Calling yourself ‘the Nick Saban in this race’ works as well as declaring yourself ‘magic’

Days until New Hampshire primary: 7

Days until SEC Primary: 28


In a naked play for Alabama votes that might hurt him elsewhere -- if he were doing better, Rick Santorum declared, “I’m the Nick Saban in this race.” Really. It was his attempt to juice up his Iowa supporters on Monday night. From

"I bet you Iowa State would rather hire Nick Saban, hire (Ohio State coach) Urban Meyer, hire someone who knows what they are doing and more importantly has a track record of winning," he said...

The former U.S. senator from Pennsylvania finished with 1 percent of the Iowa caucus vote on Monday night.


Before he was governor of Texas, Greg Abbott helped Ted Cruz launch his career, and they have had a symbiotic relationship over the years. (San Antonio Express-News)

A look at the student from Austin who died in a car wreck while volunteering for Ben Carson’s campaign, and Carson’s response. (Dallas Morning News)


Fresh off his Iowa triumph, Ted Cruz rolled out a list of nine new state lawmaker endorsements, bringing his total to 18. (The Tennessean)


Former Gov. and U.S. Sen. George Allen lavished praise on Marco Rubio’s tax plan while bashing Ted Cruz’s. (Richmond Times-Dispatch)


Among the Iowa casualties was former Gov. Mike Huckabee, who suspended his campaign Monday night amid a dismal showing in the caucuses. (The Associated Press)


Former Oklahoma Gov. Frank Keating endorsed Jeb Bush. (The Oklahoman)

Marco Rubio picked up two more state senators, meaning nearly one in every five Republican legislators in Oklahoma is on Team Rubio. (The McCarville Report)

Support real journalism. Support local journalism. Subscribe to The Atlanta Journal-Constitution today. See offers.

Your subscription to the Atlanta Journal-Constitution funds in-depth reporting and investigations that keep you informed. Thank you for supporting real journalism.

About the Author

Jim Galloway
Jim Galloway
Jim Galloway is a three-decade veteran of The Atlanta Journal-Constitution who writes the Political Insider blog and column.