You really couldn’t make this stuff up if you tried. And no, you didn’t stumble onto The Onion’s website by accident. This is a “legitimate poll” – well, as legitimate as any poll ever really is when conducted by PPP. One can’t help but wonder whether Huntsman will receive a bump from his finish in New Hampshire or if the bigger bump will go to Colbert for his coverage of the contest.
Just because it seems more folks here on the Internet and around the world of political punditry appear more willing to play Monday (Wednesday) morning quarterback suddenly blessed with all the answers, I thought I’d share a few predictions here for the record regarding New Hampshire’s “pivotal” primary currently underway – before the results roll in.
The Former First Dude of Alaska is getting in the endorsement game. When you say it that way, “Former First Dude”, it really carry the weight it seems like it does; but either way…. Sarah Palin’s husband Todd has decided to endorse Former Speaker of the House Newt Gingrich even though his wife has yet to make a decision on which candidate she will ultimately support. Call me a cynic here, but it looks to me like the Palin family may be hedging its bets. Let Todd endorse/support Gingrich; let Palinistas assume Sarah may be leaning the same direction; wait and see how New Hampshire plays out; let Sarah continue to flirt with the idea of supporting Rick Santorum; right up to the point where Romney claims the nomination. Then it’s Palin(s) for Romney, of course.
All precincts have reported and the votes have been tallied. Months of campaigning. Millions of dollars spent on television spots and mass mailings. Countless man hours volunteered banging on doors. Thousands of stops at fairs, country breakfasts, pizza parlors, and stump speeches. And the race for the top spot in Iowa came down to … 8 votes.
Texas Governor Rick Perry will return to Texas to reassess his campaign’s future after a disappointing fifth place finish in Tuesday’s Iowa Caucus. Conventional wisdom says he’s out; but my gut says he may hang in this thing through South Carolina. Think about it. Why do candidates for president actually drop out? Cash and preserving one’s status for a future run. Perry’s got the cash and any chance he’d ever have at taking another crack at this is probably shot because all that anyone will remember 4 or 8 years from now is how bad he was in debates. A good showing in South Carolina and the chance to continue to rebuild his reputation as a real player may be worth continuing along the campaign trail – even if he’s realized victory will not be coming in this election cycle.
Rupert Murdoch took to Twitter to show his support for Rick Santorum Monday, calling him the “only candidate with genuine big vision” for the United States.
See. Romney’s got a lighter side after all. Okay, maybe not. But at least he’s willing to make a few jokes at his own expense. In an appearance on The Late Show with David Letterman, presidential hopeful Mitt Romney unveiled the “Top 10 Things Mitt Romney Wants to Say to the American People.” Here you go, just in case you missed it… and I know you did. I was particularly fond of “What’s up, gangstas… It’s the M-I-Double-Tizzle.”
He might be a marginal candidate with no shot of winning the Republican nomination, but there’s no sign Rick Santorum is going to go down without a fight. He bet his entire campaign on Iowa; and because of that, he may have had more riding on Thursday’s debate than anyone else. Actually, he was anything but shy about admitting as much during the debate saying that he’s held more than 350 town hall meetings and he’s “counting on Iowa to help me catch fire.”