Oh, that’s not a shock? My bad.
So even though they are still counting the votes as I write this, Romney has been projected the winner of the New Hampshire Republican party primary, just a couple of light clicks after winning in Iowa (if you can call an 8 vote – not 8%, 8 vote – margin a win). Did someone say inevitable? Did someone say this months ago? Maybe a year ago?
Oh wait, there is a New Hampshire shocker to report – yep, Ron Paul will come in second! Yes, that Ron Paul.
The reason for Paul’s surge in New Hampshire (and Iowa) are obviously due to his insightful and visionary ideas for the future greatness of America. Oops, check that. Mistook him for someone else. No, Paul did well in Iowa and even better in New Hampshire because all the rest of the tea party nuts had already had their day on the artificial pedestal the tea party created for them. Palin, Trump, Bachmann, Perry, Cain, Gingrich, and Santorum all got their jet pack in the, umm, on their back and flew into the heavens…only to get the vapors and collapse back to Earth as soon as they spoke when people might actually be listening. So that left Paul. Who has been there all the time saying the same thing over and over (though not always taking the credit/blame for what he’s said in the past). Ron Paul was ignored then, and when this “last man not stuck up on a pole to be eaten alive by the crows” falls back to Earth he’ll go back to being ignored again. Of course, he will immediately be reincarnated as Rand Paul. Wonderful.
Which leaves Jon Huntsman. Huntsman made a name for himself this weekend and not only raised his standing to a third place finish in New Hampshire but put himself into the position of “the next white guy in line” for 2016. Watch this space for more on Jon Huntsman after Romney officially wins the Republican nomination for 2012. Of course, the 2016 countdown clock for Huntsman can’t start until after the November 2012 election, you know, just in case.
So we’re on to South Carolina, where Romney has the support of SC Governor Nikki Haley. Then there is Florida, though by that time Perry and Santorum and maybe even Gingrich could have dropped out of the race and it will be an anointing rather than a primary. Which should make the other 46 states wonder why they are going through the expense of holding primaries in the first place.
Then the fun begins – the tea party gets to show us all whether they actually have the principles they keep telling us…cough…that they have, or will the tea party vote for the guy they have been actively despising and calling all sorts of mean and nasty names? And those are the Republicans doing this.
Jon Huntsman has a new campaign ad out today in New Hampshire. It’s called:
The short video shows Huntsman responding to Mitt Romney during this weekend’s debates. Romney attacked Huntsman for…serving his country. Yes, Romney actually attacked a fellow Republican for putting his country first and not playing partisan politics. Romney made it clear he is more interested in his own wealth and power than what is best for his country.
Huntsman shows what America is supposed to be. Country First. Mitt Romney shows what he is – Romney first. Party first. Damn the country, I want mine first. That attitude is reflective of his time at Bain Capital – the goal wasn’t to save businesses, it was to make money for the investors. And if that meant laying off workers and dismantling the company, so be it. They were unimportant to Romney – all that mattered was that Bain Capital and the individual wealthy investors made money.
And that is a very very sad commentary on what Mitt Romney represents.
See the video below:
Team Romney goes into tonight’s Republican primary debate with a ridiculously insurmountable double digit lead in the polls. So Team Anti-Romney has one last chance to knock Romney from the thrown before Tuesday’s New Hampshire primary.
Actually there are two chances since there is also a debate Sunday morning, but the timing is such that it’s really one debate split into two parts, presumably to capture both the asocial people with no Saturday night dates and those who don’t go to church on Sunday morning, so we can think of it as a last chance for the Anti-Romney forces to get noticed.
So watch tonight for whether anyone remembers Reagan’s 11th commandment (thou shalt not speak ill of fellow Republicans). Forget that Reagan and everyone else broke that commandment, and a few others, so many times that it became nothing but a meaningless platitude. In any case, more than likely it will be all hands on Romney. After all, the only way anyone stays in the race is to knock Romney down a peg or two or maybe three so that they have a chance for a comeback. You can betcha the Gingrich, Santorum, Perry, Paul and Huntsman camps have been digging sharpened bamboo-spiked tiger traps for Romney all week. I almost expect camouflage face paint (not so much for Paul, as he really wouldn’t carry that look off too well). So expect all the non-Romneys to go for the severe wounding (metaphorically speaking) in New Hampshire, then the (equally metaphorically speaking) kill in South Carolina.
The South Carolina whose Governor has backed Romney.
Anyway, it really doesn’t matter what they say tonight since no one is really listening and the words are political pomposity anyway. What matters is whether Romney comes out of the debates inspiring pundits to think “The Coronation of Napoleon” or “Le Mort de Marat.”
Depending on that result, the tea party will have to decide whether to prostrate themselves in utter hypocrisy to support the nominee, or actually stand for the principles they claim to have.