Santorum surges in the polls

Rick Santorum has become a contender:

Riding a wave of momentum from his trio of victories on Tuesday Rick Santorum has opened up a wide lead in PPP’s newest national poll. He’s at 38% to 23% for Mitt Romney, 17% for Newt Gingrich, and 13% for Ron Paul.

Part of the reason for Santorum’s surge is his own high level of popularity. 64% of voters see him favorably to only 22% with a negative one. But the other, and maybe more important, reason is that Republicans are significantly souring on both Romney and Gingrich. Romney’s favorability is barely above water at 44/43, representing a 23 point net decline from our December national poll when he was +24 (55/31). Gingrich has fallen even further. A 44% plurality of GOP voters now hold a negative opinion of him to only 42% with a positive one. That’s a 34 point drop from 2 months ago when he was at +32 (60/28).

Santorum is now completely dominating with several key segments of the electorate, especially the most right leaning parts of the party. With those describing themselves as ‘very conservative,’ he’s now winning a majority of voters at 53% to 20% for Gingrich and 15% for Romney. Santorum gets a majority with Tea Party voters as well at 51% to 24% for Gingrich and 12% for Romney. And with Evangelicals he falls just short of a majority with 45% to 21% for Gingrich and 18% for Romney.

It used to be that Gingrich was leading with all these groups and Romney was staying competitive enough with them to hold the overall lead. No more- a consensus conservative candidate finally seems to be emerging and it’s Santorum.

The best thing Romney might have going for him right now is Gingrich’s continued presence in the race. If Gingrich dropped out 58% of his supporters say they would move to Santorum, while 22% would go to Romney and 17% to Paul. Santorum gets to 50% in the Newt free field to 28% for Romney and 15% for Paul.

via Santorum surges into the lead – Public Policy Polling.

HT to Ace of Spades, who discusses the numbers and quotes a new Rasmussen poll about how Romney and Santorum would do against Obama:

President Obama’s lead over Mitt Romney in a potential head-to-head contest has swelled to 10 points, with the president capturing 50% support to Mr. Romney’s 40%. Meanwhile, Rasmussen finds that Mr. Obama leads Mr. Santorum by just four points, 46% to 42%.

Santorum is  second in the delegate count:  Romney has 123; Santorum has 72; Gingrich has 32; and Paul has 19.

In other election developments, Romney won the Maine caucus, upsetting Ron Paul who was expected to win his first state.  Romney took 39%; Paul took 36%; Santorum took 18%; and Gingrich took 6%.

In other good news for Romney, he won the straw poll at CPAC, the big conservative activist convention.  He won 38% of the votes; Santorum had 31%; Gingrich had 15%; and Paul had 12%.

It appears that Romney is gradually winning over  conservatives but that Santorum has emerged as the main Romney alternative, displacing Newt Gingrich.  (He only got 15% at CPAC?)  Newt may come back on Super Tuesday since he has lots of fans in the South.  But so far he hasn’t done that well despite getting lots of attention.

 

About Gene Veith

Professor of Literature at Patrick Henry College, the Director of the Cranach Institute at Concordia Theological Seminary, a columnist for World Magazine and TableTalk, and the author of 18 books on different facets of Christianity & Culture.

  • SKPeterson

    Are those who go to CPAC really conservatives? It seems the ‘C’ stands more for “craven” or “crony”.

  • SKPeterson

    Are those who go to CPAC really conservatives? It seems the ‘C’ stands more for “craven” or “crony”.

  • http://Tea4freedom.us Sasan Askari

    Enjoyed reading this piece.

  • http://Tea4freedom.us Sasan Askari

    Enjoyed reading this piece.

  • Bob

    Oh, yes, please, please, please. Repub. party, elect Ricky Santorum. It would be the biggest Presidential landslide since Goldwater in ’64.

    The only reasons Ricky trails Obama by 4 is that the American public knows very little about this guy’s positions. When they do, and when he’s out there touting his extremist positions, his poll numbers will drop faster than a skinny kid flying down a water slide.

    Please!

  • Bob

    Oh, yes, please, please, please. Repub. party, elect Ricky Santorum. It would be the biggest Presidential landslide since Goldwater in ’64.

    The only reasons Ricky trails Obama by 4 is that the American public knows very little about this guy’s positions. When they do, and when he’s out there touting his extremist positions, his poll numbers will drop faster than a skinny kid flying down a water slide.

    Please!

  • #4 Kitty

    Once again Santorum surges from behind.

  • #4 Kitty

    Once again Santorum surges from behind.

  • Bob

    The more time elapses between now and the Presidential election, the worse conservatives will do.

    Two examples: Two darlings of the Right, Michelle Bachmann and Rick Perry, are each likely to lose their seats. Michelle’s approval rating in her Minnesota district is at 34 percent, down from a 68-23 (!) favorability split just last June. Rick Perry’s favorability is at 42, compared with 65 percent before his WH bid. He even trails Newtie and Mitt Money, I mean Romney, in his own state.

    And memo to CPAC organizers: consider calling it off next time. I know the voting populace must have loved to hear the ugliness that Cal Thomas’s spewed, that a certain lesbian TV commentator would have been better off not being born. Nice.

    That’s why I say, keep exposing yourself to bigger and bigger audiences, Rightie candidates. You’re assuring that you’ll be working at the McDonald’s culture you’ve helped create.

  • Bob

    The more time elapses between now and the Presidential election, the worse conservatives will do.

    Two examples: Two darlings of the Right, Michelle Bachmann and Rick Perry, are each likely to lose their seats. Michelle’s approval rating in her Minnesota district is at 34 percent, down from a 68-23 (!) favorability split just last June. Rick Perry’s favorability is at 42, compared with 65 percent before his WH bid. He even trails Newtie and Mitt Money, I mean Romney, in his own state.

    And memo to CPAC organizers: consider calling it off next time. I know the voting populace must have loved to hear the ugliness that Cal Thomas’s spewed, that a certain lesbian TV commentator would have been better off not being born. Nice.

    That’s why I say, keep exposing yourself to bigger and bigger audiences, Rightie candidates. You’re assuring that you’ll be working at the McDonald’s culture you’ve helped create.

  • http://gslcnm.com Pastor Spomer

    “Once again Santorum surges from behind.”
    #4Kitty,
    May I use this opportunity to bring up the contradiction of the (what shall we call it?) moniker attributed to Santorum by some of the less civil queer folks. The substance, to which they have given the name ‘santorum’ is not something that is the result of someone like Rick Santorum, but something that is a result of something primarily of the gay community. If ‘santoum’ is iky, it is not Rick Santorum that is iky, but the people using the moniker. In short, it’s an act of unconscious self-loathing by the user of the term.
    Just say’n

  • http://gslcnm.com Pastor Spomer

    “Once again Santorum surges from behind.”
    #4Kitty,
    May I use this opportunity to bring up the contradiction of the (what shall we call it?) moniker attributed to Santorum by some of the less civil queer folks. The substance, to which they have given the name ‘santorum’ is not something that is the result of someone like Rick Santorum, but something that is a result of something primarily of the gay community. If ‘santoum’ is iky, it is not Rick Santorum that is iky, but the people using the moniker. In short, it’s an act of unconscious self-loathing by the user of the term.
    Just say’n

  • Bryan Lindemood

    6418 hours left of this. Presidential election years are such great fun!

  • Bryan Lindemood

    6418 hours left of this. Presidential election years are such great fun!

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  • WebMonk

    Spomer – WTH are you talking about? Did Grace suddenly gain access to your account or something? That made absolutely zero sense. I could not figure out what you were talking about, at all.

    Moving over to the world where sentences make sense (sometimes)…

    I think we’ve seen this happen just a few times before: Bachman, Perry, Cain, Gingrich, and now Santorum.

    *yawn* Same old, same old.

  • WebMonk

    Spomer – WTH are you talking about? Did Grace suddenly gain access to your account or something? That made absolutely zero sense. I could not figure out what you were talking about, at all.

    Moving over to the world where sentences make sense (sometimes)…

    I think we’ve seen this happen just a few times before: Bachman, Perry, Cain, Gingrich, and now Santorum.

    *yawn* Same old, same old.

  • Klasie Kraalogies

    Webmonk – I think Spomer was thinking Kitty was making a crude joke. Although that seems quite unlikely, imho.

  • Klasie Kraalogies

    Webmonk – I think Spomer was thinking Kitty was making a crude joke. Although that seems quite unlikely, imho.

  • Steve Billingsley

    WebMonk
    Google “santorum” and see what you get. Then Kitty’s remark and Pastor Spomer’s response will make more sense. (warning: obscene content).

  • Steve Billingsley

    WebMonk
    Google “santorum” and see what you get. Then Kitty’s remark and Pastor Spomer’s response will make more sense. (warning: obscene content).

  • Mary

    #9 Although that seems quite unlikely, imho.

    Riiight. We all know #4 Kitty would never say anything provocative or disrespectful.

  • Mary

    #9 Although that seems quite unlikely, imho.

    Riiight. We all know #4 Kitty would never say anything provocative or disrespectful.

  • #4 Kitty

    @ Pastor Spomer #6

    In short, it’s an act of unconscious self-loathing by the user of the term.
    Just say’n

    And yet the title of this blog entry is “Santorum surges in the Polls”.
    From your twisted apologetics (*chuckle* is there any other kind?) our good Dr Veith may have issues involving self-loathing.
    amidoinitrite?

  • #4 Kitty

    @ Pastor Spomer #6

    In short, it’s an act of unconscious self-loathing by the user of the term.
    Just say’n

    And yet the title of this blog entry is “Santorum surges in the Polls”.
    From your twisted apologetics (*chuckle* is there any other kind?) our good Dr Veith may have issues involving self-loathing.
    amidoinitrite?

  • http://gslcnm.com Pastor Spomer

    I’m sure that Dr. Vieth was not indulging in a double-entendre. “Surging in the polls’ is a well established idiom in the genre of headline writing. If you are asserting that there was no double meaning to your post, I’ll officially take your word for it. It’s a ‘if the shoe fits’ thing. I hope I’ve caused no irritation with my coverted post, but the subject is too unfamilylike for clarity. FYI there was an effort a few years back to make Mr. Santorum’s name a vulgarity by using Google. I bring it up because it says something about the nature and habits of some of Santorum’s detractors. If Santorum stays in the spotlight, were apt to see more of this kind of thing.
    P.S. Before anybody says anything – No, I do not think that any political group has a monopoly on bad behavior.

  • http://gslcnm.com Pastor Spomer

    I’m sure that Dr. Vieth was not indulging in a double-entendre. “Surging in the polls’ is a well established idiom in the genre of headline writing. If you are asserting that there was no double meaning to your post, I’ll officially take your word for it. It’s a ‘if the shoe fits’ thing. I hope I’ve caused no irritation with my coverted post, but the subject is too unfamilylike for clarity. FYI there was an effort a few years back to make Mr. Santorum’s name a vulgarity by using Google. I bring it up because it says something about the nature and habits of some of Santorum’s detractors. If Santorum stays in the spotlight, were apt to see more of this kind of thing.
    P.S. Before anybody says anything – No, I do not think that any political group has a monopoly on bad behavior.

  • mikeb

    I hope Dan Savage’s “Google-bomb” attempting to make Rick Santorum’s name synonymous with something so vile and disgusting becomes a campaign issue so that the vast silent majority can clearly see how untolerant the Left can be.

  • mikeb

    I hope Dan Savage’s “Google-bomb” attempting to make Rick Santorum’s name synonymous with something so vile and disgusting becomes a campaign issue so that the vast silent majority can clearly see how untolerant the Left can be.

  • mikeb
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  • http://www.geneveith.com Gene Veith

    Wow, Mikeb. These are just opinion polls, the vote not taking place until February 28, but it’s remarkable to think that a Romney would lose in Michigan! George Romney headed American Motors and was the main spokesman for the Detroit auto industry for years and years. And Gingrich has just fallen off the table. The thing about Santorum is that he has a certain appeal to blue collar types that the patrician Romney just does not have.

  • http://www.geneveith.com Gene Veith

    Wow, Mikeb. These are just opinion polls, the vote not taking place until February 28, but it’s remarkable to think that a Romney would lose in Michigan! George Romney headed American Motors and was the main spokesman for the Detroit auto industry for years and years. And Gingrich has just fallen off the table. The thing about Santorum is that he has a certain appeal to blue collar types that the patrician Romney just does not have.

  • mikeb

    I guess it must be the day to release polls. Pew has Santorum leading Romney nationally now, and if you click through to the poll you’ll see it’s not because he’s been getting Gingrich voters. The former speaker seems to be holding steady over the last 6 weeks.

    Pew Poll: Santorum 30, Romney 28

  • mikeb

    I guess it must be the day to release polls. Pew has Santorum leading Romney nationally now, and if you click through to the poll you’ll see it’s not because he’s been getting Gingrich voters. The former speaker seems to be holding steady over the last 6 weeks.

    Pew Poll: Santorum 30, Romney 28

  • http://redemptivethoughts.com John H. Guthrie

    The thinking behind the notion that if Santorum is the nominee Obama will win another term is based on the erroneous notion that Santorum is exclusively a social issues candidate and his stands on social issues are too extreme for the American people. Lets look at recent political trends. The Tea Party may have been focused on economic issues, but it contains a very large contingent of social conservatives. Since the elections of 2010, those elected to public office on a state government level have produced a record amount of pro-life legislation. There is no indicator that the majority of these public officials are in trouble at the ballot box. Efforts to approve same sex marriage at the ballot box have failed while the public has voted to affirm the traditional view of marriage as the law of the state in many recent state-wide elections. Obama’s approval ratings are low mainly because of the widespread public assumption that his economic policies have harmed the country. Unless the economy experiences a complete reversal between now and November, people will not go into voting booths saying to themselves, “Obama’s policies have not worked; they have only made things worse. But I’ll vote for the other guy because he supports the DOMA.” Santorum has not focused exclusively on social issues. Of all the candidates, he has focused on the dangers of Iran developing nuclear weapons. In Congress, he was a major player in getting Welfare Reform passed. He can debate articulately on a wide range of issues and can more than hold his own with Obama in a debate, especially since Obama cannot run on his record.

  • http://redemptivethoughts.com John H. Guthrie

    The thinking behind the notion that if Santorum is the nominee Obama will win another term is based on the erroneous notion that Santorum is exclusively a social issues candidate and his stands on social issues are too extreme for the American people. Lets look at recent political trends. The Tea Party may have been focused on economic issues, but it contains a very large contingent of social conservatives. Since the elections of 2010, those elected to public office on a state government level have produced a record amount of pro-life legislation. There is no indicator that the majority of these public officials are in trouble at the ballot box. Efforts to approve same sex marriage at the ballot box have failed while the public has voted to affirm the traditional view of marriage as the law of the state in many recent state-wide elections. Obama’s approval ratings are low mainly because of the widespread public assumption that his economic policies have harmed the country. Unless the economy experiences a complete reversal between now and November, people will not go into voting booths saying to themselves, “Obama’s policies have not worked; they have only made things worse. But I’ll vote for the other guy because he supports the DOMA.” Santorum has not focused exclusively on social issues. Of all the candidates, he has focused on the dangers of Iran developing nuclear weapons. In Congress, he was a major player in getting Welfare Reform passed. He can debate articulately on a wide range of issues and can more than hold his own with Obama in a debate, especially since Obama cannot run on his record.

  • http://gslcnm.com Pastor Spomer

    The results of the Michigan election may illustrate whether Santorum can gather a coalition that includes what we use to call Reagan Democrats.

  • http://gslcnm.com Pastor Spomer

    The results of the Michigan election may illustrate whether Santorum can gather a coalition that includes what we use to call Reagan Democrats.

  • http://gslcnm.com Pastor Spomer

    If I may cross pollinate, R.R. Reno has an excellent piece on the greater context of the Santorum candidacy called Santorum Fights the liberal Bulldozer over at First Things.
    http://www.firstthings.com/onthesquare/2012/02/santorum-fights-the-liberal-bulldozer

  • http://gslcnm.com Pastor Spomer

    If I may cross pollinate, R.R. Reno has an excellent piece on the greater context of the Santorum candidacy called Santorum Fights the liberal Bulldozer over at First Things.
    http://www.firstthings.com/onthesquare/2012/02/santorum-fights-the-liberal-bulldozer

  • JunkerGeorg

    @SKPeterson, #1

    “Are those who go to CPAC really conservatives? It seems the ‘C’ stands more for “craven” or “crony”.”
    ——–

    Lol!!! Or is it “corporatist”? It can’t be “constitutional”, at least honestly so, especially with the growing number of Republicans here and elsewhere beginning to question it’s relevance, at least when things like the 4th Amendment blatantly stand in the way of their “Enabling Acts” (i.e., Patriot Act, NDAA, etc.)

    As for the race for the nomination, it was my understanding that it all comes down to which candidate gains the most delegates…well, that is perhaps unless the GOP fears that Ron Paul might end up with too many delegates and thus changes the rules midstream. :)

  • JunkerGeorg

    @SKPeterson, #1

    “Are those who go to CPAC really conservatives? It seems the ‘C’ stands more for “craven” or “crony”.”
    ——–

    Lol!!! Or is it “corporatist”? It can’t be “constitutional”, at least honestly so, especially with the growing number of Republicans here and elsewhere beginning to question it’s relevance, at least when things like the 4th Amendment blatantly stand in the way of their “Enabling Acts” (i.e., Patriot Act, NDAA, etc.)

    As for the race for the nomination, it was my understanding that it all comes down to which candidate gains the most delegates…well, that is perhaps unless the GOP fears that Ron Paul might end up with too many delegates and thus changes the rules midstream. :)

  • Michael B.

    #4 Kitty +1

  • Michael B.

    #4 Kitty +1

  • http://redemptivethoughts.com John H. Guthrie

    In my quotation of a hypothetical voter in my previous comment (#18) I should have written , “Unless the economy experiences a complete reversal between now and November, people will not go into the voting booths saying to themselves, ‘Obama’s policies have not worked, they have only made things worse. But I will vote for Obama because Santorum supports DOMA.’ “

  • http://redemptivethoughts.com John H. Guthrie

    In my quotation of a hypothetical voter in my previous comment (#18) I should have written , “Unless the economy experiences a complete reversal between now and November, people will not go into the voting booths saying to themselves, ‘Obama’s policies have not worked, they have only made things worse. But I will vote for Obama because Santorum supports DOMA.’ “

  • kerner

    I think Dan Savage is from Wisconsin, I blush to admit.

  • kerner

    I think Dan Savage is from Wisconsin, I blush to admit.

  • mikeb

    kerner, fear not. He’s from Chicago. Another wonderful export from the windy city.

  • mikeb

    kerner, fear not. He’s from Chicago. Another wonderful export from the windy city.

  • Bob

    Mr. Guthrie: You might want to proofread the link on your blog to the Discovery Institute.
    :)

  • Bob

    Mr. Guthrie: You might want to proofread the link on your blog to the Discovery Institute.
    :)

  • WebMonk

    Yes, I’m quite familiar with the double meaning of “santorum”.

    I hadn’t thought of it while reading Spomer’s bizarreness, but even now that it is brought to mind, Spomer’s disjointed verbal ejaculation in 6 still doesn’t make sense.

    Kitty makes a normal comment that is no different from what Veith has already posted. Spomer spins off into bizarreness.

    If Spomer is reading all sorts of scatological and sexual innuendo into people’s comments, that’s his bizarre fixation. A fixation of some sort may explain his surreal rant, but it doesn’t make it any more comprehensible. That the alternate meaning for “santorum” is so close to Spomer’s mind is …. well, something.

    Back to the primary topic, though.

    Haven’t we all seen this before four or five times now? I think Dr. Veith has faithfully repeated this same sort of post every time a new candidate has surged from behind to take the lead in polls. (that’s not a critique – Veith is posting current events) Every single time it has been surge, followed by an explosion of attention, followed by a wilting candidate.

    What makes anyone think that the Santorum machine will be any different?

  • WebMonk

    Yes, I’m quite familiar with the double meaning of “santorum”.

    I hadn’t thought of it while reading Spomer’s bizarreness, but even now that it is brought to mind, Spomer’s disjointed verbal ejaculation in 6 still doesn’t make sense.

    Kitty makes a normal comment that is no different from what Veith has already posted. Spomer spins off into bizarreness.

    If Spomer is reading all sorts of scatological and sexual innuendo into people’s comments, that’s his bizarre fixation. A fixation of some sort may explain his surreal rant, but it doesn’t make it any more comprehensible. That the alternate meaning for “santorum” is so close to Spomer’s mind is …. well, something.

    Back to the primary topic, though.

    Haven’t we all seen this before four or five times now? I think Dr. Veith has faithfully repeated this same sort of post every time a new candidate has surged from behind to take the lead in polls. (that’s not a critique – Veith is posting current events) Every single time it has been surge, followed by an explosion of attention, followed by a wilting candidate.

    What makes anyone think that the Santorum machine will be any different?

  • mikeb

    WebMonk @27

    What makes anyone think that the Santorum machine will be any different?

    Why will it be different this time? Because we’re out of time and candidates. I’m not sure it will be Santorum, but as George Will pointed out the other day the most popular candidate running for the Republication is named Romney. But the first name is ‘Not’.

    Can Rick go the distance? He certainly does not have Newt’s baggage, he has the electoral experience that Cain lacked, he’s more polished and articulate than Bachman, more mainstream Republican/Conservative than either Huntsman or Paul. Can he beat Romney? He has the skills and tie ideas but does is have the money or can he raise it in time? Answer that question and you’ll know who the Republican nominee will be.

  • mikeb

    WebMonk @27

    What makes anyone think that the Santorum machine will be any different?

    Why will it be different this time? Because we’re out of time and candidates. I’m not sure it will be Santorum, but as George Will pointed out the other day the most popular candidate running for the Republication is named Romney. But the first name is ‘Not’.

    Can Rick go the distance? He certainly does not have Newt’s baggage, he has the electoral experience that Cain lacked, he’s more polished and articulate than Bachman, more mainstream Republican/Conservative than either Huntsman or Paul. Can he beat Romney? He has the skills and tie ideas but does is have the money or can he raise it in time? Answer that question and you’ll know who the Republican nominee will be.

  • http://redemptivethoughts.com John H. Guthrie

    Bob, I have proofread the link, but cannot see anything that needs to be changed. Is there something I have missed?

  • http://redemptivethoughts.com John H. Guthrie

    Bob, I have proofread the link, but cannot see anything that needs to be changed. Is there something I have missed?

  • Bob

    John: The Discovery Institute link.

  • Bob

    John: The Discovery Institute link.

  • Bob

    John: The word in question starts with a “p.”

  • Bob

    John: The word in question starts with a “p.”

  • WebMonk

    mikeb 28, yeah, perhaps you think those are strong reasons. I imagine that everyone thought the reasons for the other candidates were strong too.

    The only thing that stands in Santorum’s favor that the other candidates did not have is time – there’s no more time.

    I’d argue that he has plenty of baggage, though certainly of a different type than Newt.

    It wasn’t a lack of experience that did Cain in, so I don’t see that helping Santorum any.

    I think maybe instead of “articulate” you mean less incendiary when you compare Santorum to Bachman. He’s hardly a poster boy for great articulation.

    Maybe Santorum falls more in your idea of mainstream Republican than Huntsman, but I’m pretty sure most others would disagree.

    Ron Paul never had a chance, so saying Santorum has a better chance than RP isn’t saying much of anything.

    Like I said – Santorum doesn’t really have any advantage the other candidates didn’t have in some way. I expect that he’ll blow his wad within the next couple weeks and his support will droop just like the others.

  • WebMonk

    mikeb 28, yeah, perhaps you think those are strong reasons. I imagine that everyone thought the reasons for the other candidates were strong too.

    The only thing that stands in Santorum’s favor that the other candidates did not have is time – there’s no more time.

    I’d argue that he has plenty of baggage, though certainly of a different type than Newt.

    It wasn’t a lack of experience that did Cain in, so I don’t see that helping Santorum any.

    I think maybe instead of “articulate” you mean less incendiary when you compare Santorum to Bachman. He’s hardly a poster boy for great articulation.

    Maybe Santorum falls more in your idea of mainstream Republican than Huntsman, but I’m pretty sure most others would disagree.

    Ron Paul never had a chance, so saying Santorum has a better chance than RP isn’t saying much of anything.

    Like I said – Santorum doesn’t really have any advantage the other candidates didn’t have in some way. I expect that he’ll blow his wad within the next couple weeks and his support will droop just like the others.

  • http://redemptivethoughts.com John H. Guthrie

    Bob, now I see. Thanks for pointing this out to me. I do appreciate it. I have made the necessary correction.

  • http://redemptivethoughts.com John H. Guthrie

    Bob, now I see. Thanks for pointing this out to me. I do appreciate it. I have made the necessary correction.

  • mikeb

    WebMonk @32

    Maybe Santorum falls more in your idea of mainstream Republican than Huntsman, but I’m pretty sure most others would disagree.

    How so? I’m assuming you disagree? What kind of Republican is he?

    Huntsman worked for a democrat president, offer much praise for his leadership. He’s a Mormon (should not be an issue, but the Fundy’s seem to think otherwise). He’s at home with establishment, old money, country club Republicans.

    Santorum has a profound understanding of the social issues. He comes from blue collar ‘by the bootstraps’ roots, very similar to legions of the GOP. He doesn’t fit with the establishment, and if I had to guess I’d say the closest he ever came to a country club was if he caddied there. At least that’s the image as I see it.

  • mikeb

    WebMonk @32

    Maybe Santorum falls more in your idea of mainstream Republican than Huntsman, but I’m pretty sure most others would disagree.

    How so? I’m assuming you disagree? What kind of Republican is he?

    Huntsman worked for a democrat president, offer much praise for his leadership. He’s a Mormon (should not be an issue, but the Fundy’s seem to think otherwise). He’s at home with establishment, old money, country club Republicans.

    Santorum has a profound understanding of the social issues. He comes from blue collar ‘by the bootstraps’ roots, very similar to legions of the GOP. He doesn’t fit with the establishment, and if I had to guess I’d say the closest he ever came to a country club was if he caddied there. At least that’s the image as I see it.

  • Michael B.

    I was surprised to hear how many conservatives have heard of the definition of Santorum. Apparently that is more popular than I thought. Lately, some were trying to get “Rick” defined a slang word for “to suck with a straw”, so that the candidates name actually spells out an act.

  • Michael B.

    I was surprised to hear how many conservatives have heard of the definition of Santorum. Apparently that is more popular than I thought. Lately, some were trying to get “Rick” defined a slang word for “to suck with a straw”, so that the candidates name actually spells out an act.

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