Is there any doubt in anybody’s mind that Romney will be the nominee of the Republican party for the 2012 presidential election? No, his recent landslide victory in Florida tells us that he will keep marching on to victory, nothwithstanding Mr. Gingrich’s bluster and Mr. Santorum’s brave statements. So the burning question is: why do they keep fighting? The answer my friends is obvious; they are looking for a position in Mr. Romney’s government should he defeat President Obama.
No, not VP, a key position who will campaign with Mr. Romney and watch his back should he win; Gingrich clearly would like to be Vice-President, his main goal until he became the front runner and entertained visions of becoming Commander-in-Chief. Now that Florida told him: “We like you but not as President,” Newt is shifting his batteries toward a different target. However, after the vicious attacks the former Speaker hurled at the former governor, there is no way the latter would choose him as V.P. He might consider the State Department for Newton, mainly due to his foreign policy experience. Gingrich loves the limelight so much that he’d follow Mrs. Clinton’s footsteps without hesitation. Whether he would obey Romney’s instructions is a different matter. (Read http://www.cnn.com/2012/01/31/opinion/stanley-gingrich-florida/index.html this excellent piece on why Newt will stay in even when that opinion differs from mine)
Santorum and Ron Paul may remain in the fray for different reasons: The former senator is probably looking ahead to 2016, and a presidential campaign with multiple debates is a wonderful place to get exposure until his name becomes known to most Americans. The elderly congressman, on the other hand, is simply trying to leave his mark on history. He would like nothing better than to see his main ideas converted to reality. Mitt Romney of course would never eliminate the Federal Reserve, our central bank, because he is a financier and an intimate part of Wall Street. He may however espouse Paul’s suggestion not to engage in new and costly wars.
Now the big question: “Can Mitt defeat Barack Obama?”
I shall be back to provide my humble opinion on this hot topic! Please stay tuned!