Not that there was much doubt, but Romney seems to have sewed up the GOP nom, pulling ahead of all challengers with an insurmountable lead in delegates and sweeping DC, Maryland, and even Wisconsin last night:
(CSM) — Mr. Romney won at least 83 delegates in Tuesday’s contests, according to the Associated Press. That gives him 655 of the 1,144 needed for nomination. Rick Santorum has 278, Newt Gingrich 135, and Ron Paul 51. Romney’s closest rival, ex-Pennsylvania Senator Santorum, would need to win 80 percent of the remaining delegates to clinch the nomination, according to the AP. Given that most of the state contests to come award their delegates proportionately in some manner, that’s a close-to-impossible task.
Makes you wonder why Santorum is bothering to stay in. But egos and hope die hard in politics just like anywhere else.
There’ll be a lot of criticism of Romney here and around the progressive blogosphere over the next few months. What’s sad is it doesn’t need to be that way. The pro-choice, healthcare fixin gay rights champion Mitt Romney that used to exist has been terminated. Now we have this flip-flopping spineless weasel who lies point-blank into the camera even when there are recent videos and op-eds of the same guy taking a diametrically opposite view. The worst part is, in every case, the new view is worrisome or downright revolting. Steal medicare from people who have paid in for 30 years and give it to billionaires, make corporations people and make people chattel, repeat the exact same policies that created the worst economic calamity since the Great Depression. Take away reproductive rights from women. In issue after issue it’s as though Romney is running for Douchebag in Chief.