So a lot of things have happened in the past 11 days. In the political world all of it was good, if not funny as all get out. Some of the high, or low lights, depending on your level of cynicism:
- President Obama
- In a stunning open mic incident the President leans in to tell Russian Preisdent Medvedev to pass a message to Vladimir Putin, the Prime Minister of Russia and its defacto dictator
- The message – give me some slack until I’m re-elected, then I’ll have more flexibility
- Wow, hard to know what he meant by flexibility but easy to know that he thinks he’s going to whoop Mitt or Rick in November
- Rick Santorum
- verbally dog cussed* a New York Times reporter, telling him to quit the “bull shit” because:
- the reporter asked the candidate to clarify the remarks made when Santorum said he would vote for Obama before he would support Romney
- Santorum also called Romney the worst republican ever – he drew swift condemnation from party leaders for that little gem
- after Santorum finished crying about the media lying about his own words he went on FOX to brag saying “You’re not a republican if you haven’t cursed out a NYT reporter” So now we know Rick, you’re a republican, a crybaby, a liar, oh and a chooch.
- Newt Gingrich
- called the President uppity because Newt claims the Pres. thinks everybody should go to Harvard
- Not sure President believes we should all go to Harvard and ironically this comes from the only PhD in the field
- hard to know what’s in Newt’s mind but I gotta believe in close circles he finishes off that “uppity” sentence with what he really thinks
- Somehow Mitt Romney is not uppity even though he also went to Harvard
- Newt fired 1/3rd of his staff this week – no money to pay them
- the last two print journalists covering Newt’s campaign left to cover Mitt and Rick
- Mitt Romney
- is building a ridiculously enormous beach house complete with an elevator for the car
- One blogger/reporter floated the idea that Ann Romney ‘s Multiple Sclerosis is getting worse and the elevator makes it easier for her to get in and out of the car and house
See a small but unsubstantiated correlation there. It’s not clear that Mitt will be a better candidate, but it’s obvious he makes fewer mistakes and therefore is not required to say outlandish things to get votes. The biggest issue on Mitt the past month is a car elevator. The other two guys have athletes tongue from constantly sticking their feet in their mouths.
Mitt also picked up some huge endorsements. Senator Marco Rubio of Florida, a Tea Party poster boy, endorsed Mitt. President George Bush 41 endorsed Mitt. Now Senator Paul Ryan of Wisconsin, another Tea Party guy, has endorsed Mitt.
Of course Wisconsin is a big deal because their primary election is this Tuesday, April 3rd. Washington DC and Maryland will vote Tuesday as well. Mitt has decent leads in all three places. Should Romney win Wisconsin, the matter is all but settled. The primaries in April are winner take all, so now winning the state means you get all the delegates and Wisconsin has a ton of delegates, 42 to be exact.
Short of a Romney scandal, there is no way Santorum can get to 1144 delegates and it’s almost impossible for him to stop Romney from getting there.
Newt and Ron Paul are in a dead heat for the “Crazy Old Man” conciliation prize, awarded to the candidate who comes in dead last, or dead broke, or both.
Newt’s campaign now has the feel of someone angling for a cabinet job. He’s not slammed Romney in a week and only has ire for the President. Secretary of State Gingrich perhaps?
On a personal note, we have had the greatest and worst 11 days of our lives here. Some of you know that our twin girls were born 3 1/2 months early. Anne Marie and Linda Claire were born at 1:53 and 1:54pm respectfully. They both weighed in around 1lb 12oz, give or take an ounce. Unfortunately Linda Claire’s lungs were not developed enough and she passed away around 5:45pm that same day. We buried her in a wonderful ceremony this past week. Her obituary is the post previous to this one if you would like to read it.
I felt like I needed to stop the blog for a while but after almost two weeks it’s more therapy for me than it is political info and funny Frank stories for you. So for better or worse, I’m hitting the keyboard again.
On the bright side, Anne Marie is progressing nicely and we are thankful for every breath she takes. She is in the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit at University of Tennessee Medical Center. Those people are, in a word, awesome. In the graceful way the dealt with Linda Claire during the 5 hours of her short life, the aftermath of her death, and the treatment of Anne Marie, they have been an oasis in a desert of turmoil and grief. We look and pray for her homecoming sometime in late June.
I appreciate all the comments on Linda Claire’s obituary, the e-mails, and text messages. I’ll answer them all at some point. Trust me when I tell you they are a big help. I can’t explain why, but it’s a bit comforting to read well wishes, offers of prayer and assistance at a time when you feel completely helpless and out of control. Thank you all for that.