How weird is this year’s election? The guy who won/tied/narrowly lost (depending on the latest numbers) the Iowa GOP caucuses last night is a guy we haven’t talked about all year. Until two weeks ago he was polling the the low single-digits and a week ago he barely had a pulse.
Meet Rick “man on dog” Santorum, our Not-Romney of the week.
Rick Santorum is a former Senator from Pennsylvania. He was elected to the Senate during the Republican Revolution of 1994 and voted out of office during the Democratic Tsunami of 2006. Believe it or not he was present at every major GOP primary debate in 2011 and hasn’t ever been caught with a live boy or a dead girl.
It goes without saying that Santorum is a conservative, but while all GOP candidates say they oppose abortion and gay marriage few are as enthusiastic about it as he is. He thinks states should be able to ban contraceptives.
I’m not going to take the time to cover Santorum in much detail because I don’t expect to see him stick around for long. Actually, I give him a week until the New Hampshire primary.
Rick Santorum spent the past nine months kissing every elbow and rubbing every baby in Iowa. He didn’t have much money to spend so he didn’t have any other choice. But now he’s under the gun. Following New Hampshire on January 10th is South Carolina on the 25th and Florida on the 31st.
The real story last night was Mitt Romney’s failure to win big. It wasn’t unexpected, his polling has remained consistent for months now. The fact is 75% of the GOP voters want anybody but Mitt.
Not only was turnout lower than expected, but Romney actually got fewer votes this year than he did four years ago. Apparently six of his original supporters died since then.
Tim Pawlenty has to be kicking himself right now.