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2012 Republican Primaries Tag

Here is what I wrote shortly after the death of Herman Cain: By now, many of you have heard about the heartbreaking loss of my former boss Herman Cain who died from complications associated with COVID-19. Some have predictably used it as an opportunity to score political points, unconcerned with the hurt so many people are facing right now.

Some amount of firing squad is needed in light of the loss this week of the presidential campaign. Oddly enough, I'm not aiming at Mitt Romney himself. I agree with many commentators who say Romney emerged as a better candidate than expected, someone who came around to articulating...

Newt Gingrich will be exiting the race next week.  Newt not only will endorse Mitt Romney for President, Newt will pledge to work without rest to defeat Obama. Is there anyone Romney would rather have on his side than Newt? Oh yes, Newt will go there so...

Just breaking, via NY Times: Rick Santorum is suspending his campaign for the Republican presidential nomination on Tuesday, according two of his advisers, bowing to the inevitability of Mitt Romney’s nomination and ending his improbable, come-from-behind quest to become the party’s conservative standard-bearer in the fall. Mr....

Adam Kinzinger, a first term Congressman who was backed by Eric Cantor, defeated 10-term incumbent Don Mazullo.  Kinzinger had won election in 2010 with the support of Tea Party groups, but many conservative / Tea Party groups supported Mazullo in the new district which pitted two...

Mitt Romney is waking up to the fact that his highly negative, in some cases vicious, campaign against Newt and Rick will create problems down the road, should Mitt win the nomination. So Romney's senior advisors are putting together an outreach strategy: Mitt Romney, mired in a...

The U.S. Supreme Court hears argument starting March 26 on various aspects Obamacare, front and center the mandate.  A ruling is expected by the end of June. Purity in opposing mandates is the reason to be of Rick Santorum's campaign argument:  Mitt is tainted due to Romneycare, and...

Endgame assessment:  Big night for Rick.  Bad night for Mitt.  The Honey Badger don't care (nsfw). In honor of Rick Santorum's victories, and to prove I carry no hard feelings, I present the definitive rendition of Sweet Home Alabama: -------------------------------------------- Alabama - % Reporting 79 Romney - 28 Gingrich- 30 Santorum - 35 Paul -...

A slew of new polls have recently been released showing that the Presidential campaign in the southern states is essentially a dead heat. Newt Gingrich appears to have a tenuous lead over the other candidates but, in almost every poll, he is within the statistical...

Because of a number of distractions, I couldn't devote much time to yesterday's primaries yesterday, but here's my net assessment, followed by some links: Mitt Romney is the luckiest politician in recent memory.  He barely eked out a victory in Ohio and thereby dominates the headlines,...

State-by-State vote results: NY Times. 11:00 p.m. -  Santorum is up by a couple of thousand votes with 86% reporting, but the talking heads are saying some key Romney precincts are not fully reported, so it is possible and maybe likely he will eke out a...

George Will and Erick Erickson predict near certain loss in the presidential election. George Will: “[T]here would come a point when… conservatives turn their energies to a goal  much more attainable than… electing Romney or Santorum president. It is the goal  of retaining control of the House...

Endgame assessment: Very good night for Romney, he has all but beaten back the Santorum surge.  It's hard to know if outspending Santorum did the trick; Romney spent only about 1/3 going after Santorum in Michigan as he spent going after Newt in Florida, and didn't...

Contrary to what many are saying, Mitt Romney didn't specifically attack Santorum on No Child Left Behind at the Arizona debate (here's the transcript). In fact, Romney defended Bush's motives: And with regards to No Child Left Behind, the right answer there -- President Bush stood up and said,...