Mitt Romney's Clear Road Out of New Hampshire
In his Washington Post column, Eugene Robinson says that GOP presidential candidate Mitt Romney is doing so well at the polls that by the time his Republican foes find a suitable challenger, he will be giving his acceptance speech for the nomination.
It’s going to be mean and dispiriting, this campaign. We’ll be assailed with talk of “ European socialism ” and “ vulture capitalism ” — not “hope” and “change” — and the months between now and November will seem an eternity.
There’s no use trying to gainsay or belittle Mitt Romney’s victory here Tuesday. Yes, he might have hoped for a bigger turnout. Yes, he would have been happier to win with at least 40 percent of the vote, rather than 39-point-whatever. And yes, given that he’s a part-time resident of New Hampshire, he was always expected to dominate the contest.
None of this is likely to matter. Romney is the first non-incumbent Republican to open two-for-two, winning both Iowa and New Hampshire. Exit polls show him with decent support among all the GOP’s diverse constituencies — and no glaring weaknesses. It’s true that most Republicans would prefer someone else, but there’s no agreement on who that someone else might be. By the time the anti-Romney forces get organized, he’ll be giving his acceptance speech.
Read Eugene Robinson's entire column at the Washington Post.