EIB offers a sobering insight into the nomination process:
...McCain and Huckabee are feverishly trying to get Romney out now, as soon as they can, and this is why they are being vicious in their attacks on Romney.
...the states that allow independents and even Democrats to vote in their Republican primaries are not indicative of the Republican Party, which is why McCain and Huckabee have shots in them. McCain and Huckabee are winning these early states, where Republicans are outnumbered. It's not Republicans; it's not conservatives in majority who were electing Huckabee or McCain, so far, voting for them.
...This is key to understanding, and it's fascinating because Romney figured Iowa and New Hampshire would launch him. Now he's gotta go to Michigan, and he's gotta go to Nevada, and then everybody's gotta go to South Carolina. So it's fascinating to me, folks. Here we have Republican primaries in which Democrats and independents are determining our winners!
...[Now Romney] will precisely not get out until [after] Super Tuesday because the real conservative voices in terms of the American people have not been heard! It's independents and Democrats who have given victories to Huckabee and McCain so far. It was Romney who won a majority of Republican votes in New Hampshire. But they were outnumbered by all the other people that could cross over and vote from whatever party or no party. So Romney's not going to get out. His strategy is to wait 'til Republican conservatives actually start voting here, in these primaries, and they haven't yet, in terms of a majority, and it's not going to be the case in Michigan, either...
Here's hoping Romney remains in it for the long haul.