The Corner

Why Not Newt?

I know, I know there are many reasons. But I understand why he’s getting a second look and popping up in the polls. He doesn’t have the executive experience of Perry, but he knows more and is better at explaining what he believes and why. He’s not as likable as Cain, but it’s easier to imagine electing a former Speaker of the House as president than a former CEO and (as we’ve been reminded the last week) head of a Washington trade association, and he knows more and is better at explaining what he believes and why. If the dynamic of the race is set up inevitably–as the conventional wisdom says–for a Romney and a not-Romney, Newt may now have better odds than anyone else to be the not-Romney.

Rich Lowry is the editor of National Review. He can be reached via email: 

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