So now is it going to be Romney?

Three different GOP winners in three different races, and now Romney is being hailed as the front-runner. But he may be. Remember that these primaries and caucuses are not sporting events, despite the way they are treated by the press. Someone might “win” with 39% of the vote, but the “losers” are also picking up delegates. Because Romney finished second in the other races (plus won the inexplicably ignored Wyoming caucuses), he has more delegates than any of the other candidates: Currently, he has 52; Huckabee has 22; McCain has 15; Thompson has 6; and Giuliani has 1. (For the numbers, go here.

Now LOTS could happen, and if Giuliani wins Florida, with its big population and delegate haul, I’m sure he will be anointed the front runner. Still, let’s run a mental experiment. Though many of us had trouble with Romney’s Mormonism, do you think he’s a wise enough Turk to vote for him? Would you vote for Romney or Clinton? Romney or Obama?

About Gene Veith

Professor of Literature at Patrick Henry College, the Director of the Cranach Institute at Concordia Theological Seminary, a columnist for World Magazine and TableTalk, and the author of 18 books on different facets of Christianity & Culture.

  • http://necessaryroughness.org Dan at Necessary Roughness

    On a tangent, I just hope people don’t give “momentum” to the winners thus far just because they won states. New Hampshire had a lot of Democrats and independents cross over and vote in the Republican primary. Iowa and Michigan are easy targets for socialist pandering, with Iowa’s exposure to farm subsidies and Michigan’s high taxes and labor issues.

    To your question, I’m not sure Romney is a wise enough Turk for me to vote for him. His health care “solution” and trade protectionism are disagreeable.

  • http://necessaryroughness.org Dan at Necessary Roughness

    On a tangent, I just hope people don’t give “momentum” to the winners thus far just because they won states. New Hampshire had a lot of Democrats and independents cross over and vote in the Republican primary. Iowa and Michigan are easy targets for socialist pandering, with Iowa’s exposure to farm subsidies and Michigan’s high taxes and labor issues.

    To your question, I’m not sure Romney is a wise enough Turk for me to vote for him. His health care “solution” and trade protectionism are disagreeable.

  • kerner

    Dr. Veith:

    Oklahoma Senator Dr. Tom Coburn has come out supporting McCain. I don’t know that much about Sen. Coburn yet. But, you are from Oklahoma. What is Sen. Coburn like? Is he somebody in whose opinion we should have some confidence?

  • kerner

    Dr. Veith:

    Oklahoma Senator Dr. Tom Coburn has come out supporting McCain. I don’t know that much about Sen. Coburn yet. But, you are from Oklahoma. What is Sen. Coburn like? Is he somebody in whose opinion we should have some confidence?

  • Eric

    I noticed the delegate counts after New Hampshire. I could see McCain and Huckabee trading 1st and 3rd in a number of states. If Romney stays a consistent 2nd and Guliani slips away with Fred Thompson, Mitt might have a plurality of delegates at the convention.

  • Eric

    I noticed the delegate counts after New Hampshire. I could see McCain and Huckabee trading 1st and 3rd in a number of states. If Romney stays a consistent 2nd and Guliani slips away with Fred Thompson, Mitt might have a plurality of delegates at the convention.

  • http://www.geneveith.com Veith

    kerner, Oklahoma Senator Tom Coburn is THE crusader against pork barrel spending. He is a man of the greatest integrity, though he has alienated most of his colleagues in both parties for standing up against their precious and costly earmarks. (He is also a pro-life physician, a strong Christian, and someone willing to swim against the tide. He may be the senator I respect the most.) That’s interesting that he supports McCain, who, I believe, is one of his few allies in the crusade against budgetary earmarks.

    Again, people who think McCain is not a conservative MUST admit that he is a fiscal conservative when it comes to government spending.

  • http://www.geneveith.com Veith

    kerner, Oklahoma Senator Tom Coburn is THE crusader against pork barrel spending. He is a man of the greatest integrity, though he has alienated most of his colleagues in both parties for standing up against their precious and costly earmarks. (He is also a pro-life physician, a strong Christian, and someone willing to swim against the tide. He may be the senator I respect the most.) That’s interesting that he supports McCain, who, I believe, is one of his few allies in the crusade against budgetary earmarks.

    Again, people who think McCain is not a conservative MUST admit that he is a fiscal conservative when it comes to government spending.

  • http://www.bikebubba.blogspot.com Bike Bubba

    I don’t have as big a problem with Romney’s Mormonism as I do with the fact that he governed as a pro-abortion, pro-gun control man in a high tax state (increasing fees/taxes there) –and he just promised billions in government cheese to “help” the auto industry. The liberal inside shone through when he had to buy votes in Michigan.

  • http://www.bikebubba.blogspot.com Bike Bubba

    I don’t have as big a problem with Romney’s Mormonism as I do with the fact that he governed as a pro-abortion, pro-gun control man in a high tax state (increasing fees/taxes there) –and he just promised billions in government cheese to “help” the auto industry. The liberal inside shone through when he had to buy votes in Michigan.

  • fw

    i would like to note an interesting obama connection to coburn. those two men paired to produce a website that discloses government spending.

    it seems that these two men have had more than a few lunches togeather and have agreed that the only way to stop the porkbarrel is to throw light on it and mobilize the public.

    that video clip that Dr Vieth shows in his obama/reagan post is a short segment of an hour long interview that senator obama gave in nevada. it is worth a listen.

    Obama is liberal,but also happens to be somewhat of a a disciple of Burke. I am not sure by exactly what standard however, he could be considered more liberal that the current president Bush.

    Anyone here want to take a stab at showing me how obama is more liberal that George Bush on anything?

  • fw

    i would like to note an interesting obama connection to coburn. those two men paired to produce a website that discloses government spending.

    it seems that these two men have had more than a few lunches togeather and have agreed that the only way to stop the porkbarrel is to throw light on it and mobilize the public.

    that video clip that Dr Vieth shows in his obama/reagan post is a short segment of an hour long interview that senator obama gave in nevada. it is worth a listen.

    Obama is liberal,but also happens to be somewhat of a a disciple of Burke. I am not sure by exactly what standard however, he could be considered more liberal that the current president Bush.

    Anyone here want to take a stab at showing me how obama is more liberal that George Bush on anything?

  • Kyralessa

    Granted, Romney’s only the *second* most Democrat-ish Republican running. After watching him umpteen years OK spouting the same line as John Kerry, about how opposition to abortion is a personal choice, and after hearing about Huckabee’s utterly loony tax plan, at this point I’ve concluded: either McCain, or third-party candidate if McCain doesn’t get the nomination.

  • Kyralessa

    Granted, Romney’s only the *second* most Democrat-ish Republican running. After watching him umpteen years OK spouting the same line as John Kerry, about how opposition to abortion is a personal choice, and after hearing about Huckabee’s utterly loony tax plan, at this point I’ve concluded: either McCain, or third-party candidate if McCain doesn’t get the nomination.

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