• Rick Santorum Sweep Confirms Pundits Just Making Stuff Up

    Add the zero delegates Rick Santorum earned during last night's victory in the nonbinding Colorado precinct caucuses with the zero delegates he earned by winning Minnesota's nonbinding precinct caucuses and Rick Santorum is still just Rick Santorum.

    But add the zero delegates awarded in Missouri's "beauty contest" primary, which unlike Minnesota's and Colorado's caucuses will have no effect on eventual delegate allocation, and Rick Santorum is one sweater-vested beauty queen

    With his triumphs, Mr. Santorum was also suddenly presenting new competition to Newt Gingrich as the chief alternative to Mr. Romney, the front-runner. Where Mr. Gingrich has won one state, South Carolina, Mr. Santorum has now won four, including Iowa…

    The results on Tuesday shook the political world, which appeared to once again make the mistake of believing the Republican race for the presidency was finally set on a stable trajectory. But it was an open question whether the defeats were a momentary embarrassment or a prolonged setback for Mr. Romney.

    It's a sad day in America when Donald Trump's endorsement doesn't even guarantee a win in a beauty pageant.  In fact, Romney failed to win a single county in Missouri or Minnesota, further evidence of the reverse Trump bump elucidated by my colleague Dennis.

    Of course the real import of last night's results is in the "momentum." First, Mitt Romney is declared the presumptive winner after garnering less than 100 of the  1,114 pledged delegates needed to win the Republican nomination. Then, Santorum's triumph in nonbinding caucuses is described as shaking the political consensus created by the same analysts who had proclaimed Romney's inevitability. And so it goes — you say potato, I say potahto. You say "narrative," I say "media circle jerk."

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    Tags: Colorado, Donald Trump, Minnesota, Missouri, Mitt Romney, Primaries, Republicans, Rick Santorum

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