Iowa did not so much select a winner as it did pick out some losers.
Texas Governor Rick Perry and Minnesota Rep. Michele Bachmann suffered the first fatal blows of the 2012 GOP campaign and may well exit the race in the next few days. Former Pennsylvania Sen. Rick Santorum showed Republican voters are still looking for an alternative to former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney. And snarling Newt Gingrich, the former speaker of the House, signaled he won't go quietly.
So will the non-Mitts all gang up on Romney? It will come down to a fight of organization versus passion—and if passion can get a little fund-raising help, then the race will remain volatile. Even former Utah Gov. Jon Huntsman could have something to say in the Granite State next Tuesday.
Romney will aim for a bounce today with a reported endorsement from Arizona Sen. John McCain, but in many ways that just reinforces the perception among conservatives that Romney is the candidate of the Grand Old Party while Santorum and others are the choice of the Grand New Party.
But Iowa has spoken. Now the ball is in New Hampshire's court.