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Mitt, Rick & Newt

Rich Galen

Wednesday April 11, 2012

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  • Rick Santorum called it a day yesterday afternoon.

  • In one of those weird campaign events, Santorum's folks tried to keep what the event was to be under wraps until about 2 pm Eastern.

  • But, the staff got buffaloed into giving up the fact that Santorum would be "suspending" his campaign so, by the time the event started at about 2:20, every person on the planet with a Twitter account was writing about it.

  • Santorum's withdrawal from the campaign was a paradox: He had done too well to stay in any longer.

  • The Pennsylvania primary will be held on April 24. If Santorum were to win (not a foregone conclusion) he would have been locked into the race through May and probably through June.

  • This is April 10. Santorum is pretty much out of money. The notion of pretending to compete against Mitt Romney for the next 10 weeks was too much to contemplate.

  • If Santorum were to lose in Pennsylvania (also not a foregone conclusion) then his political career would end with a dull thud.

  • Santorum had no good way to move on, so he got out.

  • Much has been made about the fact that Santorum didn't mention Romney in his exit speech, but there is not a great deal of love between the two, so we should give Santorum a pass.

  • It is possible that no serious candidate for President ever did more with less - less personality, less money, a more narrow message - than Santorum.

  • So, he gets points for that.

  • I suspect that, by 2:27 yesterday afternoon, there were Santorum staffers talking with Romney staffers about what role Santorum could/would play in the campaign moving forward; what financial help Romney would be willing to provide Santorum; and so on.

  • I do not think Santorum is on the Romney's draft board as a potential VP candidate, but I am often wrong about these things.

  • Now, to Newt.

  • On Sunday, Newt was conciliatory toward the concept of a likely Romney candidacy. He was charming about it. He was smart about it. He was accepting of it.

  • On Tuesday, after Santorum's presser, Newt recoiled into the strange and frightening World of Newt and proclaimed himself the last standing conservative alternative to Romney.

  • Newt, by his own accounting, is $4.5 million - MILLION - in debt. In his version of reality, Santorum's supporters will immediately pivot to Gingrich, hoisting him on their collective shoulders to proclaim him their conservative savior.

  • They will not.

  • If voters loved Newt that much they would have been voting for Newt that often.

  • They did not.

  • Everyone on this continent, with the possible exception of Newt, noted that he did not win in DC, Maryland, or Wisconsin last week.

  • He came in FOURTH in DC, Maryland, and Wisconsin behind Ron Paul.

  • Most normally wired human beings would find that result, at a minimum, embarrassing; and, at a maximum, cause to run into the sea and attempt swim to Portugal.

  • Not Newt.

  • Newt, having watched Santorum's presser, had Sugarplum Fairies dancing in his head telling him that he, Newt, is the fairest in the land.

  • He is not.

  • Not in this land, nor in any other land on any planet in any galaxy in the known universe.

  • In typical fashion, just when you thought Newt might have redeemed himself, he does something that proves your original opinion of him was correct.

    SIDEBAR

    I know that I mixed a Tchaikovsky reference with a Brothers Grimm reference, but I liked it, so there you are.

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  • So, Mitt Romney is the Republican nominee.

  • Here's where I think the campaign between Romney and Obama will be decided: Who has the ability to guide the nation through the next coming worldwide economic downturn.

  • If Americans think that class warfare is the right approach, then Barack Obama will be re-elected.

  • If, on the other hand, Americans believe that expanding opportunities to succeed is the best way forward, then Mitt Romney will be sworn in on January 20, 2013.

  • In mid-April, it's too close to call.

  • On the < Secret Decoder Ring page today: A link to the NY Times coverage of the Santorum suspension; a very excellent Mullfoto from New York City over the weekend, and a Catchy Caption of the Day.

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