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Morning Mix: Santorum Surges In Colorado, Minnesota

Morning Mix: Santorum Surges In Colorado, Minnesota

Another day, another caucus. This time it’s Minnesota and Colorado where suddenly former Pennsylvania Senator Rick Santorum looks like a contender.

Actually, it shouldn’t come as much of a surprise that Santorum is well-positioned in the Republican caucuses in both these states. Both have well-organized and politically influential evangelical base that will simply not get behind Gingrich no matter how he panders. In Minnesota former governor and presidential candidate Tim Pawlenty supports Mitt Romney, but let me let you in on a little secret. Nobody in Minnesota likes Tim Pawlenty. Not even Republicans. So that should tell you how well Romney is expected to do today.

Santorum winning the caucuses, should it happen, will likely grab the headlines. But the real story will continue to be a sputtering Ron Paul campaign. It seems the Revolution is having a hard time capturing any support beyond the sovereign Jesse Ventura outposts. Paul has invested time and resources in Minnesota, and anything less than a second place finish should be considered a pretty substantial blow.

Missouri voters hold their primary, but as we’ve seen in both Iowa and Nevada, primaries are not nearly as entertaining as a caucus.

Meanwhile the news for President Obama continues to improve. Latest polls have his job approval rating in positive territory and increasing his lead over Romney. Despite the good news, the president shouldn’t get too comfortable. Regardless of who the nominee is he will be facing hundreds of millions of dollars in dark money financed negative advertising and a Republican party willing to out-right lie and steal to win elections.

And just in case any Republicans are having buyers remorse, Minnesota congresswoman Michele Bachmann would like to remind you all that she was the perfect candidate.

Of course she was.

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6:38PM PST on Feb 24, 2012

Santorum is a sanctimonious lying asshole!

3:24PM PST on Feb 14, 2012

The VA is mandated to bill insurance when it exists by LAW (passed by our representatives). But they don't bill the veteran for shortfalls.

If you've been charged by the VA then go see the patient advocate

We do pay a whopping $8 co-pay for generic medications (started our as $0 then $2, then $4 then $7 and now both $8 and $9 depending on your rating)

10:05AM PST on Feb 12, 2012

Thanks for posting.

1:47PM PST on Feb 10, 2012

"I live in CO and am a proud independent. I believe the Republican party has lost it's way and had resigned from them over 20 years ago. I became a Democrat until they too lost their way."

Yeah Obama's support of permanent detention without trial was the last straw for me, despite some improvements over Bush, he's just too corrupt. Guess I'll have to go third party this time, Jill Stein maybe.

12:28PM PST on Feb 10, 2012

I live in CO and am a proud independent. I believe the Republican party has lost it's way and had resigned from them over 20 years ago. I became a Democrat until they too lost their way.

I hope everyone who believes in equality registers to vote and actually votes. Let this be the election in which 95% or more vote. Instead of the 32% we usually have voting. Only by showing a strong turnout can we make the government responsive to the 99% and can we change the way elections are done.

REGISTER.......EXAMINE THE CANDIDATES AND THEIR TRACK RECORD....THEN VOTE AS IF YOUR LIFE DEPENDED ON IT......BECAUSE IT DOES!!!

I vote by absentee ballot so there is a paper trail of my vote.

12:23PM PST on Feb 10, 2012

Santorum is a religious nutjob, Anyone that votes for him is either blind or stupid.

12:18PM PST on Feb 10, 2012

Actually if all of you loud mouths would actually pay attention, Rick Santorum has a good chance of winning, even though he doesn't have a super pac that can spemd 5 to 10 million dollars for tv ads, my wife" who is a democrate" happens to like him, which is saying a lot as she is like me we can't stand most of the republicans who are running for president, i'm republican by the way. President Obama screwed up when he pushed for oil drilling in the gulf and then tried to pass a law making catholic hospitals provide contraseptives, that is a direct violation of the constitution. Hay where is the aclu, their always bitching about christians violating someones rights, the president just did the same thing,why don't they say something about that. o' i forgot they don't work that way

5:34PM PST on Feb 8, 2012

Such a nice choice. The insane right winger and the say anything cult member.

3:45PM PST on Feb 8, 2012

Portland - as in cement? Your brain might be found somewhere next to Jimmy Hoffa but I'm not sure you had one. You certainly aren't operating on one now; those damned Duracell batteries! First and foremost; Obama's Healthcare Reform Bill does not cover abortions. In fact, in case you hadn't heard, Federal Funds have never been used to pay for abortions. Derrrr...as for bitching about the VA screwed you; how did that happen? 2,000 pages for someone who doesn't obviously have the capacity for comprehension could be indeed a serious problem. But, not all is lost, because you have a "pre-existing" condition, you too will be protected by the new laws surrounding coverage.
You 'flag draped patriots' (I say patriot with tongue in cheek) never cease to amaze me and the majority of true patriots of this country. The VA screwed you!!! Wow; now that's a first.

3:34PM PST on Feb 8, 2012

Ah lovely, Santorum is probably the worst of the remaining candidates. Though if he does win the primaries by some chance, it will probably just be an easier win for Obama. Santorum is a joke even by GOP standards.

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