Santorum Suspends: So What Now?

Rick Santorum has just suspended his campaign. I think the reason for suspending the campaign is it allows you to continue to raise money to pay off your debt, but Santorum’s campaign has been suspended. God bless him. I don’t know why. I don’t know if he had internal polling numbers that looked bad in Pennsylvania. I don’t know if it’s money. I don’t know if it’s the accumulation of pressure on him from the establishment. It’s probably a combination, some people say unprecedented, in a Republican primary. Negative campaign ads have clearly worked. They drove Newt out. They drove others out. Of course the women took care of Herman Cain. Let’s see what else. The attack ads on Santorum have been plentiful. Now, here’s what happens next, folks.

So the Republican establishment, which has wanted Romney from the beginning — don’t forget now. I want to go back and relive this from last summer, when the intensity really kicked in. This was always, to me, a very curious Republican primary. You’ve heard the old adage that in primary campaigns, candidates run to shore up their base, which for Romney, Santorum, Rick Perry, whoever on the Republican side, means you run to the right. You shore up the conservatives. You get ’em, and then after you’ve done that, the conventional wisdom, the theory as espoused by political consultants since the burning bush, is that you then move to the center. After you’ve secured your base, you move to the middle. Then you go after the precious independents, and you add them to the base that you have shorn up by virtue of your victory in the primaries, and that carries you to victory.

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