2012 republican presidential nominee III: can romney get santorum out of his hair?

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His kids are all growed up now or something:

From this, which includes this:

“Our prayers are paying off,” said 13-year-old Sarah Maria Santorum, whose father soon emerged from the throng, stood on a chair and addressed the crowd. …

“Our prayers are paying off.”

Understand that I wasn’t “interviewing” Sarah Santorum. We were just talking, and I made some remark about how huge the crowd was, and then she just said that sentence clear out of the blue. It made such an impression that I immediately jotted it down on a scrap of paper.

Advanced Reporting Seminar, for you newbies: You get the best quotes when you just talk to people, instead of interrogating them in a confrontational manner. Be informal and friendly, put people at ease and listen to what they say. You’ll learn a lot more that way, whether you get a quote or not, and people will say real honest stuff rather than reciting talking points.

But my memory is shaky and I’m bad with names, so when I sat down to write my column – in the deli department of the Hy-Vee grocery story, which has free WiFi – I wanted to make sure I had Sarah’s name and age right. And when I Googled her name, one of the results was that picture at the top of this post.

Yeah, it’s her: The Santorum kid who gave me that quote was the same girl who cried so helplessly on national TV that night in 2006 during her dad’s concession speech. I’d forgotten all about that, until I saw the picture. Then I remembered how the video clip had been played over and over on the news, and also on late-night comedy shows while people mocked the way Sarah and her family cried. And I remembered my wife saying how bad she felt while watching that little girl, hugging her doll, and crying for the whole world to see.

Amazing that I’d talked to her without recognizing her – a poised and cheerful young lady — as that same little girl. But even more amazing, I think she’s exactly right when she says, “our prayers are paying off.”

As I write this, the folks on “Fox and Friends” are marveling at how Santorum went from single digits in the polls to being a serious contender in the space of just a few days. Say what you will, I call it a miracle.

Aw, bless. The hangover'll be amusing.

Ned Raggett, Tuesday, 3 January 2012 18:35 (2 years ago) Permalink

why is she not holding a doll w/matching red eagle santorum shirt, i am confuse

lag∞n, Tuesday, 3 January 2012 18:37 (2 years ago) Permalink

why is this child, the product of an immaculate conception, wearing mini shorts?

lumber up, limbaugh down (Alfred, Lord Sotosyn), Tuesday, 3 January 2012 18:49 (2 years ago) Permalink

Chance of Ron (or Rick), generally Mitt.

http://www.thestatecolumn.com/articles/iowa-weather-forecast-for-iowa-caucus-voting/

clemenza, Tuesday, 3 January 2012 18:50 (2 years ago) Permalink

prays for sleet

lag∞n, Tuesday, 3 January 2012 18:51 (2 years ago) Permalink

Morbs, I'm sorry to say that, although the consequences of two near-identical corporatists "debating" for 10 months might be to completely delegitimize the Republicrat oligarchy, the more likely outcome is to just make most people so discouraged and unhappy that they give up and tune out politics entirely.

Aimless, Tuesday, 3 January 2012 18:56 (2 years ago) Permalink

yes! and so it begins!

Dr Morbois de Bologne (Dr Morbius), Tuesday, 3 January 2012 18:58 (2 years ago) Permalink

do you think it is likely that this will be a low-turnout election?

goole, Tuesday, 3 January 2012 18:58 (2 years ago) Permalink

ELECT YOURSELF

(icey, I'm sorry I let you have it w/ both barrels, but enough w/ the username masquerades)

Dr Morbois de Bologne (Dr Morbius), Tuesday, 3 January 2012 18:59 (2 years ago) Permalink

depends on the economy I think xp

iatee, Tuesday, 3 January 2012 18:59 (2 years ago) Permalink

lol no worries morbs

lag∞n, Tuesday, 3 January 2012 19:05 (2 years ago) Permalink

Let Herman Cain move you. Nationally.

Ned Raggett, Tuesday, 3 January 2012 20:35 (2 years ago) Permalink

lol

In Perry, Santorum gave his opinion that President Obama was more of a divisive figure than Richard Nixon, keeper of the enemies list: “I suspect President Nixon, although I don’t know, would talk and work with people and wouldn’t go out and demonize them as this president has done.”

The Uncanny Frankie Valley (Shakey Mo Collier), Tuesday, 3 January 2012 20:39 (2 years ago) Permalink

Cain still claims he will endorse a candidate eventually — and in an “unconventional” manner in keeping with his “unconventional candidate” theme, to boot.

The mind reels at what this might entail.

And yes--Nixon had a strict rule about demonizing his opponents.

clemenza, Tuesday, 3 January 2012 20:41 (2 years ago) Permalink

do you think it is likely that this will be a low-turnout election?

Which sect is bigger, motivated haters of "the Kenyan socialist" or stayin-home 2008 Hopers whose fantasies were crushed?

Dr Morbois de Bologne (Dr Morbius), Tuesday, 3 January 2012 20:43 (2 years ago) Permalink

Which sect is bigger, motivated haters of "the Kenyan socialist" or stayin-home 2008 Hopers whose fantasies were crushed?

in voting, positive motivations outweigh negative motivations every time, so 2008 Hopers for the win

The Uncanny Frankie Valley (Shakey Mo Collier), Tuesday, 3 January 2012 20:44 (2 years ago) Permalink

uh, in this election they're BOTH negative, boss.

Dr Morbois de Bologne (Dr Morbius), Tuesday, 3 January 2012 20:48 (2 years ago) Permalink

I would think that positively hating someone is a strong motivator...any chance you could take it over here for the next few hours, Morbius?

Indefinite Detention? But I Have Soccer Practice at 4: U.S. Politics 2012

clemenza, Tuesday, 3 January 2012 20:49 (2 years ago) Permalink

no, I'm done. Enjoy your flea circus.

Dr Morbois de Bologne (Dr Morbius), Tuesday, 3 January 2012 20:51 (2 years ago) Permalink

Hope, as they say, springs eternal. It's just another thing to drive you crzy.

Aimless, Tuesday, 3 January 2012 20:55 (2 years ago) Permalink

uh, in this election they're BOTH negative, boss.

no. the people who want to vote for Obama will be more likely to vote than the people who want to vote against Obama. it's that simple.

The Uncanny Frankie Valley (Shakey Mo Collier), Tuesday, 3 January 2012 20:56 (2 years ago) Permalink

ie you are vastly overestimating the number of 2008 Hopers whose fantasies have been crushed

The Uncanny Frankie Valley (Shakey Mo Collier), Tuesday, 3 January 2012 20:57 (2 years ago) Permalink

I generally don't try to police threads. I just feel like tonight is about Rick Santorum's heroic struggle to keep black people off welfare.

clemenza, Tuesday, 3 January 2012 20:57 (2 years ago) Permalink

interesting if true

xxp

Dr Morbois de Bologne (Dr Morbius), Tuesday, 3 January 2012 20:58 (2 years ago) Permalink

I mean, keep slack purple off welfare.

clemenza, Tuesday, 3 January 2012 20:58 (2 years ago) Permalink

yo, is the reason i can't just subscribe to jonathan chait's rss posts on ny mag but have to read that entire stupid blogs content bc they realize that if i could just subscribe to chait i wouldn't read the rest of the crap?

Mordy, Tuesday, 3 January 2012 22:36 (2 years ago) Permalink

I like this:

http://www.patheos.com/blogs/slacktivist/2012/01/03/say-anything-to-take-us-out-of-this-gloom/

Especially the bits about how abortion is a subject using the same tactics and thinking that popped up during the satanic panic e.g. wild impossible unverifiable horrifying stories passed around by folks using them to backstop their own fucked belief systems, and no one is ever called on it.

Put another Juggle in, in the Juggalodeon (kingfish), Tuesday, 3 January 2012 22:37 (2 years ago) Permalink

Why I miss Herman Cain: he's on CNN tonight openly campaigning--not hinting, but listing his qualifications--for Secretary of Defense. Wild guess that Romney would pass.

clemenza, Wednesday, 4 January 2012 00:00 (2 years ago) Permalink

Automatic thread bump. This poll is closing tomorrow.

System, Wednesday, 4 January 2012 00:01 (2 years ago) Permalink

Hmmm...better check your calendar, iatee.

clemenza, Wednesday, 4 January 2012 00:02 (2 years ago) Permalink

haha yeah I know

nobody cheat and vote after tonight

iatee, Wednesday, 4 January 2012 00:24 (2 years ago) Permalink

I'm thinking the poll will be swarmed by Ron Paul supporters after midnight.

clemenza, Wednesday, 4 January 2012 00:29 (2 years ago) Permalink

wish i could remember who i voted for

Mordy, Wednesday, 4 January 2012 00:38 (2 years ago) Permalink

You closet WGPHF, you.

clemenza, Wednesday, 4 January 2012 00:41 (2 years ago) Permalink

idk what that means, but i assume that's an acronym of what i called you on sandbox?

Mordy, Wednesday, 4 January 2012 00:46 (2 years ago) Permalink

Yes--wild gossipy political horserace fiend. I must wear those words like a Scarlett Letter for the rest of my life.

clemenza, Wednesday, 4 January 2012 00:48 (2 years ago) Permalink

oh plz. you're proud :)

Mordy, Wednesday, 4 January 2012 00:52 (2 years ago) Permalink

It was "wild" that hurt my feelings. If you'd called me a judiciously gossipy political horserace fiend--a JGPHF--I'd have printed up business cards.

clemenza, Wednesday, 4 January 2012 00:56 (2 years ago) Permalink

mordy i made a yahoo pipe rss thingy for chait

it is neither perfect nor particularly timely, but possibly better than nothing

(the one i tried to make for nabisco works less well)

mookieproof, Wednesday, 4 January 2012 00:58 (2 years ago) Permalink

ur objection is that your political gossip taste is more discriminating than the average gossipy political horserace fiend? fine, conceded. JGPHF it is.

xp thank u mookieproof!

Mordy, Wednesday, 4 January 2012 00:59 (2 years ago) Permalink

I need to master the intricacies of emoticons.

clemenza, Wednesday, 4 January 2012 01:02 (2 years ago) Permalink

_/\_\o/_/\_

Mordy, Wednesday, 4 January 2012 01:04 (2 years ago) Permalink

Two witches and a bowling ball?

clemenza, Wednesday, 4 January 2012 01:05 (2 years ago) Permalink

drowning in a shark-infested lake?

questino (seandalai), Wednesday, 4 January 2012 01:06 (2 years ago) Permalink

dingdingding ^^

Mordy, Wednesday, 4 January 2012 01:06 (2 years ago) Permalink

Can you make it one of those little dancing gifs, with the Jaws theme overtop? That'd be cool.

clemenza, Wednesday, 4 January 2012 01:10 (2 years ago) Permalink

Honestly, this is riveting. There's a lady in a green sweater counting out little green pieces of paper--"68, 69, 70, 71, 72"--and the CNN reporter explains what's happening: "She's finished counting, Wolf: 72."

clemenza, Wednesday, 4 January 2012 02:00 (2 years ago) Permalink

It's almost cute:

Tagg Romney 08:58 PM ET
Just spoke in urbandale for my dad. Lots of support, felt great. Very different feel vs 2008!

Griffin Perry 08:58 PM ET
Just finished my caucus in Ankeny, IA. Lots of support and spoke between Paul and Thune. Hope I made @GovernorPerry proud!! Love you dad!

Ned Raggett, Wednesday, 4 January 2012 02:08 (2 years ago) Permalink

Your names are Tagg and Griffin, and the latter of you is not Griffin Dunne. Get fucked. (With each other, then see what happens.)

Ned Raggett, Wednesday, 4 January 2012 02:09 (2 years ago) Permalink

everyone get ready to google ron paul ive got a good feeling!

lag∞n, Wednesday, 4 January 2012 02:10 (2 years ago) Permalink


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