Basking in the glory of a 14 point victory (erasing the 12 point drubbing he suffered in South Carolina), Mitt Romney is singing once again. Not just America the Beautiful…although he did give the old vocal chords another workout Wednesday, this time at a rally in Eagan, Minnesota.
But while he trotted happily up the steps to his charter plane today in Tampa…in his head, I’d like to think he was singing: “Sunshine, on my shoulders…makes me happy”
That’s right…the Sunshine State treated him VERY well. He escaped what at one-point appeared like a trouble spot on the map…with a victory that included majority wins among Latinos, women and people who say the debates were a factor in their decisions.
Remember, the debates WERE supposed to be Newt Gingrich’s forte. Then in Jacksonville, Mitt seemed to turn that theory upside down with his revelations that Gingrich too, has made money by holding shares of Fannie Mae/Freddie Mac.
Now it’s all smiles for the former governor. Even cheerily and literally, brushing off the “glitter bomb” someone hit him with before his Colorado speech today.
Despite all of that, it’s important to remind ourselves that Florida, while powerful, is just one state in this process that could go on for some time (on top of that, don’t be surprised if the RNC eventually forces FL to award its delegates proportionally-not winner take all).
Remember, in 2008 Hillary Clinton and Barack Obama battled it out all the way until June.
So, when Newt says “we’ve got 46 states to go”, Paul says there’s “Zero. Zero chance“ he’ll drop out and Santorum calls for a “re-set” to this race…understand it truly is a marathon and not a sprint.
And with those running shoes the candidates had better be ready for lots of odd twists and turns. Over the next 7 days, we’ll have caucuses in Nevada, Maine, Colorado & Minnesota and none of those are as clear cut as FL was. As a matter of fact, there’s a chance Ron Paul could take one, which would mean the first five states would have four separate winners.
In other words, the tunes could be very different for any one of the candidates just one week from today.
After all, the next line to that John Denver classic is, “Sunshine in my eyes can make me cry.”