Sunday, January 22, 2012

'An Utter Repudiation of Romney'

Again, with the massive outpouring of analysis, combined with the conference championships today, I didn't even attempt to wade through all the perspectives. Memeorandum still has the South Carolina news at the top of the page. An especially devastating take is from Sean Trende at RealClearPolitics, "Three Takeaways From South Carolina":
This vote was an utter repudiation of Romney, and it absolutely will be repeated in state after state if something doesn’t change the basic dynamic of the race. It is true that Gingrich doesn’t have funds or organization, but he gets a ton of free media from the debates, and he has an electorate that simply wants someone other than Romney.

That’s not to say that Romney’s money and organization don’t give him advantages -- they do. He remains the GOP front-runner, in my view, because it isn’t clear how well Gingrich can survive the long haul. But there’s a not-insubstantial chance, call it 35 percent, that Romney won’t be the nominee.

And here's George Will on "This Week":

Plus, John Hawkins has an excellent analysis, "Newt Vs. Mitt After South Carolina: What The Inside The Beltway Crowd Misses."