Super Tuesday is imminent and it could be the time when the real GOP contenders, or contender, rise above the also rans. Each result seems to put Mitt Romney ever closer to the penultimate prize. The ultimate prize of course being residence in the White House.
The results tend to be viewed differently depending which source provides the information. Read a GOP slanted publication and you will be lead to believe that Romney is cruising to victory. This of course helps the candidates political race as voters, like sheep, so often will then follow suit and vote accordingly.
It would seem a much fairer assessment to say that Mitt Romney is slowly but surely edging his way to victory.
Before the Washington Caucus the vital statistics read "Romney leading in the overall delegate count with 173. Santorum with 87, followed by Gingrich with 33. Paul had 20", according to FoxNews. Although that sounds like a sure fire victory for Mitt there is still some way to go. Bear in mind that it takes 1,144 delegates to clinch the nomination.
What could of course impact is the cost of this protracted nomination.
This is when Mr Romney should win hands down. Even the Democrats are struggling to fund the 2012 election which does make it seem to this Brit that the White House is up for grabs by the highest bidder. Perhaps this is the way of world politics. Is there any wonder that young people often turn away from the ballot box and opt for protest instead? We can always turn a blind eye to disillusioned youngsters and concentrate on those who are politically active but dig a little deeper for the truth. If you are one of the negative statistics, in Europe for example, such as unemployed aged 20, what do "more of the same" governments offer you?
Each candidate in the US, be they Democrats and Republicans have a difficult task in hand. In the words of their famous leader Abraham Lincoln, they will never please everyone. However most people will feel that they should at least try to govern fairly and for the good of all.
Sooner or later one of the stragglers in the GOP race must surely quit? There must come a time when they feel they are throwing good money after bad to fight a losing battle. If that happens it will be interesting to see who they choose to support. Of course backed by many of the 1% for now there is still money to burn. As such people strive to get the man they want into the oval Office you have to wonder what is in it for them? In truth I guess we all know. The cost of this election could go a long way toward curing some of the financial ills of the USA.
Mitt Romney still has one big negative as far as the US GOP voters are concerned and that is his Mormon faith. Whilst it will not affect all GOP voters it could still be a stumbling block for him. Right now the GOP seems to have no true idea who they want but they have maybe come to terms with the fact that it will be one of the FOUR
That said will they finally settle for Mitt Romney as their best option?
Eileen Kersey manages TEK Staff Blog