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.