Turn out the lights, the party's over.

Barring one more bizarre reversal of fortune this election cycle, Mitt Romney will be the presidential nominee of the Republican Party in 2012. The 2012 cycle should spawn a record setting number of books about a nominating contest. It has truly been one for the history books.

I never believed it would happen but my eyes and ears contradict my heart and brain. With the failure of an alternative candidate to sustain a surge beyond the vetting stage, Romney is the proverbial last guy standing.

While I would love for Newt Gingrich or Rick Perry to ignite in South Carolina and amaze us all, I don’t think it will happen. I urge all right thinking conservatives to begin to face the fact of a Romney – Obama contest this year, and I trust they will realize and fulfill their responsibility to do the right thing.