Yet this is not just about Mitt Romney. He is only the latest in a long series of presidential candidates backed by a Republican establishment that seems convinced that ad hoc “moderation” is where it’s at — no matter how many of their ad hoc moderates get beaten by even vulnerable, unknown or discredited Democrats.Republican "moderation" (translation: "cluelessness") was most recently on display in the fiscal cliff negotiations, in which Republicans, once again, allowed Democrats to initiate tax hikes in return for a promise to reduce spending at some later date. In two months, we'll be facing another cliff; anybody seriously think Democrats will be willing to throw in the towel on spending and entitlements reform?
If you can't articulate a policy of government restraint and individual liberty, and act on it, then it's impossible to accept that you really intend to oppose Democratic economic imperialism. John Boehner is content to lead an orderly withdrawal. Me? I'm not ready for a Republican House commanded by the equivalent of General Joe Johnston. Boehner needs to go.
Update: With respect to future Republican presidential candidacies, as far as I'm concerned , Chris Christie need not apply.