My colleague Karl writes today about the retirement from the GOP horse race of Tim Pawlenty, and the settling of the race into a “Romney vs. Not Romney” dynamic. Pawlenty didn’t succeed in being crowned Not Romney in the Iowa straw poll yesterday, but how secure is the tiara on Michelle Bachmann’s head? Is Rick Perry destined to step into a phone booth and turn into Not Romney? What will the voters’ judgments be in the bellwether states of South Carolina and Florida?
The whole question is interesting, and begs in turn the question whether the 2012 campaign will be the clear-the-decks, all-bets-off political turning point that many are hoping for. I think, to begin with, Continue reading “2012: Are the decks clear yet?”