Reader David on Ames:
Subject: Ames Straw Poll Win was months ago!
Mitt’s big win at Ames didn’t happen on Saturday. It happened months earlier when Rudy and McCain chickened out. Imagine what would be happening to them today in the press if both had been there Saturday and lost. The press would be slaughtering them both at this very moment. That’s a risk you simply can’t take. Especiallly if you’re Rudy Giuliani, you CANNOT take that chance. So what do you do? The only strategy you can use to stay in the big game and that is back out. If they did a straw poll in South Carolina next Saturday do you think Rudy would pull out? No way, he sees a win there right now and would not withdraw.
The Forbes candidacy also goes to prove that you can’t buy the Ames straw poll. It you could buy the straw poll, Forbes would have done so. You must have a resonant message also. Romney proved message, organization and money—in that order, I believe.