We recently heard fairly strong critiques of the Republican primary race from both Barbara and Jeb Bush. This weekend, George Will basically called the Republican candidates cowards. Of course I could go on - but those will suffice to make the point.
Following the Super Tuesday primaries, I did something I often do after Republicans have spoken - I visited wingnutland to see what they're saying about the results. To be honest, Erick Erickson nailed it.
The big difference between 2008 and 2012 is that in 2008, David beat Goliath. The base of the party rallied to the David who took out the machine no one thought could be taken out. In 2012, Goliath is beating David and no one ever really cheers for Goliath...
Frankly, even if Gingrich exits, Romney will still most likely be the nominee.
He will be the nominee having lost the South, Appalachia, evangelicals, conservatives, and blue collar voters. He will go into the general election deeply distrusted by his own base while having to woo independent voters. This is not a dazzling position to be in to beat an incumbent President.
When you've lost everyone from the Bush's to evangelicals and blue collar voters, I begin to wonder where there is a constituency in the Republican Party that is happy with the current state of affairs. Goliath may in fact beat David, but no one seems very satisfied with the victory.
Lets be honest folks, the GOP is a train wreck in progress right now. Its true that much can change in the next 9 months so we have to stay on our game. But this is a historical moment we're witnessing...no doubt about it.