It's a good night for Mitt Romney. He won solidly (though not overwhelmingly), while Ron Paul appears to have exceeded my expectations -- which is fine with Romney, because it means candidates he might actually fear took third or worse.
It certainly seems that Romney must now feel awfully confident about winning the nomination.
A couple of weeks ago I asked readers to send in their best Newt Gingrich-style answer to the journalistic question: "We must stop Christmas from coming -- but how?"
The following have been chosen as our three finalists. Please enjoy them, and comment about which you think should win, and why!
Thanks to all who entered -- and to Newt himself, without whom none of this would have been possible, or nearly as much fun.
Mitt Romney at the Pinkerton School, NH. Saturday, January 7, 2012. Photo (c) Jeremiah Robinson for the Boston Phoenix.
Just before the 2004 New Hampshire Democratic primary, I was on Greater Boston along with the late, great David Nyhan. We were both asked to predict the outcome. Polls had shown that to that point, Howard Dean's loss in Iowa, his "scream" moment, and his staff shake-up had taken a steep and continuing toll, not only far behind John Kerry but in danger of being surpassed by Wes Clark, John Edwards, and perhaps even "Joementum" Lieberman.
It's the only debate that matters! Join us Friday October 28 in Salem for the culmination of mankind's great experiment in democracy, when two candidates for President of the United States square off, with the future of the free world hanging in the balance! In one corner, the late ALEISTER CROWLEY