After Dukakis, after Gore, after Kerry, part of me would very much enjoy seeing the Republican be the one who’s banished from the cool table in the junior-high cafeteria that is our infantile political system. If we can’t run our politics like grown-ups, at least let the immaturity work in our favor for once.
The national media has a Holden Caulfield-like hatred of “phonies”. It sees Romney as a phony because Mitt is a moderate Republican pretending to be a lunatic, whereas most of the other Republican candidates are actual lunatics. Also too, who let the dogs out, etc.
Personally, I don’t care if Romney is a phony, but if it helps keep Republicans out of the White House I’m ready to spend most of 2012 waving flip-flops and making cracks about earth tones. I hope you are too. It sure beats nodding along with all the praise for Mitt’s Burkean restraint.