Ford O'Connell At Politico's Arena: 'Is Rick Santorum Ready To Play Ball?'

The key takeaway from Santorum’s convincing hat trick on Tuesday night is not that the former Pennsylvania Senator is a viable contender for the Republican presidential nomination (at least not at this juncture), but that his strong victories exposed glaring deficiencies in Team Romney’s campaign strategy.

Instead of just touting business experience and going negative on his opponents, Team Romney needs to go back to the drawing board and give conservatives a better reason to pull the lever for him. If not, the bloodshed could continue for sometime.

Romney is still the odd-on-favorite to win the GOP nomination, but the clock is ticking. And if Romney is incapable of developing a passionate yet positive narrative for conservatives, his chances of defeating President Obama in the general could be damaged as well.

Read more from Ford O'Connell at Politico's "The Arena"

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published this page in In The News 2012-02-08 17:00:00 -0500
Analysis & Political Strategy