The odds-on favorite from the beginning, former Mass. Gov. Mitt Romney keeps winning ugly and is lacking style points, which hurts him in the polls. Still, it looks like he’ll secure a spot in the BCS National Championship Game. Yuks aside, the GOP presidential primary talk has all the trappings of BCS debates, including some saying that the whole mess should be scrapped and redone, because this is no way to pick a winner.
Defending national champion Barack Obama brings in a loaded and well-financed team, and Romney’s tight victory in Ohio has done nothing to erase doubts about his ability to win in November. Plodding and methodical, the Michigan native’s campaign has all the trappings of a Big Ten team winning week-by-week, only to be exposed by Obama’s Hawaiian high-scoring air attack. You know, we’d rather just talk about football instead. Is it spring practice yet?
The takeaway from Tuesday is that nothing much changed. Mitt had the opportunity to put away at least one, and maybe both of his major rivals, leaving U.S. Rep. Ron Paul as the lone holdout. Perhaps the worst news for Team Romney is with Georgia going for former Speaker of the House Newt Gingrich, that was enough to keep his massive ego in the game — or at least, until the money holds out. Gingrich called himself “a survivor,” which conjures up images of Newt singing Beyoncé with his gal-pals on karaoke night.
Former U.S. Sen. Rick Santorum is in no hurry to leave, either, picking up wins in North Dakota, Oklahoma and Tennessee. Ohio was decided by a percentage point. Speaking in Ohio, Santorum said, “We have won in the West, the Midwest and the South and we’re ready to win across this country,” and, “We’re in this race, and we’re in it to stay.”
Li’l Duce lost the Ohio Catholic vote, which doesn’t exactly look good for a Pennsylvania Catholic who uses his faith as a campaign issue. A bright spot for Romney, there: at least his opponents keep imploding in their own unique ways.
And with only Paul to beat in Virginia, a whopping five percent of voters turned out. Of those, slightly more than 40 percent went to Paul. Newly a swing state, the Old Dominion’s enthusiasm level doesn’t bode well for Romney in the general election.
So, Romney keeps moving, because averaging four yards per rush will still get you a first down. Problem is, Obama’s looking to hang more than 300 — electoral votes — on him, and slow and steady will not be a winning strategy in the end.
by J.L. Mann Cromer, Jr., who served as the only true independent member of the South Carolina General Assembly from 1990-1998. Currently, he is a general practice attorney in Columbia, S.C., concentrating in probate and estate planning, criminal defense and personal injury law.