For those who still continue to think the presidential candidacy of former Massachusetts governor Mitt Romney is not going anywhere, here is some news to chew on.
A new Winthrop poll shows that Mr. Romney is tied for for second with former New York City mayor Rudy Giuliani, each at 17% with former Tennessee senator Fred Thompson ahead at 18% http://www.realclearpolitics.com/epolls/2008/president/SC/south_carolina.
And in the period of September 26 to October 29, Mr. Romney averages a 0.3% lead over Mr. Giuliani. And, Mr. Giuliani has fallen as Mr. Thompson is rising.
South Carolina is turning into a two-man race, Mr. Romney and Mr. Thompson. And in three other early primaries and or caucuses, Mr. Romney is ahead in Iowa, New Hampshire and Michigan.
Thus, Mr. Romney is gaining ground and by the time these primaries are over, more than likely Mitt Romney will have won them all, clearing the way for a potential huge series of wins on Super Duper Tuesday, February 5, 2008.
The other top candidates, Mr. Giuliani, Mr. Thompson and Sen John "F--- You" McCain may get a win or two, but Mr. Romney will win the lions share and two of the three may drop out leaving it a clear two-man race.
For whatever reason, many have underestimated and written off Mr. Romney, but few have followed his private and public sector careers. Sure, many like to talk about a campaign in 1994 in which Mr. Romney clearly ran to the left in Massachusetts, but when he ran and governed in 2002, it was clearly conservative.
And if it is Sen. Hilary Clinton, God forbid, as the Democrat nominee, she and her cronies will also underestimate Mr. Romney. They will be forced to make innuendos and outright lies about Mr. Romney's religion, Mormonism. And, that will backfire big time, as Sen. Clinton can not still figure out her position on granting illegal aliens driver's licences.
I think that South Carolina is a good sign for the Romney campaign and should not and must not be taken lightly.