The Romney camp came away with more wins than losses on Super Tuesday, but the Rick Santorum campaign is anything but dead in the water, as far as they are concerned. Of the ten primary contests that were held today, Mitt Romney won 6 states, Gingrich came away with a win in is home state of Georgia, and Santorum walked away with 3 victories.
In my opinion, most of the states that held primary voting today are ones that happen to be fairly insignificant in the grand scheme of things. Most of the states that Romney or Santorum won are states that happen to be solidly Republican as it is, which means they will vote for whoever the nominee is in November. One state that was in focus happened to be Ohio(my home state).
Ohio has been, and always will be a crucial swing state in a presidential election. It is especially important to Republicans, because no Republican has been successful in a White House bid without winning the Buckeye State. Things were not looking as great for the former Massachusetts Governor about a week ago. Many polls had him in a dead heat with Rick Santorum. Despite the fact that Romney’s Super PAC’s outspent Santorum 4 to 1, he was only able to beat Santorum 38% to 37%, and barely snatch a victory away from the former Pennsylvania Senator. With support in Ohio this tepid, winning the state in November looks like it is going to be an uphill battle, just as it was in his home state of Michigan.
Rick Santorum won the primary contests in traditionally conservative places like North Dakota, Oklahoma, and Tennessee. This is no surprise, and will possibly give the campaign a shot of adrenaline to get them to the convention, and assist with fundraising.
Click here for a detailed summary of the states involved in Super Tuesday, and the specific results.
Pima County Sheriff Clarence Dupnik recently sounded off on the incendiary and hateful rhetoric in response to the shooting of 18 people at a Safeway, one of them being Congresswoman Gabriel Giffords. Thus far, 6 people are known to have died from the shooting, including a 9 year old girl. Below is footage of the press conference in which Dupnik presides. You can start at the 1:00 mark to hear his commentary :
Keith Olbermann also gave his take on the whole incident:
I will not stoop so low to try and turn the tragedy of yesterday into a political and partisan blame game. Anyone who is doing this should be ashamed of themselves. It seems from what we know that Jared Lee Loughner was a very mentally disturbed man with some shocking views on government.
I will say that ALL (regardless of political views) commentators, politicians, activists, and radio personalities should be very mindful of what they say, and how their words can be misconstrued by irrational people. Even Olbermann himself apologized for some incendiary comments he made about Hillary Clinton during the presidential primary campaign. I hope and pray that something like this never happens again, and I also pray even harder that the rest of the victims of this incident make a full recovery.
President Barack Obama is considering a move to bring William Daley on board as chief of staff. Daley is an executive with JP Morgan Chase, and also is the former US Commerce Secretary under President Clinton. Daley is also the son of late Chicago Mayor Richard Daley.
This would be another very smart move, especially given the fact that Obama will soon have to deal with a Republican controlled house. According to the CNN political ticker, Daley is just what Obama needs given the political environment:
A Democratic source compared Daley to James Baker and said “he’d be the perfect ‘campaign’ chief of staff” because he’s a shrewd player and can run the White House while keeping an eye on the president’s 2012 prospects. Some of Daley’s other assets include his good relationships with the GOP as well as the business community
Another reason this would be a good move is that it would help to combat the impression that the Obama administration is “anti-business”. Many corporate executives and business leaders have been at odds with some of the administrations policies, which may also be a reason some of them are sitting on massive profits and not hiring. A Daley appointment would be a good sign to the business community that the administration is ready to repair the relationship they have with many in the business community, and do all they can to put americans back to work. This move would actually continue some of the moves Obama has made of late in regards to business, as Pat Dollard notes:
Still, Obama is generating more optimism among corporate executives after a series of actions and overtures, including a deal to extend tax cuts enacted in 2001 and 2003, efforts to boost exports such as a U.S.-South Korea free-trade agreement, and a loosening of controls on some technology sales.
Interim chief of staff Pete Rouse has let it be known that he would rather not stay on in this position until the end of the first term, so finding a permanent replacement is essential. We will see what happens.