Friday, March 23, 2012

Morrissey flirts with ditching Santorum


Hot Air's Ed Morrissey, one of Rick Santorum's most prominent backers in the blogosphere, is ready to jump ship after Rick's suggestion that Obama might not be much worse than Romney.

It seems that Senator Santorum has forgotten the purpose of the Republican primary. It’s to choose the most successful candidate to beat Obama in the general election. It isn’t to test a few candidates to see whether the goal of beating Obama is worth the bother.

.... I will go to the caucuses tomorrow. I expect Senator Santorum to have recovered his sense of reality and apologize for that statement by that time. If not, I may end up arguing for another candidate when we meet to discuss the next phase at our Republican caucus.

Santorum's controversial comments from yesterday:

“You win by giving people the opportunity to see a different vision for our country, not someone who’s just going to be a little different than the person in there.”

Santorum added: “If they’re going to be a little different, we might as well stay with what we have instead of taking a risk of what may be the Etch A Sketch candidate for the future.

The sign of a poorly run campaign -- you commit a major gaffe right after your opponent does, and even worse, it's a gaffe about the gaffe.

Earlier this month, I wrote about just how lucky Romney is that one of his greatest strengths (discipline) is one of Newt and Santorum's greatest weaknesses.

Rick Santorum recently showed us just how bad his discipline can be.

Like Newt, he seems to take popularity as a sign that he can speak with impunity about whatever he wants without any bad consequences -- in other words, he talks like a really moral Caesar.

Of the three, only Romney seems to get that the things he might say can get him in trouble (In fact, some would argue that's Mitt's problem -- that he's too keenly aware of this dynamic).

When you look at the Romney alternatives that roamed this race, none of them had anything close to his discipline -- Bachmann, Cain, Santorum, Gingrich, Perry.