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George Will bails on GOP Prez hopes
Posted by italianstallion on Sun Mar 4 16:29:53 2012Reality bites.
Sez Romney or Santorum will lose and Republicans should focus on saving Congress
Both are conservatives, although of strikingly different stripes. Neither, however, seems likely to be elected. Neither has demonstrated, or seems likely to develop, an aptitude for energizing a national coalition that translates into 270 electoral votes.
If either is nominated, conservatives should vote for him. But suppose the accumulation of evidence eventually suggests that the nomination of either would subtract from the long-term project of making conservatism intellectually coherent and politically palatable. If so, there would come a point when, taking stock of reality, conservatives turn their energies to a goal much more attainable than, and not much less important than, electing Romney or Santorum president. It is the goal of retaining control of the House and winning control of the Senate.
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From Louisiana Gov. Bobby Jindal to Wisconsinís Rep. Paul Ryan, Republicans have a rising generation of potential 2016 candidates. This does not mean conservatives should be indifferent to the fate of this yearís nominee, and it is perhaps premature to despair of Romneyís and Santorumís political aptitudes. Still, the presidency is not everything, and there will be another election in the next year divisible by four.