Wednesday, January 04, 2012

The winner of the Iowa Caucuses is...(10x UPDATED)

10th UPDATE: 12:50 a.m. EST: A fascinating contrast tonight between the two men who finished first and second in the Iowa Caucuses.

Rick Santorum spoke passionately. Mitt Romney spoke matter of factly.

Rick Santorum delivered energy and hope. Mitt Romney delivered a bag of goods.

Rick Santorum spoke from the heart. Mitt Romney spoke from the head.

There is a contrast for voters to consider.

9th UPDATE: 12:46 a.m. EST: Mr. Santorum suggested a few minutes ago that the critical issue in the 2012 presidential race is freedom. Mr. Romney drew a slightly different theme: "the soul of America," as he called it. Not much difference there, and no need to quibble about who is more or less correct.

8th UPDATE: 12:42 a.m. EST: Mr. Romney has opted to use this speech as a mirror of his campaign stops -- focus on what he believes President Obama has done wrong and how he can turn America on the right track.

Mr. Romney railed against Mr. Obama for failing to rein in Iran's nuclear ambitions, running up the deficit and being unable to create jobs.

7th UPDATE: 12:40 a.m. EST: Mr. Romney begins by saying the Iowa Caucuses was a victory for Rick Santorum and for him.

6th UPDATE: 12:35 a.m. EST: Mr. Santorum opted to take a very positive approach to his message.  His closing line "People ask me 'what motivates me?' The dignity of every human life" will be a take away line for many voters in Iowa and elsewhere across the country. 

We await to see if Mitt Romney takes a similar approach.

5th UPDATE: 12:31 a.m. EST:  Mr. Santorum acknowledges "an incredible journey" through Iowa.

4th UPDATE: 12:25 a.m. EST: Mr. Santorum's discussion about his father, his Italian ancestry and his middle-class roots could play well in New Hampshire.

And Mr. Santorum opened the door to criticizing Mitt Romney: "What wins in America are bold ideas, sharp contrasts and ideas that involve everyone."

No doubt that Mr. Santorum now believes he can win.

3rd UPDATE: 12:24 a.m. EST: Mr. Santorum: "The essential issue in this race is freedom."

2nd UPDATE: 12:18 a.m. EST: Rick santorum -- who definitely will not be dropping out of the Republican presidential race -- addresses his supporters. In doing so, he is speaking BEFORE Mitt Romney. We'll find out soon if that means Mr. Romney has won the Iowa Caucuses.

1st UPDATE: 12:05 a.m. EST: This has been a fascinating evening. Our society -- lusting after the latest, immediate, quickest and non-sustainable it -- has gotten a lesson from Iowa on taking time to make a decision.

Yes, the polls suggested that the winner of the Iowa Caucuses was not going to be easily determined, but I doubt that any political observer expected that the calendar would flip from Tuesday to Wednesday and the winner wouldn't be determined.

Yes, an argument could be made that no matter if he narrowly wins or narrowly loses, former Pennsylvania senator Rick Santorum has won. Less than 10 days ago, he was far behind in the polls. He looked like a politician who would be down and out after the voters in Iowa had their say.

To borrow a cliche, well, take a look at him now.

ORIGINAL POST:...uh, we're still waiting.

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