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Chris Cillizza says that two wins for Mitt tonight would give us great momentum:

Romney is a heavy favorite in Arizona, which will also hold its presidential primary today. Wins in Arizona and Michigan will effectively send a message that after being knocked down earlier this month — when Santorum swept a series of votes in Missouri, Minnesota and Colorado — Romney found a way to pick himself off the mat against the latest challenger seeking to paint him as insufficiently conservative.

“If Romney wins both, he may have extinguished his last conservative challenger,” said Curt Anderson, who worked for Texas Gov. Rick Perry’s presidential campaign earlier this cycle. “Each time a conservative challenger takes center stage, two things happen. First, the challenger self-immolates: Perry, Cain, Newt, Santorum. Second, Romney pours gas on him, just in case.”

Victories in Michigan and Arizona would also come exactly one week before Super Tuesday, when 10 states hold either primaries or caucuses — by far the biggest delegate day of the race so far. With no debate scheduled before March 6 — a planned gathering March 1 was canceled when Romney and Texas Rep. Ron Paul pulled out — there’s little to stop the narrative that Romney has righted the ship and is, once again, the clear favorite. That means momentum.

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7 Responses to Michigan and Arizona – The Momentum We Need!

  1. Terry says:

    Karen Santorum: Husband’s surge ‘is God’s will’

    (Read the article at , then read my remarks below. )

    I couldn’t pass the article up without commenting on it. With religion simmering in the political background, I was expecting something like this to occur at some point in the GOP nominating process—although not so bold as Karen Santorum has presented it. The entire Washington Post article can be summed up in four words, uttered by Mrs. Santorum when she said (referring to her husband’s run for president): “This is God’s will.”

    I’m not going to pretend to know whether God has indeed put his stamp of approval on Rick’s quest for the presidency or not. However, his wife’s announcement to that effect has opened the door for some justifiable questioning.

    Karen Santorum’s assertion that “I personally think this is God’s will. I think He has us on a path, and I do think there’s a lot more happening than what we’re seeing”, seems to imply only one thing: God—as far as the Santorums are concerned—has endorsed Rick Santorum for President of the United States.

    I have no doubt that the Santorums feel very strongly about their faith, and I’m not questioning that. I’m also certain that they’ve prayed about the course they are now on. That, I also am not questioning. What I do have a concern with is Mrs. Santorum’s public announcement that her husband’s run for the presidency is God’s will for him.

    Revelation from God to an individual is, in my opinion, a deeply personal and private thing, not to be shared with just anyone. In my life, and I know I’m not unique in this, I have experienced occasional promptings from a Divine power. Sometimes, the promptings were of the guiding kind; sometimes of the warning kind. In almost all cases however, just the thought of running out and telling the world about my experience gave me an immediate and very uncomfortable feeling, as if the author of the Divine prompting was saying, “this is just between me and you, my friend”.

    So the Santorums announce publicly that God is on their side. What message does that send to the other candidates, their staff, and all the others who have labored hard in behalf of the person whom they believe should be the next president? That the election is foreordained? That their best efforts have been, and will be, for naught? If God is on the side of the Santorums, then God must be against them?

    No…I think we have something else going on here. Karen Santorum got it right when she said, “I think a lot more is happening than what we can actually see”, except the “happening” is not what she believes it to be. As an early leader of the LDS church once said (and I’m paraphrasing) “the biggest error a lot of people make is in mistaking feeling good about something as being a stamp of approval from God.” Is there any religious person who has not, at least once in their life, fallen into the trap of “this must be from God, or I wouldn’t feel good about it”? I certainly have. The trouble with that type of reasoning is that it leads to rationalization one would probably not engage in under normal circumstances (i.e. “doing this is okay because I know that God has my back”).

    So what is really happening?

    One of the most precious gifts God has given us is our free agency. With it, we can determine what we want to do with our life, whether good or bad. Sometimes God steps in and “prompts” us, if He has a particular direction He wants us to take. Other times, he simply stands aside and lets us learn through our own mistakes and successes with no direction from Him. So, just because we may feel good about a certain path we have chosen, does not necessarily mean that God is taking a personal hand in the matter. We have used our free agency in selecting a path or course of action, and God is simply respecting the free agency He has given us by standing aside and letting us pursue whatever it is we want to pursue.

    That’s what is going on with the Sanrtorums, in my opinion. The Bible says that God is no respecter of persons (Acts 10:34-35). That being the case, why would God step into a political scene and take one candidate’s side over the other candidates? Is Rick more righteous than the other candidates? Does he have a personal “in” with God that none of the others have? All the good things Rick and his wife say they want for America, the Romney’s also want, and probably Newt and Ron Paul also.

    So is it really God’s will for Rick to be president? Personally, I don’t see it. What I do see is the exercise of God-given free agency at work, and a man and wife who feel good about that they are doing.

    And there is absolutely nothing wrong with that.

  2. Liz says:

    No worries. Apparently God told Huckabee not to run, and he obeyed. If God told Santorum’s wife to have him run….go for it. Probably everyone would like to think God is endorsing their efforts. Problem with Rick and wife is they verbalize every thought that goes through their heads. Makes me nervous.

    My problem is that Santorum called me to ask for my vote and I was so insulted, I’ve never been a registered Democrat. He should stick to his supporter list.

  3. RC says:

    If Rick Santorum is really “called of God” and doing “God’s will” and “speaks for God” and “God is on his side”, then tell me why would you need to ask the Democrats to help you get elected? In other words, if it is destiny that President Santorum will be elected, why all of the debate? In order for President Santorum to initiate all of his “religious agenda” upon the rest of us, he will have to denounce the Constitution of this land and substitute it with something else. There is nothing that he can do, even with God’s help, to legislate morality without abandoning the Constitution.

    I am just waiting to see if Larry is going to post something here that is totally outrageous. I really believe he is doing the devils bidding. Because Gingrich is in totally last place and is the biggest loser of the candidates, Larry is trying desperately to make us miserable just like himself. He can’t stand to see us in a postive way. Fasting and praying and the like. The devil is totally miserable and those that do his bidding want others to be miserable as well. Larry, we love you and want you to come into the light.

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