Even if Romney wins, Santorum may be the story

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The developing consensus in Iowa is, even if Romney wins, Santorum may be the story:

Jonathan Bernstein: “If in fact Romney, Paul, and Santorum grab the top three spots, it probably doesn’t matter at all which order they’ll finish in. The big story out of Iowa will be Santorum, who has received practically zero media coverage until this week and even now not much. That’s going to be true whether the former Pennsylvania Senator finishes first, second, or third. He’ll certainly (assuming nothing else happens) zoom up to at least fourth in New Hampshire the following Tuesday, and I’d bet he winds up higher than that — perhaps a lot higher.”

Ryan Lizza is secretly rooting for this scenario: “Santorum wins Iowa and much of the English-speaking world Googles his name. Try it yourself, but please not at work or when children are in the room.”

Peter Schorsch is the President of Extensive Enterprises and is the publisher of some of Florida’s most influential new media websites, including SaintPetersBlog.com, FloridaPolitics.com, ContextFlorida.com, and Sunburn, the morning read of what’s hot in Florida politics. SaintPetersBlog has for three years running been ranked by the Washington Post as the best state-based blog in Florida. In addition to his publishing efforts, Peter is a political consultant to several of the state’s largest governmental affairs and public relations firms. Peter lives in St. Petersburg with his wife, Michelle, and their daughter, Ella.