Well, the "votes" are in, and it looks like Governor Romney won a close one in Iowa over Senator Santorum,. Santorum ran a classic insurgency campaign, and he did it superbly. Iowa is tailor-made to produce someone like him, and it did not disappoint.
Trouble is, he doesn't scale up. Watch what happens in New Hampshire.
What truly surprised me was that Ron Paul didn't do better. I was certain he'd win. Coming in third does not bode well for he of ill-fitting suits.
Rick Perry is toast, as is Michele Bachman. Newt appears to be getting fired up for a scorched earth run, but he simply doesn't have the money to pull it off (being negative costs money).
No friends, things are looking mighty good for Governor Romney. I know, I know--some of you will cry "he only got 25% of the vote". Yes, but he did that in Iowa, which showed its colors by delivering second place to Santorum. "He got fewer votes this time than last time in Iowa". Yes, that's true. But last time, he was the "conservative candidate". He's moved to the right since. Iowa moved farther and faster. "But CW, it is a weak field". Perhaps, but what made it that way? The weakness of Chris Cristie, Mitch Daniels, Jeb Bush, Paul Ryan, Marco Rubio and every other White Knight who considered Barack Obama unbeatable and decided to sit this one out. Romney never wavered, he soldiers on. And he will win.
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