WICHITA, Kan. — Demonstrating again his strength among conservative voters in the heartland, Rick Santorum decisively won the Kansas caucuses on Saturday. Mr. Santorum captured 51 percent of the vote, easily eclipsing his rivals Mitt Romney, who had 21 percent; Newt Gingrich with 14 percent; and Ron Paul with 13 percent. – Santorum Wins in Kansas Caucuses
While Republicans have been engaged in the political Olympics of tomfoolery, Pres. Obama and his reelect team know one thing very well.
Now isn’t November.
All the analysis we’re pouring over in the primary race is wasted when looking forward, so all we can do is offer a snapshot in time of today. Nobody can predict what fresh hell awaits on the economic and foreign policy fronts.
You might as well wonder what might have been if Rick Santorum’s nice guy routine had been launched earlier, before he became known as the wacky wingnut who wants to ban contraception.
No wonder he’s overwhelmingly popular in Kansas.
But assuming Romney finally clinches the nomination he gets a restart, though his gaffes live on videotape, which could go a long way to doing him in. Still, around 47% of voters automatically will give him their vote, because of the hatred Republicans & right-wingers have of Barack Obama.
Add a world event & you’ve got the possibility of Romney winning. That’s why Dems & Obama reelect won’t ever let up. They know the numbers.
Gas prices could torpedo the U.S. recovery, as could Israel deciding to strike Iran.
That’s why, in our polarized nation, Pres. Obama’s contraceptive mandate, and the Republican reaction to it, is so important. Tipping young women to pay attention is a dangerous voting bloc to stir to action. Obama’s approval with women is up 10% already.
Romney’s other problem remains Hispanics. Rick Santorum can’t help him with that.
On Tuesday, the south weighs in. That’s a battle between Santorum and Gingrich, with Romney hoping he can just hang on and make a decent showing.
But when you look at the delegate math, making the sale for the nomination has escaped every one of these men.