GOP Presidential Candidates
But while the race is not technically finished, Mitt Romney’s victory in Illinois has shown that the major drama of the primary race is indeed over.
However, the key difference between Gingrich of 2012 and McCain of 2008 is organization. Gingrich would like to use South Carolina as a springboard, but the simple fact of the matter is that his campaign is not organized enough for the long haul fight that pundits purport this nomination will necessitate.
Governor Rick Perry’s roller coaster ride in the Presidential race was not unprecedented but certainly serves as a modern lesson that it’s one thing to be an attractive potential candidate and a whole other thing to run a successful campaign.
As Mitt Romney easily won the New Hampshire primary, as predicted by most polls and pundits, the varied results of Jon Huntsman and Iowa darling Rick Santorum began to form the argument that will define the VP search for Romney.
If you doubt the entertainment value of the GOP race at this stage of the game, take a quick account of recent activity.
The comeback also looks more realistic when you also consider that the New Hampshire Union Leader, an influential newspaper in New Hampshire, announced their endorsement of Gingrich this week. While no newspaper endorsement is a guarantee, it was a major coup for Gingrich to score the endorsement in the state where Mitt Romney hopes to make a major statement.
If you missed Perry’s big number flub, in the debate on Wednesday night, he was attempting to list the three government agencies that he would eliminate if elected. He quickly listed the first two and then drew a complete blank on the third, finally remembering it later in the debate.
Herman Cain may not be ultimately crushed by the sexual harassment allegations, but they are proving to be a distraction that is feeding into the idea that Cain is simply, as former Virginia Rep. Tom Davis put it on Face the Nation, “the flavor of the week and his week is up.”
With President Obama’s announcement on Friday that American troops currently serving in Iraq will be home for the holidays, most high profile Republicans have been left with only one response, that leaving early endangers Iraq and bolsters insurgents.
Christie stayed consistent with his point that indeed, he is not interested in running for President. Even though that had been his position of some time, the announcement still caught some by surprise due to his recent popularity among a lackluster group of candidates.