GOP establishment types seem very excited this morning that Mitt Romney was able to win both one of his several “home” states — amassing 16 delegates to Santorum’s 14 (Romney won 41% to 38%) — and the state that keeps sending John McCain to the Senate. As a Republican. This, to them, augers well for their anointed candidate, serving as a sign that at least some in the GOP base have, if not exactly embraced Romney, at least begun to realize that if they don’t get behind this guy, he’ll spend and spend and spend until he destroys every other GOP competitor, one by one by one.
– Which, for the time being this tepid embrace of the latest inevitable GOP “moderate” pretending to be a conservative, means that the powers behind the (potential) GOP throne, who insist they don’t really even exist as such (Karl Rove? A puffy, ubiquitous figment of our imaginations! An avuncular “analyst” with no real horse in this race) won’t have to huddle behind closed doors and beg either Chris Christie or Jeb Bush or Mitch Daniels to please please please jump into the GOP primary race and save the country from having a full-throated, unapologetic conservative choice against Barack Obama.
The only thing worse than not being in power, evidently, is having to rely on the votes of those who, in order to put you there, keep insisting that you accept a severe diminution of power. And after watching the Democrats get to have all the spending and redistributing fun, that just won’t do.
It’s time we face facts: the GOP establishment, which controls the money and the organizing apparatus essential for most effectively promoting Republican candidates, mistrusts the conservative base far more so than it does the Democrats with whom they share a mutual desire: power, control of the national purse strings, and a belief that, by virtue of their elected positions, they should be making the choices for an American public that, truth be told, they don’t much care for in the aggregate, and don’t much care about, save for their necessity as votes to propel them to positions of authority.
Or perhaps the real problem is that I’m out of touch with what the country needs. In which case, my apologies.