George Will Declares War On Romney

George Will opens up on Romney.  Will conservatives go for a choice or an echo?  A small part of his WaPost article worth reading in full:

Romney, supposedly the Republican most electable next November, is a recidivist reviser of his principles who is not only becoming less electable; he might damage GOP chances of capturing the Senate. Republican successes down the ticket will depend on the energies of the Tea Party and other conservatives, who will be deflated by a nominee whose blurry profile in caution communicates only calculated trimming.

The problem is that there are few great options for conservatives and libertarian Republicans to flock towards in opposition to Romney.  I wonder why these types of voters don’t give Huntsman a more serious look.*  It is still hard to imagine that the Republicans have basically chosen to go with Romney, Perry, or Cain.  These men are really the three best options on the Republican team!?!  Talk about a failure to build a deeper bench from 2008 forward!  So would one of the alternatives in the race, if nominated, be more like Rand Paul or Sharron Angle?

I repeat, say it ain’t so Mitch…

* Pileus does not endorse any candidate.  I’m just arguing that those with authentic conservative and libertarian views would probably find much to like about Huntsman.

5 thoughts on “George Will Declares War On Romney

  1. To talk about Huntsman, a fair person who pays attention to polling should also talk about Gary Johnson. And the media are not allowed to talk about Gary Johnson. Ergo, we may not talk about Huntsman. QED.

    Mitch Daniels really was our best hope. Au revoir

  2. Choosing candidates by lottery, aka: primaries, strikes me as a poor way to produce excellent candidates. Mitt Romney is the best that can be hoped for given the democratic approach in place – he’s all things to all people by necessity.

    I long for the days when the party’s candidate was chosen in smoke and whiskey filled back rooms.

    1. Isn’t it pretty likely that the smoke-filled room would give us Romney? Isn’t he the establishment choice? Or do you think the smoke-filled room would have settled on a Daniels or Christie and one would have been more likely to accept the position since he wouldn’t have to campaign?

  3. It may have given us Romney, but I think that Romney would have been the guy that ran for and was elected governor of MA rather than the all things to all people Romney we are seeing in this cycle. The former Romney had convictions and principles (which he probably still possesses) but was not encouraged to abandon them by the process of winning the nomination and election.

  4. As I understand Romney’s current excuse for RomneyCare vis-a-vis ObamaCare, it’s that the system is inappropriate at the Federal level, but obviously he was/is quite comfortable with that kind of socialism at the State level.

    There used to be a time when Republicans wouldn’t advocate socialism at any level – now the biggest Republican cheerleader for it is the ‘presumed frontrunner’. Will is right about losing the entirety of the Tea Party (and Republican Libertarians) if Romney is the nominee.

    Johnson is a fiscal conservative and a social liberal, yet not a libertarian (despite the common yarn). He advocates getting the Feds involved in every intrastate sales transaction and putting the entire population on welfare (the FairTax). It’s an elegant engineering solution for a country where Federalism and Liberty aren’t important, but Johnson would dismiss it out of principle if he were a libertarian.

    If you want to vote for a conservative libertarian, you vote Ron Paul, plurality voting be damned.

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