It's Super Tuesday! Ok, well it wont be by the time you read this. As of this writing, Mitt Romney, Rick Santorum and Newt Gingrich have pretty much divided up the states, the votes and the delegates. As of this writing, Ohio is still neck and neck with Santorum leading by a very small margin of 38% to Romney's 36%.
All of this makes Democrats like me happy. Further, the evidence seems to suggest that at least Gingrich and Paul are in this for the long haul; that makes me happier. (Gingrich has hired the secret service indicating he's in this at least til' the summer)(Side note- dont you love the no government hand out guys like Romney, Gingrich and Santorum taking government hands outs by having secret service provide security while the u.s. taxpayer picks up the tab... hmmm?-kudos to Ron Paul who at least wasnt a hypocrite in this regard)
After tonite, many expect/expected the Gingrich's, the Paul's and of course Rick Santorum to bow out gracefully and to leave the path open for Republicans to put their money, their support and of course their votes come November to Mitt Romney; but it doesnt look like that will happen.
Conservatives who feel Romney's still too moderate or not right leaning enough or still can't wrap their head around his being a Mormon are still uncomfortable with him as their candidate and look to Santorum or Gingrich to provide an option for them and for what ailes them.
And although it was all about, as James Carvelle once said, "the economy stupid..." now it's about much, much more. Do we provide military support to the citizens of Syria? What happens if Israel attacks Iran? Do we push for tougher sanctions and wait? etc.
Americans are seeing, that the President, uncontested as a candidate pretty much nationwide, no question he will have the Democratic platform beneath him while seeking that second term; Americans are seeing this is much more than just about our economy, about job creation or the housing market. And albeit slowly, all three seem to be headed in the right direction.
This now comes down to our safety and security. Mitt Romney may have been Governor of Massachusetts and he might have made a lot of money in the private sector; but his experience with foreign affairs? With the military?
The President today spoke of launching attacks on Iran not being a game, I hope Americans were listening.
For tonight is Super Tuesday, and those on the right are casting their ballots for the candidate they best feel will represent them, their party and have a shot at beating our President in November.
As a Democrat, I cringed in the past when Ralph Nader split the vote for the Democrats. Sorry, but I am elated that the Republican candidates might be splitting their own votes not wanting to put their support behind Mitt Romney.
I guess it comes down to what matters more to them....Anyone but Romney, or anyone but Obama? Or perhaps they'll join many of us on the left, and even some independents who might say....who wont' lead us into war with Iran??
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