By Paul Gleiser | January 17, 2008 | Print This
In Iowa it was Mike Huckabee.
On to New Hampshire and it was all about John McCain.
Now in Michigan, it’s Mitt Romney’s day in the sun.
If the pattern holds, someone else will win in South Carolina. Maybe a big come-from-behind for Fred Thompson.
Democrats would like to believe that this is bad news for Republicans. Their thinking is that the Democrats will have their presumptive nominee by the first week of February while the Republicans will be locked in a bitter and divisive battle over the soul of the party.
But so far, the Republicans have fought tough but fair campaigns. The debates have been spirited but good-humored. There has been no controversy, such as the recent race kerfuffle between Clinton and Obama.
If the Republicans continue in this vein, even to a once-unthinkable brokered nominating convention in September, it is likely that the distillation process will result in a candidate the party will fully support in the general election.
Then we get to watch a really interesting general election race, one that for the first time since most of us have been voting could feature a completely wide open race, with no one from a prior administration or a prior election on the ballot.
What a turnaround from the yawner all of us in the talk radio and media business endured in the summer of 2004, when there was nothing interesting to watch or talk about.
I can’t wait.