2012: Should the Republicans just give up?

Just 194 votes separated Romney from Ron Paul in the Maine caucus. That comes after Santorum’s three primary wins. The three ABRs (anyone but Romney) are picking him off in different states. Gingrich is looking good in his home state of Georgia and may do well in other southern states. Santorum is making a strong stand in Michigan, which ought to be a shoe-in for Romney – his father was state governor.

It still looks as though Romney will be the eventual GOP nominee, but it looks as though it will be a mightily long, drawn out contest and his endorsement will be the lukest of luke warm ones.

No wonder Thomas Freidman can, with a straight face, suggest in the New York Times that the Republican party should just sit 2012 out:

Watching the Republican Party struggling to agree on a presidential candidate, one wonders whether the G.O.P. shouldn’t just sit this election out — just give 2012 a pass.”

“You know how in Scrabble sometimes you look at your seven letters and you’ve got only vowels that spell nothing? What do you do? You go back to the pile. You throw your letters back and hope to pick up better ones to work with. That’s what Republican primary voters seem to be doing. They just keep going back to the pile but still coming up with only vowels that spell nothing.