Romney has trouble making a stand

George Will:
...Romney, supposedly the Republican most electable next November, is a recidivist reviser of his principles who is not only becoming less electable; he might damage GOP chances of capturing the Senate. Republican successes down the ticket will depend on the energies of the Tea Party and other conservatives, who will be deflated by a nominee whose blurry profile in caution communicates only calculated trimming. 
Republicans may have found their Michael Dukakis, a technocratic Massachusetts governor who takes his bearings from “data” (although there is precious little to support Romney’s idea that in-state college tuition for children of illegal immigrants is a powerful magnet for such immigrants) and who believes elections should be about (in Dukakis’s words) “competence,” not “ideology.” But what would President Romney competently do when not pondering ethanol subsidies that he forthrightly says should stop sometime before “forever”? Has conservatism come so far, surmounting so many obstacles, to settle, at a moment of economic crisis, for this?
I see more Republicans saying something similar if not so eloquent.  Jonah Goldberg on Special Report tonight used a line he read on Twitter where Romney was asked who he supported to win the World Series and he forthrightly said he wanted the St. Louis Rangers to win.

His failure to stand behind Gov. Kasich was a huge mistake that was not fixed by his statement a day later supporting him.  It just reinforces the opinion that his core beliefs are more attached to electibility and not strong opinion on the issues.


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