Maggie Gallagher

Romney clearly has repair work to do. Even after Rick Santorum's withdrawal, 46 percent of GOP voters say they would prefer someone else. But 88 percent of Republicans say they will vote for Romney, as will 90 percent of conservative Republicans and 91 percent of white evangelicals. (Of course, losing 10 percent of conservative Republicans could tip the election to Obama in swing states.)

But overall, the one thing voters agree on is: This election process is dog meat.

Just 30 percent of voters –- an all-time low -- think the primary process is a good way of picking a nominee, down from 35 percent in 2008 and 40 percent in 2004.

Our endless media culture is dominated by irrelevant distractions purposely made up to confuse voters. How our presidents transport or consume dogs is not a very dignified or enlightening discussion.

Now, don't get me wrong: It's nice to see a fed-up Romney campaign fight back against endless photos of Bo, and Ann Romney definitely rocks.

But Americans are increasingly frustrated with our political process. We want to be proud of our country. And our politics is making it increasingly hard.


Maggie Gallagher

Maggie Gallagher is a nationally syndicated columnist, a leading voice in the new marriage movement and co-author of The Case for Marriage: Why Married People Are Happier, Healthier, and Better Off Financially.