News spreads fast. Bloomberg is reporting Adelson isn’t planning on floating Gingrich anymore which leaves him high and dry and scrambling for cash.
Five losing contests later, Gingrich and Winning Our Future, an outside political action committee supporting him, are almost silent on television airwaves, offering free water and coffee at events, and revamping a fundraising strategy based largely on the support of a single wealthy backer, Sheldon Adelson, and the Las Vegas casino owner’s family.
In the past seven days, Winning Our Future has spent $61,290 on broadcast television advertisements, compared with $636,920 spent by Mitt Romney and a super-PAC backing him, Restore Our Future, according to data compiled by New York-based Kantar Media’s CMAG, a company that tracks advertising.
For now, the Adelsons don’t plan to deliver another big check to float Gingrich’s campaign, according to a person familiar with their deliberations.
So, have you checked out that video up there yet? (I rec, it’s funny) Gee, what can I say? Does America deserve a president named Santorum? Wrong question. Do I think he’ll win? No. Do I think he’ll win the GOP nomination? At this point, maybe. I’ve been saying all along you can’t win the GOP nomination if the fundies don’t love ya, and fundies don’t like Mormons, something about hell….it’s hard keeping all those extremists sorted out. I wish we could send them to an island far far away, together. Anyway, enough of my ramblings.
But Rick Santorum’s wins in Missouri, Minnesota and Colorado have instead coalesced support around his campaign, with Gingrich now looking for another miraculous come-from-behind.
Meanwhile, a super-PAC supporting Santorum’s campaign told Bloomberg the money has been “rolling in” since the former senator’s upset wins, including a $1 million donation earlier this week.
Googled Santorum lately? Yep, that site is still holding strong and remains in the #1 position, after the Santorum campaign’s paid spot. But it doesn’t end there, it’s not just a gag site, something I realized tonight when I clicked on “Click to continue“:
Rick Santorum is Good at Winning Caucuses
Caucuses by nature are built around people who are the most politically passionate. In Democratic caucuses, this benefits a candidate who is a bit further to the left, and his success in caucuses was a big key towards President Obama’s run to the Democratic nomination four years ago. But, as being too far to the left is considered completely unacceptable in our political climate, a socialist group is unable to highjack the proceedings. Things are different in the Republican, where you have two groups of complete whack jobs who are viewed as being a part of the conservative mainstream: the Ron Paul Libertarians and the extreme Religious Right. These people are more passionate than your average conservative, and are more willing to spend their time attending a caucus.
Think of it this way: following the Florida Primary, won by Mitt Romney, a fair amount of attention was paid to the low turnout rate. About 8.5% of Florida’s population showed up to vote in the Republican primary. Compare that to Colorado, where just over 1% of the state population participated in the caucus, and Minnesota, where less than 1% participated. And while Santorum had a strong showing in Missouri’s primary, that primary was merely symbolic and awarded no delegates. As a result, Missouri’s Republican Primary only drew from 4% of the state’s population.
What’s the conclusion to draw from this? Santorum does have a following. In Midwest states, he is the social conservative candidate of choice. But we won’t know if he’s become the social conservative candidate of the south until March. More importantly, we have no evidence to this point that Santorum can win anything that a significant portion of a state’s population actually shows up to. Until he does that, Santorum is merely the King of Contests Nobody Gives a Shit About. And while that may parlay a better contract for him with Fox News this fall, it will not get him the Republican nomination and certainly would not allow him to even put up a competitive race against President Obama in the General Election.
Comedians are going to have a field day with this, that’s one thing we can look forward to.