In less than two hours the polls in Florida will close. Unless there is a polling glitch of monumental proportions, Mitt Romney will win big. This will not keep pundits from saying many things (they must to fill up the air time) that strain credulity. Be prepared to hear:
The race is still wide open
Newt Gingrich is only beginning to fight
Mitt Romney is still a weak front-runner
Now a real conservative savior can enter the race
Gingrich really wounded Romney
Romney has a ceiling of 40 percent
Well, you get the idea. There are those on the left who’d like the race to continue and Romney to be bloodied; on the right, there is a certain desperation among the anti-Romney set to deny the obvious: A big win by Romney will all but put this race out of reach.
Yes, a fraction of the delegates have been decided, but just who is supposed to upend Romney? Certainly, not one of the reluctant candidates who couldn’t be lassoed into the race months ago. Certainly not Gingrich, who has become an outrageous and vitriolic figure. It wasn’t enough to smear Romney as a religious bigot, Gingrich now runs robo-calls “charging that the former Massachusetts governor and Sunshine State front-runner once ‘vetoed a bill paying for kosher food for our seniors in nursing homes — Holocaust survivors, who for the first time, were forced to eat non-kosher, because Romney thought $5 was too much to pay for our grandparents to eat kosher.’” (By the way where is the the ADL when you need them? Where are the Republican Jewish groups when you need them?)
What about Rick Santorum? Well, it would have been nice for the base to have gotten behind him months ago. He’s now the longest of long shots whose challenges will only grow if he goes winless in February.
It would be nice to get an honest assessment of the race tonight, but the media is really beside the point. The results will speak for themselves. One can only wonder what would have happened had the right-wing base gotten behind a more credible candidate than Newt Gingrich.
Right Turn will be back with results and coverage of the candidates’ speeches tonight.
UPDATE (7:00 p.m.): Now Gingrich’s campaign, which initially questioned if the robocalls were their’s, now says that the calls were “unfortunate” and should have been vetted. Pathetic.