Perry Out, Gingrich Up, Romney Up and Down, Santorum Hanging by a Prayer

by sinde on January 19, 2012

In brief:

  • Perry drops out
  • Romney loses Iowa to Santorum by 34 in final count, still holds win in New Hampshire and hopes in South Carolina
  • Gingrich on the prowl and rallying the crowds in South Carolina, still behind Romney in polls
  • Santorum is looking for another miracle
  • Paul is becoming less of a factor according to SC polls.

Okay, so that’s the story of the morning.

Rick Perry has finally figured out that 6% of anything over and over again still isn’t enough to get him a nomination.  There was a time when Perry entered the race and rose to the top of the polls.  Then, he opened his mouth.  While there was the famous “OOPS!” moment, there were more gaffs and stumbles than he could overcome.  In fact, Perry never seemed to get his campaign legs.  There was just no substance to go with the initial glow, and if there was Perry was unable to deliver it to the voters.

Now, Romney is becoming a somewhat sympathetic character in this race — well, maybe not.  Anyway, back in the Iowa days, not so long ago, Romney was flying high.  Then out of the blue, Rick Santorum seemed to gather steam and began attracting the evangelical train.

On caucus night, Romney was announced as the winner with Rick Santorum just eight votes behind him.  Then, there was the question of the count.  Isn’t there always a question of the count?  Well, it seems that the final count shows Rick Santorum with a 34 vote victory in Iowa.  At this time Romney is still holding the winning spot in New Hampshire but who knows what could happen?

Santorum managed to get the blessing of the evangelical consensus and with that as the base of his strategy continues to rise among the Water Walkers.  Of course, it helps that Romney is a Morman.  Like it or not, if you are a part of something that is unfamiliar to the majority you will not have a snowflakes chance in hell of winning them over.  So, let’s just say that John Kennedy paved the way for Santorum.  Isn’t that a hoot?  A liberal Democrat paved the way for an evangelical conservative Republican.

Newt Gingrich has finally made his way back onto the front center of the stage.  Following a winning debate performance — whether you agree with him or not — Gingrich has recognized that the Bain theme does not resonate with the masses, probably as much because few understand the business of leveraged buy outs, etc.  However, Newt is a master at dropping one line of attack for another.  In this case, he is riding the Romney tax situation, probing and prodding to Romney’s displeasure.  And, of course, the media is running full speed ahead.

Speaking of the media, Gingrich has an ex-wife who has given a somewhat less than flattering interview to ABC news which will be aired today or tomorrow.  Now, here’s the thing about that.  She may have some truth to tell or not.  But, do we really want to rest our vote on the testimony of an ex-anything?  I’m not defending Newt — no way!  But, pulling ex’s out of the woodwork?  Really?

And, last but not least there is Ron Paul, the spoiler.  No one is putting much stock in Paul as a viable candidate, but let us not forget that the Repub’s are gathering votes and delegates like the Democrats have done.  There is no winner take all this season.  Paul continuing to show his ability to pull in the consistent vote from the Paul faithful is gathering momentum, at least sufficient to have a say in the Republican platform at the convention.

Debates and votes coming soon.

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