Rep. Paul Ryan endorsed Mitt Romney Friday, adding to the growing sense that the Republican presidential primary is no-really-completely-totally-over this time, which makes it all the more curious that some Republican all-stars haven't endorsed him. "When was the last time an establishment Republican endorsed anyone but Romney? Detecting a pattern here," The Wall Street Journal's Neil King tweeted. On the other hand, "At this stage, non-endorsements of Mitt Romney are more noteworthy than endorsements," Yahoo's David Chalian saod after the Ryan news. Who are these remaining holdouts?
If Washington is Hollywood for ugly people, Romney's got a lot of bold-faced names on his team: the Reese Witherspoon (Nikki Haley), the Ryan Gosling (Paul Ryan), the Morgan Freeman (George H.W. Bush), the George Clooney (Jeb Bush). Here's who he's missing:
The Angelina Jolie: Sarah Palin. Palin quasi-endorsed Newt Gingrich before the South Carolina primary, and she said she voted for him in the Alaska caucus. But Newt's campaign is struggling, and he's selling autographed photos of himself to raise money like a sad out-of-work child star of the 19990s. Which Gingrich essentially is. But Palin's brand depends on being "anti-establishment," whatever that means when you were a vice-presidential candidate and remain a pundit on Fox News, so we don't expect a Romney endorsement any time soon.