Why Mitt Romney Should Welcome A South Carolina Primary Defeat

The casual political observer might think that Romney's quick-strike Republican nomination grab would leave him well positioned for a tight general election battle with President Obama. Unfortunately Mitt Romney is a little like Tim Robbins's character Ebby Calvin "Nuke" LaLoosh in Bull Durham —his curve ball is hanging and his campaign doesn't seem to realize it or has yet to figure out how to fix it.

I agree with former Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin's call to support Newt Gingrich in the South Carolina primary so that we can "keep this thing going." While Romney is nearly assured of winning his party's nomination, the former Massachusetts governor needs a little more seasoning in the minors before he is ready for the show.

Read more from Ford O'Connell at U.S. News & World Report

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published this page in In The News 2012-01-19 14:22:00 -0500
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