Ok, game's over boys and girls. You've had your fun little primary, now it's time to buckle down.

Ok, game's over boys and girls

by digby

Oh my. Apparently, Rick Santorum is getting punchy. For such a religious right winger you'd think he'd remember the 11th commandment:

Rick Santorum today suggested it would be better to stick with President Obama over a candidate that might be "the Etch A Sketch candidate of the future” -- a shot at chief rival Mitt Romney.

"You win by giving people the opportunity to see a different vision for our country, not someone who’s just going to be a little different than the person in there," said Santorum. "If you’re going to be a little different, we might as well stay with what we have instead of taking a risk with what may be the etch a sketch candidate of the future.”

That must be why they brought in the big guns today. Here's Jim DeMint:

"We all need to look at this presidential primary and encourage the candidates to do a little self-reflection here on what's good for our country," the influential South Carolina conservative told reporters in the Capitol after attending a group meeting with Romney. "The sooner we can make a decision, the sooner we can focus on the real problem, which is Obama."

Asked if he was making a diplomatic case for former Sen. Rick Santorum and former Speaker Newt Gingrich to drop out, DeMint said "You can take from that what you will."

"There's no need to drag this to a convention if it's pretty clear who our nominee is," DeMint said.

I've been wondering when they'd start this in earnest. Political elites hate it when the people are refusing to stop voting for candidates who have been determined by all the important people to be losers. Evidently, it's wrong to even be allowed to vote a protest or carry a message during apolitical campaign if it's going to "hurt" the frontrunner.

This is a bipartisan disease, by the way, and every election it reminds me just how much the political establishment and the media hate democracy. It's fine for the little people to have their cute little votes, but when the Big Boys determine that it's time for them to fall in line, they'd better fall in line.

I hope Newt and Rick take it all the way to the convention and make Mitt beg for their endorsements to bring the party together.(Ron, it seems, has already cut some kind of a deal so I don't think he's holding out for anything.) It's Mitt's fault if he can't close the deal, not his rivals' and every vote they get in these primaries is a vote from a GOP constituent who has a right to have that vote taken into consideration.