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.