The Corner

Re: Why Does Romney Win More Caucuses Than Primaries?

A more parsimonious explanation would be that Mormons can pack caucuses, but not primaries.

Steve Sailer offers that here; but one of the commenters on Steve’s post takes issue with the underlying numbers.

Steve also crunches numbers to show that without the illegal-immigration issue, Mitt would be pretty much invisible in California.

Mitt is obviously a decent man and a worthy candidate, but there’s no escaping the fact that he’s failed to raise the metabolic rate of many GOP voters. Why? I think Huckleberry got close to it with the quip about the guy who lays you off. That’s always the problem with economic conservatism. Capitalism is good — I’m all for it — but “cold.” Everybody likes the results delivered by a free economy, but nobody much warms to a successful businessman.

John Derbyshire — Mr. Derbyshire is a former contributing editor of National Review.

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