I debated between framing this article as a sort of “open letter to and ” or else just a regular piece written to those who happen to be reading it. I have opted for the latter, but I sure wouldn’t mind if Rick and Newt were reading it. We are standing at a point in this election cycle where I feel compelled to write what I know millions and millions of people are thinking, and that is that it is time for Senator Santorum and Speaker Gingrich to knock this nonsense off, and step aside so that the eventual nominee of the Republican party can have maximum resources at his disposal for doing what absolutely has to be done: Defeating  in his bid for re-election.

I will get the obligatory part out of the way first.  is a deeply flawed candidate. I do not know if he will win. I know he can win, and I certainly know he gives us the best shot of winning out of the remaining three candidates, but he is far from ideal. From an ideological standpoint, I believe Rick Perry brought a fantastic blend of social conservatism, a history of job creation, a personal military service background, and an impressive perspective on energy policy. However, Rick Perry proved to be a walking Saturday Night Live caricature of himself, and this was not actually because the media was picking on him – he seriously could not get a word out of his mouth.

I do not believe any of the other candidates had the actual gravitas, pedigree, ideology, or appeal necessary to be President. Each had their strengths of course, including Santorum and Gingrich, but this pool of candidates was, in my estimation, remarkably unimpressive, and there is no doubt that some of the strongest names on our bench did not enter the game. I would not be clamoring for a Romney vs. Obama race right now if Paul Ryan or Mitch Daniels or Mike Pence were in the mix. But alas, they are not. So here we are. And the winner of this pool of candidates is Mitt Romney.

Neither Newt Gingrich nor Rick Santorum is running right now to get the 1,144 delegates they need to win the nomination. They both know they cannot win, neither mathematically nor practically speaking. Their explicit and stated objective in staying in is to keep Romney from getting 1,144, so that we will get to a chaotic convention, and then two months before the election against a $1 billion-funded genius campaigner incumbent President, the delegates can then give the nomination to a second or third place finisher. This is NOT my interpretation of events. It is THEIR stated, self-conscious objective. It is selfish. It is delusional. It is never going to happen. And if it continues, it will result in the re-election of Barack Obama.

The health care debate in the Supreme Court this week has really upset me. I wrote a piece right after the bill passed that I feared it would go the way of 9/11, whereby people were really upset and motivated right after the event, but with enough time, they would forget, grow complacent, and eventually lose their zeal. The health care law passed by Barack Obama is the single worst piece of legislation ever passed in American history. It has to go. I am 100% confident that all three Republican nominees for President will overturn it if elected. I also am in agreement that Romney has a tough road to hoe on this issue given his Massachusetts legislation. But I have no doubt at all as to what political course Romney MUST take. Either should any of you. Disagree with Romney all you want about the Massachusetts health care law (I do), but he is not going to be a defender of ObamaCare, and we all know it. I do not want to turn this article into a case for removing Obama from office, because I would like to think that it just goes without saying. But just in case …

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