In a good column yesterday which gets at some of likely Republican nominee Mitt Romney’s flaws, Peggy Noonan remains nevertheless optimistic about his presidential prospects:
Mr. Romney should feel optimistic.
If the issue is our national economic life, the GOP will very likely win. If the subset of that issue is freedom and personal liberty, the GOP will win with meaning. The Obama campaign knows this. That’s why they’ll do anything to throw Republicans off those subjects. Two weeks ago it was contraception, next week it will be another social question. They used to scorn Republicans for using wedge issues, but now their entire strategy is a tribute to the political hacks they hated. And if any Republicans were sad that contraception actually came up as the subject of public debate, they were not as sad as Democratic strategists, who were hoping to save it for September.
Read the whole thing. She’s spot on about the Democrats willing to do anything to change the subject — the big reason we should be grateful that Rick Santorum won’t be the nominee. He can’t seem to fix his focus on the issue foremost in people’s minds.
This is not to say that Mr. Romney doesn’t have some larnin’ to do. The American people, Peggy says, “just want to hire somebody to come in and fix some essential problems.” They don’t want someone who think he’s a “superior human”, divinely ordained to lead.
He just needs to keep talking like he did Tuesday night, keeping hitting his economic freedom agenda. And talk about his plans to address America’s pressing problems, like our burgeoning debt and the coming insolvency of federal entitlements.