Tea and Reality in New Hampshire

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The results are fascinating and easily pawned off as “the favorite son” win.  There’s a problem here.  While Mitt Romney was making a bit of a splash in New Hampshire, which is terribly small but terribly important, the tea party freaks were staging a take-over.

There are several things at play here, most importantly organization.  Romney is reputed to have one amazing political take no prisoner’s machine.  Ron Paul’s Bots are brain-washed and brain-dead losers who do what their great leader tells them to do.

I think it is all about organization.

Then again there is the favorite son thing.

Still, if the Ron Paul Bot idiots who have taken over with their tea party people, couldn’t do above 11% then maybe there is hope.  What this shows is it is anyone’s bet.

Race for 2012 has the full results:
Mitt Romney     35%
Ron Paul     11%
Tim Pawlenty     8%
Sarah Palin     7%
Michele Bachmann 5%
Jim DeMint     5%
Herman Cain     34%
Chris Christie     3%
Rick Santorum     3%
Mitch Daniels     3%
Newt Gingrich     3%
Mike Huckabee     3%
Mike Pence     3%
Rudy Giuliani     2%
Judd Gregg     2%
Gary Johnson     2%
Other     2%
Donald Trump     1%
Haley Barbour     1%
Jon Huntsman     0%
John Thune     0%

The Tea Party Take-Over.

“…”I am a Republican, a conservative Republican who happened to come out of the tea party. You’ll find the Reagan values in this guy,” he said.

He said the tea party movement emerged because of frustration with both parties. He said those new-to-politics voters should be brought into the fold, not mocked, especially given the GOP’s successes during November’s election. Republicans won 124 new seats in the 400-seat state House. They also control 19 of the state Senate’s 24 seats, as well as both U.S. representatives.

“I feel I can be that bridge for the new activists and the old,” he said.

Those activists will be crucial in the state’s next big test: the 2012 primary. For an early gauge of what activists were thinking, ABC News and WMUR-TV conducted a state party-sanctioned straw poll that gave former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney 35 percent support.

U.S. Rep. Ron Paul of Texas, who like Romney previously ran for president, came in second place with 11 percent. Former Minnesota Gov. Tim Pawlenty, who visits the state this week, had 8 percent, with 2008 vice presidential nominee former Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin at 7 percent.

U.S. Rep. Michele Bachmann of Minnesota and U.S. Sen. Jim DeMint of South Carolina each earned 5 percent.

No one has declared their presidential campaign and none has put together the political network it would take to seek the nomination in New Hampshire….”

Interestingly there are more reasonable conservatives who are attempting to do to Mitt Romney what was done to GWB in 2000:  Get him so far ahead that it’s all over but the shouting.  It might not be a bad idea.  My only problem with Mitt is if he can beat Obama.

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