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Conservatives still looking for an acceptable alternative?

If Rick Santorum were the consensus conservative choice for the Republican presidential nomination, Newt Gingrich’s support would long since have melted away. And although his chances of winning the Republican nomination are slim, he still wins the support of sucy prominent mainstream conservatives as Fred Thompson and Tea Party favorites and this former governor who dubs the former Speaker the “cheerful one”:

Since the former Pennsylvania Senator’s hat trick last month in the Colorado, Minnesota and Missouri beauty contests, he has not exceeded 40% in a single state whereas Mitt Romney finished well above that barrier in Arizona, Massachusetts and Idaho.* Newt won over 40% in each of his victories, South Carolina and Georgia, respectively.

There’s a lot of talk about Republicans looking for a non-Romney, but some conservatives, it seems, are looking for an acceptable non-Santorum.  Indeed, in John Hawkins’s poll over conservative bloggers, he found Gingrich coming out ahead of Santorum when all candidates were included and beating Santorum in a head-to-head matchup.

And to many conservatives with doubts about Santorum, Newt remains the most acceptable alternative.

*I’m not including Virginia in this tally because only two candidates were on the ballot.



  1. So far, the big loser has been, Ron Paul.

    Why aren’t the establishment republicans calling for him to drop out? Could it have to do with Ron Paul not calling the establishment candidate icky names?

    Comment by Richard Bell — March 7, 2012 @ 6:10 pm - March 7, 2012

  2. The conventional wisdom is that Romney will ask Rand Paul to take a major position in his administration. Whereupon the proud father will deliver his support to Romney.

    Santorum would take a position in the Romney administration and would not have to vacate a seat in government in doing so.

    Gingrich is too loose a cannon-mouth to be trusted with anything substantive in an administration.

    Unless I have forgotten it, Romney has yet to go off the rails in this hard fought battle. It seem unlikely he will stick his finger in his eye at this point in the process.

    Comment by Heliotrope — March 7, 2012 @ 6:23 pm - March 7, 2012

  3. Romney suffers from the same defect as my accountant. They both lack the gene that would cause an ocassional inspirational idea to enter their consciousness.

    Comment by Richard Bell — March 7, 2012 @ 6:50 pm - March 7, 2012

  4. I don’t think the Rand Paul scenario is likely. IIRC, the governor of Kentucky is a Dramacrat. Even if the Republicans get a majority in the next senate (NOT BLOODY LIKELY), they will need every seat to hold it. They wouldn’t let a Dem Governor replace a Republican senator.

    Comment by V the K — March 7, 2012 @ 7:15 pm - March 7, 2012

  5. Sarah sure arrived late to the party.

    She endorses Gingrich AFTER the polls have closed, weeks after Florida and a few other key states.

    A worthless endorsement.

    Comment by Geena — March 7, 2012 @ 8:13 pm - March 7, 2012

  6. Perhaps Sarah has had as hard a time deciding among the Final Suck-ish 4, as others of us. Also, perhaps in role as pundit and “background” leader, perhaps she does not want to burn any bridges.

    Comment by ILoveCapitalism — March 7, 2012 @ 8:57 pm - March 7, 2012

  7. You betcha ILC, Sarah doesn’t whatnot picks loser, and she certainly doesn’t want to refudiate any of her own posturing or support for any of the current candidates. Funny how I havent heard much about any of the candidates actively seeking her support either.

    Still waiting for the candidates to meet up with Jimmy and Chris Since they sent out an invite for a sit down to consider their endorsement

    Comment by rusty — March 7, 2012 @ 10:09 pm - March 7, 2012

  8. Whatnot should be want to

    Comment by rusty — March 7, 2012 @ 10:10 pm - March 7, 2012

  9. It doesn’t thrill me to say it, but it is time to accept that it is going to be Romney and rally behind him to beat Obama.

    I still have to wonder what would have happened if T-Paw hadn’t dropped out so quickly. Of course, I suppose the fact that he quit so early says something about his willingness to fight.

    Comment by Ryan — March 7, 2012 @ 11:20 pm - March 7, 2012

  10. @2 I suggest Gingrich as ambassador to Syria, Iran, or Pakistan. 🙂

    Comment by The Livewire — March 8, 2012 @ 7:43 am - March 8, 2012

  11. Forget his fellow candidates (even Gingrich who I like)! Romney would exhibit true smarts if he included folks like John Bolton, Alan West and Susanna Martinez in his administration.

    Comment by PopArt — March 9, 2012 @ 11:43 am - March 9, 2012

  12. Fred Thompson, the closeted social liberal, self-described federalist, who blew any chance at nomination by recanting his position on homosexual marriage? Mainstream to homosexual/bisexual community but not to the majority of the population……….

    Comment by rjligier — March 9, 2012 @ 3:54 pm - March 9, 2012

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