Skip to comments.Iowa and the Future of the GOP
Posted on 12/24/2011 6:01:20 PM PST by 2ndDivisionVet
No matter the outcome, Ron Paul's strength indicates a resurgence of the libertarian and isolationist wings of the Republican Party.
Judging by some of the television images of the 2012 Republican presidential race in Iowa, the contest is among a bunch of small-bore candidates courting farmers and born-again Christians out on the chilly prairie.
Look again. The 2012 Republican contest in Iowa is very much a battle over what the GOP should stand for in the years ahead. Just as Republican leaders in Washington can't seem to reach a consensus on what they're for, so can't rank-and-file party activists here. Throughout this campaign, a variety of candidates have risen and fallen as caucusgoers have fallen in love and then been struck by buyer's remorse.
Today most leads in polls of the race are within the margins of error. One thing pollsters agree on: A majority of likely caucusgoers say that even in this 11th hour, they could be persuaded to change their minds before Jan. 3.
Why this softness? Many on the left snicker and say it's because the field is so weak that Republicans are having a hard time deciding. Watching some of the gaffes and stumbles of the race, there is an element of truth in that....
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It is true that there are no superstars, but with the MSM as it is, nobody could be a superstar. Republicans would wail, if Reagan was running at how unelectable he was.
But it’s my experience that you need somebody who is a groundhog, to make the changes needed to fix Washington. Somebody who can keep gnawing away at the resistence, while working unseen in the background.
IMHO, I think Newt and Perry are capable of that.
Poll Watch: American Research Group Iowa 2012 Republican Caucus Survey
Ron Hitler Paul 21%
Massachusetts Romney 20%
Grassroots/Tea Party Gingrich 19%
IOWANS are not stupid. They'll do the RIGHT thing.
It is called Dis-integration. It means the total loss of a unifying theme as evidenced by tolerance, equality, diversity. The inability to exclude those who do not belong. We are no longer a People but have become a mere demographic.
Right on the button. Poll numbers are not to my liking but we shall see.
All these Dems like Mr. Yepsen choose to ignore the fact that most of Paul's support comes from Democrats.
Like Cafferty, who also used to work in Des Moines, he’s a boozer.
And the proof is ___, definitely Harkin!
oops, I mean to say “definitely NOT Harkin!”