Now that Mitt “Willard” Romney has managed to emerge as the de facto GOP presidential nominee…
… I mean, of course the primary was rigged. The primaries are always rigged. This is not a surprise. Republican leadership knows that a Santorum candidacy in the general election would sink the party for at least eight years. I do think that there was a clear path for Santorum to seize the candidacy, and if he had acted differently over two weeks in February, he could be on top right now. The thing is, if you’re smart enough, you can accept the fact that the game is rigged, and then manipulate the rigged game to work in your favor. The Obama campaign managed it in 2008. Neither Gingrich nor Santorum (or Ron Paul) were smart enough to do it this year.
… some people, such as Charles Blow, are taking entirely too much joy in the schadenfreude:
The dream is dying. There will be no dynamic, charismatic, Reaganesque Republican presidential nominee this cycle. There won’t even be a consistent conservative. There will only be Mitt Romney.
With his wins on Tuesday in Wisconsin, Maryland and the District of Columbia, Romney has virtually guaranteed his lock on the Republican nomination and has practically thrown a bucket of ice water on his party’s desire for a transformative right-wing figure who could convincingly sell its draconian budget priorities and regressive social agenda to an increasingly weary middle…
That sound you hear is the sound of despair — the hard swallowing and deep breathing by reluctant Republicans crossing their fingers and praying for the best.
Maybe Romney will pick a game-changing running mate. Remember how well that worked last time?
Yeah, noted sketch comedian John McCain has already shared his opinion concerning such “rogue” choices… (don’t miss the video)
At the Washington Post, Eugene Robinson suppresses his laughter, barely, to handicap potential Romney running mates:
Playing second fiddle to Mitt Romney won’t be easy, but somebody has to be his running mate. Let’s handicap the field:
●Florida Sen. Marco Rubio: The choice who offers the biggest potential reward — for the biggest risk…
●Wisconsin Rep. Paul Ryan: A safer choice, yet one that would restrict Romney’s freedom to maneuver during the campaign….
●New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie: A potential game-changer who could save the ticket or doom it — either way, spectacularly…
●South Carolina Gov. Nikki Haley: Given her talent for controversy, I’m begging on behalf of columnists everywhere, Mr. Romney. Please. Make our day.
And Robinson’s rogues’ gallery doesn’t even include two fairly high-profile GOP figures who, Paul Constant of Seattle’s Stranger points out, have already indicated their willingness to serve:
Santorum for Number Two!
A reporter for the Jesus News Network, or whatever, asked Rick Santorum if he’d be willing to serve as Mitt Romney’s vice presidential nominee. Santorum’s response?
Of course. I mean, look. I would do in this race as I always say, this is the most important race in our country’s history. I’m going to do everything I can. I’m doing everything I can. I’m out there…
So Rick Santorum would be willing to be the bottom for a man he’s described as a Massachusetts moderate and Republican-in-name-only who created the template for Obamacare. That’s mighty big of him. What a patriot!
UPDATE: Newt Gingrich “wouldn’t say no” to the Massachusetts moderate if he was asked to be vice president, either. What big hearts these two have!
Heck, let’s include Jim DeMint (R-TeaParty) in the mix. Sober analysts insist that no sane politician would risk a safe Senate seat for the chance to play second banana to the guy who’s going to get crushed by President Obama come November, but then, this is “Senator DeMinted” we’re talking about…