Gail Collins ricorda per l’ennesima volta che Mitt Romney andò in Canada in auto dimenticandosi l’irish setter di famiglia sul tetto dell’auto. Il tutto per suggerire ai repubblicani del New Hampshire di mettere  ”Seamus” (il nome del povero setter) sulla scheda elettorale.

Did I ever mention that Romney once drove to Canada with the family Irish setter strapped to the roof of the car? The dog’s name was Seamus. New Hampshire Republicans, if you can’t think of anybody to vote for on Tuesday, consider writing in the name Seamus when you go to the polls. Maybe we can start a boomlet.

Intanto però Romney si gode l’endorsement di John McCain (che pare sia stata dato molto controvoglia, però) e quello di Karl Rove. Rick Santorum, poi, si gode il suo momento di gloria. Anche se il candidato in testa, e, praticamente la nomination inevitabile per i repubblicani, resta Romney come spiega molto bene Jacob Weisberg sul Financial Times. Anche perché l’incolore Mitt è l’unico che possa veramente battere Barack Obama.

The Tea Party has clearly nudged the centre of politics to the right but the notion that it stood for something new on the right has all but dissolved in favour of a familiar range of radical, not really conservative tendencies. Iowa clarifies this factionalism by presenting it in exaggerated form. There is radical libertarianism, represented by Ron Paul. There is theocratic moralism, offered in evangelical Protestant flavours by Ms Bachmann and Mr Perry and in a Catholic version by Mr Santorum. There is the idea of ideas-based politics, represented by Mr Gingrich. When these alternatives fall by the wayside, what will remain is the attempt to actually win a national election, represented by Mr Romney.

New York Times, Wal Street Journal, Financial Times