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  •  republicans are not looking to take the WH but the (2+ / 0-)
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    Senate and to keep the house. They can do that if the nominee is bland vanilla.

    Santorum believes in the existence of Blah people whose lives are made better with other peoples money.

    If you want to know why Mitt will lose in November compare his Iowa Mudslide 8-vote victory speech with Obama's Iowa victory Speech in 2008.

    /If a man does not keep pace with his companions, perhaps it is because he hears a different drummer/. Thoreau

    by hron on Thu Jan 05, 2012 at 12:50:21 PM PST

    •  They want all 3 (3+ / 0-)
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      make no mistake.  We have another 4 years of gridlock and executive decisions if Obama retains the WH and the Dems lose the Senate.

      •  They WANT All 3 But Rank & File Are Shifting to (1+ / 0-)
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        downticket and local races, and party organization positions, to continue taking over the party. According to one of their own organizers. They won't tear their hair out about the WH this time.

        We have another 4 years of gridlock under any scenario in which Obama keeps the WH.

        Very light pressure for a Dem unless somebody nukes Texas or Tehran.

        We are called to speak for the weak, for the voiceless, for victims of our nation and for those it calls enemy.... --ML King "Beyond Vietnam"

        by Gooserock on Thu Jan 05, 2012 at 06:06:06 PM PST

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        •  If that's true (0+ / 0-)

          and I suspect it is, then it makes more sense for the Republicans to nominate Santorum.  If they can keep him from saying anything too crazy (something they're already failing at), it'll help bring out the evangelical base without stirring up too much of a backlash.  There will be some, but  I can't really see the Republican base getting too excited about Romney, maybe for Gingrich, but not to the same extent as for Santorum.  And I think an anti-Republican backlash is coming whether the Republican base turns out or not.  If the base turns out, they can at least mitigate some of the damage.

          Granted, I'm not saying Santorum could win, just that he'd have a bigger downballot effect than Romney or Gingrich.  And it is a bit of a risk, because Santorum could go hyper-fundy crazy in the debates, and sink any chance of pulling out more than a third of the vote.

          From such crooked wood as that which man is made of, nothing straight can be fashioned. -Immanuel Kant

          by Nellebracht on Thu Jan 05, 2012 at 06:43:15 PM PST

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          •  santorum won't bring out the fundies (0+ / 0-)

            Hes not one of them - he's a catholic.

            If they have a choice between a Mormon and a catholic, they're likely to stay home.

            And if they have the choice between Obama and Romney in nov, theyre also likely to stay home.

            •  I'd say they're more likely (1+ / 0-)
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              to come out for Catholic Santorum than they are for Mormon Romney -- Santorum isn't near as in-your-face with his Catholicism as is convert Gingrich, which might make him a bit more palatable to the radical Religious Reich crowd.

              Now to try to end the wars we ask our gay and straight soldiers to fight. -- Chris Hayes (modified)

              by Cali Scribe on Thu Jan 05, 2012 at 10:31:51 PM PST

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            •  That, or vote for the CP/Conserv. Indie candidate (0+ / 0-)

              if such a scenario happens.

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