Wednesday, February 08, 2012

ON THE RICK SANTORUM SWEEP

Welcome to our latest update of the presidential race in the USA, where there has been yet another twist and turn in this crazy race for the White House.

Rick Santorum surprised everyone Tuesday by sweeping all three of the presidential contests on the GOP side. Now granted, these were mainly beauty contests, and the Missouri primary didn't even count for any delegates. But it does give Santorum a good dose of momentum as he won not only Missouri and Minnesota, but Colorado as well.

What this really means is that Santorum is assured of being on the ballot all the way through Super Tuesday next month, and should surely rake in the dollars in fundraising. These victories make Santorum at least look like he's a viable candidate now instead of some also-ran likely to withdraw from the race; plus, it should help get the media off his back. Rick Santorum is officially off the canvas.

Moreover, this result poses problems for everyone else in the race. It causes problems for Mitt Romney who doesn't look like he's so inevitable now after being slaughtered so completely. In fact, there's now even worry that Romney could even lose the contest in Michigan coming up, and if that happens all bets for him are off.

This Santorum sweep also causes a heap of problems for Newt Gingrich. Having Santorum continue to stick around as a viable candidate is sure to split the right-of-Mitt vote. Worse yet, Santorum could yet still emerge as the alternative to Romney instead of Gingrich, which could cause some of the people leaning to Gingrich to reconsider and maybe jump ship. 

Of course, Ron Paul has problems of his own having not won a race yet. But he did finish second in Minnesota -- which is progress, I guess. He doesn't look like he's on track to win a thing, though.

Anyway, we can all look forward to CNN primary election night coverage for weeks on end after this result. At least it gives the political junkies something to do.

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