When it gets to the point where nobody you speak with across the nation in the prolife community supports Romney but his people claim to be "leading" in various pockets of the U.S., wise people smell a rat.
Redstate has a good dissection of a Florida pocket of the Romney cult operation:
The Young Republicans are having their national
hedonismconvention. Somehow or another, I guess by the Executive Committee (the folks I've talked to aren't too sure), the traditional rule that only delegates can vote in the YR straw poll has been changed.
Now, anyone who goes to tonight's dinner can vote in the YR straw poll, a big deviation from the historic pattern and practice.
The dinner's keynote speaker tonight? Mitt Romney.
The dinner's sponsor? Mitt Romney.
The youth Republicans phone banking today to get people out for tonight's dinner were even supplied by Mitt Romney.
UPDATE:] Several people remind me that this is kind of like what happened at the Cobb County GOP BBQ here in Georgia on the 4th. It is a huge annual event complete with straw poll. Romney volunteers loitered around the straw poll ballot table urging people to refrain from voting for Fred Thompson, who still came in first. Romney came in third, behind Ron Paul.
[UPDATE 2:] This just might explain how the rules were changed -- the Executive Director of the Young Republicans is also the St. Johns County Chair for Romney's campaign.
That remnant of the Jeb Bush crowd that once upon a time supported Romney? Rumor has it, the Bushies got off the Romney cult carcass when the stink of death and weirdness was too overpowering to ignore.