My Latest Column: Why Mitt Romney Isn’t Miles Ahead of Barack Obama

My basic argument is that the long primary race limited Romney’s ability to embrace unconventional policies — tough banking reform, pro-family tax reform, a “green scissors” energy policy — that would advance conservative goals while having centrist appeal. 

I don’t think the absence of such policies will mean that Romney can’tdefeat the president. Like Jay Cost of the Weekly Standard, I think the Republican candidate has a number of significant advantages. But a policy narrative that put Wisconsin, Michigan, and Pennsylvania within reach would make a tremendous difference.

Reihan Salam — Reihan Salam is executive editor of National Review and a National Review Institute policy fellow.

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