I liked Jim Antle’s critique and his follow up to Ross Douthat’s assertion that Mitt Romney has the GOP nomination “wrapped up.” By that logic, we might as well else dispense with the primaries and hail Romney the new king. Except it doesn’t work like that.
As I argued here a week ago, not a single ballot has been cast in the Republican primaries and Romney hasn’t earned the GOP nomination. Voters have a funny way of deciding what is and isn’t inevitable.
I’m not saying Romney can’t win. I don’t discount the resources he has at his disposal for a moment. Yet while he might have a good product strategy, the product itself hasn’t left a good taste in the mouths of Republican primary voters. Whatever Herman Cain’s shortcomings, what he has to offer is looking more and more palatable. It could very well be that Republican voters are more comfortable with what they see on slice of Cain pizza than what’s hidden in a Romney wrap.