This week I put on my “strategist’s hat” and discuss the aftermath of the Iowa caucus, Romney’s narrow victory, Santorum’s last minute surge and my predictions for the upcoming New Hampshire and South Carolina primaries.
This is the part of politics that I enjoy, working the numbers and determining my predictions for what people can expect and should look out for in the coming weeks. What does Santorum’s surprisingly strong finish (ostensibly tying Romney) mean? How long will the RNC allow the nomination process to remain contested before they step in? Is Mitt Romney’s nomination inevitable or is there still a window for a conservative alternative…and who could that realistically be? Who does the Obama team want (and not want) to run against? Is there still a path for Jon Huntsman and did Obama appoint him as Ambassador to China as a way to remove a potential (and viable) political rival in 2012? Is the continued candidacy of others in the field – and the subsequent splitting of conservative votes – nothing more than an advantage for Romney in the long-run?
This week’s show is definitely for my fellow politicos out there, as well as those who wish to gain a better understanding of the primary process and how the different campaigns think | work.
I also answer some listener email, discuss the pros and cons of a third party candidate and Obama’s recent recess appointment of Richard Cordray as the head of the newly formed, Consumer Financial Protection Board…a move he should have done with Elizabeth Warren and ultimately bowed to pressure on.
I really enjoyed this week’s discussion and hope that listeners will come away with something new to consider and debate for themselves.