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Santorum is out

It is hard to figure what to make of Rick Santorum pulling out of the presidential race. He knew before he started this journey that he had a daughter who was going to be prone to frequent hospitalizations. This is not new. He knew that he had a huge uphill battle. He knew that he was going to be underfunded. Yet, he pushed on. Okay, then why pull out today? I don’t understand.

From TPM:

Rick Santorum suspended his bid for the presidency in a news conference in Gettysburg, Pa., clearing the path for Mitt Romney to become the presumptive nominee for the Republican Party.

“While this presidential race is over for me and we will suspend our campaign effective today, we are not done fighting,” he said.

He notably did not endorse — or even mention — Romney. The Romney campaign confirmed to TPM that the two spoke before Santorum’s announcement and Santorum spokesman Hogan Gidley said on MSNBC afterwards that the former Senator was “open” to a meeting to discuss potential support.

Romney wins Maryland, Wisconsin and DC

Woohoo. Pop! Open the champagne! Mitt Romney has won. Oh, wait a minute, nothing has really changed. Rick Santorum is still in the race. Newt Gingrich and Ron Paul are still in the race. Nothing has changed. I’m not sure what Rick Santorum is doing or wants to do. For some reason, he has drawn a line in the sand and it is Pennsylvania. I don’t get it. So, what happens if he wins Pennsylvania? Nothing. There’s not going to be a seismic shift of support towards Rick Santorum. I would not be surprised if Sen. Santorum doesn’t win a few more states. That doesn’t change the overall calculus. It is nearly impossible for him to win the Republican nomination without some huge floor fight, which I think is unlikely.

From WaPo:

Mitt Romney captured presidential primaries in Maryland, the District and battleground Wisconsin, the biggest prize of the day, to complete a momentum-building, three-contest sweep Tuesday that cemented his status as the almost certain Republican nominee and put new pressure on rival Rick Santorum to reassess his candidacy.

With his campaign increasingly focused on President Obama and the general election, the former Massachusetts governor’s victories in Maryland and the District were never in doubt. He won both by crushing margins. In Wisconsin, where Romney and Santorum devoted most of their energies, the margin was narrower but nonetheless decisive.

With Tuesday’s primaries behind them, the candidates now look ahead to April 24, when Pennsylvania and four other states hold their primaries. Santorum, a former senator from Pennsylvania, can ill-afford to lose his home state and has keyed the future of his campaign to success there, a reality openly acknowledged by his advisers.

Louisiana tells us what we already knew – Romney is weak

Angry at the wrong person

Maybe this is a test for liberals. How is it that conservatives have put together the worst field in a generation and no one from the conservative side is fixing the problem? You have Karl Rove and Dick Armey. These are conservative thinkers. Where’s their solution to Romney, who really, really wants to be president but has the pizzazz of Erkel? There is Ron Paul, who appeals to three to five percent of conservatives. He is consistent, but consistency isn’t the only virtue that Americans are looking for. Gingrich. I’m not sure where to start with him. He was the “thoughtful conservative.” He was the one who would speak the truth (sort of). He said that global warming was a real deal. Now, not so much. I’m not even sure if he knows what he is saying. He seems to be a punch-drunk fighter who is simply swinging wildly at everyone and everything. Romney is milquetoast. He can’t stand firm on any issue. The fact that conservatives aren’t embracing him shouldn’t be a surprise to anyone.

From TPM:

Rick Santorum easily won the Louisiana primary Saturday — but it may be too late to make much of a difference.

With 100 percent of precincts reporting in Louisiana, Santorum had 49 percent, Romney 26.7 percent, Gingrich 15.9 percent and Paul 6 percent, according to the Associated Press. CNN, Fox News, NBC and CBS projected Santorum the winner as soon as polls closed, based on an overwhelming lead in exit polls.

The Louisiana primary uses a proportional system for delegates, with a minimum threshold of 25 percent for candidates. Romney will therefore still gain some delegates, bringing him closer to the magic number 1,144 needed for nomination, and in either case will maintain his wide delegate lead over Santorum.

Oh, and did you see that Rick Santorum was showing off his macho’ness at a shooting range in West Monroe. While he was proving that he has much more testosterone than Mitt “I shoot varmints” Romney, a lady shouted “pretend (the target) is Obama.” Santorum didn’t hear the comment since he was wearing headphones to protect his ears. (Can you be macho and wear ear protection? I’m just askin’) He later denounced the comment. But seriously, what is this about? We get into this ridiculously stupid mindset that it is our side against their side. We have to win at all costs. If we don’t win all will be lost. Garbage. I have spent more time that I would like to admit to in Monroe and West Monroe Louisiana. There are some very good people down there and many of them are struggling. It doesn’t matter who is in office. They are working hard and getting nowhere. I can tell you that there are few who are getting ahead and they (those few) seem to get ahead no matter who is in office. Republican or Democrat. Look no further than Wall Street and others who do high finance. They are making money hand over fist and are robbing America blind. They are very, very good at suctioning money out of our wallets. Half the time you don’t even know who robbed you. At the end of the day, all you know is that you don’t have any money to show for all of your hard work. then Rush or Sean convince you that the problem is Blacks, Hispanics or/and Democrats. Before you know it, you are yelling something very stupid at a campaign rally. So sad.