Last night Mitt Romney won the Arizona primary handily and the Michigan one by three points over Rick Santorum. Romney improved on his showing from 2008, reversing a trend that had him running behind his own level of support from last time.
Romney seems to have regained his footing, at least in terms of having turned around the momentum. The Super Tuesday contests will put that to the test: 10 primaries in states as diverse as Ohio, Tennessee and Massachusetts. Romney is expected to fare well in many of them, mainly because he was either Governor there (MA) or because Newt Gingrich couldn't get it together to get on the ballot (VA). The biggest test for Romney will be Ohio, where he's running neck-in-neck with Santorum. Ohio, of course, is one of the biggest and most critical swing states in the general election, so any candidate has got to demonstrate strength and electability there.
And that brings us to why Mitt is pulling these contests out right now. Rasmussen Reports has a new poll showing Romney beating Obama. Granted, it's only by one point. But Rasmussen also shows Obama beating Santorum by three points. Again within the margin of error, but still. These polls reflect what a number of polls over the past few months have shown: that Romney can beat Obama, even if just marginally, while the others struggle to do so.
At this point, a lot of voters are focusing on the general election with the understanding that Job One is defeating Obama.
We don't have Mr. Right taking us to the Big Dance, so we're going to have to go with Mr. Right Now. And right now, he looks a lot like Mitt Romney.