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Sat Mar 3, 2012, 03:20 PM

Disorganization marring Rick Santorum's campaign

Source: Associated Press

"About the only thing you can control is what comes out of the candidate's mouth," Harris says. "Except when you can't."
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WILLOUGHBY, Ohio (AP) Almost as soon as Rick Santorum's advisers outlined a new strategy for staying on message after he lost to Mitt Romney in Michigan, it was abandoned, a victim of the disorganization that's marked his campaign and raised questions about his ability to compete against Romney over the long haul.

"They could be much better on discipline," said Republican operative Michael Dennehy, a top aide for Sen. John McCain four years ago. "They've been very open about their change in messaging after Tuesday's election. It lasted about 12 hours."

That's where Santorum stumbled in Michigan. His team blamed unflattering media coverage but conceded that their candidate suffered from the perception that he was off message when he defended polarizing comments questioning the value of higher education, the separation of church and state, and even Satan's influence on America. Eventually Santorum lost the state to Romney by just 3 percentage points.

As Santorum crisscrossed the country to rally voters ahead of Super Tuesday, talk of his mother seemed forgotten. He offered passing references to his coal-mining grandfather, as he has for months. Instead of a new emphasis on his personal background, he seized upon Romney's apparent misstep on contraception policy, delivered sometimes rambling speeches about health savings accounts with college students in Nashville, Tenn., and defended Ronald Reagan's fight against evil during an appearance at a church in Spokane, Wash.

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Reply Disorganization marring Rick Santorum's campaign (Original post)
underpants Mar 2012 OP
Cleita Mar 2012 #1
Mr.Turnip Mar 2012 #2
Ruby the Liberal Mar 2012 #3
Mr.Turnip Mar 2012 #4
Ruby the Liberal Mar 2012 #6
dimbear Mar 2012 #5
wordpix Mar 2012 #7

Response to underpants (Original post)

Sat Mar 3, 2012, 03:23 PM

1. He has a disorganized mind. What else would there be to expect?

Unless there is a puppeteer behind the scenes like Karl Rove, the candidate will set the pace or lack of it.

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Response to underpants (Original post)

Sat Mar 3, 2012, 03:28 PM

2. If he had sense he'd actually use the amble ammo available to attack Romney.

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Response to underpants (Original post)

Sat Mar 3, 2012, 04:09 PM

3. This is disheartening.

It was bound to happen when you start with an incoherent candidate, but I personally would have preferred if he had kept it together through the primaries and then lost his shit during the general.

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Response to Ruby the Liberal (Reply #3)

Sat Mar 3, 2012, 04:33 PM

4. Don't worry he'll probably do well enough on tues

To provide us with more entertainment at least for a few weeks.

Actually Santorum's problem right now is that Gingirch seems to be pulling in some of his voters back from Santo in places like TN and OH which is bringing Romney closer rather than Romney actually gaining much in those states.

One of those two really needs to drop out if they are serious about trying to stop Romney.

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Response to Mr.Turnip (Reply #4)

Sat Mar 3, 2012, 05:54 PM

6. Gingrich's ego (and Las Vegas cash) won't let him drop out.

He should have been gone after Florida, IMO.

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Response to underpants (Original post)

Sat Mar 3, 2012, 05:39 PM

5. You can understand how Ronnie is his hero.

Ronnie was thoughtful enough to bring his own unborn child to his wedding.

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Response to underpants (Original post)

Sun Mar 4, 2012, 02:42 PM

7. so surprised that someone who should be running for minister can't organize a presidential campaign



not surprised at all, actually

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