I debated between framing this article as a sort of “open letter toRick Santorum and Newt Gingrich” or else just a regular piece written to those who happen to be reading it. I have opted for the latter, but I sure wouldn’t mind if Rick and Newt were reading it. We are standing at a point in this election cycle where I feel compelled to write what I know millions and millions of people are thinking, and that is that it is time for Senator Santorum and Speaker Gingrich to knock this nonsense off, and step aside so that the eventual nominee of the Republican party can have maximum resources at his disposal for doing what absolutely has to be done: Defeating Barack Obama in his bid for re-election.

I will get the obligatory part out of the way first. Mitt Romney is a deeply flawed candidate. I do not know if he will win. I know he can win, and I certainly know he gives us the best shot of winning out of the remaining three candidates, but he is far from ideal. From an ideological standpoint, I believe Rick Perry brought a fantastic blend of social conservatism, a history of job creation, a personal military service background, and an impressive perspective on energy policy. However, Rick Perry proved to be a walking Saturday Night Live caricature of himself, and this was not actually because the media was picking on him – he seriously could not get a word out of his mouth.

I do not believe any of the other candidates had the actual gravitas, pedigree, ideology, or appeal necessary to be President. Each had their strengths of course, including Santorum and Gingrich, but this pool of candidates was, in my estimation, remarkably unimpressive, and there is no doubt that some of the strongest names on our bench did not enter the game. I would not be clamoring for a Romney vs. Obama race right now if Paul Ryan or Mitch Daniels or Mike Pence were in the mix. But alas, they are not. So here we are. And the winner of this pool of candidates is Mitt Romney.

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