Santorum Endorses and Romney Marches On….

Robert Stacy McCain’s has two pieces concerning the Romney campaign that must be read. One at the American Spectator discusses Romney’s strength of message and how the battlefield is playing out:

What about the Electoral College? Romney’s chances look promising there, too. An article in Sunday’s New York Times seemed to find a suspicious amount of optimism for Obama in the key swing states, but could not ignore the fact that the nine crucial battlegrounds — Colorado, Florida, Iowa, Nevada, New Hampshire, Ohio, Pennsylvania, Virginia and Wisconsin — are all states Obama won four years ago. In other words, Democrats begin the 2012 campaign playing defense, and there are indications that Obama is already facing a tough fight in many of those battlegrounds. Romney is ahead in the three most recent Florida polls, for example, and the latest poll from Ohio showed the Republican within two points of Obama there. More importantly, the focus on such traditional swing states shows that there is little prospect the Democrats could “spread the field” to challenge Romney in GOP strongholds. In fact, Obama’s campaign may already be writing off hope of carrying North Carolina, the state that will play host to this year’s Democratic convention

And the other at his blog where he makes the most important point of the campaign to date:

When I went up to Massachusetts to cover the Scott Brown campaign in January 2010, one of the first campaign staffers I met was Eric Fehrnstrom, one of Romney’s top advisers. If Fehrnstrom and the rest of the Romney guys were good enough to beat a Democrat for Ted Kennedy’s seat, they deserve a certain amount of confidence now that it’s their job to beat Obama.

Those are the magic words, the Romney team includes the same guys that transformed Scott Brown from an electoral sacrificial lamb to a United States Senator.

And remember the same MSM types that months ago were saying this election was all but over and are now saying it will be a close race that Obama will win were saying this two years ago in Massachusetts:

In less than two weeks, when Massachusetts voters elect Martha Coakley to the US Senate — let’s not pretend that Republican state senator Scott Brown has any chance of pulling off the monumental upset — they will trigger a massive domino effect that has the state’s political class buzzing with anticipation. (emphasis mine)

They are also the same MSM types who just this morning were talking about Romney and trouble with the base. They are being treated a few hours later with this post from of all people Lisa Graas

Rick Santorum has endorsed Mitt Romney for President this evening. His statement is below in full. Since May, I have been 100% behind Rick Santorum because I trust him to do what is right for America. If Rick Santorum believes that Mitt Romney will defend life and marriage, then that is good enough for me. I also now endorse Mitt Romney for President and look forward to being a part of Rick Santorum’s grassroots volunteer team to continue the fight for conservatism in America.

If Lisa Graas is endorsing Mitt Romney then I think Stacy’s blame warning, while true, is not in play as Captain Ed explains:

What does this mean for the race? First, the ad cutters at Team Obama will be busy this week with a new project, but that was going to happen anyway. Romney should solidify his support among the social-conservative base of the party, and perhaps even get a little more enthusiasm from it. It sounds as if Santorum could become a surrogate for Romney among the constituencies where Santorum’s message resonated, which would help Romney most in the Rust Belt states where the presidency could be won or lost. The relative rapidity of the endorsement — last Friday was only their first meeting since Santorum’s withdrawal — puts an end to stories of Republican disunity far ahead of the convention.

Santorum’s endorsement coming early also takes one more media story off the table early. By doing so it forces the MSM to find a different excuse to avoid talking about the Economy and the president’s record.

It also means that the Tonight Show is going to be a very interesting program