Ruth Dudley Edwards: Republicans know they can oust weak Obama from power
But the leadership of Mitt Romney's party is having another nervous breakdown writes Ruth Dudley Edwards
The Iowa caucus thrust into the international spotlight the fifth NMR (Not Mitt Romney) hopeful, the little-known Rick Santorum, a former Pennsylvania senator, who after visiting all 99 Iowa counties, tied with Romney at 25 per cent, with only eight fewer votes.
The Republican establishment, which knows Obama is weak and the presidency is there to be won, is having yet another nervous breakdown. It's aware that Romney is seen as dull and inconsistent, but he can talk coherently, has political experience, no scandals seem to be lurking and he just might be electable, so he's the one that they want.
Iowa, however, has helped to clear the field of wannabe NMRs.