Mitt Romney never has bad hair days, but yesterday was truly a bad political one. How bad? Consider this:
• Romney did not win a single county in either Missouri or Minnesota.
• He won the Minnesota caucus by 19 points in 2008, but finished third last night—28 points behind Santorum.
• He won nearly 30 percent of the Missouri vote in 2008 in a tight three-man race, but won only 25 percent last night in a race with only one opponent whom the national media had given up for dead.
• He won the Colorado caucus by over 40 points in 2008, but lost it last night by six.
Indeed, it was so bad that the only Colorado counties Romney carried by ten points or more were those with or bordering Denver’s Mormon temple (Arapahoe and Douglas), had strong Mormon populations (Conejos—41 percent LDS; Alamosa—12 percent LDS; Moffat—21 percent LDS); or contained ski resort towns (Pitkin—Aspen; Eagle—Vail; Summit—Breckenridge; Routt—Steamboat Springs).
Skiers and Mormons—not the shape of a winning coalition.