• susaninrindge
  • milfordmusings

    Can you add none of the above as a choice?  My guess is that lower tier religious candidates like Bachmann and Santorum will stay in until they fail in South Carolina.

    • Mike Hoefer

      Sorry looks like you can not edit a poll once it is live.

      I wonder if they would stay that long a poor showing in IA followed by poor showing in NH could hurt their reputations and put them firmly in league of fringe candidates.

      I bet at least one if not both will drop out after IA, after NH at the latest.

    • elwood

      over the years many candidates HAVE dropped out just before or after the NH primary, despite the likelihood of doing better in South Carolina.

      I think it’s a mix of money and backroom deals (not mutually exclusive).

      There’s the real risk of doing worse that expected in SC, and  then being forced out (by lack of money and prospects) with less dignity.

      There’s the risk of annoying the likely winner by persisting in the race – and losing out on a Veep or Cabinet slot.

      There’s the risk of alienating donors you need for your next campaign.

  • TimothyHorrigan

    [snark on]

    Speaker O’Brien has anointed  Newt Gingrich as his choice, which means Gingrich will be the nominee.  Assuming the Republicans nationwide share the same core values as the Republican House majority, O’Brien’s choice is by definition the final one: after all, Bill O’Brien is the Republican party and  the Republican Party is Bill O’Brien.

    The other candidates are staying in for the time being only as stalking horses to fend off the interloper Ron Paul— Dr. Paul is a RINO who is merely exploiting the Republican primary process as a means of expounding his ideas.  Many of those ideas differ from O’Brien’s and hence have no place in the mainstream of the Republican party.  Once Gingrich has an official majority of the delegates, the others will suspend their campaigns,

    [snark off]

  • political chowder

    Sent today December 26 from Ed Fallon in Iowa:
    The Peoples Caucus

    Dear Friends,

    As you know, the official Iowa Caucus is on January 3rd. Well, the Peoples Caucus is tomorrow at 7:00 pm at the Occupy Caucus Headquarters, 504 E Locust in Des Moines. You should definitely plan to attend.

    The Peoples Caucus is modeled after the Iowa Caucus. Resolutions will be offered and participants will break into candidate “preference” groups. But the twist is folks will indicate preference not for the best candidate but for the worst one, the candidate whose headquarters they want to visit over the next few days as part of the Occupy Caucus campaign. (And to reiterate: THERE WILL BE NO DISRUPTION OF THE JANUARY 3rd CAUCUS!)

    Now, to be clear, if one were to overstay one’s welcome at a candidate’s campaign headquarters, one could possibly be arrested. But simply visiting candidates’ headquarters to deliver a message about the grievances of the Occupy Wall Street movement is an important action to take. If you feel that corporate power is out of control in America, come tomorrow night and let your voices be heard. A big turnout will send a big message to Wall Street and K Street.

  • cblodg

    She has no ground game here.  With her increased gaffes in-state, she has no chance of even getting in the high single digits.

  • Kathy Sullivan 2

    Republican Senator Sharon Carson is endorsing Mitt Romney.
    Sharon Carson is sponsoring that dumb bill to put signs up warning people they are about to enter Massachusetts.  
    Sharon Carson said, “Be aware states have the right to create laws and not everyone has good old New Hampshire common sense when it comes to creating laws.”
    Mitt Romney is the former governor of Massachusetts, who was one of the people signing off on laws that Sharon Carson thinks lacked common sense.
    You can’t make this stuff up. She doesn’t like Massachusetts, but she is endorsing the former governor of Massachusetts.

    • TimothyHorrigan

      Romney is de-emphasizing the fact that he was Governor of Massachusetts.  It is unclear if he even lives there anymore.  He & his wife reportedy are still on the voting checklist in Belmont, MA— but the address is his son’s house.

    • TimothyHorrigan

      Romney is de-emphasizing the fact that he was Governor of Massachusetts.  It is unclear if he even lives there anymore.  He & his wife reportedy are still on the voting checklist in Belmont, MA— but the address is his son’s house.

  • Tim C.

    (one can only dream…)

  • JillSH

    The candidate(s) who have run out of both money and ego will quit after Iowa. But I don’t think any of them qualify. While Bachman and Perry might seem likely to drop out, they are the ones who probably look to SC, since they know NH holds nothing for them.

    SC will be the real leveler.

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