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Iowa GOP Caucus: Everybody Loses

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The Final 2012 Iowa Caucus Results are AnnouncedIs it possible to have a caucus that no one wins? The results from Iowa sure look like it:

  • Mitt Romney has been campaigning for president for six years. He’s spent millions of dollars of his own campaign money and has been backed by tens of millions in spending by shadowy outside groups (thanks, Supreme Court’s awful, activist Citizens United ruling). Romney only managed 24.6% – 0.6% less than in 2008.
  • Extremist social conservatives certainly didn’t support Perry (10% & clumsily indicated he’d drop out), Bachmann (5% & possibly dropping out this morning) or Cain (1% & already out). But even with supporters of controlling theocratic government consolidated behind him, Rick Santorum couldn’t win.
  • Despite an alleged ability to draw independent & liberal crossover votes and what his supporters claimed was an infusion of people traveling to Iowa, Ron Paul still finished third

It’s hard to see a path to victory for anyone but Mitt Romney – phony, lying, corporations-are-people Mitt Romney. The real question at this point: Will Republicans set aside their dislike of Romney & unite in their hatred of President Obama behind him anyway? Be so dispirited by Romney that down-ballot Congressional races swing to Democrats? Turn to a third party candidate like Paul? What do you think?