Politico has this sneak peek of George Will’s weekend column:

SNEAK PEEK — GEORGE WILL SLAMS MITT – Sunday’s column: “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’ … Has conservatism come so far, surmounting so many obstacles, to settle, at a moment of economic crisis, for THIS?”



  • Jacosta

    BTW….Romney didn’t flip “after” he decided to run for POTUS! Look at the timeline – he “flipped” when he began governing Massachusetts….again, his record as governor shows it. During his tenure, he was Conservative on every issue except for his moderation on health care. Why, then, would some of the most Conservative Republicans and Evangelicals support his 2008 and now 2011 POTUS campaign? Because they know and accept that he flipped in our direction, but has not flopped! Funny and ironic….Liberals don’t like Romney because he was too Conservative as a governor and running as POTUS….yet some Conservatives don’t like him because he “used” to hold liberal views past 10 years ago and flipped towards us….LOL

  • Jacosta

    Nonetheless….they did flip regardless of when they did it….it’s the principle. We have become so very harsh lately on those that were once not of our cause when they convert. Just how long does it take for us to embrace and support such people? Is there some probationary period? One year….two years….five…ten? Except for the moderate health care Romney proposed…and then the Democrats made more liberal…..Romney was just about ALL conservative on every issue as governor! Anti-abortion, anti-gay marriage, pro traditional family, pro death penalty……it’s been since 2003 that he became staunchly conservative on social issues….with a record to match his rhetoric – that’s nearly ten years ago! Isn’t it time to start accepting his word now that we have seen his record on the side of life, fighting for traditional marriage, capitol punishment, lower taxes, fiscal management, etc? He’s flipped, I agree, and that’s a favor to us as Conservatives….but he has never flopped back!

  • Jacosta

    I’ve made it clear in past comments that I have had some issues with Romney in the past (if u look at my posts back in 2008), and definitely was not supporting him initially in his first run in the beginning….but, after looking more closely, studying, searching – while he may not be the most ideal Conservative that we all want….he is the best that we have right now. And all of these “flip-flopping” comments are trash! So many politicians – Reagan, Bush I and Bush II, as well as others – “flipped” from being Democrats with liberal views (or Republicans with moderate/liberal views) to Republicans with conservative views! They, along with Romney, “flipped” on stances that were once held as liberal – but none of them, again including Romney, NEVER “flopped” back to their previous positions! So, it’s more rightful to say that Romney flipped on issues….but has stayed true to them and has never flopped back to them! The only issue that, even I, still have trouble with is some of the moderate views regarding health care. I believe that the strongest entity of a group/organization/political party is the one who converts – just as Reagan did!

    • Alaina

      Regean and the Bushes didn’t flip at such a late age after they decided to run for President.

  • Alaina Segovia

    As one of the 75% – 80% of like RepublicanABR (Anybody But Romney) voters, I will be absolutely depressed if Romney wins. I’ll still vote for him in the general because there is no other choice, but Will is right when he says we will be completely deflated.

  • The Gallant Gallstone

    Didn’t St. George predict a Tim Pawlenty vs Mitch Daniels showdown back in May?

  • AWB

    Good point, Rick.

    I usually agree with Mr. Will, but I must respectfully disagree on this. I actually think Mitt is by far the strongest option to push the conservative position in the coming election, even if he has his flaws (Yes, I wish he had been right on certain issues all along!). I say he’s strongest because having a deeply flawed messenger who cannot communicate these things without gratuitous kookiness (here’s looking at you, O great Bachmann, Cain & Perry triumvirate) will hurt conservatism far more than having a slightly more clinical delivery.

    On top of that, Romney has the kind of skill set (government executive and private business experience) that we need at this hour in our history. So while I’m still not that personally excited about Romney, I have come to the definite conclusion that in this field, he is the only good choice for 2012.

  • Rick B.

    Ouch. I disagree with Will that the Tea Party is the key to recapturing the Senate. How did the Tea Party favored candidates fare Delaware and Nevada in 2010?

    • Troy La Mana

      At least in Nevada she did quite well and probably would have won if Reid hadn’t rigged the voting machines in Clark Co.

    • Gary Russell

      He said the “energies of the Tea Party”…not a couple of their former candidates.