Posted on May 05 2012 – 6:00 PM – Posted by: Doug Brady
(CNN) — As the saying goes about political parties and their candidates: Democrats fall in love and Republicans fall in line.
And that’s exactly what Republicans are doing, or trying to do.
But after this combative primary season, watching Mitt Romney’s former GOP rivals struggle with ways to endorse their onetime nemesis is painful. It’s like they’re trying to find ways to snuggle with Darth Vader. At the very least, the contortions are a tad awkward and unseemly. And in the real world (as opposed to the political world), the result is completely unbelievable.
It’s also a perfect example of why voters don’t trust politicians.
Consider this: Newt Gingrich finally announced his support of Mitt Romney this week. Yet in his obvious struggle to find the right words to embrace a man he once called a liar, Gingrich came up with this tortured equation: “I am asked sometimes is Mitt Romney conservative enough? And my answer is simple — compared to Barack Obama? This is not a choice between Mitt Romney and Ronald Reagan. This is a choice between Mitt Romney and the most radical leftist president in American history.”