Posted on | February 19, 2012 | 40 Comments
. . . or movies or food or something besides politics, because right now we are diametrically opposite and neutralizing each other:
Should the race come down to Santorum or Romney, I’d have to think about it, as shocking as that may sound given my criticisms of Romney. That’s not so much a vote of confidence in Romney, as it is an uneasiness with Santorum.
Your opposition to Santorum is somewhat less staunch than my opposition to Gingrich. I said bluntly several weeks ago that, if the fight for the nomination comes down to Newt vs. Mitt, I’m for Mitt.
Newt Gingrich simply has too much baggage, and to nominate the twice-divorced Gingrich would be to throw away the “family values” argument altogether. (See Jeffrey Bell on the importance of social issues to the GOP.) But weren’t you paying attention, Professor, to what a godawful mess of a campaign Newt ran in Nevada? Don’t you find it troubling that Gingrich hasn’t been able to get better results despite his enormous fundraising advantage ($12.6 million to $2.2 million through Dec. 31) over Santorum? (Maybe it’s that Tiffany’s bill, eh?)
Whatever my problems with Romney, and they are legion, he has at least stuck with his first wife and run a competent campaign.
Anyway, your blog’s hostility toward Santorum is effectively canceling out my blog’s hostility toward Gingrich, so maybe we should both find something else to blog about — celebrity gossip, perhaps — until this damned primary campaign is over.