By Alden L. Benton
In one of cinema’s most famous lines, Dirty Harry (Clint Eastwood) advised a bad guy on the receiving end of “the most powerful handgun in the world” that “a man has got to know his limitations.”
As of March28, according to Real Clear Politics, Mitt Romney now has 565 of the 1,114 delegates needed to secure the Republican Party presidential nomination. His only real rival, former Senator Rick Santorum is in second place with 256 delegates.
In my March 22 post, I showed the futility of continuing the campaigns of Newt Gingrich and Ron Paul. Now it is time for Rick Santorum to acknowledge his limitations and throw in the towel.
There are 1,151 delegates remaining in 23 elections and caucuses in 22 states and the District of Columbia. Rick Santorum needs 858, 76 per cent, of the remaining delegates. If Mitt Romney wins 48 per cent of the remaining delegates (549 delegates), he will be the nominee.
The Real Clear Politics average of all the major polls shows Mitt Romney averaging 37.1 per cent to Santorum’s 29.0 per cent. Newt Gingrich at 14.6 per cent, and Ron Paul with 11.9 per cent, are distant also-rans.
However, seven of the remaining primary contests (456 delegates) are winner-take-all contests which favor Romney. Of the remaining 16 contests, nine (484 delegates) are proportional, which dilutes the delegates any one candidates earns, a disadvantage to Santorum as long as Paul and Gingrich are still in the race.
As Mary Chapin Carpenter once sang, “The stars may lie, but the numbers never do.” The numbers are stacked against Rick Santorum and prolonging the fight weakens the ultimate nominee in his fight against the Left and their poster child, B. Hussein Obama.
We can’t afford four more years of Obama and his crooks, communists and cronies. It is time, Mr. Santorum, for you to throw in the towel and get behind Mitt in the quest to defeat Obama and the Left.
But Jesus knew their thoughts, and said to them: “Every kingdom divided against itself is brought to desolation, and every city or house divided against itself will not stand.”
~Matthew 12:25, New King James Version
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