By midnight last Thursday, most of the Republican establishment in New York State—the county chairmen waltzing in after a friendly dinner at the nearby Black and Blue Steak and Crab, along with the operatives who had grimly signed on for yet another round of longshot campaigns in a state that remains one of the most Democratic in the nation—was safely inside Legends, the downstairs bar at the Radisson Hotel in Rochester. Sipping beer, and spinning reporters, they eyed each other warily. In a few short hours the bleary-eyed contingent would gather again—this time on the floor of the Rochester Convention Center, a few flights up and a “skywalk” over from the Radisson—for that most of political endeavors. A convention-floor flight was in the offing. The result would determine who would carry the flag and soul of the party in the November elections. Read More
Her per performance last night, scoring a mere 5% of the Iowa caucus vote, is quite a different result than the Ames Straw Poll she won earlier last year. Although Ames had previously been seen as a tangible test of a candidate’s strength and organization in the Hawkeye State, the final results differed substantially from the straw poll’s findings. Governor Mitt Romney, who won Iowa’s caucus vote last night, did not even actively participate in the straw poll. Read More
2008′s Republican presidential nominee John McCain will be endorsing former Massachusetts Governor Mitt Romney to be 2012′s nominee, Buzzfeed reported last night. The move is especially notable as Governor Romney seeks a similar path to the nomination as Senator McCain pursued in 2008, a coalition of Republican establishment support, moderates, and voters prioritizing electability over ideological purity.
In 2008, it was Governor Romney who sought to outflank Senator McCain on his right flank, and he poured in millions of dollars of his own personal fortune into his fledgling campaign. The campaign ultimately sputtered, however, losing to Arkansas Governor Mike Huckabee in Iowa and repeatedly to Senator McCain in critical states before Mr. Romney finally pulled the plug on his campaign. Read More
The days if nice Newt appear to be finally over.
After getting pummeled by negative ads from rivals Ron Paul and Mitt Romney for days–which led to his disappointing fourth place finish in the Iowa caucus last night, Newt Gingrich took to the stage in downtown Des Moines last night and punch right back.
“Together we survived the biggest onslaught in the history of the Iowa primary,” the former House Speaker told an audience of about 100 supporters. Read More