Not that this makes much of a difference, but the media has been telling you the fight between Gov. Mit Romney, Rep. Ron Paul, Sen. Rick Santorum and Speaker Newt Gingrich was and could drag on forever, and was certainly damaging the eventual nominee. Of course, compared to the fight between then-Senators Hillary Clinton and Barack Obama…
From the UK Guardian this morning.
Mitt Romney clinched the Republican presidential nomination with a resounding victory in Texas and faces a five-month sprint to convince voters to trust him over President Barack Obama in the election on 6 November.
The race has been effectively over for weeks but Romney finally cleared the benchmark of 1,144 delegates, needed to become the Republican presidential candidate after a long and bitter primary battle.
He will be formally nominated at the Republican convention in Florida in late August.
From the New York Times, dated June 4, 2008.
Senator Barack Obama claimed the Democratic presidential nomination on Tuesday evening, prevailing through an epic battle with Senator Hillary Rodham Clinton in a primary campaign that inspired millions of voters from every corner of America to demand change in Washington.
A last-minute rush of Democratic superdelegates, as well as the results from the final primaries, in Montana and South Dakota, pushed Mr. Obama over the threshold of winning the 2,118 delegates needed to be nominated at the party’s convention in August. The victory for Mr. Obama, the son of a black Kenyan father and a white Kansan mother, broke racial barriers and represented a remarkable rise for a man who just four years ago served in the Illinois Senate.
So the Republicans cleaned up their nomination process about one week prior to the Democrats back in 2008. In other words, this was a pretty normal campaign cycle when it comes to the length of time it took for the “fight” to happen between the eventual nominee and the challengers.
But for the left-wing media, that does not keep viewers, readers and listeners tuned in, nor does it help them with their cause.