The inevitability of the Romney nomination brings me mild relief... especially when I review the list of Santorum delegates from South Dakota (as posted on Secretary of State Jason Gant's Facebook page):

2012 South Dakota Republican delegates for Rick Santorum

2012 South Dakota Republican delegates for Rick Santorum

That our Secretary of State's office is in the hands of Santorum backers (Gant, Lorenzen, Powers) makes me queasy, as does the sight of a nice girl like Meredith Powers supporting a man who thinks the proper response to rape is to accept what God has given her.

District 8 voters ought to pay attention: making the list with right-wingers like the Unruhs, Rep. Lora Hubbel, and Ed Randazzo is Flandreau dentist and District 8 House candidate Leslie Heinemann. Roy, Scott, talk some sense to the voters and take this guy down in November.

Newt Gingrich still has some hangers-on:

2012 South Dakota Republican delegates for Newt Gingrich

2012 South Dakota Republican delegates for Newt Gingrich

Lake Herman isn't all socialists: my west-shore neighbor Gene Kroger makes the Gingrich roster. So does former Governor Walter Dale Miller.

Now let's look at the kids voted least likely to win seats in Tampa Bay or any other national Republican convention, the Ron Paul delegates:

2012 South Dakota Republican delegates for Ron Paul

2012 South Dakota Republican delegates for Ron Paul

I suppose backing Ron Paul is the least harm my cousin Aaron can do. Carry on, kids.

Meanwhile, here's the roster of good soldiers marching glumly to the Establishment's drummer:

2012 South Dakota Republican delegates for Mitt Romney

2012 South Dakota Republican delegates for Mitt Romney

I'm speculating #16 is Madison's kind and gentle State's Attorney, Republican and Mormon Ken Meyer. These folks get to travel with Rep. Charlie Hoffman, who I'm betting is a hoot and a half on a roadtrip. Better make the most of Tampa Bay, Charlie: it'll be all downhill from there.