• (Rick) Santorum Surges in Iowa

    Welcome to 2012, the year we discover if we have more to fear from the wrath of the Mayans or the Iowans.

    With the surge of Santorum coursing through the first in the nation caucus state — no, that's not effluent from a Concentrated Animal Feeding Operation — the late-deciding Iowa voter is winning the terror and tribulation primary

    If Santorum is the man Iowans want, it would be the sharpest turn in a race of hairpin curves. Despite his long, lonely tour through the Hawkeye State, the former Pennsylvania senator was mired in last place as late as this month. Now he is unquestionably the race's hottest candidate.

    In a Des Moines Register poll released on New Year’s Eve and noted for its historical accuracy, Santorum notched 15% of the vote. But in the survey's last two days, he collected the second-most votes, and on its final day he ran just a point behind front-runner Mitt Romney, well within the margin of error.

    When I'm feeling too optimistic about the GOP primary electorate, I like to remind myself that these polling trajectories reflect the changing views of actual voters. Somewhere there's a voter who thought Herman Cain was the best man for the presidency until the publisher of racist newsletters won this voter's heart, before abandoning the libertarian anti-war Ron Paul for the neo-conservative Santorum.

    On the bright side, maybe President Romney will punish Iowa for its indecisive insolence and take away its privileged first-to-vote status.

    Photo by Tom Williams/CQ-Roll Call Group/Getty Images


    Tags: Iowa, Iowa Caucus, Polls, Rick Santorum

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