Michael Fauntroy Reflects on Romney’s Caucus Win and GOP Voter ID Hypocrisy
There is no way to spin it. The Iowa caucus results cannot be seen by Governor Mitt Romney and his supporters as anything other than disappointing. He has been running for the nomination for half a decade and he got the same percentage in 2012 that he got in 2008. This is made worse by the quality of the 2012 Republican field which, to be charitable, is not impressive. Romney’s showing is hardly what momentum is made of. Romney will ultimately be fine. He has the money, the organization, and the good fortune to be in a race with others who are either unelectable, uninspiring, and unorganized. While Sen. Rick Santorum appears to be emerging as the conservative alternative to Romney, I cannot yet see a scenario in which he beats Romney for the nomination. Santorum is to Romney what Pat Buchanan was to Sen. Bob Dole: a hard base candidate who cannot win the support of others.
One observation that I thing has been flying under the radar: The Republican Party of Iowa did not verify identification of caucus goers. This flies in the face of the wave of voter ID bills being pushed around the country by Republicans to hold down Democratic votes. Hypocrisy knows no shame.
Dr. Michael K. Fauntroy