IF NOT ROMNEY, WHO? SANTORUM PERHAPS?

Most of the Republicans who have, in primaries and caucuses, voted for Romney have done so not because they like him or his policies but because they believe he is the “most electable.” In other words, they want Obama out of the White House and they will vote for anyone who can evict him.

 Why do they believe Romney is that guy? Because they keep hearing that Romney is the “most electable” from the “news” media. Unfortunately, the media are playing for the other team, which means they’re pushing Romney because they actually believe he’s the LEAST electable.

Well, there are other sources of information. And one of those, Rasmussen Reports, has some interesting tracking poll results. They show Mitt Romney behind President Obama by 4 points. Obama is running at 47% while Romney comes in at 43%.  But look at the numbers for Santorum:

In a potential Election 2012 matchup, former Pennsylvania Senator Rick Santorum is at 45% while President Obama earns 44%. This is the first time in any poll that Santorum has led the president.

Santorum has won only one state–Iowa.  He has done less well in the more recent contests. Other GOP challengers have briefly led the president, but only when they were scoring big primary victories. So, why is Santorum suddenly polling so well? Maybe the voters are now listening when he tells them this:

‘We are not going to win this election if either of these two guys is nominated,’ Santorum declared. ‘Let me assure you. We will not win.’ Santorum claims neither candidate can compete with President Obama, saying both are simply too flawed and will be ‘destroyed’ and ‘picked apart’ by the Democratic incumbent.

What he means is that Romney is a shameless flip-flopper whose previous positions, and RomneyCare, will come back to haunt him in the general election. Likewise, Gingrich has been all over the place on a variety of issues, including the mandate, and is therefore also vulnerable.

Santorum, on the other hand, has held consistently conservative positions throughout his career and his personal life is about as clean as it gets in politics. Thus, he is less vulnerable to attacks from the Democrat-media complex and its candidate, Barack Obama.

This is presumably why his numbers are rising in spite of lackluster showings in the early primary/caucus states (except Iowa).  It is probably why, as Quin Hillyer reports,  he is increasingly picking up endorsements from prominent consevatives. He’s even getting votes from a lowly blogger or two.

Comments 2

  1. jen wrote:

    Why does Santorum feel that he needs to say things that are not true in order to get enough votes? Listen to what he has said and then look at facts. The president is not saying shove birth control down the throats of every Catholic female. If they don’t want to take it they don’t have to. They should have the option just like every other women, catholic or not. Does he think his Republican audience is too dumb to understand that much? I would hope not. Matter fact, this comment can apply to all three candidates.

    Posted 09 Feb 2012 at 8:28 pm
  2. Diogenes wrote:

    Jen, you obviously haven’t done your homework. You clearly don’t know what the HHS mandate requires, thus you don’t understand Santorum’s point. If you’d like a clue on what this is really about, I recommend this video, in which Senator Rubio explains the issue in terms that even a progressive can comprehend.

    Posted 09 Feb 2012 at 9:15 pm

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