GOP: EXCRUCIATING DETAILS
Exactly who loves Mitt Romney and Rick Santorum? Based on a sizable compilation of Republican voter data, Gallup analyst Lydia Saad says Mr. Romney generally has a fourpoint advantage in tracking polls, and enjoys “slight leads over Santorum among men, women, residents of the East and the South, and Republicans aged 55 and older. Romney has more substantial leads among moderate/liberal Republicans, those living in the West, voters aged 18 to 34, and those who attend church or another place of worship less than weekly.
“Santorum ties Romney among conservatives, voters aged 35 to 54, and those who attend a place of worship weekly. He leads Romney slightly in the Midwest. This is quite different from a month ago when Santorum had sizable leads in the Midwest and among the more conservative and religious segments of Republican voters.”
No word from, say, vegans, nurses, dirt bikers or Civil War re-enactors. Yet. Dog lovers? They’ve had a say of sorts in a new Public Policy Polling survey revealing that 55 percent of U.S. voters claim Mr. Romney’s admission that he once put his dog Seamus in a crate atop the family station wagon would not influence their vote. Alas, asked whether President Obama or Mr. Romney would make a “better president for dogs,” Mr. Obama won, 37 percent to 21 percent. monikers may reflect personality. Javelin could be a reference to the 1960s muscle car of the same name made by American Motors Corp., the company once run by papa George Romney, Mr. Ambinder observes. Petrus is a biblical allusion — as in St. Peter, the first pope.
Are code names an apt indicator? Maybe. A few examples from past decades. Among former presidents: General ( Harry S. Truman), Scorecard ( Dwight D. Eisenhower), Lancer ( John F. Kennedy), Searchlight ( Richard M. Nixon), Deacon ( Jimmy Carter) Rawhide ( Ronald Reagan), Timberwolf ( George H.W. Bush), Eagle ( Bill Clinton) Trailblazer ( George W. Bush) and Renegade ( President Obama).
Incidentally, former vice presidents Al Gore went by Sundance while Dick Cheney opted for Angler. And among first ladies: Starlight ( Pat Nixon), Pinafore ( Betty Ford), Dancer ( Rosalynn Carter), Rainbow ( Nancy Reagan), Tranquility ( Barbara Bush), Evergreen ( Hillary Rodham Clinton), Tempo ( Laura Bush) and Renaissance ( Michelle Obama). and not report on or photograph the girls when they are not with their parents,” Ms. Schake said.
The Secret Service code name for President Reagan was “Rawhide.” Those who warrant such protection typically are allowed to choose their names.