Both Joe Lawler and Jim Antle felt obliged to comment on Ross Douthat’s column arguing for the “inevitability” of Mitt Romney as the GOP nominee. If Romney is the eventual nominee, the two key factors will be:
Douthat’s argument for Romney’s inevitability seems to involve the assumption that Cain can’t possibly win, which is an assumption his campaign has had to deal from the beginning. Karl Rove’s smug dismissal of Cain is typical of this attitude. Yet for all Cain’s shortcomings as a candidate, he is still capable of inspiring fervent grassroots support. If his campaign can somehow organize that support, a miraculous upset is yet possible.
One suspects that if Cain did manage to stop Romney, Rove would be as horrified as he was when Christine O’Donnell beat Mike Castle in last year’s Delaware Senate primary. The prospect of embarrasing Karl Rove might be the kind of goal that finally inspires the Cain campaign to get organized.
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