March 14, 2012

Newt's Ego and Santorum's Tiny Hands

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The real news last night? Mitt Romney extended his lead over Santorum and Gingrich:

DELEGATES WON
41 Romney
35 Santorum
24 Gingrich
1 Paul
So, after last night's big "win" for Santorum, Romney extended his lead over Santorum by six delegates.

I know math hurts Barbie's, Newt's, and Satorum's head, but the truth of the matter is that neither Santorum nor Newt are any closer to getting the nomination today then they were yesterday.

The only person that inched closer was Romney.

I know some of you think I'm in the bag for Romney, I'm not. In an ideal world I'd love a Gingrich Presidency. But I've explained my reasons why I don't think Gingrich can win here and here.

Gingrich just isn't as viable candidate as Romney. And after his post-victory comments last night, I've decided that I was 100% correct in my assessment about his ego.

Gingrich may be the only candidate who's ego could challenge that of Barrack Obama.

But if the choice came down to Gingrich or Santorum, and if the sole variable I was asked to chose on was "electability", I'd go with Gingrich.

Santorum is by far the weakest candidate. Why?

First, here's a guy who lost as a sitting incumbent -- by 16 points!

He complains about Romney's money advantage, but in 2006 he vastly outspent his opponent -- and still lost.

The people who know Santorum the best, his constituents, don't like him.

The only reason Santorum polls so well against Obama is that most people don't know him. Of the three major candidates he's the least well known.

Romney is a known factor because he's been running for President for four years now. In addition, he's the front runner so he's garnered more attention than all the other candidates.

Gingrich is known because he was Speaker of the House.

Santorum? Outside a very narrow national constituency of pro-life activists, he's a mystery to most. Ambiguity is a good thing for candidates as it allows people to project their own attitudes on the politician.

But it won't last. As Santorum solidifies his claim that he's the only legitimate challenger to Romney, people will begin to get to know him.

And if he wins the nomination, do not think the MSM will allow him to remain out of the spotlight as they did with Obama. Santorum will be vetted. And when he is, many are not going to like what they see.

Especially his hands. I've been complaining about them for awhile. Something I couldn't place my finger on. He seems kind of wierd when he moves his arms and his hands. Like a robot.

But last night I had an epiphany about why he seemed so weird whenever his hands came into focus. It's not just the robotic way he moves them. They're tiny. At least, compared to his head.

Superficial? Yeah. But, again, this election won't be won or lost on the issues. It will be won or lost on some very superficial things.

And Santorum's hands are a problem. Those and the sweater vests.

I just wanted to throw that out there. Also know that I don't think Santorum's tiny hands are his biggest problem. His biggest problem is that he doesn't know when to shut his mouth.

You think Rick Perry's gaffes were big, just wait until you get a load of Santorum's. You aint seen nothing yet. Only, Rick Perry's gaffes were gaffes. That is, momentary slips of the tongue. Not Santorum.

Ask Santorum about birth control and he'll go on a five minute tirade about the culture war and the attack on the traditional family. He's a guy who just doesn't know when to shut up about issues he cares about. And his commitment to Catholic orthodxy is something he just can't avoid talking about.

Gingrich is equally wedded to Catholic orthodoxy, but at least he knows how to discuss the issue without seeming a little bit off kilter. He does so in terms familiar to a secular society, terms which the rest of us can understand. Gingrich's flaws lay elsewhere.

The gist of this post is that for the first time in months I'm beginning to worry about the election. I think Republicans have a good shot this year. I think there best shot among the remaining three candidates (sorry Paul fans) is with Romney. I think Romney is not nearly as "moderate" as many of you think, especially on fiscal matters -- which is the most important issue in the race.

Gingrich? He has a shot, but the crystal ball says that could only happen with some combination of a bad economy, increased inflation, or a doubling or tripling of the number of debates with Obama.

But Santorum? Sure, he could win. But the general election will not come down to who opposed Obamacare most consistently in the past. Outside of those variables which cannot be controlled by any candidate (like the economy), it will come down to a lot of superficial things that no one likes to talk about. Like what a candidate looks like.

Like if his hands look like they're tiny.

Yeah, it's stupid. Welcome to America in 2012.

By Rusty Shackleford, Ph.D. at 11:08 AM | Comments |