Skip to content
Catholic Online Logo

By Keith A Fournier

3/14/2012 (2 years ago)

Catholic Online (www.catholic.org)

As the evening began, the pundit class gave the former Senator from Pennsylvania little chance of winning either State

This grandson of a coalminer, from a working class family from the coal and steel country of Pennsylvania has now done what no one thought was possible.  He has blown this Republican primary race wide open. Not only is this going to be an exciting race, it will determine the future of the Republican Party. NBC was the first to call the Alabama race. Rick Santorum won with a wide margin, against all odds. One of the MSNBC commentators noted the trend toward the candidate surged as the hour got later because "working class people vote late. They vote after work."

A victorious Rick Santorum addresses a crowd

A victorious Rick Santorum addresses a crowd

Highlights

By Keith A Fournier

Catholic Online (www.catholic.org)

3/14/2012 (2 years ago)

Published in Politics & Policy

Keywords: Rick Santorum, Newt Gingrich, Mitt Romney, Alabama primary, Mississippi primary, Republican primary, election 2012, Keith A Fournier


CHESAPEAKE, VA. (Catholic Online) - "We did it Again!" With those words, Rick Santorum Spoke to an enthusiastic crowd gathered in Lafayette, Louisiana on Tuesday evening, March 13, 2012. It was an extemporaneous, heartfelt, and inspiring speech which ended in a standing ovation from an enthusiastic crowd. Their energy reflects the momentum of a presidential campaign which is now on fire. 

Rick Santorum thanked God, his family and all who had worked hard to bring these extraordinary results about. Let's be honest, political history was made Tuesday evening. The establishment of the Republican Party was shocked. The pundit class has egg on their face. All bets are off in what was predicted to be a Romney nomination, or better put, a Romney coronation.

This grandson of a coalminer, from a working class family, raised in the coal and steel country of Pennsylvania has now done what no one thought was possible.  He has blown this Republican Presidential primary race wide open. Not only is this going to be an exciting race, it will determine the future of the Republican Party.

At 10 p.m., NBC was the first to call the Alabama race. Rick Santorum won with a wide margin, against all odds. One of the MSNBC commentators noted the trend toward the candidate surged as the hour got later because "working class people vote late. they vote after work." Later, he won Mississippi. 

That theme carried throughout the evening. This was blue collar vs blue blood. The pundits tried all evening to sound intelligent as they attempted to explain the vote. They failed miserably. In his victory speech, Rick Santorum nailed it, "This campaign is about ordinary folks doing extraordinary things, just like America." 

As he ended his speech he told his supporters the campaign was about "Free people, a free economy, the integrity of the family and the centrality of faith in our lives". Just as he finished that line, a campaign worker informed the candidate that he had also won Mississippi. The entire room broke into an uproar. FOX news had just called Mississippi for Santorum.

Earlier in the day, Mitt Romney told CNN's Wolf Blitzer "Senator Santorum is at the desperate end of his campaign." Last week, he boasted that it would "take an act of God" for Rick Santorum or Newt Gingrich to derail his nomination. Well, it appears that God had a southern strategy this evening. The Rick Santorum for President campaign is anything but desperate.   

As the evening began, the pundit class gave the former Senator from Pennsylvania little chance of winning either State. Even Matt Drudge had a headline banner on his aggregator site, "Romney Set for Mississippi Win". It was quickly changed as the evening progressed.

The pundits dissected what they thought were the demographics. They used exit polls in an attempt to call the event. They also provided fodder for their chatter. What became clear as the evening progressed was just how clueless they are about the real America - and how little they understand about the appeal of this candidate. Rick Santorum is the Real Deal. He has taken the South. Blue Collar beat Blue Blood. The Republican Primary Race is on. 

---


Pope Francis: end world hunger through 'Prayer and Action'


2014 - Distributed by THE NEWS CONSORTIUM

Pope Francis Prayer Intentions for August 2014
Refugees:
That refugees, forced by violence to abandon their homes, may find a generous welcome and the protection of their rights.
Oceania: That Christians in Oceania may joyfully announce the faith to all the people of that region.



Comments


More Politics & Policy

Of nearly 38,000 immigrant children in the U.S. - only 280 deported Watch

Image of Federal officials expect another huge surge of children from Honduras, El Salvador and Guatemala to begin shortly after the temperatures go down.

By Catholic Online (NEWS CONSORTIUM)

In a surprising bit of news, the Obama administration has quietly released a huge majority of the illegal immigrant children who poured over the U.S. Mexico border earlier this year. Furthermore, they're making their homes in very well-to-do American ... continue reading


Classic Cloward-Piven: Here's the simple reason why Obama is breaking the immigration system in the USA Watch

Image of Obama's Cloward-Piven strategy is showing.

By Catholic Online (NEWS CONSORTIUM)

You can't fix something unless you break it first. This appears to be what Obama has done to the U.S. immigration system. Political analysts now expect that Obama will use the current immigration crisis to overhaul the system into something he likes. But more ... continue reading


Stopping at nothing, Davos Man, Warren Buffett, donates staggering $1.2 billion to promote abortion Watch

Image of Obama awarding Buffett the Presidential Medal of Freedom.

By Marshall Connolly, Catholic Online (NEWS CONSORTIUM)

Warren Buffett has given $1.2 billion to fund abortion advocacy and "research." This startling conclusion comes from the New York Times, which is reporting that he donates hundreds of millions of dollars at a time to a foundation named after his late wife, Susan ... continue reading


Get ready America: Obama set to bypass Senate on international treaty Watch

Image of President Obama and his administration are getting ready to present a climate change treaty to the U.N. and are willing to ignore a Constitutionally required Senate approval to do so.

By Catholic Online (NEWS CONSORTIUM)

President Barack Obama is working to create a sweeping international climate change agreement to compel nations to cut fossil fuel emissions; however, he is seeking to do this without ratification from Congress. LOS ANGELES, CA (Catholic Online) - This agreement is ... continue reading


That was one costly Web site! In fact the most expensive in Internet history. The Cost of Healthcare.gov estimated $1.7 Billion Watch

Image of The 60 contracts related to the development and operation of the Federal Marketplace started between January 2009 and January 2014. The contracts ranged from health benefit data collection and consumer research, to cloud computing and Web site development.

By Catholic Online (NEWS CONSORTIUM)

That's one might expensive Web site! It's estimated that the Healthcare. Gove Web site, intended to facilitate health care reform, or "Obamacare," has cost U.S. Taxpayers about $1.7 BILLION dollars. That's not even the half of it, as the U.S. government is ... continue reading


Obama administration announces new HHS mandate rules Watch

Image of Sylvia Burwell, HHS secretary, said that the new rules will ensure access to free contraception,

By CNA/EWTN News

The Department of Health and Human Services issued on Friday new rules regarding its contraception mandate, after the Supreme Court ruled against its application to certain companies this summer. (CNA/EWTN News) - The rules create a new way for non-profit groups to ... continue reading


BEEN THERE: Attorney General Eric Holder shares personal experiences while in Ferguson Watch

Image of Attorney General Eric Holder shakes hands with Bri Ehsan, right, following his meeting with students at St. Louis Community College Florissant Valley.

By Catholic Online (NEWS CONSORTIUM)

In Ferguson, Missouri to investigate the officer-involved shooting of teenager Michael Brown, Attorney General Eric Holder shared personal stories of his own encounters with racial discrimination. "I am the Attorney General of the United States, but I am also a ... continue reading


One percent? Try the MORE THAN A THIRD in U.S. who rely on Welfare Watch

Image of Back in the

By Catholic Online (NEWS CONSORTIUM)

Back in the "Occupy Wall Street" days, protestors rallied around the concept of the United States' "One Percent," which referred to the people with power in the U.S. government. On the other side of the coin, more than ONE THIRD of all U.S. households are now ... continue reading


SMILE FOR THE CAMERA! Texas Governor Rick Perry cheerfully turns himself in Watch

Image of Under duress, Texas Governor Rick Perry maintained an upbeat and positive attitude. Arriving at the Travis County courthouse in Austin for booking and fingerprinting, Perry gave a warm smile for his mug shot.

By Catholic Online (NEWS CONSORTIUM)

Under duress, Texas Governor Rick Perry maintained an upbeat and positive attitude. Arriving at the Travis County courthouse in Austin for booking and fingerprinting, Perry gave a warm smile for his mug shot. He's charged with felony corruption charges ... continue reading


HIDDEN FROM VIEW: President Obama renders decision largely in private, despite claims of transparency Watch

Image of Facing charges of executive overreach, to allegations that he is presiding over opaque policy-making, U.S. President Obama has been making decisions typically behind closed doors

By Catholic Online (NEWS CONSORTIUM)

Facing charges of executive overreach, to allegations that he is presiding over opaque policy-making, U.S. President Obama has been making decisions typically behind closed doors. Unilateral action on such issues as immigration, gay rights and tax policy has ... continue reading


All Politics & Policy News

Newsletters

Newsletter Sign Up icon

Stay up to date with the latest news, information, and special offers

Daily Readings

Reading 1, First Corinthians 2:1-5
1 Now when I came to you, brothers, I did not come ... Read More

Psalm, Psalms 119:97, 98, 99, 100, 101, 102
97 How I love your Law! I ponder it all day ... Read More

Gospel, Luke 4:16-30
16 He came to Nazara, where he had been brought up, ... Read More

Saint of the Day

Saint of the Day for September 1st, 2014 Image

St. Giles, Abbot
September 1: St. Giles, Abbot (Patron of Physically Disabled) Feast day - ... Read More

Inform, Inspire & Ignite Logo

Find Catholic Online on Facebook and get updates right in your live feed.

Become a fan of Catholic Online on Facebook


Follow Catholic Online on Twitter and get News and Product updates.

Follow us on Twitter