It was just one more headache Republicans certainly didn't need.
"People may be disappointed in the fact that Romney didn't put this together sooner," said GOP consultant Rich Galen. But, he added, it's only the first week of March.
Galen, who once worked as a Gingrich aide but is on the sidelines in the presidential race, suggested that current GOP anxiety "is expressing itself now, but once we settle on a nominee, I think we'll get back in line."
As to Reagan's 11th Commandment that Republican candidates not speak badly of one another? It certainly isn't in effect this election cycle.
But then it wasn't in most of the previous Republican primary seasons, either. In fact Reagan quickly broke it himself when he blasted incumbent President Gerald Ford in 1976 for moving to give the Panama Canal to Panama. Almost every GOP primary since then has seen harsh words spoken by GOP rivals about another.
Doug Schoen, a Democratic pollster who worked for President Bill Clinton, said Santorum and Romney "have both failed to talk about the bread-and-butter issues that affect the American people."
Still, Schoen said Obama's team shouldn't breathe easy just yet — since recent polls show the president holds a narrow single-digit lead over Romney as the prospective GOP nominee. Schoen also said some polls suggest "that a majority of Americans, a narrow majority, would like to see another president."
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