The Republican Circus

“People of Mississippi and Alabama want a conservative.  If they want a conservative nominee for sure, they can do that by lining up behind us and making this race clearly a two-person race outside of the South.”  “If we win Alabama, a conservative will be nominated by the Republican Party. And if we nominate a conservative, we will defeat Barack Obama in the general election.”

If you haven’t figured it out, that’s conservative poster child Rick Santorum babbling as he desperately pushes his conservative agenda on the poor people of Alabama and Mississippi leading into Tuesday’s election.

As much as I think that womanizer Newt Gingrich is a joke to the Republican party, I would love to see him and Mitt Romney, who I definitely have no love for, win the big prizes of Alabama (50 delegates) and Mississippi (40 delegates) today and give Santorum an embarrassing third place finish.   Hawaii (20 delegates) and the American Samoa (9 delegates) also head to the polls today.

As it stands in the pre-election polls and take it for what it’s worth, in Alabama, it’s a very close race with Romney at 27%, Gingrich 26.8%, and Santorum 24%.  In Mississippi, Romney 33%, Gingrich 30%, and Santorum 27%.  Ron Paul is only getting about 6.6% of the vote in both states.  As much as I think he’s the better GOP candidate, he should concede and run as an independent.

1,144 delegates are needed to clinch the GOP nomination.  Right now, the Associated Press is reporting that Romney has 454 delegates, Santorum 217,  Gingrich 107, and Paul has 47.

Even with that big lead, delusional conservative conservative conservative Santorum says, “The reality of the situation is that it’s going to be very difficult for anyone to get to the number of delegates that is necessary to win with the majority at the convention.  The only way, really, I believe that someone is going to get there is if the conservatives unite.”

Santorum even says that for him to win the Republican Party’s presidential nomination, he’s counting on chaos and a fractured GOP arriving at its nominating convention in late summer.

And, to be honest, that might help Santorum, but it’ll also make President Obama’s re-election campaign a little bit easier.

However, the “Christian Science Monitor ” sees things differently:  “And as long as both Rick Santorum and Newt Gingrich remain in the race, dividing the “not-Romney” vote, the former Massachusetts governor is well-positioned to build on his lead in the delegate count and head into the Tampa party convention in August with the most delegates, if not the majority.”

Although Gingrich’s people say that he really needs to win Mississippi and Alabama, he vows he’s staying in the race until the convention, which is causing him and Santorum to split the “Anti-Romney” vote.
And,  here’s the tale of the two leading GOP candidates.
Romney says, “We sure as heck aren’t going to go to a convention all the way to the end of August to select a nominee.  Everybody has a scenario where they can become the nominee. That’s fine.  So far, we’ve got two, two and a half times as many delegates as he and millions of more votes than he has. … If he is able to pull off a miracle, so be it. He’ll be the nominee.”And, Santorum:  “We’re going to be the nominee.  Gov. Romney will not make it.
Mississippi, Alabama, Hawaii, and the American Samoa, do something that many other states couldn’t do so far, send Santorum home now so he can play with his conservative conservative conservative friends.  Many of us don’t want him in our sandbox.

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