The Santorum Surge Explained

The latest polling shows Romney with a tenuous lead in Michigan. There has been no measurable momentum for either Romney or Santorum. Meanwhile, Santorum could win with Democratic votes. His campaign is robocalling Michigan Dems asking for their votes.

Last week David Plotz gave voice (@8:19) to an interest theory on the rise of Santorum. It goes something like this…

Romney’s whole campaign has been based on the economic case against Obama. His competitive edge was supposed to be his 25 years as a businessman and entrepreneur. The angry conservative and libertarian Tea Party was never all that enamored, but they would come around.

Now, with the nascent Obama recovery, that economic argument is much harder to make, especially by a guy whose been none-too-nimble on the campaign trail. So what’s an extremely angry anti-Obama conservative to do?

The Obama administration move on contraception gave that anger a place to go. Where six months ago the socialist Obama was bankrupting the nation and impoverishing our children by burying then in the national debt, now the case that resonates against Obama is that he’s an anti-religious zealot leading our kids into sexual promiscuity.

And there you have it, the Santorum surge.

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4 Comments

  1. Uhhh… really? Pretty weak. While there are certainly social conservatives in the Tea Party, the Tea Party is not a socially conservative party. And certainly not Catholic. Tea Partiers despise the Federal Government, and want it out of all issues — economic and social. If they gave a shit about social issues, they wouldn’t have supported Ginrich. The contraceptive imbroglio is in reality a net positive for Obama… because the vast vast vast majority of Americans believe that the Government, the Church, hospitals and insurance companies have no business in the condom business.

  2. Keelay, the majority of the Tea Party is in fact socially conservative.

    http://goo.gl/vSKhr

  3. I completely disagree. This is still a case of the anti-Romney. People dont believe in Romney and Rick is the only conservative left standing.

    Here is what should scare Romney…. a brokered convention where Newt’s votes get tossed Rick’s direction. If this was a Mitt vs one conservative race, Mitt would not have a chance.

  4. Agree with ShannonLeee here. Santorum is the ultra-conservative anti-Romney du jour, following Bachmann, Cain, Gingrich, Perry, etc. The difference is he’s the one who ascended at the right time. This isn’t a new strategy, this is the same old strategy.

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