“I want you to remember when the White House reflected the best of who we are, not the worst of what Europe has become.” –Mitt Romney after winning New Hampshire primary
A Republican presidential candidate needs 1,144 delegates to win the nomination. On Tuesday night, the six remaining top candidates in the field fought for 12 delegates in New Hampshire.
Romney became the nominee tonight. He willed himself into the role of That Republican who will stand up to an authoritarian apologist with a coherent small-government message to go with a healthy dose of Americans Are Superior to Everyone Else and Barack Obama Hates You If You Disagree.
That Europe-bashing sentence in italics above? That *is* the next 10 months of your political life. Mitt Romney came out tonight and read the talk-radio talking points brilliantly. He looked beyond the next few states and declared himself President Obama’s opponent. Romney delivered the exact type of speech the Republican establishment and fence-sitters needed to hear from him, a conservative vision they can unite behind in the general election. It’s American Exceptionalism with me, it’s European Socialism with him. It’s unclear whether Romney believes what he said, but he sold it well.
Rep. Ron Paul of Texas finished in second place, with Jon Huntsman finishing third. Newt Gingrich narrowly edged out Iowa winner Rick Santorum for fourth, with Rick Perry taking 1 percent, though at least he finished ahead of Michele Bachmann, who dropped out. Onto South Carolina…