A check of who is endorsing who helps to identify deeper ideological differences between the candidates.
While there is an exception or two, governors and moderates tend to endorse Romney and conservatives and Tea Party folks tend to endorse Gingrich.
Here is a sampling of who has endorsed who so far…
Rick Perry, Texas Governor
Bob McDonnel, Virginia Governor
Nikki Haley, South Carolina Governor
Bill Haslam, Tennessee Governor
What does this tell us about the candidates? Let’s see what we can learn from this.
The most obvious, Governors gravitate toward former governors.
John Bolton is an interesting case. His endorsement is odd because of Romney's weak stance on Islam compared to Gingrich’s. But then again this may be understandable since Bolton was an advisor to Bush when Bush claimed Islam was a “religion of peace.” Bush received some pretty poor advice. I suspect Bolton has some antipathy toward Gingrich since earlier Gingrich said he would like Bolton as his Secretary of State, although this could have been an endorsement bribe.
This list, or an expanded version of it, may be a good guide to who you may want to vote for. Which endorsers do you most respect?
I have a great deal of respect for Chuck Norris, Michael Reagan, Sarah Palin, and Frank Gaffney. Gaffney in particular has one of the clearest understandings of Islam, even to the extent that he has been labeled an Islamophobe by the Soros-funded far left. That is a good thing. From what I’ve learned from Romney’s national security advisors, I would rather have Frank Gaffney advise Gingrich than Walid Phares advise Romney.