Tuesday, January 10, 2012

No Surprise New Hampshire

Basingstoke is in old Hampshire. It's kind of a famous boring place as a running gag from Shakespeare through Gilbert & Sullivan to Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy and Monty Python. I've actually been to Basingstoke in Hampshire (not the one in Westphalia) and driven through a couple of roundabouts. It wasn't that exciting. I've never been to our own New Hampshire. But I've seen it on TV.

Tonight, the New Hampshire Primary came out kind of boring. Romney has a solid win with a third two fifths of the voters furthering his inevitability. Paul had a solid second place furthering his irrelevancy. Huntsman had a disappointing third furthering his demise, at least until 2016. Huntsman is trying to put a good face on it. He did get a very mild spurt, but Cajun James Carville had the best line that 20 points behind Romney is as bad as LSU's loss to Alabama last night. Huntsman was hoping to do much better. But he's not giving up yet! Maybe he thinks his spurt has not yet peaked. But I can't imagine it going well for him in South Carolina.

Gingrich and Santorum are fighting it out for fourth place. The newt isn't fully exploded all over Romney until South Carolina. It's still going to get a little ugly, but thank heavens, the newt isn't winning! Perry is waiting for South Carolina, after which, he will be dropping out (I'd bet him $10,000 on that one!) Romney's best shot in South Carolina is to have Perry, Newt, and Gingrich splitting dividing the Confederate vote.

"A military so powerful no one would ever dare challenge it." -Mitt Romney tonight. I wonder how that will go over with the Liber-Paul-terians?

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