***SANTORUM ALSO WINS COLORADO***
Santorum gave a great speech tonight as he won both Minnesota and Missouri. Below is his full speech:
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Wow. Just Wow! Who would have thought?
I am impressed, very impressed indeed. Way to go Rick Santorum! True Conservatives have your back, keep espousing true conservatism and you will prevail. Keep doing what you do best! Go Santy Go!
Rick Santorum is only socially conservative, not fiscally.
He is a big government Republican.
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This was a truly superb speech. On can not emphasize enough how well he enunciated the conservative message. Give me Newt or Rick but one of em needs to drop out so that we can unify the Conservative vote….
Superb speech and great great great result for Rick !!!!
I agree totally. I believe Newt should get out and stop splitting the vote or we may very well end up with Romney. Let’s all spread the good word about Santorum.
We should demand Romney drop out. He’s real vote splitter for the GOP/Conservatives and is taking the focus off of Obama, Mitt is the one who should get lost, he’s wasting our time!
Absolutely! It’s time to drop out, Mitt!
On top of Mitt who should drop out…what about Paul? He’s another splitter who will go to the bitter end, then turn around and run as 3rd Party. He’s not denied it. And when he does run you will know he’s an egotistical little schmuck. Like Levin said, he knows full well he can’t win, but what kind of person runs 3rd Party, splits the vote risks an Obama 2nd term? A self serving egotist who loves the kisses, hugs and accolades of his supporters, that’s who!.
Hopefully Rand will grab his old man by the scruff of the neck, and say, “OK dad! Nuf’s nuf! Put crazy back in the box, get in the car and let’s go home.”
Personally, I’d like to see Romney get out and quit splitting the conservative vote.
There was a lot of talk (even on this forum) about Santorum bowing out for Newt….not because of anyone’s dislike for Santorum, but folks were making the case that Santorum was “spoiling” the conservative victory by splitting the vote with Newt. The thought was that if Santorum dropped out, all those votes would unify under Newt and he could then sufficiently oust Romney from the top spot.
My opinion is and has been that Newt could at best grab 2/3 or 1/2 of Santorum’s base for himself. It was never proven even in polls that it would be a landslide push of 90-100% shifting to Newt. There are folks out there that just plain believe Newt isn’t our best representative, true or not.
Polling shows that actually the inverse is true. Most all of Newt’s votes would shift to Santorum–possibly splitting a little with Paul. So, if Newt were to drop you would then achieve that conservative majority under Santorum. Last night proved that a unified vote under Santorum provides a clear conservative majority.
So, now, will my fellow conservatives who called for Santorum to step aside for the conservative cause have the stomach to ask the same of their favorite candidate? That’s a big question, and it would speak volumes around motive to say the least. I, for one, maintain my position that if Newt or Santorum believe it is right to continue their fight for the nomination, they should do as their conscience directs.
Nevertheless, I am shamelessly supportive of Santorum. I think he has the right message, the right integrity, and the right disposition at the right time. I think President Santorum has a good conservative ring to it.
“I think President Santorum has a good conservative ring to it.” That is especially so, when you discover the meaning/etymology of the name “Santorum” itself: Saint or Saint-like.
PS Great great point, well made!
I admit I was one that called for Santorum to bow out in favor of Newt, but I did not because I disliked Santorum as a matter of fact I think he is better than Newt! However based on the caucuses and primaries that followed Iowa, Santorum was not doing well and the next best conservative was Newt to challenge the old guards pick in Obomney!!!
I am very happy for Rick and the sweep shows he is a viable opposition to Willard and I will call for Newt to bow out and support Santorum!
I did. I knew it . He is going to be the President and we are going to pray him to the WH!!
Thats a truly beautiful sentiment….I have to say having won 4 states now…more than anyone else its certainly head-scratching time. He is doing well, no doubt….
Great analogy jolly, I am praying for Rick too. My hope is restored for our future tonight!
That was the speech of a victor!
Support Santorum! He’s better than Romney and Gingrich! He’s not the perfect candidate for conservatives, but he’s the only one we got left in this field. Palin did not run. Cain was destroyed. Bachmann couldn’t make it because of suspicion she was colluding with Romney. It falls to Santorum to hold up the conservative mantle. After the Tea Party revolution in 2010, how can we now go on and nominate the author of Obamacare? We need a real contrast and a real conservative who is young and who can win in the Midwest in November. That’s Rick Santorum!
I’m on explorer at the moment, but I am going to open my firefox browser just to “like” your comment again. And I might just download Safari just so I can do it a third time. Might! I never ever resort to Ron Paul fans’ tactics; but on this occasion, I’ll be naughty. Great post & well said mate.
Time for the faker, Newt to drop out! Go Rick!
Best line: I don’t claim to be the conservative alternative to Mitt Romney, I claim to be the alternative to Barack Obama.
Great job, Rick Santorum! Keep preaching true conservative ideas and stay away from the personal politics! I’m donating tonight to your campaign.
Agreed Mike – that was a great line and hey “teleprompter free”
It is a good feeling to feel hopeful again.
It feels good to listen to someone and not feel like you have to take a shower afterwards.
Whose head explosion will make the biggest mess? Ann Coulter or Erick Erickson?
Erickson’s first….I think the death meteor might provide the spark.
Thank you Scoop! I missed it earlier! YAY Rick!!!
I bet you are on a high right now eh?(thought I would throw in a bit of Canadian speek..just in case you missed it!)
Beauty eh! lol!
O my Gosh!!!!
Santorum’s wife looks so proud of her guy!
And hey she should be…he is a great guy. I pray to the Lord now that the vile smear-mongers in the Romney filth machine don’t attempt drag this truly good good man down into the gutter with their lies and distortions.
I think, unfortunately for Newt, Rick got to learn first hand how to deal with the press Romney will try to rain down. He is too smart to fall for the trap after seeing it happen right in front of him. He will continue on the banner of “he is the best conservative alternative to Barrack Obama”. He will go with that consistently because –heck– what will Romney do to answer Rick’s charges around Romneycare and TARP? He’ll be forced to use his money to explain his position…which will make him look even more silly and non-conservative. Like I said in previous posts, Romney can’t even FAKE conservative.
Right on. Rick is talking about the CONTRAST that only he can draw in the national contest.
Vote Sanitarium, we will have the gayest campaign ever.
Keep it up, TROLL.
Errr…what???!! Oh my goodness were you attempting humor??!!! A lib attempting humor …. that by itself is funny since libs are usually frothing at the mouth, carpet-biting, swivel eyed loons that explode on impact
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Rick Santorum the true conservative!! I think conservatives have been motivated by fear instead of principle in this search for a Republican candidate. Many have overlooked Mitt Romney’s colossal issues and bashed Newt for his and vice versa.
We have been told only Mitt Romney can win the general election….he didn’t win one state tonight…….Don’t believe the baloney.
This is all quite depressing. Santorum isn’t as principled or as conservative as he claims to be. This is just conservatives looking for love in all the wrong places as usual. He’s literally the guy at the bottom of the barrel, and is quite deceptive in the way he campaigns. Not as deceptive as Obama, but he certainly has been deceptive when discussing his competitors since Cain on down.
All baseless, vindictive and desperate assertions. Not a word of substance in what you just said.
Yes, I was going to reply along those lines, but couldn’t muster the energy. Thanks.
There are times when you just have to drop your head and pray for patience…..Ricardo, do you realise how overwhelming childish and pouting you sound??
No. He unfortunately doesn’t. I’ve been down this road with him.
Haven’t we all (shaking my head)
He could be a troll. They do tend to show up now and then. And I guess their numbers will increase now that RINO lost 3 races. Even Obama probably wants Mitt to win.
Never really has been either. He’s angry…
He seems to be rising to the top now… Not bad for a “bottom-feeder”.
I couldn’t be happier for him right now.
Notice how conservative crowds chant “U -S- A”, like this crowd.
The Left is about men and the cult of personality. They chant: “O – Ba -Ma”. Sad.
What a splendid insight – I thank you for that
CNN pundits are stunned Rick could win all 3 or come close.
I don’t think they know what is going with the people or the internet.
The REALLY sad part is they are upset MITT is getting beat, and THAT is bad for America, no?
The lovely thing about it is, he did it without money, without media support (though also without media bashing to any great degree), and without elite approval. He broke all the rules.
Now, as long as he can withstand the coming onslaught….
But it is wonderful to see Romney so comprehensively taken down.
I also very much appreciated his stand concerning Obama’s persecution of religion. This is why either he or Newt must win.
I wonder how many delegates he won.
But great job Santorum, I couldn’t be more prouder of you! Godspeed!!
no delegates, just a bump in morale..and a punch in Romney’s gut!
works for me!
I thought Romney’s campaign director’s comments around McCain losing 19 states and Paul’s message of “We want delegates!” were both losing messages that showed the blow itself that Santorum dealt.
While true, no delegates, this was a shot across the bow of the RNC think tanks that say Romney is the only electable guy and that somehow Romney is gaining momentum because he approached 50% in NV. No sir, what tonight showed is that when conservatives get behind a true conservative with a real conservative presidential message for all Americans, an overwhelming majority that includes independents will follow him as they did in the 80’s. That is the message that all the pundits are trying to block out of their minds this morning because it doesn’t fit their “electable” narrative any better than it did back then.
Colorado is in the margin of error. Right now there’s only a few hundred votes between Mitt and Rick.
True, but where is Newt? He’s got to get out there with a re-tweaked message or his support is going to erode.
Yes drphibes, but that’s reeeeeal bad for McRomney, proving what we Conservatives have said all along about that clown. He can’t win without us, and we don’t want Willard, we want a Conservative nominee.
Now I wonder if Gingrich is going to drop out of the race…
Haha. Santorum should “encourage” Newt to step aside, like he suggested to Rick a couple of weeks back.
Don’t forget that Newt will still be strong in the South. This was a great night for Santorum and a bad night for Mittens..and Newt called it!
I love Newt, but if he fails to change his message, Santorum will begin to erode his support before we even get there.
COME ON NEWT!
I’ll vote for either over Romney.
I have been reading that there is been some change-ups in his inner circle..so that should help. Plus Rick Perry personally asked his many donors to donate to Newt(last week) so that should help Newt with oppo research, ads, and messaging. Santorum will get a boost from tonight, but I am not sure how much it will effect him in the long run, because he needs major money and organization..which he just doesn’t have. What this has done is show Romney that he isn’t the choosen one and that a majority of people do not want him! So I say thanks Rick for that!
True dat (I never get to use it), however, Newt needs to get back to voicing the Constitution and articulating Conservatism and not talking about Romney’s “Wall street machine”, etc.
He needs to get back on message and articulate why we should vote for him.
That’s all I’m saying. And he better not wait too long because momentum is momentum.
I think with Romney focusing his ire and immense smear machine on Santorum..Newt will have a chance to be as he was in the beginning. We will have to wait and see…all in all I am happy we are celebrating a conservative win tonight and not a rino one!
If Romney goes for Rick then he will be seen for the malicious, vile, gutter-dwelling politico heactually is…
He’s been back on message you just haven’t been listening.
Shouldn’t everyone start calling on Romney to drop out of the race now, so Rick can concentrate on Obama?
I saw this comment on RIGHT SCOOP by SUSANNA958.
CUTE SNARKY. no?
Someone just told me that no delegates were at stake in these two states – is that true?
Yes, but it will give a bump to Santorum and a low for Romney!
It was “non-binding”. However, these votes do influence the eventual delegates–or in theory do.
Well, this election, theory is taking a vacation. Rick is going to sweep Obozo back to Chicago.
Without NEWT taking on Mitt, these victories were not possible.
Think about this for a minute, who is the strongest team player in the race of 4 or the 9????
I think NEWT is a lot wiser than people think.
True, but Rick is breaking out – showing that he’s not a back-bencher as people get to know him. These wins cast him in a more formidable light and give him legitimate gravitas.
Peaking at just the right time.
I agree that Newt is still in it to win it..because he will take the South. Point is, at the end of this day..Romney is not as strong as he thought he was, and for that I can only thank Rick!
The support for Newt and Rick shows the base’s disenchantment with next-in-line RINOS like Mitt. This is a demonstrable win for conservatism tonight. A battle won, though not the war (yet).
One thing that is interesting is the “have to’s”. To be the GOP nominee, you have to win South Carolina. Well, Newt did that. Oh wait– to be the GOP nominee, apparently you have to win FLORIDA. Well, Romney did that one. Not much talk about the importance of Missouri or Minnesota.
Well SC has choosen the winner for decades, so that is why people said that. As for Florida, that was just recently said, all for the benefit of Romney!
This race is historic. All the old rules and benchmarks are out the window.
So true…this has been like a movie filled with so many highs and lows..it has left me happy, depressed, and breathless all at the same time. And my hubby thinks this stuff is boring!
Yes, and tonight was an underdog drama, like Rocky.
sigh..I love me some Rocky. His last one was the best I think..hmm guess what I am going to do right now!? Sly here I come. Cheers everybody..go to sleep tonight knowing Romney will be tossing and turning and wondering how it all went so wrong!
Cheers. And yes, the last Rocky was fantastic. Sly doesn’t mess around, he’ll be doing great work for many years to come. The man is in his 60s and he almost killed himself (several times) making the Expendables. And after he almost killed himself, he kept shooting.
Rocky Balboa: “It ain’t about how hard ya hit. It’s about how hard you can get it and keep moving forward. How much you can take and keep moving forward. That’s how winning is done!”
Rocky Balboa: “I’ve got two exotic creatures, these here turtles. One named cuff, the other named link–oooh, aye”.
That is precisely the case with this race.
The best part is they are actually discussing our founding principles. When McCain became our reluctant nominee, our core values weren’t even being brought up. It was just “Isn’t this Obama guy kind of a socialist?”
Just let him have the remote to the old t.v. in the den.
Yeah. Normally, by this time, it’s become a 2 man race with a clear front-runner. Obviously not the case this year. I like the longer contest solely because it gives all who participate more candidate options. I only wish we still had Perry and Bachmann in the race, not that I think they could win, but because I think they elevated the debate and pulled the entire conversation to the right.
While I’m wishing, it would be nice to see Paul Ryan in the mix.
I agree. It’s all a conspiracy to elect Mr. Inevitable.
To be fair though, if our choice is Romney and Obama, I won’t give it a second thought.
(did I already pray for Palin to jump in?)
yep…I second that.(about Palin that is)
She won’t. And I don’t blame her. The communists have caused her and her family too much pain.
Well, I guess after this election they may change their minds. After, it’s a different ball game this year than ever before too. Everything, and I do mean EVERYTHING, depends on electing a great American and true conservative.
Totally agree – there is wind yet in the Conservative sails !!!
Newt isn’t going anywhere. At this point I still think he has a strong chance. A much stronger chance than Santorum.
But even though I’ve wanted Santorum to drop out to give Gingrich the votes, congratulations to him. I like him a lot and I respect him as a man and as a conservative. I’d have no problem with him being Commander in Chief.
I’m just not sure his candidacy is actually relevant. Tonight’s results notwithstanding.
Newt has forced all the GOP candidates to face issues and up their game. He has also been a teacher for the average citizens on the issues – that’s what he is – a teacher and communicator.
Someone said Newt could be given a huge body of new information one night and teach on it outlining the principles, pros, cons, etc. in an understandable way the next day. He has a formidable analytical intellect.
Which one will ultimately prevail is a good question. Right now I see Romney being exposed and perceived as the catastrophe he is, which is the most important thing that can happen at this point. He needs to be rendered irrelevant and then we can see which of the only 2 real options is the better one.
IMO, Newt’s strengths are stronger. I kept wishing I could have heard this speech Newt style. But Newt has got to get his act together and keep it together. If he cannot do that and continues to flounder, I will have to support Santorum. But it’s got to be one or the other.
For the time being I’m enjoying the conservative boost and looking forward to the South and Super Tuesday.
There is so much to like here. The candidate, the speach, the momentum shift in the race…so much to like! Santorum is a fantastic option for President and I was hoping voters would give him a chance to stay in this race.
Rick has been under the bench and out of town as NEWT took on the multi million dollar man, FRANKENromoney, attacking NEWT I may add (cover fire).
See, this has been the plan to fool you all.
Granpa NEWT told him to rest up, and keep his head down.
It was announced after IOWA, when everyone said NEWT would take out MITT for RICK. go look at the video tape.
Ive heard Romney called many things…mittens…Romneyama…etc etc but FrankenRomney is by far the best and funniest. I’m literally laughing out loud notwithstanding the excellent points made in your comment…
Three for Three !!!!
Take that Mr. Moneybags Romney!
I will vote for Santorum if he’s the nominee. At this point I’m still holding out for Gingrich, it’s going to be a long campaign and Romney might run out of money to fund negative ads. If it’s between the three, Gingrich. If it’s between the two (Newt drops out), Santorum.
But whoever runs against the One™ gets my vote.
Please god make Sarah run.
Haha. I like the One™. I guess Zero™ was taken by Coke.
I like Newt on policy, but he has demographic issues I doubt he can overcome. He’s pretty much dead last in support from married & divorced women, and I don’t believe he’ll ever address it. Being “not Obama” will not be enough to get the ones who really don’t trust his character to show up in November. I fear his nomination would drag down the ticket and jeopardize other close races.
I tend to respectuflly disagree. His support was exploding before Romney pummeled him with negative ads in Iowa. And that support came from Tea Party conservatives and other conservatives who for years have been bombarded with the “Gingrich Who Stole Christmas” meme.
He seems to be happily married and committed to his wife, who apparently is just as loving as this country as he is.
His previous personal life is not an issue for me. His articulating our founding principles, and his dedication to beating Obama and preserving our liberty, is.
I can’t tell if you’re a married or divorced woman from looking at your profile, but, even if you are, your support is anecdotal at best. I’m looking at poll data. It says differently, and, anecdotally, the majority of my friends who fall into that demographic category back up my concern. Even those who are very conservative prefer Romney over Gingrich because he has been faithful to his wife.
And, on his current marriage: his prior marriages lasted 18 and 12 years respectively. He does seem happy now, but history would suggest that a President Gingrich would invite a scandal as he is 12 years into his current marriage. Not that I expect it, necessarily. But I like to keep my eyes open, look at the big picture and consider all reasonable possibilities so nothing sneaks up on me.
GOP Country Chair said Santorum won Colorado!! Yes!!
Santorum the COLORADO KID!
We’ll hear more clap-trap about Romney, but this is a SEISMIC win. It changes the dynamics and perceived momentum. The GOP will not force-feed us another Ford-GHWBush-Dole-McCain RINO moderate.
Of course Romney’s camp put it out there that it wasn’t a big deal since this was just a beauty contest, blah, blah, I don’t remember them saying that about Iowa!
Just more spin from the most dishonest of campaigns, the Romney campaign.
If it smells like crap, and it looks like crap and yes if it tastes like crap it must be coming from Camp Romney….
Didn’t you mean the 2nd most dishonest? Nothing beats Obama 2008.
I mean in THIS GOP race.
In Romneyworld any contest Romney does not win is not a big deal, by definition.
Whoo hoo!! Just saw the breaking news on the CBS site!! Yay!!! now I can go to bed a happy girl! Night y’all!
Signing off with fond wishes of fireworks, confetti, and jubilation over Santorum’s “hat trick.”
Michigan conservatives! I’m calling you out! Don’t vote Mitt, pick Rick! We need a conservative at the top of the ticket not a moderate. Michigan conservatives you are the key to getting Romney out of this race. Don’t let us down! Pick Rick!!
I was really saddened to see that Thad McCotter endorsed Romney. You gotta think he just did that to keep the gUnions from being mad at him.
“DON’T VOTE MITT, PICK RICK!” What a great bumper sticker!
Good for us!
Rick newtered Romney!
That was very inspiring. Time to give Rick Santorum the once over.
52% the more people learned about Mitt Romney the less they like him.
38% republicans that voted for Mitt Romney in Florida wish they had another alternative.
Now that statistic is important. But I have to think they did not study the candidates very well if that was the case because if you had issues with Newt and he has done and said some things that I object to, but still support him, then you could easily vote for Rick…
So I’m wondering if Mitt Romney’s attack machine will backfire once he goes against Santorum. This is not Newt, Santorum is like your really nice guy neighbor. People seemed to have gotten really tired of both Romney and Newt’s negative ads by the time Florida ended, although I don’t think the average voter really knew who started it.
I voted for Newt in Florida, but I’ll back either guy who can beat Mitt.
Compared to Romney, those Santorum links really mean little to nothing. Look at the guys side by side, one who mandated healthcare coverage and wants a tax cut for “the middle class” only, or Santorum, and those links mean squat.
Now lets hope this is the last will hear from the self-subscribed-conservative-savior-Newt!!!
At least it was heart felt, Rush has been pointing out how Romney keeps reciting the same line of the Declaration of Independence, over and over again…like that’s all he learned.
It probably is all he learned.
Mitt Romney Has Reason to Be Concerned http://www.nationalreview.com/corner/290479/mitt-romney-has-reason-be-concerned-john-fund
“Romney won’t be able to explain away is just how much more poorly he did tonight in those three states than in his 2008 showing — when he lost the GOP nomination for president.” — “If Romney indeed loses all three states tonight, it will be in large part because he has failed to close the deal with conservatives, who dominate the Republican party more than they did in 2008.”
Its funny when someone posts a link trying to paint Santorum as anti-teaparty, when Romney generates about as much enthusiasm as my dog among Tea Partiers.
Does your dog have great hair?
I’m betting yes.
That’s not really being fair to your dog, xjesterx — I’m sure he or she would be a way bigger hit with Tea Partiers than Mitt Romney. At least your dog isn’t going around lying to everyone and mucking up the primaries by going lefty-negative on all the other candidates.
Were it to come down to a race between your dog and Mitt Romney, I know how I’d cast my vote. Woof!
Romney is popular with people who still can’t recognize a RINO, Liberals, Democrats, the R elites, and people who have just plain given up hope that a conservative could ever get elected unless they are the second coming of RR.
I love the way he calls Obama out as knowing better than we do!
What an awesome awesome awesome speech…..bedtime beckons for me now to dream sweet dreams. Did anyone see FrankenRomney’s speech? the man just bilges platitudes.
Great result Rick !!!!!
Santorum’s top 5 tax proposals, besides #1, #5 will cut taxes by a huge margin. A family of three gets $1,000 per child now, so their $3000 deduction would jump to $9000.
1. Cut and simplify personal income taxes by cutting the number of tax rates to just two – 10% and 28% and return to Reagan era pro-growth tax rate;
2. Simplify the tax code and reduce middle income taxes by eliminating the Alternative Minimum Tax (AMT);
3. Simplify the tax code, encourage savings and investment, and reduces taxes by eliminating the Death Tax;
4. Lower the Capital Gains and Dividend tax rates to 12% to spur economic growth and investment;
5. Reduce taxes for families by tripling the personal deduction for each child;
Why should a family get extra tax deductions for kids? They should get the normal personal deduction for a dependent but nothing beyond that. There should be a flat tax and stop all this nonsense of deductions for this and that.
And get rid of that “earned” income credit. People who pay NO taxes get money back because they pop out kids.
Congratulations Rick Santorum for a great campaign…..momentum!
OMG…(I hate using that)…but we have SEEN the links you guys keep posting over and over. They are well edited. Yep, that Romney sure is more popular among Tea Partiers than Santorum ever will be. *rolls eyes*
Romney is indeed the one that should get out of the race. He is no Republican or Conservative, just another enemy RINO with his own version of ObamaCare, RomneyCare.
Santorum. HE is our next President!
Now I know who to send a donation to! Finally.
I would be very fine with Santorum with president or Newt. Either is a much better choice than Romney. Romney runs a very dishonest and dirty campaign. That is not a person I would ever trust in office. He’s another Scott Brown. You expect one thing and get another. Basically you get somone one you can’t trust and I’m sick and tired and won’t be fooled again!
Right Scoop – Did you get Santorum’s interview with Brier on Fox? It was very good. Go Rick!!!
Great speech Rick! Haven’t heard anything like that from any of the other candidates.
I’m staying with Santorum.
I’m not raining on Rick’s parade and it was a great speech…but…winning delegates does count.
Delegate count as of this morning per Drudge
Whoah! It only takes a thousand-odd delegates or so to win. Is Drudge tallying air miles logged so far or something?
1,144 to be exact.
I don’t know what those numbers are supposed to reflect but it is not delegates…..so I am raining on your parade.
Wow, I apologize…didn’t mean to upset anyone…just sharing. I made an incorrect assumption about the audience and should have been more specific. STNik is correct, the numbers I posted were raw data or popular vote…the votes it took to win the delegates…not the actual delegate count. Thanks for a reasoned response correcting me StNik. Sometimes raw data tells more than what it produces…case in point…
Only 1144 delegates are needed to win out of 2286 total delegates. However, there are several factors that can impact the count. Pledged, unpledged, super delegates. Some states have a non-binding caucus which only determines delegates that go to state convention where they are then allocated (which offers its own complications) and some states suffer penalties due to violations of RNC rules. There are more but suffice to say it is not as simple as an up and down count.
Having said that…you can check at any given time different sources and get different outcomes for a variety of reasons. For example; The WSJ reports the count as R-112, S-72, G-32, and P-9 . But to understand that count one must read the methodology because the WSJ count is projected, has applied penalties and includes un-pledged delegates. CNN has R-95, S-34, G-35, and P-20, these are actually won delegates. Wikipedia breaks down the count to projected, pledged and includes super delegates…the Wiki count is R-115, S-34, G-38, and P-20.. Notice StNic’s numbers are slightly different…I’m sure because of methodology used to determine the count.
I won’t argue the point that I’m a Newt fan as I’ve indicated in this blog before the primary even started. But I would have no problem voting for Santorum should he be the nominee. I just think Newt is the better choice for a variety of reasons I’ve described in detail. And if Newt doesn’t win I will be disappointed…not angry…disappointed. I’ll make it a point not to respond to opposing views in anger or with vitriol. Peace, Love, Happiness.
Well, when more people wake up to the truth that they don’t have to put up a liberal to beat Obama, more people will get on board. Santorum is the best choice, and too many people are NOT satisfied with Romney.
I think that’s the raw vote count. The GOP doesn’t have that many delegates…in that case, the GOP convention would have to be held on an open prairie. ;8->
Someone posted a delegate count on another thread that sounds about right:
Delegate Count 2/8/12:
Delegates needed to win: 1144
Unpledged RNC*: 20
Unpledged RNC*: 4
Unpledged RNC*: 1
I’ve been a Newt supporter this entire election cycle. I believe he has the best and most bold ideas and a proven track record to turn things around, besides what Romeny has said about him which were all lies. I’ve decided tonight that I would be just as happy with Santorum as I would with Newt, as long as in the long run, it defeats Romeny who is running a very dirty and dishonest campaign. What tonight comes down to is, tonight was a great night to slow the momentum of Romney the smug.
I just hope this is the begining of the american people waking up to Romeny, that we don’t want another McCain, Dole, Ford and even GB Sr.
I’m not the biggest fan because his record isnt as good as he lets on but I will say thank the Lord that Newt is falling off a bit. That guy needs to be no where near the White House. Santorum would be light years ahead of Romney and the Newt. I hope upon hope that he can pull something off, it would be great. I’m very happy that he went after Obama and left the other guys out of it. Finally someone who doesn’t want to destroy the other person but wants to take it too Obama. Smart cause that’s what we need to hear now.
yeah….i think i could get excited about this man being our next POTUS…..i even think i could sleep a little better at night with Bella in the White House keeping everything in perspective for our leaders….like Sarah says…”a perfect child in an inperfect world…)
WAY TO GO RICK!!!!!!!
Finally, people are realizing that the most conservative of the four candidates left is Santorum. Go Santorum!
I love the fact that he presents himself as the best alternative to Obama rather than the conservative alternative to Romney.
I believe he is both!
did any of these states give out delegates? Low voter turn out and supposedly the “bible” belt. What’s the big deal? I’m glad Romney didn’t win anything but I’m sticking w Gingrich. Santorum just doesn’t have the creds for the job.
Mitt gets the big smackdown – Drudge, Ann, Rove hardest hit.
Congratulations to Rick and his supporters. Now that a second front has opened up, Mitt’s RINO spin/attack monkeys are going to have to work overtime because the Mitt inevitable bus is riding on four flat tires and the low fuel light is on.
Hey NV – Look at how fast the election results come in when the count is honest, and people aren’t asked to sign religious affidavits in order to vote.
Atta boy, Rick. Go get ‘em. If the GOP is going to lose in 2012, at least do it with someone who in large part represents the conservatives’ positions and values.
Ha, ha, ha. Aren’t you funny.
I bet that Coulter is stirring in her own juices this morning; about ready to go into Gloria Borger mode. Rove, Kraut, Will, and Kristol will be playing right along with her. Tee hee. Too bad so sad for them. They should all just pull up an easy chair and pour themselves a big fat cup of sierra tango foxtrot uniform.
Just under the Line Infidel! lol
Don’t you just love the military phonetic alphabet? :p)
It will be enough fun to listen to them stammer, stutter, etc. trying to say anything coherent and credible.
That was worth a chuckle!
“a big fat cup of sierra tango foxtrot uniform. ”
LOL Now you’re talking my language!
p.s. Looking for Palin to backtrack from Newt and jump on the Santorum bandwagon.
Yeah, where is Sarah on this anyways?
To be honest, she has done enough damage. Should just stay out of things for a while, lovely lady I’m sure she is.
Oops … more Romney doubletalk exposed.
I look in his eyes and wonder is this the guy who can clean house at DOJ/FBI and EPA? Is this the guy who will strangle Dept of Ed? Can this guy turn back the regulation at the surviving agencies to 2008, discarding all of commie obama crap?
I don’t see it. He’s like a cartoon candidate. He he speaks I see a bubble above his head. I think he’d like to be President, but he hasn’t said why. Just ambition? Is that what we need now–an ambitious man? Otherwise, he’s not old enough to recall what it was like living in a country where you could and did trust your neighbor, you could shoot a gun at the dump and leave your window down on a hot day, parked at the mall.
As a manager, I just don’t see it in his eyes.
I’ll go Santorum/Newt and stop whining.
I think you you’re being ever-so-slightly unfair. I don’t know how you can tell he isn’t committed to what he says just by looking at him. “Cartoon candidate”? Not sure about that, old friend. His oratory may not be as sublime as Newt’s; He may not have that sexy grey mane as Romney has. But his record is the most clean (as a man and politician) and his talk is the most conservative. Surely that’s all you really need to be looking at to know whether he can walk the talk.
Not convinced still? Then I wish you well in what must be a soul-searching experience for you. I know this election year has been for me, anyway.
God Bless WFM.
Morning Un-I’m simply not interested in a nice guy being President. I’m not interested in everybody feeling good and peaceful and tolerant again. Progressive operatives, stooges and subversives have been integrated deep in every administrative governmental system in this nation, top to bottom. These sleepers and backsliders must be exposed by imposition of clear, new standards of performance and cleared out, dis-assembled and rendered ineffective by whatever means a President has.
With God’s good grace and a big stick, this country will thrive and again lead the world in liberty. Maybe “cartoon” was a little strong but I just don’t get a lot of depth of desire from Santorum’s words. I don’t expect Santorum to hate Obama but I expect him to detest what Obama his slimy minions have brought to this country. Put America and its stated ideals first and anyone who doesn’t like it can go suck hot wind and beg on the street.
FROM THE RELIGION OF SATAN’s NEWEST APOSTLE:
You have a right to own a home.
You have a right to hold a job.
You have a right to health care.
You have a right to education.
Its all bs but there are pathetic Americans who believe it. These are stooges any dipstick, half-wit, motherless politician with a big mouth and a handful of money can put into chains. I don’t want the people of this country in chains. I want them working for a living. I want them living in my neighborhood. I want to compete with these people for a piece of the pie.
Finally, it’s taken this administration and the campaign issues, the comments and insights of people like those on this site to wake up some soul-searching in me which has been absent for many years.
We will all hang together or we will all hang separately–either suits me fine.
You make a rivetting case. Enjoyed that. Still though … Santorum 2012.
Well said. That is my only concern as well. I want a guy like my Marine boys. Friendly, outgoing and will give you the shirt off of their backs and their last dollar bill but cross them the wrong way and they will suck your eyes out your nose and do obscene things to your eye sockets. I don’t know that he’s got that but he could pick a pugilist for VP.
Good. Not Romney.
I have supported all three, Bachmann, Santorum and Gingrich during this cycle. I’m very glad Santorum knocked Romney back three good notches – and I think, so is Newt Gingrich…as he said yesterday.
My concerns about Rick Santorum are that he has not talked about these things in approximately this order of importance to conservatives:
1. Auditing the FED, stabilizing and protecting the dollar (against manipulations by the likes of Soros), backing the dollar with gold again, firing Bernanke, etc.
2. Balanced budget, cutting and limiting entitlements, training entitlement recipients for work.
3. Reforming Washington – term limits, prohibition of insider trading, election reform, etc.
4. Stopping judicial (and executive branch) assault/abuse of Constitution (and religion), removing Roe v Wade.
5. Stopping all foreign aid to enemies of US. (essentially all Sharia countries, any country that hosts terrorists) Stopping aid to UN until they remove terrorist sponsors, human rights* abusers, (essentially all Islamic nations) from membership and fine those who sell arms to them. *[rights are not what liberals want (sexual license, abortion, etc.), but right to life, freedom of worship, representative government, vote, equal justice, etc.]
6. Stopping Sharia encroachment into our legal system.
7. Stopping UN encroachment on constitution, national sovereignty.
8. Stopping US lawsuits against states suing over border, immigration, & election Photo ID issues.
9. Border control.
10. Moving the US Embassy to Jerusalem, our standing with Israel.
In the several speeches I have heard, he talks about the economy, rebuilding manufacturing, strong defense, strengthening families, tax reform, but surprisingly, not any the above.
ONE MORE – Has Rick actually promised to repeal Obamacare?
He’s done so many times on the stump…
He hates it. It’s the main reason why his family joined the race and threw their hat in the ring. Obamacare…. His wife was a nurse and Rick worked for a public company related to private healthcare.
He is 100 percent against Obamacare.
And his experience working in both chambers of Congress, House + Senate, would be good in working with them to repeal it…….. He has colleagues in the Senate and the House that respect him.
When he gets more scrutiny, his positions will be well known…. his videos are out there.
He’s very familiar with the powers of the office, and repealing Obama’s regulations.
He mentions a range of issues in his Townhalls and Q & A’s…
THANKS, Reckoner. Appreciate your reassurance and information.
You are right, he needs to address these even more. Good call.
I’ve heard the following from him:
2. He’s for a balanced budget amendment with a cap on spending (18% of GDP?).
4. He has addressed this – he’s for repealing Roe vs. Wade… judges, not so sure. Check his website, I think he addresses it there.
5. He may have indirectly addressed this – he knows what’s going on over there and I believe he’ll move to fix things by cutting off funds, etc.
6. Indirectly… he has been the most vocal on what radical islam is and what they want to do. I feel confident that he will fight this.
8. I heard him address this – he will stop the insanity and fire Holder probably 1st day.
9. Fence, patrols, deport… he covered this… he can talk it up more though.
He has a lot of these also covered on his website. He does need to be vocal about them though… great points. I’d like him to come out hard against unions too.
Thanks, WordsFailMe. I’ll add your notes to my Santorum notes.
The FED is a big problem… big. So is currency manipulation, instability.
So is internationalism/globalism…joining our economy, government to Europe, the UN, etc. bailing out Europe and other nations when we are bankrupt is INSANITY.
He wants to audit the Fed and return it to a single charter of handling inflation
One BIG plus for Rick Santorum – his position on Education – taking the power away from the US Gov. and putting it back into the hands of states and local school boards and parents.
Has anyone heard him say he will he abolish teacher unions and the NEA (the national socialist propaganda and sexual agenda promotion agency)?
That raises him a couple of notches in my mind. I’m glad to here that. What’s his position on the EPA and DOE?
One BIG plus for Rick Santorum – his position on Education – taking the power away from the US Gov. and putting it back into the hands of states and local school boards and parents.
He voted for No Child Left Behind.
Amazing! I’m thrilled! This is an amazing and wonderful victory. I’m so happy!
Well earned and I’m pleased he gave God the glory 1st. Rightly so.
I hope it’s the beginning of a new trend!
Amen to that.
Brought to you live without a teleprompter.
LOL! For sure. Great speech. ^_^
Wow! Sweep! Gotta love it! I’m for Newt but I could hold my nose and vote for Santorum which I just will not and can do not do if Romney is the nominee.
If you listen to Beck this morning he said Santorum cant beat Obama…….I had to turn it off cause his downgrading of conservatives is disgusting.
I hate to say this but maybe Beck needs his illicit drugs to be normal. I used to go out of my way to catch his show. Now, he gets the same treatment from me as Alfred E. Newman does. I hear the voice and change the channel.
Beck has this unspoken Mormon “White Horse Prophecy” thing going and in my years of observing Beck I always wondered when his Mormonism was going to eclipse his reasoning. He’s at this point now. How anyone thinks Romney can win is beyond me. Romney is McCain/deja vu all over again.
I do however watch Beck still because on things NOT Newt or Romney or Santorum he is serving up really important stuff. And for this I am truly grateful.
But Beck is squandering any good will he’s had with conservatives. I always hold my nose to some of the ignorance her serves up. As a Canadian I listen up when Beck shoots his mouth off about America’s neighbour to the north. And on Canada, Beck is frightfully ignorant. His sneering mockery and contempt for Canada and Canadians is stomach turning. His knowledge of Canada’s border issues with the US is woefully uninformed and likens it to the border with Mexico. His knowledge of Canada’s problems with Muslims is woefully uninformed. Beck does not have to know all, that’s why he has researchers. But he should use them… and not shoot his mouth off to fill air time. It’s not just Canada he also has contempt and arrogance for. He has it for Tea Partiers as well as other conservatives and people who disagree with him.
I’ve said it before, but Beck, if he continues down this road, will find himself surrounded by his remaining yes men in a sparsely filled Cowboy Dome in Dallas come July. The only place we are seeing his self vaunted, but putative, Christianity lately is on his sleeve. And that’s the ONLY place we’re seeing it on him. I don’t want to call him a hypocrite… but he’s certainly inching in that direction.
las1-I have watched Glenn and really appreciate all of his exposure of George Soros. But, that’s where it is ending. Like you, I want to throttle him for his contempt for Canada and Canadians. I have not seen the border show yet, but for him to imply that our border with the US is anything like what is going on in Texas and Arizona-hah! He implores us to do our homework, he should do his and realize just what an ally we are to the USA.
As it stands, we have a Conservative government-far from perfect, but, with their majority, is bringing some sanity back to Canada. How long did that take us? Around 40 years-from Trudeau to Harper.
This is just my thoughts here-Glenn is being left out in the cold as the US marches closer to the election. He’s petulant and resentful that he isn’t being listened to the way he was – GBTV aside.
I do understand all what he says about progressives and what they have done over the last hundred years, but to get a totally perfect, non-progressive, baggage free conservative is a tall order. The Tea Party has done so much to bring a lot of issues to the forefront and keep them there. They were a driving force behind the 2010 victory.
We get it, Glenn. We see what your are saying and what is happening. We are working with candidates who may not be perfect, but they do stand in defence of the USA. Look at the way Gingrich keeps mentioning Soros and Alinsky. Did we know who they were a few years ago? I don’t include Mitt Romney in that. Leave that for Glenn and Ann Coulter to defend and push them-their fans are deserting them in droves for their stands.
It’s not so much Christianity per se, it’s Glenn’s version of Christianity that has set him down this path and I am afraid that yes, the Cowboy Dome will have empty seats as his most devoted fans desert him sooner rather than later.
Really really good analysis there linky. You made so many good points… it was a joy just reading it. It’s such a shame… I don’t know what happens to people… Glenn, Ann, who’s next? Is there a permanent full moon suspended over these peoples’ houses?
As a conservative we are supposed to recognize reality and to be realists. So many are looking for the spotless candidate. They force the perfect to become the enemy of the good. It’s frustrating. And the way they demonize someone who does not get the perfection credentials right!
You can see it in how they treat Newt. I swear they act like liberals most of the time. It’s so unseemly. Why is it so hard to recognize the good with the bad. Example… I really love Beck, like you, but I am recognizing that his character flaws are beginning to have an effect. Does that mean I hate the guy or demonize him? Why should I? If I were to meet him on the street, I would embrace him … give him a real big hug then look at him sternly and say… “you know Glenn… let’s have a talk… you need to listen and put a zip on your mouth for ten minutes… I was right on board with you… I stood with you at 8/28… you might not have seen me way way down three quarters of the length at the reflecting pool… but I was there… but as good a guy as you are there are problems…”
But there’s such a malevolence towards those who don’t match up completely. It’s disheartening.
las1-It’s like a living, breathing version of Alice in Wonderland where everything up is down, and vice versa.
Who would have seen it coming that Canadian Conservatives weren’t a persecuted minority anymore, that we have a TV News (SUN) Network that’s more fair and balanced than FOX is these days?
Who would have thought that Ann Coulter would turn into a progressive loving chubby chaser? (Think Romney & Christie) This is a woman who wrote “Demonic”, one of my favourite Coulter books.
Same with Glenn. I still love Beck-he has opened more doors and minds to what is really going on, but is so caught up in over-analyzing and overthinking things that he is losing sight of what is happening-so many things he talked about have or are about to happen. People called him crazy, yet, the MSM is openly talking about these things now.
TO regain my sanity and perspective, I turn off the computer and start to read or watch something that is the complete antithesis of politics, to clear my mind and recharge my batteries…..I am currently hooked on the British costume drama “Downton Abbey” ..the most important thing there (for me) is what gown do I wear to tea……:)
It is almost like he wants the country to fall so he can be correct about everything…….
Wonderful speech by Rick Santorum. A Victory for Conservatives (aka sane, concerned, law-abiding, tax-paying, God-fearing Americans)
It is hopefully a result of sticking with his convictions and principles without compromise (which Romney has never done), and hopefully a result of conservative (fiscal and social) voters finding in him a candidate worthy of trust and confidence.
Here’s an analysis of those states and voter turn out, as well as of Romney’s (@#!%&*) campaign tactics.
“Romney has been slowed by Santorum, giving Newt some breathing room as Romney of necessity will have to turn at least some attention to stopping Santorum. Newt needs to prove himself on Super Tuesday.
As for Romney, his completely over-the-top attacks on Newt hurt Newt, but they also hurt Romney. Tellingly, the percentage of the vote for Romney in the three states which voted last night completely collapsed since 2008.” […] The other take away from last night is the damage done to Republican enthusiasm by Romney’s carpet bombing. Once again, turnout was down dramatically.
In Colorado, 65,479 voters turned out versus 70,229 in 2008. In Minnesota, 47,836 voters turned out (95% reporting) versus 62,828 in 2008. In Missouri, 251,868 turned out versus 588,720 in 2008.”
(quote: Legal Insurrection)
Note that every county Newt won in FL had a greater voter turn-out. South Carolina had a greater voter turn-out than in 2008.
Every county in FL and every state that Romney has won has had a lower voter turn-out.
The Florida race is being contested because the winner-take-all delegate arrangement violates Republican party rules.
The Nevada race had abnormalities and irregularities and is probably going to be examined, if not contested.
We are seeing a consistent pattern in the GOP race.
No doubt Obama will try the dozen or so tricks in his Chicago politics hat. If that fails, he will try to run a third party candidate or use an Arab Spring approach to make him President. Soros and Jimmy Hoffa, Jr. have promised violence. I just hope there are enough Constitutional patriotic law enforcement, national guard, military to stop them.
OWS was a dress rehearsal. A shot over the bow. The next uprising will be for real.
Get em Rick! We need this guy in office. He’s got an agenda to do a little a-kicking in Washington. Romney and Newt want to go to Washington to implement big government agendas. Rick, on the other hand, is 90 to 120 degrees opposed to Obama’s big government agenda. Plus, Rick is a permanent figure on the Levin show, showing his intelligence and allegiance with good company. GET EM RICKY BOY!
I do not believe that Gingrich will be big government, but I agree that Santorum could do the job. If he can keep this momentum up, I’m willing to vote for him and give him the shot.
Nice triple play by Santorum,
Now we have to watch what will do rmoneycare,
If they ll go after Santorum with same desperation and intensity as they (castrated by republishment annc and spiritsocialist beck) went after Newt 2012, then I ll give second look to really conservative Santorum, if not SORRY, but Santorum is plastic duck set by rmoneycare to hunt down Newt 2012.
Operation “Chaos in TEA/Conservative movement” are going as planed.
Designed by gop republishment for rmoneycare/husseincare 2012-2016
Are they chanting, “We pick Rick”?
Congrats to Rick Santorum who held out when the naysayers said say he should quit. There’s a lesson in this for us all. Conservatives, don’t give up the good fight! Its winnable!
Who would have thought RS could sweep all three contests with 1/5 the money of Romney’s? As posters said, downthread, Rocky indeed!
Thanks, as always for posting RS.
Ok, here goes. You all know that I cannot, in good faith vote for Mittwitt but Rick Santorum I can. I still prefer Newt Gingrich, but if Santorum can pull this out I WILL cast my vote for him. I just hope he picks an hard@$$ed VP. I want someone with some aggression and fight on the team. I think Rick is smart enough to understand that.
I make no assumptions. This is [Santorum] precisely the kind of guy I wouldn’t want to serve under as company CO, when I was AD in the Army. He seems to lack aggression and a hard edge. In fact, he seems more like Gerold Ford (one of YOUR boys, I believe): a MILQUETOAST. An aggressive VP is nice, but a useless gesture, considering how little a VP actually does, in respect toward the position. They have virtually no power. I’d prefer an aggressive president WITH an aggressive VP. Gingrich has the aggression, but is totally lacking in character. Willard is just a punk, and Rumpelstiltskin is Air Farce and a nut.
Newt for VP? I could picture that.
Congrats Santorum team! A well deserved win!
That sound you just heard was the republican establishment getting b*slapped by We the People.
Wow. (not wow what a good speech). More like – wow – how do you guys figure that is a good speech?
Confirmation bias must account for most of it. But if you are honest, and look at it through the eyes of Independent voters – you might not see the same thing.
Sorry – I feel nothing when this guy speaks.
We’ll see how he does after $44 million in negative ads from Paul and Romney.
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