IN SIMPLE TERMS
By BOBBIE McAULIFFE
President Obama has himself between a rock and a hard place over the Keystone XL pipeline. The Unions want it and the environmentalists do not.
And again when he told the Catholic Church they would have to provide their female employees with insurance that covers birth control. The Church is strongly opposed to birth control. A compromise was reached when he exempted the Church from the mandate but told the insurance companies they will have to offer a private individual plan to the female employees at no cost. Who knows how that will play out?
The U.S. Congress passed the STOCK ACT in almost record time, after reports that some Congressmen, Senators, and staffers were benefiting from information that amounts to insider trading. S-2038 passed the Senate by a vote of 96-4 on Feb. 2 and the House by a vote of 417–2 on Feb. 9.
Senator Rick Santorum shocked just about everyone by winning the three primary/caucus elections held on Feb. 7 and placing Colorado, Missouri and Minnesota in his column.
He is now in second place by delegates won, but Real Clear Politics, who keeps a rolling average of all the polls still shows Newt Gingrich in second place nationally.
On Thursday, however, you would have thought Santorum is the nominee in Oklahoma. An email message from State GOP headquarters went out Tuesday night saying the Senator would be at H&H gun range in OKC at 9 a.m. on Thursday, and Mabee Center in Tulsa at 1:30. The email included an RSVP.
Thursday morning another email went out saying the response was overwhelming and the OKC event was moved to a hotel conference center. While driving to Tulsa I heard on the radio that 1,200 people had greeted the Senator at 9 a.m. Then when I arrived at the Mabee Center nearly an hour before the event was to begin people were lined up all the way around the building and it took 20 minutes for me to get inside.
I later learned the event was originally scheduled for a banquet room that holds about 200 people, then moved to a larger media room, and finally to the gymnasium and more than 4,000 people had turned out. In a radio interview after the event, Senator Santorum said this was the largest and warmest crowd he had received and he will be back to Oklahoma before Super Tuesday.
Mitt Romney is scrambling to hold on to his lead. Time will tell if he is successful. He has the money to buy all the ads promoting himself, or tearing down his opponent that he wants to buy. Santorum has the correct message for most Conservative Republican voters, and contributions are rolling in to his campaign, but he will not be able to match Romney’s war chest.
He did win the CPAC straw poll Saturday which has nothing but bragging rights, 38 percent to 31 percent for Santorum, with Gingrich at 15 percent and Ron Paul 12 percent coming in third and fourth, and the non-binding Maine straw poll 39 percent to 36 percent for Ron Paul with Santorum capturing 18 percent and Newt Gingrich six percent.
The next event will be a debate from Arizona on CNN at 7 p.m. on Feb. 22, then Arizona and Michigan primary elections on Feb. 28.