My first choice was Rick Perry; my second Rick Santorum. The primary season has now convinced me of two things: Neither can get the nomination; neither is likely to be able to beat Obama if he got the nomination.
That leaves Newt on the right. Or at least I thought he was on the right, until he began a full-throated attack on capitalism. He’s backed away (somewhat), but he (and Rick Perry) might have been confused with Dennis Kucinich or Michael Moore for a while.
For what it’s worth, if we did nominate Newt, I know he’d shred Obama in debates. But we’re electing a president, not a debating team captain. And I don’t think Newt can beat Obama. Too much personal baggage; too many inside-the-Beltway shenanigans; too many grand ideas that he could not put into play as Speaker.
Conservatives, me included, have to go with Bill Buckley’s advice: support the most conservative candidate who can win. Like it or not, right now that’s Mitt Romney.
Mitt Romney is clean as a hound’s tooth, and offers us a chance to have a Free Enterprise vs. Socialism choice this year. Deciding question for any Romney-haters out there: if you are faced with the choice of Mitt or Obama, who is better for the nation?
The question answers itself.