After Iowa, Romney Poised to Be Republican Pick

The race for the 2012 GOP presidential nomination will be over quickly, despite what you hear from the pundits.

All the talk about Republicans facing a drawn-out, bloody process to select a presidential candidate, perhaps even a brokered convention? File it away with the false starts, deflated trial balloons and fictions we've seen and heard this year, along with the bios of candidates who were going to relegate Mitt Romney to also-ran status.

The list of those who auditioned for the role of "Not Romney" is so long, it reads like a parody of a holiday favorite starring Santa's reindeer: Now Palin, now Daniels, now Perry and Bachmann. On Gingrich, on Cain, on Paul and Santorum.

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David Morris
Deputy Managing Editor, The Kiplinger Letter
Morris has covered every presidential election since 1984 and has been based in Washington since 1994. Before joining Kiplinger in 2010, he directed exit polling operations for The Associated Press, was chief White House correspondent for Bloomberg News and was managing editor and executive editor of National Journal's CongressDaily. He was also assistant director of the polling unit for ABC News, worked for three Pennsylvania newspapers and directed AP's bureau in Sacramento, Cal.