WBEZ | Rick Perry http://www.wbez.org/tags/rick-perry Latest from WBEZ Chicago Public Radio en Santorum's bad day http://www.wbez.org/blog/achy-obejas/2012-01-20/santorums-bad-day-95690 <img typeof="foaf:Image" src="http://llnw.wbez.org/blog/photo/2012-January/2012-01-20/AP120119052013.jpg" alt="" /><p><p>Yesterday should have been Rick Santorum’s day.&nbsp;</p><p class="p1"><span class="s1">The Iowa Republican Party, though desperate to make his rival, Mitt Romney, the official certified winner of its caucuses had to cough up that, in fact, it looked like Santorum had won.</span></p><p class="p1"><img alt="" class="caption" src="http://llnw.wbez.org/blog/insert-image/2012-January/2012-01-20/AP120119052013.jpg" style="width: 600px; height: 391px;" title="Santorum during a commercial break at the Republican presidential candidate debate at the North Charleston Coliseum in Charleston, S.C. (AP/David Goldman)"></p><p class="p1"><span class="s1">“One thing that is irrefutable is that is that in these 1,776 certified precincts, the Republican party was able to certify and report <a href="http://caucuses.desmoinesregister.com/2012/01/19/iowa-gop-chairman-santorum-won-certified-vote-but-problem-lies-with-missing-precincts/%20">Rick Santorum was the winner </a>of the certified precinct vote total by 34 votes,” Matt Strawn, the state GOP chair, told the <em>Des Moines Register</em>.&nbsp;There are eight precincts outstanding with missing paperwork.</span></p><p class="p1"><span class="s1">In his talks, Strawn always makes it seem as if the eight outstanding and uncertifiable precincts could have tipped it back to Romney, but in fact, <a href="http://2012.talkingpointsmemo.com/2012/01/santorum-didnt-win-iowa-by-34-votes-he-won-by-69.php%20%20">if those votes were counted</a>, Santorum would have led by 69 votes.&nbsp;</span></p><p class="p1">Really, <em>huge</em> news for Santorum.</p><p class="p4"><span class="s3">But what happened? Rick Perry,&nbsp;who should have listened to his gut out of Iowa, <a href="http://www.theatlantic.com/politics/archive/2012/01/the-only-culprit-in-rick-perrys-collapse-is-rick-perry/251708/">decided to drop out</a> of the South Carolina primary yesterday and threw his <a href="http://www.sfgate.com/cgi-bin/article.cgi?f=/c/a/2012/01/19/MN421MRUBU.DTL&amp;type=politics">endorsement to Newt Gingrich</a>.&nbsp;</span></p><p class="p1"><span class="s1">Which is kinda <em>bigger </em>news.</span></p><p class="p1"><span class="s1">And then Gingrich’s ex second wife comes out and says he wanted an <a href="http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QNawLvfwies">open marriage</a>!&nbsp;</span></p><p class="p1"><span class="s1">Wow!</span></p><p class="p1"><span class="s1">Okay, maybe not <em>wow</em> exactly. We already kinda knew that.</span></p><p class="p1"><span class="s1">But the whole combo of events ended up making Santorum’s victory in Iowa kinda ... a footnote. And his wife’s own <a href="http://www.thedailybeast.com/newsweek/2012/01/15/mrs-santorum-s-abortion-doctor-boyfriend.html?fb_ref=article&amp;fb_source=profile_multiline">weird sexual pas</a>t? &nbsp;Juicy but pretty much irrelevant. (This is also a bit of a trap for Santorum regarding Gingrich. If his wife can mature and repent, then obviously so can Newt.)</span></p><p class="p1"><span class="s1">All this means two things.</span></p><ol class="ol1"><li class="li1"><span class="s1">The South Carolina primary, where Gingrich keeps <a href="http://%20http://www.wbez.org/blog/achy-obejas/2012-01-09/gingrich-rises-darkly-after-new-hampshire-95415">rising (darkly</a>, always darkly), and may actually pull off a victory, or at least come close enough so that -- with the real results in Iowa -- Romney’s winning streak comes down to a single, tiny homogeneous neighboring state, makes “inevitability” a little far fetched. Santorum may well come in last here, though he’ll insist on going on.</span></li><li class="li1">And two, our Iowa predictions winners, Alejandro Riera and Alison Keating, will hold on to their Iowa spirits from <a href="http://www.cedarridgedistillery.com/">Cedar Ridge</a>, but Robert Gold, who correctly -- and insistently -- kept calling Iowa for Santorum, gets a drink on me.</li></ol><p class="p1"><span class="s1">Just tell me when and where, Robert.</span></p></p> Fri, 20 Jan 2012 18:20:00 -0600 http://www.wbez.org/blog/achy-obejas/2012-01-20/santorums-bad-day-95690