posted on February 08, 2012 18:14
Most mornings I plod up the sidewalk to the driveway, pick up the News and Observer, then plod back to the kitchen and read the paper. But Wednesday morning my routine got discombobulated so I ended up reading the paper at my office on-line – and promptly landed on this diverting headline: Romney favored as three states vote today.
The article had been written by Mr. David Lightman the day before the primaries but it was still on the News and Observer’s website the day after the primaries – which didn’t enhance Mr. Lightman’s reputation as a prognosticator one bit.
But, then again, hardly anyone else expected Rick Santorum to win Minnesota and Colorado and clobber Mitt Romney by 30 points in Missouri. More than derailing Romney, on election night Santorum may have defined the rest of the primaries by branding Romney as “a well-oiled weather vane.”
One other peculiar thing happened Tuesday night – a story not unlike the Sherlock Holmes mystery ‘The Dog That Didn’t Bark.’ Newt Gingrich was nowhere to be seen. The last Newt was heard from he was campaigning in Cincinnati, comparing Ohio’s Wright brothers to his plan for an improved U.S. space program.