How to Outlast your Opponent in a Campaign
Gang bang on Newt. And then what?
And then what?
Gingrich rose last week to become the flavor of the day for a couple reasons that go beyond his improved debate performances. Romney’s failure to gain traction among center-right primary voters, and Herman Cain’s 10 day diversion of his locomotive onto a side track that idled his train.
But the market for a conservative alternative to Romney is still there, and it will remain until Romney has enough delegates to win the nomination.
So now what?
The market is still there. It is still looking for an alternative. If Cain can restart that engine he still has a chance. And if not Cain, there is still room for somebody. Because the market is still there. And the market has not yet begun to vote.
There is a lesson in this for all candidates running for office. Actually several. Your past matters. Be prepared to deal with it because when you become worthy of attention it will get attention. (Gingrich) When your moment in the sun comes, everything will change, and you had best be prepared to deal with it forthrightly and decisively (Cain). Debates don’t always win a campaign, but a poor performance can kill one (Perry). You may not be the first choice of your party’s natural base, but if you can remain steady, survive your past, be quick on your feet and outlive those who have even bigger flaws than you, well…you too can be the unlikely winner of an election no one at the outset thought you could win. (see Obama…and Bill Clinton…and maybe even President Romney).
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