Super Tuesday Reveals Absolutely Nothing


YAWN! Super Tuesday turns out to be not so super.

Matt Brownsword

YAWN! Super Tuesday turns out to be not so super.

Getting pumped for the big game can involve a nervous gym trip to lift some small weights to build up as much strength as possible before the game. Apparently, in politics, that routine can be similar: Rick Santorum said he was “pumping a little iron” to get ready for Super Tuesday, arguably the most important day in presidential politics.

Mitt Romney won six states—Idaho, Vermont, Massachusetts, Alaska, Virginia and Ohio. Only Romney and Ron Paul were on the ballot in Virginia, which is an automatic win for a million-dollar campaign. Romney was governor of Massachusetts and Vermont is largely democratic—a demographic Romney has carried thus far. Only Ron Paul consistently campaigned in Idaho and Alaska, two relatively unimportant states. Ohio was labelled prior to Super Tuesday as the most important state, and Romney’s win looks good for the general election; however, since he and Santorum were close in the delegate count, the win was considered marginal.

Santorum won three states—North Dakota, Tennessee, and Oklahoma—solidifying his the anti-Romney sentiment among the Midwest and the South, where there are a greater number of evangelicals. Newt Gingrich won Georgia, his home state, continuing the trend of candidates winning their home states (Mitt Romney’s three for three). Ron Paul did not achieve a victory, but continued his message of libery, the constitution, and getting delegates as marginally as humanly possible.

So what did we learn on this ‘super’ day of politics? What new information was outlined by this massive day in politics? Nothing. According to CNN’s delegate count, Romney increased his lead (404) over Santorum (165), Gingrich (106), and Paul (66).

But nothing new was evident. Santorum and Gingrich continued the anti-Romney evangelical vote—shown previously by Iowa, Missouri, Minnesota, and South Carolina—Romney showed he can carry his home states, largely demoratic states, and states that he can outspend his opponents; and Ron Paul continued to not win states and be very enthusiastic about the Constitution.

So Super Tuesday was not so super. Imagine the Super Bowl—all the hype, pregame coverage, and speculaton—went into triple overtime, into the early hours of the morning, only to have the game determined inconclusive and six more weeks of football had to be played. Santorum might get tired of all that pumping iron: there’s a long way to go.