With his triumphs, Mr. Santorum was also suddenly presenting new competition to Newt Gingrich as the chief alternative to Mr. Romney, the front-runner. Where Mr. Gingrich has won one state, South Carolina, Mr. Santorum has now won four, including Iowa.
His performance added another twist to an unruly nominating contest that has seen Republican voters veering among candidates and refusing to coalesce behind anyone. It came after Mr. Romney scored back-to-back victories in Florida and Nevada that had led to predictions that he was finally on a straight march to the nomination."
So what do we have here. The economy shows some signs of recovery (or not!?), and Santorum snatches 3 (admittedly, irrelevant)
So hypothetically, if we assume the economy will keep the trend towards a steady improvement (or not), what would the GOP be running on, other than social issues? Can they exploit the debt card? Maybe they could point to the deficits, but the numbers are showing a tendency to deficit shrinking as well (and at a surprising rate btw), so how strong would that card be? Besides, Obama wouldn't shy away from reminding the GOP that Bush had inherited a surplus (or not!?) - which then evaporated after 8 years of Bush rule. (But of course Clinton was guilty for that).
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