NH: It’s over, baby

As pretty much expected, Romney comes through with a big win.  Maybe if had a a surprisingly small margin– or, if someone with an actual chance to win the nomination (though I think that’s nobody), not Ron Paul, had come in second– we’d have have something to talk about going forward, but we don’t.  Stick a fork in it– the most disappointingly swift nomination race in modern history is done.   I’d be willing to discount this if it did not appear that Romney is set to cruise to victory in SC as well.   You can discount a big Romney victory in NH, but there’s no discount a big win in SC.  And heck,  even if he doesn’t win SC there’s just no viable/logical scenario for him losing.

The man is charmed.  Interestingly, I do think he’s increasingly looking like a weaker general election candidate.  This, “I like to fire people” thing (context or not), is so not going away, largely because it fits a largely accurate narrative of what he was actually doing at Bain (and for the record, I don’t have a problem with that, but it sure ain’t the record of “job creation” he likes to pretend).

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About Steve Greene
Professor of Political Science at NC State http://faculty.chass.ncsu.edu/shgreene

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