The Republicans played a doubleheader Tuesday night and, if you’re scoring from home, Mitt Romney swept the twin bill.
Romney was almost out at home in the Michigan game, squeaking out a three-point win over Rick Santorum while splitting the state’s delegates.
If Romney had been thrown out at home, pundits would have been speculating when he was going to hang up his, excuse me, Mitt.
If you look beyond the box scores, Santorum blew both games of the doubleheader.
Once Righteous Rick stops circling the campaign bases, he won’t find work as the Pirates’ next closer.
In Michigan, Santorum squandered double-digit leads in two polls. Shades of the Eagles last season (that’s my final sports analogy of this post, I promise).
Santorum got crushed in Arizona, where just a week ago polls showed him within easy striking distance of Romney. So much for Phoenix rising.
Santorum had to be delusional when he declared it “an absolutely great night.”
Get real, Rick.
Santorum’s absolutist and doctrinal spoutings about matters of faith turned his momentum into ashes. And ashes are only good for you on Ash Wednesday.
He hit sledgehammer hard on issues he believed would win over his fellow Catholics, attacking Obama’s rule on contraceptive coverage and assailing John F. Kennedy on church-state separation.
Unfortunately for Santorum, most Catholics, unlike their bishops, actually like contraceptives.
And while JFK had the fidelity of a rabbit in the White House, he remains a hallowed figure among Catholics because he was the first and only Catholic president. Besides, what’s a little adultery when you can hit the confessional.
Not surprisingly, Santorum struck out (oops, sorry about another baseball reference but this self-editing simply ain’t working) last night with Catholics, who went for the Mormon Romney by a 6-point margin in both Arizona and Michigan.
Moderate and independent women also don’t have Santorum posters glued to their bedroom walls since he is violently opposed to contraception and abortion and because he evidently prefers that they don’t work outside the home unless it’s cutting grass and pulling weeds in flower beds.
Besides the Catholic factor, Santorum lost the Michigan primary because of his weakness among women. Although he lost among Michigan men by just one point, he lost the women’s vote by a full six-point margin.
Chalk it up to that old adage that hell hath no fury like a woman scorned.