A few months ago, a friend suggested to me that Mitt Romney’s supporters were involved in certain behind-the-scenes maneuvers as part of an effort to stack the deck in Romney’s favor in advance of the 2012 presidential campaign. And these supporters, it was said, are especially concerned about thwarting any effort by Sarah Palin to get the 2012 GOP nomination.
That came to mind as I was reflecting on the stunning vehemence of some Republican attacks on Christine O’Donnell. Something else that came to mind: The 2012 primary calendar.
Sarah Palin endorsed Kelly Ayotte, who won a narrow victory in the New Hampshire GOP Senate primary. Palin’s endorsement was also credited with securing Sharron Angle’s win in Nevada (which holds Jan. 28 caucuses in 2012) and with lifting Nikki Haley to victory in the Republican gubernatorial primary in South Carolina (2012 primary, Jan. 28), which has been a make-or-break state for GOP presidential candidates since 1980.
Delaware — where Palin’s endorsement gave a decisive boost to O’Donnell — is a Feb. 7 “Super Tuesday” state.
The ferocity of some attacks on O’Donnell may therefore reflect the resentment of Romney supporters toward the success of yet another Palin-endorsed candidate in an early 2012 primary state. And it may be that post-primary naysaying about O’Donnell’s chances in the Delaware general election represents an effort of the Romneyites to prevent one of Mama Grizzly’s candidates from getting a Nov. 2 victory.
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