Williams McGurn nailed it in yesterday’s Wall Street Journal:
That’s because at bottom the Newt insurgency is fueled by the sense that Mr. Romney’s tepid policy agenda reflects no fixed beliefs. Many who support Mr. Gingrich will concede he is not their ideal candidate. In fact, it’s telling that Mr. Romney’s GOP rivals are defined as non-Romneys, each standing for something lacking in the front-runner.
The most constructive way for Mr. Romney to kill off his rivals while bringing the party together is simple: Steal their best ideas. Mr. Gingrich has done precisely that with Ron Paul by calling for a commission to study the gold standard. Mr. Romney could easily do the same, echoing Mr. Paul’s call for an honest dollar or adopting Mr. Gingrich’s flat tax.
Emphasis added. Read the whole thing.
The once-and-current Republican frontrunner would be wise to heed McGurn’s advice. Perhaps tonight, should he win the Florida primary, Romney could show magnanimity in victory and acknowledge the appeal of his Republican rivals.