In Iowa, third place was the new first place. I suspect that in New Hampshire, “ahead of Fiorina and Carson” will be the new first place. My guess is that no matter what happens today, Rubio, Jeb, and Kasich will have “strong showings” in the eyes of pundits. We may be told that Rubio only says his canned lines over and over again because they bear repeating and that anyway, folks at the Applebee’s salad bar like to repeat themselves too.
My one hope here is that Kasich does well enough that we can get a good Bobo fluff piece about him. He may not be young and handsome enough for Bobo’s taste though.