On Tuesday, March 10, 2012, Ex-Senator Rick Santorum officially suspended his presidential campaign, and opened up the door for Ex-Governor Mitt Romney to be the Republicans candidate for president. This was no surprise, because based on the numbers of primaries won, and the number of votes Governor Romney had accumulated, he would eventually had won the nomination.

Strategically, the Republican Party is ecstatic that Santorum suspended his campaign in April, and now they can focus their resources and message on beating the incumbent. This presidential election cycle will be fought on many different levels, and to start out it will be dirty and nasty. Integrity and truth will be thrown out the door, and emotion, anger, misrepresentation, and a negative spin will be put on the entire Obama administration.

Ex-Governor Romney will make it appear that President Obama is the worst president in the history of the country. There is nothing during his entire administration that was done right, and if the media says something was right, the president waited too long, and the Republicans were the reason it was done.

In this election cycle the Republicans have decided that they will not be out financed and outspent by the Democratic Party. The U.S. Supreme Court decided in 2010 that (PACs) political action committees can give unlimited financial contributions to political campaigns. The law states that the candidate should have no communication with super PACs that support their campaign.

Nevertheless, these super PACs are shoveling millions of dollars into negative advertising, and this election will be rotten to the core, and extremely dirty. The super PACs will do the dirty work for Romney, and to them it does not matter if the accusation is true or false. The goal is to build and create a negative story and get the voter angry and upset.

This will be a very close race, because Middle America is basically red or Republican and President Obama will be forced to defend his policies and his record on the economy. The survey from the Washington Post/ABC News showed 51% of Americans would choose President Obama if the election were held today, compared to 44% for Romney.

But this is the very beginning of the battle and the Republicans will not be playing fair. Romney knows that his troops at this point are very disorganized and many in his party are confused with his platform. As he begins to lay out his polices and plan for America, many independents will also agree with his talking points. The bottom line in this election is that Romney represents the old establishment, and conservative Americans taking back their country.

By taking back their country, the Republicans want the clock turned back, where white folks were in charge and they made the decisions. They interject code words and phrases such as following the constitution, but they forget that the country was built on the institution of slavery where Blacks were considered 3/5 of a person. In the constitution it said all men were created equal, but in reality it was never practiced.

President Obama has his work cut out for him, because many of the minorities and independents are sitting on the fence. Many Americans do not trust politicians and are refusing to vote in this year’s election. The laws also have been changed and many of the states are making it harder to register and vote.

I am sure that President Obama is ready for the battle, but I wonder if the Democratic troops are not tired and frustrated. This time around the youth, the minorities, the independents, and the women must be better organized. President Obama is depending on his troops, and we all must work a little longer, a little harder, and a little smarter.