The fallout in Iowa leaves Romney and Santorum grinning, Gingrich screaming, Bachmann exiting and Perry hanging on

Well, they finally kicked off the Republican primary season last night in Iowa and it was, to say the least, a tad more interesting than watching a guy put up drywall.
Mitt Romney, who basically ignored Iowa until crunch time and even skipped the Ames straw poll, won by a mere eight votes (do you believe they count the ballots by hand? … no margin for error there, LOL) over the rampaging Rick Santorum.
Santorum, in contrast, poured enormous resources into the state and we shall see if he can carry his momentum on to New Hampshire.
Ron Paul, a rock star to younger voters even though he was born the year the Chinese invented fireworks, took third but nobody expects him to be a viable candidate for the long haul. Just a little too far out.
Newt Gingrich was fourth and appears to be marginalized, for now. But not dead in the water, even though he left Iowa like a guy looking for a dollar bill in a heavy fog.
Dead in the water is Michele Bachmann, who found finishing sixth in her native state to be as unsettling as swallowing an unknown ingredient in a crawfish bisque and quit the race.
With Bachmann out, it’s critical for Santorum to suck up her supporters in the vacuum before he is swept away by Romney.
Rick Perry, who this morning was assessing his campaign that began with him being heralded as the second coming, decided this afternoon that Iowa was “quirky” and he now has the more friendly turf of South Carolina in his gunsights.

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