The rest of the Republican world has pretty much decided whether it prefers John McCain or Mitt Romney. Now, finally, I have too. Both candidates have major strengths and distinct weaknesses. Either would have my vote in November. But I believe Romney is the better choice.
This view may seem odd in light of the following comment I made a few weeks ago:
Every time it looks like McCain will break away from the pack, I panic in anticipation of four years of watching him stick it to conservatives on a more than occasional basis. When things seem to be breaking Romney’s way, I panic in anticipation of an electoral rout in November followed by four years of a Clinton or Obama presidency.
Surely the prospect of having McCain stick it to conservatives periodically is the lesser evil compared to a lop-sided Democratic victory followed by an utterly non-conservative Clinton or Obama regime.
But voting on the basis of electability is often a fool’s errand. Right now, Romney looks like a long-shot in November. He should be an attractive candidate — smart, knowledgeable, good looking, extremely articulate — but he’s run into voter resistance even among conservatives because of his flip-flops, possibly his religion, and a general failure to connect. If he overcomes these problems and defeats McCain the rest of the way, then he’ll have done enough to establish his potential electability to my satisfaction. If he doesn