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Santorum has earned a one-on-one match with Romney

Back in December I endorsed Newt Gingrich. I sent his campaign a relatively generous donation and have stayed with him through thick and thin over the past three months. With the failure yesterday to win Alabama and/or Mississippi, the Gingrich campaign has stalled and, while nothing is certain in this weird primary season,  likely will now either quickly crash or slowly flutter downward like a mortally wounded duck.

A couple of months ago I wrote:

I don’t believe Mitt Romney can win. He has never really been the front-runner. He’s just been the [candidate] the party establishment supported so in a fractured field he seemed more important than he really ever was.  His record is wrong, he has no core that anyone has ever seen, and he is a stiff and plastic candidate who utterly lacks the ability to connect with average people.

I stand by that statement. The difference is in the person who seems best positioned to defeat Romney. Then it was Gingrich, now it is Santorum. Rick has performed well beyond what anyone expected. While he is not without faults, he brings a youthful energy to the campaign at a time when the GOP needs just that. While he can correctly be called a  “big government conservative” he still compares quite favorably to Mitt Romney in that regard. He is staunchly pro-life and pro-family at a time when the current administration is at war with both concepts.

Rick Santorum has withstood the barrage of garbage thrown at him by the Romney Campaign and gotten stronger. As the “conservative” share of the vote has remained steady at over 50% just about everywhere other than Taxachusetts, now would seem to be the time for Rick Santorum to go head to head with Mitt Romney.

I like and respect Mr. Gingrich but I no longer think his presence in the race is helpful. If we are to defeat Barack Obama let us do it with a candidate that is unabashedly Pro-Life and has shown some ability to connect with the average American.

Speaker Gingrich please step aside and endorse Rick Santorum for the Republican nomination for President.