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What happened to Rick Santorum?

By DOUG THOMPSON
A Capitol Hill Blue News Analysis
January 10, 2012

Rick Santorum: What happened?

Rick Santorum wrapped up his campaigning in New Hampshire Monday with a shell-shocked state of mind in a state that took a close look at him and didn’t like what it saw.

Santorum’s hopes of continuing the momentum from his near-upset of GOP frontrunner Mitt Romney in Iowa last week ran head-on into political reality.

Some feel Jon Huntsman will be the new Santorum, the back bencher who rises from obscurity to contender.  Whatever happens, it appears the Santorum bubble popped as soon as he landed in the Granite State.

“This isn’t Iowa. Rick Santorum doesn’t sell here,” New Hampshire GOP voter Barb Lowell tells Capitol Hill Blue.

Late polls show Romney at 40 percent — a 2-1 lead over second place Ron Paul while Santorum’s support puts him in 4th with 11 percent.  Huntsman appears to be closing in on Paul and could capture second.

Political experts say ultra right-wing doesn’t play well in New Hampshire and a rabid conservative like Santorum never stood a chance — no matter how well he did in Iowa.

Still, other right-wingers have captured the state — Pat Buchanan in 1996 — but New Hampshire usually leans towards moderates — John McCain in 2000 and 2008 along with both Bushes.

“This is a blue collar state but it is one where most people are working,” GOP strategist Hal Ostermann tells Capitol Hill Blue.  “Tea Party issues don’t play well.”

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9 Responses to What happened to Rick Santorum?

  1. Sandune

    January 10, 2012 at 10:40 am

    New Hampshire is basically the home of free-thinkers and few want the kind of restrictions and prohibitions that Senator Santorum has on his list of agenda items.

    When Buchanan ran, the religious right voters found him not interested in the prohibitions that became a force in the Republican agenda some years later. The voters have become more interested in individual freedoms and certainly can live with the “threat” of gays marrying and women getting into trouble.

    Christians have every right not to approve of abortions or gay marriages but when they attempt to being these into the constitution, New Hampshire voters will not be happy.

    South Carolina is the place where voters want all social issues legislated. It all comes down to a choice of where to live to suit ones social point of view.

    The Republican National Committee will never support a Moderate Republican and they will lose in many states as they should.

    Thanks Chief, for pointing this out in a good commentary.

  2. Keith

    January 10, 2012 at 11:17 am

    Political experts say ultra right-wing doesn’t play well in New Hampshire and a rabid conservative like Santorum never stood a chance — no matter how well he did in Iowa.

    Indeed.

    It is also important to remember that, back when I was growing up there, New Hampshire USED to be a bastion of conservatism. However, as of late the state been leaning farther and farther to the left.
    For example, NH has just recently allowed Gays and Lesbians to legally marry. That would have been unheard of in my day.

    There are several reasons for this, but some say a lot of it is from a continual migration northward from high tax states like Massachusetts and Connecticut. They move to NH for the lower taxes, but still bring their left-leaning liberal ideas along with them.

    NH is one of the few remaining US states that impose neither a state sales tax nor a state income tax on its citizens. Perhaps this is why Mr. Romney now owns a summer home in NH…no doubt to escape the high income tax rates from his other adopted (buy “high tax”) state of Massachusetts.

    Still, other right-wingers have captured the state — Pat Buchanan in 1996 — but New Hampshire usually leans towards moderates — John McCain in 2000 and 2008 along with both Bushes.

    Yep, we cussed NH Yankees are always full of surprises.

    In fact, as I’ve noted previously, screwing up the pollsters (by giving these clowns the impression that you are going to vote exactly opposite from what you really plan to do) has always been a “blood sport” there.

    So, don’t be surprised if, once again, the results of the NH primary this evening are, themselves, a surprise.

  3. Carl Nemo **==

    January 10, 2012 at 12:28 pm

    “New Hampshire usually leans towards moderates — John McCain in 2000 and 2008 along with both Bushes.” …extract from article

    Based on the Bushista track record and McCain along with Levin recently dumping Amendment 1034 within the NDAA upon this nation seemingly the N.H. state motto “Live free or die” doesn’t mean diddly squat to them. They be lookin’ for freedom in all the wrong places, just like love…no?

    It’s tragic that this nomination ritual is steered by backwater states such as Iowa, N.H. et al. Too bad it isn’t states like California, Florida and New York that kick off the process. So the candidates are chosen by a minority to ultimately be indemnified by a majority in November. The entire process is a travesty of the election process.

    Carl Nemo **==

    • Keith

      January 10, 2012 at 7:12 pm

      It’s tragic that this nomination ritual is steered by backwater states such as Iowa, N.H. et al. Too bad it isn’t states like California, Florida and New York that kick off the process.

      I disagree.

      How many of California’s (or Florida’s or New York’s) citizens would have a chance to look these candidates squarely in the eye and ask them the kinds of questions that REALLY matter?

      Iowa and, in particular, New Hampshire are small enough states that every voter…from every political stripe…often gets not one, but MULTIPLE chances to talk to these people one-on-one.

      The truth is that New Hampshire voters find out in a hurry who has what it takes to be President and who doesn’t…WITHOUT relying solely on biased media hype and million-dollar attack ads to make their choices.

      I remember when I was a student at the University of New Hampshire several years ago, I got a chance to squire then US Rep. John Ashbrook of Ohio(who at the time was himself running for President) around to various events in my home town in my old ’65 Chevy. Needless to say, I got an “up close and personal” chance to see and hear this person’s views on the Presidency with my own eyes and ears.

      When asked who a New Hampshire resident is going to vote for, the oft repeated answer is: “I’m still not sure, I’ve only met them twice”.

      Clearly these early primaries perform a valuable service to the nation by very effectively weeding out the “wheat” from the “chaff”.

      That’s because their populations are small enough so that the millions of dollars these candidates (not to mention their political parties and PACs) put into the fray with attack ads, “push “and other such highly polished “vote for me” media advertizing don’t have near as much impact as the fact that most voters there get to size up these candidates face to face…warts and all…BEFORE they vote.

      • Carl Nemo **==

        January 10, 2012 at 10:43 pm

        “How many of California’s (or Florida’s or New York’s) citizens would have a chance to [look these candidates squarely in the eye and ask them the kinds of questions that REALLY matter?]” …extract from post my brackets

        Yep Keith these folks look’em in the eye while asking these ‘really matter’ questions; then think as to where it’s gotten this nation; I.E., a bunch of serial ‘liars in chief’ during the past 40 of the 60 post WWII era years. Probably the last straight shooter was Ike along with his successor JFK. We all know what happened to him since he had plans to terminate the FED’s
        proprietary monoply on the issuance of our currency along with debt without end to a bunch of faceless international bankers.

        I believe it was mentioned by one of our posters that there was only a 4-5% turnout for the Iowa caucuses, so we have super minority participation of a bunch of ‘fire in the belly’ yahoos with personal axes to grind from gay marriage, abortion, gays in the military, ‘intelligent design’ to who knows what else selecting the party candidates, meanwhile their country is going down the tubes in a financial sense linked to our obsessession with “Yankee Doodle Dandy” gunboat diplomacy on a worldwide basis looking for them dadgummed ‘terrists’ under every rock, nook and cranny all to our financial peril.

        I’m supplying a link for a front row shot of Romney supporters in N.H. These people scare the bejeezus out of me, the mere fact they’re supporting this guy. Evidently they haven’t frequented CHB and other watering holes for shared opinions that expose this guy for what he is; I.E., a flip-flopping ‘empty suit’ no different than Obama. The guys at ‘Government Sachs’ are no doubt ecstatic that another ‘main man’ is headed for the White House. They don’t care which one sits as long as it isn’t a Ron Paul who would do his best at flogging these ‘money changers’ out of the temple treasury.

        http://news.yahoo.com/blogs/ticket/mitt-romney-wins-hampshire-010032232.html

        Btw, I must congratulate Ron Paul on his second place win after many years of striking out first in Iowa and then in New Hampshire. I hope he shadows Romney all the way to the convention regardless of not prevailing in the end. Then again, stranger things have happened on the way to the forum in terms of reversals of fortune.

        Carl Nemo **==

        • Keith

          January 11, 2012 at 9:50 am

          I must congratulate Ron Paul on his second place win after many years of striking out first in Iowa and then in New Hampshire. I hope he shadows Romney all the way to the convention regardless of not prevailing in the end.

          As do I.

          And have you noticed how the mainstream media isn’t glorifying Mr. Paul’s solid second place win in NH like they did Santorum’s squeaker of a win in Iowa?

          As I’ve said, Romney and Obama are the “anointed ones” who have the full financial backing and support of those powerful corporate and other interests who wish things to remain EXACTLY as they are.

          However, as I’ve also said, it may not happen this presidential election cycle, the next one…or even the next one, but the message Mr. Paul and other like-thinking Libertarian candidates are sending is now starting to resonate with more and more people as they (albeit slowly) recognize just how horrifically corrupt the “Republicrats” have become.

          The only question now remaining is whether this “reawakening” among the masses will happen in enough time to also save the nation.

  4. frank verismo

    January 10, 2012 at 11:05 pm

    I’m supplying a link for a front row shot of Romney supporters in N.H. These people scare the bejeezus out of me, the mere fact they’re supporting this guy.

    It just so happens that I was listening, on headphones no less, to Bernard Herrmann’s 1960 Psycho soundtrack when I foolhardily clicked on your link. The combination will still be haunting me as my head hits the pillow tonight.

    Btw, I must congratulate Ron Paul on his second place win after many years of striking out first in Iowa and then in New Hampshire.

    Looks like being a far cry from the ‘2-1 lead’, too!

    • Carl Nemo **==

      January 10, 2012 at 11:38 pm

      Hi Frank…

      I fetched the soundtrack and concur. In fact I think it would make a great replacement for our national anthem as the USS America moves ever closer to the rocky shoals of its imminent financial destruction along with the derivative societal spillout linked to such.

      http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dQRfTvayqk0

      Sorry to ruin a potential good nights sleep good buddy. :D

      Carl Nemo **==

  5. Almandine

    January 15, 2012 at 10:11 pm

    What happened??? He told folks who he is and what he stands for. They ain’t buying it.