Yay… Romney gets Pawlenty’s 2%, Only 28% more to go to catch Perry!
posted at 10:51 am on September 12, 2011 by Kevin McCullough
As Captain Ed was pointing out this morning, Tim Pawlenty made “news” when he “endorsed” the “candidacy” of Mitt Romney.
Why all the “-“?
Because I’m wondering if anyone truly cares who the first person to drop out of the race endorses.
Gov. Pawlenty’s a nice guy, has a great family, did a great job in turning the state of Minnesota into a respectable budget-balancing operation again. But boo-frickin’ who cares about who he thinks is important in the Presidential race. I mean if he had stayed in the race he would’ve gotten pounded by a Congresswoman (who represents only one tiny slice of the entire state that made him governor.)
I know Camp Romney will tout this as their operation so often does as something magical and important and destiny driving.
But I don’t get it.
I don’t get it, and I don’t see it.
Evidently yet one MORE polling group of people (after the last debate) doesn’t either. CNN reporting Perry 30%, Romney 18%, Paul 12%, and Bachmann 10% amongst announced candidates. In addition the “ability to win the general election against Obama” numbers come in a whoppin’ Perry 42%, Romney 26%.
“Will fight hardest for what he believes” – Perry 30%, Romney 11%. “Leadership” – Perry 36%, Romney 21%.
“Get the economy moving again” – Perry 35%, Romney 26%.
But even that doesn’t tell the entire story.
In July Perry was appearing in some of the national polling even though he had not announced, his support was in the teens with Romney usually leading in the mid-twenties. In early August that bumped to Perry (as he began to tease his announcement) moving into the mid twenties and Romney beginning to dip into the teens. By the last half of August Perry was into the 30’s% and Romney was solidly in the teens. And three of the last five polls (since the debate) now have Perry pushing 35-40%.
And of course none of this even takes into consideration where the other inevitable drop-out votes will head. Does anyone think that supporters of Bachmann would be more likely to support Mitt over Perry? Cain? Santorum? Gingrich? Huntsman supporters likely would prefer Mitt, but he’s probably the only one left standing on stage whose supporters would. And how the pie is cut matters…
In other words momentum is definitely evident.
And thus far it appears that the “honest opinion” of what a Ponzi scheme is, or at least how it is constructed, is aiding Perry.
Tonight will be round two and (*YAWN*) I look for the Pawlenty endorsement to be asked about. But as the polling is demonstrating it will likely make little difference.
For if both characters stay true to form, Perry will speak frankly, Mitt will speak fancy-like, and Perry’s numbers will inch up a bit more when it’s over.