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Wow, Rick Santorum did grant us a surprise last night. Three for three means that Santorum has no reason to consider dropping out any time soon. His supporters have many more reasons for kicking in more of their time, devotion, and money to his campaign. 

These three contests in Minnesota, Missouri, and Colorado emphasise that Romney is a weak frontrunner, but he is also aware of his weaknesses and smart about his resources. No delegates were at stake last night, and Romney has been focusing his resources on states where delegates will be directly assigned. Romney let Santorum win the favourable coverage and the momentum. This keeps the conservative vote from ever coalescing around Gingrich who was until today, Romney’s largest rival.


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The Day’s Reads:

Sarah Huisenga on contraception and the 2012 race

Ross Douthat on Romney’s long slog
David Frum’s ongoing series of posts criticising Charles Murray’s book, “Coming Apart”

This Day In Politics

On February 8, 1887, President Grover Cleveland signed the Dawes Severalty Act, which gives him the authority to divide Native American land into privately owned plots.

Tweet Of The Day:

From Robert A. George, on Santorum’s success.


Rob George Tweet


What’s Next

More debate in Congress over insider-trading by legislators. This should be an issue of huge concern to voters, but it is very easy to get lost in the details. 


Take care, 


Michael Brendan Dougherty  Politics Editor BusinessInsider.com [email protected]

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