I really thought (hoped) the pollsters had blown it again and that Romney would not just edge out McCain but notch a solid win. It wasn't that I was anxious for a Romney victory (I'd prefer Giuliani), but I didn't want McCain.
I've always felt that McCain is rather unique among candidates in that he's perhaps the only one ever who can win the election but cannot get the nomination.
Now I'm less sure about the nomination part, and I don't like it. I'd certainly want a McCain Presidency rather than a Democrat scumbag or lightweight and possibly closet scumbag, but McCain is dangerously close to that label himself, although his would be for political rather than for both political and criminal reasons as is the case with the Clintons.
I'm also quite amused in that I know conservatives who will be driven insane by a McCain candidacy which almost makes it worth it.
But not quite.
The problem is that Romney doesn't really impress. He merely seems to be an adequate alternative to a real conservative. Coincidentally, that's the same reason, I think, that McCain gets the support he does. With him people feel they have a known entity, much of which they don't like, while with Romney, it's an unknown entity despite and because of his record of governing, and people are concerned that what they may get may be worse than the the Senator from Arizona.
Blame Bush for that. He certainly didn't turn out to be a pleasant surprise, despite the fact that 68% of Republicans still approve of the job he's done. And that's another reason for the unexpectedly strong support for McCain – with him, there's no discernible difference from the current President, at least not so you'd notice.
Now I don't think McCain has the nomination locked up by any means, since the Super Tuesday states won't have the oldsters and the Cubans who supported McCain in Florida, but the fact is, Romney has not been able to light anyone's fire.
And I don't think he will, which doesn't bode well for November should Romney succeed in stalling McCain's momentum and capturing the nomination. He speaks fluidly, but not with conviction. He seems rote, he seems as well rehearsed as he does well groomed – like a funeral director.
Giuliani is now expected to endorse McCain, further complicating Romney's prospects, and possibly giving Rudy the VP slot opposite Mr. Straight-Talk. All in all, that seems like a potentially winning ticket, even if the one I'd like would be the reverse. By contrast, no one has emerged as a an exciting running mate for Romney
So it's starting to look as if no matter who wins in November, the big winners will be Mexicans.
The big losers will, once again, be conservatives who haven't won in almost a quarter of a century. Of course conservatives are only getting what they deserve. And it could be worse… we could be libertarians.
Look for Hannity, Coulter, et al to kick it up a notch.