Wednesday, January 4, 2012

Rick Santorum: Lamb of God

For those who decry all the attention paid to a bunch of caucusing white people in Iowa, last night's results proved the journey was worth it at least for the drama throughout.  From the beginning of the process until this morning, the Republicans have jettisoned Pawlenty, Cain, and from every indication Perry and Bachmann.  That leaves Romney, Santorum and Gingrich as the only plausible nominees left.

But last night's huge winner (even if the official tally leaves him 8 votes behind Romney) is Rick Santorum.  He won the kind of campaign that will become future political lore.  He actually gave a great speech last night.  He may be crazy, but he is not stupid.  Nice pivot last night to the white, working class voters he will need in NH.  The question now is who is going to pony up the money now.  The free-lancers and Wall Street launched Obama, why can't Opus Dei and pro-lifers pour their money for the truest champion of the unborn this side of Randall Terry?

Gringrich in defeat showed the grace that only his ex-wives have been privy to at exit  time.  If it had been a woman acting like he did last night  we would have to have called him bitchy.  I guess dick or asshole would be ok too, though Newt was a bitch last night.

Rick Perry pulled the plug on his awful, toweringly inept campaign.  When you factor in the hype, the money and the cockiness you are left with the worst major campaign ever run for President of the United States.  He was a disaster in every way.  Last night's concession speech did not disappoint.  Most of it was a poorly written letter by a supporter and even more poorly read by Perry (who apparently had not read it beforehand).  He lurched on the podium in a slanted sideways pose that killed the vertical/horizontal plane of the tv set.  He seemed like a happy man however, like someone who had finally been fired and was at least looking forward to unemployment insurance and a golden parachute.  He can now go back to making life harder for millions of Texans.  We shall not see the likes of him for many, many election cycles.

Then there's Michelle.  She didn't say it was over, but it is over.   Sadly, we won't have to hear her say "Obamacare" any more in that whiny snarl.  She did have to get in one more vicious smear at her husband Marcus when she told the audience that while she was campaigning yesterday, he was out shopping for sunglasses for their dog.  Part of me thinks they have a reality show in the works ready to go, and these are future plot lines.  I don't know.  

Congressman Paul was defiant in his concession speech.  It looked like his left eyebrow was going to fall off again.  Rand Paul looked very uncomfortable as his father spoke about how we can't force countries to be democratic at the point of a gun.  He was already finessing how he would run in 2016, with a foreign policy position somewhere in between daddys and the neo-cons.  Meanwhile, daddy is such a throw-back.  He joked that we are all "Austrians now"
and even referenced what he was referencing, Nixon's "we are all Keynesians now" quip. While he basks in the esoteric, he forgets to deliver the basics.  He can't bring himself to say that it's onto NH, South Carolina, the Republican nomination and then the White House.  If he doesn't really believe, why should anyone else?

For now, this weekend promises to be like final four weekend.  An ABC network debate on Saturday night and then an NBC Meet The Press debate on Sunday morning.  Imagine how grumpy Gingrich will be on Sunday morning. 

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