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New Poll Question Is Up!

January 11, 2012 8 comments

We’ve got a new poll question up waiting for your vote.

Today, I want to know who you think will ultimately win the Republican presidential nomination – Mitt Romney or the rest of the field.

The poll will appear in the sidebar to the right.

South Carolina Is The Last Chance For Republicans To Challenge Romney

January 11, 2012 1 comment

With the New Hampshire primary in the rear view mirror and a convincing Mitt Romney victory in the books, time is rapidly running out for Republican presidential candidates to pose a formidable threat to the former Massachusetts governor.

I believe that the upcoming primary in South Carolina on January 21st is the last realistic opportunity that guys like Ron Paul, Rick Santorum and Newt Gingrich have in this race.  If this race ends up like recent polling suggests, Romney will have essentially sealed up the Republican nomination.

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Todd Palin Announces He’s Endorsing Newt Gingrich. In Other News, Nobody Cares.

January 10, 2012 13 comments

I’m sure the Newt Gingrich campaign is basking in the glow of yet another endorsement.  But who is Todd Palin again?

Oh yeah, he’s Sarah’s “first gentleman”.  The same Sarah who still hasn’t entirely ruled out running for President in 2012 even though she’s way past the point of no return.  The same Sarah who decided to take a break from the political arena to film her own reality show.

But I digress.

I don’t believe that Todd Palin’s endorsement is going to bring any more than five additional votes to Newt Gingrich.  I’m not sure why he even felt the need to go public with his endorsement in the first place.

Come to think of it, I’m not sure why I even decided that I needed to comment on this at all.

What Is Your Republican Candidate Doing This Saturday Night?

January 10, 2012 8 comments

One of the more humorous moments that came out of the recent New Hampshire debate in my opinion was George Stephanopoulos’ question at the end of the evening.  He asked each of the candidates where they would be on Saturday night if they weren’t busy debating each other.

There was some humanity in the answers.  There was more than a little bit of folly.  And of course there were some careful crafted political responses.

In case you hadn’t seen the clip, you can follow the link here.

Here was each person’s response.

Rick Perry – “I’d probably be at the shooting range.”

Yes!  I love this answer!  Spoken like a true Texan.  I might have jumped on the Perry bandwagon a few months ago had I heard candor like this (and assuming he didn’t make all those subsequent mistakes).

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New Hampshire Primary Preview: Romney Can Seal The Deal

January 10, 2012 10 comments

Today marks the first official primary of the election season.  New Hampshire, which currently ranks #42 out of the 50 states in population, continues to hold a disproportionately large influence in the race for president by holding their primary earlier than anyone else in the country.

Mitt Romney has been leading the polls in New Hampshire since the start.  The latest polls indicate that he has well over a double digit lead over Ron Paul and should cruise to victory.  The bigger battle may be for second place.  Ron Paul and Jon Huntsman are within a couple percent of each other and Rick Santorum and Newt Gingrich are not that far behind them.

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Romney Reigns As Republican Front Runner

January 6, 2012 8 comments

Following his narrow win in the Iowa Caucus, I just don’t see any way that Mitt Romney does not capture the Republican nomination to face Barack Obama in November.

Yes, I know a couple of other candidates could sneak in there and winning Iowa is by no means a guarantee of making it to November.  But I’m really failing to see another candidate generating enough momentum in time to take down Romney before it’s too late.

The other Iowa darling, Rick Santorum, is expected to fall short of the necessary funding and manpower to make a real push towards the nomination.  Plus, despite a surge in polling numbers in the upcoming primaries in New Hampshire, South Carolina and Florida, he is still well behind Romney in each of those contests and will need to pick up a win soon before he falls too far behind.

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Only Romney And Santorum Can Claim Success In Iowa; Ron Paul Is The Caucus’ Big Loser

January 4, 2012 6 comments

I stayed up late Wednesday night watching the results from the Iowa caucus continue to roll in.  As Rick Santorum and Mitt Romney jockeyed back and forth for the lead in the night’s election, it started to become quite obvious that these two guys were the only ones that had a good night in Iowa.  The biggest loser in the Iowa caucus?  That one’s easy.  It’s Ron Paul.

Despite the popularity spikes by most every candidate out there in the last several months, Mitt Romney has remained the presumptive favorite to capture the nomination.  His narrow 8 vote victory over Rick Santorum did nothing to damage his front-runner status.  He simply needed to avoid a disappointing performance or last minute foot-in-mouth moment to keep his momentum rolling forward and he did just that.

I said in my original Iowa caucus preview that Rick Santorum’s best case scenario was a second place finish.  I clearly underestimated his backing in Iowa as he stood toe to toe with Romney the entire evening.  Polling in the low single digits for much of his candidacy, Santorum rode a last minute surge in popularity to within just 8 votes of what would have been one of the most surprising election wins in recent memory.

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