Well, the Florida primary is right around the corner, and from the looks of things, Mitt Romney will earn his second win. While I’m disappointed, I’m not terribly surprised. Romney has outspent Newt Gingrich by nearly $12 million. Constant ads on TV, the airwaves, and across the internet are sure to make an impact, and if you and your super-pac friends have the money, why not? This is an election everyone wants to win.
But it’s not over yet – not even close. As of right now there’s a three way tie. In case you didn’t hear the news – the numbers were recounted in Iowa and Rick Santorum was declared the winner. Romney easily won the New Hampshire primary, and with a couple of outstanding debate performances, Newt took South Carolina.
I remember the media saying that whoever wins Iowa is set to be the nominee. Then, when Romney won New Hampshire with such a strong lead, everyone declared him the nominee. But only a little while later we’d caught Newt fever and suddenly South Carolina was the end-all be-all of primaries. With all that in mind, why not just throw away your TVs. These pundits, analysts, and so-called “experts” are in the dark as much as you or I.
To me, that’s a breath of good news. Right now, Rick Santorum is at home doing his taxes. He doesn’t have the money to continue campaigning in a state he isn’t likely to win. Despite two strong debate performances (where he was more than strong – he won them, actually), Santorum is still showing third place in most the Florida polls, and the primary is on Tuesday. Depending on when I publish this, that’s 24-48 hours away. He’s not going to win. Sorry, Rick.
But like I said, it’s not the end of the world. Santorum just opened his Nevada campaign office, so he’s still in this. Newt is known to blow off his mouth and piss a lot of people off, and by and large, people still don’t want Romney as their candidate. Ron Paul… well. Yeah, Ron Paul would be lucky to win a single state, let alone the nomination.
So, is this another endorsement post? Well, yeah, it is. Let’s review this one more time. Gingrich and Romney were both FOR government run healthcare. Santorum wasn’t. Gingrich and Romney were both FOR the TARP bailouts. Santorum wasn’t. Gingrich and Romney are both flip-floppers on issues of global warming. Gingrich is a slease ball in his personal life, and called Paul Ryan’s medicare reform “social engineering”. Romney was pro-choice, and pro gun control. The red flags are standing all around Gingrich and Romney. Santorum is the clear conservative alternative to Romney. Santorum is Gingrich with a backbone. Santorum is Romney without the east coast moderate flip-floppery nonsense.
You may have noticed that I put a Santorum ad on this site. He didn’t pay me, I didn’t contact his campaign for it. I copied and edited an ad I saw on some other website and pasted it into my sidebar, hoping to give a little extra word-of-mouth to team Santorum, and in tern help give him a little extra cash. (*Cough* Get the idea?) It’s not over yet, folks.