Iowa’s Ames straw poll is this Saturday, and the suspense is not in who is going to win. Since most of the top-tier candidates have chosen not to participate, Mitt Romney will walk away with it. Politico’s Jonathan Martin highlights the Romney campaign’s intense battle against high expectations.
Meanwhile, the Denver Post spotlights Colorado’s own Tom Tancredo – they may be cheering for him to beat out the slew of other also-rans for second place. Not necessarily from partisan or philosophical motives, but more from the desire to extend news coverage of the Congressman’s campaign as long as possible before its inevitable demise.
Without any special inside information from Iowa, but as one who follows the political news fairly closely, I believe the Tancredo team may be looking more realistically for a fourth-place finish behind former Arkansas Gov. Mike Huckabee and Kansas Sen. Sam Brownback.
Of greater import, if Tancredo edges out Ron Paul, it might signal a quicker end to the Texan’s quixotic campaign. What about Tommy Thompson, you say? Well, there’s … ZZZZZZZ.