When the fight ended the Champ was battered, fatigued, but still standing, still the champ. Billed as the “Mid-term Classic,” the match had all the makings of a once-in-a-lifetime epic — the fight of the century. The “Chicago Kid” used his left jabs and fancy footwork to avoid the challenger’s right hooks and clever infighting. The early rounds weren’t too kind to the game kid, but a surprising uppercut brought the first significant knockdown that is being referred to as the Delaware Round. The middle rounds offered little hope as the red states crowded the Champ into a corner. As the long night dragged, on the press corps and pundits had a field day. They reported the “kid” was reeling and would go down in a heap. Then in the late rounds, the Western-state numbers started coming in. California, Oregon, Washington, along with a haymaker of a punch from Nevada. Both sides claimed victory and attention is now focused on a rematch in 2012. The Champ admitted he was in the fight of his political life. He promised his fans to not let them down in the next go-around. He’ s back in training. A strong challenge is expected from people such as “Gentleman Mitt, “Wanna Be Huckabee” and the old warhorse “Newt,” to name a few. Let’s not forget “Mama Bear” in the far north. Tickets are going fast. It could be another knockdown, drag-out election in 2012.