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Santorum’s Impact

© Jim Morin

© Lee Judge

I’m still convinced that the Republicans will eventually come to their senses, and realize that Rick Santorum, while being the ideal ultra-conservative, is so far out of the mainstream that he has no chance of getting elected. I mean, someone who wants to outlaw birth control even for married couples? Seriously?

The only question is whether they will come to their senses before the Republican convention.

UPDATE: Santorum’s poll numbers continue to surge among Republicans, and he now leads Mitt Romney 30% to 28% (but within the margin of error). A month ago, Romney led Santorum 31% to 14%. My theory is that with the improving economy, the Republicans may realize that they have nothing to lose.



  1. Jeff wrote:

    His recent success only proves two things. First, that hardcore campaigning can pay off for anybody. And second, that the ultra-conservative base of the GOP is willing to overlook just about anything in support of a candidate. Here’s a man who is so focused on other people’s sexuality that any psychologist would likely claim he has a major sexual disorder of some kind, and he is the biggest name in conservatism at the moment. It boggles the mind that the most popular people to the GOP base are also the most unstable.

    Monday, February 13, 2012 at 6:34 am | Permalink
  2. TJ wrote:

    Conservatives always want a limited government with little to no influence on their day to day lives until they don’t.

    Monday, February 13, 2012 at 8:36 am | Permalink
  3. Ongoing Headache wrote:

    TJ, almost right: Conservatives always want a limited government with little to no influence on their day to day lives until it’s something they want (abortion, any other religion than catholic….ect)

    Monday, February 13, 2012 at 9:02 am | Permalink
  4. I’m of the mind that those who want Obama out have subscribed to the incredibly faulty logic that the more right-wing someone is, the stronger they must be, and therefore the more right-wing a candidate is, the better a chance of winning they have. Sort of like betting on ideology as if it were muscles.

    Monday, February 13, 2012 at 6:11 pm | Permalink
  5. BTN wrote:

    I think that Santorum’s rising popularity is simply because he comes off as the most honest. People seem to overlook the fact that his wife had an abortion…

    Tuesday, February 14, 2012 at 2:33 am | Permalink
  6. IL-08 wrote:

    I think Santorum is just the only non-Romney left.

    Tuesday, February 14, 2012 at 8:07 am | Permalink
  7. Iron Knee wrote:

    BTN, are you referring to the fact that Karen Santorum spent 6 years of her 20s living with a well-known abortion doctor (who was 40 years her senior, and even delivered her as a baby)? That is well established (see, but I have not seen any evidence that she had an abortion herself. Sources?

    Tuesday, February 14, 2012 at 8:38 am | Permalink