Wednesday, January 25, 2012

The Aftermath of South Carolina

First of all, thank you for sticking around while I had some down time on the blog. I have been feeling under the weather for the past few days. I'm feeling better now and as you can see, I'm back at it today!

Good Day All!!

Ok, first of all. . . WHAT THE HECK HAPPENED??

Newt Gingrich, South Carolina. . . you're serious? Newt "The Playboy" Gingrich? Did you guys lose your minds down there?

Let's break this down. . .

I wrote on Friday:

Despite the 11th hour spin job by the Republican Establishment Media, Newt isn't going to be able to get out of this one. Christian conservatives aren't going to vote for this guy. Enough people will be slow to come around that Newt will still have a good showing, but he won't touch the 31% he was seeing in the polls yesterday.

He finished with 40.4%. Second place was Mitt Romney with almost 27.8%. That's 68.2% of the most conservative, Chrisitan influenced Republicans in the nation that voted for a man who wants to have an open marriage while betraying conservative principles throughout his career, and a Mormon who is clearly saying what he needs to say in order to get elected.

I have to tell you, I'm stunned. And angry.

This tells us that we simply can't count on Christians to think Biblically. The Republican Establishment Media (Limbaugh, et. al.) went into mega spin mode for Newt and tried to do a lot of damage control. I didn't think it would work, but. . . it did. Christian voters listened to Rush and Hannity. They ignored the moral principles of Scripture.

I guess I shouldn't be surprised in a state that boos the golden rule.

It seems that most were swayed by Newt's response during the CNN debate the evening that the news came out of his marriage infidelity. For the record, here is that response:

Keep in mind that that response was CHEERED by much of the Republican Establishment Media. They whipped up the base to see this as an attack against "Newt the right wing hero", instead of an expose' of a dirty old hypocrite. Newt led the charge to impeach Clinton for receiving oral sex in the White House and has consistently lectured America on the need for traditional marriage and traditional families. . . all the while leaving his wives while they lay on their deathbeds and fantasizing about open marriages.

Newt's hot temper is on display here. He starts off with his smarty pants answer of "No, but I will." Then he goes into how "appalled" he is. He finishes up with how despicable the question is.

The guy sure does have courage, I'll say that. To say that a question about his outrageously immoral behavior is despicable is, well, let's just leave it at courageous. . . in that completely non-heroic sort of way.

Stunned. I am absolutely stunned. When my children ask "Dad, when did you lose faith in America?" I'm just going to play them that video. . . or this one.

Anyway, where does this leave us?

Newt has propelled himself into the top tier with the South Carolina fiasco. Ron Paul had a disappointing finish in South Carolina and is slipping from the top tier. Santorum had a better showing than people thought he would, but still it was nothing to write home about.

Going into Florida, it's a two man race between Newt and Mitt. I think Santorum will make some efforts, but he's done after Florida. Ron Paul is ignoring Florida altogether. Paul's campaign is instead focusing on the dozen or so upcoming primaries in caucus states where they feel they can do best and will score some delegates. Honestly, if that plan doesn't work, the Paul campaign is over.

Frankly, I think that is likely to be the case as I think this race will come down to Newt vs. Mitt. If that happens, Mitt will probably win as he's the only one of the two mathematically able to win (we'll get to that in a moment). Ron Paul will stay in it for a while, and he should, but unless he starts winning some elections here, he's done. Get ready for another four years of Barrack Obama. What a disaster it's going to be.

There is hope. I want to call your attention to this article. Seriously, take a few minutes and read it. Newt can't win and neither can Santorum. They know it and anyone who is paying attention knows it.

I've said it before and I'll keep saying it: This race is between Ron Paul and Mitt Romney. BUT. . . Newt and Santorum might stay in it long enough to quell any chance of Ron Paul gaining momentum. Which is, perhaps, the point of their candidacy's in the first place.

God help us.

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