Hugh Hewitt

The zombie narrative of a brokered convention is dead, and Politico is having to lay off the brokered convention team.

Mitt Romney is the GOP nominee and a very strong one who has emerged from the primary process focused on the economy and in a dead heat with the president.

Romney's speech last night was the best he has given, and it must reflect the investment of time available to such efforts when the nominee can focus and practice.

When former McCain campaign manager Steve Schmidt appeared on my program on April 27, 2009 to discuss the 2008 campaign, he made a memorable comment about Romney.

"I thought he was a very scary opponent looking from the other side of the table in that he was almost like a learning organism at the end," Schmidt said about the former Massachusetts governor. "He just kept getting better week by week by week, and kept becoming stronger."

That capacity to grow in the role was on display last night and it must have opened some eyes even wider in Chicago and inside the Beltway. And a hat tip to whomever helped the candidate polish the draft, as it was a very good speech. (Note to team: Start now on the Tampa Bay speech. "It's still the economy, and we're not stupid" is a great great line, but he needs many more.")

Pete Wehner has looked at the president's response to Romney's march to the GOP nomination, and finds a fairly desperate strategy of abandoning any attempt to run on the record of the Administration while lurching towards a high turn-out of the base. No doubt the president is thinking 2004, but the issue then was the war and George Bush was understood to be winning it. The issue now is the economy, and Barack Obama is understood to have destroyed it.

Hugh Hewitt

Hugh Hewitt is host of a nationally syndicated radio talk show. Hugh Hewitt's new book is The War On The West.