HolyCoast: Jay Nordlinger Offers a Defense of Romney

Monday, October 31, 2011

Jay Nordlinger Offers a Defense of Romney

I'm not a fan of Mitt Romney. I don't particularly trust him or think his conservatism is grounded in anything even remotely approaching a core belief. However, to be fair, Jay Nordlinger thinks differently and his opinion in such things is valuable:
If you’re a conservative, perhaps you’ve had this same experience: In the past few weeks, several people have said to me, “Have you made your peace with Romney? Have you accepted him as the nominee? Are you resigned to him?” My answer is: I actually look forward to his nomination. And to his candidacy in the general. And to his presidency.

I think he’ll be quite good, if he gets a chance.

Obviously, there is a big sincerity question about Romney: Does he mean what he says? Does he intend to do what he pledges? I think so, yes. All candidates tell people what they think they want to hear, to some degree. Frankly, I imagine most people are guilty of this, whether they’re in politics or not.

But I think Romney is sufficiently firm. I also think he would be much more conservative as president than he was in Massachusetts. Think how free Bill Clinton was, once he left the Arkansas electorate behind! He could unleash his inner McGovern, so to speak. (Both Bill and Hillary Clinton — or whatever she was calling herself in those days — were lieutenants in the McGovern campaign.)
Read the rest of it here. This certainly isn't going to make me a Romney believer, but it's a valuable insight from a professional political observer.

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