As well-regarded Republicans continue to line up behind Mitt Romney–including George H.W. Bush, Marco Rubio, and Paul Ryan — Adam Sorensen underlines why there has been a sudden rush to back the likely nominee.
“You might read these statements as examples of lukewarm sentiment for the candidate — Dave Weigel compares them to Ted Kennedy’s swooning endorsement of Obama at the height of the epic 2008 Democratic primary — but I’m not sure that’s entirely fair. There is a real and legitimate concern among Republicans that in recent years, their party has at times lost focus on winning general elections (see Christine O’Donnell). The Establishment endorsers’ target audience — Republicans who want to see the primary play out a bit longer — is not one that needs to be swept off its feet… The goal is to show that Romney has already won it, and that it’s time to move on to taking down Obama.”