That strategy may win some voters, but most Americans are concerned first and foremost about jobs and the economy.
Job No.1 for voters is to oust a man who hasn't made jobs his No. 1 priority. Romney would. South Carolina Republicans can help put an end to a protracted, financially draining race by recognizing Romney's obvious advantages in electability. Those voters — and others in upcoming primaries and caucuses — could send a signal to the other candidates that it's time to put the country ahead of their campaigns.
Whatever attacks they mount should be aimed at Obama, not each other. They aren't running for an open seat. Obama has all the power of the incumbency at his disposal.
The GOP nominee needs all the resources he can marshal to beat this president. On this score Romney has a clear advantage over the rest of the GOP field. His campaign says it had raised $56 million through Dec. 31, and has more than $19 million in cash on hand.
He needs to be able to start using that against Obama now rather than later.