Mitt Romney won six of ten contests last night, including a big come-from-behind win in the key state of Ohio, but it won’t be enough to kill off the MSM’s favorite “zombie narrative”: That some how, some way, someone other than Romney just could, possibly, perhaps, be the GOP nominee.
It has reached absurd levels. Romney has won primaries in states where Obama won in 2008 and which the GOP must win in 2012 to get back the White House: New Hampshire, Florida, Ohio and Virginia.
Romney has also won primaries in Arizona and Michigan, the former which is a must win in the fall, and the latter in which a competitive campaign will force the Democrats to defend formerly safe territory because of Romney’s ties to the state.
Rick Santorum has won two caucus states that do indeed matter a great deal in the fall –Colorado and Iowa– but Romney has bagged Nevada which is in the same category, and recent Iowa polling has Romney ahead of Obama there. The wins notched by Newt in South Carolina and Georgia don’t signify in the fall math because they will go for the GOP candidate under any circumstance, and the same is true of Santorum’s wins in Oklahoma and Tennessee, and his upcoming win in Kansas.
In short, Romney has been the winner in the states toughest to win in the fall, most of which are absolutely necessary to win in the fall. Over and over again he has won when and where he needed to win. If the GOP electorate down the road wants to win, it will continue to vote for Romney and he will be the nominee.
Rick Santorum has indeed forced Romney to up his game even as Gingrich did, and that is all for the good.
But would any analyst –any one at all– bet their right to appear on air after the GOP convention on anyone being the nominee other than Romney? Go ahead, ask them. We all know the answer. And we also know why they nevertheless push the zombie narrative.
The president’s MSM defenders think they are helping him by stringing the GOP contest out as long as possible. My NationalReview.com analysis on Romney’s good night will suggest why the opposite may just be the case. Either way, let’s not pretend there is drama here. Or journalism.