Republican Liberals and Conservatives are not totally happy with Mitt Romney’s 8-vote win last night in Iowa; Romney himself admitted he would probably finish second and would be happy with that.
Romney spent over $450 dollars for each vote he received, and his campaign was boosted by millions from Super PACs courtesy of the U.S. Supreme Court’s decision two years ago that allows unlimited campaign contributions from unnamed donors who can run TV ads and smear your opponent, which Newt Gingrich can attest to after a barrage of negative campaign ads dropped him as the front-runner in Iowa to a 4th place finish in just two weeks.
Unfortunately this is just a preview of what is to come for both political parties. Now is the time to own a newspaper, radio or TV station because the money for advertising is going to flow freely.
Rich Santorum who spent only $25 per voter finished a strong second. He was completely out of the picture two weeks ago, but latched on to support from the evangelical vote that almost gave him a win.
Ron Paul finished 3rd with 23%, Romney and Santorum finished with 27% each. Not really a good showing for the winner when you win by only 27%. Only Santorum gave a solid performance on his plans to move the economy; the other candidates bashed each other. Texas Governor Rick Perry is going home to pray and access his campaign; he’s burnt toast, as is Michelle Bachman who finished next to last; she too will leave the race.
On to New Hampshire the home state of John Huntsman who didn’t campaign in Iowa and finished a dismal last with 1% of the vote. If he doesn’t have a good showing he will be gone after that vote.
Newt is ticked at Romney, probably knows he’s done, but he is going down fighting vowing to discredit Romney. Romney needs to offer Newt a cabinet post if he becomes president and Newt will quietly quit the campaign and endorse Romney. Remember: politics make strange bed fellows.
If there are any Democrats out there who are licking their chops thinking this infighting assures a Obama re-election think again. I always recall years back when Joe Biden told me Republicans may fight, but on election day “they come home.” Gingrich has already said this morning he would support Romney over Obama although he liken Romney to Obama as a liberal. Go figure!
I have seen many Republicans swear off one of their own, only to tell me later they couldn’t vote for a Democrat. Democrats on the other hand tend to stray. Guess you could say Democrats vote for the best person, not the party?
I think Romney will be the eventual Republican nominee; he is the only candidate that has a chance to defeat Obama.