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Tuesday, September 27, 2016

Can Santorum Rally Anti-Romney Conservatives?

Dec. 30 (Bloomberg) — With Iowa Republicans preparing to head to their overheated church basements for the Jan. 3 caucuses, today’s NBC-Marist poll shows Minnesota Representative Michele Bachmann in single digits, and former Speaker Newt Gingrich passing Texas Governor Rick Perry going the wrong way (down) through the low teens.

The poll also provides further confirmation of what everyone in Iowa is talking about — former Pennsylvania Senator Rick Santorum’s timely surge. If it lasts, and Santorum lands in Iowa’s top tier, former Massachusetts Governor Mitt Romney will emerge from Iowa with something he hasn’t had through the previous months of this campaign: an articulate, socially conservative opponent who isn’t a clown and has a picture- perfect family life to rival Romney’s own.

  • littlegal

    I don’t think he will ever win Pennsylvania, we have no use for him. He was a poor Senator, unattainable, his wife sued a hospital and won a huge sum for something we would of all passed on. He was very weak and would be a weaker President. Pennsylvania will not vote for him.

  • jwozniak

    Because, as Pennsylvanians know, ol’ Rick’s a howling loon, a bit too medieval in his social mores, and…oh. Wait.

    And then there’s the pork issue. Rick never met an earmark he didn’t love to pieces, in a man-on-dog kind of way.

  • Wolfboi70

    Your sad sad editorial merely shows how out of touch with reality you are. Ron Paul WILL WIN IOWA, and many more states. And being a Pennsylvanian, I am qualified to say dick sanitorium is a RAVEING LUNITIC, whom has about as much a chance of winning, as you SO CLUELESSLY claim Ron Paul has. This is a piece not worth the read, you havent been paying attention.

  • jimmyags

    The fact that Iowa voters don’t find him creepy,especially if they know about the whole making his young children meet a stillborn child before burial thing, says more about Iowa voters than it does his chances for nomination.

  • Wolfboi70

    Bringing home a fetus to the kids sums up this guys mental make up… How sick

  • Fran Levine

    The name I
    call him by says it all.

  • fsmith

    It seems to me that Santorum has a lot of problems that haven’t been explored as he’s only briefly begun to emerge from obscurity.

    His losing 2006 campaign against Bob Casey featured, for instance, a coordination with a Green Party candidate whose campaign was financed almost entirely by radical right wing contributors to his own campaign, and other money laundered from such donors as Eric Prince, often through conduits such as the Latino Alliance, a scam where most of the money grifted from donors goes to telemarketers and the family of Linda Chavez and Chris Gersten.

    He resigned from the board of the St. Thomas More Center because they joined the plaintiffs against the Dover School District whose board pushed pseudo-scientific “creationism” on pupils and were found to be in violation of the law.

    He lied about his residence and soaked the Pennsylvania school district where he owned a rental to pay almost $80 grand for his children’s charter “cyber-school,” even though they spent less than a month a year, if anything, in the district. He even took a picayune homeowner’s exemption for which he was not legally entitled.

    He consistently introduced special interest legislation for contributors.

    Seems like a natural choice for “values voters.”

  • byron.ater02

    I do not know why they want to look at him now. I am a disabled Vet and needed bubble gum 101 and 102 for my Bachelors at a university. All I wanted was to transfer something from my one Bachelors or Masters to complete that instead of having to go back to Wayland and complete it. Well he stated that is how they do business. Now we know why we no longer have qualified people in the United States. We also needed a new commissary and new exchange for our reservists and retired military personnel. He always said the funds or land was not available. Until this last senatorial election when he found he was loosing then all of a sudden it appeared. Is this the kind of person you want as President? He does the work of businesses and not of the people. We need constituents that will do the work of the people and not for business. We need not politician blood running lets find those willing to run and get them on the ballot, not these career politicians.

  • k.drone

    Ron Paul is such a wise choice to support, he is the only candidate with a practicality and heart. The rest are fund n run.

  • k.drone

    did he have his children smell the stillborn as well? that story is straight out of Chidren of the Corn…………

  • awegweiser

    After far too long, we in PA finally recognized that the man was a nut case and booted him out. If Iowa puts him anywhere
    near the top, even more dolts live there.. Can’t grow their corn for the bogus Ethanol in January so they kill time with these
    absurd caucuses. If the issues were not so serious,the cat fights among these GOP sweethearts would be ludicrous.

  • SteveHanken

    Those who would chose a fascist, Ron Paul, over a nut job Rick Santorum, should clear all the bats from the belfry. While they are at it they could just as easily drop the rest of the field as just as un-electable and go with the only conservative remaining, but that means they would have to switch parties and would not have any fun with the lunatic fringe. The real question is where are the choices for the Democrats? I’d take some of our lunatic fringe over Obama any day, at least democratic fringe is thoughtful, usually not mean spirited, and quite possibly not as prone to carry a knife around with intent on using it on every citizen in the forum.

  • adlerman

    I already think the Iowa farmers are nuttier than the group of three stooge candidates all this print has been wasted on for what seems like years. Santorum has no campaign. All he does is talk about sexual aberrations becoming common if gays are given the same rights as people like him. So far he’s totally wrong.
    No one has jumped my dog -and he’s cute.

  • PeterAttwood

    SteveHanken evidently has no idea what fascism is. It’s a little blurry, but as Mussolini explained, it’s essentially corporatism. The idea is that it’s all about the nation. It’s the group, not the individual, that counts. It’s generally about belligerent nationalism. You don’t have to like Ron Paul, but calling him a fascist makes as much sense as calling Barack Obama a socialist. I have no use for Obama, who while no fascist certainly has shown he has no more objection to it than George Bush did, having done at least as much to advance it in his turn. But that doesn’t mean he’s a socialist, or a child molester, or a guy that feeds puppies into a wood-chipper for fun. We do need to stick to reality, even with people we don’t like.

  • in the know

    If you want to know what it means.

  • snarky

    Santorum ? ? ? It is a shame that there isn’t a place the religious right could go where they could deal with each other exclusively forever and ever.

  • Theodore

    Peter: You are on the right track. Fascism is a union of business, the military and religion. It sits on the RIGHT, not the left part of the political spectrum. Whereas both of our two main political parties receive many gifts from corporate America, the Republicans are more pro military and very much more pro religion.