Eleven months out of the next Presidential election, the latest Rasmussen poll has GOP contender Mitt Romney opening up a six point lead over Barack Obama for the highest office in the land. This is considered a major sea change in the race as earlier in the week pollsters and pundits were reporting that Obama's approval numbers were surging to the upper 40's. It also shows that the polls don't mean squat, as up to this point not a single vote has been cast for any candidate. Hell, Newt Gingrich led Mitt Romney 38% - 17% on December 1st! Less than a month ago!
It is less than a week before the Iowa caucuses, which are insignificant in the grand scheme of the primary season (Just ask Mike Huckabee, Tom Harkin and Dick Gephardt who all won IA), as are the New Hampshire primaries (though less so - John McCain won the 2000 NH GOP primary). The bottom line is this: Vote for the candidate who most closely aligns with your ideology and beliefs. This is what the primary season is for. The media has already pre-ordained Romney as the winner, and he may win the nomination. We don't know. Do the media and all of the pundits share your values, beliefs, and values? No. Then why do so many give up on their candidates because the an article in the paper, or that Brian Williams reports that only this or that candidate has a chance of winning? It doesn't matter who wins the GOP nomination - Romney, Paul, Bachmann, Perry, et al. Whoever it is, the media are going to try to destroy that candidate when they get the nomination, because the media's "job", in their minds, is to get Barack Obama reelected.
Go out and vote your values in the primaries, not the media's.
2012 Presidential Matchups Election 2012: Romney 45%, Obama 39%
Thursday, December 29, 2011
Mitt Romney has now jumped to his biggest lead ever over President Obama in a hypothetical Election 2012 matchup. It’s also the biggest lead a named Republican candidate has held over the incumbent in Rasmussen Reports surveying to date.
The latest national telephone survey finds that 45% of Likely U.S. Voters favor the former Massachusetts governor, while 39% prefer the president. Ten percent (10%) like some other candidate in the race, and six percent (6%) are undecided. (To see survey question wording,click here.)