They make Romney look bad. They are too much like Obama’s side.

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Dawn-Larson/100001390500961 Dawn Larson

    Why does everyone think that “if only” this one or that one would get out of the race, the other guy would win? Which is smarter: to run “all out” and get to this point of having to look for ways to sustain as Rick is now … or to run a different kind of campaign that is geared toward the second half of the process?

    FACT: The ONLY two states Newt ran a full out campaign in the first half of the process were HUGE landslide victories and that was with both Mitt & Rick in the race. The rest of the states were not run that way, apparently a fact totally lost on the media.

    Maybe somebody ought to be looking at what Newt’s campaign actually has planned for the second half … instead of making assumptions. Don’t count Newt out just yet …

    • http://profiles.yahoo.com/u/2GR77FIJZ2A2ZBKZFGRXYG7QY4 kim

      I agree. I am a Santorum supporter but I don’t think anyone should be telling anyone else to get out. They should get out when they want as they personally feed lled. It is OK for the campaigns to contact each other privately to try to negotiate these things, but we don’t need Rubios and Ryans coming out giving their diktats from on high.

      • http://profile.yahoo.com/NH4WP4T7D7OZK25QPOLATPPS54 Nathaniel w. Stone

        I resent the RNC establishment working so hard to shape this race and trying to shove a radical lying, corrupt liberal on us.

    • http://twitter.com/2Eskies2Many Kari George

      Dawn, you just made my- & my husband’s, day.
      Thanks!

    • GraceKnows

      Whoo-hoo!! Go Newt! It’s downright scary when you turn on the TV, radio, or whatever, and everybody’s saying, “Oh, well, it’s over. Let’s get behind Romney…” What a load of propaganda! The idea is for everyone to lay down their arms and surrender. THIS IS NOT OVER! What is Romney so afraid of? I think we know the answer to that. Romney could never have reached this point without the boatloads of money he threw all over, not to mention his attack machine.

      Here’s to the finish line!!! NEWT 2012

  • starvingchildren

    Newt’s “landslides” aren’t relevant. SC (a red state not going Democrat ever) was in the afterglow of his bullying one of the debate moderators (who can remember – who cares) and Georgia. He’ll be endorsing Romney — he is just waiting for the opening to do so in a grandiose way that makes him the center of attention and preserves his ability to command $50k for a speech.

    As great a pay-per-view event a debate with BHO would be, Newt can’t run his own campaign let alone the country. The only reason Newt’s staying in is the notion that he and only he can debate BHO. What evidence do we have that BHO is a great debater? None — he had a supine media and no record in ’08.

    The media is still supine, but he now has an (abysmal) record to defend. Oration and debating aren’t the same thing.

    Happy Easter to all.

    • http://twitter.com/2Eskies2Many Kari George

      Did you forget Newt’s engineering the republicans reclaiming the House for the first time in 40 years, the Contract With America (which they kept), 4 balanced budgets in a row (the first time we had a balanced budget in our lifetime), welfare reform, & cut taxes? Millions of new jobs were created as a result of these reforms.
      All under Newt’s leadership. And until he did it, nobody believed he could.

      Newt’s the guy who DID it. The others are just wannabes.

      • stage9

        We may not be able to forget all of that, but we also can’t forget that this isn’t the 90’s. And TODAY, in the here and NOW, Gingrich is losing by HUGE margins. The only usefulness he serves at this point is to prevent the LEADING Conservative from beating the leading liberal!

        He needs to put his own pride aside and bow out.

        • http://twitter.com/2Eskies2Many Kari George

          :-) Rick is neither leading nor is he 100% conservative.
          Maybe Rick needs to remember that this isn’t the 16th century.

          • http://profile.yahoo.com/VNYSALCJWXWHB4TV2AXW5VFYBU TJ

            Very disappointed in your 16th century comment. I think stage9 is referring to contests won in he/she said ‘leading conservative’ and referring to Romney as the ‘leading liberal’. I also believe neither Rick nor Newt has 100 percent records of conservatism, but most would consider them both conservatives.

        • Trust1TG

          This is not a a matter of pride, but principle. Newt is in it to articulate conservative issues and principles.

          That is something Romney cannot do.

          Romney has principal, not principle.

      • starvingchildren

        Then why did his own colleagues run him out on a rail? Newt lacks executive disposition. Some good things were done while Newt was speaker — but he didn’t do it single handedly.

        • http://twitter.com/2Eskies2Many Kari George

          Look what happened under his successors & you’ll find your answer. (they spent like drunken sailors on their first shore leave.) It’s how we got to where we are today.
          Same reason the GOPe is fighting him so hard. They’re lazy so & sos who are addicted to our money.
          Santorum is a big spender who tries to hide behind “taking one for the team”. Or 10
          Romney is wink wink heh heh one of them who will maintain the status quo
          Paul…Paul is just nuts

    • GraceKnows

      Famous last words.

      And happy Easter to you.

    • Trust1TG

      By that same token – Romney’s wins have been in Blue states that always go Democrat.

      • starvingchildren

        I don’t think this election will be close. Romney and only Romney can move the undecideds. Elections are won on the margins. Moreover he is far and away the best man for president.

        You can see how desperate the dems are and BHO is digging a deeper hole by the day. Even the most stalwart libs are grasping at straws.

        To the handful of passionate Santorum supporters that seem to live on this site — your posts amount to self flagellation. (To those that say he is the same as Obama… well, you’re idiots.) Your guy has no chance and is compromising his future in politics, unless he aspires to go the John Anderson/Ross Perot route.

  • xam3991

    GAME CHANGING NEWS!!!

    I am emailing you to share some important news that will reset this race.

    In Texas the Republican Party is moving today to change the primary there on May 29th to winner-take-all, meaning all 155 delegates will be up for grabs and awarded to the popular vote winner.

    If our campaign wins Texas, and we will, the delegate gap with Mitt Romney will have closed dramatically and this campaign will head to the convention and be decided there. If we do not, our grassroots, issue based campaign together for a better America will end in the Lone Star state (hopefully nowhere near the Alamo).

    Between now and the Texas we must do everything we can to make sure we win in places like Pennsylvania later this month and in states such as Kentucky and Arkansas so that we are able to sustain our momentum until Texas has a chance to vote.

    Let me be clear: the final goal of our campaign is the defeat of Barack Obama. That’s why I ran for President in the first place and it is why I am continuing in this race until at least Texas.

    I firmly believe Mitt Romney’s support for his Massachusetts health care mandate, Cap and Trade and the bailouts make him unelectable in the fall. We cannot afford a nominee that does not stand strong for our conservative principles.

    We need a principled, Reagan conservative to challenge Barack Obama in the fall and nothing less.

    Proud to stand with Rick,

    Mike Biundo
    Campaign Manager

    • http://twitter.com/2Eskies2Many Kari George

      The game is afoot, then. Newt has a great organization in Texas, was second to Luap Nor in the “in person” part of the poll (Paulbots blew out the text poll by like 50+%).
      Bring Y’All’s lunch & a change of britches. Texas Belongs To Newt!

      • xam3991

        Keep dreaming LOL. If you want Romney vote for Newt!

        • http://profile.yahoo.com/NH4WP4T7D7OZK25QPOLATPPS54 Nathaniel w. Stone

          Pooh.

    • http://www.facebook.com/people/Steven-Valdez/1806887704 Steven Valdez

      interesting monkey wrench if it’s true.

      • xam3991

        The REAL Count

        Our current internal count that takes into account ongoing county, district, and state conventions is as follows:

        Romney – 571

        Santorum – 342

        Newt – 158

        Paul – 91

        http://www.ricksantorum.com/news/2012/04/medias-delegate-math-wrong

        • http://www.facebook.com/people/Steven-Valdez/1806887704 Steven Valdez

          Updated at 5:20 p.m. to include comments from the RNC throwing cold water on the winner-take-all effort:

          A spokesman for the Republican National Committee said Texas would need — but not receive — a waiver from the national party to change its primary.

          “There is no basis for a waiver. Texas will remain a proportional state,” spokesman Sean Spicer said via Twitter.

          http://www.statesman.com/blogs/content/shared-gen/blogs/austin/politics/entries/2012/04/05/effort_would_change_texas_prim.html?cxntfid=blogs_postcards?cxtype=rss_texas-politics

        • http://twitter.com/2Eskies2Many Kari George

          If it’s all the same to you, I believe I’ll take Politico & CBS news stats over Rick Santorum’s.

          @Steven Thank you for for the update! (meteor fingers you got there)

          • xam3991

            I couldn’t care less who you take your stats from, your not a supporter of Rick.

        • http://profile.yahoo.com/NH4WP4T7D7OZK25QPOLATPPS54 Nathaniel w. Stone

          Some delegates are not bound.

      • http://twitter.com/2Eskies2Many Kari George

        Okay, I’ve done the homework on this & it hasn’t been decided or happened yet. It is being *attempted* (which, personally, winner take all is fine by me.)

        This from The Texas Conservative News blog

        http://hardincountyconservatives.blogspot.com/2012/04/urgent-texas-gop-winner-take-all.html

        “Now it is time to take it to the next step. Now it is time to do something that we should have done a long time ago. Now is the time for Texas Republicans to have a voice and be relevant. It is time to go back to winner take all!

        We need 15 members of the 62 Texas Republican Party State Republican Executive Committee members to sign a petition in order to call for an emergency meeting of the SREC to change the Texas GOP rules back to us being a Winner Take All state instead of being proportional.

        We already have 15 or more members ready to sign the petition to call this emergency meeting.
        Before we turn in the petition and call the meeting, we want to make sure we have enough support from all the other SREC members. Things are looking good so far! Call your SREC member and ask them to support an emergency meeting to go back to winner take all.

        Once we see that we have enough support from the rest of the SREC, we will then turn in the petition and call the emergency meeting.”

        You guys need to stop trying to mislead people.

    • Trust1TG

      Re: TEXAS – has Romney accepted the debate yet?

      The Texas Republicans say it’s NOT optional.

      http://hardincountyconservatives.blogspot.com/2012/04/texas-gop-passes-resolutions-warning.html

      • xam3991

        excellent question…I have no clue.

      • http://twitter.com/2Eskies2Many Kari George

        Dunno. It’ll be interesting.

      • starvingchildren

        And you assume Rick would win a head to head debate with Mitt? Texans don’t cotton to whiners.

        • http://twitter.com/2Eskies2Many Kari George

          No, we sure don’t. We also don’t suffer fools gladly. Before you feel too smug, Mitt got 6.6% of the vote in the Texas straw poll.
          We’ve got his number.

          I didn’t know it was so bad here for Rick. Apparently, Rick has only received donations from one N Texas county. It’s the least he’s received from any one area & it was more than 6 weeks ago. I’m not surprised, though. There’s a really hardcore Baptist swath from about Waco up to north of DFW. Whole bunch of Methodists, too. Not sure how Baptists feel about Catholics they can’t convert. He shouldn’t have said that about “mainline churches”. I bet that went over like a lead balloon.

          • JoeMontana16

            Santorums money problems here in Texas has nothing to do with him being Catholic. Man, some of you Guy’s have to really work hard to explain why rick doesn’t get support and money. Its always somebody else’s fault. The conspiracy against Rick. Texans don’t like the Guy. Even if they want him over Romney they still don’t like him. Don’t blame it on Protestants if Rick doesn’t win Texas. Its because he’s no good.

          • starvingchildren

            Straw polls have as much as substance as… straw. Only political hobbyists care about them.
            Rick doesn’t have enough money to buy media. He’ll likely suspend his campaign by the Texas primary anyway.

      • GraceKnows

        “Don’t Mess with Texas Mitt Romney!” Ha, ha! I like Texas. I imagine that Mitt wouldn’t dare thumb his nose at Texas, anyway, just because he knows it’s just too big a state to blow off this time. It made me mad when he an Rick wouldn’t attend the other two debates.

  • Trust1TG

    It seems that Santorum’s problems in PA have NOTHING to do with Newt. They are Santorum’s own making.

    In this article “Problems With the Truth: Confessions of a 22-Year Rick Santorum Observer” a Pennsylvanian who has known Rick from the earliest years, brings out the truth about his record and actions in PA.
    (http://www.forbes.com/sites/jerrybowyer/2012/04/04/problems-with-the-truth-confessions-of-a-22-year-rick-santorum-observer/)

    People in Pennsylvania know Rick best.

    We need Newt to stay in this race – at least one candidate has to tell the truth.

    And we know that candidate will not be Romney.

    • http://twitter.com/2Eskies2Many Kari George

      You are my hero, Trust! I read that article earlier this morning & wanted to quote it but I could *not* find it in my history. Drove me nuts.
      Thaaank You!

    • xam3991

      PA is very liberal.

      • marketcomp

        From the articles that I have read I wonder how in world did Pat Toomeyor Rick Santorum get elected? I didn’t realize that PA had gotten so liberal. That is troubling!

    • marketcomp

      You know I read the entorie article. Not sure if RS will leave it on but I found nothing really troubling. The article referennces a Pittsburg Project, Rick having two homes, which I think is legal, and his lack of charitable givng. But the one article that I found interesting and was sited as the main reason for Rick being outsed as Senator was this one:
      http://www.fandm.edu/politics/politically-uncorrected-column/rick-santorum-why-he-lost-pennsylvania-what-it-means

      I pull a quote from it, “In 2002, he ,Rick Santorum, incensed both liberals and many Catholics by attributing sex abuse by priests to permissive liberalism. Equally controversially, he equated gay sex to bestiality and railed against homosexuals as immoral. For good measure, in a book published during the campaign, he questioned the propriety of working women and the necessity of two-income families.” Now I think Dr. Laura also question the importance of two incomes especially when we see teenage pregnacies on the rise and drug abuse. Isn’t it normal to question that? I mean Rick’s mother was a college graduate and a working mom so I don’t think he want to keep women bare foot and pregnant. Bu, whats wrong with some women wanting to stay home if they chose to. I think doing that time many women felt pressured and beleived that they had to go to work outside the home. I don’t know about most of you but I don’t find this troubling. I mean Mitt supported gay marriage and even performed the ceremonies. I say what better contrast to have Rick go up against Obama.

      I wonder if there is some payback for not being pro-homosexual. The following artical rails on about inconsequential crap:

      http://www.forbes.com/sites/jerrybowyer/2012/04/04/problems-with-the-truth-confessions-of-a-22-year-rick-santorum-observer/5/

      • http://twitter.com/2Eskies2Many Kari George

        I don’t see how it’s possible that we were reading 2 different articles with the same title by the same writer.

        The point of the article is that Rick is dishonest (he “makes things up”) It is centered around pushing a regional tax hike on the people of Pa for “the Regional Renaissance
        Initiative”- a baseball park, football stadium, & convention center paid for by the tax payers. The democratic mayor was the main political sponsor & the main business sponsor was a group that represented large corporations that had a history of support for tax hikes, urban renewal & government-centered development projects.
        It used Keynesian multiplier models to argue that this government spending would pay for itself in economic development. (sounds like Obama) When that failed, they introduced another using completely government funding.

        The article also talks about the controversies with his kids’ schooling, their house, a Chris Wallace interview transcript, his little daughter, Bella & the situation with Terry Madonna- the guy Rick yelled BS at.

        I didn’t see anything even like what you’re talking about, MC. Unless it was truncated (doesn’t *look* like it) for Town Hall, I don’t know what to think.

        People *need* to read this article. (I am reading the one at Town Hall because the Forbes one is still 404 for me)

        • marketcomp

          Within the article another link was referenced and that is where I pulled the quote. These articles appear to be a smear campaign against Rick Santorum. Additionally, I really don’t see any dishonesty just the authors point of view of the situation. I mean he didn’t take any money, he didn’t have affairs on his wife, he spoke up for his values, he didn’t implement laws or policies that infringe on individual freedoms, he never supported individual mandates, he has always fought for his values, he did not support bailouts, cap & trade, and consistently fought for the defense of marriage, and he certainly did not switch parties. Ok none of the candidates are perfect and I know Rick would be the first to admit that but he as values and really he is the most articulate and knowledgeable about many domestic and almost all foreign affairs and policies which are all really important hallmarks for a President.

          • http://twitter.com/2Eskies2Many Kari George

            The problem I have, MC, is that, upon closer investigation, I have doubts that Rick is only claiming these are his values to sway people. I have a problem with that. Now, I don’t doubt that it is partially true (that these are his values to some extent), but the record of his past actions have enough volume to raise doubt for me.

            I am *very* familiar with the kind of project discussed in Bowyer’s article. We’ve had exactly that happen- multiple times over the years, where I live. The writer described it (the details) to a T. Only the identities were changed re the people, “improvements”, & places involved. Unfortunately, it’s the kind of things Rick voted for in the Senate. (*if* you are interested, here is a link to the voting record. It might be useful in making Y’All’s argument/ defending him
            http://www.redstate.com/erick/2012/01/06/what-a-big-government-conservative-looks-like/
            Romney hasn’t brought any of this up- to my knowledge, & I don’t see how the left can, but who knows.)

            How much personal animus or bias is involved with anyone- for or against, is always in play. What matters, really, is the voters’ perception; their feelings & memory of the events is what will make the difference. I have no idea what happened in Pa, but I have “been there” where I live & it is an accurate portrayal from that pov. All the pieces are in place & that gives it credibility to me. It looks researchable if anyone wants to debunk it.

            • marketcomp

              You know we all understand that none of the candidates are perfect but I am looking at the big picture here. Santorum has not done one thing to infringe on individual freedoms and he has also acknowledge that he has made mistakes. In my humble opinion he is forgiven. What I know for sure is that he will never paa any laws or policies that will significantly limit individual freedoms. From reading the articles I detect some aninous perhaps even payback, not really sure. Senators are involved in projects like this all over the country. But he didn’t buy the land and then sell it back to the government to make a big profit like Dennis Hassert and Harry Reid. Mitt Romney is more dangerous because he does change his mind often and of course the biggest issue of the day, Romney care. Romney’s decision making is suspect to me and I don’t like that. You must remember that he did represent Pa. and the citzens there are more government centered. So, I can move forward with becasue I think he is still the brightes and sharpest to go up against Obama.

              • http://twitter.com/2Eskies2Many Kari George

                All who accept the Lord into their hearts are forgiven.
                We’ve let our Congress go way, way astray of what they were originally intended to do. Yes, they’ve all fallen prey to the temptations there & it’s back to bite them when they try to run for president.
                I understand where you- and all Santorum supporters are coming from. I feel the same way about Newt.

    • http://twitter.com/2Eskies2Many Kari George
  • wodiej
  • http://profile.yahoo.com/NH4WP4T7D7OZK25QPOLATPPS54 Nathaniel w. Stone

    Let them all stay in – especially Newt Gingrich. He articulates conservatism better than any of the candidates.

    The more people hear, the more they learn.

    Hopefully, Texas will stick to their guns about the Texas Republican Debate.

    They probably ought to get the colleges to bus kids in to hear it. (and not let Romney buy up all the tickets)

    Then the young electorate can hear and will become educated about Conservative values.

    • xam3991

      Newt staying in would be and has been disastrous that is why you see conservative leaders pressuring him to drop out.

      Newt CANNOT win the nomination because he doesn’t qualify for the convention. He would have to win 3 more states to qualify and that is not going to happen.

      A vote for Newt is a vote for Romney.

  • http://www.therightscoop.com/ K Michael O’Donovan

    Santorum can win it all.

  • JoeMontana16

    Santorum, the Republican Al Gore. Having a rough time winning his own state. Wow, that gives me a lot of confidence in the Guy.