At least this column is free from having to write every morning after a primary, "It ain't over 'til it's over." Now it is over.
Thank you, Yogi, but we're moving on.
Will the Republicans be happy with Romney? Hard to know.
It seems to me that he will be very popular with the kind of Republican who is an executive, has a big desk, plays golf on the weekends and whose spouse drives at least one Cadillac. A Republican who works in a factory, bowls and doesn't know a single NASCAR owner? I'm not so sure. Then there are gender differences. A Washington Post-ABC poll shows Romney with a healthy 57 to 39% lead over President Obama among college educated white men; among college educated white women it's Obama 60 to Romney 40%. Overall the poll shows Obama leading Romney 51 to 44 but that was before Santorum dropped out.
Romney's appeal to less educated voters is less and a lot of them are traditional Democrats.
The Washington Post quotes one expert, Henry Olsen of the American Enterprise Institute, as saying Romney's "troubles in the primary electorate demonstrate his trouble connecting with the white working class."
It seems to me that the Republicans have nominated, not a bad candidate, but a candidate who isn't as Republican as he might be. Obama, I predict, will have no trouble running as a Democrat.