Hey, remember when I joked that we would cycle through some new frontrunners during the Christmas break? It wasn't a joke after all!Unfortunately, Santorum is a guy who couldn't even win his own state the last time he ran. Of the remaining candidates he might be the weakest again Obama of all of them.
With less than a week to go until Republicans cast the first votes of the 2012 presidential race in Iowa, former Massachusetts governor Mitt Romney and Texas congressman Ron Paul remain atop the field there, even as the fortunes of their closest competitors are quickly changing, according to a new CNN/TIME/ORC poll released Wednesday. . . .
Bolstering that possibility is the collapse of former House Speaker Newt Gingrich, who led in Iowa with 33% less than a month ago, but has seen his front-runner status disintegrate under a torrent of negative advertising and now claims just 14% support. Some of his voters have scattered, providing small bumps to Romney and Paul as well as Minnesota Rep. Michele Bachmann and Texas Governor Rick Perry. But the biggest beneficiary of Gingrich's collapse appears to be former Pennsylvania Senator Rick Santorum, who's rocketed into third place with 16%, a dramatic 11-point climb in three short weeks. Santorum now leads among born-again Christians, and is tied with Paul and Romney among self-described conservatives and Tea Party supporters.
I'm still hoping the GOP's will once again turn their lonely eyes to Rick Perry.