Even viewed through the most favorable lens, Romney's Iowa victory was too close for comfort -- ensuring that the field will remain somewhat competitive at least through South Carolina. Yet there is a strong case that a protracted primary actually helps his chances in November.
As a person who has voted for the Democratic nominee for president my entire adult life the one Republican I would seriously consider voting for in 2012 is Mitt Romney.
You know it's a tough road ahead when you don't receive the traditional bounce from winning Iowa. One narrative that vanished overnight is that Romney won a state where, until recently, he wasn't even competitive in.
It is time to end this "tradition" of Iowa voting first in presidential elections in form of caucuses followed a week later by the New Hampshire primary.
It is unclear whether conservative Santorum's strong showing in Iowa will be enough to propel him into the lead. But many conservatives note that three-quarters of Iowa caucus goers did not vote for Romney, the party's presumed front-runner.
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.