Was Ron Paul ‘strong’ or ‘disappointing’?

A reader emails: “I noticed this interesting discord on the front page of the Post in its Iowa coverage today:”

Rep. Ron Paul (Tex.) scored a close but disappointing third-place finish…
Karen Tumulty’s Washington Post story

Although Santorum and Paul proved the doubters wrong with their strong showings Tuesday…
Dan Balz’s Washington Post piece

“So, was Paul’s showing strong or disappointing?” asks the emailer. “The Post can’t seem to decide.”