Love Mitt, surrender to Mitt: And so goes the rallying cry among Republicans who insist that the GOP nomination process end with Mitt Romney as the imperfect but inevitable candidate. The party grows anemic, the public is vexed — so learn to love Mitt, they say. The press is rushing the process. A new CNN poll reveals that 61 percent of Republicans say Rep. Ron Paul should drop out of the race; 60 percent say the same of Newt Gingrich, though just 39 percent think the same of Rick Santorum.
Bloomberg News, meanwhile, has assembled a laundry list of party heavyweights who support Mr. Romney and are pushing to close ranks, end the primary race and just get on with the bigger battle. The Republican National Convention is, after all, a mere 21 weeks away. The aforementioned list includes the ever ebullient American Conservative Union President Al Cardenas, Sen. Mike Lee of Utah and Rep. Kevin Mccarthy of California.
But wait. Grass-roots folk, “principled” conservatives, tea partyers and value voters still back Mr. Santorum despite noisy “big name” endorsements, says longtime conservative maven Richard A. Viguerie, who notes that such powerhouses as Gary Bauer, James Dobson, Vision America founder Richard Scarborough and Michelle Malkin agree with him.
“Rick Santorum is no stranger to the conservative movement. He is one of us. He walks with us, eats with us, and prays with us. He has celebrated our victories and mourned our losses for many years, not just when he wants our votes,” Mr. Viguerie adds. fatigue with the war in Afghanistan during a meeting with Canadian and Mexican defense officials in Ottawa on Tuesday) “Polls are for dogs.” (Canadian Defense Minister Peter Mackay, agreeing with Mr. Panetta)