After Iowa the Republicans proved that words, much like bullets, can kill – literally.


(Lea versión en español / Read Spanish Version: ¿Puede Rick Santorum llegar hasta noviembre?)

Newt Gingrich called his fellow Republican Party Presidential Candidate Mitt Romney "a Liar!".

On national TV, and also Point blank.

Romney, had already wounded Gingrich, shooting directly at his chest: Mr. "Perfect", said Mr. Romney, had the not so edifying habit of showing up for each campaign with a "different wife". (Ouch!)

Ron Paul, perhaps the most civil mouth of the 'Republican Gang', has already run his little machine gun in every direction, peppering everybody with verbal snippets that hurt like thorns sinking in.

Michele Bachmann didn't stop her shot-gun mouth, even trying parting shots, after her Iowa's defeat put her in retreat mode. Calling it finally quits, she finally left the exacting race, but still screaming like a Bird of the Night.

Our own Rick Santorum, from our State of Pennsylvania, commands a verbal power comparable to a long-range missile. 

Fully using it, here in PA, he meteorically ascended to Political Power back in the 90's, becoming US House of Representative at the tender age of 32, and subsequently a US Senator at the age of 36, one of the youngest US Senators our State, and the country, ever had. Compare that to Obama, for example, the Democrats' Golden Boy, who didn't make it to the US Congress until he was 44.

Today, 17 years after his arrival in the US Senate, and way more sophisticated after his known verbal lapses, Santorum can bombard, and scare with his unpredictable rethoric, anybody who may cross the way of this, sort of tall Ceasar, the best ever produced in Winchester, Virginia, small Southern town where this devout Catholic was born.

In our book, he is today the unofficial front runner in this brotherly feud among Republican-- one in which, true to the known GOP tradition, we saw them fighting like vandals, killing each other with ease, before moving on quickly-- as soon as they finish "eating their own dead," as they sometimes  describe themselves. 

Iowa, where only 5% of the registered Republican voters bothered to go to the polls, is over. Although it may look like a "massacre", it as simply an American politics at its best.

While in other countries the ideological and partisan contests are settled by deadly "bullets", here we must recognize that we only get hurt by words, which we always have the option of fully forgiving. 

Now on to New Hampshire, on to the other 48 States, some really not counting at all, and some others --like PA, OH, NY, CA, TX and FL-- practically defining who the opponent of President Obama is going to be.

Is it Mr. Santorum, the Catholic stalwart, or is it Mr. Romney, the stern Mormon Entrepreneur?

With Gingrich probably fading away, burning himself in the pit of his own verbal dexterity, the Republican one-to-one Race seems to be now locked: 

Two Gladiators, Mr. Romney and Mr. Santorum, standing over 2 different religious affiliations, good at all the weapons allowed in this Modern Age Arena, where, like in World of TV Wrestling, "Everything Goes…"

This is not dispute in a Civil Court, where the parties focus only on making the best arguments to win the case. No, here they attack the person itself, and won't stop fighting until they obliterate completely that opponent. 

In other words, Victory is not enough... 

A "Gusto for the Jugular", stronger at the final rounds, overpowers the fighters.

These two gladiators, Santorum and Romney, for sure, will leave the coliseum over shoulders: 

One carried away, vertically, in Victory March…

The other, more quietly, will leave in, yes, horizontal position, still over his followers' proud shoulders.

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