01/09/2012 12:04 am ET Updated Mar 09, 2012

It's the Delegates, Stupid

The Mitt Romney coronation routine runs afoul of a simple fact: After all the hoopla about Iowa, New Hampshire and South Carolina only 1.3% of the GOP's nominating delegates will have been chosen.

Only until we get to Florida's primary at the end of this month do we reach a state that actually offers meaningful delegate totals. Even after losing half of its delegation as punishment for daring to defy the absurd IA-NH-SC monopoly of the calendar Florida offers more convention votes than any of those states.

And if you take into account that Iowa's useless caucuses don't officially award binding delegates, Florida's halved total exceeds the first three states combined!

It's simply a news media myth made real by robotic repetition to think that anyone is ahead or behind after three of our tiniest and least demographically representative states deliver their hyped-up decisions.