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Wednesday, January 4, 2012

SO LONG, IOWA

Finally.  Sure, it's only January 4th but it seems like forever.  The Iowa Republican caucuses are finally over.
 

The big winner (by 8 votes out of over 100,000 cast) was Mitt Romney.  Rick Santorum followed close behind.  Loopy Ron Paul finished in third.  Nasty Newt Gingrich slumped from first place in the polls two weeks ago to a distant fourth in the final vote.  Rick Perry, confused as ever, finished fifth and said he was going home to Texas to (lick his wounds) reassess his campaign.  Folks, that means he's dropping out.  And dead last was the miracle worker, Michelle Bachman.  Last night she was full of spunk, saying she was headed for South Carolina.  Then she canceled her flight and this morning, less than 12 hours later, she announced she'd had enough.

By the way, in the drawing above, I make the candidates to be, from left to right, Romney, Gingrich, Perry, Bachman, Paul and Santorum.  Your views may vary.

So it's on to New Hampshire.  The very angry Gingrich got out of Iowa on a chartered flight before midnight and arrived in the first primary state in the dark of night, scuttling off the plane like a venomous spider.

So, let's see.  What are we left with?  Five candidates.  Probably four after Perry's expected departure speech.  Plus Jon Huntsman, who's been lurking in New Hampshire, ready for the big show to descend.  And in Iowa?  Must be a feeling of disappointment to Republicans who saw their much vaunted caucuses end up in a virtual tie.  Kind of like a lot of (c'mon, you had to know this was coming) rotten corn.



14 comments:

  1. I'm glad it's over. I stayed up too late last night watching the results and I'm dragging this morning. It's going to be a long political season.

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  2. 'Course we don't have to watch. But I, apparently like you, can't resist.

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  3. I split time between the Sugar Bowl and the Iowa follies. That Santorum made the cut surprised me, but I think it's inevitable Romney will be the nominee. He has too much (Wall Street) money behind him.

    S

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  4. Ah, one of the best lines of the season so far

    "... in the dark of night, scuttling off the plane like a venomous spider."

    Well stated. I hope this year of politics brings more such outbursts from you sir.

    Oh, I've been meaning to ask-
    do you think this Mayan calendar end of the world stuff is meant to refer to the republican party?

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  5. Scott - Not to mention the hundreds of millions in his own bank account.

    Tom - "..do you think this Mayan calendar end of the world stuff is meant to refer to the republican party?" By jove, Holmes, you've got it!

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  6. ....and on to New Hampshire, don't you just love election year. This year has been like a circus and has caused so much fun and conversation (I mean that in a nice way)....:-)Hugs

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  7. I DO love it, Bernie. For a political junkie, it is heaven.

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  8. Actually, for the social conservative/christian far right candidates, it's on to South Carolina for the brawl of the drawl..... Stay tuned.

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  9. I must have missed all of this. Then again, I'm in Germany.

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  10. Imaskeptic - Yes, Perry is headed there, the others all went to New Hampshire.

    Steve - You may be lucky.

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  11. Oh yes, that spider line cracked me up! Almost choked on my coffee.

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  12. Judy - Best not to eat or drink when you're reading Oddball. :)

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  13. Of all the things I've heard on the news and read in the papers, this is the best summation so far. I feel like this nonsense has been going on for a year now and it's really just getting started.

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  14. Sharon - We wait and wait for the first votes, then we say okay, let's declare Mitt the winner and get back to Dancing with the Stars. ;^/

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