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Romney Takes Big Lead in South Carolina

**UPDATED**

Mitt Romney’s opened a whopper of a lead in South Carolina. Who says negative attacks can’t work, this time in reverse, especially when they shoot as wildly as When Mitt Romney Came To Town, and go well wide of the mark.

The poll showed 37 percent of South Carolina Republican voters back Romney. Congressman Ron Paul and former Senator Rick Santorum tied for second place with 16 percent support.

Gingrich, a former speaker of the House of Representatives, has fallen far back after holding a strong lead in South Carolina in December. He was in fourth place at 12 percent in the Reuters/Ipsos poll.

[update] However, the consensus is that though Mitt Romney is ahead, it’s not by nearly as much as the Reuters/IPSO’s poll claims.

As you’ll see from the video above, individual stories continue to follow Mitt Romney everywhere. One unemployed woman said God told her to find him, which resulted in Romney giving her cash.

“God didn’t tell me to go to nobody else, he told me to pray for Romney,” said Williams, when asked why she has decided to support Romney. “I listened to the Lord.”

Newt Gingrich is now getting booed for his efforts against Mitt Romney and capitalism.

It’s got to be a sobering moment for some Democratic partisans readying the confetti guns, thinking that Bain Capital will be an easy shoot and score for them. Scalpel approach could prove deadly, but when has any campaign not preferred a machete? I’m still not convinced there won’t be ways around it for Romney, especially since the people most appalled are very likely not going to vote for him anyway.

Rick Santorum got too little way too late from “150 Christian leaders, business leaders and conservative activists” who endorsed him yesterday.

From the in case you missed it on Friday files, Standard & Poor’s went wild, playing slasher Over There.

S&P lowered its long-term rating on Cyprus, Italy, Portugal and Spain by two notches, and cut its rating on Austria, France, Malta, Slovakia and Slovenia by one notch.

The move puts highly indebted Italy on the same BBB+ level as Kazakhstan and pushes Portugal into junk status.

The credit-rating agency affirmed the current long-term ratings for Belgium, Estonia, Finland, Germany, Ireland, Luxembourg and the Netherlands.

Americans for Prosperity, a Koch backed group, is doing a $5 million ad buy against Pres. Obama on Solyndra, which will hit during the State of the Union on January 24.

On SOPA, the White House tries to straddle the issue (I know, you’re shocked), while lawmakers are getting creamed by constituents (keep those emails and phone calls coming). From EFF:

Looks like proponents of the Internet Blacklist Bills are finally beginning to realize that they won’t be able to ram through massive, job-killing legislation without a fight. First, Sen. Patrick Leahy, sponsor of the PROTECT-IP Act (PIPA), announced on Thursday that he would recommend that the Senate further study the dangerous DNS blocking provisions in that bill before implementation. Then, a group of six influential senators wrote to Sen. Harry Reid, the Senate Majority Leader, urging that the Senate slow down and postpone the upcoming vote on PIPA. Sen. Ben Cardin, a co-sponsor of PIPA, also took a measured stance against the bill, saying he “would not vote for final passage of PIPA, as currently written.” Cardin cited consituent activism as the primary reason for the about-face.

Oh, and if you’re thinking of seeing the film Iron Lady, you should reconsider.

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7 Responses to Romney Takes Big Lead in South Carolina

  1. jjamele January 15, 2012 at 12:00 pm #

    I guess the GOP just wants to get this thing wrapped up, and the easiest way to do it is to support Romney.

    Of course, they thought the same thing when they rallied behind McCain four years ago.  And the Democrats bowed to the inevitable and backed Kerry in 2004.  Worked out well, didn’t it?  On the other hand, Hillary and Obama fought “to the death” from January to June- how’d that work out for the Democrats?

    My guess is that if Romney wins the nomination and loses the election, the establishment will do what they did in 1999- they’ll get together 18 months before the election and agree to back one person with massive infusions of money and threats to other candidates to stay out.  And once again, I think that guy’s name will be Bush.

    • Taylor Marsh January 15, 2012 at 1:31 pm #

      The Jeb booster club is huge, that’s for sure, marked particularly because of his Hispanic wife.

      If Obama gets the number with Hispanics that he could, especially after his latest policy appointment, Jeb could indeed be in for a coronation.

      As an aside, if it is Jeb Bush, it opens a natural path for Hillary Clinton, regardless of her adamant protestations she’s not interested today, because the dynasty issue will be made moot.  (I wrote about this in my book.)

  2. Uh-oh January 15, 2012 at 12:34 pm #

    Why oh why do the Republicans keep pushing Jeb Bush????? Considering how awful that family’s record is, it just makes no sense. Oh wait–they are already bought so it’s an easy sell, huh?

    • Taylor Marsh January 15, 2012 at 1:33 pm #

      Laura Bush was reported as saying her one regret is that her son Jeb didn’t run this year.  He has always been seen as the smart Bush, the one who once was seen as the real presidential contender.

      • Uh-oh January 15, 2012 at 6:38 pm #

        Sorry, Jeb is no better (and probably no smarter) than his brother(s). Lets see, we have Neil the S&L crook, Marvin the Wall Street guy, George (well we all know about George the maroon), and Jeb who made sure that Florida was counted for his brother.  Horrible family. And if America ever votes for him they deserve what they get.

  3. fangio January 15, 2012 at 12:50 pm #

    I watched about ten minutes of that video about Romney and Bain and then took a shower.  It was truly god awful;  it looked like something Moore would do after dropping acid.  In some ways it resembled that 30 minute film Obama did at the end of the ’08 campaign; all these overweight,  sickly looking and dumb struck people who look like they can’t figure out how to get off the couch. It looked like this skit SNL used to do years ago about free public access television.

    It’s interesting that the same company (  S&P  ) that wrecked the economy by giving AAA ratings to mortgage bonds that didn’t deserve them is now making things worse by downgrading entire countries.

    • Taylor Marsh January 15, 2012 at 1:27 pm #

      I watched about ten minutes of that video about Romney and Bain and then took a shower.

      he-heh… Hilarious!

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