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The CPAC Results: What Lurks Beneath

Mitt Romney won the much anticipated CPAC Straw Poll Saturday afternoon but after attending CPAC this weekend you get the distinct sense that there is something else brewing among conservatives.

While Romney can breathe a sigh of relief because of his big straw poll win, Rick Santorum is right on his heels and that’s not a good thing for the Romney campaign.

Here’s why: Romney’s message is beginning to seem flat and repetitive. It’s jobs and the economy, jobs and the economy, jobs and the economy. "I’m Mr. Fix It. I’m Mr. Fix It. I’m Mr. Fix It. I can beat Obama. I can beat Obama. I can beat Obama." Romney has so much more to offer but playing it too close to the vest (not sweater vest) is dangerous politically.

Santorum’s message has taken longer to resonate but it has a greater potential for a wider bandwidth. His lunch bucket message to the heartland of the country is that we're fighting for the soul of America and that the United States is a “moral enterprise.”

In other words, while Romney’s message comes across as something important (jobs), Santorum’s goal comes across as something loftier, more sweeping. That’s not to say that Romney doesn’t believe in the same America Santorum believes in. But Santorum’s ability to capture the essence of America has the real potential to really catch fire with conservatives while Romney’s message has probably reached a plateau.

The point here is that while Romney’s CPAC win is good news for him, Santorum lurks beneath with a higher ceiling than Romney. That’s the danger.

The minute voters start REALLY buying the fact that Santorum is actually electable, then that will change everything. Santorum’s second place finish shows that it’s starting to happen. But will he run out of time and will he run into too much of the Romney machine?

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# RE: The CPAC Results: What Lurks Beneath

It won't matter if Santorum is too extreme for the voting public in general--- ­Repubs, Indies, and cross-over Dems. It won't matter if Santorum is too extreme for the Repub party in general. If, at the end of the day, he's all they've got left, and I've said how that might be determined ­, they will have to go with him...and hope that the entire country has a Road to Damascus experience the night before the election.

Ir's a long _shot.

Left by shabach on Feb 13, 2012 12:04 AM

# RE: The CPAC Results: What Lurks Beneath

WASHINGTON -- At the Conservative Political Action Conference, most of the music wafting from the stage and through the halls is country music, or some other campaign-style rock songs. But on Tuesday morning, attendees of the Red Carpet Blogger Awards received a special surprise: a conservative rap performance.

Wearing track suits and colonial-style wigs, Steve Crowder, a Fox News contributor and comedian, and Chris Loesch, the husband of conservative commentator Dana Loesch, warmed the crowd up with a rap about "Mr. America." Behind them was their own music video of the song, in which they wore more colonial-style clothing and stood in front of a building that appeared to be some sort of fortress.

The performance sure woke up the crowd, which turned out at 9:30 a.m. to honor the prominent conservative bloggers receiving awards that morning. People were waving their hands in the air like they just didn't care, and one woman even stood up and shook her hips.

There was one parti
Left by shabach on Feb 13, 2012 12:37 AM

# RE: The CPAC Results: What Lurks Beneath

There was one particularly awkward moment in the performance, when they used the word "knickers," which happens to sound a lot like a racially loaded word beginning with the letter "n." The music then stopped and they joked, "What? Knickers? I can say knickers!" At that moment, coincidentally, a technician -- who happened to be one of the only African-American individuals in the room and was working at the front at the time -- stood up and walked away. (

Left by shabach on Feb 13, 2012 12:38 AM

# RE: The CPAC Results: What Lurks Beneath

Never count God out. Rick Santroum can win. Remember the Tortius and the Hare!
Left by KellieC on Feb 13, 2012 12:28 PM