Santorum drops out; Romney effectively clinches nomination

Rick Santorum “suspended” his campaign today, but he’s really out. Newt Gingrich’s campaign is beyond broke. Ron Paul is still campaigning, but that’s fairly irrelevant, at least as far as who will be the Repub nominee. It will be Mitt Romney.

The NYTimes coverage includes video of Santorum’s eloquent, dignified withdrawal statement. He didn’t mention Romney and hasn’t endorsed, but the two talked and made nice.

Santorum lasted longer than many other Repub candidates who were rated more serious candidates by the handicappers at various points, including the two Minnesotans, Tim Pawlenty, who didn’t even make it to the Iowa caucuses, and Michele Bachmann, who made it till the morning after Iowa.

Santorum got further with less money than is supposed to be possible. There may be some talk of him as a Romney running mate, but that seems unlikely. If Romney loses this year, it’s easier to believe that Santorum will try again in 2016.

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Comments (5)

  1. Submitted by Richard Schulze on 04/10/2012 - 09:53 pm.

    I’m reminded of Steven Colbert’s Wisconsin cheese gag: “Santorum is like a wheel of Colby cheese: not too sharp, and holier than thou”

  2. Submitted by Neal Rovick on 04/11/2012 - 07:20 am.

    Now we’ll have the fun of watching Romney slide to the left. Etch a Sketch being shaken now. The more he attempts to move, the more conservative a VP will be hung around his neck at the convention. Perhaps that pressure will result in the pre-convention naming of a VP. This would minimize the national attention on the convention and of the far-right bloviation of their crank peeves.

    • Submitted by Richard Schulze on 04/11/2012 - 07:54 am.

      Mr Romney can’t really challenge Mr. Obama on any major policy issues. Mr. Obama has good advisers who can read the political winds (i.e. Clinton’s people), which means he can get in front of any identifiable change in public opinion before Mr Romney can capitalize on it. The best way to attack Mr. Obama would be to replay all his campaign rhetoric from ’08 which he ended up not delivering on at all. If nothing else, Mr Romney could easily prove that Mr Obama is just as much an “etch-a-sketch” candidate as he is. Beyond that, his campaign slogan might as well be “Like Obama, but twice as white”, hardly sufficient to win.

      • Submitted by Dennis Tester on 04/11/2012 - 08:10 am.

        lol

        No president has ever been re-elected with $5 gasoline and 8% unemployment. Even single women who want free birth control have to buy gas.

        • Submitted by Neal Rovick on 04/11/2012 - 09:20 am.

          That’s a remarkably silly statement because this year, like every other election year, is unique. The awareness of issues has changed and expectations have changed. Do you know of another time when similar economic challenges faced the US?

          First, the Republicans have to get past the facts that the number of drilling rigs in U.S. oil fields has quadrupled under Obama and domestic oil production hit an 8-year high in 2011 and for the first time in 60 years, the U.S. is now a net fuel exporter. (Isn’t that sort of “drill-baby-drill”?)

          Second, the Republicans have to pretend that their saber-rattling over Iran isn’t one of the major causes of rising prices with the other cause being a recovering, growing world economy.

          If the Republicans get their hoped-for economic collapse in the next few months, ironically enough, gas prices will then drop. What then will they do?

          Republicans, hoping for failure.

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