Read Gail Collins’ column in the Times this morning. It is hysterical.
I don’t know if I’ve ever mentioned this, but Mitt Romney once drove to Canada with the family Irish setter on the roof of the car. [...]
At some point — possibly in response to the excitement about being passed by tractor-trailers while floating like a furry maraschino cherry on top of the car, Seamus developed diarrhea. And Romney, who had designated all the acceptable rest stops before beginning the trip, was forced to make an unscheduled trip to a gas station. Where he kept the family in the car while he hosed down the station wagon and the dog, then returned to the highway.
“It was a tiny preview of a trait he would grow famous for in business: emotion-free crisis management,” Swidey wrote.
People, does any of this sound appealing? Elect Mitt Romney and he will take the nation on the road to the future. Some of us will be stuck on the roof. The rest of us will be inside singing camp songs and waiting for the day when the master plan lets us stop to visit the bathroom. Plus, anybody who screws up on the way to the future gets the hose.
Meanwhile, Rick Santorum’s ballot and delegate problems keep getting worse. He will not be on the ballot in D.C.’s primary because the campaign did not pay the $5000 fee, nor did he request a petition for signatures. In Illinois, Santorum failed to file slates of delegates in a handful of congressional districts, similar to his problem in Ohio. On the Gingrich front, he is conceding Kansas to Santorum, and concentrating on Alabama and Mississippi. If Gingrich doesn’t win those states, he is out.
“Republicans who have chosen to associate with the birthers have done their party and their country a disservice. And as Sheriff Arpaio settles comfortably into that political mental ward, the same must be said of those Republicans who choose to associate themselves with him more broadly. Those who cannot distinguish between the birthers’ flim-flam and the critical questions that face our nation in 2012 will not win and do not deserve to.”
REPUBLICAN PRIMARY — PRESIDENT:
NATIONAL (Gallup Tracking): Romney 37, Santorum 23, Gingrich 14, Paul 11
NATIONAL (YouGov): Romney 31, Santorum 22, Gingrich 19, Paul 11
ALABAMA (Alabama State University): Santorum 23, Romney 19, Gingrich 14. This poll was taken before Super Tuesday and did not ask about Ron Paul.
NEW YORK (Siena): Romney 38, Santorum 23, Gingrich 13, Paul 11
GENERAL ELECTION — PRESIDENT
NATIONAL (Rasmussen Tracking): Obama d. Romney (49-42); Obama d. Santorum (49-40)
NATIONAL (YouGov): Obama d. Paul (48-41); Obama d. Romney (49-41); Obama d. Santorum (50-42); Obama d. Gingrich (50-39)
NEBRASKA (Rasmussen): Romney d. Obama (52-35); Santorum d. Obama (49-37)
NEW YORK (Siena): Obama d. Romney (60-34); Obama d. Paul (62-29); Obama d. Santorum (64-30); Obama d. Gingrich (66-27)