Tuesday, January 27, 2015

Rick in the Land of Lincoln

The Illinois primary today is a real test for Rick Santorum; it doesn't appear he'll pass it.

Rick in the Land of Lincoln

(A brief discussion twixt Baer & Baer's editor, a.k.a. BE)

JB: Okay, boss, your boy Rick faces a big test today in Illinois. What's your prediction?

BE: A stunning, come-from-behind strong showing that keeps him in the race.

JB: Hmm. Perhaps you haven't seen the latest Public Policy Polling numbers showing Mitt leading Rick 45-30.

BE: The only poll that counts is, well, you know.

JB: Yeah but this is another big state where TV trumps retail. And Mitt outspent Rick in broadcast ads $2 million to $60,000.

BE: You can't buy elections like you used to. Mitt's always outspent Rick.

JB: What about Rick saying this week that he doesn't care about the unemployment rate? And this in a state where unemployment tops 9%?

BE: Taken out of context. Like when Mitt said he didn't care about "the very poor."

JB: Yeah, well, Rick's, “I don’t care what the unemployment rate’s going to be. Doesn’t matter to me,” will turn out to be the Illinois version of his telling folks in Puerto Rico they need to speak English to become a state.

BE: Illinois is "The Land of Lincoln." And like Lincoln, Rick lost a Senate race and came back and ran for president. And that turned out pretty well.

JB: Except Rick lost his Senate seat because the people of Pennsylvania voted him out. Lincoln lost a Senate seat in the days when state legislatures voted for senators.

BE: Details, details.

JB: Let me guess, you think Rick simply moves on to Louisiana on Saturday and captures the Pelican State cuz Mitt can't win in the South?

BE: "Union, justice, confidence."

JB: Huh?

BE: The Louisiana state motto.

JB: Oh, I though it was "It's OK by me, if it's OK bayou."

BE: Grrrr.





John Baer Daily News Political Columnist
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John is the author of the book "On The Front Lines of Pennsylvania Politics: Twenty-Five Years of Keystone Reporting" (The History Press, 2012). Reach John at baerj@phillynews.com.

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