Mitt Romney, as expected, has won the Florida primary with a solid 14.5 point lead over Newt Gingrich with 96% of precincts reporting. Newt responded to the spanking in his usual gracious fashion with what sounded suspiciously like a victory speech (he didn't bother to congratulate Romney) and instead declared the Republican race henceforth a contest between himself, the "conservative leader" who is not actually leading in any credible polls these days, and the "Massachusetts moderate."

And while Newt's loss in Florida is no doubt somewhat attributable to his deep unpopularity with women voters, he's still got one (in)famous lady backer out there willing to rush to his defense. Why should Republican voters consider voting for Newt Gingrich in Nevada, Sarah Palin?

"[I would vote for] whoever it is, to allow the process to continue. I still say that competition breeds success for the U.S. and that's what we need in this debate … so I would continue to vote for whomever it is to allow the process. At this point it looks like Newt," said Palin, the former governor of Alaska and a former vice presidential candidate.

Does anyone have any idea what that series of words means? Oh well, here is what it actually means: Sarah Palin is not so stupid to have not-endorsed endorsed the loser, she just means that she wants to see some competition in this race, since that is what is has been missing, obviously.

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