The tale of the 2012 Republican Presidential primary season is increasingly one of two divergent realities: the true one, in which most of the world lives, loves, and goes about its business, where Mitt Romney is winning quite handily. And the media’s fever dream narrative, in which the Republican contest is hotly contested between the “establishment” Romney and the “conservative upstart” Santorum (or Gingrich, or whomever).
Here’s the headline on a bit of other-world “analysis” by Boston.com’s Glen Johnson this morning: “Romney fails to change 2012 nominating dynamic despite Super Tuesday gains.”
And he’s right! Just not in the way he means.
As was the case before last night, Mitt Romney has won twice as many states as his next-closest rival (14 versus Santorum’s 7).
As was the case before last night, Mitt Romney has amassed more than twice as many delegates as his next-closest rival (415 to Santorum’s 176). The only difference here is Romney’s margin has grown.
As was the case before last night, Mitt Romney has won nearly twice as many popular votes as – and more than 1.2 million votes more than – his next closest rival (3.2 million to Santorum’s 1.9).
By any measure, then, in the real world Mitt Romney is winning this thing handily, by roughly a 2-to-1 margin… READ THE REST at CriticalMASS