Mitt Romney finally won Ohio late last night, long after he gave an arbeit macht frei victory speech in his third home state, Massachusetts:
Tomorrow, we wake up and we start again. And the next day, we’ll do the same. And so we’ll go, day by day, step by step, door by door, heart to heart. There will be good days; there will be bad days. Always long hours, never enough time to get everything done.
The delegate count shows that Mitt has it right — this thing will go on for a while, even though he’ll probably win. If Sheldon Adelson told Newt that the book tour is over, and if Newt threw his delegates over to Santorum, Mitt would be looking even worse. Luckily, Newt’s ego won’t let that happen.
Even so, the next few contests don’t look good for Mitt. I can’t see anyone but Santorum winning in right-to-life Kansas on Saturday, which has 40 delegates at stake in a caucus. Newt or Rick will probably do well in the South, and Mississippi, Alabama and Missouri are all coming up. There are many rivers to cross, and many panties to sniff, before this thing is over.