The presidential political season is picking up steam with the next round of GOP elections coming up rather quickly. The fact that anyone can campaign in seventeen separate primaries and caucuses (fifteen if you are an inconsiderate ass who thinks Guam and the U.S. Virgin Islands aren’t worth campaigning in, even though they aren’t) is a sheer marvel of the information age and the phenomenon of paid political advertising (and transportation, lest we forget Rand Paul’s TSA travesty).
Here’s the rundown of the next two weeks of primary pollshocks waiting to unfold:
Tuesday February 28, 2012
Arizona · 29 delegates, Michigan · 30 delegates
Saturday March 3, 2012
Washington · 43 delegates
(Super) Tuesday March 6, 2012
Alaska · 27 delegates, Georgia · 76 delegates, Idaho · 32 delegates, Massachusetts · 41 delegates, North Dakota · 28 delegates, Ohio · 66 delegates, Oklahoma · 43 delegates, Tennessee · 58 delegates, Vermont · 17 delegates, Virginia · 49 delegates (Only Mitt Romney and Ron Paul will appear on the VA ballot)
Saturday March 10, 2012
Kansas · 40 delegates, Wyoming · 29 delegates, U.S. Virgin Islands · 6 delegates, Guam · 9 delegates
That’s a ridiculous 623 delegates up for grabs in a very short amount of time for those who are attempting to actually follow the counting game (disclaimer: don’t believe the hype, Ron Paul’s delegate hunting operation is fluid and is still being tangled with by his opposition).
So far that strategy is proving to be an actual headache for Mitt Romney, which is causing him to shake up his schedule and do crazy stuff like show up at a NASCAR race in Florida instead of campaigning in one of the primary states. I suspect a political consultant somewhere has come up with a PowerPoint presentation showing Romney doing better in the polls the less he talks to actual voters. More likely they just wanted to steal the thunder out from Santorum’s silly sponsored #26 car, code-named Fast & Frothy:
And what’s that you say? Gingrich has unveiled a plan for $2.50 gasoline that has already been lit ablaze by the opposition? Pray tell how bad is his understanding of simple market economics.
I’m not sure how NASCAR and cheap gas price promises will play into the electorate’s choice, but I have faith people are smarter than to base their vote on cheap publicity gimmicks.
Aw, who am I kidding? Bring back the Ron Paul blimp!
UPDATE: We’ve gotten word that Ron Paul also has his own ARCA racing team pulling for him, it’s not clear if they are second class to NASCAR or if all cars that go fast are the same. Either way, everyone’s revving their engines for political purposes in spite of recent pain at the gas pumps. As for me, I am not a fan of car races outside of a Cannonball Run.
In a related update, Mitt Romney kinda blew his opportunity when a reporter asked him if he even follows the ‘sport’ and he replied in the typical snobby guy manner, “Not as closely as some of the most ardent fans.”
Will he be able to call in favors for his own fleet of NASCAR endorsements? Don’t rule it out, because as Romney says, “I have some friends who are NASCAR team owners.”