Santorum: “A Niche Candidate” — Disorganized — Imploding — Tells Host: “Do your homework buddy!” — Lies — Host: “You are unelectable”

You will recall that before Rick Perry dropped out of the race, his campaign organization started to splinter and bickering was common among their ranks. Same thing has happened with the Gingrich camp a couple of times and he has stayed in the race (in my opinion) from sheer ambition and revenge. From everything I am reading about the Santorum camp, his poor organizational skills, coupled with a lack of executive leadership experience appear to be catching up to him and the campaign team. Super Tuesday is a very good test for Mr. Santorum.

AP Photo / Paul Vernon

Earlier today, the Associated Press published an article by Steve Peoples titled, “Disorganization Marring Rick Santorum’s Campaign.” Peoples writes:

Almost as soon as Rick Santorum’s advisers outlined a new strategy for staying on message after he lost to Mitt Romney in Michigan, it was abandoned, a victim of the disorganization that’s marked his campaign and raised questions about his ability to compete against Romney over the long haul.

“They could be much better on discipline,” said Republican operative Michael Dennehy, a top aide for Sen. John McCain four years ago. “They’ve been very open about their change in messaging after Tuesday’s election. It lasted about 12 hours.”
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That’s where Santorum stumbled in Michigan. His team blamed unflattering media coverage but conceded that their candidate suffered from the perception that he was off message when he defended polarizing comments questioning the value of higher education, the separation of church and state, and even Satan’s influence on America.
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At the American Croatian Lodge in Willoughby, Ohio, Santorum said it was impossible to talk about the economy without talking about the importance of two-parent families.
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[AP article continues below the YouTube clip]

Santorum gave an interview in Ohio this week on Bill Cunningham’s syndicated show in which Santorum gets very agitated and seems to be in motion to self-destruct or implode. At the very least, Santorum is displaying a major chip on his shoulder as he complains about the media, telling Cunningham to “do your homework buddy!” Cunningham tells him that he seems to have become “a niche candidate like Ron Paul”

In the second YouTube (below the fold), Scott Sloan slams Santorum when he says of him, “He started to go porcupine on me and shoot quills!” The irony of this YouTube is that Cunningham is a Roman Catholic and he comes right out and tells Santorum that he wants him to be elected President — but does not think he can win. As you listen to this interview, ask yourself if Santorum has the decorum to be President. These questions are not difficult and they are to be expected when running for President. Candidly, I don’t think that Mr. Santorum has the temperament to hold up under the immense pressure of a general election campaign.

Try to imagine Governor Romney saying anything resembling Santorum’s comments about “church-going Catholics!” Would never happen!

Santorum treats his seat-of-the-pants campaign style like a badge of honor, often mentioning that he doesn’t employ a campaign pollster. Aides marvel at his ability to deliver lengthy speeches and even major addresses while drawing only from a handwritten list of basic points, if any notes at all.

Even he acknowledges his speaking style has its pitfalls, citing as an example his dismissal of President Barack Obama as “a snob” for promoting higher education.
[...] Two additional YouTubes follow here:

Republican operative Todd Harris says it’s important – and increasing difficulty – for a campaign to control its message with the rise of super PACs, outside groups, tabloid political journalism and instant news cycles

“About the only thing you can control is what comes out of the candidate’s mouth,” Harris says. “Except when you can’t.”

Rival Romney’s campaign has seized on another consequence of Santorum’s disorganization: his delegate problem. The former Pennsylvania senator didn’t file paperwork properly and is eligible for only 45 of Ohio’s 63 delegates up for grabs Tuesday, according to the Romney campaign. Santorum also isn’t on the ballot in Virginia and won’t be eligible for all of the delegates in several other states that vote after Super Tuesday.

“In a basic organizational test needed to combat Obama, he’s flunked,” Romney campaign general counsel Ben Ginsberg said on a Saturday conference call.

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As you listen to the following clip, remember that Bill Cunningham is a Roman Catholic and plans on voting for Santorum. That makes this all the more stunning as he uses his skills as a journalist to proves Santorum’s lie. This is the segment in which he says of Santorum, “he started to porcupine on me and shoot quills.”

After hearing Scott Sloan’s producer categorically explain that Santorum in fact never resumed the interview and states that Santorum’s assertions to the contrary are a “bold face lie,” the following interview clip is all the more stunning. Clearly, Santorum wants so very bad to control and shape the interviews he gives and when he is not able to do that, he begin to lose it.

From what I have observed in politics over the years, when you begin to blame the media or the interviewer, whine about this, or complain about that — you have lost. It is then just a matter of time before you are done — out.

Those that have followed MRC for more than a few weeks know that we have called out Gingrich many times for his non-stop whining about the media. It seems now that Santorum has decided to take over the role of Whiner-in-Chief. In fact, Mr. Santorum, lacking a disciplined campaign message, seems to have been attempting to use public complaining as a main campaign tactic.

MailOnline came out with a good example of this with an article today titled, “Rick Santorum accuses Drudge Report of being a Mitt Romney cheerleader”

Santorum even employs surrogates to do his bidding as they whine for him:

Rick Santorum, who has previously grumbled that Ron Paul was acting as a wing man for Mitt Romney, has now complained that the Drudge Report is backing the former Massachusetts governor.

In an interview with Bill Cunningham of 700AM WLW out of Cincinnati, Santorum was asked whether he had hung up on Scott Sloan, another of the station’s hosts, on Thursday. “It’s on The Drudge Report that you hung up on Scott Sloan,” Cunningham said.

Santorum responded: “That’s baloney. I was driving and we lost the call and I called him back two minutes later and we finished the conversation. Drudge, again showing for Romney, gets the facts wrong.”

Sloan later said that it was a “bald face lie” that Santorum called him back.
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In January, Fred Thompson, a Gingrich surrogate, said on NBC’s Meet The Press that the Romney campaign “has Drudge in their back pocket”. This week, however, Gingrich was so delighted by a “Lazarus Rising Again?!” headline on Drudge, linking to a Hot Air article, that he publicised it on Facebook.

Santorum supporters are currently the most upset with Drudge. At a Santorum rally in Phoenix, Arizona on February 21st, Bryan Blunt, 39, a director of a cable television company from nearby Mesa, waved a sign that read: “Drudge Backs Mitt. AZ Picks Rick!!” right in front of the stage.

For most of that day, Drudge had led his site with a banner headline on a story about “Santorum’s Satan Warning” – story about controversial comments made in 2008 that forced Santorum onto the defensive.

Photo by Toby Harnden

Afterwards, Blunt told me: “Drudge is obviously in the tank for Romney and really anti-Santorum. The establishment is trying to tell us who we need to vote for. It’s insulting for arms of the media to tell me that I’m dumb or I don’t know what I’m talking about and they know better than I do.”

He said that both Drudge and Fox News had now joined the GOP establishment. “Drudge was not part of the establishment in my mind until this election cycle. Now he is absolutely part of the mainstream media. He’s not the only one. Fox News is guilty of it. When Rick had his trifecta [on February 7th] I was watching Fox News and it looked like they all stepped in poop.”

Whatever the truth about Drudge’s alleged support for Romney, Blunt turned out to be wrong about Arizona picking Santorum – on election night last Tuesday, Romney won by 20 points.

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2 Responses to Santorum: “A Niche Candidate” — Disorganized — Imploding — Tells Host: “Do your homework buddy!” — Lies — Host: “You are unelectable”

  1. GitchiGummiPress says:

    But the Republican’s comments last Thursday only reminded us of his flair for the inflammatory.
    Read more: http://www.post-gazette.com/pg/05144/509292-192.stm#ixzz1o8OdlZNx
    Santorum built a reputation of being partisan, confrontational and divisive. His short-tempered behavior has been observed in recent Republican debates, earning him the unflattering nickname, “Scrappy Doo” – after the hot-headed cartoon pup whose temper frequently gets him into confrontations that require others to rescue him. “The Dirt on Santorum”
    Santorum the Enemy Within https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xVc6j_t98eM

  2. jantaylorriley says:

    Rick Santorum is unattractive in every way possible. The man could not be a bigger whiner, blaming his incompetence and lack of success on everything and everyone but him. The comparison between him and Mitt Romney is almost ridiculous. Mr. Romney’s good looks, brilliant intellect, grace and composure, class, refinement, experience, Harvard education, Bain Capital suceess, Olympics genius, Governor of Massachusetts leadership, his unwavering devotion to his family and his faith his entire life, his countless hours of volunteer service in church and community that you will NEVER hear him brag about….the list goes on. Rick Santorum needs to wake up and get a reality check and bow out, while he has the chance to do so with the hope of a scintilla of grace. Why do I think he is so deluded about himself that he will fail at that as well?