Posts Tagged ‘newt gingrich’

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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Time For Michele Bachmann To Wrap It Up

December 30, 2011 15 comments

With just a few days before the Iowa caucus, candidates are expected to hammering home their campaign platforms.  Instead, for Michele Bachmann I think it’s a good time to realize that her campaign has come off the rails and needs to come to a close.

Bachmann’s campaign seems to be crumbling at an accelerating pace lately.  In just the last week alone, she’s lost two of her top campaign advisors (one of them even going on to endorse Ron Paul right after leaving the campaign) and she’s aired virtually zero television commercials because she has no money.  Her polling numbers are dwindling and conservative Christian voters have called for her to drop out in order to unify support behind one conservative candidate.

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Iowa Caucus Preview: Who Wins And Who Loses?

December 29, 2011 8 comments

The first big jewel on the road to the November 2012 presidential election is almost upon us.  On Wednesday, January 3rd, the Iowa caucus will be the first leg in what could be a long and arduous road towards the Republican presidential nomination.

The latest polling in Iowa indicates that it’s literally still anybody’s race to win.  Polls had indicated that Ron Paul had pulled ahead in Iowa but today’s numbers show that Mitt Romney may have grabbed a small lead back.  Newt Gingrich who had been surging in the last month has promptly crashed back to earth and now Rick Santorum is the latest to experience a mini-surge thanks to Christian conservative voters.

The point is that it’s still completely up in the air as to what will happen on Wednesday.  Candidates will likely say that their showing in Iowa will be a positive regardless of what happens but there are true good and bad scenarios for each candidate.  Let’s run down the best and worst case scenario for each Republican candidate (numbers in parentheses indicate the latest Real Clear Politics polling averages in Iowa as of December 28th).

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Virginia Primary Ballot Shenanigans

December 28, 2011 20 comments

Good morning all!

After four wonderful (yet exhausting) days off of work, I’m finally back to dedicating a little time to this site.  I was pretty disconnected over the holidays.  I figured that was a pretty good choice to focus on family instead of what’s going on in the world over the holidays (and it was a good choice) but now it’s time to get back into the groove again.

One of the first things I came across when perusing the news wasthe Republican primary balloting issues that are going on down in Virginia.  Virginia’s primary is one of the “Super Tuesday” primaries that will take place on March 6.  And it turns out that Mitt Romney and Ron Paul are the only candidates that have met the requirements to appear on the ballot.

As you can imagine, some of the other Republican hopefuls are less than happy about this.  After Rick Perry failed to meet the requirements to get on the ballot he decided to sue the state of Virginia on the grounds that the ballot requirements are “severely restricting” and “unconstitutional”.  Newt Gingrich failed to meet the requirements as well and he’s vowed to wage a write-in campaign to get on the ballot even though those aren’t allowed in Virginia.

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Can Ron Paul Actually Win The Iowa Caucus?

December 22, 2011 14 comments

I’m beginning to believe that the answer to this question is yes.

With the January 3rd Iowa Caucus approaching just days away, it’s Paul, who has long been a middle of the pack Republican contender, suddenly surging to the top of the polls.

In the latest Iowa Caucus polling data, Paul has now taken a small lead over perennial front-runner Mitt Romney and former House Speaker Newt Gingrich who has recently seen his own poll number surge quickly come back down to earth.

Polling data is all well and good but can Ron Paul actually pull out a win in Iowa?  It seems like at this point he can.  His campaign seems to be hitting its stride at just the right time.  While others have taken their turn in the spotlight, Paul has seen steady if not significant support.  Voters seem to be showing signs of fatigue with some of the long-standing candidates like Mitt Romney and Newt Gingrich and may be giving Ron Paul a serious look for the first time.

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