Mr. 25% has done it again. Willard Romney has a thing about the number 25. If there are six people in the Republican field his 25% puts him at or near the top. When the field thins out his 25% will have to be increased or he will end up the same way he did in 2008.
Rick Santorum is a solid conservative who demonstrated that a candidate’s perceived conservatism will ultimately be the quality that propels one of the Republicans on the stage to the nomination. Whether Rick has the staying power to mount a protracted fight remains to be seen, but for now we have to congratulate him for being the first candidate to expose Willard’s 25% problem to those who believe his nomination is a settled matter.
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Ron “Sanjaya” Paul has had his day in the sun. There will probably never be any way to prove it, but Paul was most likely the prime beneficiary of Iowa’s ridiculous caucus rule. Iowa allows a person to declare he/she is a Republican (for a few minutes) with no supporting documentation. This clears the way for that person to cast a vote. This reminds us of the way the Islamists give themselves a way to use the services of a prostitute by declaring themselves married to the hooker for 15 minutes then “divorcing” her as he walks out the door.
Newt Gingrich was the target of more than 40% of the ads Iowans saw and heard and all of them were negative hit pieces paid for by Willard – fair enough that’s the way this process works. Newt’s problem will be getting people to drive their “cars” by looking through the windshield rather than at the mirror. He will likely not do much better in New Hampshire as the Granite State is home to so many rinos who fled Boston – they love people like Willard. When the show moves to South Carolina and Florida where only Republicans can vote the indications are that Gingrich will find an easier road. He will be getting Michael Reagan’s endorsement as the man who can continue his father’s revolution. In South Carolina that will go a long way.
Both Rick Perry and Michele Bachmann will have to think long and hard about what to do next. Each has many pluses but too many negatives. If one or both drop out the beneficiary might be Santorum, but after South Carolina and Florida post their results it may very well be Gingrich.
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