Romney, off the rails at the Whistle Stop.
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Romney, meanwhile, is easily winning the ad war, where he finally has added some positive and effective “soft” spots (about helping a man find his missing daughter) to his far more common spate of harsh attacks — but his personal discomfort in the South is almost cringe-inducing. He said in public he feels like he is at “an away game.” He sounded surprised to have actually liked “cheesy grits.” (They are called “cheese grits,” not “cheesy.”) And now Alabamians should support him because he likes Mississippi catfish as much the second time as he did the first time — however much that is, which he didn’t actually make clear.
Meanwhile, very few other signs of the campaigns are visible — literally. My wife and I drove around vast portions of the southern half of Mobile County and the city itself on Sunday, and saw not a single Gingrich yard sign, not a single Romney sign, and only about three or four Santorum signs on private property plus several at various public crossings.
It’s easy for people to underestimate the challenges of running a lengthy primary-season campaign while living hand-to-mouth for campaign funds and putting together public appearances on the fly. This column is not meant as criticism, but as pure observation: The process is brutal, and campaign officials get almost no breaks — no weekends off, precious little sleep, and very little time to plan events, much less messages, in advance.
So who’s going to win today? Gingrich has the home-field advantage with years of building political relationships in these two states; Romney has the establishment and the money-bought airwaves… and Santorum is scrambling to take advantage of any openings he can find. Local endorsements, like the one that came out Monday (in a private capacity, not as a university stance) from Mark Foley, respected president of the Baptist-affiliated University of Mobile, might help Santorum make up for the lack of other advantages. (Disclosure: I have a “writer-in-residence” affiliation with the university.)
In short, it’s anybody’s guess how it could turn out, with the smart money being on narrow wins for either Romney or Gingrich, but with Santorum needing only a last burst of speed to pass them.
A man of faith in a godless age is hitting Americans where it hurts.
Mr. and Mrs. American Spectator Reader, let P.J. O’Rourke talk sense to your kids.
In Britain, defending your property can get you life.
The debacle of this president’s administration is both a cause and a symptom of the decline of American values. Unless Congress impeaches him, that decline will go on unchecked. An eminent jurist surveys the damage and assesses the chances for the recovery of our culture.
It won’t take long for conservatives to scratch this presidential wannabe off their 2008 scorecard.
The American Christmas, like the songs that celebrate it, makes room for everybody under the rainbow. Is that why so many people seem to be hostile to it?
Was the President done in by the economy, or by the politics of the economy?
H/T to National Review Online