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Super Tuesday Caucuses Virtually Ignored by Candidates

According to the Bismarck Tribune, Ron Paul will make a last-ditch effort to garner support in North Dakota by visiting the state on Super Tuesday.  It won’t help him win the GOP nomination, but if he wins or has a strong showing in the Peace Garden State, it may enable him to prolong the agony for the other candidates.  Paul visited Alaska on Sunday and drew enthusiastic crowds, but that won’t help him, either.  Paul won the Idaho GOP straw poll on January 7, but that was light-years ago in political terms.  According to the Idaho Statesman, Romney is expected to win the Idaho caucus on Super Tuesday.

The writing is on the wall as far as Paul is concerned.  It’s just a matter of time before GOP voters realize that he doesn’t stand a chance of winning the GOP nomination.  In the last few days, Romney has picked up two important conservative endorsements -- one from Oklahoma Senator Tom Coburn and the other from Virginia Congressman and House Majority Leader Eric Cantor.  Coburn said,

What Romney has done in his 25 years in the private sector is precisely what we need a president to do in Washington.  Romney has done hard things. He has turned businesses around, told people hard truths about what needed to be done, inspired confidence and overcome excuses. Romney is not a career politician or a career legislator. As a former governor and business leader, he is an executive who knows how to use executive power.

Cantor said,

What I have seen is a very hard-fought primary. And we have seen now that the central issue about the campaign now is the economy. I just think there's one candidate in the case who can do that, and it's Mitt Romney.

A lot has been said over the last few weeks about enthusiasm or the lack of it.  Republican stalwarts fear that the protracted and bruising race for the GOP nomination is putting a damper on voters’ passion.  That may be true, but Democrats are in worse shape than Republicans at this stage of the game as the chart below shows:

President Obama is crisscrossing the country and doing everything he can to gin up support for his re-election bid, but to little or no avail.  As Election Day in November approaches, the cadre of leftist radicals and uninformed young people who helped elect him in 2008 may engage so nothing should be taken for granted, but most Americans disapprove of the president’s performance.  That’s not likely to change unless the economy picks up steam in a hurry.  Mitt Romney explained why succinctly:

“This president has made some promises that he couldn’t keep.  He’s out of ideas, he’s out of excuses, and in 2012 we are going to make sure he’s out of office.”

It’s time for Ron Paul to drop out of the race. Romney is the logical person to receive his endorsement since he’s beginning to fire up support among prominent conservatives. Gingrich should drop out, too, if he doesn’t win the Georgia primary by a landslide.