Jeb Bush Endorses Mitt Romney for President – It’s all over
The Republican spectacle of picking their nominee to run for President is over. Today Jeb Bush endorsed Mitt Romney for the Republican nomination. So it’s “So long, Santorum,” “Goodbye, Gingrich,” and “Pack it in, Paul.” Elvis has left the building. The nomination battle is done. [Feel free to add your own silly platitude.]
Not that Jeb Bush controls the Republican party or anything. The very thought of having a Bush backing you is sure to become an Obama campaign commercial in September. But Jeb represents the establishment. The establishment that now sees that Romney is their guy, for better or worse. So expect to start seeing more establishment “leaders” rally behind Romney and calling for Gingrich and Santorum (and that other guy) to drop out. And expect to see the tea party hypocritically vote for the guy they have actively despised and hated for his hypocrisy.
Will Gingrich and Santorum take the hint? Probably not. Gingrich still has his one super-rich 0.01-percenter paying for his campaign (Romney has most of the rest of the super-rich). Santorum might have a shot at winning a few more states, primarily the anachronistic bigoted ones, so may stay in to see if he can get a prime speaker slot at the convention (which will boost further the post-election lobbyist consultant fees he plans to collect).
So congratulations, Mitt. You’re going to be the nominee. Welcome to Disneyland.