… “That means that for all intents and purposes, Iowa now looks like it is in the process of getting reduced to a Huckabee vs. Romney contest, with the winner getting the pole position to become the alternative to Giuliani or McCain” writes Steven Stark for The Real Clear Politics blog in a post titled Is Iowa Getting Reduced to a Romney-Huckabee Race?

… Someone may try to sneak into the state (but again, how do you do that in the current environment?), but the better strategy now might be for the others simply to write it off and head elsewhere. If all Romney does is beat Huckabee in Iowa, what kind of bounce will he get out of that? … etc.

Note how Romney’s rivals divide their labor. Hackabee in Iowa; McCain in NH where he won a primarly contest in 2000; and Giuliani in MI and SC where he only needs to maintain respectable numbers. Conclusion: Romney is about to get swarmed. See:

This is how we answer the question Sidoti posed: how will Romney foes cope with Romney’s cash?

Sidoti: Romney has “already has dumped $17.5 million of his own money into his bid and could spend boatloads more to rack up wins in a squeezed primary schedule”

Swarm tactics. The Republican version of what Clinton famously called the “politics of the pile-on.”

yours &c.
dr. g.d.

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