What they're saying: Iowa caucuses edition

“Romney’s lackluster percentage underscored the absence of enthusiasm among many Republicans for the candidate long seen as the party’s likeliest nominee.” – Washington Post

“Mitt Romney has a problem—three-quarters of the Republican Party gets a really good look at him and says no.” – Chris Matthews, MSNBC

“After a dramatic, confusing night of suspense in the Republican Party's Iowa caucuses, the big winner may well have been a Democrat: Barack Obama.” – Reuters

"Despite Romney’s heavy spending in Iowa and the five years he’s had to make his case to conservative voters, about 3/4 of caucus-goers last night chose someone other than the man who’s been making the case he’s the most electable for five years. More embarrassing for Romney: President Obama—who faced no competition—actually pulled out a competitive number of votes last night. Democrats say 25,000 Iowans turned out to caucus for the president." – Talking Points Memo

"The questions about whether he can expand his base of support — roughly 75 percent of GOP voters did not vote for him—live on for another day." – Maggie Haberman, Politico

"Democrats in Iowa delivered President Obama a resounding vote of confidence yesterday, gathering for caucuses that provided an opportunity for Democrats to test their ability to mobilize the party faithful." – Boston Globe