Santorum wins Iowa, Romney wins narrative

Ransom Stoddard: You’re not going to use the story, Mr. Scott?

Maxwell Scott: No, sir. This is the West, sir. When the legend becomes fact, print the legend.

The Man Who Shot Liberty Valance 1962


A Democratic Thief is as bad as a republican one

President Grover Cleveland 1962

In 1992 Senator Paul Tsongas of Massachusetts defeated Bill Clinton in the New Hampshire primary by 8 1/2 points, however the media despite Clinton losing an early lead accepted the Clinton Narrative of “the comeback kid” ending in his eventual nomination, election and re-election as president (with a lot of help from Ross Perot).

One of the worst kept secrets of this presidential primary season is that the Establishment really wants Mitt Romney as the nominee for president. Not so much because they are in love with Romney, but because above all else they wish to stop any possible tea party victor.

People tend to forget that there is a difference between a conservative and a republican and a huge difference between a tea party republican and a generic republican.

A tea party/conservative Republican really means it. The reason why these spending bills are being held up, why subsidies are expiring is solely because of the Tea Party GOP. Never forget that senate minority leader McConnell didn’t want the tea party guys, that Trent Lott wants to co-op them at once.

Don’t get me wrong, there are difference between the parties, the life issue alone is a reason to vote GOP, but lobbyists who fund the parties understand that the tea party mood has to be stopped because a level playing field for small business is not what they are paid for.

Which brings us to the news from Iowa that the winner was actually a fellow by the name of Rick Santorum:

THE RESULTS: Santorum finished ahead by 34 votes
MISSING DATA: 8 precincts’ numbers will never be certified
PARTY VERDICT: GOP official says, ‘It’s a split decision’

Rick Santorum – Final total: 29,839 Change: -168
Mitt Romney – Final total: 29,805 Change: -210

Note that GOP officials didn’t have a problem naming Romney the victor with an 8 vote lead, but now it’s a tie, not a Santorum win?

Iowa-based operative Nick Ryan, who heads the pro-Santorum super PAC, the Red White & Blue Fund, questioned why Santorum’s 34-vote lead today is being treated differently than Mitt Romney’s 8-vote lead on caucus night.

“They look like the keystone cops– my god,” Ryan wrote in an email to POLITICO. “Romney wins by 8 and nothing will change. Final count shows santorum wins by 34 and it’s a tie?”

I’m with Byron York

I suggest that if those 8 precincts had gone for Romney, they would not be lost but it matters little, Romney has already won the narrative, but will that win hold up past SC? That’s up to you.