Super Tuesday? Was it really? What's coming next?
What did we learn and does anyone (except the candidates) really care?
New messages? Old tactics?
Super Tuesday (ST)? I'm glad it's tending to be a "super" Wednesday where I am out here in The Rockies.
The post-ST speeches by Gingrich, Santorum, and Romney, as well as the Candidate Obama in his Super Tuesday's so-called "press (media) conference." gave us some glimmers of what the next set of tactics look like.
Santorum: he's going to try to kill two birds with one stone by harping on what he terms as "Obamney Care". He needs the two-for-one approach because he's short of cash and organizational skills which limited him to less than a full slate of delegates even in states where his name and delegates were actually listed.
Gingrich: he's going to hang around to rassert his claim to some clout in August's Republican Convention as to platform and the choice of a VP running mate for whoever ends up on top...perhaps made possible with some of his delegates. Georgia still likes this "Contract With America" guy, and he still thrives on politics.
Obama: held a media opportunity (which not so long ago would have had to have had the sponsorship of his reelection committee rather than the sponsorsorship of the taxpayer dollars) his goal was to speak from his bully pulpit and try to shame his potential competitors for their stated views on Iran and a possible use of force.there. It's always been hard to beat the "If you only knew what I (as president) know!" gambit.
Romney: he is sticking to focusing his big guns on an "out of his depth" Obama while being thankful for the burying of the opposition beneath Super PAC donors' dollars.
Paul: he is "steady as she goes" while trying to fit his Libertarian feet into some unyielding Republican boots; he did well getting Santorum's, Gingrich's, and protest votes to record 43% of the votes in Virginia where he and Romney benefitted from the weak organizations of Santorum and Gingrich.
The Republicans' variation of Mao tse-tung's "Let a Thousand Flowers Blossom, Let a Thousand Thoughts Contend" strategy has not yet called their candidates to "come to order" so they can concentrate solely on prying Obama out of office.
The clock is ticking, however, and meanwhile these sparring rounds are resulting in few knockouts, while the not entirely satisfying field of Republican candidates remains "dwindled to a feisty few."
If you are still among the people in states where primary caucuses and voting have not yet taken place, click on the link below to get an idea of who votes next, and when it will be your turn.
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Who is voting next, and when is it my turn?
- 2012 Primary Schedule « 2012 Election Central
Here is a list of when the remaining states, District of Columbia, and Puerto Rico will be having their voting and caucuses for the 2012 Republican Convention delegates.