Sarah Palin said before the vote in Florida that it is “naively idealistic” to believe that Rick Santorum can win. Some Tea Party leaders, like Judson Phillips of Tea Party Nation, have claimed that Rick Santorum can’t win. Phillips even (unknowingly?) pushed a White House lie as part of his campaign to convince his members that Santorum can’t win. But after Newt’s failed spending spree in Florida, not to mention in Iowa and New Hampshire, it’s pretty clear that he can’t buy his way into contention. Bill Kristol writes today that Palin and others could jump the Gingrich ship and back Santorum.
What if Santorum does as well or better than Gingrich in the Nevada caucuses Saturday, or in the Minnesota and Colorado caucuses next Tuesday? What if Santorum is competitive with Romney in the Missouri beauty contest primary next Tuesday, where Gingrich isn’t on the ballot? Couldn’t non-Romney voters begin to move nationally from Gingrich to Santorum? Couldn’t populist and Tea Party leaders like Sarah Palin do so as well?
Stay tuned…and do read the full article by Bill Kristol.
You might also want to listen to Rick Santorum’s new radio ad that explains why Newt Gingrich failed in Florida.