Mitt Romney gives politicians a bad name. I half expect him to announce that years of living in “liberal” Massachusetts had “brainwashed” him but “God be praised” he was born again as a conservative.
Romney’s frontrunner status is a mirage in a GOP desert. Although his level of support remains steady, three-quarters of Republican voters oppose him. Romney is the least flawed candidate in an incredible field of jokers.
Rick Santorum and Ron Paul continue to stand out as true believers in the conservative and libertarian Gospels, respectively. I expect both to surprise Iowa and the nation. Santorum may then be positioned to pull off an upset in South Carolina.
The real GOP nominee will emerge from the Anybody But Mitt primary contests in Iowa, NH and SC. But Romney will stay in it all the way to Tampa, however.
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