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Ear to the Ground

Big Whoop: Santorum Wins Alabama, Mississippi

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Posted on Mar 13, 2012
AP / Eric Gay

Rick Santorum, Republican presidential candidate and a former U.S. senator from Pennsylvania, during his election night party in Lafayette, La.

Not to rain on Rick Santorum’s parade, but Mitt Romney’s campaign was unusually on the level when it dismissed Santorum’s victories in the Deep South on Tuesday night.

The former senator’s winning two pluralities by a few percentage points is not a sign that Romney’s candidacy is in trouble. Put it this way: Romney came in third in both states and he’s going to end up in those two states with a combined 10 delegates fewer than Santorum, by CNN’s count. And that’s in the Deep South, where the socially conservative (can we just replace that term with “hates gays, isn’t thrilled with women or brown people”?) Santorum always had the advantage. In fact, CNN estimates that after the votes are tallied in Hawaii, Romney will emerge with “the same 246-delegate margin that CNN estimated he had before Tuesday’s results.”

Santorum and his anti-Romney wingman, Newt Gingrich, are trying to collect as many delegates as they can scrape together in order to make life hell for Romney at the Republican convention in Tampa Bay, Fla. Santorum even thinks he can somehow win the nomination that way. Hey, anything’s possible, but Romney and his aides are not wrong when they say that’s extremely unlikely.

Besides, CNN isn’t going to cancel this reality TV show, and neither are we. On to Puerto Rico (Sunday), Illinois (Tuesday), Missouri and Louisiana (next Saturday)!  —PZS

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By Shenonymous, March 15, 2012 at 7:51 am Link to this comment

In the whole scheme of things Santorum is a zero.  What is grossly
obscene are the actions such as the State of Arizona’s passing a bill
that would require a woman to provide a written reason why she wants
to use contraception.  The Republican campaign to denigrate women into
their graves shows their aboriginally undeveloped mind.  Simians show
more affect for their fellow apes than Republicans do for people not in
their tribe.  They will rue this campaign season for the duration.

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By Psychobabbler, March 14, 2012 at 10:03 pm Link to this comment

Fritos>Doritos>Cheetos=Trifecta

A non-nutritious ‘insider’ trick for all of you less than desirable curious losers.

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By CassandraSpeaks, March 14, 2012 at 9:20 pm Link to this comment

Santorum and his fellow right-wing Catholics and their evangelical fellow travelers pervert the Gospels and promote bigotry, misogyny, militarism, warmongering, jingoism, greed, exploitation and environmental irresponsibility, all diametrically opposed to what Jesus actually taught.

I have no doubt that Jesus would have been in the Occupy camps and antiwar protests so demonized by most of his alleged modern day disciples.

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By oddsox, March 14, 2012 at 5:39 pm Link to this comment

Both Santorum and Newt lost a precious commodity yesterday: time.

They’re in roughly the same position delegate-wise, as before Tuesday and now have less opportunity to make up the lost ground.

The noose tightens around their thinning chances.

It’ll be Romney vs. Obama in November.

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By Louisa, March 14, 2012 at 12:02 pm Link to this comment
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People become stupid in groups. Individual thought is submerged in dogma and a desire to belong, just like in the Taliban or Al Queda the fundamentalists are people driven by fear and superstition. It is this terrorof uncertainty that motivates people to believe what they are told. That some supreme being is watching over and guiding our every step is an absurdity to any thinking person. But thinking people are not as rare as it appears in the media. I hope.

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By 3am mystic, March 14, 2012 at 9:59 am Link to this comment

As one who grew up in the south (I’ve been in the Northeast for 30 years now), and with relatives in Mississippi and Alabama, I can tell you just how strange the Christian fundamentalist thinking is down there.

Most of my relatives there believe that Obama, Romney and Santorum, all three, are going to hell.  They are not bashful at all to say Obama, being that they still believe he is a Muslim, is on his way to hell; a little slower about Romney, but they have no doubts.  And Santorum, well, if you backed them into a corner they would say “But,he isn’t saved”; which means he is going to hell.  Santorum is the one most of them voted for. 

The sad and pathetic reality is that they voted for a man whom they believe will keep this country from sliding headlong into hell on a bobsled, when the truth is this is an individual who, in his anger toward those different than he, has no qualms about shackling his idea of morality around the ankles of every woman, man and child.  And there is no greater hell than a society where its members are “made” to be good.  And please allow to me to conclude, Jesus “made” no one be good.  He already saw them as children of the Father.  Sad that we see so few today so trusting.

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By Big B, March 14, 2012 at 7:26 am Link to this comment

“Never underestimate the power of stupid people in large groups”.

That mantra hangs in my office, and each time I read it I think of 1980 and 2000. Of how we would never elect the nuclear cowboy or the blithering idiot that was GW. But we did, didn’t we?

Now I see Santorum, standing in the oval office in that scene from “the dead zone” when the president, played by Martin Sheen, was about to nuke the russkies, all the while saying “glory Hallelua!”

This is america folks. there are a lot of bad people out there, with an awful lot of money, and a twisted view of the world.

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