by Jay Nordlinger

It seems like Mitt Romney’s been around our politics for a long, long time. So it’s interesting to remember how few years he’s held elective office in his life — four. One term as governor of Massachusetts, from 2003 to 2007. Bachmann has now been in the House longer than that.

Office-holding is not the be-all, end-all, heaven knows. Barney Frank’s been in the House since, what, 1902? There are many kinds of experience that aid a president, or president-to-be. It’s just kind of interesting, how briefly Romney held office . . .

While I’m talking candidates, let me say something about T-Paw: I find his presidential implosion quite mysterious. He was superb in Minnesota, both at getting elected and at governing. In that blue state, or purple state — it doesn’t get any better, trust me. Nationally, the times seem right for an experienced, effective, practical conservative like him.

But he is flailing, or so one hears. He has not represented himself well — has not given himself a fair shake. May he do so soon.

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