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Ruth Dudley Edwards: Santorum is just another twist in this evolving tale

Obama's position looks ever more secure as the GOP's internal battle stretches out, writes Ruth Dudley Edwards

Published 12/02/2012 | 05:00

THE story so far: the race to be the Republican nominee began with everyone agreeing that President Barack Obama would be defeated by anyone half-way decent.

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Popular figures like Sarah Palin and Indiana Governor Mitch Daniels ruled themselves out because they thought they couldn't beat Obama (Palin) or they didn't want the aggro (Daniels). Despite being a Mormon and therefore appearing a bit weird, Mitt Romney -- who has had successful business and political careers and an irreproachable private life -- was way out ahead in the polls and the man to beat.

The problem was that on close inspection, Mitt's like the guy who takes the girl-next-door to the prom and proves so dull she wants to ditch him. ABM (Anyone but Mitt), the voters whispered to themselves as they eyed sexier alternatives like Texas governor Rick Perry, businessman and general fun bloke Herman Cain and big-brained, visionary, volatile and thrice-married Newt Gingrich, and gave them the come-hither look. In the event, Perry (messing up a debate) and Cain (sexual allegations) left the dance floor.

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