As the dust settles on Ames, Iowa, Mitt Romney began making excuses, and embellishing on the impact his win would have. Yes, it was hot, but heat never stopped a true believer from exercising his right to vote. Yes, a few of the top contenders weren’t their, but that also was an irrelevent point. I think what the perfectly capped, coiffed and smiling Mitt Romney was actually thinking was “why did I spend so much money here? I’m still in fourth, and one of the guys ahead of me isn’t even running yet.”
The turnout was atrocious. 8,000 less attendees than 8 years ago, and almost 10,000 less voters. Mitt Romney, in search of good things to say came up with I received more votes than George Bush did last time he was here. Yes, Mitt…good move…compare yourself to George Bush. Get that visual working in peoples minds. The fact remains if republicans stay mired in the malaise created by angst over the Bush administration, the democrats are going to experience a landslide not seen since Tricky dick kicked the crap out of George McGovern.
The big winner here was probably Mike Huckabee. He attracted over 18% of the vote, and 3% more than Brownback. Sam has to be contemplating quitting even though he says he won’t. Mike on the other hand has the only real “mo” coming out of Iowa. He looks more electable to the christian coalition, and he is likely to attract Brownback supporters even before Brownback cries “nuff.”
Another huge winner has to be Fred Thompson. The field has never looked weaker and he will announce in September. All he needs is a common sense approach to the war on terror and the mission in Iraq and I believe you’ll have your future nominee. The fact is McCain and Giuliani didn’t attend as Mitt correctly stated, because they were going to lose. Where he was wrong is that it was because he is so strong. The fact is he is incredibly weak. Just like everyone else. Again, look at the turnout. Don’t spin it like Mitt has, look at it. thats what is really going on for the right. They act like they’ve already lost.
Who can actually sway those voters not already firmly entrenched in the muck that is the Republican base? wait for it….Ron Paul. He at least espouses common sense values in regards to everyday life, and hasn’t come off as an extreme Republican retard. As the other dogs pick over the meat remaining on the bone of ultraconservatism he has a golden opportunity to soften his message, and attract the center. He already knows those parts of his agenda that he has no chance of forwarding if elected, so he needs to trim his already meager message down even further.
By the time the caucases are held in Iowa in late december or extremely early January, it will have all sorted out. The Republicans have 5 basic options right now. I’ve added what I think honest campaign slogans would be
Mitt Romney: If I’m not a Mormon Running for president, what am I? George Bush Light?
Rudy Giuliani: I’ll be whatever you want me to be. As long as you don’t forget I’m the real hero of 9/11.
Mike Huckabee: Genghis Khan was a left wing nutjob, and I’m living proof of that.
Fred Thompson: I’ll get in as soon as they are done teaching me how to be Ronald Reagan.
Ron Paul: There is no way I should lose to these idiots.
I could live with a Fred Thompson /Ron Paul ticket. Nothing else up there is one degree of change from what we already have.