Skip to comments.Analysis: Obama among the winners in Iowa [Mutt has "flatlined" and Pubs in disarray]
Posted on 01/04/2012 2:47:14 AM PST by Zakeet
After a dramatic, confusing night of suspense in the Republican Party's Iowa caucuses, the big winner may well have been a Democrat: Barack Obama.
The president's re-election campaign had reason to smile early Wednesday, as Mitt Romney and Rick Santorum battled to a virtual dead heat in the caucuses that kicked off the campaign for the Republican presidential nomination.
Romney, a former Massachusetts governor, emerges from Iowa with his front-runner status intact, his well-funded campaign ready for a months-long fight.
But his razor-thin margin over Santorum - a social conservative who ran a low-budget campaign with little advertising - reinforces persistent doubts about Romney's ability to win over his party's conservative base.
It also increases the chances that Romney's still-likely march to the Republican nomination will not be the quick kill Romney has hoped for, analysts and strategists said on Wednesday.
For an Obama campaign that has long operated on the assumption that it will face Romney in the November 6 election, that is good news.
"Democratic heavyweights are quietly celebrating tonight," David Gergen, a former adviser to two Republican and two Democratic presidents, told Reuters. "They see the presumed (Republican) nominee, Mitt Romney, unable to close the deal and a Republican electorate not only uncertain, but lacking great enthusiasm."
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Stories like this make me think I might just pull this election out even though my poll numbers are in the toilet
The vote was too close for Santorum to cede. He should call for a recount if they allow it.
Voters with the same political views as I have see nothing to celebrate with any of the GOP candidates. If any of them manages to beat Obama this year, 2016 could be the end of the GOP, conservatives in general and the country.
Did Reuters post the photoshop photos?
Rick Santorum won. BIG.
Conservatives and tea party folks, finally have a candidate in this race.
Reuters? LOl. I love the MSM attempting to be so, “Helpful,” to Conservatives.
What a toilet paper news agency Reuters is.
The Tea Party won big. Santorum won Big. Nobama lost the night.
And may He lose the war as well!
Maybe so but not THIS puppy. Santorum was brought to PA by country club RINO republican Elsie Hillman. For t hat resaon alone he won't get my vote and there are mnay other reasons as well.
If he is the nominee I wish him well but it won't be with my help.
The winner of Iowa is Obama. Santorum is not a viable national candidate. Romney will be destroyed by the media... Crazy Ron Paul... Really? A facebook status I’ve seen allot lately is “when faced with a choice between Obama and Paul, 94% choose suicide.” I really did believe that Perry was the best choice, but he self destructed. Bachmann is done. I am very concerned about the future of this country.
This steamin' pile is a has-been, and a tool.
What they are scared sh$@less of is the fact that the "Tea Party Patiots" have NOT disappeared, as they've been chortling 24/7 through their State-Run-Media, and that there is a sentiment in this country that Socialism WILL NOT WIN and CANNOT STAND.
The 2012 turnout of Conservatives needs to be over-whelming, and NOT to support Romeny-the-RINO.
But whatever happens I WILL NOT VOTE FOR MITT, not in the Primary nor the General.
Sorry GOP I am not playing that game anymore.
Maybe, if he can develop a sense of humor. Maybe an ad where the announcer introduces “here’s Rick Santorum” and they wheel out a mannequin in a stuffed shirt, or maybe a whole parade of them and Santorum shows up in the middle.
So then if Santorum is the candidate, you've decided to support Obama?
Occasionally, some puppies need to have thier noses stuck in their piddle and swatted with a newspaper.
No, I will spend my resources supporting local, state and federal candidates who I believe will work toward a conservative agenda.
No more Milquetoastm RINO's, no more telling me to be a good pubbie and vote for the the party candidate and I might get a bone tossed my way.
I didn't leave the GOP, IT LEFT ME!
Let's say Santorum or Romney or any of those running now win the White House. Then we get four years of the same old GOP, RINO, Karl Rove, presidency. Sure we've slowed the slide into the cesspool of socialism but I want it stopped and reversed.
And It's my opinion that after four years of that kind of presidency the Socialists will have regrouped BIG time and will take back the Presidency AND Congress in 2016. That may very well spell the end of the conservative movement and the country.
I don’t think Obama will be in office when the election comes around.
Everything that has happened and will happen will be against Joe Biden.
This is MSM kneepadding at it’s best.
Whistling past the graveyard.
If you do not support the GOP candidate you are saying,in effect, its ok with you if Obama wins again. It may well support you sense of conservative self righteousness, but it does nothing to stop the progressive train wreak.
"Soros was smart to back me AND Romney and Paul.
He and I win.
Yet another "staunch conservative" who will help re-elect Obama. At least I won't waste another minute of my time reading posts like yours.
Like GWB stoppeed the train wreck Clinton started? Please.
In each succeeding primary this should become pretty obvious.
Oh, he might make 25% here, or even a 27% there, but candidates who do that consistently are not firing up the party base.
The other candidates are the ones folks like ~ and whether it's Santorum, or Gingrich, or Bachmann, they are not facing a 75% UNLIKABILITY factor. They are interchangeable in most folk's minds. Perry might even link in there well ~ he had higher ratings than Mitt at the beginning, and he has the campaign bucks so he can get back up.
Then we have to face facts. Romney and his crowd are perceived to have CHEATED in Virginia where they changed the rules on registration at the last minute. That is SOOOOOO OBAMA and CHICAGO it isn't funny.
If that little problem isn't fixed whatever that boy does in Virginia won't count ~ if, in fact, he gets any votes at all.
The train has been going down the wrong track since Eisenhower, like it or not. It has slowed down on occasion, but never completely stopped.
Voting for Romney is just driving over a cliff in a different gear, not 'saving' anything.
I’m with you on this one. Originally from PA, I had an opportunity to meet Santorum during his first Senate run. He is a solid Conservative, but he does not strike me as a strong leader. He’ll get my vote if he survives SC. I think that Iowa is his one and only win though.
I am in the never for Romney camp. Any party that can nominate that RINO to represent them is no party of mine. Better to shoot the elephant now and get it over with. I simply can not support Romney and stay true to my principles at the same time. A Romney nomination is terrible for the long term health of the GOP.
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