Here are some of the stories we are watching in ‘The War Room’ today:
The votes are counted, the reviews are in – but has too much damage been done? While Mitt Romney may have squeaked out a victory in his “home” state, the level of vitriol displayed has GOP party leaders and pundits alike wondering if the Republicans can recover from the division that has been exposed in the base. Jim Rutenberg at the New York Times takes a look at the aftermath and the doubts that linger about the front-runners after yesterday’s brutal contest.
Washington’s caucus is up next this weekend. Joel Connelly at Seattle PI.com warns Romney not to take anything for granted, as the state has a “contrarian history” and that party activists are running the show.
Ohio is ground-zero in next week’s Super Tuesday showdown; Amy Gardner at the Washington Post sets the stage for us. Already the GOP candidates and their respective SuperPac billionaires have spent nearly $4 million in the state, and Democratic groups are joining the fun, too. Totals could exceed what was spent in Michigan, so, heads up, Buckeyes!
Sean Trende at Real Clear Politics has a nice breakdown on the upcoming contests, and comes to the conclusion that this race probably won’t wrap up until May or June. Will we see a brokered convention in the end?
A few notable retirements: Olympia Snowe rocked the establishment and made more than a few Democrats smile with her announcement that she would retire after this year, and today California’s David Drier made it official and said that he, too, was leaving Congress after a career that began way back in 1980.
And while we are on the subject of California, a new poll out today shows support for gay marriagehas jumped 7% in the last year, from 52% to 59%. Ahh, the sweet sound of progress.
By the way, revised figures show the economy grew at a 3% clip in the 4th quarter of 2011, as “companies rebuilt inventories in anticipation of growing demand.” OK, carry on…
Mitt Romney, man of the people. BuzzFeed has the director’s cut of Mitt visited a Jacksonville, Florida parade, where ” the former governor (told) a young baby he is wearing ‘bling-bling’ and a girl she should be a boy scout, to which she replies, ‘Why a boy scout?’ ”
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