A: It doesn’t matter.
On the GOP side, it has become the “first names” campaign –Fred, Mitt, Newt and Rudy. Senator McCain may hang around through Iowa and New Hampshire, but there’s nothing as over as Christmas and a front-runner’s campaign gone flat.
U.S. News sends this valentine to Mitt Romney:
What his adversaries don’t seem to realize is that Romney has, in his typically methodical way, constructed a fundraising network like no other. It is based on seven pillars: fellow Mormons, a very cohesive and affluent constituency; fellow Harvard graduates who want to see him succeed; Michigan contributors who fondly recall his father (the state’s former governor); admirers from the business world, where Romney made a fortune; associates from his successful stint as president and CEO of the Salt Lake City Olympic organizing committee; backers from Massachusetts; and traditional GOP donors he impressed as chairman of the Republican Governors’ Association.
The report missed a couple of pillars, but you can add the folks suddenly aware that they aren’t on the fast train, and who are rushing to MittRomney.com to get their ticket date-stamped.