Richardson’s irrelevant except insofar as he funnels people to Obama. But the big story here is the Obama-Edwards tag team. I think I saw something much deeper than mere politicking going on in the buddy-buddy operation. Of course, politics is politics, and it might not last, but — especially if Edwards really can’t win — the mutual support, which seemed genuine, may spell the end of Clinton’s prospects in a way that weathering New Hampshire can’t change.
The big story of the whole night is that Mitt and Hillary have each been painted with very large, very lurid targets. Story number two is that McCain and Huckabee went into NH both surging and both leaving each other alone, and will probably leave NH exactly the same.
Winners: Obama & McCain
Runners-up: Edwards & Huckabee
Big Q: Matches made in political heaven?