Alaska, Georgia, Idaho, Massachusetts, North Dakota, Ohio, Oklahoma, Tennessee, Vermont and Virginia will all have voters and caucus goers making their choice for the presidential nominee -- and we might have a clear look at who may become the GOP candidate.
Mitt Romney was doing all he could to avoid the embarrassment of losing his home state primary -- which he did but not by much.
Republicans leaders just can't seem to warm to Mitt and neither can voters. When a "hometown" boy barely pulls off a win, well that has to tell you something.
Romney seems detached from the lives of regular Americans. Growing up privileged he has two degrees from that elite academic bastion, Harvard, and his working life was at the highest levels of the country's financial sector. Which is why it probably wasn't a good thing after railing against the auto industry bailout that he put out as his "buy American" street cred that his wife drives two Cadillacs.
Part of his problem is probably the Mormon reticence. While Mormons must spend time doing missionary outreach, it's a pretty closed shop -- unlike Catholic or Protestant churches of many stripes, you don't just walk into a Mormon tabernacle and worship. There is a welcome sign out if you really want to become a Mormon but you won't see that sign posted outside the tabernacle as you do in front of many other houses of worship.
I think many voters like to think of their politicians as just like they are on some levels and I don't think many voters feel that way about Mitt.
Rick Santorum has his own issues, not the least of which is he thinks we should have a theocracy. Why he polls well with evangelicals remains a mystery to me since many of the more conservative Christian denominations have had a more hate than love relationship with the Roman Catholic Church. John F. Kennedy didn't make his speech about the separation of church and state because everybody was OK and on board with the idea of a Catholic becoming president.
And here sits Santorum saying religion, his religion, should be a major part of the governance of the country and that Kennedy's speech made him sick. Excuse me? Kennedy said his orders wouldn't come from the Vatican but Santorum seems to be saying what the Holy See suggests, he'll follow.
I just can't believe that he continues to do well and poll well given that attitude. It's one thing to feel God should be returned to the classroom and quite another that God should be running the whole show.
Super Tuesday will give us an opportunity to see how well two other candidates might fare. Ron Paul and Newt Gingrich both sat out Arizona and Michigan, but Paul is pushing in some of the Super Tuesday states and Gingrich is pushing hard in his home state of Georgia.
The voting tomorrow will provide dozens of delegates to the convention, many more than all the primaries and caucuses held so far. By tomorrow night, we'll all have a better glimpse at who the Republican nominee for president may be -- Mitt or Rick may be atop the heap or Republicans will again mix up the field by giving big wins to Newt or Ron.
Historic snow year?
Being a little ways away from the historic files on weather the News-Review keeps shouldn't keep me from noting that I can't remember any other winter that had so little snow over the course of November through April. The 50 inches or so of snow through the end of last week certainly is way low compared to normal (about 60 inches below at this time of the winter) and there is little time left to push the total higher.
Sure there will be more snow in March and some maybe at the start of April, but winter's back is broken and it's a bumpy slide to spring from here.
That's why it's so incredible the area's ski facilities can claim they've had a successful season even without Mother Nature cooperating.
Let's be pointed here: Boyne USA and Nub's Nob are truly the elite in Midwest skiing and snowmaking and, over the years, their efforts at developing and advancing the art of snowmaking made this season possible. It's pricey to make snow but without it this season would have been a total bust.
So hearty cheers to the snow crews at Nub's, the Highlands and the Mountain! You are the best, as this season surely attests.
Kendall P. Stanley is retired editor of the Petoskey News-Review. He can be contacted at email@example.com.