Rich Galen
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Let's review the concept of winning:

Winning, in our culture, means coming in first. You don't win by coming in second or fifth. You win by coming in first.

Mitt Romney kicked butt last night in New Hampshire with (as of this writing) a 15 percentage point win over Ron Paul.

As of 10 PM last night, Romney had received about 38 percent of the votes. Was it 50 percent? No. But the next closest guy had 23. And the next closest guy to him had 17.

And remember the continuing mantra: Romney has a ceiling of 25 percent of support.

To quote Rick Perry: Oops.

That, in spite of a couple of pretty dramatic stumbles in the run-up to voting day and a determined assault on the part of most of the popular press in an attempt to turn this into real news, i.e. Gov. Romney was going to be unpleasantly surprised on election day.

He wasn't.

Let's go back to that Ron Paul thing.

Third place finisher Jon Huntsman pretended to be perfectly thrilled losing to Ron Paul.

Dear Diary

Tonight I lost to a 75-year-old screwball. I feel blessed.

Signed,

Jon Huntsman

Yeah. Right.

Huntsman didn't barely lose to Ron Paul. He lost 23 percent to 17 percent. He ended comfortably ahead of the Power Twins: Newt Gingrich & Rick Santorum who more-or-less tied for fifth at 10 percent.

Thing about Huntsman is: He played exactly the same hand in New Hampshire as Rick Santorum played in Iowa: He was here for about six months, mostly by himself, and came in third.

Santorum tied for first in Iowa because he spent six months there. He couldn't translate that into anything resembling forward momentum in the six days he had in New Hampshire.

Rick Santorum is the political version of a one-hit-wonder in music [See Also, Bobby McFerrin - "Don't Worry Be Happy" 1988]

He got to claim a moral victory in Iowa a week ago, but the best he will be able to claim this morning is: "I beat Newt Gingrich."

whoo … hoo

Assuming the numbers at 10 o'clock last night hold, Newt Gingrich will have beaten only Rick Perry and Rick Perry was only in New Hampshire long enough to participate in the two debates this past weekend.

Rick Santorum's momentum out of Iowa lasted about six days.

Is there an alternate spelling for "thud?"

Gingrich appears to have come in fifth - which, in this particular election equates to last.

Ok, he beat non-participant Perry, and crushed former Louisiana Governor Buddy Roemer, but that is not going to generate a ton of on-line donations overnight.

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Rich Galen

Rich Galen has been a press secretary to Dan Quayle and Newt Gingrich. Rich Galen currently works as a journalist and writes at Mullings.com.