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Santorum Up, Perry Down

By on 12.28.11 | 11:14AM

Sorry to send y'all on a link chain, but at CFIF I discuss why a new column by Rich Lowry and polling by PPP both show more good news for Rick Santorum. Meanwhile, Jennifer Rubin thinks Rick Perry's campaign may be in its final days -- which is further confirmation of my report that the "draft Jindal" movement is a sign of impending doom for Perry. Again, it also could be perhaps good news for Santorum, because if word gets out that serious conservative leaders think Perry is doomed, Iowans disposed toward voting for Perry might peel off and vote for the conservative moving up (Santorum) rather than the one (Perry) fading out.

Meanwhile, Mitt Romney may yet suffer from this video showing him wanting to "keep the good parts" of Obamacare, and this one in which he doesn't just describe the mandate as something he agreed to in order to keep the Democratic legislature happy, but repeatedly returns to it as perhaps the single biggest selling point, the best practical policy advance, in Romneycare. In the last 24 seconds of that second video, he quite clearly infers that the mandate would be good policy for the nation as well. He does the same thing in this video. Meanwhile, conservative Iowa radio host Steve Deace has been running (on his web site) this excellent column by Steve Baldwin, former conservative state legislator in California and former execdutive director of the conservative Counsel for National Policy -- a column excoriating Romney, very much in line with all the anti-Romney info available at Baldwin's site RomneyExposed, which, among other things, details Romney's economic heresies.

All of which continues to make this an incredibly fluid race going into these last six days.

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