Mitt Romney had it about right on election night in Michigan when he proclaimed, “We didn’t win by a lot but we won by enough, and that’s all that counts.” He dodged a bullet in automobile country that could have shifted his campaign car into reverse, or at least left it in neutral.
Beating Rick Santorum by a mere 3 percentage points in his own native state, which was once governed by his automaking father, was better than a poke in the eye with a sharp stick. It put him back on track as the Republican frontrunner, but he will need to do the same all over again next week in the most important of 10 Super Tuesday states.
That would be Ohio, the second-largest car manufacturer after Michigan, and it offers Mr. Romney none of the family roots of its neighbor state. It presents many of the same hurdles for him, such as the successful auto bailout by Uncle Sam that he opposed but that has saved many assembly-line jobs of Ohio workers.
Still ringing in Ohioan ears will be the latest Romney gaffes that reminded folks once more of how he is better than they are, at least materially. Such as how his wife, Ann, drives not a tiny Rambler like his old man used to make but two Cadillacs. And how he has friends who own NASCAR racing teams, not simply root for them as average Ohioans do.