Metropolitik: Smart money on Mitt Romney

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Florida is voting today and you know what that means: Broken hips and highway pileups. (‘Cause they’re old!) Of course, it also augurs more ominous tidings: A cornucopia of news articles — citing a vast array of polls, surveys and insider guesses — attempting to bypass the vote and just tell us who will be walking away from Florida a winner. This is ours.

Despite Gingrich’s surge in South Carolina, most polls have since shown Romney with a leg up in the Sunshine State, though just how high that leg goes has been highly volatile. Some pollsters have him way up — a 20-point advantage in one, 19 points in another — but others (one by InsiderAdvantage, for instance) put the gap in the mere single digits.

We’re sticking with our predictable prediction that Romney will win — though don’t let this affect your vote, Florida readers! — based on the numbers and also because we don’t think Gingrich, with his narrative of onerous marital infidelities, can pull the state. (‘Cause they’re old! You know, the
“chinos-wearing set”, as one GQ campaign reporter put it.) 

But don’t count your chickens just yet, America. Anything goes, and evidence suggests that Gingrich will stay in the race long after pandering to the Space Coast subsides.

GET FED

Because sometimes you’ve only got time to skim the headlines:
   
“Gingrich memo … looks ahead to Super Tuesday” The Daily Caller
“Newt May Be Mad and Mental Enough to Fight On Long After Florida” Daily Intel
“InsiderAdvantage Poll: Gingrich Surging, Race ‘Tighter Than Expected’” newsmax.com
“Florida is a tie-breaker but no game-ender”? CNN
“A glimmer of a glimmer” Legal Insurrection
“Another double-digit Florida lead for Romney”politico.com
“Could Newt Win Florida?” The Daily Beast

Bishops take politics to the people

“The Obama administration has cast aside the First Amendment to the Constitution of the United States, denying to Catholics our nation’s first and most fundamental freedom, that of religious liberty.”

excerpt from Letter read aloud (with regional variations) to churchgoers this weekend in thousands of U.S. parishes, regarding the new requirement for all employers to provide health insurance — including contraception coverage — to their employees. many catholics feel that this infringes upon their religious beliefs.



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