The Fight for the Label Goes to the Nation's Leading Bush-Obama State
How far will one go for the label of “true” conservative? You probably saw Rick Santorum’s latest legs in the effort to steal that title.
“Man,” he said with a Kool edge of anger over the question: “You said Mitt Romney was the worst Republican in the country. Is that true?”
You can’t fault Santorum for losing it last Sunday when New York Times reporter Jeff Zeleny questioned Santorum about a remark in a speech he just delivered in Racine, Wisconsin. Santorum seized the opportunity to demonstrate some cred by throwing a tantrum. Why shouldn’t he? After all, he’s locked in a battle that rivals any serious schoolyard feud over the position of bad dude or top dog. He is fighting to be the answer to this question: Who is the “real” conservative in the Republican primary race? The fight to be that answer or for that label of “true” conservative leads men like Romney, Gingrich and Santorum down many paths. Santorum showed there are fruits to winning the label such as a shout out of applause from Sarah Palin. She gave him props and praise for his moment of standing up to the Gray Lady’s star political reporter.
Racine is a Bush-Obama county. It was there that Santorum cursed New York Times reporter Jeff Zeleny. Santorum stood with his daughter by his side. He went on to pat his conservatism as authentic. “If you’re a conservative and you haven’t taken on a New York Times reporter, you’re not worth your salt, as far as I’m concerned,” he later said.
Wow, he didn’t even need a fist for this fight. He’s tough alright! Unfortunately for him, polls do not indicate that Santorum’s righteous, and conservative rage against the liberal media will translate into victory on Tuesday when voters from Wisconsin, the nation’s top Bush-Obama state in terms of counties, weigh in on the Republican field. Wisconsin—also locked in the recall battle—has 31 Bush-Obama counties—more than any other state and the tensions in the Republican battle for Wisconsin voters are obviously fierce.
Clearly Romney values Wisconsin as a notch he needs to further secure the idea of his inevitability as the nominee. Just look at what he is spending in the state. The pro-Romney super PAC Restore Our Future has spent $2.3 million on television ads in Wisconsin.
Going into Wisconsin, Romney is a leader among the Republican candidates in the Bush-Obama America so far. We tallied the totals in all Bush-Obama counties.