Mitt Romney: I’ve only written one speech for tonight

This is the sign of a confident man on election night: Mitt Romney says he has written only one speech for tonight. It’s a victory speech. And it’s 1,118 words long.

Romney told reporters on his plane today that “intellectually” he’s felt he’s won the race for a while.

“I’m very proud of the campaign we’ve run,” Romney said. But “no campaign is perfect.”

“I am very pleased. I feel we have put it all on the field. We left nothing in the locker room,” Romney said.

In Mitt’s corner: Veteran newsman Dan Rather, who told MSNBC’s “Morning Joe” that “Something in my gut tells me that it’s going to be a good day for Romney.”

“But as a reporter, you don’t report your gut. The polls all indicate, yes, Obama, he has several paths to victory, Romney has only one.”

And, then, Dan dropped a classic Ratherism: “But don’t taunt the alligator until after you cross the creek.”

Joe Garofoli