Santorum Wins Kansas

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Rick Santorum today won the Kansas Caucuses, which gives him momentum going into the Mississippi and Alabama primaries next Tuesday.  He was the only candidate to campaign in the State, and he comes away from the land of Dorothy with approximately 53% of the vote, and at least 25 of the 40 Kansan delegates.

 

33 Responses to Santorum Wins Kansas

  • None of your Grouchy Penguin music criticisms Art! :) Campaign music is supposed to be terrible. The only one I can think of that I like is:

  • Actually Art, the song wasn’t that bad – catchy tune and all.

    But it was worth watching all through for the youthful enthusiasm, and of course, the pretty girls ;-)

  • Don, what a completely sexist and completely true thing to say!

  • Hi Don.

    You may have gathered, PC is not one of my strong points :-)

  • I am shocked, Don, shocked I say:

  • Delaying the inevitable. A Romney win and a basting by Obama, who will win in a near-landslide. forcing me to update my passport so I can go to South America.

  • Actually Joe the Rasmussen tracking poll today shows Romney beating Obama by 5 and Santorum beating Obama by 1. Of course such polls this far out are largely meaningless, but Obama is in terrible shape for re-election and I expect him to lose the electoral college around 316-222.

  • The girls put this together without coordinating with the Santorum organization, Though I think he would approve it.

    If you click through they have some other non-poliical music which is pretty good for a group starintg in that genre.

  • Check out this interesting analysis by Nate Silver of Five Thirty Eight (be warned, it’s lengthy):

    http://fivethirtyeight.blogs.nytimes.com/2012/03/09/how-daunting-is-santorums-delegate-math/#more-28081

    “Mr. Santorum’s path to the nomination probably involves generating some real momentum by sweeping just about everything in March — other than perhaps Puerto Rico, Hawaii, and the territorial caucuses. If he won Illinois on March 20, for instance, and then followed it up with an April 3 result in which he won Wisconsin clearly and if Maryland was close, that’s about the point in which Mr. Romney would be in extreme danger. It’s not impossible, but Mr. Santorum has a very high bar to clear.”

  • I think the only thing that would help Obama’s re-election is if Hillary becomes his running mate (God forbid)!

  • Joe,

    Hopefully you and I won’t need to emigrate. Although, I am looking into Chilean immigration laws.

    I saw the Rasmussen tracking poll, too. Romney 48 – 43; Santorum 46 – 45. The O’zero’s approval rating is 25%.

    Anyone see this racist chart on Don Surber? It’s the ones wherein Obama’s statisticians showed the projected unemployment rate trend lines with and without the $800 billion stimulus boondoggle. The current propaganda unemployment is 8.3% (with 6,000,000 people dropping off the face of the Earth, er, out of the labor force = denominator). This is above both scenarios.

    In fact, O’zero promised unemployment would never go over 8%. Once Obamacare kicks in the unemployment rate will never go lower than 10%, unless 15,000,000 more working class Americans fall of the face of the Earth.

    Racist Charts!!!

  • Rick’s biggest problems these days are the media of every stripe. When you win Kansas by 30% with 20K votes cast and lose Wyoming by a TOTAL VOTE COUNT of 650 to 425 and the headlines are “Romney splits Caucuses in Kansas and Wyoming” it’s pretty clear they’re trying to diminish anything good that Santorum pulls off.

    “Romney is projected to win the Wyoming Caucus, splitting the day’s events with Santorum who won the Kansas Caucus with over 50% of the vote there. “

  • Oh, yeah, Kansas!

    I’ve been to Kansas, down in the south by Medicine Lodge and Kiowa in Summer 1986.

    Being a Custer buff, I was interested in actually being in that part of the Plains Wars geography.

    Anyhow, I am seriously confused by Frank Baum’s, The Wizard of Oz. The most unfathomable part is:

    Why would Dorothy want to go back to Kansas?

  • “I am seriously confused by Frank Baum’s The Wizard of Oz.”

    You’re not the only one. Some literary critics, believe it or not, think the story is an allegory or parable of the American Populist movement of the late 19th and early 20th centuries, with the Wizard representing the federal government; Dorothy a sort of Every Man/Woman; the Scarecrow, farmers: the Tin Man, industrial workers; and the Cowardly Lion, politicians (especially Populist presidential candidate William Jennings Bryan). Dorothy’s silver shoes (in the book; they became ruby slippers only in the movie) allegedly represent “free silver” coinage, a favorite Populist cause:

    http://www.amphigory.com/oz.htm

  • I have noticed on FOX at least more and more voices are starting to come out about the dangers of a prolonged primary.

    I don’t think it’s ending soon and I really think Gingrich needs to drop out for Santorum to beat Romney. Otherwise they will keep splitting the vote.

    For example, I voted Santorum and my wife voted Gingrich. She would have voted Santorum had he been the only one besides Romney. I am sure this is happening hundreds of times over….

  • Delaying the inevitable. A Romney win and a basting by Obama, who will win in a near-landslide. forcing me to update my passport so I can go to South America.

    I find this confidence in the President’s prospects (by supporters and opponents alike) very curious. Franklin Roosevelt, Lyndon Johnson, and Ronald Reagan were returned to office in the midst of vigorous economic expansions; Dwight Eisenhower was a national icon; and Richard Nixon had managed to wind down a war 10x as bloody as that in Iraq while facing an unreconstructed Henry Wallace Democrat as an opponent. Can some of the President’s boosters tell me which precedent they think applies here?

  • Art: Hope and Change!

    From personal experience (I’m 61 going on 16): pessimism comes with the “territory” when one becomes superannuated. Then, second childhood . . .

    That and wasting campaign air time calling extremist liberal tools names.

    The notorious arch-racist, Professor Thomas Sowell, recently stated that America faces another great depression if Obama gets a “mulligan.”

    Perhaps, we are being too hard on the President. After all, it is his first job.

  • Mr. Shaw & Mr. McClarey: The polls you cite with Mitt and Rick beating Obama are offset by others that showed the Bamster with big leads. My hypothesis is that whoever emerges as the Republican nominee will be so bloodied by the GOP infighting and MSM assaults that he will be badly weakened. Imagine the Dems, flush with cash, running a slew of negative ads showing Mitt trashing Rick and vice versa and a variety of “gaffes” taken out of context that will make either look unfit to be President of “all the people.”

    BTW, off-topic a bit but perhaps a thread maker: Pat Buchanan’s new book, “Suicide of a Superpower,” subtitled “Will America Survive to 2025?” has two chapters, “The Death of Christian America” and “The Crisis of Catholicism” and the bitter fruit of Vatican II that would supply much grist for TAC contributors. October will mark the 50th anniversary of VII and no doubt critical retrospectives are very much in order.

    God bless, everyone, from a lapsed Catholic who is making his way back into the fold notwithstanding lingering doubts. I also thank all of your for your forgiveness and forebearance.

  • Welcome back Joe to the Faith!

    Polls, as I stated earlier, are largely meaningless today. The underlying reality is that Obama has been a miserable president with a bad economy, and that is going to lead to his defeat in the Fall. In 1980 Reagan was shown behind in most polls until the Republican convention. John Anderson, a Republican Congressman, bolted the party and ran on a third party ticket. Moderate Republicans were constantly proclaiming their dissatisfaction with Reagan and predicting a Carter victory. Polls at the end of October showed Carter ahead of Reagan. Reagan received a savagely bad press. None of that mattered in the end, because none of it could alter the fact that Carter had been a miserably bad President with a miserably bad economy.

  • Don, I would like to share your confidence and wholeheartedly agree Obama has been the worst president ever, but there are too many variables yet to predict a winner regardless of who the GOP nominates. I have a feeling that Iran, gas prices, social issues and unforeseen but impactful events will shape the mood of the nation in October. Polls are ephemeral anyway, reflecting the whims of the day. BTW, would appreciate any feedback on Buchanan’s jeremiads, which I must say seem quite justified in light of the deep divisions in the body politic.

  • Will keep you in my prayers, Joe. Keep walking back home, and the Father will run out to meet you and throw His arms around you.

  • Boy, everybody is forgetting the 2010 elections. Do you think those people who gave Obama a “shellacking” are going to stay home and sit on their hands?

  • “That song is godawful.”

    Yeah, well I don’t see anyone rushing out to make music of any kind – good or bad – for Dullard. He just doesn’t insire anyone to do anything apart from utter the words “electable” .But I don’t think that word means what they think it means.

  • The song is kinda catchy. Good tune, goofy lyrics, pretty girls… Looks like half the country music I listen to and love these days.

    As for the pessimism and optimism, I reject both because they are too narrowly focussed on the election. Both suggest that our system of government sinks or swims on election cycles. Thish ship of state turns slowly and eighht years isn’t enough to remold it. It is that fact that has frustrated self-styled “progressives” from Wilson to Obama.

    Will Obama’s political career survive this contest? Maybe. If so, it will be greatly weakened. Will Romney or Santorum win? Maybe. If so, their mandate will be Weak, and their influence subtle.

    Every day, I am amazed by the inspired choices of our Framers.

  • “Do you think those people who gave Obama a “shellacking” are going to stay home and sit on their hands?”

    If the nominee is Romney? Yes. Either that or they’ll vote for a 3rd party candidate that shares their views and priorities.

  • I respect your views on the Weathervane Jay, and if he is the nominee I will have no enthusiasm for him. However, I will have much enthusiasm for sending Obama packing, and I think most Republicans and conservatives will agree with with me, certainly enough to get that job done.

  • Oh, and to buck up those inclined to pessimism, the electoral map has shifted significantly for the Republicans. Assuming they can win New Hampshire, the Republicans no longer need to win Ohio, although I do think they will win the Buckeye State and Pennsylvania:

    http://www.270towin.com/

  • I don’t like Romney either. Some say he is Obama-lite and he may be but I would rather take my chances with Mitt because I KNOW what a disaster Obama is.

  • Joe,

    Today, I fret less about who wins in November.

    There will be great rejoicing in Heaven.

    You inspire me.

    T

  • Read this—an insider is saying Hillary is going to be on the ticket. This makes sense coupled with the contraceptive story and the fact that Bill Clinton is out there doing fundraisers for Obama.. All bets are off, this may put Obama back in play considering Hillary’s popularity. Can he fool voters again??

    http://www.powerlineblog.com/archives/2012/03/election-news-and-blue.php

  • There needs to be an ‘attraction’ on the D ballot. The new Kennedy glam of the Clinton’s (he who wiped innocence and dignity from the political face for the people of this country) will outdo a VP like J. Biden.
    The bloodied and slandered Republican on the ballot will need the hand of God.

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