When Republicans compare their drawn-out contest in 2012 to the Democratic contest of 2008, they miss a crucial point.
Democrats found it difficult to choose in 2008 because both their options seemed to them so delectably yummy.
Republicans have found it difficult to choose in 2012 because all their options have seemed to them so depressingly awful—and they keep hoping that some better choice will materialize if only they delay commitment long enough.
The Democratic dilemma in 2008 was like a confrontation with the dessert buffet at the Bellagio. The Republican dilemma in 2012 is more like an extra-depressing episode of Sex & the City.