Whether you’re a Republican, Democrat, independent, or a member of some other party, you’ve got to be intrigued by the field of GOP presidential candidates. If you happen to be completely indifferent to politics altogether, you may find that it’s not so different from sports after all. And as Karl puts it, it’s the only competition that actually matters.
Since last spring, six (of nine) different candidates have surged in the polls at different times. Newt Gingrich thought he was getting hot at the right time, but it turns out he was about two weeks too early.
Now Rick Santorum, of all people, is peaking at the right time as the post season begins in Iowa tonight. (Who knew being 8th out of nine would pay off?) But much like many Cinderella stories in March Madness, the little guy just may not have enough to sustain a deep run.
Ron Paul has a strong backing from very passionate, mobilized supporters. I compare him to the Portland Trailblazers. Maybe nobody really believes he’ll be the last man standing, but at the same time, nobody wants to face him in the first round. With his passionate fan base, he just may pick up the momentum he needs to cause some real havoc.
Romney, on the other hand, is more like the Oklahoma City Thunder. Just like Romney, they both made good runs last year but just didn’t have enough to do what it takes to make it to the finals. He is now more experienced but for some reason is not the powerhouse he and his supporters feel he should be. He has been slow and steady, and whether he wins the nomination or not, just about everybody expects him to be in the mix. Maybe Mitt and the Thunder aren’t as “sexy” as some of their competition (unless hair’s your thing), but they know they’re the favorites this time around.
Sports and politics are both about perception. While Obama seemed untouchable when he entered office, he no longer looks as invincible as a champion that everyone expects to repeat, a la Green Bay Packers. He now looks more like the Dallas Mavericks, older and weaker (although he’s probably in better shape both metaphorically and literally). But the Mavericks surprised us all last year when they peaked at the right time (maybe there is a chance for you, Santorum!), so don’t count them or Obama out just yet.
Obama is not in the GOP “bracket”, but he knows he’ll be up against the winner. His administration makes attacks on Romney like they’re already looking ahead to the rivalry game at the end of the season.
As of right now it is a three man race tonight with Paul falling a little behind. Will the winner of tonight’s competition have the momentum to win it all? Can one of the little guys pull a Butler?