Good Monday to you all – here are some of the stories we are following in ‘The War Room’ today, March 12th, 2012:
All eyes turn to tomorrow’s primaries in Mississippi and Alabama, and we’ve got the polling to prove it. PPP finds both southern state races “too close to call“: In Alabama, it’s Romney 31, Gingrich 30, Santorum 29, Paul 8. In Mississippi, it’s Gingrich 33, Romney 31, Santorum 27, Paul 7. ARG has a new poll out today that shows Santorum falling farther behind: Gingrich 34, Romney 31, Santorum 24, Paul 6. Moral of the polling? Anyone’s ballgame at this point.
A new poll from Washington Post/ABC News has some curious numbers when it comes to the general election, showing that even though Americans believe the economy is improving, there is a concern about gas prices, and that is being blamed from Obama’s mediocre numbers on the handling of the economy. Go figure. As the news has repeatedly reported, there is very little the president can do about the price of gas except to wean us off of oil dependency – and that is happening, as oil imports have dropped by 2 million barrells a day since Obama took office, and domestic production is at its higest point since 2003.
Fastest growing industry in America by percentage between 2007 & 2011? Renewable energy and environment at 49.2 percent.
“He’s gotten more done in three years than any president in decades.” Read the Washington Monthly’s excellent article on Barack Obama, or if you want just the highlights, check out his 50 Top Accomplishments.
Not to be outdone in the head-scratching department comes a poll from CBS News/New York Times that says GOP voters prefer Santorum over Romney, but they think Romney is inevitable. People, you’re in charge of this. If you want Santorum, vote for Santorum. Please. The ad makers will thank you later.
Rick Santorum, Saturday: “It’s good to be in the hometown of Rush Limbaugh, which some people see as a trip to Mecca.” Um, care to name names, there, Senator?
Rick Santorum, Sunday: “See, I always believed that when you run for president of the United States, it should be illegal to read off a teleprompter.” When teleprompters are outlawed, then only outlaws will have teleprompters. Don’t tell Reagan.
Other curious polling numbers from the PPP report on Alabama and Mississippi: GOP voters in those two states think that Obama is a Muslim, and there are still a significant number of people who are unsure if interracial marriage should be legal. If anyone has a way to change these perceptions, let us know.
Updated AP Delegate Tracker: Romney: 454, Santorum: 217, Gingrich: 107, Paul: 47, Huntsman: 2
Missing Doonesbury today? You can find it here.
Friends don’t let friends do austerity.
Very surprised that someone hasn’t grabbed this for an attack ad yet: Watch Mitt Romney squash the “little guy” below.