It’s rather strange at first glance that Romney did really well in caucuses in the 2008 elections, but he lost last night in those very states that he won in 2008. What happened?
Well in 2008, everyone bought into the idea that Romney was more “conservative” than McCain. Now everyone (except me) buys into the idea that Romney is the least “conservative” candidate. All of the single-issue anti-abortion voters are coming out to vote against Romney, and now Santorum is the not-Romney flavor of the week.
I feel really bad that caucus voters are rejecting the smartest Republican to run for president in recent memory. Santorum just doesn’t strike me as being that smart; he’s probably smarter than Perry, but not up there in the brains department with Newt or Romney. I previously pointed out that Republicans are the party of stupid and caucus voters are unfortunately striving to prove me right.
The good news for Romney is that Gingrich seems out of the picture.