But with Santorum's absence as a serious talking point for the TV news shows, there are new risks for Romney as the last man standing in the GOP field. (Please. Gingrich and Paul were never contenders.) He will now have the whole show, and the searchlights will illuminate still more his weird pursuit of greatness. It has quickly begun with, say, his unqualified endorsement of the Paul Ryan budget, a reclamation project that has already failed once. Even the right-of-center Economist Magazine described it as "unworkable". And should I mention that liberal Nobelist economist Paul Krugman calls it the "most fraudulent" budget in history?
It will now be left to Romney tell us , day after day, why it it isn't.
And will he explain to the 99 percenters why, as a "regular" guy in the midst of a presidential campaign , he is engaged in a multimillion dollar renovation of his California beachfront home to include a four-car elevator? That revelation did help distract the national media's gasping dog-on-the-car roof story.
If I were a Romney advisor, I would urge him to negotiate with Santorum to hang around quite visibly until the GOP convention. Santorum insists that's his plan anyway. But it's purely a symbolic presence that isn't going to intrude on Romney's lonely path in the months ahead.
Come to think of it: Herman Cain and Michele Bachmann might be helpful returnees to the trail, too. An Etch a Sketch will not do much when he's out there alone.