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Santorum Opens 10 Point Lead Over Romney Nationally: Poll

Politico reports on a new Gallup poll:

Splat_santorumIn Gallup’s daily tracking rolling average, taken Feb. 15-19, Santorum leads Romney 36 percent to 26 percent, Santorum’s largest lead ever. Meanwhile, fellow candidates Newt Gingrich and Ron Paul remain well behind in the national tracking poll of registered Republican voters at 13 percent and 11 percent, respectively.

Last week, Santorum had risen to within 2 points of Romney, with 30 percent to the former Massachusetts governor’s 32 percent. However, in a USA Today/Gallup poll conducted Feb. 16-19, Romney remained ahead among both Democrats and Republicans as the one seen as most electable in November.

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  1. It is simply amazing how unbelievably moronic the american electorate can be.

    Posted by: Bruce | Feb 21, 2012 8:53:12 AM


  2. Bruce, yeah, it does boggle the mind, however, this isn't the American electorate..it's a small subset of evangelical Republicans. Santorum will get trounced in the general election and will take much of the local republican races down the toilet with him. I'm pretty sure this is a good thing, in its own way.

    Posted by: Gary | Feb 21, 2012 9:00:11 AM


  3. I don't know if this is good or bad:Bad, because Santorum is so unelectable, but at the same time, he can get elected. Weirder things have happened. That to me is the most frightening prospect.

    Posted by: Sarina | Feb 21, 2012 9:02:14 AM


  4. We are living in very scary times, though Im pretty sure that GARY is right and he'll lose out in the end because anyone remotely moderate will HAVE to vote for Obama. I have a fairly conservative cousin who told me last week that she'd have to vote Obama if Santorum were the nominee. I almost fell off my chair. Because she knows the difference between conservative and right wing.

    Posted by: DocJay | Feb 21, 2012 9:20:02 AM


  5. Santorum sent 2 of his son's to an Opus Dei run school

    Santorum attends a church in Dc heavily affiliated with Opus Dei

    Santorum in 2002 attended the 100th anniversary of the founder of Opus Dei

    Opus Dei who many catholics consider crazy

    santorum claims to not be a member of Opus Dei but he should lift his pant leg so we can all see if he has a cilice = a belt of spikes turned inward and worn on the thigh that dig into the flesh and one is supposed to press on it when under temptation

    Posted by: say what | Feb 21, 2012 9:44:29 AM


  6. cilice pics

    http://www.google.com/search?q=cilice+pic&hl=en&client=firefox-a&hs=74r&rls=org.mozilla:en-US:official&prmd=imvns&tbm=isch&tbo=u&source=univ&sa=X&ei=FK5DT4HqK6iO0QHmrfy_Bw&ved=0CCEQsAQ&biw=1600&bih=797

    Posted by: say what | Feb 21, 2012 9:46:37 AM


  7. This guy is the reactionary right-wingnut wet dream. If by some nightmare he gets elected, he could set back this country (through executive mandates and supreme and federal court appointments) a full generation.

    Posted by: ams | Feb 21, 2012 9:49:38 AM


  8. Go America! Backing a guy simply because he hates gay people as much as you do. I'm sorry... Did I miss his "sound" economic policies, his widely praised foreign policy? Or is it just his anti-gay message that resonates with a good portion of America?

    Posted by: Michael | Feb 21, 2012 10:09:51 AM


  9. michael don't forget his misogyny

    Santorum wishes to make contraception illegal

    santorum believes women should not work outside of the home

    etc

    Posted by: say what | Feb 21, 2012 10:20:10 AM


  10. I've been wrong once or twice, perhaps, but there is no f'ing way that he could win. If he does, that's it and I move. I can work from anywhere in the world and it certainly wouldn't be under his administration.

    Posted by: Paul R | Feb 21, 2012 11:09:16 AM


  11. The way the gopper polls have been going, this could change in a week, but they have run out of options, since they do not like Romney. But, regardless, Santorum is the most dangerous of the 4 left and every single thing possible to stop him has to be done. We can’t just assume he is not electable and leave it there. That is the attitude Californians took with Prop 8 until it was too late. This is war and our survival depends on eliminating RS from the race.

    Posted by: Mike | Feb 21, 2012 11:35:25 AM


  12. Santorum is probably "surging" because of all the gay marriage news. That really brings out the crazies in droves. Of course, Santorum is horrendously unelectable, but then again, so is Romney, apparently. This is probably the best thing to happen. Santorum will bring the Republican party down so bad, he will have destroyed it when it's all said and done.

    The irony of this all is, gay marriage will have destroyed the Republican party indirectly. Who knew?

    Posted by: Matt | Feb 21, 2012 11:43:03 AM


  13. In addition to all of the reprehensible positions mentioned above (and for the moment, ignoring the all important "Bend over America, here comes Santorum" position), don't forget what Santorum thinks about education. Not only is he derisive of higher education (What!? Encourage critical thinking!? Nooooooooo!), but he thinks that there should be NO public education. He says education is a parent's responsibility. Get the little woman out of the work place and back in the home so she can home school. Of course, if you are a single parent or a couple working minimum wage jobs, in Santorum's ideal world, your children's education might be compromised. The best home schoolers would be those with not only the means to be a single earner household, but with enough knowledge to properly teach. So educated people would actually be an elite group. Education of the populace and the idea that all people have the equal right to access to learning would be a thing of he past, and we would go back to the past when only the rich could afford a good education, much less higher education. Now THAT'S family values!

    Posted by: TJ | Feb 21, 2012 11:57:47 AM


  14. If we don't turnout in November the possibility that this man becomes president becomes greater. That is terrifying. I hope the American Electorate doesn't sit this one out. With an economic recovery, healthcare, and gay rights at stake. The GOP want to take things things away and go back to before the great depression with their policies. Scary.

    Posted by: Redebbm | Feb 21, 2012 12:57:10 PM


  15. If Umerica votes in a President whose name means "Frothy Mix", it will be the laughing stock of the rest of the world. Good luck with that, Ricky.

    Posted by: graphicjack | Feb 21, 2012 1:25:34 PM


  16. I never listen to what politicians say about gays or most things actually because a) really who cares and b) they are almost always FOS whats the point. What has this guy Santorum said about gays thats is so "terrifying" to gays? He opposes gay marriage? So does Barack Obama and 90% of other politicians because most people that vote oppose gay marriage. Is it that Santorum thinks being born gay is an unnatural defect, or he takes the bible stuff literally, etc...? So do millions of Americans its just how it is. I really don't think gays need fear a politician even a president. Gays are America everywhere and every family and gays aren't going anywhere. Even if a politician is against them getting married. Hardly time for a panic button. Obama isn't supporting gay marriage either, so what will Santorum actually do to gays? Continue Obama's policy of opposing gay marriage. Hardly scary to me. Same song different singer.

    Posted by: dmack | Feb 21, 2012 1:33:53 PM


  17. "This is probably the best thing to happen. Santorum will bring the Republican party down so bad, he will have destroyed it when it's all said and done."

    I don't know if it would destroy the Republican Party, though that's one possibility. Really, I see three scenarios:

    1) Santorum wins primary, loses election. The old triad of social conservatives, neocons, and fiscal conservatives finally wilts, because it's clear that social conservative candidates can no longer succeed on a national level.

    2) Santorum wins primary, loses election. But the Republicans conclude that the solution for next time is to be even more conservative - driving the remaining moderates out of the party. The Republicans disintegrate over a generation, even as the conservative wing of the Democratic Party begins to split off.

    3) Santorum wins primary, loses election. The party elders wrest control back from the raucous Republican mob, and something approaching functional consensus emerges in politics again.

    I think 1) is the most likely, though 2) is my preference. I would have thought 3) more likely at one point, but when it became clear last summer that Republican leaders could not control their base - even when it meant doing obvious and massive damage to the economy. There's little rationality left at the populist level.

    Posted by: Nat | Feb 21, 2012 1:55:36 PM


  18. i keep wondering how people can be so unaware of how History plays out, and how History will remember this time ...... and then i realize that there are still people who think that Jesse Helms was a "great patriotic American" and not the bigoted scumbag embarrassment that he actually was, and that these plebes think that they will one day "triumph" and return America to what it was in 1953.

    that's the only way i can make sense of it. there are just so many people who are so cripplingly stupid that they literally have no clue that they're on the wrong side of history, because they're still convince that one day The South will rise again and give america a fresh coat of white christian paint.

    sorry dudes. it aint gonna happen. you're just gonna get progressively more and more ugly to the rest of the world as everyone else spins forward and shines on.

    Posted by: Little Kiwi | Feb 21, 2012 1:56:22 PM


  19. "Obama isn't supporting gay marriage either, so what will Santorum actually do to gays?"

    Veto any pro-rights measure that comes across his desk. And there will never be veto-proof majorities.

    "Continue Obama's policy of opposing gay marriage. Hardly scary to me. Same song different singer."

    Obama's cynical opposition to marriage equality is going to magically disappear, either when they decide his support won't damage his campaign, or after he's re-elected and he no longer has to worry about it. The same cannot be said for Santorum, because he's a true believer.

    Posted by: Nat | Feb 21, 2012 2:01:01 PM


  20. Scary very scary!

    Posted by: jaragon | Feb 21, 2012 7:05:38 PM


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