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Rick Santorum Shuts Out Mitt Romney

photo from John King at CNN, via Twitter


Rick Santorum had a huge night on Tuesday winning Alabama and Mississippi. The problem is that the amount of delegates Santorum nets doesn’t do anything to help him close on Mitt Romney.

But how did Mitt Romney get Mississippi so wrong, aides saying he would win the state? Romney bragging “we’re go to win tomorrow” in Alabama compounds the issue. Romney will come out ahead on delegates tonight, once Hawaii and other areas are counted because of the proportional allotment.

However, Rick Santorum is the one showing the heart, though he wouldn’t even be around if Republicans had their A team on the field. Even thinking of Santorum as a viable nominee you get the Republican Party so far right there’s no coming back.

“If you’re the frontrunner & you keep coming in third, you’re not much of a frontrunner” – Newt Gingrich

In Illinois, Romney is blanketing the state, with Chuck Todd reporting Santorum hasn’t spent a dime. While he was getting beat in both Alabama and Mississippi, he was having a fundraiser in New York.

Newt Gingrich remains delusional.

“If [Newt Gingrich] can’t win in Alabama in Mississippi, where can he win?” – Tim Pawlenty on Fox News Channel

Stephen Hayes said on FNC last night that Newt Gingrich is hell bent on stopping Mitt Romney from getting to 1144.

That’s the Newt his colleagues know and loathe.

On FNC, they talked about a Santorum – Gingrich alliance, which has been rumored before, to make that Romney’s life hell and take the fight to Tampa.

Nobody thinks Gingrich is going anywhere, but at some point doesn’t it get down to money?

It’s time for Mitt to have a chat with Sheldon Adelson.

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20 Responses to Rick Santorum Shuts Out Mitt Romney

  1. spincitysd March 14, 2012 at 12:17 am #

    http://www.npr.org/blogs/itsallpolitics/2012/03/13/148536023/mississippi-alabama-live-blog-and-results

    Just saw this myself. Yet another show stopper for Mitt. This is a gut punch for Willard, no doubt. How he must be tearing out his hair. Instead of pummeling Obama about the rise in gas prices; he has to deal with Mr. Unfortunate Google Result. Mitt just can not get any love in Dixie; not even Jeff Foxworthy can help him. Wow, just wow.

  2. fairmindedindependent March 14, 2012 at 12:25 am #

    Romney outspent the others 2 to 1 and he still lost and came in third place in both Mississippi and Alabama. If Newt Gingrich gets out, Romney could be in major trouble. Newt split the votes in Ohio and Michigan. Romney talking about Grits was not going to win southerns over.

  3. Sandmann March 14, 2012 at 12:38 am #

    Nyuk Nyuk Nyuk

  4. TPAZ March 14, 2012 at 1:53 am #

    Mitt never had a chance in the deep South. You can mark this day on your calendar as the day the far right flashed their teeth and knew that the establishment could be routed. This includes Obama seeking reelection. The stock market closed today higher than its been since 2007 because the government took its foot off the necks of the mistakes, today. the Obama administration will regret this. Banks and Wall Street will do in its power to defeat him.

    I remember when the left thought Nixon would never beat Humphrey; Reagan would never beat Carter, and Bush would never beat Gore. The secret of becoming a two-term President is making your base feel that you and your VP stands shoulder-to-shoulder with them. Obama rejects that premise.

    • Cujo359 March 14, 2012 at 2:43 am #

      I predicted back in December that Obama would lose. At the time, I figured it was two to one odds that Obama would lose. Having seen the GOP’s candidates in action, I’d have to say it’s closer to even money now. Still, I think there’s a very good chance he’ll lose, and frankly, no Democratic President deserved it more.

      • jjamele March 14, 2012 at 7:26 am #

        Couldn’t agree more. I do not understand the chortling of alleged liberals who are thrilled at the civil war going on with the Republicans and the possibility of a Santorum nomination- all that would do is allow Obama to occupy the Center all by himself, and go even further to the right, giving the Progressive wing of the Democratic Party the back of his hand even more than he has for the past three years.

        I want Romney to be the GOP candidate because I want Obama to reach out to Progressives. Then I want Progressives to stop acting like abused spouses and actually demand that Obama lives up to his promises. A Santorum-Obama contest, in which Obama can give liberals the finger and say “hey, what choice do you have?” would be an absolute disaster for the two-party system, as the Democrats become the Republicans and the Republicans become the Tea Party.

    • secularhumanizinevoluter March 14, 2012 at 4:51 pm #

      “Reagan would never beat Carter,”
      Either you are to young to remember this, were to stoned to remember this or are just telling an untruth for dramatic effect.

  5. Isis March 14, 2012 at 6:40 am #

    One of the things I really enjoy about this GOP primary circus is watching Mitt spend all that money and pander to the right wing crazies and still not being able to clinch the deal.

    He was yesterday announcing that as President he would, of course, defund Planned Parenthood. Attacking PP seems to be the IN thing to do if you are a GOP presidential contender this year. Unfortunately this may not have reached the ears of Mississippi and Alabama primary voters on time.

    He probably should keep it simple for GOP wingnuts during the rest of his campaign and simplify his message to I will absolutely do and say anything for your vote, (I don’t need your cash), so vote for me.

    • Rick Roberts March 14, 2012 at 8:54 am #

      They know a phony when they see one. Most of us do. “Cheesy grits?” C’mon.

      • Taylor Marsh March 14, 2012 at 10:09 am #

        It was the worst. …unless you’re talking about when Romney repeated lyrics to “Davy Crockett” out loud!

      • AliceP March 14, 2012 at 10:12 am #

        He must have done his research at Cracker Barrel.

        I’m from the south and none of my relatives ever ate cheese. And to put it on grits? It’s butter all the way.

  6. guyski March 14, 2012 at 8:12 am #

    This Republican primary process, is just that. A process. Of course the narrative of the Republicans being in chaos or a primary circus is one that should be out there: to gain a political advantage, score points, or whatever. Nothing wrong with that, just as long as the people putting that out don’t believe it themselves.

    It interesting that though Romney place third in both Alabama and Mississippi in the exit polls he overwhelmingly got picked to be the best person to beat Obama??? Perhaps this primary process allows the Republicans to vent their fustrations. Get it out of their systems, before the general.

  7. RAJensen March 14, 2012 at 9:29 am #

    The small band of hadn-wringing so-called movement Progressives who hate Obama are becoming the chariciture of what the GOP has already said you are, a group of over-educated intellectual effetes who love their latte’s and driving around in overpriced Prius vehicles who can’t relate to middle and working class Americans any more than than 1%’ers who support Romney.
    Sit out the election or vote for some third party candidate if you must, all you will do is increase the chance of a Republican President and Congress who will pack the Supreme Court with even more Conservate justices who wiill overturn Roe vs Wade, repeal equal pay for women, repeal the military equal rights for gay service members, repeal insurance companies paying for contraception for women, require women to undergo vaginal probes or ultrasounds of pregnant women, teaching creationism in the public schools, more tax cuts for the wealthy, and less de-regulation that caused the 2008 global collapse of the financial sytem and the BP oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico,
    turning Social Security, Medicare and Medicaid over to the private health insurance companies,

    The can wallow in self-pity about eight more years of Republican ruin

    • Lake Lady March 14, 2012 at 9:57 am #

      RAJensen~ I swear, do you read what people write here or do you just dive in to give people a lecture and assume what others think?

      I can’t think of any regular commenter on this site that would fit your description. It is our mutual concern for the working class that makes us gel around here and the same concern makes us critical of Obama.We also appreciate a site with a strong, honest writer who is unafraid to call things like she sees them who gives us great pieces to respond too and discuss.

      Maybe you have us mixed up with some other place.

    • TPAZ March 14, 2012 at 11:08 am #

      RAJensen, America currently has a Republican President. What we are watching in the GOP primary is a contest between ultra-conservative versus reactionary nationalists. The right is kicking the left’s ass and taking names. Don’t take my word for it, ask women who are re-fighting for political ground they won in the 1950′s and 1960′s, or voting rights’ activists trying to preserve the gains of the 1960′s, or citizens that support the New Deal programs of Social Security and Unemployment Insurance enacted in the 1930′s, or people who believe in the U.S. Constitution and the separation of church and state.

      You deranged Obots are a lot like the American military insisting that they have been winning for the last 10 years in Afghanistan, yet they are unsafe outside of Kabul. The 20th century profile of America is under attack and is surrounded and Obama doesn’t think anything is worth getting a political bloody nose or black eye over.

      Rick Santorum said without fear JFK made him want to throw up. Name me one Democrat that will openly say that about Ronald Reagan? That how you determine the balance of power in today’s american culture.

      • spincitysd March 14, 2012 at 12:48 pm #

        Man TPAZ, I could just about kiss you for that response.

      • Uh-oh March 14, 2012 at 12:56 pm #

        Word. You said what I have been thinking every time I see an RAJensen post. Thanks.

      • Cujo359 March 14, 2012 at 5:49 pm #

        You deranged Obots are a lot like the American military insisting that they have been winning for the last 10 years in Afghanistan, yet they are unsafe outside of Kabul.

        An apt metaphor on a couple of levels, given that we’re still there three years after Obama took office, in far greater numbers than we were at the end of the Bush Administration.

    • spincitysd March 14, 2012 at 1:17 pm #

      Um, slow down there partner, some of this is literally unreadable, Enhance your calm. Think bunny rabbits, cute kittens, puppies wagging their tails, calm, warm waters; better now?

      I hope so because, man, your messaging sucks. The first paragraph is a hot mess of invective and outright drivel. Exactly what were you trying to accomplish there? No, seriously, WTF? Are we suposed to be shamed, embarrassed, intimidated? What was the purpose of starting off with the rhetorical equivalence of projectile vomiting? What was the purpose of packing in every possible abusive trope about Progressives / Liberals? Are we supposed to take that crap sitting down? Here is a free helpful hint, if you wish to persuade your audience to your point of view, it is best not to vociferously insult them right off the bat

      As for the second paragraph, is that all you got? No, really, seriously, is that it? Just an appeal to fear? Just the lesser of two evils argument? Just more invective, but now pointed at Romney? I hope that Obama has more than that, because if not, you are not getting much enthusiasm from the shock troops. You have something positive to say perhaps? Please? Pretty please? Pretty please with sugar on top? Pretty please with sugar on top, plust whip cream AND a Maraschino Cherry on top? No; nothing? SIGH, it is going to be a very long time until November comes around.

  8. spincitysd March 15, 2012 at 12:47 am #

    Willard Romney had one really Bi-Polar day. Looking at the delegate count, he did really well, picking up some love from the Aloha State and some very teeny-tiny island possessions in the Pacific. But no politico has ever stated that “As Guam Goes, So Goes the nation.” This is a shame, since I would dearly love my fellow citizens to develop a yen for kelaguen, the fire-breathing dish of our Chamoru brethren. But outside the gentle waters of the Pacific, there was not much love for Mitt. Mr. Magic Underwear Man got mugged in Dixie yet again. In both Alabama and Mississippi two thirds of the voters gave Romney the thumbs down. Southern hospitality was replaced by Southern hostility.

    Dinged In Dixie. Alabama And Mississippi Diss Mitt.

    http://wiskeytangofoxtrotoscar.blogspot.com/2012/03/dinged-in-dixie-alabama-and-mississippi.html

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