Trump, birtherism and the GOP race 2012: The more things don’t change, part 3


The more things don’t change, part 3 2012 from primary to election   The dynamic that shaped the Republican primaries is now shaping the Republican campaign for the White House: Future nominee Mitt Romney is continuing the Rick Santorum strategy of going for the leftovers.   As we know, the GOP primary season from summer […]

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Big state, soft support–Primary results in Texas


Texas Primary Results 2012: Big state, soft support   Unofficial results are in for the Texas primary, and on the Republican side Mitt Romney wins with 71 percent of the vote. Not that victory wasn’t pretty certain, since all the other major candidates have already dropped out—but there are a few interesting details. 1)      Rick […]

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The 2012 GOP primaries and the politics of neglect


2012 GOP primaries–Santorum wins most Wisconsin counties but loses Wisconsin More primary results, mostly predictable, in the GOP primary season, and another reminder of the importance of being able to do math and to reason. Case in point, Wisconsin, carried by Mitt Romney along with Maryland and D.C. As previously written, former Pennsylvania governor Ed […]

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The Big Ho-Hum from Louisiana


From Louisiana, a big ho-hum for the primary fight SHREVEPORT-BOSSIER  As was predictable,* Rick Santorum won Louisiana’s presidential primary Saturday. Also predictable, the word ‘evangelicals’ has been all over the air waves. Again predictable, almost all of the commentary has come from people who have not lived in Louisiana, not stayed here for any length […]

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The 2012 GOP primary race; Illinois today


2012 GOP primary race–today, Illinois   Today, the Illinois primary. Puerto Rico went as expected for Mitt Romney, or better—since he won all the delegates there—and Missouri results are held in a murk, not to be clarified until April. The prevalent question surrounding the Illinois primary is how well Romney will do. Illinois has abundant […]

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Weekend further shaping the 2012 primaries


2012, and how the GOP primary race has been shaped The weekend has brought its partial results. With the vote from Puerto Rico in Sunday, Romney gets the delegates there.* Missouri held caucuses on Saturday, reportedly to a mix of amusement and anger, but results will not be announced until April. The New York Daily […]

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Target demographics and the 2012 GOP race


Target demographics in 2012–How the GOP primary race has been shaped Reluctant as I am to post on a beautiful Saturday morning in March Madness (the wearing o’ the green worked its magic a day early this year)–still, a new Gallup poll out yesterday reinforces the previous post. So, following up– Recapping, the argument for […]

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The 2012 GOP primaries–Delegate math and stupid ridicule


Math wins, numbers of voters still count in elections–open convention coming?   Another cluster of primaries, a new current argument about the GOP primary season. Now the question hovering over the political reporting is whether Newt Gingrich can be pummeled into getting out of the race. His sister suggests not. Candace Gingrich-Jones, in an excellent […]

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The 2012 primaries have finally defined Santorum territory and Romney territory


The 2012 southern primaries yesterday marked a clear dividing line–finally If the GOP primaries have established a consistent pattern, it is that the dividing line for the Romney-Santorum-Gingrich threesome is rural appeal versus metropolitan/suburban appeal. Santorum has the less populated counties almost all to himself, in most states; Romney and Gingrich battle it out for […]

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The 2012 southern strategy and a GOP pincer movement on Afghanistan


2012 southern strategy and the giant pincer movement on Afghanistan     The political equation of winning-and-losing is far from the most important point about Afghanistan. The shooting spree by a U.S. soldier who apparently had a nervous breakdown and shot Afghan civilians, including women and children, is only the most recent dreadful event. Not […]

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