Sunday, February 12, 2012

Newt Gingrich and Rick Santorum: Even The Losers Get Lucky Sometimes

Sunday February 12th, 2012

My Dear America:

It has been a good week for Rick Santorum.  After several disappointing matchups between Santorum and his Republican Rivals he won three contests this week, Minnesota, Missouri and Colorado.  None of these contests provided him with any solid delegates, although certainly none of these State's Republican Party Leaders will be able to count Santorum out when it comes to appointing delegates to the 2012 Republican Convention.

Everywhere I looked on Television this morning I saw Rick smiling and basking in the glory and the momentum that his victories this week have given him. 

Yesterday, he had what I assume were his family members, at least his wife and kids, spread across the stage at the C PAC Convention as he spoke and basked in his glory there as the latest Republican Flavor of the Week for the Tea Party and the Republican Party.

Never mind the fact that Rick Santorum proved in his last Pennsylvania Senate Race against Bob Casey that Rick was one of the Biggest Losers of all time in Pennsylvania Politics.  This is a fact that most Republicans either don't know or don't care about at this point in the Presidential Race.  Certainly Richard Nixon proved that Losers can sometimes be Winners when, after losing the Presidency to John Kennedy and the California Governorship to Edmund "Pat" Brown, he came back from virtual obscurity to win the Presidency in 1968 and 1972.  And, Of course, we all know how well that Presidency went.

Santorum is not the only Loser to have won a State Republican Primary.  Newt Gingrich did it in South Carolina, a state that he virtually stole from Mitt Romney.  Newt campaigned aggressively in South Carolina brutalizing Romney's reputation and pandering to whoever he needed to in order to win. 

Romney, who allowed Gingrich to decimate Mitt's reputation in South Carolina learned a valuable lesson in that state.  In Florida Romney outspent Newt 3 to 1 on negative ads which reminded Floridians in no uncertain terms what a flawed candidate Newt Gingrich is.  Floridians voted for Romney gave him another State Primary victory.

Now the Romney Juggernaut may have been thrown off the tracks this week for a bit but it is quite doubtful that either Santorum, Gingich or Ron Paul will be able to beat Romney in the end.  Mitt's Campaign is loaded with money but it looks like he is going to have to spend a lot of that money beating back the Republican Boys of Spring and possibly Summer.  It is going to be a long race to the finish line for the Republicans, while President Obama sits back and does his job and saves whatever money he has in his War Chest.  One thing is for certain, if all four Republican Candidates  stay in the Race they are all going to be Less Rich and far Bloodier by the time that September, October and November come around.

Sincerely Yours

Jerry Gallagher