Santorum gets Rick-rolled out of Florida

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The following is a post from Ben Kirby, editor of The Spencerian.  Visit his blog here.

If former Pennsylvania Senator Rick Santorum wasn’t such a phenomenally hateful douchebag, you’d almost have to feel sorry for him.  Apparently his campaign is broke, and he’s not even going to stick around Florida for the primary on Tuesday.

Things are not going well for Santorum, even though he officially won Iowa.

He is down nationally, below “officially” racist Congressman Ron Paul, who you may know from the “Ron Paul Political Report,” which said such things as:

  • the Rev. Martin Luther King Jr. “seduced underage girls and boys”
  • suggesting that New York be named “Zooville” or “Lazyopolis”
  • the 1992 Los Angeles riots ended “when it came time for the blacks to pick up their welfare checks.”
  • and “Homosexuals, not to speak of the rest of society, were far better off when social pressure forced them to hide their activities.”

Wow, maybe Santorum’s been reading the “Ron Paul Political Report.”

Look, when you’re either tied or losing to a guy who suggests that American icon Reverend Martin Luther King, Jr. “seduced underage girls and boys,” it really is time to pack your shit in and go home.  As the race narrows to Gingrich and Romney, the path forward in several upcoming primary fights — including Florida — looks awfully grim for Santorum.

From the HuffingtonPost piece linked in the top paragraph:

Santorum says he would rather spend his Saturday sitting at his kitchen table doing his taxes than campaigning in a state where the race for the Republican presidential nomination has become a two-man fight between Newt Gingrich and Mitt Romney.

The cash-strapped candidate acknowledges that he simply can’t keep up with the GOP front-runners in Florida.

“We’re going to talk about the Constitution and talk about being a strong conservative,” Santorum said at an event here this week. “And that’s all we can do.”

Really, though, this has an awful lot more to do with the process then how terrible a candidate (or person) Rick Santorum is (and please make no mistake: he really, really is both).  Look, the guy won Iowa.  Came in second day-of, but the results showed he won.  Since all Iowa is good for is a headline and momentum going in to New Hampshire, he was robbed of even that.

Romney won his own virtual home state of New Hampshire (albeit with a less than ideal percentage), and then it was on to South Carolina, where Newt had engineered — shrewdly, to his credit — his own rise.  Florida is next, and even though the results proved Santorum to be a winner in Iowa, it was a day late and a dollar short.

After Florida, there aren’t a lot of states that look real friendly to Santorum coming up: Nevada?  Maine?  Colorado (actually, I could see him doing better in a place like Colorado, but February 7 seems like a long way away to me).

It is starting to look like Santorum played our ridiculous, broken process poorly.  And honestly, it’s hard for me to think of anyone more deserving of this kind of bad luck and trouble.

Hard… but not impossible.

Peter Schorsch is the President of Extensive Enterprises and is the publisher of some of Florida’s most influential new media websites, including SaintPetersBlog.com, FloridaPolitics.com, ContextFlorida.com, and Sunburn, the morning read of what’s hot in Florida politics. SaintPetersBlog has for three years running been ranked by the Washington Post as the best state-based blog in Florida. In addition to his publishing efforts, Peter is a political consultant to several of the state’s largest governmental affairs and public relations firms. Peter lives in St. Petersburg with his wife, Michelle, and their daughter, Ella.