(Roger Stone/The Stone Zone) – Running for the President of the United States is not a sprint; it’s a marathon. General Dwight Eisenhower said: “Plans are worthless but planning is indispensable.” Mitt Romney has meticulously planned his path to the White House. While his newest challenger Rick Santorum has been methodical, patient and hardworking, his campaign is still being run by the seat of his pants.
While Santorum’s sprint in Iowa is remarkable, it is highly questionable whether he – or any other conservative – has the organization and resources and has done the planning necessary for the marathon ahead. Romney has been running for president for six years and has planned all the way to the end. He has taken into account all the possible consequences, obstacles and twists of fortune that could reverse his hard work and give glory to others. By planning to the end, Romney will not be overwhelmed by circumstances and will know when he can stop. While it is possible for Santorum or Newt Gingrich to compete in New Hampshire and South Carolina with Ron Paul, the road ahead becomes problematic for them.
One cannot understate the importance of money in this process. Romney has husbanded his money wisely and he can finance a long slog for the nomination. In 2008, he put an amazing $55 million into his own campaign. Paul’s money will also continue to flow as it is “true believer” money. It is highly questionable whether any other campaign has the ability to compete simultaneously in multiple states after Florida.
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