Boy, are we in trouble.
UPDATE, Feb. 1: It’s early, etc., but if Romney gets the nomination, his chances of winning will entirely hinge on the economy being so awful — and being seen that way, despite establishment press smiley-faces — that voters are willing to risk literally anyone but Obama. There will be a wave of disgust with the available choices not seen since Nixon v. McGovern.
That economy will have to be so bad that it outweighs the tidal wave of legitimate negatives Team Obama will throw at Romney.
As noted, we (i.e., the people of the USA) are in trouble.
UPDATE 2, Feb. 1: Bill Jacobsen at Legal Insurrection had the stomach to look at the details, and they are not comforting. Bottom line: “In counties where Gingrich did better, Republican turnout was up over 2008. In counties where Romney dominated, turnout was lower.” Wow.