Ho, ho. I wonder. I thought Romney would do well to play the long-shot in SC and try to make it look like a three way close one. He apparently high-tailed for lightly-contested NV.
On one level I think that McCain and Huckabee — without Romney making a real bid — may cancel each other out if it’s close.
But that is not worth being put back into the role of a clear third, when you were tied for first.
Not too smart. I have the feeling Romney has defied the logic of momentum.
I am for Obama but I enjoy looking at the whole picture. Romney has made balkanization more likely than it was. If I were Huckabee I would be a happy camper.
And from Politico, the following from our friend Warren Tompkins.
“It’s always been the gateway, but you know what — the calendar has changed, the cycle is changing,” Warren Tompkins, Romney’s South Carolina strategist and a veteran consultant, said after a rally in Charleston.
“South Carolina is important, but it may end up that Florida is the gateway this time.”
Reminded that he was talking about his own native state, Tompkins argued that he was “not diminishing the primary.”
“We’re going to fight in it,” he promised. But, he reiterated, “the calendar has changed.”