(Reuters) - Republican presidential contender Rick Santorum claimed a surge of momentum and fundraising on Wednesday, a day after his shocking sweep of nominating contests in Colorado, Minnesota and Missouri that dealt a blow to front-runner Mitt Romney.
And whatever Ann Coulter may think to the contrary Mitt Romney is too tainted by RomneyCare to be credible to an electorate which does not really understand or care much about the concept of federalism. They will want their president to agree with them that any government at any level should not impose something like ObamneyCare upon them. They will want their president to be able to articulate why that kind of government mandate (whether federal, state or local) is immoral and will do great damage to the health care system of whatever polity it is inflicted upon.
Romney will not be able to do this because he still believes to this day that RomneyCare was a good thing. The voting public is not going to be impressed with his attempt to split constitutional hairs. What they will hear is that ObamaCare was good when I did it but bad when Obama did it. This just won't cut it for a large enough segment of the population to cost Romney the election.
The fact that Gingrich has collapsed indicates that he is not the man to take on Obama. If Republican voters are too turned off by has arrogance, egotism, narcissism, inconsistency, dishonesty, bluster and continual excursions to the left then what hope does he have with independents and Democrats willing to jump ship over Obama's unbelievable incompetence.
It is also significant that Santorum was able to get over 50% of the vote in one state (something that Romney has not been able to achieve this year) and that Romney was pushed back to third place in one state.
All the great majority of Republicans need to abandon Romney is the sense that someone else could win. Santorum is looking more and more like he can win.
Romney still has enormous advantages. He is a very rich man with the backing of a very rich superPAC. He has an impressive organization on the ground (he has been running for president since 2007 after all) and Santorum does not have much money or much of an organization.
However Republican money will flow to a candidate that looks as though he can beat Obama in the general and Romney in the primary. If Newt Gingrich would bow to the inevitable and withdraw from the race it would be all over for Romney (and for Obama as well).
However Gingrich will not do this. It is simply not in his nature to place the interests of the nation ahead of his own ego gratification. It is not in his nature to place the interests of anything ahead of his own ego.
I make no predictions. Most states have not voted yet and nearly anything can happen but as things stand now Rick Santorum can beat Romney and then he can beat Obama. Check out this Rasmussen poll which shows Santorum beating Obama in a head-to-head matchup because of his double digit lead among independents (who are supposed to be the key to winning the general election).
I urge anyone reading this to give Rick Santorum a close look. I think you will be impressed.