Where does this leave the former Massachussetts governor? In the cat’s bird seat for now. His two closest rivals – Paul and Santorum – have no chance of winning the nomination. His more dangerous rivals – Gingrich and Perry – are both fatally flawed. Gingrich has brains but no money and little organization. Governor Perry has money and organization but no brains.
That leaves a relatively open road to the nomination for Romney. He may not nail it down till he gets to the convention in Tampa but Romney has it in the bag.
That does not mean he will win the general election in November. Far from it. In the Iowa caucuses one key figure is often over-looked. Seventy-five per cent of the Republican participants did not vote for Romney. Imagine that. Romney can only get one Republican in four to support him. In other words, the Tea Party and the far right would sooner lose the election with a true blue conservative rather than a moderate like Romney whom they despise.
So Romney wins the nomination and Obama wins the election.
Has Romney wrapped up the nomination?
What do you think?