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Media are selling Romney short

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The entrenched talking heads of politics for the major media continue to see Mitt Romney’s continuing victories on the primary trial as something of a fluke.

They think someone like Rick Santorum, or Newt Gingrich, or even Ron Paul is ready to break out of the pack and score enough victories to defeat Romney, or at least make it much harder for him to win.

But let’s take a look at those attitudes. First, Romney, a former Massachusetts governor, has won more delegates — 419 overall — than Santorum, Gingrich and Paul combined. If he keeps on at the rate he is going, he may not have all 1,144 delegates he needs to win the nomination, but he will be close. His opponents, barring something unforeseen, can’t catch him.

Santorum, a former Pennsylvania U.S. senator, and Gingrich, a former speaker of the house, expect to pick up delegates in the south, and they may. But it won’t be enough to put them into contention.

Ron Paul, a member of the Texas delegation in Congress, has little chance of any victories.

The media politics mongers wish the election were more interesting, so they could hold their audiences. But Romney has out-thought them. He works hard, has plenty of money, and stays on message — that message being the economy.

Some people are saying the intensity of the campaign is setting Romney up for President Obama to shoot down, but don’t believe that for a minute.

Unless the Republican Party and its voters have lost their minds, they will get behind Romney — or any nominee, for that matter — the moment the party-leader baton is passed.

The nature of political primaries is to see who can outwork the others. So far, in this election year, it’s Romney.


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