Mr. Santorum: “Irrelevant”…”Fading”…Will Lose, Then Quit

You may recall Marlon Bateman providing us a glimpse into the fundraising luncheon March 27th in Irvine, CA. He is a recent Marine veteran — see his brief bio and photos HERE.

By Marlon Bateman

It has been a good run for Rick Santorum. Now it’s time to take a bow. Even Seinfeld had to eventually come to an end. Unlike Santorum though, Seinfeld was entertaining to the end!

As Santorum’s campaign desperately clings to hopelessness, his rhetoric against Governor Romney has become personal, and in cases, has crossed the line and hurt the Republican brand.

The competition for the GOP nomination has been good for Romney. It has identified weaknesses and given him time to deal with them and turn them into strengths before he faces Obama in the fall.

“Mitt Romney will almost certainly be the GOP nominee,” Kristol wrote after the Wisconsin results. “Rick Santorum is entitled to stay in the race, and to offer voters in the remaining states an alternative. But it’s probably time for him to do what Mike Huckabee did in similar circumstances in 2008 — basically to stop attacking the almost inevitable nominee, and instead to adjust his own message going forward to a positive and issues-based one.”

Somewhere in Pennsylvania / Photo: AP

But is it productive for the GOP when Santorum implies it would be the same to vote for Obama as it would to vote for Romney? Or to say that Romney would be the worst person to go up against Obama? At what point do you say this is completely counterproductive to the mission of the party? This kind of rhetoric must end and the party must come together behind its best shot at the White House — Mitt Romney! [Truth not seen by Santorum & quotes by Romney, Rove, McCain below fold]

These ridiculous remarks have provided Obama with ample material to use in his upcoming re-election campaign. We all know that the looming battle to get Obama out of the White House will not be an easy one — so why make it any easier for him?

When rival candidates no longer have any chance of over taking a front runner, what purpose does it serve to try to weaken the front runner’s image against his Democratic opponent?

We have all groaned over the candidate’s missteps. Herman Cain’s distractions, Rick Perry’s poor debating skills, Newt Gingrich’s moon colonies, or Santorum diving into the tangential social issues like contraception.

Everyone has had their day in the sun, but only Romney remains standing. He has weathered it all and has shown that he has the demeanor and temperament for the job. He is presidential!

The longer this is dragged out, the more time and money is directed away from fighting Obama. Rick Santorum’s ambitions have caused him to lose sight of the goal that was so clear only months ago. He needs to take a hard look at the big picture here — the goal is still to defeat Obama.

All over the country people are hurting. They are out of work, out of time, and out of patience. They need someone they can trust in who is not full of empty promises like our current president.

There are many independents and dissatisfied Reagan Democratic voters this election. They are realizing Obama’s big government taxing and spending do not produce jobs and do not provide prosperity. When they turn to look to the GOP for help they need to see a united party rallying around a candidate who has the skills and ability to do the job!

We need to have all Americans focus on the GOP and Democratic nominees. Americans will see the clear differences between Mitt Romney and Barack Obama.

As I’ve said before, Mitt is the only one of these candidates who looks, acts, and feels presidential, and it will resonate to voters when facing Obama. This race needs to come to a close so Mitt can focus all his energy and funds on defeating Obama and restoring this nation back to its former glory.

For me, it has been fairly obvious since the beginning of this campaign that Governor Romney would be the best man to defeat Obama and then get this nation back on track. It is time Rick Santorum realizes this and moves out of the way.

TRUTH NOT UNDERSTOOD BY MR. SANTORUM:

Danny Yadron

Mr. Santorum’s difficulty is that Pennsylvania more closely resembles big industrial states where he has lost to Mr. Romney than more uniformly conservative states where he has won.

Karl Rove

Based on recent statements by him, his campaign and its supporters, Mr. Santorum has what amounts to a five-part strategy to achieve victory: (1) disqualify the Romney delegations from Florida and Arizona’s winner-take-all primaries; (2) run up his total in states that select delegates by conventions, not primaries; (3) carry his home state of Pennsylvania; (4) take advantage of “the map in May” which, as Mr. Santorum told “Fox News Sunday” moderator Chris Wallace this week, “looks very, very good”; and (5) swing over uncommitted delegates.

This strategy won’t work.
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Finally, what possible incentive is there for unpledged delegates to support a fading candidate like Mr. Santorum? …Former House Speaker Newt Gingrich is correct: The GOP nomination must be earned. Mr. Romney’s sweep Tuesday shows he is doing just that.

Mitt Romney

“I think everybody expects someone to win their home state,” Romney said, as he made calls to likely Republican primary voters at his state headquarters here. “Newt Gingrich won his state, I won my state, I think people expect the senator to win his home state, but I’ll pick up a lot of delegates…”

Alexander Burns

Mitt Romney’s taken the lead in PPP’s newest poll of Rick Santorum’s home state of Pennsylvania. Romney has 42% to 37% for Santorum with Ron Paul at 9% and Newt Gingrich at 6%.

Sherman & Gibson

“Mitt Romney will almost certainly be the GOP nominee,” [William] Kristol wrote after the Wisconsin results. “Rick Santorum is entitled to stay in the race, and to offer voters in the remaining states an alternative. But it’s probably time for him to do what Mike Huckabee did in similar circumstances in 2008 — basically to stop attacking the almost inevitable nominee, and instead to adjust his own message going forward to a positive and issues-based one.”

Tom Cohen

Veteran Sen. John McCain, the GOP presidential nominee who lost to Obama in 2008 and backs Romney this year, said Wednesday that “whether Rick Santorum stays in or not, is now basically irrelevant.”

Nelson & Yadron

Mr. Santorum has said that he must win Pennsylvania, and his strategist, John Brabender, described the state as “make-or-break” for both of the top Republican candidates. “Whoever wins Pennsylvania will be the nominee,” Mr. Brabender said.

Jerry Bower

…On Sunday, Santorum lashed out at my friend and colleague Terry Madonna…When my son, Christopher, who is the producer of Terry’s show, read the quote to me I blurted out this statement, “Rick makes things up.” The more I thought about it, the more clear it was to me that Santorum’s main problem (and there are many) is as simple as that: he does not tell the truth. He makes things up as he goes along, assuming no one will check. When the people of Pennsylvania figured that out, they were done with him and fired him as their Senator, and Rick even lied about that.

Hat Tip to Jim Davies for sending over the outstanding Bower article!


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5 Responses to Mr. Santorum: “Irrelevant”…”Fading”…Will Lose, Then Quit

  1. Joe Raffoul says:

    I will definitely vote for Obama if Santorum is our nominee. He is unreliable and unrealistic. Also, I agree with some of the posters here that he lies. Santorum will only quit the race if Romney promises him the VP post. That is what he is waiting for. What a loser.

  2. AfricansforRomney says:

    Santourm stay revealing that GOP is a very divided, narrow idea party in many, many ways. I’m independent who never vote Demos or never attracted to Demo agenda. But, i’m getting to the point questioning why i’m voting GOP???? This scumbag and his supporters are insulting people intellegence.
    The 2012 Prez race is very crucial for future vote decision i make. I want ONLY Gov Romney with the right VP. If not, I’m ready to jump off from conservative boat forever. GOP party must do a whole lot of work to keep their house in order.

    Independents for Romney!

  3. @Joe Raffoul
    Joe, Don’t overreact. A) Santorum doesn’t have a prayer of getting the nomination, even if the race went to conventions. If he did it would spell the downfall of the GOP. B) Even Santorum would be a far better choice than Obama in these tenuous times!

  4. Ronald Young says:

    Rick please stop the whinning and go gracefully……..I feel sorry for the remaining evangelicals who can’t see his lies. It might be that God’s will is being done and Romney has earned the nomination. I believe Romney is a good man and will make a great President.

  5. Katie says:

    I was a devout Democrat who changed parties to vote for Tom him Corbett as governor of Pennsylvania. I really believe that Corbett is on the right track in our state. This presidential election is turning into a circus. I cannot stand the lamb bashing between Romney and Santorum. Santorum was not taking a vacation this weekend; he was tending to his young daughter who is very ill. At this point, I still have not made a huge decision on who to vote for but, on Friday, I got an e-mail from Romney that said happy Easter to everyone. Friday evening marked the first night of Passover… Nothing was ever said about the Jewish customs of this holiday. So, Romney tried to cover it up and wish everyone a happy Passover yesterday, a day too late. If he is so intelligent, why does he not know that every Jewish holiday begins the night before at sundown. It does not matter to me what race or religion someone running for election is… what matters to me is the fact that if everyone is created equal, why was our holiday missed. That is what is bothering me the most. Yes, I am Jewish and I am proud of it and my heritage!