The Craziest Week in Politics

Jake Glancy

The craziest week of the Republican Primary just ended. Both Huntsman and Perry dropped out of the race. It became public knowledge that Romney did not win Iowa and that Santorum did. Newt Gingrich’s ex-wife made claims that Newt wanted an open marriage. There were two fiery debates, and it all culminated with Newt Gingrich winning the South Carolina Primary, which in recent years, whoever has won South Carolina won the nomination. Republicans made history as it has been the first time since 1980 that three different candidates have won the first three contests. After this long and action packed filled week how has it affected the primary and how will it affect the primaries moving forward?

As much as the main stream media would like everyone to think that Newt Gingrich’s victory means the Republicans are moving away from moderate Mitt Romney and are now in support of a conservative is a stretch. Newt Gingrich won because every event of last week Gingrich took advantage of and used in his favor. First with Huntsman dropping out of the race the field narrowed to five candidates. Next, in the first debate on Monday night, Newt Gingrich showed America his debate genius. He received a standing ovation during the debate for his defense of calling President Obama the “Food Stamps President.” Gingrich was a clear winner of that debate. Then when it became public knowledge that Santorum actually won Iowa and not Romney, Romney lost momentum. The front runner lost momentum and Gingrich was gaining momentum with his great performance in the debate. When Rick Perry dropped out of the race, I could only imagine the excitement coming from the Gingrich campaign when Perry gave his support to Gingrich and that there were only two conservative candidates. Gingrich’s momentum then slowed down with his ex-wife making claims that Newt wanted an open marriage. Luckily for Gingrich, CNN gave him the perfect opportunity to spin his ex-wife’s claims and use the claim to his favor. The first question of the 1/19/12 CNN Republican debate was what was Newt Gingrich’s response to his ex-wife’s claims? Newt’s response was an all-out bashing of CNN for making that the first question of a debate. If CNN was smart they would have asked that question after the abortion question because that was a time when the candidates were focusing on moral issues. However, Newt started off the debate in a grand fashion and continued to have another solid debate performance. Newt Gingrich had a great week and it was no shocker that he won the South Carolina Primary.

As I said earlier the main stream media will spin Gingrich’s victory any way they want. They will also showcase Romney’s failing momentum, which will make any liberal happy. On a day to day basis Rasmussen Polls show that Romney either beats or ties President Obama in the national election, it shows that the President’s job approval rate is below 50%, and that only 22% of Americans feel the country is going in the right direction. However, Romney had a bad week. He played prevent defense in both of the debates, and looked like a punching bag just taking blows from Gingrich and Santorum and not striking back. Romney now is losing the primary with 18 delegates to Newt Gingrich’s 21. Romney has to win Florida to get his full momentum back. Also, the media will likely “predict” the Republican Nominee with only the results of two primaries and a caucus. The primary season has just begun. There is a long road ahead for the candidates.

There are only nine days left until the Florida primary. There will be two more debates and I would expect two more good debates from Newt Gingrich and at least one good debate from Mitt Romney. As the nominees move on to Florida, they have to show that they are the best choice to defeat Obama and fix America.