Wednesday, December 28, 2011

SANTORUM SURGES in Iowa


I figure Rick Santorum deserves a caps-lock at least once in a campaign.

And, indeed, he places 3rd in CNN's new poll (pdf) of likely Iowa caucus-goers. THIRD.

1. Mitt Romney 25%

2. Ron Paul 22%

3. Rick Santorum 16%

4. Newt Gingrich 14%

5. Rick Perry 11%

6. Michele Bachmann 9%

This is bad news for two people -- Michele Bachmann, who's been fighting Santorum to be the voice of social conservatives, and Newt Gingrich, who can't afford a fourth place finish.

This is good news for two people -- Mitt Romney, who's now in position to put a ferocious lock on the nomination with an Iowa win, and Rick Santorum, who showed what visiting 99 counties and being consistently pro-life can do for you in Iowa.

That being said, 43% say they "might" change their mind, which means this isn't in the bag, but there's nothing terribly obvious that could shift the race before next Tuesday.

Here's the part that blows my mind.

On "which Republican candidate is most likely to agree with you on the issues that matter most to you," question, Ron Paul wins.

I know that's logical, considering he's pretty near the top in overall support, but it's just another mind-bending measure of Paul's support. Remember, this is a guy who thinks Iran is just like a boy band member who wants his own album/nukes to get some 'spect.

But back to Santorum.

We all know he probably doesn't have any skeletons to hide... or does he? See that pic up there? That's a pic of Santorum with Fred Karger -- a gay Republican presidential candidate -- last summer.

Don't you think Steve Deace ought to know about this?

In all seriousness, Santorum is finally getting the surge I never thought he'd get.

And you know Mitt Romney is in a SERIOUSLY good position when his top two competitors are Ron Paul and Rick Santorum.