As I’m in New Orleans now for meetings, I won’t have as much time to blog as I would like. I would very much like to write a more thoughtful piece on my former boss, but did hit the big points in my prior post.
Look, given questions about Mitt Romney’s commitment to conservatism, I totally get Newt’s appeal, but am concerned about his baggage. Newt is, in many ways, a true visionary, but he’s also an undisciplined candidate with a self-image similar to that of the man he seeks (and we need) to replace.
As the POH diaries put it,
. . . now, for all intents and purposes, we’re left with the establishment candidate Romney vs. the guy who isn’t the establishment candidate Gingrich. And let’s face it fellow grassroots, common sense conservative, that’s the only reason that Gingrich is garnering so much support. Because he’s not Romney. That’s the best I can figure.
The line in the sand has clearly been drawn. You’re either supporting the establishment’s moderate choice or you’re hell bent against him and supporting whomever pisses them off the most. That happens to be Gingrich, otherwise you’d support Rick Santorum. Ron Paul supporters, you’re an entity unto yourself.
Read like whole thing. Like that diarist, I have my issues with Mitt Romney and have yet to commit co his campaign — even as I am impressed with his executive ability. Said blogged spot on in the first sentence below:
Certainly it would have been nice to have a strong, conservative candidate with populist appeal to take the fight to Obama. But who the challenger in this race ends up being may mean less than perhaps it ever has in history for the simple reason that the incumbent will be Barack Obama.
Conservatives are all debating the truth of the second sentence now. Read the whole thing. (H/t Instapundit.)
Should Romney secure the Republican nomination, he’ll have a lot of coalition maintenance to do (read that term or something similar in the Wall Street Journal’s Political Diary). And to allow Romney to do that, Newt should reconsider his recent statement about staying in the race until the convention.
That is, should Romney win big in Florida. Should the former Bay State governor falter in the Sunshine State, perhaps the GOP would do well to look outside the current field for a candidate.
UPDATE: Just caught this:
These sturdy people, these conservative yeomen, are now voting for Newt Gingrich. Well, to be more precise, they are voting for the idea of Newt Gingrich: They are voting not for a specific candidate, as such, but for the process that produced him. They want to see that process attenuated. They want to hear the arguments refined and developed. They want to match up their man with this historical moment.
Read the whole thing.