The Republican Dilema
Today, Tuesday March 27th, Republican presidential candidate Newt Gingrich pledged his support for Mitt Romney. No Gingrich didn’t drop out of the race, but instead promised he would back Mitt Romney if he reach the required 1,258 delegate votes, by the time of the Utah primary in June, to win the Republican nomination.
Yet this glorified statement is hardly a big deal. Of course who ever wins the nomination will receive the support from their Republican primary rivals only for the fact they want President Barack Obama out of office. Thus Gingrich, who trails Romney by more than 400 delegates, will back who ever is nominated from his party as it seem unlikely he will receive it. The only chance he has is that come the Republican National Convention none of the candidates will have enough delegates to be the nominee and one will have to be picked as the most viable candidate (most likely Romney).
What Newt Gingrich and other presidential hopeful Rick Santorum doest realize, or do, is that by staying in the race this long, has drawn out the nomination process and is hindering the unity of their party. Of course it is great that our democratic process has allowed us to test and question the candidates but in the end the Republican party will face a diverse support system including social conservatives, hard-liner members, Tea Partiers, and conservative independents that are becoming more and more distant from each other and fracturing the Republican base.