The reason for this conversation was to discuss the "Next in line" argument about the GOP nominee. Romney (or Palin) would be the next in line. The other is to point out that the GOP Nominee Always wins either Iowa or New Hampshire. More details below:
THE GOP BTW has won the Presidency 63% of the time since 1860-2008; 61% since 1968-2008; and 61% of the time since 1980-2008. In almost every year the GOP ran the "Next guy in line". It works almost every time. The Dems have suceeded only 37-39% of the time and the SELDOM run the next guy in line. FDR was one exception that won..Stevenson, Humphrey; McGovern; Mondale; Gore and Hillary Clinton would all be examples of the "Next" who lost. The Dems do better with the fresh face.
Finally I disagree that Romney would rule as a RINO..He would rule to the right of Reagan. Especially if given a TEA Party supported House and Senate. Romney is known across the country by 75-80% of the electorate...he has no dark secrets, is moderately tempered..and looks and acts like a leader. Plus he's all the qualities the Obama is not. Besides just accept it...he's gonna win the primary gambit. Today's Wash Post/ ABC poll shows Romney out front 21% with Palin at 17, and Giuliani at 8%; Paul and Gingrich tied with 6% and Cain at 4%; T. Paw was 2 or 3%. If you take the survey with out Palin, Romney is 25% leading Giuliani with 9% I don't think either of them is going to get in..leaving you at Paul and Gingrich.at *% !!! Johnson didn't even register 1% and Santorum and Bachmann each had 1%. It's just not even close! ow one or 2 of these folks is gonna rise to the second tier pretty soon. and then it'll be at least interesting. But if Palin and Bachmann and Perry, and even Paul Ryan's names are still bandied about it'll hurt all of the folks at the bottom and Romneys' spread will just keep widening, and the $$$ will go his way.
Iowa Caucus : if Michelle Bachmann runs she might win it..and then nothing else..Romney will take second..Win NH and then wipe the floor the rest of the way. Same scenario is true with Palin, instead of Bachmann.except she could make it a 2 person race..but ultimately Romney wins..because the grown-ups will out perform the TEA Party in last dozen races. Same scenario plays out with T. Paw or Herman Cain in Iowa ..T. Paw would be sort of a "Fav. Son"..but his margin wouldn't be as good as Palin or Bachmann, Cain is the upset guy if he really can get into the hearts of the Christian Conservatives in Western Iowa...More likely they split the vote if they're both still in the hunt and Romney grabs first or Second..goes to NH and blows out the other guy and then SC and Nevada are his wins the following week. Only one or 2 will have money to compete in Florida at this point and Romney will outspend at 5or 10-one and wrap it up in FL.
BTW since the Iowa Caucus and NH Primary era (1972-2008). No Republican has won both..and only one Republican has won Iowa and the Presidency George W. Bush ()Who lost the NH Primary the next week to John McCain. The GOP Nominee has always one at least one of these 2 races since 1972. The same is true on the Dem side. Thus since Romney is almost certain to win NH thus he's 50/50 for the nomination. And if Palin or Bachmann doesn't run ,,he'll very likely win Iowa as well.
The next metric will be to see how Romney does on the Sunday talk shows. He's usually pretty good, but I know he'll start to get some tougher questions. I'm counting on Chris Wallace to dig into him on Global Warming and Ethanol. This is how I see 2012 today...I'll keep watching and reading and learning..And I'll update you in a month or so. Right now it looks like we can win..and build on our House majority..and the Senate!