Rick Santorum: “Game On”

It is “Game On” in the Republican Presidential primary following the “surprise” finish by former Pennsylvania Senator Rick Santorum.

, U.S. Senator from Pennsylvania.

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Mitt Romney may have won the Iowa Caucuses by eight votes, but the story coming out of Iowa is Rick Santorum. In addressing his supporters on Tuesday night, the first words out of his mouth were, “Game on.”

Romney edged Santorum 30,015 to 30,007 votes. The result is closest caucus finish in history and a campaign that go down in history.

After languishing in the polls for almost two years, most candidates would have changed course, fired their advisors, and thrown in the towel, but not Rick Santorum. From the beginning of the campaign to the caucuses themselves, Santorum stayed faithful to his grassroots strategy that relied more on blood, sweat, and tears, than the glitz, glamour, and media attention that comes with being a front-runner.

Santorum’s strategy paid off, largely because Iowa’s plentiful social conservatives coalesced around his candidacy in the closing days of the campaign. His message on bringing manufacturing jobs home resonated with blue-collar workers. Another key factor behind Santorum’s stunning victory in Iowa is the simple fact that he made himself more assessable to Iowa voters than any other candidate.

The strong finish by Santorum shows the Tea Party will be a force in 2012.

The Santorum Iowa “victory” negates the dire predictions against the Tea Party, most notably by Talk Show host and O’Reilly Factor pundit, Laura Ingraham, who said recently that a win in Iowa for Romney was a defeat for the Tea Party.

Clearly it was not, because Mitt Romney, for all the push and hype, barely scraped past Rick Santorum for the top spot in Iowa, and did not crack the percentage ceiling, maintaining a plateau below 30 percent, while Santorum’s grass-roots, bare knuckles and bare-bones campaign managed to resonate reasonably with the hawkeye voters, who gave him the second spot.

If there’s an unsung “hero” in the Iowa Caucuses, it most certainly is the Tea Party, because the narrative in the election and the driving forces are the issues of the economy, unemployment and jobs, and the corruption of Crony Socialism of the current administration, the very issues of the Tea Party.

The Iowa caucus results also show the importance of EVERY vote for this reason.

They show that no matter how you slice it, the GOP nomination for President is up for grabs.  When you tally all the polls and divvy-up all the percentages, add in all the predictions, factor in all the speculation, then sum up all the estimates, the inside skinnies, the fat rumors, the wishful thinkings, the positive ponderings, the maybe baby’s, the hollow hunches, and the round tuits, Conservatives need to get out the vote, the message, and follow through to the result.

As was said Tuesday night, “Game On!”

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