If you understand math, of which I am decidedly challenged
at, only one of the remaining Republican candidates for
president can achieve the magic number of 1,144 delegates
and secure the nomination outright.
That person is Mitt Romney and no amount of Alabama and
North Dakota primaries can change this. So why are
Santorum, Gingrich and Paul still in the race?
Besides the obvious ego boost candidates receive from the
media attention, there is a power game going on behind the
scenes. Imagine being Rick or Newt and while you collect
delegates here and there, you know you will never
gain enough to win. What you are doing is forcing Mitt
Romney — and the RNC by default — to listen to you and
take your issues seriously.
Good luck getting the politics out of politics, but this
is exactly the game being played in Washington, D.C. and
all 50 states on a daily basis. “What’s in it for me” is
the prevailing sentiment and, while it may not be obvious
to us, the remaining candidates not named Romney are
maneuvering behind the scenes to secure power and
influence for themselves.
So are they holding out in an effort to better represent
those who voted for them, or just looking ahead to their
next paying job?
How much can I make as a lobbyist again?