Pressure is mounting for Rick Santorum to leave the race. The Republican Establishment wants him gone so liberal Mitt Romney can be crowned.
Should Santorum leave the race?
In a word, HELL NO.
Okay, that really is two words. Santorum should not leave the race.
From the Washington Post:
He lost the Illinois primary badly to Mitt Romney on Tuesday and, in the process, fell 300 delegates behind the former Massachusetts governor. And, adding insult to injury, former Florida governor Jeb Bush finally decided to wade into the presidential race on behalf of Romney on Wednesday, a signal to the Republican political world that primary race is at an end.
The Romney campaign is also beginning to make the case more publicly that now is the time for Santorum to step aside. Erik Fehrnstrom, a Romney spokesman, noted that the former Massachusetts governor dropped out of the 2008 race in favor of Arizona Sen. John McCain “because he thought it was good for the country.”
And Romney supporter Bob Dole was quoted on Wednesday night comparing Santorum’s position now to his own in the 1988 presidential primary; “I should have gotten out, but I just kept going out there,” Dole told the Associated Press’ Dave Espo.
For his part, Santorum seems set to continue on in the race. But focusing on whether Santorum should stay in the race sort of misses the point. The more important question — as it relates to Romney’s chances in the general election and Santorum’s political future — is how the former Pennsylvania senator will choose to play out what looks to be the end game of his presidential bid.
If the standard we are going to use for Santorum is what is good for the country, then Santorum, like Gingrich, need to stay to the very end and try to force a deadlocked convention.
Santorum is not my first choice by any means. However, he is light years better than Romney. Romney is a liberal. There is now other way to describe Romney. He is as far to the left on many issues as Obama.
Four years ago, we conservatives watched John McCain crash and burn and we said never again. Never again would we be forced to vote for the lesser of two evils. We said in 2012 we were not going to let the RINOs dominate the process and we would have a conservative to put in the White House.
My how things change in four years. Now many of my conservative friends who vowed never again are meekly lining up to buy Mitt Romney’s twin lines of bovine scatology. The twin lines of cow manure are that he is the inevitable nominee and he is the only one who can beat Obama.
Both statements are blatantly false.
Even though I support Newt and still support him, I want Santorum in the race. I want his supporters to continue supporting him with vigor. Our common enemy is Romney.
For the sake of the Republican Party and for the sake of the country, we must make certain a conservative is the nominee of the Republican Party.
Mr. Etch a Sketch is not a conservative.
Rick Santorum needs to stay in this race and keep fighting.
are you really as daft as you make yourself seem?
How many elections has Santorum been in? How many did he win?
Did you also notice where when asked, given the chance to redo the election with Casey, Santorum would win by almost a 70% margin this time?
How many times has Newt won a statewide election?
Here is one- how many primary elections has Newt won? Rick? Now who is the more electable?
There is no way Newt will stop the Karl Rove machine in Tampa with only two wins in the primaries, and Rick with 12 already, and more to soon follow will have a better chance of kicking Karl Roves ass, especially if Newt would join him in the fight, instead of taking his toys and playing in his own little corner.
Start using the gray matter between the ears- especially if you are serious about stopping Romney.
Like it or not, politics is a business of compromises, and right now the best compromise we can hope for is for everyone to support Rick, and then have Rick use Newt in his administration, whether it be VP, sec of State, or an Ambassadorship
The way I see it, no one will stop the Obama/Rove machines. It seems all fixed. It's paid for with our own blood, sweat and tears.
This is no longer about a tet-a-tet between Newt and Rick, that's exactly what MSM and the political machines wanted all along and you bought right into it. Don't kid yourself, Newt and Rick will be working behind the seens at some point. First they have to slow down the momentum until they all go to the convention.
Why fight over absurdity? At this point we really don't know what is happening behind closed doors. It's all speculations. And there are many closed doors. We know this at Newt's headquarters and even Rick's. I'm involved as a delegate elect.
Let's stop the in-fighting. We really come off sounding childish. It's hush-hush-mush-mush, as Curtis Sliwa, the leader of the guardian angels always says. Honestly, lets wait, have patience and play out this ridiculously long campaign. If you really want to know there are two groups Mitt and the other three, total the 3 candidates' delegates and Mitt's, it's really 50-50. That is a successful slowing down as Newt was planning.
Agi: Just a few minutes ago while reading the blogs on Newt.org/360 if your able please go and read a wonderful article on the results of the primary election. This article will go a long way in helping us understand the status of the primaries to date. I am sad to read how low, low the turn outs have been not yet known with the LA results. Let us know what you think.
Harriet, I went to Newt.org/360. There were many sights there with that name. Can you be a little more specific what I am looking for? Perhaps give me the name of the article. I belong to several Newt websites.. I get weekly newsletters, also, from Newt 2012.
There are so many sites, it makes me dizzy at times. I would really like to read the article.
It's up to each individual state to determine how much they do to bring out the vote. I'm involved at the state level since I maybe his delegate. First of all our state leader believes the first palce to start is in the regional tea parties. They are making the rounds to all of them to get more help to get out the voter at primary. I will get more information next week when all of the volunteers meet under one roof and get ideas what we are to do next. I will try to share it with you.
I can tell you that several of Judson's blogs have appeared in Newt NJ's daily newsletter. It shows that we do make a difference. He will be on the ballot here in every district and county. That's the good news.
Well: Reading your article closely and knowing what I know let me tell you the gray matter between my ears leads me to know that people with no gray matter between their ears other wise known as stupid is when following a looser such as Rick. Besides, how do you know for sure what any outcome will be.
Who has finished last in 14 primaries, and 3rd in 9 more?
now who is supporting the "loser".
Ron Paul has not finshed last as often as Newt
The point is who is the real enemy? Obama, Mitt or Rick? If you get Mitt nominated, Obama wins re election, so far Rick has shown he can get people to vote for him in numbers much better than Newt- 60% of Newt's votes came from SC, FL, and GA, Rick's have come from all over the nation.
If you ar serious about wanting to stop Romney, it is time to get behind the most conservative (and notice I do not say perfect) candidate that has shown they can win somewhere besides their home state. Otherwise this divide will get Mitt the nomination- and that is what he and Karl Rove are banking on.
Now the question is, how bad do you want to stop Mitt and Obama? Because if we keep splitting the votes, Mitt wins without a brokered convention.
And note- the reason I am saying go Rick is because he leads Newt in victories, $$$$, and delegates, and has the lower negative rating, AND polls almost as good against Obama as Romney. Newt trails consistently by 13-18%.
Who would be better for our nation? A Santorum presidency with Newt in a powerful position, a Romney term with a bunch nof leftist progressives aiding him or another Obama term?
Totally agree Judson. Well said. Anybody but RomneyBamaCare.
Every comment that I read goes back and forth between I am for santorum, I can't stand santorum, I am for santorum, then No for santorum.
I believe that there is more division now than there was when we started.
Many are hoping for a brokered convention. It looks more and more like it will come down to that.
Sorry David, need to know other facts regarding that. I am Jewish and according to our laws, we take it literally that we do not take the name of the Lord in vain. Therefore, we abbriviate it as such. Even in Hebrew we do not mention His name, except in prayer, otherwise call him HaShem.
I hope I cleared it up for you. It's the opposite of damnation, trust me.
David, The question you asked is asked quite often and is a legitimate question. The word god itself is actually of pagan origin whether it is used with, or without the capital "G." The word god does not appear in the Hebrew text, but is actually correctly translated as "idols." However, the word G-d became common with Bible translators, so, I guess we are stuck with it. The word you are refering to is the four Hebrew letters Yod Hey Vav Hey, or in the Hebrew יהוה , called the tetragrammation. The word is never mentioned in Jewish culture because the proper pronounciation is actually not known, so it is substituted as HaShem (The Name) in orthodox beliefs, or Adonai (Lord) in other sects. In the Messianic community, I hear it used both ways. I even hear some people using the name Yahweh, but it is not proper, even in most Messianic communities and is frowned upon by most. Since the word G-d is used in place of the proper names of The Eternal, Blessed be His Name, the Letter "o" is omitted. I hope this may be of some help.
You don't have to apoogize. We are all here to learn about each other's culture and you were merely asking.
I'm sure if I have a question hopefully someone will teach me.
WELL SANTORUM WON LA., I can say we are on our WAY TO A BROKERED CONVENTION IN TAMPA. people are starting to leave MITT in the dust. many more are seeing MITT AS HE REALLY IS. "A BIG SHAM" prophet of BOVINE SCATOLOGY. SANTORUM/NEWT/PAUL stay in the RACE AND NUDGE MITT OUT. NO 1144 FOR MITT PSE. WI. IS NXT. PEOPLE OF WI. PSE VOTE for anyone but MITT. NOBAMA/NOMITT etch a sketch twins!!!!!.