Kathleen Parker: Santorum's rise no real threat; Romney still is GOP's best hope

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  • Irony Guy Bountiful, Utah
    Jan. 10, 2012 10:08 a.m.

    Santorum is a joke. He announced the other day he would cut the legs out from under all Medicaid/Medicare/Social Security recipients RIGHT NOW. No gradual changes. Let all those poor and old folks starve and freeze in the streets.
    As Bugs Bunny says, "What a maroon."

  • Pagan Salt Lake City, UT
    Jan. 10, 2012 9:46 a.m.

    'A good president will consult the people who he represents before acting...' - Counter Intelligence | 8:46 a.m. Jan. 10, 2012

    Very well.

    Let's look at Romney's actions.

    **'Mitt Romney steers clear of Ohio health, union issues' - By Dan Sewell - AP - Published by DSNews - 10/25/11


    **'Mitt Romney reverses himself, supports anti-union law' - By Philip Elliott - AP - Published by DSNews - 10/26/11

    'FAIRFAX, Va. A day after he refused to endorse an Ohio ballot measure that limits public employee union rights, Republican presidential hopeful Mitt Romney said Wednesday that he is "110 percent" behind the effort.'


    **Ohio voters reject Republican-backed union limits By Julie Carr Smyth AP Published by Dsnews 11/08/11

    Tell me again how Romney is for 'the people.'

    **Mitt Romney: Corporations are people...my friend - By Phillip Elliot - AP - Published by DSNews 08/11/11

  • David King Layton, UT
    Jan. 10, 2012 8:30 a.m.

    Correction: Obama is at 47% against Santorum at 43% in a general election match up

  • David King Layton, UT
    Jan. 10, 2012 8:29 a.m.

    @Baron Scarpia
    "Neither Santorum nor Paul, however, can appeal to independent and moderate voters"

    Many people believe this, and repeat it over and over, but is it true? Let's look at a CBS poll out yesterday. Here's how the candidates do in a head-to-head match up with Obama:

    Romney 47% Obama 45%
    Obama 46% Paul 45%
    Obama 43% Santorum 43%
    Obama 48% Huntsman 41%

    and this is their polling among independents:

    Paul 47% Obama 40%
    Romney 45% Obama 39%
    Obama 42% Huntsman 40%
    Obama 44% Santorum 41%

    So Ron Paul polls within the margin of error in a general election and does the BEST among independents of all the candidates. Seems to me like that would make him the MOST electable of all the candidates. We can go by the data we have, or we can just simply state what we wish were the truth.

  • Baron Scarpia Logan, UT
    Jan. 10, 2012 5:38 a.m.

    The main problem for the GOP is that the percentage of votes for Paul and Santorum out of Iowa show that conservatives still prefer someone other than Romney. Presumably, if either Paul or Santorum dropped out, that candidate would pick up virtually all the conservative votes of the other.

    Neither Santorum nor Paul, however, can appeal to independent and moderate voters -- Paul's wacky writings about ethic groups from the 1990s and Santorum's stand on abortion and gays will not pull independents away from Obama, even if they're disappointed with Obama's overall record.

    Romney Care and Romney's latest silly quips about his liking to "fire people" is simply rich material for attack ads...

    Huntsman can appeal to independents and moderates and would probably give Obama the most competitive match up, but conservatives will never allow him to get the nomination.

  • Roland Kayser Cottonwood Heights, UT
    Jan. 10, 2012 1:20 a.m.

    I saw a great cartoon just before Christmas. Romney was sitting on Santa's lap. Romney said to Santa "what do you want me to ask for?" That summarizes the reason that people are wary of Romney as well as anything I've seen.