Friday, February 08, 2008

Romney 2012? - No.

Some conservatives are getting a bit carried away with their love for Mitt Romney. A few like K-Lo at NRO think Romney is setting up for a run in 2012 or 2016 as the official Next-In-Line Republican candidate. Let's slow down a bit.

Romneymania was a product of fear and loathing conservatives felt about McCain. If Romney really was Mister Conservative he would have wrapped up the nomination long ago, and Fred Thompson's candidacy would never have happened.

But Romney wasn't viewed as the second coming of Reagan - and with good reason. His conversions to conservative opinions were very conveniently timed. And some of his positions weren't even particularly conservative even after his conversion; He imposed mandated health insurance in Massachusetts, which while marginally better than a British-style regime is hardly a conservative plan.

This isn't to say that I'd be totally opposed to a future Romney candidacy, but he'd have to put in some time between now and then to shore up his conservative credentials.

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