It seems as though everyone had something to celebrate from last night’s primaries (except of course, Ron Paul. Doubtless he had a moral victory). I watched most of the speeches last night, and these are the impressions they made on me:
- Newt Gingrich came across as a bulldog, but a bulldog that spent way too much time talking about the past. No one cares about 1994 right now. We know your record, that’s the only reason you’re in this thing at all. And making specific reference to your debate skills sounds like desperate resume-plumping (even if he managed a decent quip about Obama’s teleprompter).
- Santorum, speaking off the cuff, came across as sincere, but wandering. When Santorum is on, he speaks with great clarity about fundamental liberty and the looming tyranny of the Progressive Leviathan. But he needed the focus and passion of a Presidential candidate. Last night sounded more like the warm-up speech at a PAC dinner.
- I went to bed before I was done watching Romney’s speech, but what I saw was good, by the standards of the evening. He drew sharp contrasts between the President and himself, and made the hard sell of himself as the relief for working Americans. Santorum talked about this too, but Romney’s lines were polished, and for Romney, sincere. Best line of the night: “I say to these Americans, that you have not failed. I say that you have a President who has failed you.”
So what’s the upshot? There isn’t one. Romney grabbed more delegates but didn’t put either guy away. Santorum is prepared to go to the convention if need be, and Gingrich, with a win in Georgia and an endorsement from Sarah Palin, has what he needs to keep going.
Which means that . . .