… being as they — the modrun GOP — is more than a little crazy itself. Frank Rich on “The Molotov Party“:
In the standard analysis of the race, which the embattled GOP Establishment is eager to believe, the rapid ascent and implosion of each wacky presidential contender is seen mainly as a passing judgment on Mitt Romney, the android who just can’t close the deal and improve his unyielding 25 percent average in polls of the Republican electorate. The Old Guard professes to have no worries. That steady 25 percent has been good enough to induce much of the press to portray Romney as the “presumed” (if not the “commanding”) front-runner ever since Beltway handicappers like Mark Halperin of Time and Chris Cillizza of the Washington Post labeled him as such early in 2010. One day or another Romney will surely make good on that bet. He has money, organization, and the looks of a president (or perhaps an audio-animatronic facsimile of one). Eventually primary voters will exhaust all conceivable alternatives and accept that no Chris Christie will descend from the heavens as a deus ex machina. Then they will come home to the 25 percent leader of the pack, because that’s what well-mannered Republicans always do…
But this narrative is built on a patently illogical assumption: that a 25 percent minority is the trunk wagging the Republican elephant. What makes anyone seriously assume that the 75 percent will accommodate itself to that etiolated 25 percent rather than force the reverse? That lopsided majority of the GOP is so angry at the status quo that it has been driven to embrace, however fleetingly, some of the most manifestly unqualified, not to mention flakiest, presidential contenders in American history. The 75 percent is determined to take a walk on the wild side. This is less about rejecting Mitt—who’s just too bland a figure to inspire much extreme emotion con or pro—than it is about fervently wanting something else. While the 75 percent has been splintered among the non-Romney candidates, it is largely unified in its passionate convictions. Just because Trump and Cain have folded their tents doesn’t mean those convictions have fled with them, or that financial underwriters like David Koch (a major Cain enthusiast) have closed their checkbooks.
The 75 percent’s passions are hot because their GOP is a party of revolution….
Hyperbole aside, I’m getting the impression that while Romney is still the most probable nominee (because, once they’ve had their happy funtime screaming imprecations and waving badly-spelt signs, “falling in line” is indeed what Republicans do, textbook little authoritarians that they are), Willard’s going to be forced to choose one of the bomb-throwers as his VP offering. The good news is, I can’t see Newton Leroy Gingrich accepting the underticket. The bad news is, that leaves Bachmann, Cain, Paul, Perry, or Santorum… each one more appalling than the last. Is Dr. Ron too prickly to settle for second-best? Would the combined unctousness of a Romney/Santorum platform cause even the unchoosy low-information voter to recoil? (Heck, will the Swollen Amphibian find a way to sabotage the whole party out of spite, even if it means sacrificing valuable shelf space at the Wingnut Welfare Wurlitzer Walmart?)