Tuesday, March 13, 2012

Santorum campaign's expectations: "Delegate here, delegate there"

Rick Santorum's spokesman, Hogan Gidley on Fox this morning, suggesting an underwhelming performance from his boss tonight with a Ronald McDonald-like phrase.

"We're excited. Again, it's not near his home-state, obviously.

.... I think the bottom line is it's a very tight race. I'm not sure that we're going to learn too much coming out of these two states. Looks like it's going to be a delegate here, a delegate there. We just kind of move on.

I'm not exactly sure what we're going to learn as it relates to the overall picture."

In other words, everything about tonight is sort of "meh". It's a nothing to see here, folks, type of spin.

He then set even lower expectations.

"Look, we had no pressure on us. I mean, Gingrich basically said he had to win these two states, and that was the southern strategy he had.

.... If he doesn't run away with it, he might have an issue. And of course, Mitt Romney obviously doesn't play well in the South. He might squeak out a win in one of these states, but the bottom line is: he's still outspending everybody."

It's odd to string those two sentences together.

"Mitt Romney obviously doesn't play well in the South. He might squeak out a win in one of these states."

If Romney doesn't play well in the South but beats Santorum there, what does that say about Rick?

The bottom line is this -- if Gingrich wins both primaries tonight, the race is still Romney against the other guys. If Romney wins both primaries, it's Romney against Obama.