I predicted this back on December 16:
“Romney’s frontrunner status is a mirage in a GOP desert. Although his level of support remains steady,three-quarters of Republican voters oppose him. Romney is the least flawed candidate in an incredible field of jokers.
Rick Santorum and Ron Paul continue to stand out as true believers in the conservative and libertarian Gospels, respectively. I expect both to surprise Iowa and the nation. Santorum may then be positioned to pull off an upset in South Carolina.”
Tonight, 3 out of 4 Iowa Republicans rejected Mitt Romney, his money, his Super PAC, and his platform. Like Lucy, he’s “got some ‘splaining to do.”
Tonight is neither an omen nor a strong showing; it’s a revelation. Romney is not the “chosen one,” much less the inevitable nominee.
His standing in the national polls may erode along with his self-confidence. And his easygoing facade will give way to his strong will to do and to say anything to win.
As I wrote last month,the Anybody But Mitt primary was won by Santorum but this nomination fight will continue into Tampa in August.
Michael Benjamin
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