More good news for Mitt Romney. After a tie with Rick Santorum in Iowa, Romney wins big in his own back yard, New Hampshire.
Note that both Iowa and New Hampshire are Obama states: New Hampshire went for Obama by 10 percentage points in November '08, and Iowa went for Obama by almost the same margin.
Reflecting a bit further back in recent history, you probably remember that the winner of Iowa's caucuses failed to win the GOP nomination in 2008. New Hampshire, however, was successful in launching McCain's ill-fated bid for the White House.
I hope the folks in New Hampshire and Iowa have experienced some kind of enlightenment in the last four years.
More (potential) good news for bonny Prince Mitt: Five of the next six GOP contests will be in Obama territory. The next six elections will be in South Carolina, Florida, Nevada, Maine, Colorado and Minnesota. Of those states, only South Carolina rejected Obama in the general election in 2008.
Even more good news for Romney: Three of the next six contests will be held in Romney states. Nevada, Maine and Minnesota all went for Mitt over McCain in 2008.
Yes, following in John McCain's footsteps, Mitt Romney appears to be the man whose turn it is.
Who can blame the Republican party for choosing Mitt? With the technocratic warmth of Mike Dukakis, the home field advantage of Al Gore, the aristocratic appeal of John Kerry — and the progressive instincts of all of the above — Mitt Romney is a no-brainer.