FROM CNN's Jack Cafferty:
So now what?
It’s no surprise that Rick Santorum is hanging it up. The only person who didn't acknowledge his campaign was over was Rick Santorum.
Newt Gingrich is toast. He even said over the weekend Mitt Romney is the most likely nominee. And Ron Paul doesn't have enough delegates to fill a phone booth.
Which means - ready? The general election game is on.
Romney and Barack Obama have already started taking shots at each other. But now, and for the next seven months, it turns into a blood sport.
Unlimited PAC money for vicious attack ads. Saturation bombing of the airwaves, especially in swing states, as the parties to try to persuade the electorate that theirs is the better path.
I think if I lived in Ohio I would be inclined to move - just until after the election.
The truth will be stretched and distorted and manipulated until it's no longer recognizable.
And all this will happen while Romney and Obama look us straight in the eye and solemnly swear that if we just elect them, all our problems will be solved.
The truth is, neither one of them can begin to solve our problems. The problems are too big and the mechanism for solving them - the federal government - is too badly broken.
But it won't matter. They'll both promise us anything if we will just vote for them.
Here’s my question to you: How ready are you for the general election campaign to start?
Interested to know which ones made it on air?
I wish the elections were tomorrow and all this politicking and pretense could cease so we can get on with our lives in a country where everyone counts, every one of us! Santorum's quest for Commander-in-Chief of Christianity has done great damage to our already divided nation. If there's a God, November 3 is tomorrow!
Roger in Dallas:
We're ready for it to be over with! The British have the right idea when it comes to elections – over and done with quickly without all this pandering and pontificating.
Lee in Wyoming:
So if the federal government is broken, I am in hopes of getting some people voted in who can make a difference. (How tired are you of that phrase "make a difference?") But hope springs eternal and I won't give up on this country. Bottom line: let's get on with the real fight!
Thom in Negaunee, Michigan:
About as ready as I am for my upcoming hemorrhoid operation. Both will be painful and disgusting. However, at least the surgery will solve one of my problems.
Tom in Rochester, New York:
At this point, does it really matter anymore? I'd rather see what's going on in Lindsay Lohan's life. That's how bad it's gotten.
Lorne in Montana:
Is it just me, or do these guys (meaning politicians in general) really think we're as stupid as they treat us? They believe half-truths, negative advertising, self-righteous puffery is the way to our vote... Too bad we keep proving them right, huh?
Nora in Corpus Christi, Texas:
Not ready at all. Six more months of Mitt trying to be one of us? Eating grits and the singing. Oh please say no!