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Quin raises an interesting question about why voters seem to like a winner. I think many of us who write about politics for a living — or who comment frequently on political websites — fail to appreciate that many voters pay only casual attention to election campaigns. The media through which such voters do follow the campaign isn’t always sympathetic to conservative insurgent candidates. Finally, perception matters. There’s a strong case to be made against Mitt Romney’s electability but the perception is he’s the strongest general election candidate. Rick Santorum’s underfunded campaign and Newt Gingrich’s haphazard one have struggled to alter those perceptions.
There are two questions I’ve heard more than any other while covering the early phases of the 2012 campaign. Why does Iowa or New Hampshire get to pick my party’s nominee for me? And who cares about these little states? Wake me when a state with significant electorate votes casts its ballots. The answer to the first question is: Iowa and New Hampshire don’t have the power — or the delegates — to determine the nominee. It is just an observable fact how a candidate performs in those states has substantial impact on how they do going forward. That also answers the second question: by the time those big states vote, the primary campaign may be largely over.
In defense of the early states, however, I’d note that they are the very places that prize retail politics and afford the ability to run relatively low-budget campaigns. If we just immediately shifted to primary votes in huge, expensive media markets, the race would probably be even less competitive than it is now. Iowa, New Hampshire, and South Carolina allow the other Republicans to compete with Romney on something approaching even terms.
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?