Newt Nixon & Tidbits

Is Newt Gingrich the new Nixon…both with razor sharp minds…neither governed as they ran…both with more than two lives…Nixon had big ideas…Newt wants a colony on the moon…both were great disappointments…both left office in disgrace.

Endorsements matter…at least for Mitt Romney73 Members of Congress and several high profile governors are on his team…wonder why Gingrich is not rolling out endorsements from his famous Class of 94?

Last fall when Maloney did not win…a lot of talk in GOP circles about not doing better in the Eastern Panhandle…and the lopsided Tomblin win in Southern counties…seems Maloney’s handlers missed an opportunity in announcing his re-run in Morgantown…why not Martinsburg and Beckley? 

Remember State GOP Chair Mike Stuart endorsed two different candidates for Chairman of the Republican National Committee last year…must run in the family…his wife filed to become a delegate to the RNC convention and the SOS website showed her committed to Romney…before the day was over it changed to Gingrich…guess the SOS could have made a mistake.

To win the GOP presidential nomination it takes half of the 2,286 available delegates…136 WV’s filed as of Saturday night [when the mail is open there will be more] pledges to Romney 39Gingrich 24Paul 22…Uncommitted 49.

Interesting…Chairman Stuart filed as an uncommitted delegate At-Large to the GOP national convention…wonder if he is planning on resigning as Chair…before the August convention…he is automatically a voting delegate as State Chairman.

Republican interest down the ballot…a quick look at Senate seats …it appears the GOP left 8 without candidatesDemocrats did not file in 4 districts….AP reported Sunday 50 of the 100 House members have their races decided…no clear picture about GOP candidate recruitment until the Postman [woman] arrives.

Watch the GOP House primary in the 35th district…JB McCuskey filed…his family long active party workers…and his wife…Wendy has an unbelievable campaign management mind.

Allen Loughry [Republican] seeking Supreme Court…has proven himself a hard and effective worker…he qualified for public funding…raising $35,000 a dollar at a time…public funding will give him $50,000 [minimum] for primary…with $350,000 minimum for General. 

Are Super PACS taking the place of national political parties…national reports says they are reaching beyond TV Ads.

Political types believe 2012 will be a Republican year…with Obama heading the Democratic ticket and not liked here…Democrats will stay home…but that was before surprise US Senate candidate John Raese entered the picture…now everyone believes Sen. Joe Manchin will turn on the turnout machine.

FINALLY…will the GOP risk Goldwater II with Newt Gingrich…for those too young to recall…in 1964 the party went with the risky Senator…and in 1972 the Democrats threw caution out and went with Sen. George McGovern.

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