Stephen Reader covers politics for It's a Free Country, WNYC's interactive politics site. He joined the station in 2010 and has also worked for Studio 360, WNYC's Peabody Award-winning show about art, culture, and creativity.
Re-endorsing Mitt Romney on Friday, George H.W. Bush had a few choice words for the other Republican contenders, courtesy of Kenny Rogers: "Know when to hold 'em, know when to fold 'em."
The writing's on the wall, Bush was saying—Rick Santorum, Ron Paul, and Newt Gingrich should take the message of "The Gambler" to heart.
Indeed, Mitt Romney has a healthy lead when it comes to money, delegates, and major endorsements. While all of the campaigns have said some version of, "We're going to campaign right up until the convention, no matter what," the chorus of GOP heavy-hitters calling for a swift end to the nominating contest just keeps growing.
With Bush 41's nod to "The Gambler" as inspiration, here are several other songs that the Romney camp could use as exit music for the other candidates, and invitations for their supporters to come on home.
This is the "Mitt Romney Inevitability" playlist.
"If you can't be with the one you love, honey, love the one you're with."
"I shoulda quit you, babe, a long time ago."
"Darling, now you made me change my mind. Can go no further, because you got me chained and bound."
"You don't have to say you love me, just be close at hand."
"Give me just a little more time, and our love will surely grow."
"Alright, okay, you win."
Of course, Vanilla Ice said it best.