Tonight’s the night

Mitt Romney will become the de facto GOP nominee. Come on Wisconsin conservatives. Challenge yourselves to muster your inner Rod Stewart and finish the phrase:

It’s gonna be alright.

Seriously. It’s time for this Republican race to be over. It makes perfect sense to me that the contest should end with the Wisconsin election.

But please take a moment to recognize the Tea Party also goes down tonight. You hadn’t thought much about that, had you?

I hate to harp on the matter, but it is timely to once again mention that Reince Priebus has in fact done nationally what he was elected to do: He put the Republican party back under one umbrella. Just like he usurped the Tea Party enthusiasm in Wisconsin a couple of years ago and buttoned down the candidacy of Wisconsin Governor Scott Walker, he’s channeled all that Not-Mitt energy and convinced Wisconsin to vote for Mitt (Romney.)

There is something to be said for a politician like Priebus who drives from so far in the backseat that he’s not thought to be in the car at all.

So, I predict Romney by 15 – 18 points over Santorum in Wisconsin. Santorum will hem and haw and be out by the end of the week.

Gingrich is already gone even though he was on the ballot, and I have been promised there was no secret meeting to give him anything for backing away.

The Romney campaign will quiet itself for a bit to regroup and then be ready to hit hard the first of September. And despite Ann Romney as the secret weapon (really, go read that link, it’s a great piece!) and the fact that Michelle Obama has a thing for spandex (no link, you’ve been spared) I suspect something will happen that keeps Obama in the White House for four more years. As I explained to someone earlier today, it’s not my first choice, but I am a fan of divided government and it won’t bother me much at all as long as Republicans control at least one side of Congress.

Take a minute to study up on your local races. Get out there and vote. Then sit back, relax, and continue to enjoy politics in Wisconsin as we gear up for the next round.

We’ll talk about the Democratic gubernatorial primary on Thursday.


  1. “As I explained to someone earlier today, it’s not my first choice, but I am a fan of divided government and it won’t bother me much at all as long as Republicans control at least one side of Congress.”

    I’d like to believe you are right on that, but I’m really not sure 4 years with no significant budget reforms will work very well. At the least, it means the cuts that will need to be made down the line will have to be much larger and more painful.

    We were smart enough to pick a candidate who has been thoroughly vetted and cannot be portrayed by the MSM as either dumb nor extremist. That means we will probably win, especially with such a tepid economic recovery.

    And I might bet on that, but only after I receive my victory steak at Eddie Martini’s. πŸ™‚

  2. What a remarkable memory you have young man. I’m not sure I can recall what I age for lunch. πŸ™‚

  3. jimspice says:

    I may be crossing over a bit later this evening to vote for Santorum. And I’m sure the whole room will be puzzled by the school-girl giggling coming from the booth containing the big hairy burly guy.

  4. Well Jim, 4 years ago I crossed over to vote for Hillary to try to keep the Dem primary competitive. I fear your attempt will be in vain, just as mine was.

  5. I voted for Hillary too! It’s on the blog somewhere…

  6. Do you think Paul Ryan and Mitt Romney’s clear and open voter fraud in Waukesha will help sway the results?!page=1&viewAll=0&sort=newestfirst

    So if Romney can’t win the nomination honestly, he’s willing to resort to vote buying. πŸ™‚

  7. KPOM, really? Perhaps you are jumping to conclusions. I can think of a couple of ways handing out sandwiches wasn’t an issue. Of course, if it was, then the GAB will surely go to court and take several months to figure it all out. πŸ™‚

  8. The Lorax says:

    Did someone say recall?

  9. MuskieGo says:

    The GAB didn’t do anything in the BBQ for votes case. They will certainly not do anything in this case which is less extreme.

    I don’t think that WI is going to be a landslide. SE WI strikes me as coalescing around Romney but NW WI seems to have a stronger Santorum following, at least in my circles. My prediction would be that Romney wins by 5-9% at best.

  10. Perhaps. I’m beginning to think the best way to figure the results in any race is to take what I say and reverse it. πŸ™‚ That technically would give Santorum the win, by the way.

  11. @Cindy and Muskie, I was being facetious. What amazes me is that WisDems actually filed a complaint. It makes them look petty.

    I think I’ve actually been to that Cousin’s, back when I had a client up north. However, I don’t think Hillary Clinton or Barack Obama sought many votes in Waukesha County in 2008, so I didn’t get a free lunch. πŸ™‚

  12. I guess the sandwiches worked. Fox already called Wisconsin for Romney. Santorum should have worn the cheesehead. πŸ™‚

  13. Thanks for that clarification KPOM. I was sooooo confused!

  14. Anonymous Politico says:

    Anonymous Politico <——- Fairly wrong.

  15. One week later and it’s all over. Santorum is on TV suspending his campaign. Gingrich is out.

    We’re done now.

  16. I wonder if it was it his daughter, his internal polling (which is likely telling him he’s behind in Pennsylvania), or some combination?

    There’s still Ron Paul, who I suspect will stay on to try to garner some more delegates just to get on stage.

  17. I suspect it’s one of those perfect storms. Sometimes it just all comes together and a decision is easy to make.