Readers here have probably detected that we have been shifting steadily into general campaign mode as Gov. Romney’s nomination became more and more likely. Now, with Sen. Santorum’s suspension of his campaign, it’s official. Newt Gingrich will not remain a candidate for much longer. President Obama is already coming after Romney by name, and the campaign will be furious, ugly and expensive. CNN reported this morning that the Obama reelection campaign has already spent $100 million setting up offices in battleground states around the country.
Stating the matter simply, if Republicans are divided, we can expect four more years of Barack Obama as POTUS. Among other things, that means:
- Obamacare continues.
- Liberals could easily gain control of the U.S. Supreme Court. If only one conservative justice leaves the Court due to illness, death, or other circumstances, everything would change.
- Our continued movement towards a government-centered America.
The stakes are high. And everyone must recognize that.
Mitt Romney certainly does, and there are encouraging signs that Rick Santorum does too. From the Wall Street Journal today:
Rick Santorum had barely finished saying that he was pulling out of the Republican presidential primary when Mitt Romney’s campaign sent out a statement: “Mitt Romney: I congratulate Senator Santorum on the campaign he ran.”
Turns out that Mr. Santorum gave Mr. Romney a heads-up before his withdrawal. That’s not surprising for someone who may want to be considered for a role in the former Massachusetts governor’s campaign or a possible Romney administration. Mr. Santorum has been invited to sit down with the Romney camp at his soonest availability. That’s also no surprise: It will be in Mr. Romney’s best interests to keep Mr. Santorum’s more conservative supporters happy.
“Senator Santorum is an able and worthy competitor, and I congratulate him on the campaign he ran. He has proven himself to be an important voice in our party and in the nation,” Mr. Romney said in a statement. “We both recognize that what is most important is putting the failures of the last three years behind us and setting America back on the path to prosperity.”
To borrow a Santorum slogan: Game on!