Monday, January 2nd, 2012
My Dear America:
It is one day after New Years and one day before the Iowa Caucuses, which will be the first real Primary Election Event in 2012.
It has been a very interesting Primary Season, thus far, as the Republican Field of Primary Candidates have had a season of bashing and crashing against one another in what seemed like an endless season of Republican Primary Debates in 2012. The result of the debates and the beginning of the Primary Season has been a whack a mole series of exploding and imploding candidacies in which the Primary Republican Poll Leaders have shifted over time like a series of earthquakes over Iowa changing poll leaders sometimes weekly and sometimes daily.
Most of the truly serious Iowa Republican Presidential Contenders seem to have had their special moment at the top pf the Polls. Michelle Bachman, Rick Perry, Herman Cain and Newt Gingrich have all had their moment at the top of the heap. Ron Paul who has had slow but steady support over time seems to have surged a bit after Hemain Cain did the honorable thing and went home to his wife after being accused of sexual harassment and having a 13 year relationship with a woman who was not his wife.
Following Hermain Cain's Campaign Implosion, in which his questionable moral judgements seemed to drive him from the race, Newt Gingrich suddenly began to surge in the Iowa polls. Newt had continued to have a steady debate performance, unlike Rick Perry who came into the Primary race like a house on fire. Perry's continuing debate flubs pretty quickly put the fire out. Michelle Bachman, despite continuing inaccurate historical fact statements that would have gotten her thrown off "Are You Smarter Than a Fifth Grader" Bachman has been rather surprising in her debate performances, which consist mainly of bashing President Barack Obama and statements appeasing the Tea Party.
Newt Gingrich probably gained more from Herman Cain's departure from the Republican Presidential Pack than anyone else. As Herman Cain's numbers went down and finally out, Newt Gingrich's poll numbers began to surge. This is particualrly difficult to explain since Iowa voters who rejected Herman Cain in the end were mainly values voters and although there have been many things that Newt Gingrich has been accused of in his political and personal life, being a man of high moral values is not one of them. As Newt's poll numbers began to surge, both media representatives and other Candidates began to take Newt more seriously and both Mitt Romney and Ron Paul began to send out their well funded Campaign's truth squads to try to straighten out the lies and distortions that Newt Gingrich had tried to pull off. Newt, who has been particularly cruel to his first two wives, as he moved forward to marry his last two mistresses has been fully exposed as a liar and a cheat on the home front, as well as on the campaign front. As a result Newt has seen his previously considerable lead dwindle to that of an also ran.
In the closing days of the Iowa Campaign as Mitt Romney and Ron Paul seem to be very close to each other in First and Second place, something else surprising has also happened in Iowa.
Rick Santorum, A man who was soundly defeated in his last Pennsylvania fight for his United States Senate Seat by present Senator Bob Casey, has touted his low rent Presidential candidacy by presenting himself as a big winner in his Pennsylvania Congressional and Senate races. Apparently he seems to have amnesia about his last Senate race trouncing. Nevertheless, as Republican candidate after candidate has bit the Iowa dust, Rick Santorum has surged in the last weeks as Newt Gingrigh has faded fast under the hot glow of the reality microscope.
Santorum for President. This, to me, is almost as bad a prospect as a Newt Gingrich Presidency.
As the Republicans have cannibalized each other's candidacies in 2011 we will finally have more than polls to tell us what is happening in the 2012 Presidential race.
The Republicans will continue to beat the living daylights out of one another and President Obama,
I have visions of President Obama, who the last time around had his candidacy taken seriously after Iowa made him a Democratic Star, sitting around the White House laughing hysterically at the Republican Presidential Primary Side Show. He, of course, is sitting pretty as the only Democrat in the Iowa Caucus voting. It is hard to conceive of how he could lose his standing in the Iowa caucus.
After tomorrow it will be done in Iowa. A Republican winner will be leaving Iowa to pursue other treasures in other American States and Iowa will just be a distant and painful memory to those who did battle there. Whoever is left after their Iowa bloodbath will be moving on to New Hampshire and South Carolina and on and on and on in this battle of the New Presidential Election Year.
As Tiny Tim would say in Dicken's A Christmas Carol, "God Bless us, Every One."