The 2014 '30 Under 30'

Congrats to this year's 30 -- check out the full list here!

Santorum’s Burned Bridges Might Cost Him Home State Win

For a presidential candidate, winning on their home turf is a big deal. Former U.S. House Speaker Newt Gingrich (R-Ga.) admitted back in February that any candidate that lost his home state would be “very badly weakened.” Luckily for Gingrich, he and former Massachusetts Governor Mitt Romney have both been successful in winning their respective home states.

The odds are not looking as good for the other major contender in the year’s presidential race. Rick Santorum’s home state of Pennsylvania holds its primary is on April 24, and the former Keystone State senator has his work cut out for him if he wants to have any chance of winning the delegate-laden state next month.

The Pennsylvania GOP establishment, which has significant power within the state, has lined itself up behind former Massachusetts Governor Mitt Romney in this cycle. Last week alone, Romney picked up the endorsements of former Governor Tom Ridge as well as Congressmen Bill Shuster and Charlie Dent. Romney also has the backing of Bob Asher, a candy magnate and former  Montgomery County Republican Party Chairman who is still the party’s biggest donor, and Don Adams, the leader of one of the state’s most influential Tea Party organizations.

In contrast, Santorum’s only Pennsylvania endorsements are from two freshman congressmen, Lou Barletta and Tom Marino, and a handful of state legislators. He has yet to receive an endorsement from any politician who served alongside him in Congress.

The state’s top-ranking Republicans, Governor Tom Corbett and U.S. Senator Pat Toomey, are unlikely to endorse before April 24th. Toomey, however, is rumored to be in the Romney camp, having released a statement praising the former Massachusetts Governor’s tax plan last month. Having been on the losing end of Santorum’s 2004 endorsement of former U.S. Senator Arlen Specter doesn’t help matters either.

The problem for Santorum lies in the fact that Pennsylvania’s delegates aren’t binding – which means that the establishment essentially controls how the state’s delegation votes in Tampa. While the state’s “uncommitted” delegates will also be chosen on April 24th, the candidates running are mostly party insiders and elders who will likely tow the party line and back Romney at the convention.

Santorum may currently hold a double-digit lead over Romney in the among likely primary voters, but unless he wins his home state’s beauty contest handily, his candidacy is all but over right where it began almost a year ago.

 

Comments

Comments

  1. John Galt says:

    Your story is severely lacking in the actual details of how PA works. I’m from there and have done a significant amount of research. There are 18 Congressional Districts with 3-4 delegates from each district going to the National Convention. The be a delegate you had to collect 250 signatures from within your district to get on the ballot. All signatures had to be from registered Republicans. The deadline has already passed and the ballots are done. Ron Paul delegates overwhelmingly dominate the ballots for every Congressional District. PA has essentially already been decided and is a major victory for Ron Paul. The main stream media and perhaps even you will have no clue that the overwhelming majority of delegates (all non-binding and voting how they desire once at the National Convention) will be for Ron Paul. You heard it hear first…

    Now, how will the GOP commit even more fraud (like in MO this weekend [#Dokes] and nearly every other state to date to try and change the delegate count at the convention. This should be interesting…

    1. Jovilyn says:

      Why this election is craitcil to America is stated in the following simple and profound comment that I read on another blog. I share it for its importance.frankspence CollapseGiven the number of Americans who do not pay Income Tax is now 47% and rising under Obama, and that there has never been more people on Food Stamps, and that the scope of people on Welfare of one kind or another is increasing you are approaching, if you have not already reached it a split of 50% plus relying on one State hand out or another. Once that balance is reached it is game over for the Republican Presidential candidates going forward, because Turkeys do not vote for Christmas. This is not speculation on my part, I am British and have watched this scenario play out in our country since the introduction of the Welfare State in 1948, it has increased every time Labour held power and our economic situation has deteriorated as a result, so my comments are experiential.In an unrelated matter, kind of, I have just received an e-mail detailing an publicised item in the Affordable Healthcare Act though what it is doing in that Act I do not know. As from 2013 if you sell a House in the US you will be subject to a house sales Tax which will increase over time. This will adversely affect Seniors who wish to down size as they will have less disposable cash to invest in their new home. It also has another effect, certainly initially, it will further depress the housing market, an area which even Obama has admitted is the boiler room of the economy. We have a similar Tax here in the UK, we call it stamp duty and on normal homes it is 1% of the price, over a3250,000 ($375,000) it rises to 2% and it is now proposed that for homes over a32 million ($3 million) it should be 7%, that would add a3140,000 ($210,000) to the bill for selling, these taxes are imposed on the seller. This measure should be opposed but Democrats will push it as part of their fairness doctrine .

      1. Ingrif says:

        you want to vote for a conservative in 2012 Paul’s your cioche.a0 This pro-Gingrich group figured it out and has asked his supporters to vote Paul in the Old Dominion.a0 Santorum will have

  2. [...] and Gingrich supporter, told Red Alert Politics that he liked what he heard from Santorum, but the machinations of the state party could deprive Santorum from getting any delegates even if he wins the [...]

    1. vale says:

      I don’t know about the rest of you, but after watching Mitt Romney’s viorcty speech last night and also watching Rick Santorum’s losing speech, it was a difference of night and day. Mitt’s humbleness came through loud and clear. Also, he was portraying his vision for America and comparing his with Obama a stark contrast. While listening to Rick, he appeared that he was full of venom. Tearing down Romney in every sentence that he could. Is this what we really want in an Executive and Leadership role? Especially for President? Newt, in his little speech after, was also full of venom and revenge. Both Rick and Newt cannot win the nomination outright with delegates (and they know it) and now since plan A is not going to work out they are going to plan B. Instead of focusing on everything that they can do to get their message out and have the voters decide, they are going to focus all of their attention now on Romney, tear him down and much as possible so that he can’t win the nomination. This reminds me of the chariot race in Ben Hur. Since Macella could not win on his own accord, he did everything in his power to take down Judah, even whipping him with his whip. We know what happens to Macella after that. Even after the race, and Judah the victor, even on his death bed he is still so full of venom that he states: The race is not over Judah. It goes on. The American People are not stupid . They can see right through Rick and Newt. Mathmatically, they know that it is not possible during the Primary to win the nomination. Therefore, they have stooped to the lowest level by choosing the path of destruction, not only for themselves, but for the Party and also the Nation. Numbers don’t lie.

  3. Jaynos says:

    Mittens can run but he can’t win. He’s a Mormon, ain’t ever gonna happen, he may as well be a Satanist in most Red States.Romney’s dumb and prlaictdbee too; he’s going to pick Crazy Eyes as his running mate to improve his profile with Chreeestchans and Tea Baggers and he imagines it will help with women voters too, but nothing could get Mittens elected, not even massive voter fraud.He’s just so obviously dislikeable, he’s got less charisma than G H W Bush and less star quality than R M Nixon.Obama could barbecue small children on the Whitehouse lawn and start pimping at this point and he would still win.

Polititainment

Actor: Obama needs to 'grow some'

Actor David Boreanaz tweeted Wednesday evening that Obama needs to "grow some" and more effectively and authoritatively deal with Russian President Vladimir Putin and his country's recent interference in Ukraine.

Gyllenhaal no longer believes in Obama
President Barack Obama has always been popular with the Hollywood crowd, but at least one of his most vocal champions and heavy donors has changed her mind about the president. Academy Award-nominee Maggie Gyllenhaal told Time Magazine that she has grown disillusioned with Obama. “I really believed in him, and I’m not sure what he […]
Jay Carney: Obama can make friends

Former White House press secretary Jay Carney appeared on "The Late Show" Wednesday to discuss his departure from President Obama's White House.

Obama channels Chris Rock

Discussing a tax loophole that businesses exploit in order to avoid paying United States taxes, the president made a distinction between that which isn't right and that which just "ain't right."

Colbert mocks Palin for Internet channel

In an attempt to mock Sarah Palin for her recently launched Internet television channel, Stephen Colbert on Tuesday's episode of "The Colbert Report" introduced his own competing web show called "Stephen Colbert's Angry Echo Chamber."

White House

CIA: Yeah, we totally spied on the Senate, after all

An internal CIA investigation confirmed charges that the agency wrongfully hacked into a computer network used by the Senate Intelligence Committee, it was reported Thursday.

New emails reveal Lois Lerner talked way too much smack about right wing on official phone

An email exchange between Lois Lerner and an unnamed individual made public Wednesday reveals that the former IRS official doesn't care too much for talk radio.

Fact check needed on Obama’s Kansas City speech, states with minimum wage increases didn’t see higher job growth
It’s time for a fact check on the president’s latest proclamation about the need for an increase to the minimum wage. President Barack Obama continued his tour across America Wednesday with a speech on the economy in Kansas City, Miss. and meals with more letter writers. Per usual, Obama brought up his attempts to bring […]
Golfer finds Obama’s golf ball in the woods, says president’s game is ‘off line’
President Barack Obama is “off line again.” Or at least his golf game appears to be. Instagram user larrydoh posted a picture of a Titleist 44 golf ball labeled “POTUS” on Saturday. He found the golf ball at the Congressional Country Club, one day after POTUS played the same course himself. “Obama played at Congressional […]
Polls: Obama White House incompetent at managing, worse than Darth Vader

The job of the administrative branch is to, well, administer the laws. According to a new Fox News poll released on Wednesday, most Americans think that the Obama administration is failing dismally at the task.

Congress

Rubio and Cruz break rank on border bills
Two likely candidates for the 2016 Republican presidential nomination have broke with their party on immigration issues in the last week, earning the approval of Democrats, but drawing criticism from the right. Sen. Ted Cruz (R- Texas) irked many in the GOP when he met with House Republicans, urging them to vote against a proposed […]
Dem. Rep. forgot she cosponsored Bush impeachment
Impeachment talk has gotten some Democrats so riled up they’ve forgotten their history. Rep. Sheila Jackson Lee, (D – Texas) argued on Wednesday that Republican efforts to sue President Barack Obama were only a “veiled attempt at impeachment.” She tried to claim the moral high ground, saying that Democrats never attempted to impeach President George […]
Suing Obama: GOP-led House gives the go-ahead

WASHINGTON (AP) — A sharply divided House approved a Republican plan Wednesday to launch a campaign-season lawsuit against President Barack Obama, accusing him of exceeding the bounds of his constitutional authority.

DWS admits Obama is not doing his job
We never thought we would say this, but Rep. Debbie Wasserman Schultz just said something we actually agree with. Moments before the House vote on a lawsuit against President Barack Obama, Schultz appeared on MSNBC and admitted that Obama hasn’t been doing his job. “I’m going to go to the House floor and actually debate why […]
Cruz provides motivation to youth in speech

Sen. Ted Cruz (R-Texas) provided motivation to an audience of students from across the country Tuesday, saying that young people have been behind almost “every significant change” in human history.