Newt Gingrich's winning speech in South Carolina began very respectfully, even giving a subtle shout-out to Steven Colbert. Of course, after the initial pleasantries were over, the fear-mongering, dog whistles, and bashing of Obama and the media were turned on. Not surprisingly, the crown responded with comments like "Off with their heads!"
In Mitt Romney's second place South Carolina speech, he congratulated Newt Gingrich, respectfully, talked about the next contest in Florida - and of course, took more than a few swipes at President Obama.
Rick Santorum came in a disappointing third place, in a state that was supposed to be full of evangelical votes. As Daily Beast writer John Avlon said about South Carolina, after the results came in, "If evangelical leaders can’t get their chosen candidate a victory here, where can they do it? "Rick Santorum, however, made the point in his post-South Carolina speech - right out of the gate - that South Carolina was only the third GOP contest, and that he'd already won Iowa.
Finally, after coming in last in South Carolina, Ron Paul didn't seem all that deterred. In fact, his ideology seemed firmly intact - and he made it quite obvious he's focused on delegates, not individual wins.