Magazine December 19, 2011, Issue

Romney’s the One

Former Republican presidential candidate and former Governor of Massachusetts Mitt Romney speaks at the 2008 Republican National Convention in St. Paul, Minn., September 3, 2008. (Rick Wilking/Reuters )
Why the former Massachusetts governor deserves the GOP nomination

Even though nobody has yet cast a vote in the primaries, Republicans are increasingly resigned to Gov. Mitt Romney’s winning the party’s presidential nomination. Every week he gets a few more endorsements from Republican officeholders. He has never had a commanding lead in the polls, but one by one the other candidates who have occupied the top tier with him — first Rep. Michele Bachmann, then Gov. Rick Perry, then Herman Cain — have fallen back out of it. The current surge for Newt Gingrich looks like one last fling before Republicans settle down with Romney.

Republicans should not be gloomy

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Ramesh Ponnuru is a senior editor for National Review, a columnist for Bloomberg Opinion, a visiting fellow at the American Enterprise Institute, and a senior fellow at the National Review Institute.

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A review of Fear and Loathing at Rolling Stone: The Essential Writing of Hunter S. Thompson, edited by Jann S. Wenner.

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The case for Newt is that he’s nothing like that guy who used to be governor of Massachusetts. The case for Romney is very similar.

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