Mitt Romney's added another underwhelming endorsement to his list—and more fuel to what is shaping up to be a very serious enthusiasm problem among Romney's own party. Rick Santorum's statement was delivered via late-night email, and only after 13 full paragraphs of pointing out differences and concerns with the Republicans' presumptive nominee did Santorum resign himself to making what barely constitutes as an endorsement:
"Above all else, we both agree that President Obama must be defeated. It will require all hands on deck if our nominee is to be victorious. Governor Romney will be that nominee and he has my endorsement and support to win this the most critical election of our lifetime."
Is this the weakest endorsement ever? Quite possibly. Romney can console himself with the fact that Santorum at least refrained from writing what he really thinks, which is that with Romney as a nominee, we're "in trouble."
Like Santorum, a significant number of Romney's endorsers are former detractors who vociferously called him out on everything from his "breathtaking scale of dishonesty" to putting politics before country to "running away from his record."
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