1996 or 1976?
I suppose it also reminds me of 1976. Reagan ran a spirited campaign that year, but everyone in the GOP hated him. The GOP establishment hated the fact that a non-Washington guy came in, never "paid his dues" and all of a sudden, he wanted to run for President. They fought him tooth and nail, and ultimately Gerald Ford won the nomination, only to get crushed by the worst President of all time, Jimmy C. A similar thing happened in 1980, but at that point there was no stopping the Gipper - the country had gone through enough JC's left wing, high tax, high inflation, high unemployment, and ultra-high pessimism. Romney is not perfect, but he's probably the best we have and he's an optimist. Is it four years too early though? Maybe we have to go through four years of hell to get to the promised land.
I'm holding out hope for Romney and all is not lost yet. Actually if tonight's debate were a two man debate, I'd have no doubts who comes out on top. I'm a little worried, however, that the two independents will once again gang up on the conservative. And at the same time, CNN can smell blood, and I sense they'll go after Mitt. It's up to Mitt to hold them off.