|Mitt and Ann Romney: America's next first couple?|
The vest obsessed Rick Santorum, the last of the concocted anti-Romney candidates has surged within the last several days and by virtue of coming in second in Iowa, he is seen as the likely candidate these CONServatives will rally around. Santorum has picked up the baton after all the other screwball surrogates (Bachmann, Perry, Cain and Gingrich) had risen and fallen in the polls, hence out of contention - barring miraculous surprises - due to scandals and ineptitude.
But if the CONServatives want to coalesce around Santorum and make this a long drawn-out Primary, they will be disappointed in the end by Romney winning the nomination. Now if by a long shot, Santorum or another not-Romney candidate ends up being the nominee, because of the ultraconservative vote, still they will be more disappointed because Obama will beat their consensus candidate in the end.
These CONServatives still have a lot to learn about the shifts in American politics. Inasmuch as I support their conservative values agenda, such platforms cannot be realized with a parochial and strictly partisan approach. They need independents and moderates on their side to secure the White House. And it’s Romney who appeals to those voters too.