April 5, 2012

BLOCKBUSTER POLL!! — PPP Romney Leads Santorum in Pennsylvania!

This just released from PPP:

(Pennsylvania) (4/4) (3/13)
Romney 42 25
Santorum 37 43
Paul 9 9
Gingrich 6 13
Other/Undec 6 10

By this poll taken just today, Rick Santorum’s now trails Mitt Romney by 5 percentage points. According to their numbers Rick’s only hope is if Newt Gingrich leaves the race.

(Pennsylvania) (4/4)
Romney 42
Santorum 41
Paul 12
Undec 6

Santorum climbs up to within one ppt of Romney (a statistical tie) if Gingrich drops out.

PPP had this to say:

Pennsylvania Republicans are expressing major doubts about Santorum’s viability both in
the primary and the general election. Only 36% of GOP voters think Santorum has a
realistic chance at the nomination to 54% who believe he does not. And when it comes to
matching up against Barack Obama in the fall only 24% of Republicans think Santorum
would provide their best chance for a victory while 49% think that designation belongs to
Romney.

Romney’s made huge in roads with the groups that have tended to fuel Santorum’s
success. What was a 37 point lead for Santorum with Evangelicals is now only 10 points
at 44-34. What was a 32 point advantage for him with Tea Party voters is now only 6 at
41-35. And in the greatest sign that conservatives are starting to really around Romney a
little bit, what was a 51 point deficit for him with ‘very conservative’ voters is now only
11 points at 44-33.

“The momentum in Pennsylvania is moving completely against Rick Santorum,” said
Dean Debnam, President of Public Policy Polling. “Mitt Romney has a great chance to
deliver a final crushing blow to his campaign on April 24th. A home state loss would be
incredibly embarrassing for Santorum.”

PPP surveyed 403 likely Republican primary voters on April 4th. The margin of error for
the survey is +/-4.9%.

One final thought.

Not to hurry you or anything, Rick, but she's waiting.

by @ 12:00 am. Filed under Poll Watch
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101 Responses to “BLOCKBUSTER POLL!! — PPP Romney Leads Santorum in Pennsylvania!”

  1. Thomas Alan Says:

    Last stand.

  2. Massachusetts Conservative Says:

    It looks like most of the Romney-inclined Gingrich supporters already jumped ship to Mitt. The question from this point forward is what impact Romney’s ads and hardcore campaigning have on the numbers.

  3. Dave Says:

    I’m intrigued by the 36% of GOP voters in the state who still think Santorum has a realistic shot at winning the nomination. What conceivable grasp of the political process could lead to that conclusion? Is it a failure to do arithmetic? Are they using chicken entrails?

    In any event, over the next 3 weeks, that 36% number will get a lot smaller.

  4. OregonConservative Says:

    Wow, I actually think Rick’s four day break from campaigning might turn into a permanent retirement.

    The question is does Rick want to risk going down in flames in his own state? The only upside of risking it: if he wins PA then he gets to hang on a few more weeks and get his butt kicked then.

    To any rational person, this would be an easy decision. With Rick, well, his actions so far speak for themselves.

  5. Katechon Says:

    Just grabbed $3,000 from sleeping British punters on Betfair, an exchange like Intrade but prohibited to Americans.

    British are sleeping now, and one guy was offering 65% odds…. on Romney as the PPP poll came out. I hope he can afford it, cause he ain’t gonna get that cash back!

  6. OregonConservative Says:

    3. Yes, that number will go down. There is nothing left for Santorum to say that will convince people he has a chance. Some people will refuse to face reality, but many will start to get excited about challenging Obama.

  7. Massachusetts Conservative Says:

    Rick might drop out before April 24. Let’s see if we get any confirmation for this poll.

  8. Heath Says:

    I bet with betfair Katechon.

    They are great except that the haven’t settled the Ohio market – 1 month later!

  9. OregonConservative Says:

    Speaking of Intrade, Rick just dropped like a rock to ~12. Hopefully we don’t get wildly differing polls in the next few days.

  10. asparagus Says:

    And Pennsylvania Catholics will be attending Easter services this Sunday and hear absolutely nothing about politics, as it should be. Rick Sanct-moron is in deep doo-doo. Time to drop out.

    Anyone know if Ryan will be campaigning with Mitt, or if Christie will be rejoining Mitt on the trail?

  11. Matthew Kilburn Says:

    “Wow, I actually think Rick’s four day break from campaigning might turn into a permanent retirement.”

    Its Holy Week. Tomorrow is the Mass of the Lord’s Supper. The Day after is Good Friday. Thats followed by Easter Weekend.

    Don’t read anything into the break.

  12. Thomas Alan Says:

    At this point I hope he stays in until PA just so he can be humiliated before he leaves the race and Mitt can get the real bounce he deserves from securing the nomination.

  13. marK Says:

    Isn’t PA a closed primary? If so Rick cannot count on crossover Dems and Indies to save his bacon.

  14. Florida Conservative Says:

    Santorum will drop out before April 24th.

    Once he spends time with friends and family over his 4 day Easter break and gets a look at the other poll’s that will be showing him trailing in his home state, he will hold a press conference on either Monday or Tuesday and bow out of this race, because he knows the numbers are only going to get worse for him and he can’t campaign his way back to winning, he is done.

  15. Florida Conservative Says:

    13

    Yes…Only Republican’s can vote in the primary…All of the April 24th states are closed primaries except for Deleware I think….Santorum is done.

  16. barktwiggs Says:

    Game. Set. Match.

  17. Claire Says:

    14. I also think Rick will come to his senses and drop out sometime next week or so.

    Bye bye. Wish I could say we’d miss you~

  18. uncdave Says:

    Ricky better quit or will get beat in his home state.

  19. Patrick Henry Says:

    Where’s Nostradamus? This post isn’t complete without his ‘Give ‘em …. hell Mitt!’

  20. marK Says:

    I agree with MassCon. If other polls back this one up, I would expect Santorum to drop out before the 24th.

    (1) It would be totally humiliating for him to lose PA.
    (2) Pressure is mounting from all sides, not just the “establishment” to end this thing, or at the very least to play nice with Romney. Rick can’t possibly win without attacking Romney.
    (3) People have lost interest and are moving on. Mitt’s the nominee. They want get on with the general election. They are dismissing Santorum as yesterday’s news.

  21. barktwiggs Says:

    I personally think the captain will go down with the ship. He will try sticking it out until his donor base dries up. If he exited earlier and gracefully, Romney might have sent some of his donors to cover any debts, but I don’t think that will happen anymore. That scenario might play out for Gingrich since he’s toned his campaign down a few notches.

  22. uncdave Says:

    Romney up in NC in first night of polling for PPP as well.

  23. Dr J Says:

    I think Rick will stay in until the very end. He will still win all of the Southern states that are left, but Romney takes the rest. This could be over before June.

  24. asparagus Says:

    Finish him!

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_hHDxlm66dE

  25. Dr J Says:

    22- Don’t trust any poll that shows Romney leading in a Southern state.

  26. Florida Conservative Says:

    23

    Wrong, I would be willing to bet anyone that Romney will not lose another state, everyone has said Mitt is the nominee, even the head of the Southern Baptist Convention has said so.

    22

    If Mitt is not up by 10 points at least in North Carolina I would be shocked

  27. asparagus Says:

    More Mortal Combat humour related to Romney finishing Santorum.

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9t7fl–dXng&feature=related

  28. asparagus Says:

    IT’S? OVER [MITT] YEAH YOU DID IT! GET HIM A BODY BAG YEAAAH! DO IT AGAIN [MITT]! FINISH IT [MITT] FINISH IT! NO MERCY!

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DnvXpLOzKeQ

  29. Dr J Says:

    23- I take that back. Romney has to win some Southern states to finish this before June and he will not do it. The evangelicals will be in panic mode and will pull out all the stops for a miracle. But he will make it on June 5.

  30. Ollie Says:

    N. Carolina can be different at times. Probably a lot of libs in the Research Triangle

  31. James from TX Says:

    So if Newt drops out, so I guess that means that Santorum has a fighting chance?…. NOT

    It does not matter what happens in PA, this thing is so over. Santorum is like a house fly, a nuisance but can’t do much damage or eat much food.

  32. Dave Says:

    The only reason Gingrich is at 6% in this poll is NOT ideological…..it doesn’t mean that 6% would go to Santorum if Newt dropped out. A lot of people don’t follow politics, and the Gingrich name as a lot of residual familiarity. What’s left of his support is mostly reflexive. There might be a few who still buy the ‘great debater’ meme as a way of getting rid of Obama, but not that many.

    In short, it doesn’t make any sense to combine numbers, as in this post.

  33. Katechon Says:

    8- Wisconsin is still not settled!

  34. Fig Newton Says:

    Stupidity still reigns in some circles. I am not holding my breath on Santo being wise enough to get out.

    Brabender’s whole crew looks very chewed up and ‘off’, as in extra chromosomes.

    If I knew who had his ear I’d be more certain he’d get out. But considering the Brabender crew looks and acts like extras from the movie Deliverance, not too certain.

    On to funny news, did you see McCain advising Mitt to choose Sarah for his VP?

    I hope it was simply a senior moment! Or a punking:)

  35. K.G. Says:

    #34: IMO it was one of Mack’s self-deprecating jokes. He was just being facetious. Afterwards he listed some real possibilities: Ryan, Rubio, Jindal, and Daniels.

  36. Fig Newton Says:

    35. Feelin’ better already! Thanks for the heads up:)

  37. Arizona Says:

    Oh this is great news…
    I was just reading Santy twitter.
    When i read the replies to his tweets they are
    all get out your hurting the Republican cause.
    At least 95% of his responses are quit the race.
    When i looked at Mitt’s only a handful of
    negative comments.

  38. Ozzy(Mitt Romney-Paul Ryan 2012) Says:

    35 & 36,

    Hmm, a Romney-Palin ticket. The everybody deserves a second chance ticket. In theory, if it did happen, I would probably look forward to the Biden-Palin II debate moreso than any of the Obama-Romney debates.

  39. K.G. Says:

    #38: Ozzie, he was joking. And the joke was on him. :-)

  40. Ozzy(Mitt Romney-Paul Ryan 2012) Says:

    39,

    I know he was joking, but, I was just being hypothetical about a ticket I know will never be.

  41. Independent CPA Says:

    Yahoo headline says it all: “Santorum slips into irrelevancy as Romney vs. Obama kicks into gear.”

  42. Keith Price Says:

    I can think of one way Rick can ATTEMPT to save face.

    He drops out and acts like this was all just hazing. Hazing can be brutal and painful but it weeds out the unqualified and the weak. He can make the comparison and say, “You know, I threw everything I had at him and he took it with grace and style. I was quite a bit harsher than I feel in my heart because I wanted to be absolutely sure Mitt was ready. And, now I now. Mitt Romney will be the next President of the United States and I wholeheartedly support him.”

    Now, I don’t think Rick has it in him to do that, and it really wouldn’t be enough to heal the wounds he inflicted, but I think it’s about the only way he can back down without slinking away.

  43. Jerald Says:

    I think Santorum has arrived at the point where Newt is at….Nobody cares anymore whether or not he gets out of the race.

    He burned his bridges and the people and MSM have moved on…

  44. Micah Says:

    Judging by this poll Mitt will start the second half with a kickoff returned for a touchdown.

    Good analogy Rick. :)

  45. aspire Says:

    This is horrible for Santorum – just horrible. Not only would Santorum lose his home state, but he’d lose 5 states in one day (and this is in the second half). 8 in a row. I have a hard time believing he’d win a single primary after that. Maybe a caucus or two, but who cares.

    He needs to drop out to save himself the humiliation.

  46. aspire Says:

    I feel kind of bad for Santorum, it’s kind of hard to picture a way out now where he doesn’t look like a loser. My only advice would be for him to drop out ASAP, and blame it on Obama. Say that Since Obama has already started attacking Romney, and since his own chances of winning the nomination at this point are very low, he’s dropping out and endorsing Mitt Romney, so we can move forward, come together, and stop Barack Obama.

    I don’t see any other way for him to save face.

  47. criggs Says:

    7 and 9: I actually think this is the goods. This survey roughly matches the one from Quinnipiac the other day, the one about which I expressed skepticism because there wasn’t any other survey that matched it.

    Well, now there is.

    The combined picture presented by Quinnipiac and PPP is unmistakable. Since the F & M survey from March 25th, both Romney and Santorum have gained, while Undecided has taken a tumble. But (and here’s the key) while both Romney and Santorum are tied, Romney has clearly moved up a lot more than Santorum. Within that period Romney has moved up between 10.7 and 15.1 points while Santorum has only moved up between 2.9 and 10.3 points.

    In other words, despite the statistical tie between the two of them, clearly Romney’s moving up a lot faster than Santorum, and clearly has more momentum. Here’s the current CPSR picture, with trend indications based on the two polls from Quinnipiac (3/7-12) and F & M (3/20-25):

    PENNSYLVANIA Composite 3/27-4/4 Final
    1. Romney 37.1-38.9 +10.7-15.1
    2. Santorum 37.1-41.9 +2.9-10.3
    3. Gingrich 3.1-10.9
    3. Paul 6.1-13.9
    5. Undecided 2.1-9.9 -12.9-25.3

    Because of his strong upward trend, I would now rate Romney the favorite in this state.

    Pennsylvania.

    Santorum’s home state. The one Santorum had to win to have any chance of stopping Romney.

    Finally, I think it’s safe to say this is over.

    Congratulations, folks. As a liberal Democrat and Obama supporter, I’ve always realized that this election could be very close, and that in November Obama will be one unemployment downturn, one European financial crisis and/or one gas prices spike away from losing. And the thought of Obama losing to someone like Santorum or Bachmann kept me awake at night.

    But you stared clowns and idiocy in the face with Bachmann, Perry, Cain, Santorum and so on.

    AND YOU WALKED AWAY.

    You’re running an adult for president. And I couldn’t be more relieved.

    This has been an interesting visit.

    Good luck to all of us. And to the nation.

    May the best man win.

  48. Keith Price Says:

    Criggs, you’re an Obama supporter??? How did I miss that in all your posts?

  49. Teemu Says:

    45:

    He is going to do worse in many delegate allocating district and state conventions between now and April 24, losing especially in states where you won straw poll or the beauty contest primary in Missouri is going to hurt

    Wyoming state convention: Romney already got 9 out of 12 county convention delegates, the system is more establishment friendly, Romney is probably going to take all 17 delegates from state convention.

    Colorado district and state conventions: From what I’ve heard Santorum is going to significantly worse than in 2008.

    Minnesota district conventions: Pretty much all delegate estimates give almost all delegates from MN to Santy. But Ron Paul supporters took over 3 district conventions in 2008 when they got something like 15-16% of the vote, compared to 27% this year. Serious risk than Santy loses majority of district conventions.

    Missouri district conventions: Looks like Santy will lose majority of district conventions here based on the district convention delegate selection in the caucuses.

  50. Katechon Says:

    48- he was always looking in the rear view mirror

    He had no intuitive feeling of the direction of the race

    I love his inputs nonetheless

  51. criggs Says:

    50, Katechon: Rear view mirror? Sorry, not familiar with that expression. What does it mean? Thanks.

  52. criggs Says:

    48, Keith. Yes, I explained why I was here a couple of times. One always has to balance full disclosure with the restriction on reposting the same message over and over again. It was a tough tightrope to walk, and I’m not sure I always succeeded. If you want to see a full explanation of the reasons for my interest and participation here, I suggest you take a look at http://race42012.com/2012/01/02/poll-watch-insideradvantagemajority-opinion-research-r-iowa-2012-republican-caucus-survey-5/ and specifically in posting 48.

  53. Teemu Says:

    Colorado district and state conventions: From what I’ve heard Santorum is going to significantly worse than in 2008

    “significantly worse than in the straw poll” meant to say

  54. LV Says:

    Santorum is going to look bad no matter what he does…

    If he stays in and loses his home state, it will be bad, and if he leaves the race and doesn’t compete for fear of losing, he looks bad.

  55. Heath Says:

    33 – I know it’s a joke. I’ve tried writing them but they just say that after Iowa they need certified results. When the difference is 30,000 votes?!

    I need my Ohio/Wisconsin money too to bet up big in the Masters and huge racing here in Sydney this weekend.

  56. Future Leader Says:

    I am glad Romney is pouring a ton of money into PA. I hope it works.

    I pray for Mitt Romney’s victory in the primary and the general.

  57. Katechon Says:

    55–Who will win the Masters?

    What are the best bets?

  58. Faye Says:

    Really don’t know if Santorum is able to think clearly at this point. His remarks after Tuesday’s defeats were to take this to the convention. He really wants a repeat of ’76 and thinks he is this generation’s Reagen and essentially wants O to win reelection so he can run again in ’16, win the GOP nomination and become POTUS….. he really is dreaming.
    Santorum is only for himself. He does not care for the party or the nation. He did not even congratulate Romney for Romney’s victories on Tuesday.

  59. Jerald Says:

    #47..criggs….You are a liberal Democrat and an Obama supporter?

    How did I miss that?

    If true, I wish all the Liberals were as courteous as you…

  60. DrJeckyllAZ Says:

    59. I agree with Jerald. Criggs, you are a gentleman, albeit a liberal one… ;-)

  61. Jennie Says:

    Fox said Santorum was taking the rest of the week off and would be back on Monday. That, with thinking about the beginning of his speech Tuesday night, I think he will be giving up the campaign ghost sometime before 4/24.

  62. NY4Romney(Romney/Ryan 2012) Says:

    Turn out the liiights, the party’s over.

    Also does anyone know if a Hofstra New York Poll is up online? I answered it on Tuesday and was curious if the results were available.

  63. Jonathan Says:

    Great poll for Governor Romney, but let’s not pop the champaigne until another poll confirms it.

    My advice for Team Mitt; do not let up. Stay in Pennsylvania for 3 weeks if you have to and don’t let Santorum recover. A win here finishes the primaries, it’s that simple.

  64. Massachusetts Conservative Says:

    Final results from Waukesha County, WI are in. With 100% reporting statewide, here are the final results:

    Romney – 44.1%
    Santorum – 36.9%
    Paul – 11.2%
    Gingrich – 5.9%

    http://www.google.com/elections/ed/us/results/2012/gop-primary/wi

  65. Fig Newton Says:

    63. Amen to that! A boot down very hard on Santo’s neck. We all experienced the nausea of Colorado, where a depressed vote was played up like Moses parting the red sea. Rom has shown an incredible talent for running his campaign cold bloodedly and twisting and turning the knife just right.

    Santo will be filleted, and because of the nature of Santo’s nonsense attacks IMHO I get team Romney will hurt Santo pretty badly so it stings and sends a message that kills the weakness meme and sends a shiver down Axelrod’s back.

    Obama better limber up, Rom is incredibly disciplined and Obama is soon going to experience the end effect of how talented and strong one gets rising to the top in a tough line of work like private equity.

    Obama cannot keep selling his easy lines like Americans are as out of it as south side Chicagoans, he will be Santo’d this fall too.

  66. Massachusetts Conservative Says:

    In Wisconsin, turnout is up 91% from 4 years ago. 781,000 votes on Tuesday, while there were 408,000 4 years ago.

    So much for the idea that the recall battle is distracting voters from the primary. To the contrary, the high-energy politics in Wisconsin has gotten voters engaged in political matters in ways they never have been. It’s brought new people into following politics as well.

  67. RON PAUL Says:

    Your delegate math is off. Ron Paul has gotten most of the delegates not Mitt Romney. PROPAGANDA. END THE FED.

  68. RON PAUL Says:

    Ron Paul is our next president. He read the constitution.

  69. Katechon Says:

    66 – any clue about what’s gonna happen with Walker?

    Will he win?

  70. Katechon Says:

    68 – LLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLL

  71. Katechon Says:

    67 – are you long physical gold too ? (I am. Silver as well.)

  72. Massachusetts Conservative Says:

    69

    Flip a coin.

  73. Katechon Says:

    72 – No thanks !

  74. Boomer Says:

    If I was Romney I wouldn’t even mention Santorum’s name in PA, just keep going after Obama. Romney is going to be the nominee, that ship sailed some time ago. But He is going to need PA in the fall and he doesn’t need to alienate any Santorum voters he is going to want against Obama.

    The fact this is even close shows its over. Romney beat Santorum in MA 72% to 12%. Thats how you win your home state.

  75. SixMom Says:

    65. Yeah, the weakness meme is a huge crack-up. Romney really shouldn’t be winning with all the forces against him…

    But he is.

  76. SixMom Says:

    My father wrote this on my Facebook and IMHO he is spot on:

    In my opinion Santorum knows the instant he drops out he will be like Cain, and Perry- shunned and forgotten. His ego will keep him circulating among an ever shrinking populace and press… until the Republican convention is over. He will then attempt to attach himself to the winner with little success- only then will the delusion be over…

  77. machtyn Says:

    Rick Santorum had an interview on Bill Bennett’s program this morning. I just caught the tail end (thank goodness). But the next caller and Bill agreed that Rick sounded “resigned”.

    Of course, he was still on complaining about being outspent – as if the message from the spending was not the cause of his downfall. He’s trying to have both sides of an argument: “We’re winning a month out, then he comes in with money and I’m down and I only have a week to campaign.” Well, which is it, Ricky, are you spending a month campaigning or a week. Maybe, perhaps, it is that your record does not actually match the words coming out of your mouth?

    Ouch: http://www.forbes.com/sites/jerrybowyer/2012/04/04/problems-with-the-truth-confessions-of-a-22-year-rick-santorum-observer/

    I think, I hope, that this is my last comment about Rick Santorum. If he is sounding resigned, dejected, perhaps he will drop out and let this Republican Party gear up for its fight against Obama.

    Of his interview, I do give Rick props: he did not say that Obama is the better choice, or even hint at it. In fact, it was the opposite. The only slight might be that he doesn’t think that Mitt is the best candidate, comparing him to McCain of 4 years ago. We know what a fallacious argument that is.

  78. SixMom Says:

    77. JUST read the article in Forbes that you posted. All i can say is wow…a sad shaking of the head…wow.

  79. Matt "MWS" Says:

    Looks like Team Santorum is huddling up this weekend.

    While I’m not surprised that the observant Santorum would keep Easter sacred, I also wouldn’t be surprised if he drops out Monday.

    http://www.myfoxdc.com/dpps/news/santorum-taking-four-day-break-from-campaign-trail-dpgonc-20120404-kh_19029840#ixzz1r7jXPfEr

  80. Matt "MWS" Says:

    Jonathan,

    “My advice for Team Mitt; do not let up. Stay in Pennsylvania for 3 weeks if you have to and don’t let Santorum recover. A win here finishes the primaries, it’s that simple.”

    Great advice for two reasons. Delivering the coup d’grace to Santorum, obviously, but PA will also (hopefully) be a battleground state in the Fall.

  81. Heath Says:

    Boring I know but I like Luke Donald & Rory McIlroy.

  82. MarqueG Says:

    Santo won’t give up anytime soon. I hear that he bows every night to an impromptu altar he has erected for Baal, who will keep him marching on until at least October. And in case you doubt it, consider this:

    According to Francis Barrett, [Baal] has the power to make those who invoke him invisible, and to some other demonologists his power is stronger in October. According to some sources, he can make people wise, speaks hoarsely, and carries ashes in his pocket.

    Italics added.

    Read the portents, people! Do it!

  83. blue Says:

    I think it would be much better for romney if santy doesn’t drop out and than romney beats him in PA.

  84. K.G. Says:

    Naw, Santy can get out easily. He just needs to tell the truth. He gave it all he had (he did), did much much better than anyone imagined (he did), the people have spoken (they have), and now he’s going to join the BeatObama team and give it all he has because Obama needs to go (he does.)

  85. asparagus Says:

    Santorum has done immense damage to Mitt with evangelical voters. He has told them that Romney is no different from Obama. That statement must be repudiated from every corner of the party. If Santorum won’t retract and drop out of the race, Romney must put everything he has into destroying Santorum’s credibility. He must become a national joke. You can’t let this idea that Romney = Obama fester among evangelical voters. They already have enough so-called reasons for staying home in November.

  86. Conservative Independent Says:

    Rasmussen just released a Pa poll with Santy up by 4 over Romney

  87. Matt "MWS" Says:

    asparagus,

    I think most evangelical voters are smart enough to recognize hyperbole and political license when they hear it. They are no more likely than your average voter to believe something just because someone says so.

    Let’s give ‘em a little credit here. They’re not children.

  88. Johnny Says:

    To those of you who are calling for Mitt to put a boot on Santorum. I have never worked for Mitt, but I have worked for venture capitalists. I can assure you that nobody has ever reached the financial success of Mitt Romney without learning when and how to gut your opponent. Mr. Gentleman, T. Nice-guy, works most of the time, but there will also be times when we will need Dr. Ruthless R. Butcher. And I am confident that Mitt Romney can deliver on both roles. Mitt is in my opinion, the perfect person to have as POTUS at this crucial time.

  89. Johnny Says:

    Regarding the Evangelical supporters for Santorum who are this weekend praying for a miracle from God. When the miracle does not show up, will they finally come to their senses and realize that even God supports Mitt Romney, and they had better get in line or risk eternal damnation? I hope so.

  90. Paul Says:

    Adam Graham: “Lies! Lies! All lies! Tantorum is crushing all opposition! He has WON the nomination since his huge victory in the most important state in the country: Louisiana!! On to victory!!”

  91. Matt "MWS" Says:

    Putting a “boot” on Santorum is dumb now.

    Mitt’s won, and everyone knows it, and the media is already transitioning to general election mode. Rick might well drop out next week (he’s taking a few days off, his campaign says).

    It would be supremely stupid to try to gin up factional fighting within a party against an opponent who would otherwise be increasingly ignored.

    You don’t punch down, and you don’t senselessly beat on opponents who are finished. Mitt made this mistake with Perry and Newt. Hopefully, he’s learned something since.

  92. marK Says:

    Matt.91:

    “You don’t punch down, and you don’t senselessly beat on opponents who are finished. Mitt made this mistake with Perry and Newt. Hopefully, he’s learned something since.”

    You are correct, but Mitt also made the mistake of letting Gingrich back into the race after Iowa; which cost him South Carolina. That caused a whole lot of problems then and further down the road.

    So Mitt has to finish Santorum in PA, but not be overbearing about it.

  93. K.G. Says:

    #91: Yes, Santy needs to back out now, for his own sake and the sake of beating Obama. The problem is he still gets support, not enough to win, but enough to keep causing trouble. It’s Santorum supporters that need to be convinced that the primary is over.

    If Santorum doesn’t bow out and begin campaigning for Mitt, he deserves to be punched down and beat senselessly until he and his supporters recognize he is done.

  94. Massachusetts Conservative Says:

    Romney doesn’t need to put a boot on Santorum’s throat. What he needs to do carefully remind Pennsylvania voters why they shouldn’t like him. That means few/no negative ads, but it does mean trying to get the endorsements of Pat Toomey and Governor Corbett. These endorsements, particularly Toomey’s, would cause the local media to write stories reminding the conservative voters of Santorum’s hard work on Arlen Specter’s behalf against the conservative Pat Toomey. Mitt doesn’t need to point it out, he just needs Pat Toomey to be with him.

  95. Matt "MWS" Says:

    KG,

    It’s not a question of what Santorum “deserves.” It’s a question of “What best positions Mitt to win in November?”

    Mitt needs the primary over. The media is now starting to treat it like it’s over. They’re handing him the award and turning down the lights on Santorum. It’s stupid to pick a brawl with him now, and create the impression that the primary isn’t over. If Rick stays in, he wants Mitt to attack him.

    Mitt also needs to unify the party. Encouraging internecine conflict is just…… dumb. If it’s for the sake of vengeance, then it’s undisciplined and dumb.

    I don’t think Mitt’s that dumb.

  96. Matt "MWS" Says:

    marK,

    I think it was hard to anticipate Newt’s resurrection in SC. I’m not sure how much Mitt could have done to prevent that anyway. Newt was in bad shape after Iowa. I don’t see how elevating him by attacking him would have helped. But SC was clearly just a temporary setback.

    I would argue (and some of this is foresight, some hindsight) that Mitt was going to face a primary roughly this long no matter what, given the logistics of the race and the dynamics of the party. I would also contend that he would be wrapping this thing up about now, and in a stronger position going forward, had he run a positive campaign.

  97. Matt "MWS" Says:

    I know that some Rombots really want to indulge the urge to punish and humiliate their opponents, to see them all vanquished and laid low. Shoot, one of them insinuated yesterday that evangelicals must first be made to realize how wicked they are before we can unify.

    This is madness.

    When treating with a vanquished foe, follow the examples of Lincoln and Bismarck, and not Clemenceau and Robespierre.

  98. Keith Price Says:

    Matt, your comments here are all predicated on a vanquished foe admitting such is the case. And, Rick does not seem poised to do so. Until he acknowledges defeat, he cannot be treated as a vanquished foe. He deserves whatever show of force is necessary to shut him down.

  99. Matt "MWS" Says:

    Keith,

    His media is drying up. People are drifting away. Within days, he will be getting about as much attention as Newt gets now.

    It doesn’t matter if Rick “acknowledges” it. Mitt needs to do what is best for winning this November, and that means getting out of the mud, and acting like the victor he is.

  100. Keith Price Says:

    Isn’t that what’s Mitt IS doing? His SPAC is still putting pressure on Rick. And, we supporters at RACE are still ridiculing Rick for staying in. But, I don’t see Mitt paying much attention to Rick at all.

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