Romney steamrolls Newt, but will a recovering economy toll doomsday for the GOP in the fall?

The WWE would have been so proud.

It was Thursday night Raw in Jacksonville and Mitt Romney pulled off an atomic drop kick on Newt Gingrich.

Yep, Newt was the bug and Mitt was the windshield. Splat!

With two straight good debates in one back pocket and plenty of advertising money in the other back pocket, Romney seems poised to pin the remainder of the Republican Final Four in the Florida primary.

The GOP Royal Rumble now seems destined to conclude with Romney as the last man standing.

A benevolent thing that the hammer-and-tong race seems to have run its course. Because it has been as hot as a waffle iron, with the candidates cutting down one another like wheat threshers.

At that rate of attrition somebody was bound for the ICU.

However, Romney could run into trouble in the general election if the economy continues to improve.

The U.S. economy grew at its fastest pace since the first-half of 2010 during final three months of last year, but the improvement was tepid compared to past recoveries and points to only modest growth in 2012.

The nation’s gross domestic product — the value of all goods and services produced — grew at an annual rate of 2.8 percent between October and December, the Commerce Department said today.

The reading was up from 1.8 percent annualized growth in the third quarter, but below economists’ forecast of 3.0 percent growth. For the year, the GDP grew 1.7 percent.

Of course, Romney and the GOP will spin any positive economic news as phony as an Ivory Coast election.
Then again, facts in a campaign usually get locked in the linen closet.