The Democrats have a rare opportunity to actually select the Republican nominee they will face in 2012 for Obama's re-election.
Usually, it's Republicans who settle out quickly on a candidate and the Democrats who leave a gaping hole in their selection process that can be manipulated by Republicans.
I mean, really, was John Kerry anyone's first choice?
This year, it seems the strategy for Democrats is to sit back and wait for the inevitable shake-out that will leave Mitt Romney standing, only nudging other candidates around a little to keep the focus off Romney's past until a strategic point.
So I'm not sure what to make of this. Romney's biggest weakness, and a hugely exploitable one in a general election, is his wavering on issues that matter to both the Republican base (like abortion) and to independents (like healthcare.)
It's too early for Democrats to be playing this card, unless....