Barbour's Withdrawal Boosts Romney
Who benefits from Barbour’s withdrawal? Short answer: Romney. Barbour would have been effective competition for support of Romney donors. As is, Barbour - the ultimate party regular - will gravitate to the party regulars' consensus choice. And despite my own personal regard for Mitch Daniels (and appreciation of Jonathan Martin's), that choice is Romney.
2012 is shaping up as an all-out battle between big donors and local activists, with the big donors coalesced around Romney and the local activists increasingly desperately shopping for somebody - anybody - else.