Romney's narrow eight-vote victory over former Senator Rick Santorum was a small step backwards among Iowa voters after four years of courtship and campaigning.
Gingrich has failed to capitalize on his late-year bump -- because he failed to nurture a solid base among real people, and our social media data shows it.
It is time to turn America's chaotic primary system back into something that makes sense. It is time America produces an election process that brings out the best and most centrist candidates for the nation's highest office.
A pro-life, pro-second-amendment fiscal conservative with a strong record in foreign policy and in the private sector, Huntsman is surely the candidate that Republicans have been looking for yet don't seem to want to find.
Ron Paul is likely to win the Iowa Republican caucuses next week. What can that possibly mean?
Perhaps we should all ask ourselves which heavenly deity ordained that "Iowa Shalt Forever and Always be First Amongst the People."
The most striking aspect of this primary season has not been the search by many conservative voters for an alternative to Mitt Romney. Rather, the main story of the Republican primary season has been that the race has been extraordinarily uncompetitive.
If Gingrich isn't conservative enough, then what? Or, rather, who? Rick Perry is more theocrat than Teabagger. Michele Bachmann probably qualifies, but she's an also-ran at this point. So who else could there be? Ah, yes, Papa Paul.
Like Reagan, and unlike Mitt Romney and Newt Gingrich, there is a linear consistency to Huntsman's life, philosophy, career and achievements.
One month out, I have no idea what will happen in Iowa. Neither does anyone else, really. But I certainly can see the possibility of a big Ron Paul surge, especially if he places either first or second in Iowa. That alone would shake the race up considerably.
Iowa is a very, very strange place. They grow corn and presidents and the crops are inconsistent in terms of quality. And there are dynamics that can help Rick Perry.
"Mitt, it's nearly 11:30 and I need to start making your lunch." "Thanks, my dearest, but I think I'll have lunch at noon." "But you always have lun...
Let's take a closer look at the first two primary states, as the electorate in Iowa and New Hampshire isn't quite the same as the national GOP primary base.
The people who manage Rick Perry's communications are really, really bad. Because of their aggregate incompetence, Perry is digging out of a policy hole that makes him look like that hiker in the Utah badlands who had to saw off his arm to survive. Perry has the same challenge.
The Republican National Committee has valiantly tried to lay down the law for the Republican primary season. Their plan will (one way or another) be somewhat of a radical change for the party.