• Rick Santorum Plans to Win Nomination by Losing Nomination

    It's a pretty much universally accepted fact that Rick Santorum has no chance of winning the Republic nomination. But that's okay. In fact, he's kind of counting on not winning the nomination. Because, if he doesn't win the nomination, then he just might be able to win the nomination. Or something.

    This is what's known in the biz as "Santorum logic," and it's pretty much just as solid as anything else that comes out of his campaign

    Central to Santorum's strategy are county and state conventions, which select delegates to the convention in caucus states. Santorum's campaign asserts that they will outperform their caucus-night delegate shares because convention-goers are by-and-large more conservative than the average Republican voter. But they are making the (weak) assumption that Ron Paul's libertarian army won't try the same thing.

    The strategy memo also argues that Romney will have difficulty reaching the 50-percent threshold in a three- or four-person race — an argument that is even more true for Santorum, who lacks the same organization and fundraising capacity as the front-runner.

    This is a winning-by-losing strategy — and a hard one to sell to voters and donors.

    If losing the nomination really is his plan, then bravo! He's doing an amazing job. You know, there's very few people I can think of who are more suited to the task.

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    Related: New Yorkers to Blame for Rick Santorum's Crazy Views

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    Tags: Conservatives, Mitt Romney, Primaries, Republican National Convention, Republicans, Rick Santorum

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