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In a Twilight Zone political season where a celebrity-seeking real estate developer, a serial adulterer, a sexual predator, a brain-dead Texas governor and an intellectually-challenged Congresswoman can be touted as leading contenders at one time or another, it should come as no surprise that losers like Mitt Romney, Rick Santorum and Ron Paul now find themselves one-two-three in the race for delegates for the GOP nomination for President.
For different reasons, no one in the crowded field of GOP pretenders deserves to be President. Among the three delegate leaders, one is a shape-shifting political package molded by pollsters and strategists, another is a Bible-thumping evangelical fanatic and the third is a fringe flake who sees conspiracies under every rock and feeds fear-mongering Kool-Aid to a cult-like following.
Both Romney and Paul are empty suits: One expensive and tailor-made, the other cheap and ill-fitting. Santorum is a right-wing rabid animal whose conservative and evangelical fanaticism should scare anyone.
Yet after two primary contests, Romney leads the delegate count. Santorum is second based on his eight vote loss to Romney in Iowa. Paul is third but he scored delegates in New Hampshire while Santorum struck out.
Romney’s back-to-back wins in Iowa and New Hampshire accomplished something no other non-incumbent Republican has managed and gives him momentum going into the critical South Carolina and Florida’s primaries — where he leads in polling in both states.
Of course the Paul faithful, who never met a conspiracy they couldn’t embrace — claim there was one in Iowa too and that their guy really won the caucuses. They also claim Paul never had anything to do with his racist, homophobic and anti-Semitic newsletters so it’s obvious these folks will believe anything except the truth about their flawed candidate.
But’s Romney’s success is more testament to the weak GOP field than any strength on his part. So is perennial loser Paul’s ascension to the top tier. Turnout in New Hampshire was tepid at best. None of the candidates generate real enthusiasm for the masses. Polls show most Republicans consider Romney as the candidate with the “best chance” of beating current President Barack Obama but no GOP candidate really polls that well against the unpopular incumbent — another testament to the weakness of the field.
“It’s a crap field,” a GOP consultant tells Capitol Hill Blue.
If Romney wins South Carolina and Florida, he will be hard to beat. Santorum — like so many other contenders in the mediocre GOP field — is fading and Paul’s rabid — but limited — base probably will never allow him to score more than 20-25 percent of the vote in any primary.
As in 2008, when the GOP put John McCain and Sarah Palin at the top of their ticket, all anyone can do was shake their heads and ask: ‘Is this the best the Republican Party has to offer?”
Sadly, that seems to once again be the case.