Mitt Romney is the weakest candidate Republicans have put up since Barry Goldwater in 1964 — but at least Goldwater served a higher purpose. Romney is plastic; he can’t “connect” with non-wealthy Americans; he has shown underwhelming ability to use financial advantages to secure wins anywhere near the size of those advantages; he has no geographic base; he has alienated large swaths of the Republican base; he’s stiff; he seems humorless; and he has no personal story of ever overcoming any real personal hurdle.
Still, he’s against an extraordinarily beatable incumbent — and an extraordinarily dangerous one, dangerous to the entire American idea. If Romney runs a perfect or near-perfect campaign, he can win, just because Obama has energized so much of the public against him. And Romney might put up decent Supreme Court candidates, and certainly will put up ones that at worst are fence-sitters rather than leftist activists; he will show at least some understanding of and appreciation for the free market; and he will not use the administrative agencies to run roughshod over individual liberties.
Conservatives should be thankful for small favors.
A man of faith in a godless age is hitting Americans where it hurts.
Mr. and Mrs. American Spectator Reader, let P.J. O’Rourke talk sense to your kids.
In Britain, defending your property can get you life.
The debacle of this president’s administration is both a cause and a symptom of the decline of American values. Unless Congress impeaches him, that decline will go on unchecked. An eminent jurist surveys the damage and assesses the chances for the recovery of our culture.
It won’t take long for conservatives to scratch this presidential wannabe off their 2008 scorecard.
The American Christmas, like the songs that celebrate it, makes room for everybody under the rainbow. Is that why so many people seem to be hostile to it?
Was the President done in by the economy, or by the politics of the economy?