Mitt Romney coasted in Arizona and pulled out a to- close victory in Michigan, picking up delegates but hardly putting away GOP challenger Senator Rick Santorum.
What should we take away for this? I think the obvious.
Mitt Romney is a weak candidate. While Romney has some support, most of his support is superficial. He is the GOP’s front-running “not Obama” in many people’s minds, with a passing chance of ending King Putt’s hopes of a second term. It isn’t that people like Romney, so much as they hate Obama.
Rick Santorum is a liberal-spending, big government social conservative, running at Romney from the right. He’s the heir-apparent “not Romney” after Newt Gingrich and Rick Perry flamed out and Ron Paul continued his normal practice of being insane.
Last night’s results are just the latest evidence that what the GOP really needs is a brokered convention and a candidate that can keep the base and attract libertarians and independents.
Allen West. Bobby Jindal. Sarah Palin. Chris Christie. Rand Paul. Clarence Thomas. These are just some of the names being bandied about. The problem with our current GOP front-runners is that nobody really likes them, and the problem with the possible alternatives is that they won’t necessarily have the time or money to build their case for the Oval Office, either.
It’s stunning to consider, but we’re looking at a very real possibility of Barack Obama winning a second term not based upon his own accomplishments, but because an inept Republican Party can’t offer up even a moderately competent candidate as an alternative.
My, oh my.