Still a super mess

Flat candidates, divided voters dampen GOP's election-year fire

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A long and bloody primary fight – which wasn’t necessarily shortened on Super Tuesday – has the Republican field looking dimmed, certainly.

Former First Lady Barbara Bush has called it “the worst campaign I’ve ever seen in my life.” She speaks for many.

Of course, with most of the nation’s attention focused on the GOP infighting, some other things go largely unnoticed – one of them being that far-left, long-serving liberal standard-bearer Dennis Kucinich of Ohio lost his congressional re-election bid in the Democratic primary.

Or that Barack Obama, the powerful incumbent president, actually lost Tuesday in 15 Oklahoma counties – among Democrats – and merely won 57 percent of the vote statewide.

What are we to learn from it all? Perhaps this: that drawn-out and hotly contested races may be signs of weak or unexciting candidates – or it may just be that America is sharply divided in their opinions and is having a hard time reaching a consensus.

Republicans had better hope it’s the latter, as presidential frontrunner Mitt Romney came out the winner Tuesday, claiming six of the 10 states up for grabs – but still showed worrisome signs that he’s a reluctant choice of many voters.

A lot can happen between now and November, and the Republicans all say they will unite. But they also will need to energize voters to support the eventual nominee, and right now that looks problematic.

But again, months are a lifetime in politics.

For now, the curiosity is why Newt Gingrich would stay in the hunt. He won but one of the 10 states Tuesday – his adopted political home of Georgia – and has polled a distant third or fourth out of four in some states. As much as we love his conservatism, his frankness in taking on the liberal media, his debating skills and his clarity in what needs to be done to restore America, he has yet to show he’s much more than a regional candidate. By his own logic and his assessments of other candidates, that has to change for him to claim his campaign is anything but a grudge match against Romney – whose “super PAC” carpet-bombed Gingrich in ads starting in Iowa.

Oddly enough, though, if Gingrich were tempted to pull out for, say, lack of money, Romney or his supporters might be tempted to pass the hat: By staying in the race, Gingrich essentially is splitting the anti-Romney vote with Rick Santorum. That may only be helping Romney.

Indeed, in largely Republican Columbia County on Tuesday, Gingrich won with more than 7,000 votes to Romney’s 4,700-plus – but the former Speaker of the House would’ve absolutely crushed Romney if he’d been able to woo Santorum’s 4,300 votes.

It works both ways, and on Wednesday Santorum’s supporters urged Gingrich to get out.

But it’s difficult for either Gingrich or Santorum to give up at this point. Politics is something like golf: One good shot can keep you coming back – and Gingrich got a big shot from Georgia on Tuesday.

Thus, the Romney camp may want Gingrich to eagle a hole now and then – but even that is problematic: Romney may like having a split opposition, but he still needs to win the majority of delegates to capture the nomination outright and avoid an embarrassing and unpredictable brokered convention.

So, have fun, he might want to tell Gingrich and Santorum – but not too much!

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faithson
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faithson 03/08/12 - 02:23 am
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and the amazing part is that

and the amazing part is that after this 'clown show' is decided in Tampa, the re-election of the President will still not be a slam dunk. Gotta appreciate the 'hate' that has been sold to so many gullible people by those professing 'fair and balanced'.

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Riverman1 03/08/12 - 05:56 am
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I like the part about Obama

I like the part about Obama running poorly against nobody. Heh

But all this should pan out well in the general election. Romney's weak spot is the south, but in November, there's no way they'll go for Obama. North Carolina has learned its lesson. Romney may pull this off and send Obama back to wherever he came from.

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Techfan 03/08/12 - 06:31 am
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"Obama running poorly against

"Obama running poorly against nobody"? There were 4 candidates in the Democratic primary, including the 2010 Democratic candidate for Senate and nutcase Randall Terry (who I'm sure some GOP voters switched sides to vote for). For a little history, Obama only won 1 county in the 2008 primary and zero in the Presidential election. As to Kucinich losing, thanks to the GOP controlled legislature's redisticting, the current district only contained 38% of his former constituents.

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david jennings 03/08/12 - 08:15 am
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I have to agree with Barbara

I have to agree with Barbara Bush.

allhans
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allhans 03/08/12 - 09:07 am
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After Tampa, when the VP is

After Tampa, when the VP is chosen, I'll say Romney/Rubio, the excitement will be at a fever pitch.
Republicans are worrying needlessly and should stop listening to the left that is so blatantly trying to deflect the conversation from the unexciting Obama/Biden ticket that is the same old ho-hum at best.

allhans
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allhans 03/08/12 - 09:20 am
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Dennis Kucinich ..boy was he

Dennis Kucinich ..boy was he ranting about the loss .

impossible
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impossible 03/08/12 - 09:52 am
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Clowns???? As the song so
Unpublished

Clowns???? As the song so aptly says, "Well, maybe they're here."

nofanofobama
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nofanofobama 03/08/12 - 09:58 am
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the election is NOT about the

the election is NOT about the republican candidate **it will be about obumler..and i personal cannot wait to cast a vote against this anti-american socialist.. the enthusiams and excitement will be there for all freedom loving taxpaying citizens who are villified by this bunch and the thought of taking back the govt from this sorry bunch...

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bjphysics 03/08/12 - 10:07 am
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Despite the lack of

Despite the lack of enthusiasm, eventually the Republicans will decide one of these guys is the tallest leprechaun in the room.

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dichotomy 03/08/12 - 10:18 am
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In November, when the choice

In November, when the choice is Romney or Obama,

When gas is $4 or more a gallon,

When unemployment is still over 8%,

When we all are reminded that the BAD parts of Obamacare are effective AFTER the election,

When we all are reminded that taxes go UP after the election,

When we realize that Obama has tried to bribe Israel to not take any action until after the election,

When we realize that, if reelected, Obama would be totally unrestrained in implementing his socialist, anti-business, anti-energy agenda,

Romney is going to look REAL good to all fiscal conservatives, smaller government conservatives, and a whole lot of pro-America Independents. The religion motivated conservatives, well.....I can't say what they will do but my guess that if the choice is Romney or Obama, Romney wins with them too. And the women's vote, there again, I am not a woman so I can't speak for them. But I suspect that if they are the ones filling up the family minivan, buying the groceries, and seeing what effect Obama's anti-oil energy policy is having on the prices their family is paying for fuel, electricity, groceries, and all other commodities, a lot of women will go with Romney.

And don't forget, in Obama's second term he will be pushing for his CAP and Trade which will push the price of electricity, all energy, and manufactured goods sky high, as well as higher income taxes which we all know never stop with the "rich". The cut-off for increased taxes ALWAYS comes down to the middle class because THAT is where the money is. The always start off talking "people who make a $million", next thing you know is "over $250,000", then it's $125,000" and by the time it gets passed it's $75,000.

I suspect that Romney will look pretty good to all conservative voters and many Independents by November. And if gas goes over $4, the economy retreats, and everything that is delivered by or manufactured from oil goes up accordingly, Obama is a cooked goose. Why? Because all of his policies, his green energy fiascoes, his "cost us twice as much" Obamacare, his schizophrenic foreign policy, his doubling of our debt to $16 trillion dollars, everything he has done is a failure.

allhans
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allhans 03/08/12 - 10:43 am
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Obama thinks oil is the

Obama thinks oil is the energy of the past and not the future. Nothing about the energy of the present.
La-la land...

nofanofobama
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nofanofobama 03/08/12 - 10:45 am
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i had my protest vote

i had my protest vote tuesday--newt whom i really like..in november i will vote for romney for one reason only --to throw obumler out..i voted for mccain in 2008 because i feared obumler..having palin as VP helped alot but i still had to hold my nose..but 2012 with romney i will proudly vote for him because of the disaster we have in office now..then i hope we will build another conservative party..

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faithson 03/08/12 - 12:13 pm
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I am looking forward to four

I am looking forward to four years of a liberal democratic administration that will not have 're-election' worries. Oh, the bliss. and to top that off, a Hilary run in '16 is icing on the cake. Say what you will, but having marginalized themselves with religious propensities, the republicans have been relegated to 'minority' status. A once proud fiscally responsible political party, brought down by self absorbed men trying to legislate morality, a just consequence of trying to intermix religion and politics.

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allhans 03/08/12 - 12:32 pm
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faithson..Have you seen

faithson..Have you seen Hillary on TV lately. That lady is tired. She looks completely drained and I would bet you a dinner that she does NOT run for office again.

allhans
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allhans 03/08/12 - 12:35 pm
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The new employment figures

The new employment figures will be out tomorrow. The prediction is 200,000 new jobs for the month which means people can get out now and look for work..we hope.

faithson
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faithson 03/08/12 - 01:47 pm
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al; she is taking a leave of

al; she is taking a leave of absence in the fall, probably to start putting together '16. Think she wants to be the 'first' lady president, of course Sarah could have something to say about that, but probably not much.

allhans
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allhans 03/08/12 - 11:31 pm
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Looking at the crop of young

Looking at the crop of young Republicans that will probbaly run in the future I doubt that Sarah or Hillary will want to take them on.

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