It’s officially the unofficial start of the 2012 general election apparently. It is according to Stephen Colbert anyway.

“After a bruising Republican primary season, the foreplay is over,” he said on last night’s episode of “The Colbert Report.” “Like all Republican foreplay, it was expensive, vindictive and ended with something pretty predictable.”

The predictable ending: Mitt Romney. While Rick Santorum is proving to be the tick clinging to Mitt Romney’s ass, it’s a foregone conclusion that Romney will represent the Republican Party in the 2012 Presidential Election. We just don’t know who his running mate will be.

Here’s Colbert on the issue from last night:

So who will be Mr. Right for Romney? As Colbert said, he’s going to need a running mate to endear him to a long list of people he can’t seem to get behind him including, women, Hispanics, African Americans, Evangelical Christians and Republicans. Yes, his own team doesn’t seem to want him.

Steve King, a representative of Iowa could be the hard-nosed Republican who can sharpen Romney’s edges. He is shown in a clip stating that babies are born every decade and go in to live long healthy lives without costing a dollar of health care expenditures in his critique of Obamacare.

Of course that’s ridiculous. Have you ever met anyone ever who has lived a long healthy life without suffering from any of the ailments Colbert mentioned?

“Americans were fine before modern medicine,” said Colbert. “They worked hard, raised families and passed away of natural causes at the ripe old age of 28.”

King’s plan to prevent discrimination law suits from gay employees sounds a whole lot like “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell.”

And by it sounds like it, I mean that’s exactly what it is. He suggests keeping your sexual identity private because if no one knows, then no one can discriminate against you.

I thought we moved past this issue?

I guess not.

Hell in a hand basket 2012.