Man-on-dog quits, Dog-on-roof wins.....
With Mr. Frothy finally flushed away and Romney receiving a new barrage of endorsements, the Sane faction of the Republicans is strongly pushing the meme that the race for the nomination is over, Romney is the candidate, and it's time to unite against Obama. But the Nutty faction, or a lot of it, isn't ready to throw in the towel yet.
Check out the lengthy but entertaining comments thread here for a sample of what I've been seeing a lot of on various right-wing sites. Just as the left is cursed with a small fringe of cranks who denounce Obama as a conservative and no different from a Republican, and threaten to not vote for him or insist it makes no difference who wins -- so the right has its own extremist element who call Romney liberal, socialist, Democrat-lite, and similar names, and just can't stomach the thought of him as the Republican nominee when they had their hearts set on a full-bore crazed theocrat like Santorum.
The problem, from a mainstream Republican viewpoint, is that their loony fringe seems to be a lot bigger than ours.
The further and more immediate problem is that much of the Nutty faction genuinely can't hear the fat lady singing. To those who aren't paying attention to the details of the process, it looks like the race is still wide open. Romney has barely half the 1,144 delegates needed to nominate. The giant Republican stronghold of Texas has not yet voted and might well prefer a more red-meat right-winger over Romney. There's still a serious non-Romney in the race -- Gingrich -- and he's already eagerly putting himself forward as a rallying point for Santorum supporters now cast adrift. Even the Paultards are hoping for a few scraps. Some Nutties dream of a "brokered convention" where some quirk of party rules would allow the primary results to be set aside and the nomination given to Gingrich or even to some dark-horse Nutty idol such as Perry or Palin.
Never mind that actual polling and delegate-allocation rules in the states yet to vote virtually assure that Romney will reach 1,144. Never mind that Gingrich fares even worse than Santorum in head-to-head polling match-ups against Obama. Never mind the explosive consequences if a brokered convention were to brush aside the choice of millions of Republican primary voters. Never mind all that. They just can't stomach the "moderate" Romney.
The right wing is bedeviled by hard-line ideological purists who can't compromise, can't accept the political reality that radical candidates don't win elections, and would rather see their own side lose than see it win with a candidate who doesn't meet their exact and complete set of standards. If they can't unite, and if we can unite, we win.
I hope we're smarter than they are.