01/20/2012 01:12 pm ET Updated Dec 06, 2017

Political Football 1-20-2012 or Santorum Wins

I think this is a fun way to look at the current political environment.

It is totally unscientific.

I am calling the GOP nomination for Rick Santorum at this point.


Because both Romney and Paul have low ceilings in the GOP registered voter world and Santorum is best positioned to grab the biggest chunk of the voters that were once split between him, Perry, Cain, Bachmann, and Gingrich.

I think the Gingrich Open Marriage Initiative (GO-MI) will hurt him with the Evangelicals that have been buying his 'product' before.


How to read this thing...

1 - The crowd, a bunch of yellow smiley faces, represent a rough distribution of where voters sit. More seem to be in the middle. I am the guy with the beard -- you may be able to pick me out of the crowd.

2 - The position of the candidates on the field left to right is where I place them ideologically.

3 - The position of the candidates on the field top to bottom is where I place them as far as momentum internally in their campaigns.

4 - The size of the icon of about the size of the population they are currently reflecting.