I ended my last post on the Republican presidential contest by stipulating a lack of excitement among GOPers about their current options. That was before I spent some time roaming around the content-rich National Review site, an official Romney for President precinct (though some of its writers have dissented). If this is most enthusiasm these folk can muster in the wake of Mitt's survival in MI, they've got a real problem.
The NR Editors briefly celebrate Romney's win, before lecturing him about shortcomings in his economic message. NR's online editor, Kathryn Jean Lopez, allows as how the Romney staffers don't quite sound like zombies any more.
John J. Pitney, Jr., pens an "electibility" article that begins by acknowledging Mitt's terrible showing in general election trial heats, and then reviews the even more problematic general election credentials of the rest of the field.
And then there's a Symposium that centers on the transcendent need for conservatives to beat McCain and Huckabee.
Compare that with what you'd read in virtually any progressive outlet, where there's enthusiasm for favorites and broad acceptance of the other major candidates, and you begin to see why Democrats are in much better shape at present. There's so much nose-holding among Republicans right now in expressing a candidate preference that they may be excused for failing to notice a smell of rot surrounding their party as a whole.