Santorum Takes The Wheel

Public Policy Polling is described as a “left-leaning” poll, however even if that is the case I doubt their bias extends so far as to erase a 15 point lead in polls.

Former Pennsylvania Senator Rick Santorum hasn’t led a national poll all year, but now that we’re eight states into the primary (in which Santorum has won the majority of delegates in three of them) he’s finally done in it. Public Policy Polling (D) released their national GOP numbers showing Santorum in first with a huge 15 point lead, besting former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney 38 – 23. Former House Speaker Newt Gingrich, fading in national polling, falls to 17 percent while Rep. Ron Paul (R-TX) gets 13.

While it is delightful, I don’t expect Santorum’s new-found frontrunner status to last for very long.

Let’s not forget that Donald Trump, Michele Bachmann, Rick Perry, Herman Cain, and Newt Gingrich have all lead the polls at one point or another during this 500-lap clown car race.

The only consistent element of the GOP primary has been “anybody but Romney.”

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  • http://www.youtube.com/user/mickeleh Michael Markman (Mickeleh)

    Santorum may be able to hold on. All the previous not-Romneys had flaws that even wingers had trouble swallowing. Santorum is solid in debates, adamant on social issues, and punchy in his Obama bashing. from the pov of the GOP base, what’s not to like?

  • http://www.osborneink.com OsborneInk

    Santorum will have to beat Gingrich in those Southern states. Luckily, Newt can’t play the Catholic card anymore, but Rick is going to have a tough sell while the former Speaker already knows the language here. Maybe Rick should doff the sweater-vests in favor of SEC team fleece?

    But Santorum will do JUST FINE for a nominee, so pass the popcorn.

  • MarshallLucky

    The difference being that the previous frontrunners didn’t rise to fame in a dense primary environment. Santorum has the potential to turn this hype into a lot of delegates, and it will only take a few more states going over to him for Romney’s “presumptive nominee” credentials to take a fatal blow. The convention will be a circus.

  • mrbrink

    Bob had this much to say recently about Rick Santorum:

    I have to say, the fact that he’s a crazy far-right ideologue aside, I’ve noticed that Santorum has been the most articulate, quick and seemingly wonky of the field. And he’s made the fewest gaffes (“blah people” is one of the only ones that comes to mind) and suffered almost no scandals.

    So I’m a little surprised that he hasn’t resonated more. Probably a symptom of his lack of cash and SuperPAC support. But stacked up against the others strictly on performance, Santorum has been solid all along.

    I watched his pitch to CPAC, among others, and Bob is definitely on to something. I actually noticed it weeks ago around Iowa.

    While the GOP is embarrassing itself with a media-focused Romney/Gingrich WWE Smackdown that looks a lot like Harding and Charlie Cheswick fighting over who’s going to steer the fishing boat, Santorum has been speaking to right wing America with the purpose and sincerity of a Grand Wizard.

    Rick Santorum is actually restoring some shred of dignity to the messaging of movement conservatism, and more importantly– focus– to what is in their eyes, the most important uppity-“socialist” public lynching of our times.

    That sounds weird, but I get the sense that Romney and Gingrich bring dishonor to people who think honor can be found in a handshake after prayer group. Santorum is better able to look you in the eye when he’s talking about his values. That’s potentially dangerous.