The game of politics gets serious ...
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The politics in this year’s presidential election may be like none before.
Sarah Palin made the presidential bid an interesting contest when she ran for vice president in 2008, but Newt Gingrich may be giving it a close second. He pulled an upset in South Carolina on Saturday by beating the presumed Republican nominee 41 percent to 26 percent.
The “presumed Republican nominee” is, of course, Mitt Romney. From the start, the press has given Romney the unchallenged front-runner status, while reporting on all other candidates as battling against him.
Romney is the one chosen by establishment Republicans to run against President Barack Obama. The “establishment” got rid of Herman Cain early on by bringing out those women who claimed harassment, and isn’t it strange how quietly, and quickly, they disappeared once Cain dropped out?
Their plans, however, are in disarray because Romney has had Ron Paul, Rick Santorum, and now Newt Gingrich challenging him.
The Republican establishment is no more to be trusted than is the Democrat’s establishment. Their goals, in fact, may be the same.
One of the problems with Romney is precisely that he has been “out there” and unquestioned. There is no organization behind any one candidate other than, by default, Mitt Romney.
The Tea Party constitutionalists refuse to go along and, thus, are making this contest interesting. The race is all over the place.
Certainly, I am not buying into the class warfare that the Dems are so successfully promoting. As long as I have a roof over my head and can pay my bills, I am not going to worry about how much my neighbor makes or whether or not I consider it “fair.” This nonsense about the 1 percent has done as much to harm this country than anything in recent memory.
Neither am I buying into the arguments that Romney and Gingrich have over who made the most money or who paid the most taxes. They should focus on get-ting Obama out.
Now that the race appears to be between Gingrich and Romney (unless Santorum can pull an upset in the next primary), a lot hangs on Gingrich’s debating skills. One news analyst described Gingrich as just being a natural-born debater.
It’s not his debating talents that are to his advantage, but rather his knowledge and experience that naturally come to the fore-front when he debates the issues. Gingrich is not just another “golden tongue” who reads a teleprompter. He knows his facts better than anyone else in the campaign, and he has the experience to back him up.
Romney appears stiff and unsure at times, as though he can’t believe he’s been put out in front to become the nominee. He needs passion in order to connect to the voters. At other times, he seems to feel that he’s “entitled,” as if the establishment promised him the nomination and he’s not sure how to react when he’s confronted.
About the other two, Ron Paul is past his prime -- ‘nuff said -- and Rick Santorum needs to pull some magic out of his bag.
The consoling factor is that, in one single interview where Romney sat and made his points uninterrupted, he sounded good. In the final analysis, of course, we must support whoever gets the nomination, but regardless of who it is, there could well be an “October Surprise.”
That’s the way Obama plays the game, and he likes to win.
This column is published in the Jan. 26 edition of the La Vernia News.