ROMNEY AND SANTORUM.
Which of the two has the momentum?
The Republican Party nomination race is working out to be a two-man contest, as the obvious is happening, that the actual viable candidates for the party's selection committee to get a strong person to face off with President Barack Obama in the 2012 presidential election, has fizzled out to just Mitt Romney and Rick Santorum.
Newt Gingrich and Ron Paul, for whatever they do now, will not count very much in terms of gaining momentum in any way, shape or form to surpass the front runners, Romney and Santorum.
As such, Santorum is taking advantage, and moving forward with vitriolic statements against Romney, that "he is the worst conservative in the country," and for the party to choose him (Romney) over he (Santorum), will be a big mistake.
He maintains that Romney is bereft of any of the core beliefs of the Republican Party. "He does not tell the truth, and he is not trustworthy," Santorum is saying about Romney among other things on the campaign trail; and most of such statements are detrimental to how the party's hierarchy perceives Romney. He is their idol candidate in many ways; one of them being for the fact that he is very wealthy.
In fact, to many people the nomination race is just a formality leading to Romney being the Republican nominee in the long run. He tends to have the backing of the elitists in his party, judging from the financial contributions they are making toward his campaign.
The PACs (Political Action Committees) are pulling in large amounts of money to support Romney, and for any of his rivals to surpass him will be impossible at this stage, in that regard.
The final forum will be the party's convention in Tampa, FL. in a few months time, when Romney will get the nod to represent the party against Obama.
However, Santorum is still winning more primaries, and so he continues to be a formidable challenger to Romney, and thus causing a great deal of concern to many party followers.
He has the backing of the evangelical side, as well as the support of the tea party revolution to his credit, and if they decide to stay home, with Romney as the party's official choice for the Fall election, then there is no doubt that Obama and the Democratic Party will win by a landslide.
The situation has split the Republican Party in several ways, and so, it may end up with a broker convention and a controversial candidate, from any angle one presently looks at it.
As for Gingrich and Paul, not many people are considering them to be anything, but already out of the nomination race. They still remain in it, for no reason other than the fact that they may have to endorse one of the two in the final analysis. For their support will come in very handy to any of their two fighting counterparts.