The Republicans have a 'standing in line' sort of internal policy for the last few decades. The guy to be the next nominee is decided before hand and most media pundits even know who the next candidate for the general election from the GOP is, yet this fails to make mainstream news for various reasons (including advertising revenue).
The Republican party is more traditional than many analysts realize. With John McCain's support, the "waiting in line" torch was passed on to Mitt Romney and so he was the unofficial 'party head'.
Despite the tea party’s extraordinary energy over the past year, it looks like former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney will win his party’s nomination. At the end of the day, Republicans are following a familiar pattern: Nominating the mainstream candidate who has waited his turn. This is the party that’s had a Bush or a Dole on its ticket for 20 years. It’s a party that also had Richard Nixon on its presidential ticket for 20 years.
In fact, the GOP primary was a joke as even comedy news show hosts knew who the eventual GOP nominee would be...
Mitt Happens - Mitt Romney competes with Mike Huckabee, Donald Trump and a long list of dark horses for the Republican nomination. (04:01):
Nowadays, we talk about all the candidates running in the GOP primary EXCEPT the guy who has already won the GOP primary (it seems like the GOP and it's 'strategists' want to project the image of the GOP as being a democratic party?).
I just want to make it clear that everyone already knows who the next GOP nominee is - except the general public - so I thought I would post this now so I can get credit for it in 2016.
Here is The Daily Show agreeing WITH ME that Jeb Bush is the next GOP Candidate (click links to view);