Paul Greenberg

After his last comeback of so many (now he's down, now he's up, now he's both) Mitt Romney's campaign proved it was alive by eking out a win in the Michigan primary.

After the mixed results from not-so-super Tuesday, this year's comeback kid -- well, this year's comeback middle-aged business executive -- has demonstrated that his campaign is alive and maybe even well.

Mr. Romney wound up the winner in six states, if only by the usual hair in Ohio, the prize of the evening. Congratulations, sir, I guess.

The success of the Romney juggernaut, or at least the Romney conventional sedan, is being explained by the usual mix of theories, guesses, and Monday morning analysts. They always call 'em right just as soon as the returns are safely in. The once and future front-runner's victories Tuesday night were variously attributed to:

--Republican voters' hunger for a winning candidate in the fall, aka Electability in this year's political vocabulary.

--The same voters' respect for a presidential candidate who's worked in the real world, aka the do-or-die private sector, where you produce or you won't have a job/capital/future.

--Most telling for some of us was the Romney campaign/machine's organization. Its foresight, thoroughness and systematic planning stood out even more prominently when compared with the ineptitude of Mitt Romney's rivals.

Rick Santorum and the always overrated Newt Gingrich never made it on the ballot in delegate-rich Virginia. Mr. Santorum's unoiled machine didn't even file for all the seats up for grabs in coveted Ohio.

How these two laggards expect to win in the fall, when the eventual Republican nominee will be up against a sitting president, and one who knows how to organize a community at that, remains a mystery.

As for Newt Gingrich, he can go on only so long recalling his glory days almost 20 years ago now, and reminiscing about the close relationship he never really had with the fabled Ronald Reagan. What a faker. A glib faker on the stump, but a faker nevertheless. Is his a campaign or just an ego trip?

As for Rick Santorum, what chance does an earnest Mr. Doofus have against Mr. President Cool himself?

Mitt Romney's great advantage is that he's the solid, accomplished, well-organized businessman in this race. Which is also his great disadvantage. Because so far he's shown none of the magic, the Fireside Chat intimacy, the instinctive connection with We the People, that a great president, or even a great presidential campaigner, needs.


Paul Greenberg

Pulitzer Prize-winning Paul Greenberg, one of the most respected and honored commentators in America, is the editorial page editor of the Arkansas Democrat-Gazette.