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Rasmussen: ‘It would be good for the party’ if Gingrich dropped out
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Posted on 03/19/2012 10:39:11 PM PDT by VinL

With former Speaker of the House Newt Gingrich low in the polls and splitting the conservative vote with former Sen. Rick Santorum, commentators and pundits have suggested that Gingrich should drop out of the GOP race. Political analyst Scott Rasmussen told The Daily Caller that a dispassionate reading of the tea leaves suggests they’re right.

“I think if [Gingrich] dropped out, it would be good for the party and it would be good for Santorum and Romney,” Rasmussen said. “It is much easier and much healthier for the Republican party if you have Santorum and Romney going head-to-head and Ron Paul throwing in a different perspective, than it is to have Gingrich and Santorum fighting to appeal to the same group of voters.”

Rasmussen noted that Gingrich is prolonging the GOP nomination by remaining in the contest, as he has insisted he would.

“The race to get 50 percent is a lot harder if four people are splitting them up,” Rasmussen said.

Gingrich lags behind Santorum and former Gov. Romney with 136 delegates and 14 percent in the polls, stretching his two primary victories in South Carolina and Georgia as far as they will go.

Gingrich’s campaign spokesperson gave no sign of throwing in the towel.

“Santorum and Romney are not bold enough to challenge the Democrat machine,” R.C. Hammond said, dismissing Rasmussen’s comments. “Newt is and he will.” (RELATED: Full coverage of the Gingrich campaign)

While the former speaker may possess that boldness, RealClearPolitics senior elections analyst Sean Trende has seen little success from the Gingrich campaign, concluding that “the numbers just aren’t there.”

Gingrich would have to win 75 percent of the remaining delegates to clinch the GOP nomination.

“His goal right now,” Trende explained, “and what his entire strategy is — and he says this — is to keep Romney from getting to 1,144 [delegates], and split up the delegates enough ways that there’s a brokered convention and maybe he can convince all of the delegates to break his way there.”

But Gingrich might be in for more disappointment.

Rasmussen suggested that if anything, it is “conceivable” that GOP front-runner Mitt Romney could go to an open convention with with less than 50 percent of the delegates but a big lead, meaning he would be the nominee no matter what.

“The only way it becomes a brokered convention is if none of the candidates has a big lead,” Rasmussen explained. “If that happens, you have a free-for-all — a pretty unlikely scenario.”

Both analysts agree that if Gingrich ended his candidacy, most of his voters would go to Santorum, but not all of them.

In fact, Trende predicted that Gingrich dropping out would increase Romney’s odds of becoming the nominee. Romney, with 507 delegates, stands twice as tall next to Santorum’s 239 delegates.

“The race right now is between Romney and a brokered convention,” Trende speculated. “It will be very difficult for Rick Santorum to get to 1,144 [delegates], whether Gingrich is in or not.”


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Feeney, get yer book out.

Set down the name, the one Scott Rasmaussen.

Feeney, have you written the name I gave you?

Well, strike a line through it.

That's for him. Scott Rasmaussen.

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Newt's calling the shots- and that's how it should be.

I'm in, until Newt's out.

1 posted on 03/19/2012 10:39:22 PM PDT by VinL
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To: VinL

Party? There is an actual functioning Party?


2 posted on 03/19/2012 10:43:27 PM PDT by Fred (http://whenmittromneycametotown.com)
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To: VinL
>> “I think if [Gingrich] dropped out, it would be good for the party and it would be good for Santorum and Romney,” Rasmussen said

Intwisting... vewy, vewy intwisting...

Go Newt!!!

3 posted on 03/19/2012 10:46:30 PM PDT by Gene Eric (Newt/Sarah 2012)
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To: Gene Eric

““The race to get 50 percent is a lot harder if four people are splitting them up,” Rasmussen said. “

No shiite. What’s next, the sun will rise tomorrow?


4 posted on 03/19/2012 10:48:38 PM PDT by max americana
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To: VinL

A bit too late, don’t you think so after the damage has been done? Heck, some of us here on FR have been demanding that Gingrich withdraw ever since Santorum clinched the trifecta! Welcome to reality Mr. Rasmussen but why so late?


5 posted on 03/19/2012 10:48:57 PM PDT by Steelfish (ui)
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To: VinL

What I heard Rasmussen say is “if Newt would get out my boy Romney could roll Santorum”.


6 posted on 03/19/2012 10:50:31 PM PDT by trappedincanuckistan (livefreeordietryin)
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To: Steelfish

The way Santorum’s getting curb-stomped in IL right now, I’d rather Newt stay in.


7 posted on 03/19/2012 10:54:30 PM PDT by Utmost Certainty (Our Enemy, the State | Gingrich 2012)
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To: VinL
"Rasmussen: ‘It would be good for the party’ if Gingrich dropped out "

That's BS- : ‘It would be good for Slick Willard’ if Gingrich dropped out.

8 posted on 03/19/2012 10:54:36 PM PDT by matthew fuller (A patriotic American would be ASHAMED to have 5 non-veteran adult sons.)
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To: VinL
Rasmussen: ‘It would be good for the party’ if Gingrich dropped out

Not if we want a brokered convention, and that is what I am hoping for. Let the people as a whole select our candidate.

9 posted on 03/19/2012 10:55:24 PM PDT by doc1019 (Romney will never get my vote!)
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To: VinL
Victor Andrew de Bier Everleigh McLaglen in The Quiet Man.

Right?


10 posted on 03/19/2012 11:01:41 PM PDT by nathanbedford ("Attack, repeat, attack!" Bull Halsey)
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To: VinL

Go Newt!!! Give ‘em hell.


11 posted on 03/19/2012 11:09:25 PM PDT by lwoodham (I am Andrew Breitbart. Don't doubt me on this.)
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To: nathanbedford

“He’ll regret it till his dying day, if ever he lives that long. “

A man of letters. Right you are. _:)


12 posted on 03/19/2012 11:11:06 PM PDT by VinL (It is better to suffer every wrong, than to consent to wrong.)
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To: VinL

Newt out.... Zerodamus wins..
If only for entertainment purposes NEWT MUST STAY IN.....

Newt out.. then Zero wins a very boring win over Willard and Santo..

Willard and Santo cannot handle or compete with a billion dollar Zerodamus slush fund and at least 3 or 4 networks and a passel of cable channels carrying water for Barry Half-White.. not to speak of most all newspapers and mags.. and a few Hollywood propaganda movies.. plus all the money and resources of almost every Union..

Newt can.. He can handle it.. Newts a whore but he isn’t a Union Stooge like Santo and Willard.. Like Juan Mclaim I feel Santo and Willard will throw the election..

You know.. like Juan... TAKE A DIVE.. He did you know?..


13 posted on 03/19/2012 11:13:45 PM PDT by hosepipe (This propaganda has been edited to include some fully orbed hyperbole...)
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To: VinL
Dear Scott,

Go crunch some numbers. Go Newt. Brokered convention.

McGruff

14 posted on 03/19/2012 11:17:35 PM PDT by McGruff (Newt Gingrich, the closest thing we've got to Sarah Palin.)
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To: VinL
“Rasmussen suggested that if anything, it is “conceivable” that GOP front-runner Mitt Romney could go to an open convention with with less than 50 percent of the delegates but a big lead, meaning he would be the nominee no matter what”

It's interesting how the GOPe’s narrative is changing as it is looking more and more likely Romney wont have the delegates to clinch the nomination before the convention.

Now they are saying he's going to win anyway even without the delegates..all righty then that takes care of that..NOT

Its been my opinion all along that if Romney cant clinch the nomination before the convention he is toast at the convention.

Even the thick headed GOPe would be forced to nominate a conservative if they would have any chance of winning the election and thus keep their jobs.

15 posted on 03/19/2012 11:18:33 PM PDT by montanajoe
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To: VinL
Dear Scot.
You are the same guy who said if McCain picked Palin it would be a big mistake. Everyone knows Palin is the only reason McCain did as well as he did.

Newt is not leaving, so your guy can have this, we don't want a liberal
Yours truly.

16 posted on 03/19/2012 11:27:19 PM PDT by Christie at the beach (I like Newt and would love to see political dead bodies on the floor.)
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To: VinL
Rasmussen suggested that if anything, it is “conceivable” that GOP front-runner Mitt Romney could go to an open convention with with less than 50 percent of the delegates but a big lead, meaning he would be the nominee no matter what.

Fine by me.

Let the blue bloods and country clubbers and their creepy pulled back wives go on record putting the man from KOLOB in the drivers seat of the GOP and let the party die screaming like it deserves to.

17 posted on 03/19/2012 11:27:32 PM PDT by Rome2000 (Rick Santorum voted against Right toWork)
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To: VinL

Good for the party but bad for the country. Are we going to put party over country?

Well, yes, the GOP Establishment would.

I won’t.


18 posted on 03/19/2012 11:27:32 PM PDT by upsdriver
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To: VinL

Please! Does anyone here really think any of the candidates dropping out will change things? We have NO Conservatives running but we do have a lot of Establishment politicians that you can vote for. Yeehah..!

When you have nothing to gain but expelling the worst President of this Century, how do you respond? Do we have to vote for whomever is the current leader of the (Establishment) Republican Party? Yes, time to again vote for the lesser of two evils!.

Can we ever again vote for someone that we actually want for President? Not likely in my lifetime anyway. Sure hope that a NEW Party arises.. Yes, anything is better than what we currently have!


19 posted on 03/19/2012 11:28:21 PM PDT by Deagle
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To: VinL

IMHO santorim is the disruptor.


20 posted on 03/19/2012 11:29:28 PM PDT by mylife (The Roar Of The Masses Could Be Farts)
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To: Christie at the beach

Razz is usually right.
I dont like it though.
I think Santorum will be the weakest candidate in the general election.


21 posted on 03/19/2012 11:33:34 PM PDT by mylife (The Roar Of The Masses Could Be Farts)
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To: mylife

Santorum is not a disruptor. That’s the problem. He’s at best a status quo politician.


22 posted on 03/19/2012 11:34:08 PM PDT by trappedincanuckistan (livefreeordietryin)
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To: trappedincanuckistan

Perhaps.
He is rocking the boat.
Needlessly I might add..

Grabbing at 3rd rails.


23 posted on 03/19/2012 11:36:04 PM PDT by mylife (The Roar Of The Masses Could Be Farts)
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To: Christie at the beach

Tucker Carlson of Daily Caller has endorsed Romney or came as close to it on Fox. He had harsh things to say of Rick and Newt because he is punk. Daily Caller/ Tucker is the one who posted that vile story about Sarah Palin having a fling with a basketball player and posted vulgar implications. This is the story that Greta had a argument with Tucker about. Watch the daily caller-They are doing what it takes to help Mitt. The insiders and media pals are afraid that Newt and Palin could shake up the convention. They have to keep all of us in line. They know conservatives will Not accept Romney even at the end of the primaries. He may come close to the delegates but we don’t have to accept him and they know this.


24 posted on 03/19/2012 11:40:05 PM PDT by Christie at the beach (I like Newt and would love to see political dead bodies on the floor.)
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To: montanajoe; Rome2000

Actually, if Rick used his head- they could keep Rom under 800. He should have let Newt win Ala and Miss- and now La.

Letting Newt win, doesn’t hurt Rick because Newt can’t amass enough delegates to win outright. As Newt wins, he remains viable- and there’s no better force than Newt to continue to chop Romney down to size.

Also, it allows the maximization of the anti Rom limited financial resources- allowing them to compete in their strongest states one on one.

Romney is outspending Rick 7 to 1 in Ill— rick is thick- but hopefully he’ll come to realize that no one can compete against unlimited resources-— Newt understood that after Fla.


25 posted on 03/19/2012 11:43:04 PM PDT by VinL (It is better to suffer every wrong, than to consent to wrong.)
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To: Christie at the beach

Tucker has always been establishment. Go back and read some of the stuff he did for the Weekly Standard. Pure garbage.


26 posted on 03/19/2012 11:44:46 PM PDT by trappedincanuckistan (livefreeordietryin)
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To: Rome2000
If they put Romney in -it’s time for a New party.

It is the only way to save our country and keep the
America we know for our children. Nothing else matters now.

27 posted on 03/19/2012 11:48:41 PM PDT by Christie at the beach (I like Newt and would love to see political dead bodies on the floor.)
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To: VinL

I think the voters need to take the lead and vote for either Rick or Newt depending on who is strongest in each state. The Newt supporters should vote for Rick in Illinois today...


28 posted on 03/19/2012 11:50:38 PM PDT by montanajoe
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To: VinL
‘It would be good for the party’ if Gingrich dropped out

I don't give a flip about the GOP E party, I care about OUR COUNTRY!

And NEWT is the candidate WeThePeople/OUR COUNTRY.

29 posted on 03/20/2012 12:08:59 AM PDT by presently no screen name
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To: VinL

I’m in til Newt’s out. FUMR TO INFINITY


30 posted on 03/20/2012 12:12:23 AM PDT by Vendome (Don't take life so seriously, you won't live through it anyway)
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To: VinL
Rasmussen: ‘It would be good for the party’ if Gingrich dropped out

It would be GOOD for POLLS if Rasmussen dropped out!

31 posted on 03/20/2012 12:20:22 AM PDT by VideoDoctor
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To: VideoDoctor

It would be GOOD for POLLS if Rasmussen dropped out!

Lol.


32 posted on 03/20/2012 12:21:52 AM PDT by Christie at the beach (I like Newt and would love to see political dead bodies on the floor.)
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To: VinL

“I think if [Gingrich] dropped out, it would be good for the party and it would be good for Santorum and Romney,” Rasmussen said.”


All the more reason for Newt to stay in. Neither of those fruitcakes deserve the presidency and they sure as hell will not get my vote.

I look forward to the complete destruction of the GOP-e.

** President Newt Gingrich-”Our beloved republic deserves nothing less.”


33 posted on 03/20/2012 12:23:15 AM PDT by Gator113 (** President Newt Gingrich-"Our beloved republic deserves nothing less." ~Just livin' life, my way~)
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To: VinL
Why should the best man for the job drop out?

Go Newt!

34 posted on 03/20/2012 1:30:01 AM PDT by rightly_dividing ("You can not put a gun rack in a Volt")
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To: VinL; kalee; TitansAFC; LuvFreeRepublic; Sea Parrot; SweetCaroline; matthew fuller; Gator113; ...
Good for the party? How about good for the country? Time to keep Newt in business! Donate by visiting...
Newt.org = The Only Candidate of Substance & Real Solutions!

35 posted on 03/20/2012 1:33:11 AM PDT by onyx (SUPPORT FREE REPUBLIC, DONATE MONTHLY. If you want on Sarah Palin's Ping List, let me know.)
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To: VinL
‘It would be good for the party’ if Gingrich ROMNEY dropped out!


36 posted on 03/20/2012 1:36:32 AM PDT by Yosemitest (It's simple, fight or die!)
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To: onyx

That’s right, onyx!

Go Newt!!!


37 posted on 03/20/2012 1:36:40 AM PDT by Gene Eric (Newt/Sarah 2012)
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To: VinL
Newt's calling the shots- and that's how it should be.

Wait, Ging brich can decide what he wants to do, but why do you maintain he has the right to tell me orr anyone else to do? Where in the Constitution does it give him the right to "call the shots" for anyone else but himself. He may not like the fact that evil right wing social engineer global warming-denier conservatives exist, but we don't have to role over for him just because he's proclaimed himself messiah.

38 posted on 03/20/2012 1:49:50 AM PDT by nickcarraway
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To: trappedincanuckistan
What I heard Rasmussen say is “if Newt would get out my boy Romney could roll Santorum”.

That's exactly what I heard.

39 posted on 03/20/2012 2:02:16 AM PDT by meadsjn (Sarah 2012, or sooner)
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To: All
Too late, Newt has decided his petty and somewhat deranged vendetta against the party for not loving him as much as he loves himself is worth more than defeating Obama.

He wants a brokered convention where the GOP establishment elite, who run the thing and make the rules, will still anoint Romney and will say it's because Mitt still has the MOST delegates—thank you Newt. Newt thinks he will have a “say” in Tampa but he will be too politically toxic and bitterly resented for being a disgruntled spoiler who weakened the eventual nominee so much, even though he KNEW personally that he himself COULD NOT WIN—four more years of Obama was made inevitable.

Oh, Gingrich is going to be REAL popular in Tampa—especially after using the last of his millions in smearing the last true conservative left who could have won, aka Rick Santorum.

Wreck Rick to get back at Mitt—what a sick twisted and damned to fail strategy--and some folks say Newt is smart.

40 posted on 03/20/2012 2:31:19 AM PDT by Happy Rain ("Newt can't beat Mitt and Mitt can't beat Obama so what does Newt do? Picks Obama over Rick.")
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To: Happy Rain

Newt thinks he will have a “say” in Tampa but he will be too politically toxic and bitterly resented for being a disgruntled spoiler who weakened the eventual nominee so much, even though he KNEW personally that he himself COULD NOT WIN—four more years of Obama was made inevitable.>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>

Really? You underestimate the Tea Party so offhandedly?

I want a brokered convention. Let the chips fall where they may.


41 posted on 03/20/2012 2:44:30 AM PDT by Candor7 (Obama fascist info.. http://www.americanthinker.com/2009/05/barack_obama_the_quintessentia_1.html)
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To: VinL

The spoiler, Romney, should drop out.


42 posted on 03/20/2012 3:02:10 AM PDT by Diogenesis ("Freedom is never more than one generation away from extinction. " Pres. Ronald Reagan)
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To: Steelfish

No kidding. Hope they are really happy and proud with Bishop Romney as their party’s nominee. /sarcasm


43 posted on 03/20/2012 3:12:19 AM PDT by AmericanInTokyo (If Free Republic morphs into a supportive site for Romney, I'll conclude my 13 year participation.)
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To: VinL

Where are all the calls for Paul to drop out?

If he did, that would cement Newt’s lock on third place.


44 posted on 03/20/2012 3:13:59 AM PDT by Fresh Wind ('People have got to know whether or not their president is a crook.' Richard M. Nixon)
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To: Happy Rain

The author’s point is not valid. Whether it’s Romney 1100 to Santorum 1000 or Romney 1100 to Santorum 600 to Gingrich 500, Mitt has more money to make a deal with those last few uncommitted delegates.

It was only a two person race in 1976; President Ford had far greater deal-making ability than Ronald Reagan.


45 posted on 03/20/2012 3:21:26 AM PDT by scrabblehack
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To: Happy Rain

As could be said “ One Sick Twisted F”...and this was all out of spite-nothing more. All out of ego. Some Conservative Capitol Hill House veterans from the 70s and 80s were right all along about this guy and sending warnings. Kamikaze last ditch defies all logic and imagination and accomishes nothing—but I guess it fits the character profile from multiple insiders. We should have been forewarned. Nauseating. We get McCain and Dole all over again.


46 posted on 03/20/2012 3:29:55 AM PDT by AmericanInTokyo (If Free Republic morphs into a supportive site for Romney, I'll conclude my 13 year participation.)
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To: VinL

Stay in it, Newt! Run that Romney-Puke out of there!


47 posted on 03/20/2012 3:40:26 AM PDT by carriage_hill (I'll "vote for an orange juice can", over Barry 0bummer and another 4yrs of his Regime From Hell!)
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To: scrabblehack
You get it.

If Mitt still does not have the 1144 yet still has the majority of delegates by Tampa time, even if by one—there will be no “brokered convention” cuz the GOP-e will conduct, and manipulate votes until the RINO wins-just like 1976.

Rick Santorum still has a small chance IF Newt pulls out now to prevent this scenario.
But since Mitt hurt his feelings Newt has become the deranged Captain Ahab determined to drag himself, Rick Santorum, the Republican Party and America itself down into four more years of Obama tyranny if that is what it takes for him to get back at Moby Mitt Romney.

48 posted on 03/20/2012 4:02:05 AM PDT by Happy Rain ("Newt can't beat Mitt and Mitt can't beat Obama so what does Newt do? Picks Obama over Rick.")
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To: Candor7
The Tea Party won't be running the convention—they can fuss all they want but without a clear winner, the GOP establishment, who will be in charge in Tampa, will pick the RINO.

How many Tea Party congresspeople got leadership positions—even though THEY gave the GOP the majority? Tells you who are still the bosses

Unless Santorum gets the 1144, and he has a chance if Newt, who KNOWS he can't win, gets out it's Romney and then Obama.

49 posted on 03/20/2012 4:10:15 AM PDT by Happy Rain ("Newt can't beat Mitt and Mitt can't beat Obama so what does Newt do? Picks Obama over Rick.")
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To: Happy Rain

BINGO!


50 posted on 03/20/2012 4:36:27 AM PDT by AmericanInTokyo (If Free Republic morphs into a supportive site for Romney, I'll conclude my 13 year participation.)
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