Rick Santorum strides forward as the latest Non-Romney Non-Newt:
His candidacy all but dismissed just days ago, Rick Santorum won the Minnesota and Colorado caucuses and a nonbinding primary in Missouri on Tuesday, an unexpected trifecta that raised fresh questions about Mitt Romney’s ability to corral conservative support.
Mitt Romney is the bowl of cold oatmeal placed in front of the Republican electorate. They know it's the sort of breakfast of which their doctor might approve, but they are in no hurry to dig in. The good news? That oatmeal isn't getting any colder.
With his triumphs, Mr. Santorum was also suddenly presenting new competition to Newt Gingrich as the chief alternative to Mr. Romney, the front-runner. Where Mr. Gingrich has won one state, South Carolina, Mr. Santorum has now won four, including Iowa.
Newt was supposed to show his grass-roots support by winning these caucus states. Oops.
Apparently Romney is now turning his (metaphorical) guns toward Santorum. That may (or may not!) reduce the likelihood of an eventual Romney-Santorum ticket.