Romney? Paul? Santorum?
The Iowa and New Hampshire fight for the Republican nomination has been fascinating to watch, and certainty tens of millions of dollars have been spent and tens of thousands of volunteer hours have been expended choosing a nominee to date, but what political message are we to take from all of this?
First, the candidates continue to fight for the mantle of most conservative on fiscal matters. Thus, the Tea Party message continues to resound. We know from history that getting politicians to govern as fiscal conservatives is entirely another challenge, but the Republican mandate is crystal clear.
Second, we consistently hear a yearning among Republican voters for the chance to coalesce around a nominee to defeat President Obama and lead a ticket that will also capture the U.S. Senate and hold the U.S. House of Representatives.
So, let the battle proceed, let a R3VOLution rein, but let us keep our eye on the prize in November.