So the effort to consolidate elite opinion behind Romney and push Santorum, Gingrich and Paul into folding their tents or at least curtailing their campaigns got off to a roaring start today. Jeb Bush has endorsed Romney, a mere thirteen months after National Review editor Rich Lowry called on Republicans to draft Jebbie for 2012.

I wouldn’t be surprised if Lowry and his magazine stepped up next to give Santorum the coup de grace.

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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.