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2012 Primary Process

Jason Linkins

2012 Primary Panic: It's The Candidates, Not The Process

HuffingtonPost.com | Jason Linkins | Posted 05.01.2012 | Politics

It is clear now that the Republican establishment's dislike of Mitt Romney is only rivaled by its dislike of his rivals. What you see in the recently stated need for Romney to "break loose" is a demand for him to provide some "sign" to restore their faith in the frontrunner with whom Republicans are stuck. If Romney could only take this race by the collar and end it quickly, the logic seems to go, his critics would be able to make peace with him as their candidate. But his inability to do so has people instead blaming the primary process itself -- forgetting that the process was designed to provide a means to put the GOP's top brands on a lengthy display, to drive up enthusiasm. This time around, the right candidates just didn't run.