The 2012 Presidential campaign officially began last night -- or so claims the folks at the Iowa Faith and Freedom Coalition, which held its Spring Kickoff event with speeches from five wannabes for the GOP nomination. God provided C-SPAN coverage, so I can say that I thought Herman Cain did well; Newt Gingrich, despite having just moved into an "exploratory" Presidential campaign phase, gave a condensed version of his year-old 2010 CPAC speech; Tim Pawlenty did fine, but I think he's trying too hard to yell his way past all the 'too bland' criticism (which I don't think hurts him anyway); Buddy Roemer did a great Zell Miller impersonation; and Rick Santorum started slow but had a terrific riff (probably old, but I hadn't seen it) on being the 'ultra' (as in ideologically extreme) Senator.
While the national political media was distracted yesterday by the non-newsworthy semi-declaration of intent from Newt Gingrich (who announced he is entering an "exploratory" phase of his Presidential campaign), I was chasing down a more significant development: a rapidly developing feud between two actual declared candidates for President.
In this week's issue of the Boston Phoenix -- in print tomorrow, online now -- I look at what some are calling a Republican war on women, and ask whether women are starting to fight back.
Here it is:
Will Women Fight Back? Republicans trying to gut four decades of women’s progress have met with very little resistance — but that’s changing.
One of the best predictions I made in the last campaign cycle was one I made very early on: that Mitt Romney would not win a nominating contest below the Mason-Dixon Line. Nailed that. And in this cycle I have written that he will essentially need a strategy to get the nomination without the South -- a tough task in today's GOP.