The wall is up. The writing is coming. Barring a significant reversal on Super Tuesday, Mitt Romney will be the Republican nominee for president.
I have to admit, I still think Rick Perry would make a good president. He's back at the Governor's Mansion in Austin.
Bobby Jindal never ran.
Newt Gingrich annoyed too many people.
Etc. etc. etc.
Mitt Romney has run a steady, unspectacular campaign. He doesn't present himself as the one answer to all of life's problems. If he can go a week without accidentally reminding people how much richer he is than we are, people may even grow to like a man who obviously loves his family and has shown long term bouts of competence.
Is Mitt Romney an unprincipled flip-flopper, or is he a guy whose views evolve and who is ultra-responsive to what his voters seem to want? Either way, polls show that most folks hate Obamacare. The vast majority of his voters hate Obamacare. His past record of adhering to what his specific constituents want indicates that he will shoot down Obamacare regardless of what he did in Massachusetts.
America, especially conservative America, has evolved as well. Ron Paul's greatest contribution lies in helping to push the GOP and conservatism into a more rights based philosophy. What seemed conservative to some fifteen years ago is now seen as big government.
You don't need to love Mitt Romney. It's better if you don't. That means that, if elected, he knows that he is on a short leash and has no opportunity to develop hubris.
We are conservatives. We don't need to love our nominee. We are not looking for "the One." We just need to elect someone who will roll back this insidious march to socialism. And if Mitt Romney is our nominee, so be it. I'll fight for him zealously.
But everyone needs to stop peeing in his Corn Flakes, because he will likely win the nomination.