What We Learned in South Carolina

We learned that no one is better positioned and emotionally equipped to tap into the virulent racist undertones of this election cycle than one Newton Leroy Gingrich.

We learned that the well-organized and financed Mitt Romney who hoped to control the narrative and tempo of the 2012 primary campaign, instead staggers into Florida and a debate on Monday night that he simply must win in order to stem the bleeding.

We learned that no one knows what’s going to happen from hour to hour, let alone day to day, in the GOP race this year.

We learned that Mitt Romney isn’t a “street fighter” and Newt Gingrich is.

We learned that the hardest working people in America over the weekend were Mitt Romney’s accountants.

We learned that “Super Pacs” are going to play an even bigger role in this year’s campaign than anyone could have imagined when the Supreme Court ruled in favor of them a few years ago.

We learned that Herman “Cornbread” Cain is such a self-absorbed media whore that he doesn’t mind being the butt of Stephen Colbert’s joke.

We learned that Rick Santorum is a robo-tron with one message who on occasion, can go off that message and really get under Gingrich’s skin.

We learned that Ron Paul is running not because he thinks he has a real chance of winning the nomination, but because he wants to advance his “cause” and stir up the convention this summer.

We learned that a rookie governor, Nikki Haley who with her endorsement of Romney spit in the face of the Tea Party that elected her in 2010, didn’t have the political sense of Senators Jim DeMint and Lindsey Graham and Representative Tim Scott who all declined to endorse a candidate in the primary. Consequently, Haley, whose popularity has been slipping in recent months, returned to the governor’s mansion Saturday night a weakened chief executive with a lot of hard work ahead of her.

We learned that Jon Huntsman and Rick Perry can read the “handwriting on the wall” that said both were in over the heads before either entered the race.

We learned that once you drop out of the race, you may as well have dropped off the face of the earth (anyone seen Michele Bachmann since Iowa?). Well, unless your name is Herman “Cornbread” Cain.

Most importantly, we learned that the GOP race is down to two candidates, Gingrich and Romney, and Ron Paul and Rick Santorum are officially just wasting time and money from this point forward.

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