Yesterday, Governor Romney swept all five primaries, including Delaware, which was Newt Gingrich's last best hope for continuing his campaign - and in Delaware, he got stomped. Today, Gingrich announced that he is ending his campaign for the Presidential nomination.
In his announcement, Newt had some pretty interesting things to say - things that we all should be paying close attention to. From the CBS News report:
"I think you have to at some point be honest with what's happening in the real world, as opposed to what you'd like to have happened," Gingrich said. "Governor Romney had a very good day yesterday. He got 67 [percent] in one state, and he got 63 in other, 62 in another. Now you have to give him some credit. I mean this guy's worked six years, put together a big machine, and has put together a serious campaign.
"I think obviously that I would be a better candidate, but the objective fact is the voters didn't think that," Gingrich said. "And I also think it's very, very important that we be unified."
(bold is mine) As has been written here on these pages several times, the voters are the ones who chose Governor Romney. He is going to be our nominee. And as Newt says, it IS very important (now that the primaries have indicated our choice) that we are - or become - unified.
This has been a pretty nasty GOP primary season. There are a lot of us (myself included) who don't particularly like Mitt Romney as a candidate. But our candidate he is. We can lament what might have been and we can fret a bit about what kind of president Mitt might be. But in the end the mission is now to focus all of our efforts on defeating Barack Obama by supporting Mitt Romney as our nominee. And it's not just the "us" here at Redstate and in the trenches of the electorate...it's also the other former candidates: Perry, Cain, Bachmann, Santorum, Huntsman - and Gingrich. The GOP must now line up behind Romney.
But that doesn't mean we don't push Romney to adhere as closely as possible to conservative principles. He doesn't just get a pass. Daniel made a good point earlier in his diary "Romney Must Coalesce Around Conservatives..." He's making the case to us, not the other way around. Let's keep the pressure on...but remember who the real target is, now that the primaries are pretty much over.
From here on out, I support Mitt Romney for President.