Santorum drops out of the presidential race

by NW Spotlight

The Hill is reporting that Rick Santorum will drop out of the presidential race this afternoon.

The Hill notes that this will essentially guarantee Mitt Romney the GOP nomination. The article also provides a delegate count: “It takes 1,144 [delegates] to clinch the GOP nomination. [Romney] has 661 delegates, according to a count by the Associated Press. Santorum has 285, Gingrich has 136 and Paul has 51.”

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  • Ramalama

    He didn’t want to suffer the embarrassment of losing a primary in his home state.

    • Rupert in Springfield

      Learning from Al Gore’s mistakes? Possibly.

      • guest

        Write on, Rup!

      • Ramalama

        When did Al Gore lose a Tennessee primary?

        • Rupert in Springfield

          Al Gore famously lost his home state, Tennessee, in the 200 election. Had he not, he would have been president. A wee bit more of a flub, and far more embarrassing, than Santorum possibly not carrying his home state in a primary. That was the point.

          • valley person

             Oh please. Al Gore was the VP, not the P. Clinton was thus the one who lost Tennessee, but fortunately for all of us he didn’t lose much else. Santorum was a sitting senator and got creamed.  If he had stuck it out and gone 0 for 2 he would be permanently retired from politics. Given his 1950s view of how the world works, He should be anyway.

  • guest

    Let the campaign to oust the pro Islamist in the Oval Office now begin in earnest.  One term has been not been good for our Constitution.

    In doubt?  Hopefully, this jarring note
    http://www.nypost.com/p/news/national/white_folk_done_took_this_country_hWlQbwxvMbnYdkYwVZwSWJ
    will lend steerage toward a better heading.

  • valley person

    I love saying I told you so.  Romney was your default nominee from the beginning. What a collection to run for the presidency of the world’s greatest nation. Santorum? Eeek.

  • Rupert in Springfield

    Santorum did way better than anyone would have thought. In terms of beating Obama, Republicans are probably better off for his withdrawal. Santorum had one thing he couldn’t change, he simply was not someone where a lot of middle of the road people were going to say in the debates “hey,you know what, I kind of like this guy”. In other words no Reagan moment.

    Romney is likeable, people are basically comfortable with him and probably has a decent chance of beating BO if he doesn’t totally blow it.

    At this point its almost less about Romney and more about if Paul stays in the race. If he does, there is a good chance we will have BO the sequel. Like many sequels, it will be worse than the first one.

    The country will have a hard enough time recovering from the hole this president has us in already. If we get a second dose of him because Republicans sit it out for lack of their perfect candidate God helps us. It’s time for this country to move forward. Four years of negative job growth, a health care bill that saddles us with even more debt and loss of a war BO once said was the war we needed to win. Romney may not be conservative enough for some people, but those people need to ask themselves if lack of perfection is worth four more years of the same. Remember, even a grapefruit would have done a better job than BO. Sure, things would still suck, but we wouldn’t have spent several trillion dollars to get here.

    • 3H

       I dunno.. seems like job growth has been constant, if slow, since the third year of Obama’s administration. Keep in mind, you probably shouldn’t blame much of the first year on him since it takes time to turn around a declining economy.

      The fact that Romney has endorsed the Ryan budget plan should, in my opinion of course, should immediately disqualify him as a presidential candidate.

      • Rupert in Springfield

         > I dunno.. seems like job growth has been constant, if slow, since the third year of Obama’s administration.

        There are less people working now than when Obama took office.

        To use the term job growth is a little inappropriate.

        >Keep in mind, you probably shouldn’t blame much of the first year on him since it takes time to turn around a declining economy.

        Yes, all Bush’s fault, we know the mantra.

        >The fact that Romney has endorsed the Ryan budget plan should, in my
        opinion of course, should immediately disqualify him as a presidential
        candidate.

        Based on what? If someone doesnt like what you like then they aren’t qualified to be president?

        Democrats in congress have been AWOL on the budget for three years. BO is such a joke on the budget his own party wont bring BO’s budget up for a vote in the Senate since the last time they did BO’s budget went down something like 97-0.

        At this point I think what we need to do as a country is start figuring out how the hell to get ourselves out of this mess BO got us into.

        We have higher unemployment, the loss of a major war, incredible debt and a health care program that is set to bankrupt the country.

        And we spent trillions to accomplish all of that.

        That’s going to take a lot of work to straighten out.

        If interest rates rise, with the amount of debt BO has piled on, combined with the amount of debt we will incur if Obamacare is upheld, this country will go under.

        Its time to start addressing that fact and if Ryan or the grapefruit in the corner has a budget suggestion, any suggestion at all, thats a damn sight better than what Democrats have been doing the past three years with no budget at all.

        • valley person

           Obama has not been able to dig the country out of the hole dug by the previous Republican president fast enough, therefore it is time to elect another Republican armed  with the exact same shovel; tax cuts for the rich, spending cuts for the poor, and unnecessary wars with Middle Eastern countries over phantom threats, that the previous one had.

          Brilliant. Superb. A winning strategy that.

          Ryan’s “strategy” is a farce. It will be exposed for what it is over the coming months. And if Obama hammers away at it he will separate Romney from his last supporters, the geezers who rely on the government more than anyone else.

          • Rupert in Springfield

             > Obama has not been able to dig the country out of the hole dug by the previous Republican president fast enough

            Asking for something other than negative job growth is too much? What happened to whiz kid Obama?

            >Brilliant. Superb. A winning strategy that.

            Certainly better than the strategy demonstrated thus far by BO. Unemployment was lower, we hadn’t spent trillions, and we wouldn’t be looking down the barrel of a huge new entitlement -Obamacare.

            Frankly I’ll take it over BO any day of the week. Then again Id take a grapefruit, a block of Styrofoam or even a macadamia nut encrusted cheese ball over Obama. Any of those would have done a better job.

            Jacking up unemployment and spending us into massive debt isn’t much to crow about. If Obama was a Republican, you wouldn’t be singing his praises either.

            Just get real, the guys a dud.

          • valley person

             “Asking for something other than negative job growth is too much?”

            No. And you are in luck. We have had positive job growth for over 18 months.

            “Certainly better than the strategy demonstrated thus far by BO.”

            Back to the future. Go ahead and try selling it. Romney has to. So far there aren’t many buyers according to polls.

            “Frankly I’ll take it over BO any day of the week.”

            Well great Rupert. All you need is 1/2 plus one of the electorate with you distributed across the swing states. You need to convince all those midwestern auto workers and suppliers that would be better off if Romney had been president and let them sink. You have to convince all those western Hispanics that his utter rejection of any hint at legalization of their relatives is in their interests. And you have to explain how great the Ryan plan is to all those geezers who rely on government aid he wants to get rid of.

            “If Obama was a Republican, you wouldn’t be singing his praises either.”

            And you would think he has been the greatest president since Herbert Hoover.

        • 3H

          “Yes, all Bush’s fault, we know the mantra.

          I’m “blaming” Bush only because he was the President preceeding Obama.  The President inherits the economy that is given to him.  The President’s policies take time to get passed, and then to start working.  Consequently, I think  that at least the first 9 months of a  new presidency belongs to the past incumbent.  
          Does that seem unreasonable to you?

          “Based on what? If someone doesnt like what you like then they aren’t qualified to be president?”

          It was hyperbole.

          • Rupert in Springfield

             >I think  that at least the first 9 months of a  new presidency belongs to the past incumbent.  
            Does that seem unreasonable to you?

            Nope, just the blame Bush aspect of everything is funny to take a jab at.

            >It was hyperbole.

            Ok. I mean at least Ryan is proposing something. You might not like it but its a bit more responsible than the Democrats handling of the budget the past few years.

          • valley person

             “Nope, just the blame Bush aspect of everything is funny to take a jab at.”

            So that means you are making an argument even you don’t believe in.

            And your purpose is self amusement?

          • 3H

            Actaully, I don’t necessarily accept the “proposing anything is better than proposing nothing” school of thought. 

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