Well, Huckabee and Obama are the big winners tonight. Not much of a surprise, as it was a toss-up going in, but what was surprising were the margins of victory for these two. Right now, the Huckabee win is looking like a fluke, but Obama is starting to look like the next President of the United States. Time will tell, though.
Which brings me to Ron Paul. Okay, the guy broke the 10% mark. This is somewhat impressive, but the official Ex-Truther interpretation of this is that the 4.6% lunatic fringe joined up with about 5% of the marginally less lunatic fringe. I'd say a lot of Paul supporters are closet ex-truthers and people on the fringe who thought that the 9/11 stuff was just kooky, and this looks to be the case. I'm guessing Paul will probably perform similarly in the remainder of the primaries, before he takes his money and runs.
Ya gotta admire the dedication of the Paulites, but it's just not going to translate to votes from more fair-minded, centrist voters. The American people want change, but they certainly don't want a kook who wants to ditch the Board of Education and the IRS, with the baggage of his lunatic followers who expect a lot more nuttery out of the guy.
It may work for the truthers and John Birch right-wing types, and even the kids who think he's going to legalize drugs, but as the first official results show, "10% of Americans are completely retarded," to paraphrase Kyle from South Park.