The race for president: Mitt's moment

| Thursday, Feb. 2, 2012

Rick Santorum got all bristled-up that Newt Gingrich would even suggest that he drop out of the race for the Republican presidential nomination.

Then came Tuesday's Florida primary and Messrs. Santorum and Gingrich were spanked -- sharply and thoroughly -- by Mitt Romney.

Turgid to form, Gingrich has vowed to carry the nomination fight to the GOP convention floor in Tampa this summer.

Oh, goody -- a vainglorious bowlful of jelly plans to tour the country in promotion of Suicide by Newt.

It's time for Newt to take his own advice and drag Little Ricky with him -- get out of the race.

Exit polls in the Sunshine State show Mr. Romney broadening the depth of his support in just about all measurable strata -- conservatives, moderates, seniors, Latinos (the latter being a category in which Gingrich has expended much time and money).

Those same exit polls show Florida voters selected Romney because they believe he's the best candidate to tackle our economic problems and has the best chance to defeat Barack Obama -- the guy who's presided over the nation's economic train wreck and the conductor of the steam engine whose boiler is about to explode.

The time is now for the Republican Party to coalesce around Mitt Romney and get on with the business of exposing and defeating Barack Obama.

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