Quick Observations on the New Hampshire Primary

1. The turnout was lower than in 2008 and almost half of the voters in the Republican primary were independents.  That shows, of course, an unexpected lack of enthusiasm among Republicans.  They have to hope the enthusiasm is still there for defeating the president, and the problem is the uninspiring cast of candidates.


2. Romney won decisively but nobody thinks he did really well. 

3. But most of the rest of the vote went to Paul and Huntsmanwho aren't serious challengers for the nomination.  That's great news for Romney.  So he made great progress toward being nominated without really doing very well.

4. Paul did well and a bit better than expected because the turnout was low and almost half the voters were independents.  He didn't do well among actual Republicans, and there won't be another state soon where his situation is so favorable.  Don't forget he still lost!

5. Huntsman can't do a darn thing with his little better than unimpressive showing, except maybe wait for 2016.

6. Gingrich and Santorum, Romney's most formidable challengers, did a bit worse than expected (and not much was expected) but not badly enough to drop out.  Neither picked up any momentum, and Santorum lost some.  It's not clear at all which of them is now the most credible alternative to Romney.

7. So both Santorum and Gingrich go on to South Carolina wounded but not quite in critical condition.  They'll probably split the anti-Romney majority of the vote in SC down the middle.

8. That means Romney, once again, might well not do very well but still come in first and make more huge progress toward the nomination.

9.  Santorum made the point that Romney is like Dole and McCain.  In the cases of Dole and McCain, an old guy got nominated because he had lost before and now it seemed to be his turn. Santorum's advice:  Don't nominate another loser for that lame reason.

10. Some (like me) have been saying that 2012 would be different.  Flip-floppy Romney won't get the nomination because of the ideological enthusiasm of the Tea Party voters.

11. But it turns out the Tea Party has lacked a credible candidate, and so 2012 is likely not going be so different after all.

LinkedIn meets Tinder in this mindful networking app

Swipe right to make the connections that could change your career.

Getty Images
Sponsored
Swipe right. Match. Meet over coffee or set up a call.

No, we aren't talking about Tinder. Introducing Shapr, a free app that helps people with synergistic professional goals and skill sets easily meet and collaborate.

Keep reading Show less

What’s behind our appetite for self-destruction?

Is it "perverseness," the "death drive," or something else?

Photo by Brad Neathery on Unsplash
Mind & Brain

Each new year, people vow to put an end to self-destructive habits like smoking, overeating or overspending.

Keep reading Show less

Can the keto diet help treat depression? Here’s what the science says so far

A growing body of research shows promising signs that the keto diet might be able to improve mental health.

Photo: Public Domain
Mind & Brain
  • The keto diet is known to be an effective tool for weight loss, however its effects on mental health remain largely unclear.
  • Recent studies suggests that the keto diet might be an effective tool for treating depression, and clearing up so-called "brain fog," though scientists caution more research is necessary before it can be recommended as a treatment.
  • Any experiments with the keto diet are best done in conjunction with a doctor, considering some people face problems when transitioning to the low-carb diet.
Keep reading Show less

Douglas Rushkoff – It’s not the technology’s fault

It's up to us humans to re-humanize our world. An economy that prioritizes growth and profits over humanity has led to digital platforms that "strip the topsoil" of human behavior, whole industries, and the planet, giving less and less back. And only we can save us.

Think Again Podcasts
  • It's an all-hands-on-deck moment in the arc of civilization.
  • Everyone has a choice: Do you want to try to earn enough money to insulate yourself from the world you're creating— or do you want to make the world a place you don't have to insulate yourself from?
Keep reading Show less