Campaign Notebook: SANTORUM in US Heartland (Reuters)

The title of a recently released Reuters article is “In urban north, Santorum searches for U.S. heartland” (Web-site/URL: http://www.reuters.com/article/2012/03/19/us-usa-campaign-rural-idUSBRE82I0ZH20120319).

Has he found it? “On Saturday (March 17, 2012), in a warehouse full of butcher blocks 200 miles south of Chicago in Effingham, home to 12,000 people”, Santorum said: “You know you don’t get a chance to out-vote your friends up in the Chicagoland area very often, but this is YOUR primary“. This is clearly a RALLYING CRY/CALL TO ACTION. “I kept saying, YOU JUST STICK WITH US, you go out and vote for your VALUES and TRUST WHAT YOU KNOW“. “trust what you know” is another way of describing someone who is UNWILLING TO TAKE RISKS, which is another fundamental GOP/CONSERVATIVE principle. Santorum also continues to campaign as a “values” person/candidate. “Because you don’t live in New York City. You don’t live in Los Angeles (?)” LOS ANGELES is now a ‘rich’ city? “You live like MOST Americans IN BETWEEN those two cities, and you know the VALUES you believe in“. “values” appears again. With “values” appearing twice, we have to wonder what kind of values RICK SANTORUM, a POLITICIAN, might have. Chances are, they’re NOT very good

According to Keith Nahigian, “who managed the presidential campaign of Michele Bachmann…”, “You can’t say you are going to beat Obama and never win a city or a suburb. If you are not CONNECTING with the major population centers, you ARE NOT going to be the nomineeobviously. We (i.e. EVERYDAY PEOPLE) must “connect” and candidates must “connect” and their messages must RESONATE with voters. If we don’t/fail to “connect”, this will be another case of a lack of EMPATHY or the “If you don’t care what I think, why should I care what you think” problem (Web-site/URL: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4h7cmuRLwME). Bachmann won the Iowa STRAW poll, but in the contest that counted, she only managed to finish SIXTH (Web-site/URL: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Michele_Bachmann#Family), implying, of course, that Bachmann DID NOT “connect” with voters very well.

According to Marla Galloway, a 43-year-old voiceover performer from Newton, Illinois”, “In the early debates, Rick Santorum came off a little AGITATED. He was saying, ‘What about me?’ That’s also what’s COOL (?) about him. I think people here are a little AGITATED. We also feel OVERLOOKED (?)” “agitated” and “overlooked” are “cool?” WHAT? HUH? Galloway CANNOT be serious, or if she is, she isn’t highly educated. THERE’S NOTHING “cool” about being “agitated” or “overlooked”, which are two VERY NEGATIVE words.

“Santorum played the underdog on a stop in Arlington Heights, 25 miles from Chicago, one of his FEW (?) Illinois events in the Chicago area”. IS THIS WISE? ILLINOIS is PRESIDENT OBAMA‘s home state and CHICAGO is PRESIDENT OBAMA‘s hometown and ILLINOIS is a state that OBAMA WON EASILY in 2008.NO ONE, NO ONE is expecting us to do well here in Illinois”. So SANTORUM thinks he can “do well…in Illinois?” These are contradictory/duelling/competing EXPECTATIONS (Web-site/URL: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NgnAY_eXYbI). “We’re being OUTSPENT ten to one”. Well, MONEY is certainly important. “And it’s a state, they say, ‘Well, it just FITS Romney. It’s a MODERATE Republican state'”. It’s better to be “moderate” rather than EXTREME. “Conservatives DON’T have much of an opportunity in Illinois to speak their voice“. Is this what Santorum TRULY believes? (Web-site/URL: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NgnAY_eXYbI).  Santorum seems to be the SERIAL COMPLAINER here/now.

According to Santorum spokesman Hogan Gidley, “What in Mitt Romney’s background has he ever shown that he has the ability to win elections in the states we are going to need to win in?” Gidley is just another MECHANICAL spokesman.

“On radio stations in Illinois this (past) weekend (March 17-18, 2012), the Romney campaign reminded voters of Santorum’s failure in Pennsylvania, when the senator lost his seat in 2006 by HISTORIC MARGINS“, 700000 votes or 18% (41%-59%).(Web-site/URL: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Rick_Santorum#2006_campaign). This was  also the year that DEMOCRATS took control of both chambers of Congress for the first time since the 1994 mid-term elections. “The spot, playing more than once an hour on one station, includes a newscaster recounting how POORLY Santorum fared”. “He lost ACROSS THE BOARD with voters – among Democrats and independents, women and men, blacks and whites, young and old, rich and poor”. This “newscaster” was clearly MOCKING/RIDICULING/MAKING FUN OF Santorum and his DISMAL 2006 performance.

Finally,  Quinnipiac University pollster Peter Brown finished off: “It means Romney’s a better GENERAL ELECTION candidate“. Again this is open to INTERPRETATION (Web-site/URL: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NgnAY_eXYbI). “This whole election IS NOT about the states that John McCain carried. It’s about how many of the states that Barack Obama carried last time the Republicans TAKE from him“. This is exactly how REPUBLICANS won/took back control of Congress in the 2010 mid-term “shellacking” (Web-site/URL: http://www.msnbc.msn.com/id/39987154/ns/politics-decision_2010/t/after-shellacking-obama-laments-disconnect-voters/). A key indicator of political power will obviously be “REPUBLICAN gain from DEMOCRAT, like we had in 2010, or “DEMOCRAT gain from REPUBLICAN, like we had in 2006 and 2008. If we relate this to sports, we would say that we need to take away a team’s HOME FIELD/COURT ADVANTAGE. In this case, “advantage” relates to POLITICAL PARTY.

So, has Santorum found the US “heartland?” WE’RE NOT SURE/WE STILL DON’T KNOW. All we know is that ROMNEY still leads the delegate count, 563-261 over Santorum. However, this is still WELL SHORT of the 1144 delegates required to win the nomination.

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