Pundits in Unison: It's Over, It's Romney
Rick Santorum is a dead man walking at this point
By Kate Seamons,  Newser Staff
Posted Apr 4, 2012 7:20 AM CDT
Updated Apr 4, 2012 7:54 AM CDT
Mitt Romney speaks in Metairie, La.   (AP Photo/Steven Senne, File)
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(Newser) – Did you hear it? The sound of the fat lady singing as Mitt Romney swept Wisconsin, Maryland, and DC last night? These pundits sure did. A round-up of the best everyone-else-is-toast declarations:

  • Jonathan Martin, Politico: "It’s really, truly over. The general election effectively began this week ... [and] by opening fire on Romney, Obama is doing his part to bring the primary to a close."

  • Henry Olsen, National Review: "For all practical intents, [Santorum's] chance at the nomination has gone to meet its maker and joined the choir invisible. His is an ex-campaign."
  • John Dickerson, Slate: "Technically, there is still time on the clock—19 contests to go—and there are undoubtedly some Santorum fans in their knit caps and team jerseys hoping the game will turn around. But it’s over."
  • Ed Rogers, Washington Post: "Santorum’s appeal is exhausted. Nothing suggests that it is growing with any segment or demographic within the party. He can linger as background noise, but there is no purpose for his candidacy."
  • Joe Scarborough, Politico: "Absent a political earthquake, the GOP nomination outcome is set in stone. Willard Mitt Romney will be the Republican Party's presidential nominee in 2012."
  • Amy Walter, ABC News: "It is done. Fini. When 83% of the Wisconsin electorate says they expect Romney to be the nominee, it’s clear that voters not only see the light at the end of the long tunnel that has been the GOP primary, but they want the party to get there—now."