Are they serious? “A group of movement conservatives has called an emergency meeting in Texas next weekend to find a ‘consensus’ Republican presidential hopeful, POLITICO has learned.” Hard to imagine that they fancy themselves as so influential.

Seriously, fun matters in politics. “Republicans, supposedly hierarchical, actually are — let us say the worst — human. They crave fun. Supporting Mitt Romney still seems to many like a duty, the responsible thing to do. Suddenly, supporting [Rick] Santorum seems like a lark, partly because a week or so ago he could quit complaining about media neglect and start having fun, which is infectious.”

Look at the serious spending gap between Rick Santorum and Texas Gov. Rick Perry in Iowa. Interesting that Mitt Romney spent about half of what Perry did.

Karl Rove cautions us that, seriously, a win is a win in Iowa. “If a year ago you said that Mitt Romney would win Iowa, be heading to New Hampshire with a large lead, and his chief opponent would be a former senator who lost his re-election race in a swing state by 18 points, you would have had to believe Mr. Romney would be on his way to winning the GOP nomination. And you know what? Now we’ll see if it plays out that way.”

Some pundits took his “new Newt” canard seriously. “The former Speaker began the day accusing Romney of being a liar and ended it with a graceless and bitter speech. He showed the chronic indiscipline which concerns many conservatives. The ‘new’ Newt gave way to the old one, and right now the main task Gingrich faces is to regain his emotional equilibrium.”

The White House imagines that real people take this stuff seriously. “President Obama’s reelection team is painting Mitt Romney’s narrow win in Iowa as a loss, citing his eight-vote margin of victory over Rick Santorum.” And yet talking heads on television repeat this hooey.

Seriously, when is he not snarling? Jon Huntsman reacts to Sen. John McCain’s endorsement of Mitt Romney. “The endorsement drew a snarl from Jon M. Huntsman Jr., who skipped Iowa, where he drew 1 percent of the vote, to campaign instead in New Hampshire.”

In case you seriously considered watching. Keith Olbermann got into a snit with his new employer, Current, and hilarity ensued: “I watched the election coverage Olbermann was frozen out of last night. . . . It was hilarious. The production values were only slightly better than local public access and on par with the sort of thing you find in the tall grass of your cable system: Pakistani talk shows, 700 Club knock-offs, rural public TV, and Ukrainian round-tables on next year’s wheat harvest. While I really liked that they kept the live broadcast from CNN on the monitor in the background, the best part was Al Gore in a slot that you’d expect they’d reserve for a junior editor of Mother Jones. I watched for about 20 minutes and the supposed elder statesman of the Democratic party didn’t say a word until the show was almost over.”