Your email is not valid
Recipient's email is not valid
Submit Close

Your email has been sent.

Click here to send another

thescroll_header

Defeats for Romney, Jew Pond

Big night for Santorum; and Sheldon Adelson is Romney’s new best friend

Print Email
Rick Santorum, victorious, last night.(Sean Gardner/Getty Images)

In last night’s Republican primaries, Mitt Romney actually took home the most delegates, thanks to late wins in Hawaii and American Samoa. But with two third-place finishes in Mississippi and Alabama, in contests he had said he would win as late as Monday, the night was a clear loss for Romney, and Rick Santorum, the winner in both places, put himself firmly in the position of top contender and guaranteed that the primary race will be drawn out for another month or two. He might even have a shot.

The Jewish angle here, in addition to the fact that more Republican Jews back Romney than Santorum, is that one really can credit billionaire casino magnate Sheldon Adelson with much of this. His donations to a Super PAC affiliated with his friend Newt Gingrich proved indispensable, particularly back in January but also now, with keeping Gingrich in the race; and Gingrich’s continued presence in the race is now proving indispensable to Romney’s ability to maintain his status as frontrunner, favorite, and delegate leader: if Gingrich dropped out today, many of his voters (who gave him a second-place finish in Mississippi and Alabama) would, it’s believed, flock to Santorum.

“The race is not going to wrap up anytime soon, and if it becomes a two-man race in fact rather than in theory, Romney could have some long election nights being ground down as he amasses delegates but potentially loses the popular vote,,” writes Politico’s Maggie Haberman. “Once again, Gingrich is, ironically, Romney’s best friend. If Gingrich were to get out, that may be a worse moment of panic for the GOP establishment than if Santorum were to capture Illinois”—the next major contest, next Tuesday.

In other election news, Jew Pond is Jew Pond no more: residents of Mont Vernon, New Hampshire, voted 104-33 last night to change the name (any of the 33 there, please get in touch, would love to chat!). I guess, per one Daily Intel commenter, boats in the pond might start to tip again.

Romney’s Challenge: Showing That Winning Doesn’t Matter [NYT]
Road for Santorum Depends on the Next Move by Gingrich [NYT]

Print Email

COMMENTING CHARGES
Daily rate: $2
Monthly rate: $18
Yearly rate: $180

WAIT, WHY DO I HAVE TO PAY TO COMMENT?
Tablet is committed to bringing you the best, smartest, most enlightening and entertaining reporting and writing on Jewish life, all free of charge. We take pride in our community of readers, and are thrilled that you choose to engage with us in a way that is both thoughtful and thought-provoking. But the Internet, for all of its wonders, poses challenges to civilized and constructive discussion, allowing vocal—and, often, anonymous—minorities to drag it down with invective (and worse). Starting today, then, we are asking people who'd like to post comments on the site to pay a nominal fee—less a paywall than a gesture of your own commitment to the cause of great conversation. All proceeds go to helping us bring you the ambitious journalism that brought you here in the first place.

I NEED TO BE HEARD! BUT I DONT WANT TO PAY.
Readers can still interact with us free of charge via Facebook, Twitter, and our other social media channels, or write to us at letters@tabletmag.com. Each week, we’ll select the best letters and publish them in a new letters to the editor feature on the Scroll.

We hope this new largely symbolic measure will help us create a more pleasant and cultivated environment for all of our readers, and, as always, we thank you deeply for your support.

Meryl says:

I recommend Mont Vernon-ites change “Jew Pond” to “Jupe Pond,” continue to satisfy no one, and reap PR bonuses for awhile longer.

2000

Your comment may be no longer than 2,000 characters, approximately 400 words. HTML tags are not permitted, nor are more than two URLs per comment. We reserve the right to delete inappropriate comments.

Thank You!

Thank you for subscribing to the Tablet Magazine Daily Digest.
Please tell us about you.

Defeats for Romney, Jew Pond

Big night for Santorum; and Sheldon Adelson is Romney’s new best friend

More on Tablet:

We Are the Jews of Isla Mujeres

By Louis Nayman — A tiny island off Cancún in the Mexican Yucatán is the modern Jewish world in microcosm