Mitt Romney's strong win in Michigan was unexpected, but when you saw his victory speech tonight, you wonder why. As is usual, it was a bit over-rehearsed, but it's what he said and the way he said it – like a winner, that made you realize that this guy isn't just competent, he's a somebody who can accomplish something – like Reagan did.
As an aside, Romney had his family behind him and his wife looked like a winner too, while McCain had the honorable dirtbag, Lindsay Graham behind him.
I've always felt it was between Romney and Thompson, and Fred just hasn't caught fire. And while it's still not too late, Romney tossed some fire retardant on him tonight. of course, Rudy, McCain and Huckabee aren't necessarily finished, but it's hard to see them succeeding if Romney sticks with the message and tone and enthusiasm he had tonight.
And suddenly, the Republicans prospects don't seem so bleak. When you put Romney and his wife alongside the Clintons, I don't see how people prefer the Clintons. When you put the Romneys next to the Obamas it's a toss-up on appearance and charisma, but Romney's experience and accomplishments tower over Obama in a way that should become more important as the campaigns wear on and the economy wears down.
Romney was electric tonight, and it was enough to light up more than one compact fluorescent, I think.