Many people, including me, have said that Romney is too soft, lacks the guts and fire to win a national campaign against an unprincipled incumbent opponent who will use every smear in the books against him. Mark Halperin writing at Time.com argues that the opposite is the case. In the primary campaign, says Halperin, Romney has shown that he has the killer instinct. Look at the way he dispensed with Perry. Look at the way he dispensed with Gingrich. Watch out, Obama.
We must recall that McCain was equally ruthless in 2008 when he eliminated his Republican challengers, but then became soft as honey when confronted with Obama. It was almost as if the GOP goal was to ensure that Obama did not face genuine, principled conservative opposition. We shall have to see whether Romney will operate the same way, but I am not hopeful that he will suddenly develop the guts he needs or the principles that we want him to have.LA replies:
It’s a telling point James makes, I would call it even a ruthlessly revealing point, and as I remember he and I have made the same point in previous discussions. McCain in 2008 was a back alley mugger against Romney, and turned into a pathetic softie against Obama, and it’s all too likely that Romney will be the same.James N. writes:
Romney in his New Hampshire victory speech was very careful in his criticism of Obama.Ron K. writes:
James N.’s logic is impeccable. Look how well it translates:
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