The MSM and Team Obama have quite an investment in extending the GOP primary season as long as possible. As they anticipate having a money edge, they want to drain Mitt Romney’s coffers of as much money as possible. Having the campaign extend beyond Super Tuesday would assist the Chicago Gang and the talking heads, so expect Rick Santorum’s strong showing in Minnesota tonight to get much more attention than Mitt Romney’s likely win in Colorado, even though the Rocky Mountain State is much more crucial to the GOP’s winning back the White House in the fall. (The photo below was tweeted from a Romney rally in CO yesterday.)
That said, Santorum deserves his one-on-one shot against Mitt Romney and tonight’s contest, including the “beauty contest” in Missouri, should make it clear to all but the most ardent Newtonians that Rick truly is the last man standing between Romney and the GOP nomination, and that the showdown will be in Ohio.
It is all about turning Blue States back to Red States, not recreating the Goldwater electoral college map. And Mitt’s wins in New Hampshire, Florida and Nevada and his tie in Iowa have all been in Blue States. Michigan, Virginia and especially Ohio are the next big three contests after Colorado that were Blue States in 2008. Those are the contests that matter, not the southern ones that the former Georgia congressman wants to put his chips on. To get back into what will be a Romney-Santorum game after tonight, Newt’s got to set up shop in Ohio and make a play for the Buckeye State.