While Mitt Romney, Rick Santorum, and Ron Paul were all successful, the best news out of Iowa is that multiple indicators now point to the Hawkeye State being very competitive again in 2012 — despite long-held conventional wisdom that it is a state Obama’s re-election campaign will waltz away with.
Just what are those indicators? For starters, President Obama’s approval rating has been consistently in the low-to-mid forties in Iowa. No president has won re-election with an approval rating below 49, and many pollsters believe it must be above 50.
Next, there are more Republicans and fewer Democrats in Iowa than in 2008. The Republican Party of Iowa has logged 33 consecutive months of registration gains. Since Obama’s election, one in every ten registered Democrats in the state left his party.
And Iowa Republicans are hugely motivated to turn out. Tuesday’s caucuses saw a record-setting turnout of 122,225.ASSHOLES LIKE BEGALA SPIN IT AS IF IT WAS A BAD DAY FOR THE GOP AND ROMNEY:
What can you say about an alleged frontrunner who could barely top the Man-on-Dog guy? If Mitt Romney can't beat Rick Santorum, he ought to find another party to run in.OBAMA IS LESS RE-ELECTABLE THAN THE GOP UNELECTABLES ARE UNELECTABLE.