After last night's Super Tuesday performance, every Republican in the United States should be pissed off at Mitt Romney. It's true that many Republican pundits are taking Romney behind the woodshed in columns today, but that should just be the start.
If Romney is the businessman candidate, he should be held to corporate standards: Someone needs to pull him into an office and lay into him, preferably while smacking their hand against a clipboard and pointing at him while shouting his last name for emphasis. He should leave the office with the feeling that his livelihood is on the line. Instead, plenty of people are making excuses for Romney. Politics shouldn't be about emotions, they say. (It is. Tough.) Romney's ahead by the numbers, they say. (But he can't do away with two fringe candidates? Imagine if Barack Obama lost states to Dennis Kucinich in 2008, and you've got some kind of a comparison with Romney's losses to Santorum last night.) The party is out of his control, they whine. (A good candidate doesn't dance to the rhythms of an outraged base; a good candidate makes his party do what he needs it to do.)
The rest of this month doesn't look good for Romney. There are contests in Kansas, (Santorum is doing very well in the center of the country; in fact, Nate Silver last night called that strip down the middle of the United States "The Santorum Belt") Alabama, Mississippi, and Louisiana before March is through, and Santorum will be a formidable opponent in all four of those states. Only Illinois and Hawaii ought to be easy fights for Romney. He's going to spend four more weeks, at least, blowing millions of dollars to fend off the advances of two laughable has-beens. This is the party's best hope in November? He's a terrible candidate, and he doesn't have very much time to improve his performance.