Is it possible that we will awake one fine day in February, turn on the TV and hear these words?
It seems that the pundits have mainly locked themselves in a Gingrich vs. Romney scenario. This may not reflect the reality of primary elections in the early months (until April), where the delegates will be allocated according to percentages of votes.
The result will be that some candidates will pick up a few delegates as there will be no winner take all.
It is assured that Ron Paul will get some delegates, but in no way has a chance to be nominated. Of the others, barring a huge surprise Bachmann and Santorum will not receive enough money to continue. This leaves Rick Perry. He may do better in Iowa than anyone expects and then goes on to New Hampshire, South Carolina & Florida. Once he goes south, horizons open up for him. Perry has appeal to Jim Demint´s base in South Carolina and Marco Rubio´s supporters in Florida. I do not claim to be prescient, but this scenario creates an opening to allow Perry to continue on to friendly territory where he could join the erstwhile front runners at the head of the pack.