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Campaigns grind on

Posted: March 27, 2012 10:22 a.m.
Updated: March 28, 2012 5:00 a.m.

Rick Santorum took the Louisiana Republican presidential primary last week, but Mitt Romney grinds inexorably on, increasing his delegate count and making it more and more difficult for anyone else to become the GOP standard bearer. Former House Speaker Newt Gingrich refuses to face the reality of defeat and stubbornly hangs on, and while there is a mathematical chance someone other than Romney could win, the odds are long.

The wear and tear of a long campaign is beginning to show in many ways, including the candidates’ language. Politicians, of course, have never been known for using mere Sunday school verbiage when they’re out of range of a reporter or a camera, but Santorum’s tirade last week against a New York Times reporter, in which he used a well-known barnyard synonym for bovine manure, indicated the pressure of the campaign is wearing on him a bit much. Ironically, while many might not approve of his exact use of words, they will cheer the fact that he’s taking on The New York Times, long a mouthpiece for the Obama administration no matter how vociferously the newspaper insists on the impartiality of its news columns.

Santorum’s drama aside, the numbers are mounting against him. Republicans might not be in love with Romney, but given the choice between him and Obama, they’ll rally around him come November. Whether they do that in sufficient numbers to unseat the president is yet to be seen.

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