So much for all the “making history” chutzpah of the Romney campaign — and their pet news media — on the night of the New Hampshire primary, when pundits were spellbound by a GOP candidate for president winning both the Iowa caucuses and that night’s first-in-the-nation event in the state where Mitt lives and governed next door.

Romney actually lost Iowa to Rick Santorum.

Former senator Rick Santorum (Pa.) officially won the Iowa caucuses Thursday — 16 days after the last vote was cast — when state GOP officials said a final count showed him 34 votes ahead of former Massachusetts governor Mitt Romney.

That was a shift from the preliminary results announced after the Jan. 3 caucuses, which showed Romney winning Iowa by eight votes.

If anything can bust Romney’s rapidly deflating inevitability balloon in the Southern primaries — what I call the “NASCAR” contests, since voters there so like the pending winner — it’s the fading illusion that he’s, well, inevitable. Look forward to lots of talk today from the Romney camp about a “tie.” Hey, Mitt — if 8 votes wasn’t a tie, neither is 34.