It's a good night for Mitt Romney. He won solidly (though not overwhelmingly), while Ron Paul appears to have exceeded my expectations -- which is fine with Romney, because it means candidates he might actually fear took third or worse.
It certainly seems that Romney must now feel awfully confident about winning the nomination. But in addition, he now has a real chance to win South Carolina and Florida and end it without a long ugly fight.
I wrote a couple of weeks ago, in my "2012 - The Year Ahead In Mitt" feature, that Romney's New Hampshire primary victory speech was an important moment for him:
Tune in to see . . .whether
Romney gives a great victory speech. Unlike Barack Obama, who used
early election-night TV coverage to show the rest of the country what
the fuss was all about, Romney's 2008 election-night speeches ranged
from forgettable to painful. (On the other hand, John McCain's were
excruciating, and he still won the nomination.)