It’s over. Every credible outlet, every credentialed and uncredentialed commentator says that Mitt Romney, in the words of Fox News, is “the presumptive nominee.” So we were wondering, wouldn’t it be a good idea now for Newt Gingrich and Rick Santorum, in addition to dropping out of the race, to shut up, pretty much about everything, and just let Mitt make the rounds of people and organizations he has offended and make his amends, like he did at the NRA yesterday?
In fact, what would probably be a good idea, now that it is over, is for it to really be over. That is, to suspend not only all these other campaigns, but all of the primaries and advertising and speeches in general. Save up all the money and energy for the fall campaign. So the question now becomes, dear National Review, dear American Spectator, dear Peggy Noonan, dear George Will, dear RNC and East Coast Establishment, just when should we pick ourselves up out of the lethargy we are about to go into and start muttering among ourselves that we need to remember to get to the polls the first Tuesday in November?
David Axelrod is beaming. We mentioned on these pages before that the man is a genius, that his tactic in ’08 was to go easy on McCain so he would be the ‘presumptive nominee’ and, having lulled the Republican Party into thinking he was a one-trick pony, reversed his tactics and went after Romney early in this campaign, goading the R’s into thinking he feared Romney. So here we are and we presume that Mitt is the nominee so everybody can just cool off, take a break and, presumably, someone will send word when we should again concern ourselves with saving America.
In order to keep things quiet, Axelrod is probably going to have to institute some control measures over the next few days and weeks. You can be sure that, after the Hilary Rosen affair, the word will go out for everybody, and that means everybody, Biden, (good luck with that, David) to shut the hell up. Rosen almost blew it, because a lot of conservatives’, and ‘independents’ , hackles were raised by the attack on Ann Romney. That won’t be happening again. In the same vein, a lot of people wondered why it was that Al Sharpton disappeared from Sanford, Florida last week after vowing to stay there on the front lines. Gee, could we venture a guess?
Even more ominous, if one wanted to consider the notion of back-channel communications, is why the incendiary hate-mongering babe speaking for the New Black Panthers on the Trayvon Martin issue suddenly went all girlie on us and started crying and apologizing all over herself. Out of character? Oh, yes. These people have been told “Unless the conditions are right, unless we can control not only the information, but the evidence, until we say “go!”, do not go. There was a reason we let you off back in ’09.”
It’s going to be a long summer. Hot? Eh, not so much. Mitt is the presumptive nominee.