FROM CNN's Jack Cafferty:
There's growing concern among Republicans that Mitt Romney can't deliver. If he loses his home state of Michigan next week, expect those whispers to become shouts.
Rick Santorum has opened a 10-percentage point lead over Romney in one national poll - his largest lead ever. Gallup's latest daily tracking poll shows Santorum leading Romney 36% to 26%. Santorum is also leading in Michigan, where Romney's father was governor, and in the key swing state of Ohio.
And all the money in the world doesn't seem to matter. The Romney campaign spent nearly $19 million last month. The super PAC supporting him spent another $14 million, and he's still fighting off the likes of Rick Santorum. What's more, Romney spent nearly three times what he brought in last month.
One of the few things still working in Romney's favor is electability. A USA Today/Gallup Poll shows Americans think Romney is nearly twice as likely as Santorum to beat President Obama.
Meanwhile, some senior Republicans are so nervous about the state of the race that they are circulating a so-called Plan B: a scenario where another candidate - who's not even in the race yet - wins the nomination and faces off against Obama.
Some of the names out there include the usual suspects: Indiana Gov. Mitch Daniels, New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie and former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush.
While none of them seems all that interested, there's always Sarah Palin. The half-term dropout governor of Alaska says that if there were a brokered convention, she'd "do whatever I could to help." That prospect should help Republicans sleep well at night.
Here’s my question to you: How close is Mitt Romney to becoming toast?
Interested to know which ones made it on air?
Butter his back side and call him a biscuit. He's done, but I hope he doesn't give up just yet. The millions of dollars the candidates are pumping into this race are good for the economy.
Jim in San Antonio:
He loves trees, lakes, and cars. How can such a "people person" possibly be toast?
Brian in San Diego:
For the nomination? Still a long ways away. It'll take a lot to fully knock Romney off his "inevitability" pedestal. But for the general election, the toaster's crackling and Romney's going to feel the heat before long. Every week he fails to seal the deal, every forced swing to the right he'll have to try and gloss over, every strong monthly jobs report, every uptick in the Dow, each of those is another electoral vote slipping away.
Alison on Facebook:
Toast? He seems more like plastic! I don't think Romney should be ruled out just yet, because Santorum just keeps going too far out there with the religious issues. Romney is much safer choice...especially with the threat of Palin on the horizon!
I think Mitt Romney is toast, his political positions are all over the place and Independents like myself simply don't like and don't trust anything Mitt Romney says. I also think Mitt Romney has some explaining to do about the Mormon Church that he is a member of.
David in Tampa:
We haven't gotten to Super Tuesday yet, Jack. All four of the Lack Luster Gang still have a shot at the Republican brass ring unless Kermit the Frog enters the race. The Kermit/Ms. Piggy ticket is the only way I'll vote Republican.