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Turmoil in Tampa: One scenario

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Thah-thump. Thah-thump. Thah-thump. She glides just below the headlines, the dorsal fin hidden just below the surface. Only the pounding of certain hearts gives us any warning that she’s there. Jaws that can rip opponents into little fragments yawn in anticipation. She awaits the opportunity. Thah-thump. Thah-thump. Thah-thump.

Now that the primaries are over in South Carolina, one thing has become clear regarding the predicament of the nation’s Republicans. They are either confused, fickle, or searching for an alternative to what the party has offered thus far. One fact is obvious, but I haven’t heard or read any commentary about it: No candidate can muster a majority of the votes cast.

After weeks of tallying ballots, it appears that Rick Santorum won the Iowa Caucuses, Mitt Romney took New Hampshire, and Newt Gingrich was victorious south of the MasonDixon Line. Interestingly, each congratulated the others before descending into the viper pit of venomous polemics for the next contest.

Right now, it looks as if it’s going to be a two-man hobble between Newt and Mitt. Rick may have peaked in Iowa, and Ron is too much the libertarian for mainstream Republicans, with the guts to say a number of things that people privately think...


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