One of our loyal readers has accused me of having a “man crush” on Mitt Romney because of my largely favorable postings on the Republican frontrunner (in recent days), yet I too have my doubts about the man. Interestingly, Rush Limbaugh offered views quite similar to my own in a monologue linked yesterday by the Washington Examiner‘s Campaign Roundup.
Rush thought Romney’s Illinois victory speech . . .
. . . was his best, and it reminded me again of Daniel Henninger’s column last year in the Wall Street Journal, which said that Romney was going to have to be nudged to the right. And he was clearly nudged to the right.
He spoke about the economy and Obama’s stewardship of it, and it was really good.
. . . .
And this long primary process has done that [nudged Romney to the right], at least as far as Romney’s public statements. What he really thinks, we’ll find out.
The talker went on to excerpt much of the address, cheering the candidate’s words, but adding a note of caution,
So maybe the conservative alternative to Romney is Romney. Let’s hope so. It all boils down to whether he means this.
Indeed. Now the issue is to make sure Romney sticks to the principles he has been expressing in the campaign. And there are some grounds for hope. Should he win election, he won’t face some of the problems he faced in Massachusetts. He won’t have an overwhelmingly Democratic legislature.
And the Republican Congress he will face will have a far more Reaganesque complexion than has any Congress governing with a Republican president — in my lifetime or even in Romney’s lifetime. There was no Tea Party in 2000 or 2004. And the chair of the House Budget Committee wasn’t a thoughtful conservative pushing bold reforms.
Paul Ryan may well be our ace in the hole, the assurance we have that Mitt Romney will stick to his campaign promises.