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Bottum: Greatest Show on Earth

4:31 PM, Jan 16, 2008 • By JOSEPH BOTTUM
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Even the local Republican party wasn't ready for Mitt Romney's win in Michigan, sending out a congratulatory victory note to John McCain. O hateful Error, Melancholy's child, / Why dost thou show to the apt thoughts of men / The things that are not?

For political junkies, the Republicans are making this the greatest season in years: Three primaries, three victors. And, as Giuliani showed, the national polls are little help when the money and the adoring news features dry up after local elections: To lead everywhere is not necessarily to lead anywhere. That bodes ill for McCain, ahead now in the national polls, doesn't it?