Wednesday, February 8, 2012

GOP Self-Destruct Continues

Final Four GOP Candidates (c) Wikinut
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Unhappy Voter
The results are in, and they reflect a voting pattern that doesn't tally with the outcomes in Iowa, New Hampshire, or South Carolina.  Ron Paul and Rick Santorum seem to have much greater support than previously thought -- or counted.

New Hampshire and South Carolina were a complete waste of time and money since busloads of union activists were brought in to cast ballots under both states failure to require an identification check -- and Democrats could vote as well.

As we asked before, why are Democrats allowed to vote in a GOP caucus to select the Presidential candidate?

There was something clearly amiss in Iowa as so many districts were not delivering the vote count on time -- and some districts even "lost" the ballot boxes.  Several weeks after Romney had been declared the winner, we learned that in fact, Santorum had won.  And now, we learn theat Iowa GOP Chairman Matt Shawn has resigned in disgrace.  Could Iowa's voting process be following Chicago's?

So, although it looked as if Romney was the clear choice for the Oval Office by Conservative voters, the actual voting results give us a different picture; i.e., both Santorum and Paul are much more popular than the vote count would reflect.   In Missouri, Minnesota, and Colorado, Santorum was a strong winner, leaving Romney in the dust.



StateGingrichPaulRomneySantorumreporting
02/07CO12.8%11.8%34.9%40.2%100%
02/07MO-12.2%25.3%55.2%100%
02/07MN10.7%27.2%16.9%44.8%95%
02/04NV21.1%18.8%50.1%10.0%100%
01/31FL31.9%7.0%46.4%13.3%100%
01/21
40.4%
13.0%
27.8%
17.0%
100%
01/10
9.4%
22.9%
39.3%
9.4%
100%
01/03
13.3%
21.4%
24.5%
24.6%
>99%
                                                                           [Source:  AP]


Now, we'red not sure if the voters simply like Santorum better than Romney or Gingrich, or, perhaps they've been turned off by the PAC blood-letting in which the two leading candidates are ripping each other apart.  We're reminded of the WWII Partisan battles which raged until both sides were so debilitated that the Nazi's had merely to walk in and claim the victory for themselves.

This mutual savaging by Romney and Gingrich plays into the hands of the Democrats since both candidates now look like immature schoolboys, incapable of civil discourse, much less assuming the mantle of Presidential leadership.

Given the dismal economic situation in the US, this election should be a slam dunk in which Obama is run out of town on a rail in disgrace.

Instead, this primary process may strengthen Obama in the eyes of the voters who may simply figure that, even though Obama is incompetent and doing a lousy job, the GOP isn't demonstrating the capacity for leadership -- but rather more chaos.