Wednesday, February 22, 2012

The Wacky Race

Wow, this sure is getting crazy! It turns out that Santorum actually WON in Iowa only just barely. Then he went on to win in Colorado, Minnesota and Missouri but don’t count out Mitt Romney; he won in New Hampshire, Maine, Florida and Nevada. Sorry, Ron Paul fans, he didn’t win in any state; the closest he came was in Maine, where he took 34.9% of the vote versus Romney’s 39%.

Even Newt Gingrich won in South Carolina. Was that his Sarah Palin bump? It’s a valid question. Before the SC primary, she told Sean Hannity “If I had to vote in South Carolina, in order to keep this thing going, I’d vote for Newt and I would want this to continue — more debates, more vetting of candidates, because we know the mistake made in our country four years ago was having a candidate that was not vetted to the degree that he should have been.” Wow, the Irony Meter just broke!

The current results of all this primary activity are Romney has 123 delegates, Santorum has 72, Gingrich has 32, and Ron Paul brings up the rear with 19 delegates. Next primaries are in Michigan and Arizona on February 28th; by the way the polling shows Santorum leading Romney 33.7% to 28.4%. Ok I’m getting tired of all these numbers which I got, by the way, from Real Clear Politics, which in my opinion, does a great job of tracking polls and political progress. I used RCP in 2008 when I wanted a great source of information about the simultaneous primaries carried on then.

Here is what’s funny about Michigan, Romney grew up there, his dad was a popular governor there and he’s STILL losing in the polls! Maybe because in 2009 he urged lawmakers to "let Detroit go bankrupt.” Also, can anyone tell me what Romney meant when he said of Michigan “Trees are the right height”? Congrats to Rick Santorum for getting this far but are people really voting for him, or, voting against Romney? As George Will put it on ABC’s This Week this last Sunday, “The strongest Republican candidate has the last name ‘Romney’ and the first name ‘not’.” 

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