I watched a lot of the coverage of the Iowa caucuses last night and laughed many times. I laughed at the very idea that Santorum won and that the pundits dissected his message to see what really appealed to people. The answer is nothing. Santorum did as well as he did simply because he was the last not-Romney standing after all the others had their two-week shots and lost.
Lawrence O’Donnell even declared that Santorum had delivered a “stunning” repudiation of big money politics because Romney and Perry spent over $10 million between them and Santorum only spent half a million dollars. Nonsense. If that money had been spent attacking Santorum over the last few weeks, he would have finished where Gingrich did, or worse. And if you think Santorum is a real threat to Romney in this race, you’re kidding yourself. He has little money and almost no campaign infrastructure. He’s going to get blasted in New Hampshire and he’s going to be just another flash in the pan.
I said a couple weeks ago that the Republican voters were like the guy who wants to go to the prom with the cheerleader but knows he’s going to end up with the girl in the back brace. Everyone got their shot in the meantime and all of them failed. And I described Santorum as the girl with the head lice. Well he finally got his turn in the barrel too, but it will last as long as the others have. They’re going to end up with Romney, the girl in the back brace.I also laughed watching Newt Gingrich’s post-caucus speech to his followers, where after months of declaring that he was running a positive campaign and criticizing those who ran negative ads, he now says he’s going to go after Romney hard. He’s not going to go negative, though, and how dare you suggest such a thing. But he reserves “the right to tell the truth.” Because when other people run critical ads, they’re going negative and slinging mud; when you do it, it’s just telling the truth and contrasting policy positions. Because other people’s stuff is shit and your shit is stuff.
And as always, I’m just bewildered by how anyone can stomp and cheer any political candidate the way the audiences at their campaign headquarters did. I just cannot understand how anyone can invest themselves emotionally into a political candidate. I am simply immune to such boosterism.