Yeah, listen. The primary is effectively over. That’s why Marco Rubio endorsed Romney last night. As he acknowledged, Romney is going to be the nominee so he may as well endorse now. Same thing with Paul Ryan here.
None of these stalwart conservatives were backing Romney when there was a chance of him losing. Only now that Santorum would have to win something like 75% of the outstanding delegates (not gonna happen) are they lining up. In short, they’re acknowledging the reality of the situation — not expressing their faith in Romney.
On a related note, it’s been confirmed that Newt Gingrich and Mitt Romney met in private the day before the Louisiana primary. Sheldon Adelson, Gingrich’s primary financial backer, says it’s the end of the line. And Gallup now has Gingrich polling behind Ron Paul. It’s likely Newt will be out of the race soon. Or he’ll at least be such a non-factor that he may as well be.
Again, this primary is effectively over. It’s now a matter of time before the not-Romney candidates officially acknowledge as much. Folks like Ryan and Rubio are. They’re lining up to get their names on the endorsement list before this thing is officially over and they look like sore holdouts. Which is fine. But don’t expect me, or other conservatives, to be impressed by it.