Bear in mind, despite all the media hype, that delegates are distributed proportionally. Which means the practical effect of these caucuses is almost nothing.
1. Jon Huntsman
Huntsman is a great Governor who has run an awful campaign. He needs to fire everyone who currently works for him and get some people in who know how to make him look good. Because he may not be awesome, but he is at least decent;
2. Michelle Bachmann
Bachmann has never run anything other than her household budget, so running for President was always a fantasy for her. She failed in the State of her birth. She should drop out now;
3. Rick Perry
Perry still has time. He sounded like a man ready to quit tonight, but he shouldn’t. His stand was honorable and he didn’t completely bomb out. That should be enough for South Carolina, where it starts to matter. He has a lot going for him, and the nomination could still be his. He has the money to stick at it, and he should;
4. Newt Gingrich
The big loser in this race, but unbowed. He has exited Iowa with dignity intact. It could have been worse. He is still a contender, and as long as he gets rid of his
mistress wife from his campaign he is still in the running. He needs to win South Carolina to continue;
5. Ron Paul
This is his high water mark. Well done. I am proud of Ron Paul’s stand for libertarian politics, and I can only hope others will come after him who have at least some clue about foreign policy;
6. Mitt Romney
He lost. This should have been a coronation, but it seems that until Super Tuesday, he is going to have a pack of dogs nipping at his heels. Will he be the nominee? I wouldn’t discount it, but I don’t think it will be as easy as everyone is saying;
7. Rick Santorum
He won Iowa because he has not been thoroughly vetted. Hold his feet to the fire and he will melt. I won’t read much into his win. Santorum is an odious, out of touch, Catholic conservative with no ability to reach the voters required to defeat Obama. I doubt he will win another contest.