Thursday, February 21, 2008

Taking a Break!

After the long Primary season and my week hiatus I will take a break for a while and will post next week!

Wednesday, February 13, 2008

Decision 2008: Our Endorsements!

Well with the Election year in full swing Politics-Central has decided to release its endorsements for the campaign as of now.

U.S. Senator John McCain (R-AZ) for President of the United States
U.S. Senator Mike Enzi (R-WY) for U.S. Senator
U.S. Senator John Barrasso (R-WY) for U.S. Senator
Cynthia Lummis for Wyoming's Lone U.S. House Seat
Mike Johanns for U.S. Senator
Lane Startin for Idaho Governor
U.S. Senator Max Baucus (D-MT) for U.S. Senator
Jim Risch for U.S. Senator
Chris Peden for Texas U.S. House District #14
U.S. Senator Pat Roberts for U.S. Senator
Rep. Heather Wilson (R-NM) for U.S. Senator
Roy Brown for Montana Governor
U.S. Senator Susan Collins (R-ME) for U.S. Senator

More to come later on in the 2008 Campaign.

Decision 2008: McCain and Obama sweep Potomac Primaries

Yesterday, Senators McCain and Obama won the Republican and Democratic Primaries. Both won convincingly. McCain emerged victorious in DC and Maryland by wide margins . Huckabee surged to a close 2nd in VA, but all the states delegates went into Sen. McCain's column, for his win there. Obama surged into the lead among delegates, with huge victories in all 3 contests over Sen. Clinton. He now leads in states, popular votes, polls, and delegates officially winning the title for the first time, frontrunner. Will it hold? We'll find out in next Tuesdays Hawaii and Wisconsin Primaries. McCain and Obama are favored in both contests.

Monday, February 11, 2008

Decision 2008: Obama sweeps 4 contests, Huckabee wins big surprises.

Well Sen. Barack Obama is well on his way to becoming the frontrunner for the nomination and could be the very first candidate to defeat the Clinton Machine. He wins Washington, Nebraska Louisana and Maine contests over the weekend by huge margins. He now has Sen. Clinton's delegate lead including Superdelegates down to 3-30. Some have him leading. If Hillary is relying on the Superdelegates she may still yet come up short. Hillary now has must wins. A first for her. She must win Ohio, Texas and PA. If she loses more than 2 of those contests Obama will surge to the nomination. This is still a very close race, but Obama will surge into the lead, tomorrow by winning all 3 contests tomorrow. Fmr. Governor Mike Huckabee sweeped 2 contests in Kansas and Louisiana, stunning GOP Presumptive Nominee John McCain when he only narrowly carried Washington state. But before we get too carried away there is still no plausible scenerio where Huckabee overtakes McCain unless all of the Romney deleagtes swing his way, and he wins all of the remaining contests. McCain still will shortly secure the nomination. McCain picked up however a huge conservative endorsement this week, Fmr. Florida Governor, Undeclared Romney Supporter and Brother of the President, Jeb Bush united behind McCain, after President Bush said conservatives need to rally behind the nominee. McCain is leading Huckabee in polls in VA, DC, and MAryland and will likely win all three putting him ever so close to that magic number of clinching the nomination. On March 4th, I look for McCain to officially clinch the nomination for the Republicans.

Friday, February 08, 2008

Decision 2008: McCain's Veepstakes

As the Republican race for president comes to close, the race to be the name below John McCain's is on the ballot and the campaign signs begins. John McCain has secured the nomination for the Republicans and now he needs a Vice Presidential Running Mate here is our list of the choices we feel McCain may consider on his short list.

Former Arkansas Governor Mike Huckabee
Minnesota Governor Tim Pawlenty
South Carolina Governor Mike Sanford
Mississippi Governor Haley Barbour
U.S. Senator John Thune
U.S. Senator Lindsey Graham
Former MA Governor Mitt Romney
Fmr. Homeland Security Secretary Tom Ridge
Fmr. U.S. Senator Phil Gramm
U.S. Senator Sam Brownback
U.S. Senator Richard Burr
Florida Governor Charlie Crist
U.S. Senator Mel Martinez
U.S. Congressman Mike Pence
Fmr. U.S. Senator George Allen
Fmr. U.S. Senator Fred Thompson
U.S. Senator Tom Coburn

Long Shots
U.S. Senator Joe Lieberman
Fmr. Governor Jeb Bush
U.S. Senator Kay Hutchison
Fmr. NYC Mayor Rudy Giuliani
Fmr. U.S. Sec. of State Colin Powell

I'm hoping for a McCain/Huckabee ticket or a McCain/Thune Ticket, but Im sure I will be satiffied with whoever Sen. McCain chooses as his running mate, just as long a John McCain is the next president of the United States.

Thursday, February 07, 2008

Descision 2008: Thank Mitt! Gov. Romney departs Presidential Bid, giving McCain the ticket to the General

Today Former MA Governor Mitt Romney, who once was the frontrunner for the nomination, ended his campaign for the GOP Presidential Nomination. This comes after putting forward a strong campaign for the nomination raising millions of dollars, 200+ delegates, and winning 10 contests. At the CPAC he gave his concession speech and decided he should step aside stating he wanted the party to unite for the good of the nation. He didn't endorse any candidate, but after spending millions of his own money and no winning scenerio left, he has decided to quit. Romney is rumored to be considering another bid for the presidency in 4 to 8 years, however he better get back into politics if he wished for this to happen. Nonetheless he is a frontrunner should McCain lose this November. Romney's withdrawal has nearly given John McCain the title of Presumptive Nominee and a ticket to the General Election this November. Now all thats left is McCain's veepstakes. Huckabee has no shot at the nomination and will withdraw shortly giving McCain the official title of Presumptive Nominee. After being trounced this weekend it wont be long until he withdraws.

Wednesday, February 06, 2008

Decision 2008: Post Super Tuesday Results, McCain surges, Hillary vs. Obama.

Well Yesterday was an exciting night, and the exit polls were wrong and my predictions were off yeah I know by alot. Well after half the nation has voted where do we stand now in the race for the presidency?

The Republicans: It wasn't the McCain sweep I had expected, but it was enough to make him unstoppable. McCain won all of the big winner take all delegate states, and the all important California Primary. That should be hard to overcome. Huckabee really surprised me. I thought he woudl only win Arkansas but he won all of ther Southern states, and crushed Romney's hopes. Romney did score wins in the rural caucus states and his homestate of MA, but nothing convincing enough to win the nomination, but enough for him to calim he can go on and write more checks to himself. Spend as much money as you can Romney this will do no good with party unity, when McCain does officially clinch the nomination which isn't too far off. McCain is likely to sweep Washington and Louisiana, but Kansas is another rural caucus, Romney could sweep, because of conservative support, but I still feel McCain is going to sweep almost every contest remaining.

The Democrats: Obama's momentum pulled off to win 13 states several of which were in Clinton territory. He didn't pull off a win in California, but Obama was able to pull off big wins in, GA, AL, MO, and CT. All 4 except GA were expected to go to Hillary 2 weeks ago. Hillary remains about 100 delegates ahead because she won the bigger contests, however Obama is looking pretty good in the upcoming schedule. He will probably win most if not all the contests on Saturday and on Tuesday and could catch Hillary by next week. It is looking to be a long Democratic contest battle to the nomination. I doubt we wont have this resolved until April or there is now a strong possibility this could go to convention, but I bet one candidate will clinch with just 2 candidates remaining. Coming out of this race Obama is hoping to sweep the smaller contests and hope that will keep his momentum going to win Texas and Ohio in March and PA in April. Howewer Hillary will be focusing on those big states and has an advantage there currently. This race could go either way
Delegate Counts
(Super Tuesday delegates still being tallied)
Republicans (1,191 to win)
(R)John McCain 680
(R)Mitt Romney 270
(R)Mike Huckabee 176
(R)Ron Paul 16
Democrats (2,025 to win)
(D)Hillary Clinton 818
(D)Barack Obama 730
(D)John Edwards 26

Monday, February 04, 2008

Decision 2008: Super Tuesday Eve

Well as the campaign winds down the all-important Super Tuesday is finally here, and the height of the race has come. We may very well know the nominees tomorrow or this race will march on. We are certain however that tomorrow no one will officially clinch the nominations of either party.

On the Republican Side, Sen. John McCain leads everywhere and should sweep at least 14 states, but he does need to win California, and he likely will. I doubt the voters of CA would switch votes to man who has no chance of winning this state, than to vote for aman wh can win CA. Huckabee is hoping for wins in AR, MO, OK, GA and AL, but will likely only get about one win out of that and its his homestate. McCain appears to be well on his way to getting the force enough to cap this thing. If he wins California which he likely will, McCain will be officially unstoppable. Romney needs wins in the South and in CA, to actually officially make a 2-man race.

On the Democrats Side, Sen. Hillary Clinton has dramatically at the last minute fell in the polls and the race is a dead heat everywhere. National polls are tied. CA Polls lean Obama, but it coudl go either way. Hillary needs to upset Obama in the South and hold onto CA, to become the clear frontrunner again, but I doubt she can do both. This race will likely go on until March when Ohio and Texas decide, or maybe even in April when PA decides. This is the most interesting race in a long long long time, but with Edwards out this will not go to convention. Some one will have enough delegates to clinch the nomination.

My Overall Primary Predictions:

Sen. John McCain vs. Sen. Hillary Clinton for the right to become the 44th President of the United States.