2012 Presidential Campaign

Major Rick Santorum primary upsets leave Mitt Romney humiliated

Rick Santorum produced one of the more improbable comebacks in this seesawing Republican primary contest on Tuesday, winning Colorado and Minnesota as well as the non-binding ‘beauty contest’ in Missouri. His victories are important not because they signify he has a chance to win the Republican nomination (although stranger things have happened), but because they reveal yet again the apparent inability of Mitt Romney to wrap up a contest he should have in the bag.

Romney has everything on his side. He has money, he has name recognition, he has experience, and he has the backing of numerous Republican big hitters. So his continued failure to shine in this race is a testament to his failure to engage with his party’s support base. He remains favourite to win the nomination, but already he is looking fatally flawed. To put it simply: Tuesday’s results were an epic humiliation for a man who should be soaring right now.

It was also a bad night for Newt Gingrich. If Romney is failing to press home his advantage, Gingrich is failing to convince as a credible anti-Romney candidate. This is the predicament that the Republican party faces right now: they don’t seem to like Romney, and they don’t seem to like any of his rivals. Can an apparently fractured party take on Barack Obama in November and win? It would be too early to count them out, but they aren’t doing themselves any favours so far.

About Michael R. Gideon

Writer, teacher, dog walker, guitarist, husband, father, reader, journalist etc. I mainly write at 100gf | Politics and Computers, but occasionally at other sites such as TV Vomit and Indie Bookspot. My Google Plus profile.

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