Greg Mitchell’s "The Campaign of the Century" (on Upton Sinclair’s very influential race for governor of California in 1934) just been published in new print and e-book editions.
8:00 By now, of course, you know that Romney ended up winning by…8 votes….And no re-count alliowed. So everyone gets what they needed and craved: Romney a win, Santorum a very strong finish — and the media a real horse race. Plus a new attack dog: Gingrich. NYT headline this morning: "Santorum’s Lean Operation Yields Muscular Result." See you next Tuesday for New Hampshire.
1:00 People now digging up stuff on Santorum, of course. Here’s video of Fox taking him on in 2006–when he claimed he found those missing WMD in Iraq.
12:35 Only black person I’ve seen in Iowa in coverage tonight, or on stage, was one guy counting votes at a meeting.
12:25 am Romney takes lead — by 68 votes — while Santorum comes out to speak. Santorum hits raising money for food stamps, Medicare, Medicaid — which, what, half of all Americans benefit from? That’s a winning strategy. Santorum: "thank god" that people "cling to their guns and their bibles," as Obama said. At least he does not hit "black people"–in the White House. When speech ends, he’s up by 5 votes.
12:20 CNN reports that McCain will back Romney.
11:55 Looks like Perry returning to Texas and probably will drop out in a couple days. No such luck re: Bachmann.
11:50 Lawrence O’Donnell more or less just called Ed Schultz a fool for flacking for Santorum’s "manufacturing plan." Says it’s just a corporate profit plan.
11:40 Andy Borowitz: "Gingrich on leaving the race: ‘Not unless it gets cancer.’"
11:25 Gingirch appears, hits folks on food stamps, and Ron Paul, and then promises to smash Romney, and on to New Hampshire…. Both Lawrence O’Donnell and Steve Schmdt say Gingrich now willing to act as battering ram for Santorum and try to destroy Romney…. Santorum’s first act as president would not be bombing Iran — but nuking Google.