Metropolitik: Mitt Romney running against Barack Obama now

“Corporations are people, my friends. Obama? Not so much.” What Mitt.Bot 2.0
might say in trying to project.

Did you hear it? Can you feel it? Change is in the air. Sort of.

That’s because, following Mitt Romney’s Tuesday primary sweep, and perhaps also owing to his superior numbers versus Rick Santorum in the conservative former Senator’s home state, the national press has finally, grudgingly, come out with it: Mitt Romney has won the Republican presidential nomination. Time to back off, Santorum, Gingrich, Paul.

Well, no, Romney didn’t literally win the nomination. He’s just reached the point in delegate totals where the media can no longer deny the inevitable. Not that there was much effort in that direction before. But now, somehow, a Rom-ination has become more inevitable than inevitable, if that’s possible. (Super inevitable? “Inevitablest”?)

The candidates know it, too. You could see it in the way President Obama, in his address to the AP?this week, took the time for some personal jabs at Romney, joking over the wealthy man’s use of the word “marvelous” to describe the Paul Ryan budget, which critics derride as taking an unfair toll on the poorest citizens.

And it was evident in the way Romney, in his address to those same journalists?the very next day, completely ignored his nearest primary contender, focusing instead almost entirely toward transfering his own weaknesses onto Obama. “He doesn’t want to share his real plans before the election,” Romney said of Obama. (Last month Romney admitted he couldn’t specify his policy priorities because then  he’d suffer electorally.) “He’s failed to enact or even propose a serious plan to solve our entitlement crisis,” he accused. (Well, no, Obama hasn’t failed to do that; but Romney has.) “He’s taken a series of steps that end Medicare as we know it,” he cried! (Actually, that’s Romney again, supporting the Ryan budget proposal.)

So there you have it, folks. November 2012, the battle of the millenia:?Obama vs. Republican Obama.

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