So really, Romney’s the best bet for the Republicans. He’s got very high analytical skills, understands finance, understands business management, and knows how to be a CEO. His Mormonism is not important. That he governed a liberal state from a moderate position was really the only choice he had as governor of Massachusetts. He’s not a nut case or a dummy like some of the other Republican candidates. He harkens back to an earlier (and better) Republican party when executive competence mattered and ideological zeal was suspect.
This is blunt Frum-ism. This kind of Republican was acceptable in the 1990’s. Hell, he would have been acceptable in the 2000’s. But not now. Times have changed. Promising to put a stronger bridle on Leviathan is no longer sufficient. We want the damn thing killed, or at the least, caged.
Which is why it’s so odd to see Glenn Reynolds quote Parker approvingly, following with:
I can understand why people think he’s a squish. But (1) he was a lot of conservatives’ favorite against McCain; and (2) if you’re really worried, focus on the Congressional elections. Which isn’t a bad idea regardless.
True, but again, 2008 was 2008. We’re in a whole new world now.