The Alabama Elections


Well Election Day has come and gone in Alabama.  And the results were not a big surprise to most people.  Rick Santorum won both Alabama and Mississippi.  Newt Gingrich came in second.  And Mitt Romney came in third.  All three candidates got a large number of votes but Santorum managed more votes than the other two candidates.  Although Romney placed third in both states.  He won more delegates and his race to the convention is getting closer to that magic number of delegates.  Santorum is second in the delegate count and he is going to need some help if he wants to be the nominee.  And for Gingrich and Paul.  Well there chances of being the nominee is pretty much over.

Romney is still the favorite to be the Republican nominee for president.  But he has one big problem that will have to be solved.  So far Romney has not won any deep south states.  And he did win Florida but it is not considered a deep south state.  The concern will be if it’s a Romney vs. Obama race for the White house.  Will some voters in the south vote for a third party candidate.  If this happens Obama will likely win another term.  Romney can help fix this by selecting a V-P candidate that will wow voters in the south.  Two good picks would be Santorum or Gingrich.  Or he could go bold and maybe pick Bobby Jindal; Jeb Bush; or Chris Christie to be his V-P candidate.  Romney will most likely be the Republican nominee.  But if this race goes to the Republican National Convention in Tampa it will hurt the Republican’s chances for the White House.

There was one big surprise in the Alabama primary.  The race for Alabama Chief Justice took a very surprising turn with Roy Moore likely winning outright without a runoff.  Roy Moore only spent around $20,000 in his campaign.  Roy Moore rode his horse to the voting booth in his home county.  And most people thought he was not going to do well but he shocked everyone including me.  Charlie Graddick and Chuck Malone were the other two candidates and I am sure they were shocked as well.  But I am concerned about Roy Moore.  Remember the last time he was Chief Justice.  Moore defied court orders to remove the ten commandments statue from the lobby and he was eventually removed from office.  Will he make national news again and do something that could get him kicked out of office?  I hope not.

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Sunday Discussion: AL and MS Primaries


I wanted to share my views on who I think will win the Alabama and Mississippi primaries on Tuesday.  Three candidates has a chance to win these states on Tuesday.  Romney, Gingrich, or Santorum has a chance to win these states.  Gingrich would have the best chance to win these states because his home state of Georgia is only next door.  But what if Romney pulls out a surprising win?  Or could Santorum keep winning the south and midwest?  Right now it is exciting that Alabama and Mississippi votes will count in this primary.  And everyone in these states can not wait to vote on Tuesday.

If you have not seen this CNN story about the radio show Rick & Bubba interviewing Mitt Romney; click the link below.

http://politicalticker.blogs.cnn.com/2012/03/09/rick-and-bubba-press-romney-on-mormon-faith-iran/

This might have backfired on Mitt Romney.  You knew these guys would go after Romney’s faith.  And I do think Rick & Bubba won the day.  People in the south really do care about their religion.  And some people in the south do believe that the Mormon religion is just a scam.  That the Mormon’s religion only cares about America being the new promised land.  I find this as crazy and stupid thinking.  If Romney; who is 2nd in some polls in Alabama does well on Tuesday.  He will be the Republican nominee for president.  And I am afraid if it’s a Romney vs. Obama battle for the White House.  Some people will vote for a third party candidate only because of Romney’s religion.  This will ensure Obama’s reelection.

Newt Gingrich has toured many places in Alabama and Mississippi.  He has already won South Carolina and Georgia.  And he really needs to win both states on Tuesday or he is done.  Gingrich’s main selling point is about the price of gas.  And you know many people down in the south will listen when a candidate talks about gas prices.  Here is the my post about Newt Gingrich when he was in Pell City.

http://youngsblog.com/2012/03/08/newt-gingrich-in-alabama/

A very good sized crowd showed up to hear Gingrich talk about Obama and gas prices.  But for right now this is the only main things he is talking about.  And I am afraid it might cost him the primaries.  Sure drilling for oil will create new jobs what what else will you do to create jobs?  But I do think that Gingrich will do well on Tuesday.  But will it be enough?

Rick Santorum has done well in rural areas.  He is carrying rural Midwestern states and several southern states.  But Santorum has failed to carry many of the bigger population states.  Those have gone to Romney.  Santorum has been calling for Gingrich to drop out of the race so he can compete with Romney.  And Santorum has some of the same views on ways to improve the U.S. economy.  But I want you to look at this article.

http://www.outsidethebeltway.com/rick-santorums-war-against-the-national-weather-service/

Rick Santorum once supported a bill that would of gutted the National Weather Service.  Now keep in mind that the NWS saved many lives when we went through the April 27th tornado outbreak.  So what would have happened if the NWS was gutted and weather warnings were issued by private firms like Accuweather?  I believe that many more people would have been killed.  Also keep in mind that many TV meteorologists and private weather companies use NWS data to make their weather forecasts.

So who will I vote for on Tuesday and who do I think will win Mississippi and Alabama.  Right now I am going to vote for Romney on Tuesday.  I hope that the Mormon issue will not effect his outcome on Tuesday.  I am thinking that Gingrich will win both states on Tuesday.  But he will only win by a slim margin.  Romney will be second and Santorum will be third.  Voter turnout is going to be big on Tuesday and there is only one thing left to do.  Go vote on Tuesday!

The Super Tuesday Results


Super Tuesday was very interesting this time around.  Mitt Romney won 6 of the states including Ohio.  Rick Santorum won 3 states.  Newt Gingrich barely survives by winning his home state of Georgia.  And poor Ron Paul just can not win anything.  I think we learned last night that Mitt Romney will eventually have enough delegates to be the Republican nominee for president.  And Rick Santorum needs help to compete against Romney.  He needs Ron Paul and Newt Gingrich to drop out of the race so more people will vote for Santorum.  Paul and Gingrich will not be the nominee for president.  Ron Paul is still in the race because he wants the media attention.  And Newt Gingrich is still in the race because he thinks he can carry most states in the south.  By the way Newt Gingrich will be in Pell City today and look for pictures on Young’s Blog on Thursday.

Look at the votes from each county in Ohio.

From Fox News

Romney won all the counties in the urban areas like Cleveland, Columbus, and Cincinnati.  While Santorum won all the counties in the rural areas.  Many Republican voters do not like Romney and are voting for Santorum.  It is good that the eventual nominee is carrying the urban areas.  But to have a shot in beating Obama in November you have to carry all the rural areas as well.  And right now many Republican voters has problems voting for Romney mostly because of his faith and his policies.  And if it is a Romney versus Obama contest for the White House.  Will the people who do not like Romney vote for a third party candidate?  That will pretty much hand Obama a reelection.  Right now it looks like it will be two very rich guys slinging mud at each other for the White House.  And I wish it was not like that.

And boy I am happy today.  The verdicts in the Alabama bingo trial was just read.  And all the defendants were found NOT guilty.  Maybe this will help spur laws to allow gambling in Alabama.  More on this on my legislative roundup post.

Soul Train Founder Dead and Romney Win


Don Cornelius Found Dead:

Many people are in shock today that Don Cornelius was found dead this morning from an apparent gunshot wound to his head.  It is sad that he took his own life.  He helped to start Soul Train in the 1970′s and it changed television culture forever.  It helped to launch many music careers in the soul, R&B, and the hip-hop genres.  Singers like the Jackson 5, Prince, Elton John, Barry White, Aretha Franklin, and Marvin Gaye performed on Soul Train and it helped to further their careers.  And of course Soul Train was most famous for all the people dancing.  And the one thing in every Soul Train was the dance line.  Men and women dancing together in front of the camera and performing unique dance moves.

The dance line has made it into everyday culture today and you see them in many weddings and parties.  It is sad that Mr. Cornelius took his own life.  People that are thinking about suicide needs to reconsider.  Killing yourself will only hurt the people who love you.  So please re-consider taking your own life and talk to someone if you are thinking about committing suicide.  Rest in peace Mr. Cornelius and as the closing phrase on Soul Train would say.  And as always in parting, we wish you love, peace… and SOUL!

Big Romney Win in Florida:

No huge surprise that Mitt Romney won in Florida last night.  Over the last week he has performed much better in the debates and it meant he won big.  Newt Gingrich is still not out of this race.  Other conservative southern states will probably vote for Mr. Gingrich.  And for the other two Ron Paul and Rick Santorum.  They pretty much might as well drop out now and save some time and money.  Because unless something is uncovered that would severely damage the reputations of either Romney or Gingrich.  It is over for the bottom two candidates.  Did any of you catch Mitt Romney singing lately?

Here is the problem that Mr. Romney will be facing when he wins the Republican nomination.  A lot of people here in Alabama by just reading the comments online are saying that they do not like Romney or Obama.  They think they are both evil.  They are thinking that Mr. Romney is not conservative enough and will get beaten badly by Obama.  So Romney is going to have his work cut out for him trying to convince conservatives here in the Heart of Dixie he would be a good president to get this country back on track.  Good thing he has a lot of money because Obama is racking in the money right now for his re-election campaign.  One thing is for sure; this is going to be one nasty campaign for president.

The Iowa Caucus and CNN After Dark


Iowa Caucus

Well let me just say that I am not surprised at all in the results of the 2012 Iowa Caucus.  Over 120,000 votes were casted and the winner by just 8 votes is Mitt Romney.  But for most of the night the dark horse Rick Santorum was leading the pack and there was even a chance for Ron Paul to win the caucus.  Two of the candidates Michele Bachmann and Rick Perry are pretty much now out of the race and might as well go ahead and prepare their concession speeches.  And for Newt Gingrich he is now in attack mode against Romney.  He already has an attack ad going out the next morning in New Hampshire.  But you might as well go ahead and write Gingrich out of the race for president.  Ron Paul is very popular with the young crowd but he will go nowhere fast.  So it is down to two guys for the Republican nominee for president.  And at the end of the day I believe Romney will be that nominee.  And that will be a great battle for the White House.  And the caucus was won by only 8 votes!  That just tells everyone the importance to get out and vote.  Exercise your American right and go vote!

CNN After Dark

Give credit to CNN; they tracked down the officials in the one county where the Iowa results were missing.  And they predicted the winner before it became official.  But during the phone call to the officalls in Clinton County Iowa; we all got a good laugh.  Edith Pfeffer Clinton County GOP Chairwoman; and Carolyn Tallet, president of the Clinton County Republican Women.  Got a late night call from CNN.  My favorite quote “What do you mean the numbers don’t match?” made everyone’s night in the insane hour of 1AM central.  The best part was watching the anchors just stand there motionless and almost speechless.  But all of America got a great laugh out of it.

CNN called the two ladies back later in the night and all of the anchors had a good laugh.  My question is what was that anchor doing on the TV in the background?  Well because of that great moment in TV the topics #CNNafterdark and #Edith and #Carolyn are trending worldwide on Twitter.  And I think we will see more of Edith and Carolyn very soon.  This could be one of the best moments in CNN history.  How long do you think it will be before this becomes a SNL skit?  And CNN please start the show CNN After Dark.  I think many people would watch and it would give you better ratings.  Which CNN really needs right now.  I really love the new logo!