So it seems the famously disciplined, easily herded, strictly hierarchical voters of the Republican Party are not yet falling into line behind the elites’ favorite candidate, Mitt Romney. And if his campaign collapses, they are not going to be happy with being told said elites will find a replacement for him from outside the current field of candidates.

This latter finding comes from a new USA Today/Gallup poll, as reported by Susan Page:

While most Republicans wish they had different choices in the party’s presidential field, a nationwide USA TODAY/Gallup Poll finds overwhelming resistance to the idea of an old-styled brokered convention that would pick some new contender as the nominee.

By 66%-29%, the Republicans and Republican-leaning independents surveyed say it would be better if one of the four candidates now running managed to secure enough delegates to clinch the nomination. Most are happy to see their roller-coaster campaign continue: 57% say the battle isn’t hurting the party.

Guess the Draft Jeb Bush bandwagon that a “prominent Republican senator” said he’d help set up if Romney lost Michigan had better stay under wraps for a while.

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Ed Kilgore is a political columnist for New York and managing editor at the Democratic Strategist website. He was a contributing writer at the Washington Monthly from January 2012 until November 2015, and was the principal contributor to the Political Animal blog.