Santorum Needs Newt To Go Away Right Now

Our friends at the Washington Post report:

Rick Santorum expressed hope on Thursday that he might be able to knock Newt Gingrich – his chief rival for second place in the Republican primary – out of the race within a week.

What it would take, Santorum told reporters before a speech here, would be wins or second-place finishes in the next three states to vote: Kansas on Saturday, and Mississippi and Alabama on Tuesday.

“If we can finish first or second” in all three, Santorum said, that would “hopefully get the race down to two candidates.”

It’s become glaringly obvious, with Super Tuesday proving the point, that the biggest obstacle to Rick Santorum consolidating his status as the “last anti-Romney standing” is Newt Gingrich staying in the race. Gingrich won solidly in his home state of Georgia on Tuesday, but is just not competitive anywhere else. If he stays in the race much longer, the whispers about a Mitt Romney/Ron Paul alliance to split Romney’s opposition might switch partners.

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  1. VanDammerVanDammer says:

    he’s banking on a Southern strategy that will keep him contending but the truth is Newt finished 3rd & even 4th in some of the SuperTue contests.  The fundamentals have lined up behind Frothy and that will become more evident as we see the southern swing.

    KS happens tomorrow and that’s likely Frothy’s.  Then AL, MS, HI & MO next week and I can’t see Newt taking any of those.  IL & LA round out the month w/ another 115 dels at stake which will put Newt seriously down in the count. He can’t last thru April and into May with his dollars totally drying up.

    Handlers are calling him tired and he’s straying from tried & true stump speech so it seems even Newt’s getting a bit deflated.  He’s not one that likes to work too hard and  he seriously loses attention/motivation unless he’s winning or writing the score and given past failures he’s the kind to cut & run.  So as big an ego as this asshole has he  would have no problem closing up shop sometime soon, if it gets him promise of a place on someone’s ticket or cabinet.  

    • cunninjo says:

      He can’t last thru April and into May with his dollars totally drying up.

      He can if his billionaire sugar-daddy keeps funding his SuperPAC. The great irony in the Citizens United case is that the impact the decision has had on campaigns may end up ruining any chance the GOP has at winning the Presidency. Gingrich and Santorum BOTH would have been out of this race a long time ago in years past. But since they are only really spending campaign funds on travel expenses and relying on SuperPACs to fund their messaging, even fourth-tier candidates like Newt can keep going without any campaign organization or donor base.  

    • BlueCat says:

      just to be a pain in the ass and cling to his 15 minutes. He doesn’t have to quit until his billionaire patron decides to amuse himself elsewhere.  Strategy? For what? I’m sure Newt knows perfectly well there’s no strategy that’s going to get him the nomination. Milking it as long as he can is his only “strategy”.

      • harrydobyharrydoby says:

        Selling books and gabbing on the tube is where the money is to support Newt’s lifestyle.

        • DavidThi808DavidThi808 says:

          I think his goal on everything is attention and influence. He’s prefer power but that is long gone so he has to settle for what he can get.

          • harrydobyharrydoby says:

            In Newt’s most recent financial disclosure, his income was about $150k, and his biggest asset is a loan between two of his business entities.  But no income from the “loan” is shown on his income statement.  I’m not an accountant, so I have no idea if the money is liquid or not.

            Otherwise, he does have a few millions tucked away, but if your burn rate is as high as his appears ($1M Tiffany’s credit line), etc., you’d be amazed at how fast the cash disappears.

            I bet Newt would speak for free if he had too.  As you imply, the attention and influence needed to gratify his ego is paramount.

            Even GW Bush remarked about how after leaving the Presidency, he needed to “refill the ol’ coffers”, despite his having a net worth of around $26 million from his windfall profit by selling his share of the Texas Rangers.

          • taterheaptom says:

            I read it right here once on CO Pols posted by an esteemed Polster himself.  And Santorum’s winning Ohio!  By 3-4 points at least…

            What?  When?  Last Tuesday.  Huh.

            I guess I’ll have to rethink where I get my political news  and ‘inside information’ then? Never.  Newt has plenty of money and having the time of his life.  Think about it–his glory days were when he almost destroyed his party before, why wouldn’t he want to relive that?  

            I’m still with you.  A subscriber even.  

  2. thiokuutoo says:

    Weird uncle Rickie is going to lose the south. Gingrich is going to tie up Rickie with a long lost Southern accent. Love, Lies and Divorce are the background to why Newt will win. Rickie is telling them the pope is going to be their new religion, not the Baptist church.

    Rickie has been doing too much talking about things they know all about. He has not been talking about what they want – jobs.

    So, it is a sad heart I have to say Rickie is going to the bottom. He will stick it to the convention though. But he won’t have anything left for the finish.

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