Ron Paul released a campaign ad slamming all three of his primary opponents and describes Mitt Romney as a “flip-flopper who has been on all sides.” Still think Ron Paul is a Mitt Romney surrogate? Hardly.
Did social conservative darling Rick Santorum win the Iowa caucus after all and not frontrunner Mitt Romney? That would be an interesting turn of events, since the Romney campaign is selling itself on making history as the first Republican presidential candidate to win the Iowa caucus and New Hampshire primary.
John Avlon: “That’s what it looks like if numbers from a caucus in the town of Moulton, Appanoose County, are correctly counted when the official certification begins Wednesday night. This not only could rewrite the election history of 2012 to date — it would invalidate the oft-repeated line that Mitt Romney is the only candidate to win both Iowa and New Hampshire. It would stop the inevitability narrative in its tracks.”
Michele Bachmann may have received the message delivered by Iowans in yesterday’s caucuses — we don’t want you as our GOP presidential candidate.
She scheduled a press conference for 11 a.m. in Des Moines after finishing dead last in the caucuses. “Speculation is running high that she cut short her presidential bid,” according to The Note.
AP: Bachmann has already canceled her scheduled trip to South Carolina.
We may be losing two candidates because Rick Perry is also reassessing his campaign after a poor fifth place finish.
GOP presidential hopeful Rick Perry says he’s going back to Texas to reassess his campaign after resounding defeat in Iowa caucus. He isn’t going to South Carolina tomorrow as he had initially stated. This sounds like someone who’s about to drop his bid for the GOP presidential nomination. Um, why couldn’t Michele Bachmann see the writing on the wall and bow out? This was Rick Perry’s first lost in 27 years. Um, bye-bye.
Des Moines Register believes GOP presidential hopeful and longshot Rick Santorum could still win Iowa caucus even though he hasn’t led one poll there.
Could GOP presidential hopeful Rick Santorum eke out a win in the Iowa caucases, even though he hasn’t led a single poll? First Read breaks down Saturday night’s Des Moines Register poll and suggests he could still win.
“You can see how Santorum might be able to win this thing, especially if Perry and Gingrich supporters decide to go with the former Pennsylvania senator. What’s more, Santorum appears to have crossed a viability threshold, with just 6% of likely caucus-goers in the poll finding him the least electable in a general election. Indeed, Santorum’s closing TV ad in Iowa plays up his electability, calling him the ‘trusted conservative who gives us the best chance to take back America.’ On the other hand, you once again see how Romney can win the Iowa caucuses — with 25% or less — because the conservative vote gets divided up.”
Public Policy Polling is a great source for the latest polling information. They will release a new survey in Iowa late tonight. The social evangelicals are flocking towards Rick Santorum, who I find to be one scary candidate. He has some radical views and would turn back the clock on same sex marriages and gays and lesbians serving openly in the military, among other issues.
QUOTE OF THE DAY: “They pick corn in Iowa. They pick presidents in New Hampshire.”
— Jon Huntsman, quoted by the AP, on why he’s not competing in the Iowa caucuses. By the way, it’s an old line.
Personally, I think Jon Huntsman is the only viable candidate among the slate of misfits masquerading as serious contenders for the Republican presidential nomination.
Musical chairs in the White House. First Lady Michelle Obama has replaced her chief of staff, Jackie Norris, with White House lawyer Susan Sher. My first thought is to ask, who cares, but I guess it is worthy of some discussion since this happened four months into the Obama administration. It’s also funny how this flew under the mainstream media radar, since they hang on to every word from the Obamas. The news release offered no explanation as to the reason for Norris’ whirlwind tenure, but I guess being a longtime friend of Michelle Obama trumps the relatively new friendship with Norris, who she met in Iowa during the early days of caucuses. Norris is a mother of three young boys and I guess an argument could be made about the lack of family time with her kids that this position calls for.
In yesterday’s announcement, Obama noted that Norris had “built a strong organization in the East Wing and made tremendous progress on issues that are important to me and the President, particularly in the area of national service.”
Don’t cry for Jackie Norris because she has managed to get a new job, despite the challenging economic climate. She will become a senior adviser to the Corporation for National and Community Service, which provides grants to service organizations and promotes volunteerism. It also oversees programs such as AmeriCorps and Senior Corps.
Sher, on the other hand, seems to be Michelle Obama’s home girl. She worked in both the East and West wings on legal issues and health care reform. According to the Washington Post, she has known the first lady for more than a decade, as their career paths have been intertwined. Sher was a vice president at the University of Chicago Medical Center; Obama worked there, too. Sher also served as corporation counsel for then-Chicago Mayor Richard Daley, for whom Obama and White House senior adviser Valerie Jarrett both worked.