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Now that Rick Santorum has won 3 states in a row, and more states than any other candidate (4) is it time for Gingrich and Romney to drop out?

Asked by ETpro (34550points) February 8th, 2012

Even though he won the first contest in Iowa, his oponents had been calling on Senator Santorum to drop out. Shouldn’t he now return the favor? Which candidates do you think should drop out, and which should keep fighting? Any guesses who will finally win the Republican nomination?

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ucme's avatar

Don’t think it matters, Obama is a stone cold shoe-in whichever misfit….Republican shows up.
Speaking as an impartial observer of course.

Blackberry's avatar

New flavor of the month. I’m not a fan of blind faith, but I have some right now, believing that America is not this stupid.

jrpowell's avatar

Now the money machine will attack Santorum. The longer this goes on the better.

jca's avatar

I think Romney thinks he’s it. I feel bad for poor old Ron Paul. I think Romney will win it – he seems like he’s most popular among the Repubs, in general.

DominicX's avatar

I hope they don’t drop out. Not that I want Romney or Gingrich to be president, but I want them over Santorum. I hate Santorum. It’s alarming that his popularity is rising.

Aethelflaed's avatar

I don’t really think many of the caucuses mean much in terms of Santorum’s actual popularity. Those that actually show up at caucuses tend to be the most vocal, hardcore of the group, and it’s not actually surprising that the most vocal, hardcore, furthest right Republicans would prefer Santorum. Romney will most likely be the actual nominee.

SavoirFaire's avatar

While Santorum certainly would be within his rights to point out that, according to the same logic they used against him, Gingrich and Romney should be dropping out of the race, I don’t think it makes sense strategically for either of them to do so. Assuming they both really do want to be the nominee—not that I can figure out why either of them would genuinely want that—then they have surely realized that this election cycle is basically a Ferris wheel (or maybe a roulette wheel). Might as well hold on for dear life and see who winds up on top when everything comes to a halt.

dappled_leaves's avatar

Nope, still too early.

GladysMensch's avatar

Three states in a row in which less than 10% of registered Republican’s actually voted. Hardly an overwhelming victory.

SuperMouse's avatar

I think it would be awesome and incredibly ballsy for Santorum to call for Romney, Paul, and Gingrich to drop out of the race! It would give Gingrich yet another chance to make a complete ass out of himself, Romney another chance to smile that smarmy smile, and Paul another chance to… to do whatever it is Paul does.

As it stands I don’t think anyone is dropping out any time soon and every second that goes by with all of this bickering and ridiculousness increases Obama’s chances for re-election. Every time it looks like the choppy seas are settling and Romney has the nomination sewn up, someone throws a curve ball. To my mind it is indicative of how truly flawed each one of these candidates is.

DaphneT's avatar

LOL! Really, thanks for the joke, made me smile. But sure, he should call on those two to drop out, not that they would. They think he’s just an upstart, not a serious contender. We’ll just have to wait and see who’s shows up more in the next round.

marinelife's avatar

Are you kidding? Romney has the delegate lead by a mile.

filmfann's avatar

Santorum (can I say that here?) spent a lot of time and money in these states, and it paid off. He did the same in Iowa, and it paid off. Unfortunately, he cannot do that everywhere, since he has limited time and money.
He also has some genuinely creepy stuff in his past.
I think Gingrich should drop out, since he is as hated as anyone in politics, but he won’t.

Kraigmo's avatar

Romney is the least insane of the 3, and he has business experience. But they all serve the most evil interests: the security/banking industrial complex. And Santorum is evil. Santorum wants police to peak in bedroom windows to make sure no gay sex is occurring, on people’s private property. He said so himself, when he stood up for the Texas law that resulted in exactly that. It’s truly sad that in the 21st Century with all our information resources…. a guy like Santorum can even get 1 person to listen to him, much less a few million.

ETpro's avatar

@ucme It is looking increasingly like that is exactly the case. I like it. I can relax and watch the clown show that has been the GOP primary from the start this year, and have no worry wone of the clowns will end up President of the United States.

@Blackberry Flavor of the month? At times, it’s been flavor of the day. It’s a bit reminiscent of the 1964 Republican Primary, with Rockefeller, Henry Cabot Lodge and Barry Goldwater as the leading contenders in a field of 6. Rockefeller had marriage difficulties surface at the last possible moment, and that ended up bringing it to a floor fight at the convention where Goldwater finally prevailed. Of course, the difference then was that all three men were relatively sane and very serious. This year is a carnival freak show with a new leading act every time they move the midway.

@johnpowell Yes, it’s so sad.`

@jca There is no question that the Republican establishment has fallen largely in line behind Romney. But the inmates are now in charge of the asylum. THe GOP tried to ride the Tea Party tiger, and it’s now turned to eat them one by one. I think it’s still anybody[‘s bet who comes out on top.

Ron Paul will do just fine if he lanuches a true Libertarian party. He will not win, but he’ll establish himself as the head of what could become a viable third party, and he can pass that torch on to his son Rand.

@DominicX Copy that. I think Santorum’s chances would be dim in a general election. There would be no need to lie or spin about him. Obama could crucify him with video tape of him articulating his honest beliefs and desired for the direction of government.

@Aethelflaed It’s tru that yesterday meant nothing in delagate count. But it was huge in determining momentum. Donations have begun to pour in for Santorum. He may gather enough money and staff to remain competitive through Super Tuesday and beyond.

@SavoirFaire I’m sure it would have no more effect on Romney and Gingrich than their suggestions did on Santorum. Still, he should float the suggestion just to maintain the balance in the Force.

@dappled_leaves It was earlier still when they suggested Santorum drop out. I know they they would not follow his suggestion, just as they probably knew he wouldn’t follow theirs before South Carolina voted. But I still think he should enjoy his moment of sweet revenge.

@GladysMensch That’s the Romney camp spin. But it mattered enough that the Santorum Campaign has taken in a quarter of a million dollars in online donations since the wins. It mattered to momentum and the inevitability factor Romney was trying to ride.

@SuperMouse Great Answer. I think you have it right down to a tee.

@DaphneT Thanks, and let the games continue!

@marinelife Miles must be getting smaller rapidly. Romney has 94 delegates. Santorum has 71. Newt has 29 and Ron Paul has 8, and Jon Huntsman 2. There are 2082 remaining to be won. So it takes 1,143 to win, and romney has a tiny fraction of that number while Santorum has a very slightly smaller fraction. The games go on.

@filmfann Santorum is only NSFW when used in certain contexts outside the one under discussion here. Santorum is suddenly able to raise some serious money online. And thnaks to Citizens United, all it takes is one billionaire sugar daddy and a candidate’s super PAC can raise unlimited funds instantly. The billionaire sugar-daddy just has to write a single check and you have a billion dollar war chest. Santorum now has a sugar daddy.

@Kraigmo I totally agree.

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