It isn't over until we say it isIf there is one thing that the race for the Republican nomination is proving with each day it is this: The people will not have the press telling them who their nominee should be. Back in late 2006 and early 2007, the press was telling us that Rudy Giuliani was supposed to be the Annointed One. As of yet, Ron Paul has made a far more impressive showing. Then the media said John McCain was the real frontrunner after his win in New Hampshire, but the voters in Michigan had other ideas yesterday-after polls indicated McCain might win that State.
Mitt Romney's victory in the Michigan Republican Primary yesterday helped serve as a shot across the bow to both the news media and to the GOP establishment-a shot that reminded them that as long as we have primary elections, partisan nominations are supposed to be decided in voting booths, not on the sets of cable news programs. This isn't to say that Mitt Romney doesn't have plenty of Eastern "Rockefeller Republican" connections-he absolutely does. What the evolving Primary and delegate picture shows is that Republican voters (and the exit polls did show that unlike the 2000 Michigan Primary, the Republican contest was largely decided by Republicans) simply refuse to be told by the press when our nominating contest will end.
For the last 18 months, the public has been spoon-fed the notion that the entire process of nominating candidates will essentially be over on February 5th, 2008. Voters inclined to the Republican Party are now saying collectively to the press and the pundits: "Who died and made you Chief Electioneer?" The voice of "the people" does seem pretty clear and the one thing that does not appear to be the least bit muddled at all is what that "voice" seems to be screaming at the top of its collective political lungs-"this will end WHEN WE SAY SO."