Mitt Romney is very likely to become the GOP nominee, pirmarily because conservatives, who are the overwhelming majority of the party, are unable to coalesce around either Gingrich, Santorum, or Perry.
Mitt Romney will also lose to Obama.
This will be a bitter pill to swallow. There is no way to sugarcoat that fact. We should have been able to make Obama a "one term wonder"
But because it is in the nature of conservatives to be eternally optimistic ( I speak as someone whose first involvement in a political campaign was handing out Goldwater literature at NYC subway stations) we can anticipate at least one benefit, if not more, from Romney's loss.
NO MORE SQUISHES.
After McCain, after Romney, the so called GOP "establishment" will have had its day. They can't win. Everything they have told us about how to win a national election will have proven to have failed, to be false.
And so, for years to come, we will not be bothered with having to deal with any more moderates, so called "nuanced" conservatives...middle of the roaders..their time will have passed.
The GOP will hold the House, and indeed, after the redistricting is complete in al states, and we see further Democrat retirements, I think the GOP will actually gain a few seats. The so-called "moderate blue-dawg House Democrat will finally be declared an extinct species.
The GOP will take control of the Senate, likely with a 55+ seat majority, and be well positioned to achieve a filibuster-proof majority in 2014. ( Don't take my word for it..just look at the list of Dems up in 2014)
More importantly, the GOP caucuses in both the House and Senate will be much more conservative, and they will exert considerable pressure on their leadership NOT to aquiesce to any of Obama's radical agenda.
Obama will have four more years to do considerable damage to the nation. There is no way to sugarcoat that. The new Congress will have to find its way on Day 1 in order to stop Obamacare. That will be the defining battle of the next Congress.
But Mitt's "greatest" contribution to the GOP,and to the country, in his defeat, will be that finally the party establishment is sent packing.
The day after the 2012 election, Obama is a lame duck, and speculation already focuses on 2016. And the Democrat race will be between Biden and Hillary. There is no other Democrat on the horizon that even remotely has a chance. And Biden and Hillary are old, tired, has-beens.
Contrast that with the GOP. We are blessed with a stable of savvy, young, highly intelligent, photogenic conservatives, who are just coming into national prominence, and they will wage a spirited campaign for the nomination.
Marco Rubio, Paul Ryan, Nikki Haley. Ron Johnson, Jim DeMint...just to name a few.
I will of course vote for Romney. And hope that he somehow manages to win. But I won't have a MITT bumper sticker on my car. All my efforts, my enthusiam, and my $$ will be devoted to a few key House and Senate races that I deem vital.
Here in Florida, we will send a second Sen Nelson into retirement, and it is imperative that we re-elect Allen West to the House. In Ohio, Josh Mandel is well positioned to defeat the thoroughly detestable Sherrod Brown.
And of course, even before we get to November, Scott Walker will need the support, and the $$$ from conservatives all across this nation.
Those are my key races this year. Others will have their own. They are a great many worthwhile conservatives running who merit our support.
Mitt Romney just doesn't happen to be one of them.
Unlike Shakespeare's Thane of Cawdor, who at his death, "confessed his treasons," and "set forth a deep repentence," Mitt has failed to do either. He continues to flip-flop, to equivocate, and think that just by telling the people now what he thinks they want to hear, that he can win.
There is only one possible reason for any conservative to enthusiastically support Romney; his win would all but ensure that the Mormon Tabernacle Choir would appear at the White House during Christmas.
So Romney's parting "gift" will in the very manner of his leaving. No more will we be forced to settle for the lesser nominee. And that will be his political epitaph.
This will be a bitter pill to swallow. W had every expectation