Is another surprise surge for Rick Santorum percolating at the polls? Voters like him personally, and they admire his tenacity and decorum on the campaign trail. “Again, why not Santorum?” That is the question from National Review contributor Quin Hillyer as the Republican presidential hopefuls doggedly face down a trio of states voting Tuesday.
“Santorum’s palpable decency and sincerity can offer a similar reassurance against President Obama. Someone as volatile as Newt Gingrich cannot. Santorum’s track record also indicates that he wears well over time,” Mr. Hillyer observes. “He doesn’t offer flash and sizzle, but in a long campaign, such as in the media-intensive slog that is a general-election presidential race, his personal and political virtues have time to become more apparent.”
Though his funding has been modest, “Santorum knows how to live off the land and still find ways to win. In the fall campaign, though, money will be no problem for him. The stakes are so high that no Republican-leaning donor will stay on the sidelines. If Santorum can compete as well as he has without a big war chest, imagine what he can do with serious financial resources behind him,” Mr. Hillyer says.
He adds that Mr. Santorum enjoys the endorsement of, among others, Sharron Angle, Tom Tancredo, Michelle Malkin, David Limbaugh, Richard Viguerie, Gary Bauer, James Dobson, Colin Hanna, Phyllis Schlafly and Pat Boone.
DELEGATING THE DELEGATES
Of 143 delegates who emerged in the last five Republican state primaries, 73 support Mitt Romney, 30 are “unbound,” 29 have gone with Newt Gingrich, eight with Rep. Ron Paul and three with Rick Santorum. Ever vigilant, the Republican National Committee reminds GOPers that “no delegates will be awarded” Tuesday during the Colorado, Minnesota and Missouri primaries; those events are considered either nonbinding or not recognized in the selection process.
The 36 delegates in Colorado will be chosen at district and state conventions by April 14. Ditto the 40 delegates in Minnesota, to be decided by May 5, and 52 delegates from the Show-Me State, where things will be finalized by June 2.
What would have been Ronald Reagan’s 101st birthday came and went Monday with multiple heartfelt observances around the nation. Indeed, strong feelings about the 40th president remain. It is no mere nostalgia.
“I can’t help but miss the President more than ever. His vision for America contrasts so sharply with the big-government waste and cronyism that will be the legacy of the Obama administration,” says Americans for Prosperity President Tim Phillips. “It’s important to remind ourselves what a terrific difference a great leader can make in this country.”
The grass-roots organization marks the contrasts of the two presidencies with a brief video that is a terse reminder of American thinking before political correctness, relentless liberalism and a smug, critical press came along to squeeze simple but genuine love of country from the public discourse. See the 60-second spot here: www.americansforprosperity.org
POLICING PLANNED PARENTHOOD
On the radar: The Alliance Defense Fund and the Susan B. Anthony List are sharing their research about Planned Parenthood with Congress. The findings, the groups contend, detail millions of dollars of “systemic waste, abuse, and potential fraud” by the organization, as revealed in state and federal audits.