Political Gum Hockey

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And the Three Big Primary Winners are…Santorum! Wait, Santorum? No, Seriously…Santorum?

Welcome back my friends to the show that never ends
We’re so glad you could attend
Come inside! Come inside!*

Yes, folks. The sideshow euphemistically called the Republican nomination race of 2012 ran three primaries/caucuses Tuesday night. Up until now we’ve had three winners in four states (giving benefit of the doubt to Santorum for barely beating Romney two weeks and several lost precincts after Romney even more barely beat Santorum in the same Iowa caucus where the results are non-binding anyway…are you staying with me here?).  With Missouri, Minnesota and Colorado all voting Tuesday we could have had a Romney romp, or a Santorum surprise, a Gingrich Gain, or even a Paul Peripeteia.  Alliteration notwithstanding, this promised to be an interesting night.

If Romney were to have won all three states it could have meant the signal for all of the “I want to vote for the guy that wins the nomination” people to all line up like good little Republican soldiers and vote for the guy that wins the nomination.  Yeah, Mitt.

But wait a minute.  Santorum ended up winning all three states?  The guy that barely registered in the last three states? Really?  Wow.

And here we are.

Minnesota: Santorum overwhelmingly wins! – 45% (With Romney in 3rd place)

Missouri: Santorum overwhelmingly wins! – 55%

Colorado: Santorum overwhelmingly wins! – 40%

Thanks a bunch ELP.  Now this sideshow may never end.

*Karn Evil 9 by Emerson, Lake and Palmer

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February 7, 2012 - Posted by | Caucus, Mitt Romney, Newt Gingrich, Rick Santorum, Ron Paul, Tea Party | , , , , , , , ,

6 Comments »

  1. I’m a bit stunned. Missouri is not much of a surprise, but Colorado? Holy cow… maybe we’ll get more debates after all.

    Well, Minnesota results were okay for me, but it’s about time Paul wins something though, Maine is the best chance, Washington and maybe Idaho are Paul possibilities as well. Anything can happen, as we’ve seen…

    Comment by k466 | February 8, 2012 | Reply

    • PGH is stunned as well. We’ve watched the tea party-backed candidates take turns imploding. Romney watched also. Who knew that Romney himself would semi-implode. This will hurt him big time when he gets the nomination.

      We agree that Paul must win a state, but that seems unlikely. Santorum is clearly not dropping out after last night and Gingrich threatens to stay in enough to destroy any credibility the party has left. This split anti-Romney vote isn’t helping anyone but Romney in the short term.

      Comment by politicalgumhockey | February 8, 2012 | Reply

      • Do you believe a lengthy nomination battle hurts the GOP’s chances (Obama and Clinton had a long battle but Dems won)? I think the economy will be the main factor in the general election.

        Comment by k466 | February 8, 2012 | Reply

        • The nature of this battle will hurt the GOP. Obama and Clinton were essentially similar in their ideological views; their differences were more of history and demeanor. Which is one of the reasons they have worked well together with Clinton as Secretary of State. In contrast, Romney and not-Romney represent two divergent ideologies at war with each for control of the party. Romney must somehow cater to the extremist bigots of the party to get the Republican nomination without destroying his chances with the moderate and independent electorate. Lately he’s not been doing too well with that act.

          Comment by politicalgumhockey | February 8, 2012 | Reply

  2. Such a strange primary.

    Comment by Lynn Owen | February 8, 2012 | Reply

    • To say the least. It seems like the Republicans are taking turns imploding.

      Comment by politicalgumhockey | February 10, 2012 | Reply


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