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USA | ”Live to fight another day.” Så skulle man kunna sammanfatta Rick Santorums framgångar i Colorado, Minnesota och Missouri.

Även om det har varit lite förvirrat i media handlar det inte om några vunna delegater för Santorum. 

Däremot kan Santorum (och Newt Gingrich och Ron Paul) dra nytta av att spekulationerna återigen drar igång kring Mitt Romneys oförmåga att entusiasmera de konservativa gräsrötterna.

Skall Santorum lyckas även framöver måste han hålla ångan uppe. Han har nämligen inte mycket till kampanjorganisation på plats inför kommande drabbningar.

Segrarna ger honom dock möjlighet att fylla på sin sinande krigskassa. Trippelframgången borde göra det lättare för honom att få in nya kampanjbidrag.

Alexander Burns, Politico, skriver:

General-election viability has been a part of Santorum’s message since before the Iowa caucuses. Even when he was polling in the middle of the pack in Iowa, Santorum was urging Republicans there to think about which candidate in the race had a record of winning the blue-collar, Midwestern swing voters who decide elections.

Now, strategists suggest, is the time for Santorum to dial up that argument. The cornerstones of Romney’s campaign have always been his perceived electability and strength on the economy. With unemployment numbers dropping and Romney looking less formidable in polling match-ups with the president, Santorum has an opportunity to ask the GOP to reconsider their assumptions about the front-runner.

He’s started doing that, telling voters in Missouri last week that their party needed to nominate a candidate “much more multidimensional than Mitt Romney” to beat President Barack Obama. In his victory speech Tuesday night, Santorum said that it was his reliable conservatism, rather than Romney’s money and organization,that would give the president his toughest challenge.

Santorum will need to make that case at full blast if he’s going to persuade voters to view 2012 through an entirely different lens than the one they’ve been using. In a way, that’s been the story of his whole campaign — a White House run held back principally by the fact that it seems so implausible.

Bild: Artikel på framsidan av The New York Times den 8 februari 2012.

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USA  | Under tisdagen var det Colorado, Minnesota och Missouri som stod i fokus för de republikanska presidentkandidaterna.

Men resultaten kommer inte att vara bindande eftersom delegaterna utses först senare i år.

Även om det finns intressanta aspekter att hålla koll på blir resultaten mest en värdemätare över kandidaternas förutsättningar framöver.

Medan resultaten dröjer kan det istället vara dags för lite kuriosa.

Här är tre favoriter från “15 Fun Facts About the Politics of Minnesota, Colorado, and Missouri”. (Av Ben Jacobs på The Daily Beast).

Colorado:

The most notable candidate in Colorado political history did not come from either of the two parties and was not elected to office. But his campaign captured the imagination of generations of Americans. Author Hunter S. Thompson unsuccessfully ran for sheriff of Pitkin County in 1971 as the candidate of the Freak Power Party. Thompson’s platform pledged to rename Aspen “Fat City” and to rip up the asphalt from streets and let grass grow there instead. As his contribution to public safety, Thompson, famous for his penchant for controlled substances, promised not to use mescaline while on duty. Unsurprisingly, he lost, but the author used his experience as a candidate to help fuel his future exploits in “gonzo journalism,” including his coverage of the 1972 presidential campaign in Fear and Loathing on the Campaign Trail.

Minnesota:

Minnesota does not have a Democratic Party. This is not to say that there are no liberals in the state of Hubert Humphrey and Paul Wellstone, but their party goes by a different name. In Minnesota, they are members of the Democratic-Farmer-Labor Party, or DFL for short. This nomenclature is the result of a merger between the Democratic Party and the Farmer-Labor Party, a progressive agrarian party of the 1920s and ’30s. Although the Farmer-Labor Party achieved great success in the state, electing a number of statewide candidates, including the rabble-rousing Gov. Floyd Olsen, the party eventually merged with the Democrats after accepting that while Minnesota may have space for a thousand lakes, there wasn’t room for two left-of-center political parties.

Missouri:

Like Minnesota, the Show-Me State has experienced a tragic plane crash on the eve of an election. In 2000, during a razor-tight Senate race against incumbent John Ashcroft, Gov. Mel Carnahan died in a plane crash weeks before the election. It was too late to take his name off the ballot, and instead it was allowed to be understood that if he was elected, his widow, Jean, would take his place in Washington. That was exactly what happened on Election Day, when Carnahan won by almost 50,000 votes despite his death. However, Jean would serve only two years in the Senate and would go on to lose the special election for the remainder of her husband’s term in 2002.

Se även:What’s at Stake in Tuesday’s Contests (Not Delegates)” av Michael D. Shear på bloggen The Caucus. Och “Danger Signs for Mitt Romney as Colorado, Minnesota, Missouri Ready Vote” av Howard Kurtz, Newsweek.

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BARACK OBAMA är på bussturné. Officiellt är det ett presidentevenemang och inte en del i hans återvalskampanj. Men ingen låter sig luras av sådana teknikaliteter.

“President Obama discusses ways to grow the economy, strengthen the middle class and accelerate hiring during his economic bus tour across the Midwest”, skriver man på Vita husets hemsida.

”President Obama wants to hear from Americans about how national economic policies are affecting life in your communities”, skriver Colleen Curtis på Vita husets blogg.

Alexis Simendinger på RealClearPolitics har en lite annorlunda vinkling:

The region of the country that has seen a measurable improvement in employment in the last year is the Midwest, according to government statistics, and President Obama is heading there today through Wednesday.

[…]

When an Iowa-based reporter asked [Agriculture Secretary Tom] Vilsack, the former Democratic governor of Iowa, why Obama didn’t take a bus tour through the South — where rural communities are experiencing unemployment rates higher than the 9.1 percent national average — the secretary said the president’s policies are helping rural areas in the Midwest and the South, and are applicable nationwide.

Maybe so, but it just so happens that the economic statistics are somewhat brighter in two of the three states the president will visit, and his political chances in 2012 appear rosier in Minnesota, Iowa and Illinois than they do in many parts of the South — or even in other Midwestern states he will not see on the bus tour, including Indiana and Ohio.

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SENATSVAL: Satirikern och den demokratiska kandidaten till senaten Al Franken är involverad i en juridisk kontrovers kring rösträkningen efter senaste senatsvalet i delstaten Minnesota.

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Ironiskt är att republikanernas kandidat Norm Coleman anklagar Al Franken för att inte vilja utröna om det har förekommit något fusk i senatsvalet. Samma anklagelse som Al Franken och en lång rad andra demokrater anklagade – och fortfarande anklagar – George W. Bush för i valet mot Al Gore.

Enligt Coleman har en lång rad röster räknats två gånger till förmån för Franken samtidigt som tusentals andra röster har hanteras på olika sätt beroende på om rösterna kommer från Colemans geografiska ”områden” eller från Frankens. Dessutom har en lång rad andra röster helt enkelt försvunnit.

Det ironiska här är att Al Franken har varit en av de mest uttalat kritiska rösterna mot president Bush och hans seger i presidentvalet mot Al Gore. Franken hävdade då att ”alla röster måste räknas” i den kontroversiella sammanräkningen i Florida.

Att ”alla röster måste räknas” är nu Norm Colemans slogan för att senatsvalet i Minnesota. 

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al-frankenMINNESOTA: Komikern Al Franken (med norskt påbrå) har nästan kommit i mål. Minnesotas ”secretary of state” har förklarat att demokraten Franken – efter en omräkning av rösterna – vann senatsvalet över republikanska senatorn Norm Coleman med 225 röster.

Men Coleman har gått till domstol för att överklaga beslutet. Denna juridiska process kan ta flera månader.

Al Franken är mest känd som komiker och hans böcker har översatts även till svenska. Och Frankens kandidatur är ett exempel på hur verkligheten imiterar konsten.

En bok som inte har blivit översatts – troligen för att den alltför tydligt utgår ifrån amerikanska förutsättningar – är hans skruvade ”kampanjkrönika” Why Not Me?

Boken är en parodi på hur amerikanska politiker går till väga när man karriärplanerar för att nå Vita Huset och presidentämbetet. (Eller som boken marknadsförs: ”Could an inept, coke-addled, mentally deficient, oversexed fool become the most powerful leader in the world? Only in America…”)

Newsweek journalisten Howard Fineman, Frankens vän och hans ”pressekreterare” i Why Not Me?, har nu skrivit ner en rad råd hur ”senator-elect” Franken bör agera medan de juridiska kvarnarna maler på.

Keep calm and carry on. The Republicans are trying to provoke him. They want to turn him into their fundraising piñata now that Hillary Clinton is off to State: he will be the new embodiment of liberal evil. ”[A]l can’t respond. He has to be above it all,” says [Al’s rådgivare vid American Enterprise Institute Norm] Ornstein.

Say something! [A]l can’t remain on the policy sidelines. He´s not seated yet, but he has lots of incentive, if not a moral duty, to speak on critical congressional decisions. [H]e could write op-eds and speak on substantive issues.
But nothing too funny! During the long campaign, Al kept the jokes mild and infrequent. He should keep it that way until he proves that he is a ”policy wonk and a pragmatist”, says Ornstein.
Open a ”transition office.” [A]l might want to set up an ongoing operation to follow the issues and seek the advice of Minnesota voters.
Study Hillary. [S]he gradually won over her critics by working hard, keeping her head down and behaving with unpretentious grace. And she benefited from low expectations. Al’s are even lower: His critics think he is a shallow, emptyheaded screamer,” says Ornstein.

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