Romney, supposedly the Republican most electable next November, is a recidivist reviser of his principles who is not only becoming less electable, he might damage GOP chances of capturing the Senate: Republican successes down the ticket will depend on the energies of the tea party and other conservatives, who will be deflated by a nominee whose blurry profile in caution communicates only calculated trimming. Republicans may have found their Michael Dukakis, a technocratic Massachusetts governor who takes his bearings from ‘data’ … Has conservatism come so far, surmounting so many obstacles, to settle, at a moment of economic crisis, for THIS?
Will ably compares Romney to Michael Dukakis (ouch), but I also want to toss in John McCain too. Conservatives had to ‘settle’ once before for the McCain candidacy because the Republican Establishment decreed it to be so. Having had to swallow that indignity, they are far less likely to do so again.