It's not at all surprising that Republicans seem befuddled by the remaining two-and-a-half candidates for their Presidential nomination, and seem to be wishing there was someone else to be nominated who would somehow combine the best features of Romney and Santorum.
Experts are saying there's no such chance. It's true there hasn't been one of those "open" conventions in a long while, and things work a little differently these days, but some still seem to believe it's possible.
The first question that pops into my head is, what good features would such a candidate need to have? Romney seems doltish as he tries to convince us he's something he isn't (an Attila-the-Hun conservative). But Santorum is even worse -- I don't swallow his ideas about issues like family, birth control, women's rights and such, but if accidentally I did, I'm sure they'd make me "throw up."
Maybe what's needed is someone with a quality Mittrick doesn't have: The ability to keep his foot out of his mouth for two days running. Sarah Palin, who opines that an open convention might still be workable, and that she'd "do what [she] could to help" in such an eventuality, does already have name recognition, and having already been through the shoot-from-the-hip phase of running for office, might have the foot-in-mouth thing solved.
I believe the disenchantment that imbues many Republicans these days is the increasing recognition that their chances are ebbing day by day. The economy's continuing gradual improvement, the GOP's irresponsible attitude in dealing with the country's problems over the past two years, and the nonsense their most likely candidates are espousing -- all these take their toll. An Obama landslide looks increasingly likely, under the circumstances, and the Republican Party will have done it to itself.
Meanwhile, I believe Democrats in Arizona and Michigan today should think twice about playing the silly game Santorum wants them to play, i.e., crossover and vote for him in the Republican primary. First, consider the source! If that weren't enough reason to stay away, keep in mind the rule of unexpected consequences. What if Michigan's results really did weaken Romney so much that Santorum went on to get the nomination? What if by some quirk of fate (or godly intervention) he actually became President? Or, what if his strength in these contests led to his being offered the Vice Presidency? The odds are remote, but for me as a moderate, each of these scenarios is too horrid to imagine. This man shouldn't be anywhere near so near to the Presidency of the United States.