After everything is done, here are my thoughts:

  1. Fred Thompson did not have a good weekend. His speech was ok, but in contrast to Mitt Romney and Mike Huckabee, it wasn’t so impressive. Lots of people were disappointed in hindsight.
  2. Mike Huckabee was a success in the room. He clearly won the straw poll, etc. He clearly won the speech. And he clearly won the day.
  3. Rudy Giuliani did much better than people expected. He probably didn’t win any primary votes, but he did a lot of work to solidify him in a general.

The news tomorrow is going to be that social conservatives are split. When the social conservative leaders meet tomorrow for their post-mortem, they will not be able to push people into supporting Romney.

The split continues. And Rudy is less unacceptable than people thought.

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eyeon08.com » What coulda been · October 22, 2007 at 2:38 PM

[…] One of the lessons that I learned early on in my political career, was that the vote was the 2nd most interesting thing that happens at a political event like a convention. There is always horse-trading before, but there is also horse-trading afterwards. People frame, spin, and negotiate what happened. And that is the most interesting thing. I speculated: When the social conservative leaders meet tomorrow for their post-mortem, they will not be able to push people into supporting Romney. […]

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