Rick Santorum, one night, three victories. CBS has the story: “Santorum Stunner: Sweeps 3 GOP Contests.” I’ve taken a gander throughout the Republican media, conservative media, and all over the place, and they are shocked. They’re literally shocked. The Republican establishment had no idea this was percolating out there. I can’t believe how insulated they are. I mean I know they’re insulated. I know they’re “inside-the-Beltway.” I know they have their own world in which they live, but to look at the reaction they’re having today, to see how shocked they are that Rick Santorum has come out of what they thought was an impossible position equivalent to nowhere, is an incredible thing. And we’re gonna look at this in some detail.

Of course, the Drive-Bys are crediting me for this. You know, it’s about time to put a stop to this. I know why they’re doing it, and the real reason they’re doing it is because they think they have this kind of power. They think they have the power, and in some cases they do with certain audiences. But they think they have the power to launch Obama from nowhere to the presidency, and it could be argued that they did play a significant role here, and so they think that of themselves. So a Republican candidate comes along out of nowhere. First it was Newt, now it’s Santorum. It can’t be the candidates. It can’t be that Santorum’s connecting with voters. It can’t be that, no, no, it can’t be that Santorum’s resonating with Republican voters, the conservative base. It can’t be that the conservative base just isn’t happy with Romney. It can’t be any of that. No, no, no.

It has to be that the Republican base is a bunch of mind-numbed robots sitting out there waiting for marching orders from me. (interruption) Well, while it’s fun, Snerdley, while it’s fun to sit here and tweak these people, and while it’s fun to listen to their sound bites, which we’re going to do today, and it’s fun to listen to them talk about how I’m responsible for it, never forget that I have the most profound respect and admiration the people in this audience. I know full well that conservative voters, by and large — there are always exceptions to things — are intelligent, they’re engaged, and they’re clearly able to make up their own minds, and they do. It may be a mixture of both. But still, it’s fascinating to watch because all of these conservatives sneak up.

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