I have chosen to talk about the Republican primary race as the topic of the first installment of my “Politics Daily” series. It is the subject that dominates the cable news channels day in and day out. But, as anyone who views the cable news channels with any frequency (i.e. MSNBC, Fox, CNN), discussions about the state of the primary gets boring, fast.
It is the same stuff over and over again, partly because the primary process is (might have been deliberately) so long that nothing new emerges. After the early contests in Iowa, New Hampshire, and Florida, we said goodbye to the candidates who were never realistic choices to become the nominee (Michelle Bachmann, Herman Cain), and to candidates who either lacked fundamental skills in political stagecraft (Rick Perry), or never gained traction with voters (Jon Huntsman).
What we are left with are three candidates with so many flaws voters cringe at the prospect of them leading the nation and one without a realistic chance of winning but has a sort-of entrenched cult following that isn’t likely to switch allegiances any time soon.
I can imagine many Republican voters (and Independent voters), presented with the names Romney, Santorum, Gingrich, and Paul as their choices to face Barack Obama in the general election are thinking to themselves, “really?” Each one of them has had a political career, coupled with unpopular, inconsistent, or extreme political views, that can be picked apart by the Obama campaign.
Even Fox news, the most viewed cable new channel in America, and the de-facto voice of the Republican party, doesn’t have a clear idea of whom they are supporting to become President. While they are still reluctantly (or resisting) supporting Romney, they have a hard time wrapping their heads around envisioning a President Santorum.
And now, after the results of Super Tuesday, with Romney unable to claim a decisive victory and still clearly facing much opposition to him becoming the Republican nominee, it might come down to the eventual surrender by Rick Santorum. Then what?
In this struggle to survive the Republican primary marathon, I guess Mitt Romney should really thank the Citizens United decision and his host of wealthy donors.