Mitt Romney’s wins at CPAC and in the Maine caucuses is a useful reminder that Romney is running everywhere and asking for the votes of all parts of the GOP –from its conservative activist core to the light blue Yankees of the Pine Tree State.
Rick Santorum’s bold prediction regarding Michigan is a play to change the still very strong “inevitability/electability” storyline around Romney that is a product of Romney’s “all states” campaign. MSM certainly wants to help Santorum make it a horserace, but the former PA senator also upped the ante quite a bit by pushing expectations higher than he had to.
Tomorrow’s Sunday show appearances for Santorum are a huge opportunity to demonstrate that he can bend the media narrative by explaining forcefully and convincingly why the president’s bogus “compromise” on making Catholic institutions pay for the “morning after” pill indirectly rather than directly remains not only unacceptable to serious Catholics but also a direct attack on the First Amendment. That is one of the greatest contrasts between the president and whomever will be the GOP nominee, and Santorum’s timing gives him the unique opportunity to make that case first.
The bishops got played –again– by Obama’s Friday “compromise” and the MSM’s willful refusal to consult either the bishops themselves or the Constitutional scholars most likely to anticipate the bishops’ stand. That gives Santorum an opportunity to knock not only the president’s absurd posturing but also the MSM’s blocking for him.