“When is a win not a win,” it asked. “How to you lose by winning, and win by losing? And what is the popular definition of ‘santorum?’”
“The last question is not appropriate for children,” Sally said, annoyed by the Cat’s riddle. “You should know better.”
Former U.S. Sen. Rick Santorum swept the caucuses in Colorado and Minnesota, along with the non-binding primary in Missouri. According to the Associated Press, that means 52 delegates, putting him in second place behind former Mass. Gov. Mitt Romney. The only problem is — beyond some initial good press and a bump in fundraising — the Tuesday sweep means fairly little for Santorum’s long-term prospects.
Indeed, it might have meant the end of them.
Back in Santorum’s home state of Pennsylvania, Harrisburg’s The Patriot-News ran with a story today that says this week’s election results put Romney even closer to locking up the GOP nomination. By overtaking former U.S. Speaker of the House Newt Gingrich, Santorum effectively split the anti-Mitt vote going into the next contests. So, while strutting optimistically in a cowboy hat in Plano, the social conservative in the race might have just thrown Texas to the “Massachusetts moderate.”
Robert J. Vickers writes that the Romney advisers would, “be better served by letting Santorum be and keeping the hard-line conservative anti-Romney contingent divided. With Romney’s decided advantage in fundraising and substantial ground organization, he’s well situated to fend off the expected challenge from Gingrich on Super Tuesday.”
That’s not to say Romney came away unscathed. By suffering three embarrassing losses, the real effect might be on his general election match-up. Voters are notoriously skittish about voting for a candidate perceived as weak. Or even worse for the entire GOP slate, they may stay home.
So, Is Santorum SUPERBAD after three wins this week, or could the ultimate winner of Tuesday’s contests be President Barack Obama? Wouldn’t DAT that some SHIZ??? What is your take…
by J.L. Mann Cromer, Jr., who served as the only true independent member of the South Carolina General Assembly from 1990-1998. Currently, he is a general practice attorney in Columbia, S.C., concentrating in probate and estate planning, criminal defense and personal injury law.