Too bad, Mitt. For the last week, the Massachusetts moderate has been criss-crossing Mississippi and Alabama, practicing saying “y’all” and eating grits for breakfast. But it sure didn’t pay off.
Mitt “I Just Can’t Figure Out How to Seal the Deal” Romney lost two more states, striking out in both Mississippi and Alabama. And his plans for putting the primary behind him and focusing on Barack Obama suddenly went dead.
The big winner was evangelical favorite Rick Santorum, who won both states despite being far, far outspent by Romney and can boast that the primary is, in fact, now a two-man race and that he alone can stop Romney from getting the nomination.
The big loser of the night was Newt Gingrich, who not only brazenly predicted he would win both states, but admitted he had to win both states in order to remain a serious candidate.
But when the dust settles, not that much has really changed. It looks like Mitt Romney will still, eventually, become the 2012 Republican nominee. It’s clear that neither Gingrich or Santorum can win. But it’s also clear that neither one will drop out.
So now it’s on to the Missouri caucuses on Saturday and Illinois next week. The clown show rolls on!
That’s my parting shot for today.