CNN Debates: Santorum vs Romney, Paul & 3 Million and hour

The CNN Republican Presidential Nominee debate in Arizona was a sit down conversation.  In spite of the cordial casual conversational appearance, this CNN Debate was anything but cordial.  It was the 2oth debate and yet another debate handled by CNN.  I was excited to see the debate because it has been a fun campaign.   I’m amazed at the twist and turns and changes of this Republican Election cycle.

CNN Debates: Santorum vs Everybody.

Ok, so Santorum is the front runner now.  He has been hit with everything but well Santorum.  I know crude rude but, heck Rick Santorum has been just like his commercial in Michigan.  Romney has attacked him by slinging the mud or whatever you want to call it like nobody’s business.

For a while he was outspending Santorum 29 to 1 in Michigan, Romney’s home state.  That is ridiculous, but to give you the full picture you have Mitt Romney spending $1,240,230 vs Rick Santorum’s $42,433 in campaign spending.  With consideration of the pack spending, the ratio gets more in line with a 3 to 1 ratio (3.2 million Romney vs 1.1 million Santorum).

Now back to the regularly scheduled message, the CNN Debates.  Everyone was hitting Rick Santorum, whom really didn’t exactly know how to respond to the challenges.  After the debate, Rick Santorum put on the player after the end of the loss smile saying perinthetically “it was fun being the center of attention between Ron Paul and Mitt, but I didn’t bring my A game”.  To the best of my knowlege, that is the last debate.  So it’s play off time now.

With the Playoffs in mind the Super Bowl I mean Super Tuesday is right around the corner.  Again, this last debate was a gang up on Santorum event.  But interestingly enough, Newt Gingrich seemed at ease in this debate.  Newt went back to his style of bashing the media and really not having to get to involved unless he had to do so.  Ron Paul and Mitt Romney beat up on Mitt Romney while Newt had an almost smug look on his mind.  At the time, I thought Newt doesn’t care anymore.  He has run out of money but he is not going anywhere just like the Hatfields and McCoys.

CNN Debates: 3 Million Reasons Newt is Happy.

In my Podcast I have had a Rachel Maddow Blog for days.  I don’t a chance to check it often.  In this case is a 2/17/2012 MSNBC Rachel Maddow show.  I just happened to have a spare moment so I took a look at it.

Great Episode, but all Rachel Maddow shows are fairly decent. Keith Olberman was my favorite host but when he parted ways with MSNBC, I stuck with the team in a Rick Santorum way.

She spoke to Mitt Romney’s struggles and how Newt Gingrich and Ron Paul were the best things in the world for Mitt Romney right now.  She spoke to a fractured republican electorate being good for Mitt Romney.  While his campaign fights to win the electorate, they have yet to solidify the voting base.  They need Newt in to continue to keep the “Not Mitt Romney” vote from being unified against Mitt Romney. A big challenge to that was Newt’s Campaign running out of money. She spoke to Sheldon Adelson giving Newt’s campaign 10 million more dollars.

CNN Debates: Anti Santorum Fund

Steve Schmidt is a former Republican strategist for John McCain’s campaign.  Steve spoke to the point that Adelson doesn’t like Santorum.  Adleson met with Mitt and Gingrich in Vegas before the debates.  Adelson stated he would fund whoever wins to help them defeat President Obama. Then Steve Schmidt blew my mind.  Schmidt state Adelson makes 3.7 million an hour.

ALL OTHER ELEMENTS WERE SILENCED FOR ME AT THAT MOMENT.

I tried to use the dash board calculator on my MacBook Pro and it doesn’t even go that high to do the calculation.  I had to go to excel to get a real feel for the math.  I did a little more research to understand that Adleson made 7 billion dollars in 2010.  I break down the math in this manner

  1. 7 Billion is  $583,333,333.33  per month (12 months presuming per year)
  2.  $583,333,333.33 per week is  $145,833,333.33  (presuming 4 weeks per month)
  3.  $145,833,333.33  per day is  $29,166,666.67  (presuming 5 work days in a given week)
  4.  $29,166,666.67  per hour is  $3,645,833.33  (presuming 8 hours a given day)

In perspective, if most people were to make 3 million dollars in earnings in their career, they would have earned $121,527.78 in taxable income over a 30 year period.  Adleson earns that solid lifetime achievement in one hour.  Mitt Romney earned 21 million last year which Adleson surpasses in a 6 hour work day.

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CNN Debates: Outcome

Anti Romney is still in the lead, but it appears Romney is steady as he goes. There is no way to count Newt out, but there doesn’t appear to be a path for Newt to win.  The predictive thought is, happy Newt will continue to hit the resolute Romney as hard as he can to leave him for dead.  While Paul and Romney beat up on Santorum, Santorum seem set on sticking to his consistent politcal guns.

As debate viewers leave dissolutioned and seemingly unenthused, the campaigns appear heading for a brokered convention. But one thing is for sure, what one vote can’t buy 3 million an hour surely will.

 

Sources:
1.Maddow, Rachel “MSNBC: The Rachel Maddow Show” Video  February, 17 2012

2. Medved, Michael”Rick Santorum in CNN Debate: Not Crazy, Just a Conventional  Politician” , February 21, 2012

 
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