Dave Weigel at Slate discusses “three lessons from Iowa“:
Lesson One: The Tea Party isn’t a small-government-first movement…. Sixty-four percent of caucus-goers called themselves “Tea Party supporters,” and 30 percent of them backed Rick Santorum — a social conservative who proudly defended his earmarks. Rick Perry, who campaigned desparately on the issues Tea Partiers say they care about — no earmarks! Term limits! Part time Congress! — got 14 percent of this vote. Michele Bachmann got 9 percent of it.
Lesson Two: Money is speech, which means people can ignore it. Michael Li was the first to calculate how much the candidates spent for every vote. Santorum spent $1.65 per vote. Rick Perry spent $817…
Lesson Three: Republicans aren’t so excited about 2012…
Ya think? More at the link; also, those precious votes cost Romney $113.07 each, which is pretty spendy for a race in which Willard’s handlers claimed he wasn’t really competing. I gotta say, seems to me, it’s all good news for President Obama!
So, what other encouraging news is on the agenda today?