» But the margin of error washes the slate clean. With a possible discrepancy of 4.7%, Romney’s 2-point lead could be a practical tie with his arch-rival of the moment, Rick Santorum. Or Santorum could, in fact, be ahead of Romney. Nonetheless, recent polling provides at least a bit of relief for the Romney camp; Santorum had opened up more impressive polling leads over Romney, but the recent trend seems to show a tightening, at bare minimum. Expect an exciting primary come February 28th; a loss by Romney would be devastating to his chances.
Anybody who’s afraid of debating Newt Gingrich isn’t going to be in very good shape to debate Barack Obama.Newt Gingrich • Campaigning in Peachtree City, the Atlanta suburb he represented in Congress for twenty years. The GOP presidential candidate mocked his rivals for pulling out of a CNN-hosted debate scheduled to occur just days before Super Tuesday. Both Mitt Romney’ and Rick Santorum’s campaigns announced that they would be skipping the debate, leading the network to drop their coverage. Ron Paul’s campaign announced that Dr. Paul would be withdrawing as well a short time later. Romney’s campaign cited a busy schedule as it’s reason for skipping the debate, but Gingrich challenged the assertion saying, “you can’t hide behind millions of dollars in negative ads and think you’re going to win the presidency.” Let’s be honest with ourselves, though, Newt — there have been so many debates that even the presidential candidates are getting sick of them. Make it stop! source (via • follow)
He heroically bailed out the Salt Lake Olympic Games by heroically going to Congress and asking them for tens of millions of dollars to bail out the Salt Lake Olympic Games. In an earmark.Rick Santorum • Blasting Mitt Romney for running campaign ads attacking Rick Santorum’s support of earmarking. Santorum accused his rival of being a hypocrite at a tea party gathering in Ohio this morning. Romney’s campaign responded quickly, stating that the requests were due to a post-9/11 need for heightened security. Campaign spokeswoman Andrea Saul also went on record saying, “Mitt Romney wants to ban earmarks, Senator Santorum wants more ‘Bridges to Nowhere’.” source (via • follow)
whobutwbstilwell asks: In regards to Santorum, the few people I know who met him along the campaign trail told me that his most striking feature is that when you talk to him, he looks you in the eye and honestly listens. Despite the crazy politics, very few politicians these days can boast that trait.
» SFB says: Exactly. Even if you disagree with his politics (a lot of our readers probably do, particularly in regards to his social conservatism, gay rights, and Iran stances), you get the feeling that he’s an honest guy despite those views. It took him a while to stand out from the pack, but eventually that honesty and, well, cheesiness made him stand out. For a certain kind of audience, that’s super-effective. — Ernie @ SFB
I don’t know that he’s completely tapped out, but they are trying to look under every stone. You run out of people you can hit up for $2,500.A top New York Republican fundraiser • Discussing the plight of Mitt Romney, whose campaign thus far has largely been funded by big donors. Seems that the well is starting to run dry, though, and unlike Obama’s strong contingent of small donors (which Santorum is starting to build up), Romney has never been able to rely on those. In fact, just by the numbers, most of Romney’s donors have been big ones — in 2011, for example, 82 percent of Romney’s individual donations were $1,000 or higher. Is this a long-term problem? Possibly. source (via • follow)
How can the ‘alternative to Romney’ also be a Romney supporter?Legendary actor and martial artist Chuck Norris • In an opinion piece, published today on World Net Daily, explaining his reasons for endorsing Newt Gingrich instead of Rick Santorum. The former star of “Walker, Texas Ranger” pointed to Santorum’s time campaigning for Mitt Romney in 2008, during which time Norris and his wife were campaigning for Mike Huckabee, saying he didn’t understand how Santorum could support someone who allegedly bragged he was “more liberal than Ted Kennedy on social issues.” The actor also cited 27 different votes, cast by Rick Santorum during his time as a U.S. senator, which Norris felt betrayed conservative ideals. That’s right guys; Gingrich now has an endorsement from a glorified laundry detergent salesman. source (via • follow)
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Gingrich’s verbal and intellectual talents should make him a resource for any future Republican president. But it would be a grave mistake for the party to make someone with such poor judgment and persistent unpopularity its presidential nominee.The National Review, speaking as an editorial staff in an article titled “Santorum’s Turn.” Seems like they want Newt to drop out. Our question: Is the National Review influential enough these days that Newt has to care what they think?
When you have men and women together in combat, I think men have emotions when you see a woman in harm’s way. I think it’s something that’s natural that’s very much in our culture to be protective. That was my concern, and I think that’s a concern with all the military.GOP presidential candidate Rick Santorum • Suggesting, to TODAY’s Ann Curry, that women should not serve on the front lines of military combat. He was careful to qualify his statement, saying that he didn’t believe women themselves were incapable of such combat, but that men in the unit would feel protective and be distracted from their mission by female comrades being “injured” or “vulnerable.” Of course, even if his opinion were true, it begs the question; how is that a problem that women should pay for? What he’s claiming sounds less like women being unfit to serve in combat than male soldiers eschewing their duty for some vision of a “damsel-in-distress” story playing out during a firefight. This is classic, culture-war Santorum. source (via • follow)