Links and comments on the Republican race seen from the west bank of the Missouri River
The presence of Newt Gingrich as the front runner in Iowa has significantly changed the dynamics of the race.
With Newt on top the strategy seems to be to link Gingrich and Romney as opposite sides of the same coin. In viewing highlights of the Des Moines debate, this is the current strategy. Link the two front runners and sink them both.
Ron Paul has put forward an ad accusing Gingrich of serial hypocrisy. He is not only receiving heat from his fellow Republicans, but he is in the cross hairs of Rev. Cary Gordon of Cornerstone World Outreach in Sioux City, Iowa is spreading an internet video, as are other Iowa evangelicals, calling into question Gingrich’s competency to lead the nation, if he cannot competently keep a family together.
While Herman Cain is out and Newt Gingrich seems to be the candidate de jour, Rich Perry is putting more money into a new ad campaign in order to make another push for Iowa votes. In one of those ads, Perry takes aim at President Obama’s war against religion.
All of this has Mitt Romney looking a little sophomoric at one point in the debate Romney bet Rick Perry $10,000 that he could not find a place in Romney’s book that mentioned individual healthcare mandates.
One thing can be said with assurance about this year’s race. All the candidates are at best second tier. None of them have top flight policies, personalities or entertainment value. One of these candidates will face President Obama in the general election in November 2012. The best any of them can hope for at this point is to not be beaten too badly in the fall.