No surprises here: Mitt Romney swept the GOP primaries in five states (Pennsylvania, Delaware, New York, Connecticut, and Rhode Island) tonight.
The media seems to have moved on to the veepstakes. The current favorite? Florida Senator Marco Rubio, who -- though earlier this month he flat-out said he's not going to be vice president -- has been mighty busy this week for a noncontender:
- He floated a conservative alternative to the DREAM Act (which Romney passed on endorsing),
- said he's definitely shutting up about the VP race,
- joined Romney on the campaign in Pennsylvania, and
- announced a "major speech" on foreign policy to take place Wednesday.
April 23, 2012 - Aston, PA, USA - Republican candidate and former Gov. Mitt Romney, right, and Sen. Marco Rubio (R-FL) meet with reporters before holding a town hall meeting at Mustang Expediting in Aston, Pennsylvania, Monday, April 23, 2012. (Credit Image: © David Maialetti/Philadelphia Daily News/MCT/ZUMAPRESS.com)
There may be no suspense left, but the GOP race ain't over. Though Newt Gingrich had hinted he'd drop out if he lost Delaware, his latest speech was all over the place: He said, "we're going to look realistically at where we're at," but also talked about sticking it out through the Republican National Convention in Tampa in August. (Update: Newt announced he's dropping out of the race on Wednesday, April 25.) Meanwhile, Ron Paul's not going anywhere.
But for Romney, it's all about November, and he made that clear in a victory speech peppered with hits at Obama, saying "it's still the economy, and we're not stupid."
Interestingly, on the same day as the latest "misspeak" in the working moms non-story (Ann Romney this time, saying "I love the fact that there are women out there who don’t have a choice and they must go to work and they still have to raise the kids"), Romney gave a nod to the which party cares about women theme:
" For every single mom who feels heartbroken when she has to explain to her kids that she needs to take a second job ... for every grandparent who can't afford the gas to visit his or her grandchildren ... for the mom and dad who never thought they'd be on food stamps ... for the small business owner desperately cutting back just to keep the doors open one more month -- to all of the thousands of good and decent Americans I've met who want nothing more than a better chance, a fighting chance, to all of you, I have a simple message: Hold on a little longer. A better America begins tonight."What's Next for Election 2012?
It looks like Obama's also ready to pick up the general election fight. Campaign spokesperson Ben LaBolt today called Romney's speech "back to the future" on economic policy.
Obama today also "courted the youth vote" with a speech calling on Congress not to double the student loan rate and -- of course -- by slow jamming the news on Late Night With Jimmy Fallon.
No word on whether the slow jams will have an effect on the media -- which, according to a Pew study, has consistently reported more favorably on Romney than Obama so far in the election.
I'll also be watching Rubio's big announcement on Wednesday to see if it sounds vice-presidential. And I'll be interested to see if either candidate -- any candidate; I'd take Ron Paul at this point -- moves past the mommy wars to talk about the issues that matter to women, and not just the women that matter to the election. Any takers on that one?Some Great Primary Tweets
Sign of a successful presidential campaign: patience, focus. Team Romney may tick off the reactionaries but this is good stuff tonight.
Team Romney's cleaning up in today's primaries. Congratulations to Mitt Romney for once again being the least barfiest!
Santorum's still worried about the economic impact of kids w/o 2 parents. Like our millionaire president child of a single mom?
"We've always been a nation of big-steppers," Romney says. And now I've got 'Here Comes the Hotstepper' stuck in my head
If Newt wants to stay in race, his choice. But us paying $40k p/day for SS for person whose biggest threats r penguins & carbs is crazy
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