This is it. Possibly. Tonight’s the night. I think.
This should be the final step for Governor Romney. He is running basically unopposed now and while he can’t technically win the nomination tonight, that could come in Texas on May 29th at the earliest, he can effectively put the nomination away by sweeping the five northeastern states voting tonight. If he can’t do that, the doubts that have been finding a voice the past three weeks may get louder.
The governor has already shifted to hammering the President, although he made that move after the Florida primary. The big difference this time; the White House has shifted to hammering Romney, clearly believing he is the man. The only person who doesn’t believe it is Newt, and a lot of the electorate.
Chuck Todd, NBC’s political director called it way back in August of 2011. The Republican base may not fall in love with Mitt Romney but they need to fall in LIKE with him. Still not sure the electorate is in like with Mitt Romney. Tonight will go a long way to settling that down.
In Newt’s case his ego just won’t let him quit. His debt on the other hand… Currently the Gingrich campaign is over 6 million in debt and that number is rising. For some reason Newt and Calista have refused to accept they are the fringe campaign. Both still use a private jet for travel, and Calista still maintains a personal body guard service, even though she has a secret service agent assigned to her. Speaking of the US Secret Service, guess which candidate who is against frivolous government spending still demands a secret service detail, costing the tax payer some serious gitas (money). Newt and Calista will have that detail until he drops from the race; something he say’s he’s not willing to do until the convention.
However, because of the mounting debt there has been rumblings that Newt may pull the cord after the Delaware primary. Delaware? That’s his last stand according to his campaign. Not really sure what a portion of 17 delegates will do for a campaign that’s over 500 delegates behind and 6 mil in debt but hey what do I know, he’s the PhD.
Don’t Look Now…..
Remember all those dumb little non-binding delegates from all those dumb little caucuses in the mid-west? Well, they have been conducting their respective state conventions and guess who’s been winning a lot of those un-bound delegates? If you guessed Congressman Ron Paul, take 10 dollars out of petty cash. The Paul campaign has 2+ million in surplus cash, no debt, no on coming debt. He’s not traveling much, speaking at local events in his districts or at colleges where the school puts up the fee. In other words it turns out Ron Paul practices what he preaches. It has put him in good position for …
Guess what, Ron Paul may survive to the convention. He can’t win it but he’ll finish second in overall delegates which would be a huge feat. He’ll probably be offered a speech in close to prime time network coverage at the convention; in the dinner hour most likely, and that’s the victory Paul is looking for. He knows he can’t win, but if he can keep getting his message out there through the remainder of this election, that will be victory enough.
All five states are in the correct time zone, so polls close anywhere from 7 to 8pm eastern. Check back for results after 8.
Oh and any polls you see in April have absolutely no bearing in November. Romney has drawn even with the President, the President trails Romney, it will be all over the map. The only poll that matters now is the one you’re standing in on Tuesday, November 6th.