The age old adage: "it ain't over 'til the fat lady sings" surely applies to the 2012 GOP primaries. With four states having successfully completed the primary process, and 46 more states yet on deck...we still have a very long way to go.
The magic number for any of the candidates to clinch the title as Republican front runner is 1,144 delegates. Of the top three contenders Senator Rick Santorum, by winning Iowa has racked up 14, Speaker Newt Gingrich who soundly took South Carolina, amassed a total of 26, and Governor Mitt Romney, securing both Florida and New Hampshire has a delegate total of approximately 87. See chart
Now... with only a measly 10% of the total electorate having voted... the media is calling for the candidates to "piss-on-the-fire-and-call-it-hunt" already? NOT!
These GOP boys are only four states into the game, and there is already talk by GOP pundits to "quit and coalesce behind one candidate?" Give.Me.A.Break!
Mitt Romney, during his recent victory speech in Florida was dead-on-the-money with this quote: "A competitive primary does not divide us, it prepares us, and we [GOP] will win".
|Governor Mitt Romney|
As my old grandmama used to say: "...if you want to be tough, you must fall down a few times, get hurt, dust yourself off and get back in the game!"
I say let the vetting stage continue and allow these contests to go onto Nevada next week and Super Tuesday next month––where approximately 400+ delegates are on the table for the taking.
So, "fat-lady", stay in your dressing room a little while longer. We'll call you when we're ready. But... it ain't over yet!
UPDATE: Governor Mitt Romney makes the Occupy Wall Street's cause today one of the major talking points in the 2012 election. Fresh off his win in Florida and during a Wednesday morning interview he made this comment:
“I’m not concerned about the very poor, we have a safety net there,” Mr Romney said, adding: “If it needs repair, I’ll fix it.”Uh...Governor... those kinds of incendiary comments will NOT help your effort in the Fall. I need to tell the "fat lady" she can go a take a nap. This is going to be a long, hot, summer!