Friday, December 02, 2011

Dick Morris Nails It...



Dick Morris' article posted at The Hill, "Room at the top in the GOP field," is a must read.

His assertions about each candidate are spot on (his description of Santorum especially) and the only thing I might take exception to is the possibility of another candidate surging past Mitt or Newt this late in the game...

Our "Gut Check" poll from the other day definitely bears out his theory...

"Evangelicals don’t like Romney because he is Mormon. Unfair, unjust, bigoted — but true. Tea Party types don’t like him because of RomneyCare in Massachusetts, a more legitimate beef. Both groups would probably prefer Gingrich to Romney, but neither is enamored with Newt. Evangelicals choke on his personal baggage and remember that, as Speaker, he tended to put fiscal and economic issues first. Southern Baptists — who make up half the evangelical vote — are not thrilled with a converted Roman Catholic from the South. Tea Party people see Newt as part of the Republican establishment. He’s not as bad as current Speaker John Boehner, in their view, but he’s not simpatico with the Tea Party, either.

In a two-way race, the Tea Party and evangelicals probably would go with Gingrich to stop Romney, but it’s too early to have to settle for a candidate they don’t really like. So there is clearly an opening for another candidate to make it a three-way race — at least in Iowa, New Hampshire and South Carolina."


Someone (I believe it was Peggy Noonan) said that dwelling on personal baggage (i.e. Newt) seems "self indulgent" when the country is in the disarray that it currently is. And if someone (i.e. Newt) has the desire and know-how to fix this mess --then let's get him in there. I think this is the point that many Conservatives-Libertarians are getting to in their decision making...

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