Originally posted by livefreeordieinnh
The point I take away from the caucuses is that the Republican party is fractured into three distinct groups along (seemingly) single issue lines.
I'll call them the fiscal cons, the social cons, and the extremes. Not that extreme means anything bad. You can have extremely good health, for
example. There is one slot for each vein of conservative, and at this point Mitt takes the voters that are concerned about fiscal-ness first, the
social cons have hopped between Bachmann, then Perry, then Cain, Newt, absurdly I might add, and I guess now it's Santorum.
Which brings me to the extremocons, who have, with the youth and independents, chosen the aforementioned Doctor. White supremacists, truthers,
rastafarians, they all flock to this guy.
I guess I don't follow. One of Ron Paul's main topics is all about fiscal responsibility and getting our own house in order. He's given specifics
on what he'd like to do in order to accomplish that. What has Mitt said or done to earn him those fiscal voters? I'm not buying that.
I'll give you Santorum with his recent surge. You can thank Faux News for that. If there was any doubt how the media can prop someone up enough to
influence the voter, then there was a prime example. A guy polling at what 10% or less a couple of weeks ago and then all you hear on FN is Santorum,
Like I've said before, those undecided voters only remember the last few sound bites when then go to vote and, unfortunately, it has a lot of
influence on their decision. So crazy that these folks don't research the candidates, but only go by those little sound bites or talking points and
decide, "Hey, that guy thinks like I do, so he's good."
And again, lumping all of the rest to Paul. I know what you are trying to say, but there is a much larger "normal" voter base in his camp than
what's been put out there. It's just that I'm tired of reading Paul = crazy voters.
Romney is nothing more than a do over from 2008. I think he has a lot of his base from that election still in tact as well as those who were
disappointed in the disastrous choice of McCain/Palin. Ugh. Now, Mr. Family Man, Let's Bomb Iran Santorum is polling well and will threaten to weaken
Dilution is the solution to the polution.
I've read a lot of posts about a Romney/Santorum ticket but when was the last time that another Presidential candidate dropped out (i.e. suspended)
of the race only to accept the VP nod? I'd venture to say that IF Romney is selected (he he), then you could see a Marco Rubio or Chris Cristie as a
VP pick. Both have a lot of appeal and would draw in those undecided Republicans that wanted to see them run but didn't. I suspect there was a reason
why they didn't run.
Don't get me wrong. I love Ron Paul and would like to see him pull up an upset in NH. I think his age (no matter how healthy he is) is a setback,
despite how he draws in the younger voters. When you tell Leno that the President you most admire is Grover Cleveland, that tends to age you a bit. I
wonder how many people in the audience were like, "uh....who's that?"
NH will be interesting. Keep us posted.