So is this trouble for Romney? Just as we were running out of Not-Romneys!
The established narrative about Mitt Romney is that he's a rich f--- out of touch with Americans and their concerns, and incapable of connecting with another human being unless he's firing them. So how does Romney explain his losses yesterday?
"We were spending our time and money in Florida and Nevada. And Sen. Santorum took a different course — left Florida, left Nevada, went to the other states and he was able to reap the rewards of that approach."
In other words, Romney wasn't able to buy yesterday's contests the way he did Florida or Nevada.
Note, Santorum has no money, period. He's never had any money. Heck, this morning, Santorum was bragging about having raised $250,000 since last night, the equivalent of just 25 Romney bets. Yet somehow he's won four states to Romney's three, and spent $30 million less to do so.
So it's clear that in a battle of ideas and personality, Romney's got nothing. The only thing he has is money.
And even he acknowledges it.
Update: Just came across this, from last night, as soon it was clear that Santorum was going to crush Romney in Minnesota:
With a vast war chest and an organization already in place, the Romney campaign could have made a more forceful push in [Minnesota], an adviser to the campaign said. But that would’ve pulled time and resources away from states like Colorado and Arizona – states that hold more weight in the general election.
So last night they were saying that they did put time and money in Colorado, while today Romney claims that he didn't. Which is it?
Furthermore, that's quite the admission there -- that Minnesota is off the map in November, while Arizona is a battleground.